Posts tagged ‘Maarten Meerman’

February 3, 2013

#388 – I Just Discovered a New Trick

Each night, before lights-out, I read in bed. A real book. Last week, by accident, I discovered that a book can help you get out of bed.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m sore, I will sometimes use my fist to push myself up out of bed. (Shhh! Don’t tell Anne. She does not like the extra strain that this places on the metacarpophalangeal joints  – the knuckles.) But, there are times when you gotta do what you gotta do.


Anyway, just as I was getting up, I was holding onto my book, with a locked wrist, and—voilà!—I suddenly had leverage!


By the way, it was a hardcover, which ordinarily, I don’t like. I may have to reconsider that. 🙂

So as not to be so hard on those beloved books, I think a piece of wood might do the trick. I do have some ideas about how to make this sturdier, and softer on the hands. I may have to run this idea  by Maarten and James. 🙂

*Please check with your healthcare professional before undertaking this trick.

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July 20, 2012

#305 – Ball Launcher

A pet is a wonderful addition to your life.

However, a pet requires stimulation and exercise to help avoid the perils of anxiety. Sometimes, when the day is long and the arms are sore, a mechanical advantage is what is needed to keep your pet happy and you amused.

A birthday, a knock on the door, and two elves came bearing a gift that provided all that and more.

Maarten Meerman, that talented, creative and solution-oriented rocket-scientist did it again! Not only does he know how to build and launch rockets, but he is also proficient at building ball launchers that serve to train, entertain and maintain (joints), while you refrain from over-doing the ball throwing.

Do you want one of your own? Contact Maarten to see about building one for you.

Click here to see the ball launcher in action.

June 3, 2012


Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. Regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, wealth or profession, it can and does strike, leaving behind “souvenirs” that one would rather not have. It is a systemic disease; one that can affect the joints, tendons, ligaments and organs, such as the heart, kidneys and lungs.

Yes, the famous are affected, too. Click here to read about the celebrities who know all about the toll that this disease exacts.

On April 25th, 2012, Jian Ghomeshi interviewed Kathleen Turner on Q. In this interview, which begins at 19:56, Kathleen candidly discusses acting, alcoholism and rheumatoid arthritis.

Thanks to Maarten Meerman for having me in your radar! 😉

April 16, 2012

All Wrapped Up

Sometimes the very things you want to do, like opening a door, may seem as tightly tied up as the proverbial governmental red tape.

Here’s another suggestion from Maarten Meerman. In addition to being an all around problem-solver, he  is a rocket scientist by day, and a woodworking genius in the evenings.

Wrap this product around your problem, and get a handle on, well, handles, door knobs, and any slippery thing you need to turn, twist or grip.

Image courtesy of Marcel Hol.
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