One Heck of a Dinner Party

Imagining time travel always makes for an interesting intellectual exercise; in fact, as a teacher, it’s a technique I often turn to . . . “If Eugene O’Neill walked through that door right now, what would you say to him now that you’ve read Long Day’s Journey Into Night?” (“Umm . .  Nice job, Eugene.”–O’Neill often leaves me speechless!)

So, let’s imagine a dinner party:  Seated around the table are Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Agatha Christie, George Frederick Handel, Danny Glover (we might actually be able to get him), Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Michelangelo, and Socrates. 

Oh, and let’s put Edgar Farias, with his plastic “Thomas the Tank Engine” dinnerware, at the table, too. 

What do all these people have in common?

You already know the answer . . . but let’s cue the drum roll anyway.

They all lived with or are living with epilepsy.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.  And this month (and, really, every month), I would like to dedicate space in this blog to demystifying this more-common-than-you-may-realize (indeed more common than I realized even a month ago) neurological condition.

Stigma and discrimination still–in 2011–surround the lives of people living with epilepsy.  But stigma and discrimination, as we all know, are borne of misinformation, and the only antidote to that is education. 

So, raise your glass and join me on this journey . . . for Edgar and for everyone who is living with epilepsy. 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a menu to plan.  Something tells me feeding all these folks isn’t going to be easy.

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