Protecting Sight #177: Anne Lamott’s 12 truths learned from life and writing. One eyed seclusio pupillae vs. bilateral ptosis and ophthalmoplegia. Bending reality in negotations.

Welcome to 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, podcast, or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Anne Lamott: 12 truths I learned from life and writing. “A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.” (

A most enjoyable Ted Talk. Among my favorite is when she states, “Every writer you know writes really terrible first drafts, but they keep their butt in the chair. That’s the secret of life.” I really need to work on that book idea!

2. Cataract Surgery – Dr. Neto Rosatelli- Phaco Clip #117 – One Eyed Seclusio Pupillae. Great case and excellent result.

3. Akella SS, Barmettler A. Bilateral Ptosis and Ophthalmoplegia in a Young ManJAMA Ophthalmol. Published online December 03, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.4071

4. Chris Voss and Tahl Raz, Never Split the Difference. Chapter 6, “Bend Their Reality.”

Voss and Raz are great storytellers. The skills presented can be applied in everyday negotiations.

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