Poets for Parkinson’s: 2nd Annual!


Last years event wpfp-fox logoas a sellout and we raised over $6K. So let’s do it again! Seating is limited so make your donation today.

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Who: Andy Weatherwax &
The Meeting House Poets

What: Book Launch & Poetry Reading proceeds to Benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Where: South Church | 949 Main St | So. Glastonbury, CT 06073

When: Friday, June 5, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:30

Tickets: $50.00 per person

For tickets go to TEAM FOX Poets for Parkinson’s >>

Dear Friends and Family,

This fall it will have been 15 years since I first heard the words ‘Parkinson’s disease’ as they pertained to me. The neurologist said something like, “I can’t be sure, but you may have Parkinson’s disease.” To which  I replied, “huh?”

Looking back, the symptoms first appeared about two years earlier. And it would be another year before I was examined by a movement disorder specialist for the final authoritative, “You have Parkinson’s disease.”

Today I am proud to be playing a part in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. As Team Fox members, Josa and I will be hosting the second annual Poets for Parkinson’s fundraiser. And we’ll be asking friends and family for support. Taking on the challenge of this fundraising endeavor is both exciting and inspiring. I am making a commitment to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease (PD). I am dedicating my efforts to The Michael J. Fox Foundation because I believe that I am helping to ultimately shorten the road to a cure.

Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a chronic degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to 10 percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger.

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

I’m asking for your support in our race to put an end to PD.  This year our goal is to raise $7,000. Please help me reach my goal by making a contribution now. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and can be made payable to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. You can visit my Team Fox fundraising page at http://www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/p4p to make a secure gift online. I invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease. Thank you.


For tickets go to TEAM FOX Poets for Parkinson’s >>

Toshinori Kondo

Homage to Toshinori Kondo

Some call it noise. I call it beautiful.

Next time you hear a piece of music you think is noise or view a painting you think is ugly, ask yourself “Why do I think this is not beautiful?” If you think about it long enough, you will soon realize there is no reason.

Recorded on a 1/4-inch Tascam 4-track in 1987.

“Kondo” from Trolling for Olives by Wax. Released: 1987.
Wax: All trumpets, bass, drum and synth programming.


Walk in Gratitude and Be Happy

Gratitude Redo

I stood in front of about 60 people, all off whom were, in one way or another, affected by Parkinson’s disease—a chronic, progressive neurological disorder for which there is no cure—and said that Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be a great teacher and friend. It got  awkward.

I realize now that not everyone is ready to hear that. And that is OK. PD sucks. Cancer sucks. Alzheimer’s suck’s.  Illness Sucks. We all have our unique way of  coping when life delivers it’s blows. There is no right way or wrong way. But until there is a cure for our suffering, we have no choice but to embrace reality-as-it-is and live life to the fullest.

So, if you were at my talk and wanted to slap me upside the head, I don’t blame you. But I invite you to read on as I try to make the case for living well, today, with PD, or any illness. Or complete health—because sometimes it’s you healthy, charmed life livers who really.need the slap upside the head! Continue reading