Protecting Sight #35: How many lives can you live? (Ted Talk) Are you a loose-fish or a fast-fish? (Moby Dick)

Welcome to day #35 of my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Sarah Kay – How many lives can you live? “Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn’t be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives. Sarah is also the host of TED’s podcast ‘Sincerely, X.’ You can listen on the Luminary podcast app at” (

This was a Ted trending talk. I love Ted talks by poets. Perfect command of the stage and poetic verse. Ms. Kay has three Ted Talks and I plan to watch all three. This one has 1.39 million views (the others 14.7 million+ and 1.9 million). 12 minutes and well worth a listen.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Surgical Peripheral Iridectomy.

2B. Glaucoma Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Small incision glaucoma surgery.

3. Journal – Association of APOE With Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Suggests a Protective Effect for APOE ε4 | IOVS | ARVO Journals.

Before my daily learning journal, I would have simply skipped over this genetics article. I still remember the question on my med school boards part 1 (1995) asking “To which locus of chromosome 4 does Alzheimer’s map to?” Scarred for life!

“Queequeg’s Long Last Dive,” a pastel drawing by Mark Milloff.

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapters 89-96 via See also Sparknotes (narration) and Gutenberg (book text). I include a well-crafted and thought provoking passage from Chapter 89 (below).

What are the Rights of Man and the Liberties of the World but Loose-Fish? What all men’s minds and opinions but Loose-Fish? What is the principle of religious belief in them but a Loose-Fish? What to the ostentatious smuggling verbalists are the thoughts of thinkers but Loose-Fish? What is the great globe itself but a Loose-Fish? And what are you, reader, but a Loose-Fish and a Fast-Fish, too?

(Moby Dick, Chapter 89)
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Please send me feedback! Also, would appreciate suggestions of Ted Talks, cataract videos, and journal articles to share.

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