Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Randy Pausch-The Last Lecture

Hey Brothers and Sister!
If any of you watched the ABC network tonight at 10pm, you saw a show on Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor facing the difficulty of pancreatic cancer with a Tigger smile, and the courage of Aragorn. His new book, The Last Lecture is out today. We hope you get a chance to pick up a copy, read it, and hopefully, find some wisdom to give your own life some extra sparkle.

If you don't know about Randy, please go to You Tube and put his name in the search. You will get one of his many interviews, but also his last lecture last fall at CMU. Please watch it, and you will understand what a special spirit he is. Not a flawless one, and that is really his greatest gift for us all: his honorable nature that is human, not super-human. Although, I think his courage is extraordinary.

We here at Falcon and Dove have our own Randy Pausch story. He created a program called Alice, (you can download it for free) that is designed to help girls with learning the basics of computer information technology, and get more of them in the computer fields as they go through school. Dove has the program (and an Alice tee-shirt), and loved it! It was great that CMU made the program available to Home School students. Now, everyone can get it, so if you have kids...go for it! It's a lot of fun: storytelling creative software.

Randy, we would like to say thanks. It is a simple word, but the most appropriate. Thanks for caring about students, thanks for sharing your journey, thanks for taking time away from your family to share that sacred time with all of us.

Our prayers are with you and your family.

Oh, and by the way...the cancer didn't win, you did. Rest assured, my Brother, you have won.

Falcon and Dove

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How inspiring Randy Pausch is! If you liked "The Last Lecture", another fantastic memoir I just read and highly recommend is "My Stroke of Insight" by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Her TEDTalk video ( has been seen as many times as The Last Lecture I think, and Oprah did 4 shows on her book, so there are a lot of similarities. In My Stroke of Insight, there's a happy ending though. It's an incredible story! I hear they're making it into a movie.