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Retail Anarchy...I LOVE IT!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Don't know if any of you caught the same segment on NPR radio this morning that I did, but Sam Pocker was on. He writes a blog titled Retail Anarchy and has just compiled his writings into a book by the same name.

He voices the same kind of outrage I feel so often when it comes to the mass marketing of SO many useless and even HARMFUL products. I just signed up for his blog and am looking forward to his insights. My position takes his rant a step further...why not harness the power of marketing for GOOD and shape our wants and desires such that it isn't a worthless TWINKIE we salivate and wolf down, but fresh fruits and veggies?!?!

Here are some links:

Retail Anarchy blog:


Amazon Review of Retail Anarchy book:


Another review of the book:



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JIBBIE49 4/9/2009 3:18PM

    So much of the "Green" movement is just high-priced sales gimmicks, too, so a person has to be VERY careful. I drink water from my tap and I refuse to pay $1.25 for a bottle of water. I use 1/3 the detergent that a wash load calls for, and I run the washer one minute, then turn it off and let the load "soak" for an hour. My clothes come out clean. We never work hard and get clothes really dirty anyway, so all those extra cleaners they try to sell is just more waste of money to me. Using "less" always helps the environment, too.

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    We gotta speak up more. Why is everything finally going green now? Because 'Green' is in, so now that we as consumers got that down, why not make 'healthy', 'happy', and 'responsible' in as well? We have to make sure to voice it and support it. Kinda like politics, lol.

Thanks for the link!

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TARA925 4/9/2009 11:18AM

    That is a great blog! Thanks for the link.. adding it to my favorites!

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Return of the Grand...!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Yesterday was my first day back on the treadmill along with first strength training session...weathered it nicely, felt good to be getting back in the swing of things. So today I nailed a little over 1,000 cals. in 60 mins. on the 'mill...woo hoo!

Tomorrow I return to work...and it looks like things are going to be pretty stressful with the loss of two colleagues recently departed. I'll have to really hustle to get through these next few weeks until taking a week off to attend the conference in San Diego! That also means I'll have to curtail my heavier involvement with SparkPeople that I've enjoyed over the past two weeks...drat!

It also means I'm going to have to get serious about SLEEP and pushing myself into bed at a decent hour. I know I'm going to feel it mightily if I don't!

I'm looking forward to doing more biking...the weather on Easter Sunday is looking bikeable...lol, what better way to spend a holiday...? :-)


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ANDALEX 4/13/2009 6:36AM

    WOW!!!!! how awesome!!!! congrats on the grand!

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SCIENCEMOMDNA 4/8/2009 11:01PM

    Glad to hear you are getting back in the game! Take it easy. It is wonderful that your son will be in the same complex, how serendipitous! I will be there too, I hope to see you there! Are you going to do the morning walk??? Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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TRAINOF4 4/7/2009 7:59PM

    I'm still so jealous that you're getting to go to San Diego. I really loved it out there when I went there for business in 1998. Yeah LONG time ago! LOL

I know that treadmill session made you feel great! I always feel great after a good cardio workout. Sorry to hear about your departed co-workers. It's always hard to take on more work, but as others have said, just having a job these days is such a blessing.

So we'll see you around SP as you have time to stop by & say Howdy. emoticon Take care of yourself - Peace & Blessings.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 4/7/2009 7:47PM

    Don.... You are doing great. I know you must have been itching to get back to strength exercising after the surgery. I know I was.

I did 1hr today on the S bike. 2.05 miles. Felt good. Burned 410 calories.

I will be praying for you on your return to work being with what has happen there.

God Bless


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JIBBIE49 4/7/2009 6:57PM

    With the economy, lots of people don't have jobs to go back to so I guess you have to think of it as a "blessing." emoticon

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On The Road Again...! :-)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Stupendous day to hit the road again with my bike! Just a tad on the cool side, but that only helped to keep my sweating down...lol.

I looked a bit kaleidoscopic riding my maroon Wildwood Diamondback wearing my navy workout shorts, tangerine SPARKPEOPLE *yeah!* t-shirt and my Spartan Green Michigan State University biking gloves, a gift from my sister...GO STATE! We're reviving the good old days of Magic Johnson and Gregory Kelser...who took the nationals by storm back when I was an MSU student...woo hoo!

It was fun to take a new route, 18 miles round trip, even if there WERE a couple of GIGUNDO hills which I had forgotten...! A bit more than I probably should have bitten off for my first longer ride of the season, but after a rest on the other end I was ready to go again. Feeling good and SPENT when I arrived home.

I'd like to share a couple of powerful opinions about the recent shootings in my Binghamton community and the connections to the stress of unemployment:



May all 14 who died in the Binghamton shooting rest in peace and may their family and loved ones find the comfort, guidance and solace needed for resolution as well as the ability to reconnect with their own lives.


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SPARKHOPE 4/6/2009 3:53PM

    Don! 18 miles? I hope your not pushing yourself too hard, too soon , after your surgery. Don't ramp up your efforts so much you make your self too sick to make the trip!

My prayers are with those family's too. They will have a lot of grief to work through . I hope they find peace because bitterness, grudges and hate can eat at a person like Cancer.

The man may or may not of been nuts but he sure lack coping skills. He must of been in a lot of pain to do such a horrible thing. This is a tragedy for his family as well.

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TRAINOF4 4/6/2009 2:12PM

    --I'm glad you had a nice bike ride! 18 miles is fantastic! Hills are killer, you know about the standing & rocking thing & using the handlebars & your upper body strength to make that hill climbing easier, right!? Sure ya do, what was I thinking!? Around here there's nothing BUT hills-LOL- you're either nearing cardiac arrest in a climb or doing a zilliong miles an hour in descent. HA ha!

Wow, I forgot that was your community. emoticon I have to disagree w/Jibbie on this one .. .it isn't just that someone is nuts. Having had to deal w/the different "services" lately has made ME feel angry, hopeless, depressed, frustrated...all of it. I think people do go nuts after awhile. It's the "straw that broke the camel's back." A person gets desperate & when they try to get help sometimes the attitude of those who are supposed to be helpful is really obnoxious (I've gotten a lot of "I could care less about you" attitudes & treatment lately) ... it just destroys the human inside a body.

It isn't in my nature to harm others, but I think that maybe other people don't know exactly what's going on in their head. Not a lot of people are self-aware & that rage & frustration & so on gets turned outward. I'm not saying it was right or that it wasn't an awful, horrible thing that happened. But I guess having been a "nut" before I somehow "relate" to other "nuts."

What goes wrong in a human that would cause them to take other lives? I don't think any of us will ever know for sure. But I hope the survivors are able to forgive that man - because hatred & grudges destroy us just as much as bullets. Peace & Blessings emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/6/2009 1:56AM

    People don't go kill themselves and others because they are unemployed. They do it because they are NUTS.

It is just like the stupidity of saying "He killed his wife because she left him." NO....SHE left him because he was NUTS and he came and killed her, because he was NUTS. It had nothing to do with HER.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 4/5/2009 9:09PM

Glad you made it the 18 miles. You must be feeling better after the Gallbladder operation. The hills can kill you on the first ride of the year. That is the great thing about the stationary bike.

I agree with you on the triadic shooting. My prayers are with all the families.

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Counting Down the Days To San Diego!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I would like to really ramp up my efforts this month, not only to celebrate two years with SparkPeople, but I am going to the Spark Your Life Convention in San Diego at the end of the month and am SO PSYCHED and wanting to put my best foot forward for this MOST SPECTACULAR occasion!

It is so special for a number of reasons:

---of course it is special to celebrate at SparkPeople's first annual convention and meet SO many other members and SparkPeople staff, not the least of which is Chris Downey, SparkGuy who is nearing the completion of his first book about SparkPeople and will be drawing from convention attendees for his book!

---in addition, my sister and her family resides in San Diego and I have never ONCE visited them in the 20+ years they have lived out there.

---also, I have NEVER traveled further west in the USA than the Mississippi River!

---by some strange fluke, my son will be in San Diego at the same time attending a Physician Assistant convention right in the same building (San Diego Convention Center) as the SparkPeople convention.

Because of all these factors I made up my mind I was going to get there one way or the other and will be spending several days there staying with my sister and her family.

I'm getting all sorts of ideas from other Sparkies of great things to do like rent a bicycle and tour the town, catching all the beautiful sights.

So...I need to come up with a plan to really buckle down and accomplish some great things before the end of the month!

Trouble is...not sure where to start, what to aim for...breaking through my plateau and really working on shedding a few more pounds would be good. I am also a bit hampered still by my recovery from gall bladder surgery. Recovery is going well, but not sure I can yet truly pump it up on either treadmill or bicycle. Some strength-building might be off-limits also due to demands on my abs, which are still pretty sore.

But I better get going on SOMETHING here...!


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HEARTOLOVE 4/4/2009 5:06PM

    Have fun in San Diego!! Glad to hear your recovery is going well....Just remember to take the same advice that you give to others as far as recovering from physical challenges! What a GREAT coincidence that your son will be attending a conference in the same building!!!! Wooo! Hoo!

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SJ1320 4/4/2009 9:24AM

    I am so happy for you that you are getting to go to the conference and see your family too! Have a wonderful time! emoticon

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PTPHELAN 4/3/2009 8:10PM

    Don, I'm so glad you were able to arrange the trip. You will represent Binghamton and upstate well! Enjoy the beauty of the area. You may not want to return!

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    First - congrats on all the weight you've lost...what an amazing transformation! Woo hoo!

I live in Vista (north San Diego county) and am going to the convention - you'll love our city!! (Just like I love New York when I visit - it's different and fun!)

One suggestion I have to see the city is to take the Trolley around town - go to all the major sightseeing spots and you can get on and off as long as you want (like in New York....only on a Trolley!) There are a few of them, but here's the most well known:


I'm sure your relatives will be able to show you around - have a great time and welcome to San Diego and California!


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JIBBIE49 4/2/2009 8:58PM

    Well, make sure to remember to tell everyone that JIBBIE said "HELLO" and if she wasn't dealing with Nathan and his Cancer treatment, she'd have come, since her older son lives in Los Angeles. emoticon

Take a GREYLINE TOUR. You can't go wrong doing that.

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KAYAKID 4/2/2009 1:47PM

    glad to hear you were going to the convention. Have fun!!! relax in that San Diego Sunshine. Send some of the sunshine up here towards Oregon. We are waiting for its appearance. hows the recovery. Mike

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LUCYSMOM09 4/2/2009 9:21AM

    Make a list of all the things you want to do. Do the ones you think are important. Most of all have fun!

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LMSW55 4/2/2009 7:02AM

    I'll be going to the Sparkpeople Convention too. Glad to hear you are leaving your comfort zone to visit California and your family. There really is so much to do, so rather than be overwhelmed, let your family guide you to a few things.
I spend at least 24 hrs in Encinitas, Ca when I go because there is a wonderful meditation garden there as well as the beautiful beaches.
Follow your bliss!

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ANDALEX 4/2/2009 1:33AM

    great energy, great sentiment! but still, take it easy...no sense compromising your recovery and ending up worse off than you started. has your dr cleared you to work out yet?

sounds like the conference is going to be awesome!!!

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The Gift of Loving Ourselves

Sunday, March 29, 2009

During my walk today an old favorite song of mine pumped me up in a whole new way. Ages ago many of us have heard what sounds like common sense spoken by Erich Fromm in his tiny book "The Art of Loving" that in order for anyone to love another person one must first truly love themselves.

Well for most of my life I belonged to that very large (pun intended!) club of people who never really "got it," never could honestly say that he/she loved him/herself unabashedly without conditions.

I realized today that one of the most exciting aspects of working out and making healthy food choices is that these are powerful means of affirming, accepting and truly loving and celebrating ourselves. Instead of hearing this song as a love song for someone else, I heard it as a celebration of being able to love myself, able to draw from that hidden strength inside about which I hadn't known for SO much of my life, feeling all pumped up, stepping right along to the drive and push of this wonderful song! So I had to get home and write this up and share it with all of you here within our SparkPeople community:

This is Love
Artist: Mary Chapin-Carpenter
Album: Stones In The Road

If you ever need to hear a voice in the middle of the night
When it seems so black outside that you can't remember light
Ever shone on you or the ones you love in this or another lifetime
And the voice you need to hear is the true and the trusted kind
With a soft, familiar rhythm in these swirling, unsure times
When the waves are lapping in and you're not sure you can swim
Well here's the lifeline
If you ever need to feel a hand take up your own
When you least expect but want it more than you've ever known
Baby here's that hand and baby here's my voice that's calling, this is love,
all it ever was and will be
This is love

And if you ever need some proof that time can heal your wounds
Just step inside my heart and walk around these rooms
Where the shadows used to be,
you can feel as well as see how peace con hover
Now time's been here to fix what's broken with its power
The love that smashed us both to bits spent its last few hours
Calling out your name, I thought this is the kind of pain
From which we don't recover

But I'm standing here now with my heart held out to you
You would've thought a miracle was all that got us through
Well baby all I know, all I know is I'm still standing
And this is love all it ever was and will be
This is love

And I see you still and there's this catch in my throat and
I just swallow hard till it leaves me
There's nothing in this world that can change what we know
Still I know I am here if you ever need me
And this is love

And if you ever think of me let it be around twilight
When the world has settled down and the last round of sunlight
Is waning in the sky, as you sit and watch the night descending
A car will pass out front with lovers at the wheel
A dog will bark out back and children's voices peal
Over and under the air, you've been there lost in the remembering
And if you ever wish for things that are only in the past
Just remember that the wrong things aren't supposed to last
Babe it's over and done and the rest is gonna come when you let it

And this is love, all that it ever was and will be
This is love, when you let it, if you let it now
This is love, all it ever was and can be
This is love

Lyrics link: www.getreadyforlove.com/thisislove.h

Link to album review: Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Stones In The Road
This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite albums! So is her other one, "Come On, Come On."


Link to mp3 download, entire album $8.99, songs 99 cents apiece:


If you aren't familiar with this album, celebrate yourself, celebrate life and buy it! :-)


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ANDALEX 4/1/2009 1:58AM

    thanks :) i needed that.

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HAPPYWRITER7 3/30/2009 7:47PM

    It's so great to see you still around! I went to comment on sweetzmix's page and saw your comment, I remembered you from my first few weeks here on SP last year! Great Blog, Im still learning this myself. Im working on having more than just a few glimpses here and there. I want to live in loving myself.

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MARJIJANE 3/30/2009 4:27PM

    Yupp! So true ...thanks for sharing a new perspective!


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JIBBIE49 3/30/2009 2:48PM

    So True!

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TRAINOF4 3/29/2009 11:04PM

    Oh that is sooo true. I've told people & even had on my page that no matter how thin I ever was or ever get, how fit I ever was or ever get it won't make an iota of difference if I can't love myself completely.

Your post really hits on what I think a lot of us at SP suffer from - a lack of self-esteem, self-confidence, etc.

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OUTDOORGIRL70 3/29/2009 4:37PM

    Don.... That is a great Blog and a very good thing to think about.

I am also one of those that never could honestly say that he/she loved him/herself unabashedly without conditions.

It gives us all something to think about.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you are doing well.

Still snowing here we have had 5 1/2" so far.

God Bless and my prayers are with you.

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