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Today, I got an email from a lady in Canada, who shared her
experience with random memories which
for no apparent reason come to her mind. When I googles on "random memories"
and "apparent reason", I found several people describing the same
phenomenon. These are
So it goes,
The brain and complexity by Rob Sullivan, and
this guy's place.
Appearance on Dutch television
Today, Annabel appeared on Dutch
television for the second time. Again it was just a few
seconds, but many people reported to us that the saw her.
We did not see it ourselves. This morning she went to
the youth day of the Dutch evangelical broadcast company.
During the talk of Kees Kraaijenoord there was a shot of
some the public in which Annabel appeared.
Healed of deafness
This morning, Gerhard achter de Molen, was preaching in our
church service. He gave a witness of what happened two
weeks ago at a pentacost conference, which Annabel attended.
He, with two others, was responsible for the teenagers. And
as usual they had a prayer and healing service on the Sunday
evening. He told us that these kind of meetings are not his
things. When the evening had come, one of the leaders asked
if there was anybody with deafness in the right ear. Gerhard
told us that he somehow did not feel at ease. They were
standing in the midst of the teenagers, and all those who
had deafness in the right ear were asked to stand. The leader
prayed from them and asked if anyone had experienced some
healing, but they all noded no. Then the leader asked the
third leader to pray, and he prayed too. And again non of
the teenagers did not experience any difference. Gerhard
feared that he would be the next one to be asked to pray,
but he felt releaved when the leaders suggested that everyone
would pray. And when they did this one after the other teenager
stood up to tell that they had been healed. Gerhard was quite
skeptical about the healing, being afraid that they were
reported in the heat of the moment. One of the girls he asked
to return the next morning at then o'clock. Then on Monday
when she arrived she told him that she had been deaf in her
right ear since birth and that she could hear now. Then there
was another girl telling that she could no longer stand the
noise inside the tent (the conference meetings were being
held inside tents) and she had to wear plugs.
Some weeks ago, we were contacted by an old friend. Twelve
years ago, she stayed in Enschede with her family for 10 months.
She also attended our church and I translated for her. Yesterday
evening, Li-Xia and I went to catch
her from the railway station. She is from Taiwan and works
for the Forestry Bureau
in the area of wildlife preservation. At the moments she attends
the SITES conference in
The Hague. She went with us to church and afterwards we walked
through the city and took some pictures (one of use before our church) at places that she
still remembered or that had changed a lot. We walked with her
to the station where we ate something at Burger King before
she took the train.
Yesterday evening, we had some hail and lightning
(but not much thunder). This morning it was even on the news that
some tunnels had been flooded. When I came close to the
railway station close to my office, I noticed some firemen,
and I went over to have a look. The tunnel under the railroad
had been completely flooded. Then I remembered that I had seen
some people walking through another tunnel, realizing that
they had came from the other side of the railway station.
In the tunnel there is a sandwich bar at the bottom a cone
shaped building which is called "De Puntmuts", the pointed
hat, where my colleagues often go to buy some sandwiches.
The bar must have been under water almost to the ceiling.
I took a picture
of the tunnel. Later I heard that we had 48 mm of rainfall
within a 50 minute time frame.
Playing Twixt and Go
This evening, Annabel and I went to the
university to play Go. When we arrived we saw
Juri play with some we did not know. It was a student from out
of town who had seen Juri with a Go board and asked to play
a game with him. He mainly plays through KGS on the internet.
Not much later Araldo game with the game Twixt under his arm.
He asked Annabel to play it and they played it for some time.
When the student left, Juri and I decided to play because all
the others who had arrived in the mean time, already were
playing with each other. We decided to on a six stone handicap.
After Annabel finish playing Twixt with Araldo, they played a
game of Go, where she got nine stones ahead and 50 points Komi.
She lost with two points. Juri and I were quite close, until
I made a small mistake, and than I just wanted to finish the
game. In the end I lost with 58 against 46 points. Juri felt
I did not make any big mistakes, but he showed me that I could
have attacked him a little more aggresive at certain points.
Today, Li-Xia had to go the the hospital
for some minor surgery. Yesterday evening, I looked up some information
with respect to general anaesthesia and Alzheimer's Disease. I found the following interesting references:
This morning, I brought Li-Xia to the hospital and expressed our
desire to have the surgery performed under local anaesthesia, and
that is how it was done.
The girl who played Go
Yesterday, I bought the book "De go-speelster" ("The girl who played Go",
original title: "La joueuse de go") by Shan Sa for just one Euro at a sale.
When I showed it to Annabel, she immediately
wanted to play Go with me. We played several games
and also today we played at about six games. At one point she wanted to
start recording the outcome of our games, because she wanted to know how
strong she is. When we play at her playing speed, we are about equal, I
Crushed by Ton
This evening, I went to the University to play Go.
There were quite a lot of people, even some people I have never seen
before or not for a long time. Ton first wanted to play a game of Hex
with me on a new wooden board he had brought with him as a gift to the
club. On one side it was a regular 19x19 board, on the other side it
had a 12x12 Hex board. This is one of the last times that he will come
to the club, because he will be moving to another part of the country.
I got six stones ahead in my game of Go with Ton. But it did
not go very well. In the end I lost with 50 points. At one point he
remarked that he had made a mistake and that he was going to resign
if I would make the right move. But I did not see his error and made
the wrong move. Then I played some two games with one of the new
persons on a 13x13 board. One I lost the other I won. Then I watched
Ton play some Hex games.
This evening, in preparation of our trip tomorrow to a congress
for/about Early-Onset Alzheimer's
Disease, I checked the website of Dutch AA/AAA
for the shortest route. I really had to laugh as the proposed
route was taking us over the Afsluitdijk (Closure-dike) using a gigantic detour. Look for
the purple line for the suggested route on the map on the right.
This afternoon, I talked with the teachers of
Andy about his progress. They
were quite happy with him and said that they were
going to miss him next year. He interacts much more
with the other children compared with the start of the
year. He also started to tease certain children and
he knows exactly who to pick. The too noticed that he
has become very clever with the computer. In the classroom
he usually watches another boy playing with the computer,
but the otherday, when the taxi was late, he played all
by himself. He now had no problems handling a mouse.
Next year he will go to another class, as most of the
children in his class.
This evening, I went to the
Musical "Plexat" performed by Annabel and the children of her class. In the past months
they spend many hour rehearsing this musical.
This evening, we were having some problems with our
ADSL modem and I had to reset it. But I lost the manual
and I had to go to my office to check find it on the
Internet. But I first dropped Annabel off at the University because she wanted
to play Go. When I came back,
she told me that she had defeated Huub, one of the
new persons that came last week. She had given him
five stones ahead and still had won with 38 points.
While walking back to the car she explained me some
of the details of what had happened and she was using
all kinds of terms showing that she really understood
what she had been doing. She is really becoming
clever at planning things ahead. Last week she very
clever played some ladder saving moves, without
me even noticing it until it was too late.
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