Red Plastic Chopstick

When things are tough, excuses plenty, and you're ready to give up, read this inspiring story about Peter Winkler and his red plastic chopstick.

In the virtual world, Winkler roams free. He blogs. He comments. He write articles about film.

In the physical world, he increasingly is trapped — dependent on his sister and a long, red plastic chopstick.

Rheumatoid arthritis has battered him for 46 of his 55 years.

His neck won't turn. His head is pitched down, chin to chest. His elbow and wrist joints are so fixed in place, he cannot touch his face.

Sitting up in bed, he can no longer extend his arms far enough to place his fingertips on the keyboard of the MacBook Pro propped on a lap desk across his thighs.

Instead, he braces the chopstick between several fingers on his right hand and uses it to tap, tap, tap one key after another.

Winkler has just released a biography of Dennis Hopper. Only after the book hit the shelves in the bookstore did his agent found out how it was written: Link


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