Here’s are two excerpts from Tim Howard’s new book, “The Keeper,” which came out yesterday, December 9. The first is from the chapter called “Like Coming Home” and talks about arriving at Everton Football Club:
“At the start of the ’06-’07 season, I step out onto the field at Goodison Park, where Everton plays. It’s the derby with Liverpool, the hometown rivals. I love the feel of the place — the rickety old stadium, as historic and un-corporate as they come. I love the fans, their pure, passionate, and deafeningly loud dedication to the team. I love the fact that the team has taken a chance on me, that they’ve pulled me out of a dark place. Standing there on the field, about to play Liverpool, all I want to do is play my heart out. I’ve come home.”
This one is from an early chapter called “Goals That Matter”, when Howard first learned that he had Tourette Syndrome & OCD:
“I struggle in school — I’m hyperactive, and I have trouble sitting in my seat. My mother, aware of my desperate need to move, to run, signs me up for soccer by age 6. I fall in love with the game. I love the fluid back-and-forth, the challenge of playing a game using only one’s feet. By age 11, I begin to show strange behaviors; I touch things compulsively. I become obsessed with picking up random items for no logical reason. Then I develop tics — twitches and jerks that I can’t control no matter how hard I try. Mom and I learn that I have Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The doctor tells my mom that often, these conditions have a “flip side,” and he’s seen cases where kids have special gifts. It is only on the sports fields that I feel relief, so I focus on my athletic skills exclusively….obsessively.”
You can read much more about Tim Howard, who is a Board Member of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) here:
Youth Advocate Tommy Licato has done a lot of awareness work on behalf of the Tourette Syndrome community for years now — and he’s still in high school. Tommy’s incredible efforts on behalf of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) once again have yielded an opportunity for people to show their support for TS.
This time, Tommy has teamed up with Mr. Subs of South Plainfield to host a benefit fundraiser on Wednesday, November 5. From 4-8 p.m. that day, 15 percent of all proceeds at Mr. Subs will go toward the 5th annual NJ Walks for TS at Mendham, which supports the NJCTS School In-Service Program.
The School In-Service program educates students and teachers at schools in every corner of New Jersey about Tourette Syndrome, anti-bullying and self-advocacy. Tommy has been attending the walk for years and hopes that you will, too! But if you can’t, this fundraiser is a great way to take part. Or you can donate to the cause.
Mr. Subs is at 100 South Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield. Hope to see you there on November 5!
Working on my new video … and got a surprise visit from a certain little fluff ball! So cute! <3
I’ve got more than 1,000 views on my most recent video, which you can view here.
Thanks for all the support, and don’t forget you can tweet me at: @meganlandryy!
Welcome summer & goodbye high school!
It’s been more than six months since I last reached out with my song and video “Wallpaper.” It got more than 30,000 views and some great coverage. I wrote a couple of new songs and even posted a cover (people keep telling me to do that).
I didn’t do videos because I’ve been so busy wrapping up Grade 12, and I also have 2 part-time jobs now. I’m starting Algonquin in September in the School of Media and Design—excited about this!
I’d appreciate it if you’d listen to at least “The Ghost” if you can spare about 3 minutes. Drop me a note in the comments section, too, if you’d like. I always love hearing feedback.
The candle burns at both ends,
You say we’re nothing but friends,
Standing at the foot of my bed
The ghost is shaking his head
I’m spilling red
Cover – You’ve Got a Friend
PRESS – “Wallpaper”
1. Skope Magazine: http://skopemag.com/2014/04/25/megan-landry-wallpaper
2. Feminindie: http://wordkrapht.com/main/2014/04/30/feminindie-megan-landry/
• YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/MeganLandryPixelDust
• FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Megan-Landry-singersongwriter/196106140483946
• LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=272839659&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Check out my story that appeared yesterday in the Trenton Times and on NJ.com! It’s about the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ (NJCTS) Children’s Scholarship Program and the NJ Walks for TS at Princeton event this Sunday that is taking place to help support the scholarship program.
I was an NJCTS scholarship winner last year, and this year’s winners should be named in the next couple of months. This is very exciting! One of my favorite parts of the story is when they used this quote from me:
“My parents have taught me to be outspoken about Tourette syndrome and to never be ashamed.”
It’s so true! I hope you like the story. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment here. I’d appreciate it!