Friday, December 24, 2010
Heartfelt appreciation and gratitude going out to ALL of our SparkFamily and sincerest wishes for Peace On Earth as sung so well on one of my very favorite songs of the season! I just LOVE this father / daughter dual effort!
Someone presented this music SO well here at YouTube:
Updated: A tad behind schedule for my blog, but perfect timing for Christmas: this appeared in my inbox this morning. A wonderful message from the Dali Lama: A Human Approach to World Peace:
Thursday, December 23, 2010
From one of my favorite techie e-mails: Windows Secrets ( windowssecrets.com )
"We're not sure what to make of this, but the Wacky column is a Windows Secrets subscriber favorite — measured by the number of hits it receives — proving that our readers have a fine sense of humor.
So to end 2010 with a smile, we've put together a special Wacky — the five most popular of the year. We'll start, however, with one of our all-time favorite videos. And at the end, we've tossed in two more of our particular favorites. Enjoy!"
Some GOOD ones here folks...!
Everyone have a WONDERFUL holiday season and whatever you do...
Keep the SPARK!
Bigtime appreciation going out to all of my SparkFamily for all your support, enthusiasm, kindness, understanding and caring kicks-in-the-butt!
Friday, December 10, 2010
My private practice appts. lately have been spreading between Weds., Thurs. and Fri. so I've been working in an hour of Nordic Walking on each of those days by leaving my car parked at my day job and pulling out the poles to walk to my office and afterward back. Save a smidgen of gas and get my cardio wedged in on those busy days!
Yesterday presented a nippy challenge as it was around 17 or so degrees, but after 10-15 mins. I'm pretty warmed up, although my legs still felt the chill some. And THEN after getting back to my car to drop off the poles I needed to get BACK downtown for the Celtic Thunder concert and catch up with DW. I *knew* parking would be tough and probably a waste of time, ending up parking almost as far away as I already was. So...off I go again!
No poles this time, but jogging instead, keeping a nice 4-5 mph pace down those nearly-deserted streets.
Tonight the challenge was the lightly falling snow which made the sidewalks slippery...couldn't "grab" with my poles' rubber tips so I didn't get the benefit of the poles as much...just lightly pushing as they would slide along. EXCEPT on my return trip I spotted a side street that was just wet, no snow...light enough with only an occasional car so I stayed on the street where I could "dig in" with the poles...yes!
But back on the main street again I dealt with the slippery snow cover by deciding that "someone" was trying to tell me to give up on the poles and just jog along, which I did for the last 1/2 of the trip.
The jogging felt good. Not *great*, but at least it was good!
Been picking a lotta brains (aka: fellow cycling club members...lol!) on possible cross country skiing venues and came up with a couple up north a little way, which means the odds of them having more and lasting snow would be greater this winter.
For the benefit of those in / around upstate New York here they are:
Lime Hollow Nature Center (near Cortland, NY):
Highland Forest Park (near Syracuse, NY)
Another unexpected treat came out of the blue tonight and an online friend sent me two Paul Winter albums. These are two from back around 1968-69 that I once owned in vinyl but lost to a flood in our basement ages ago:
I have looked EVERYWHERE for these long out-of-print albums! Christmas arrives early! Woo hoo!
These were very formative albums of his which led to Winter's later success in pulling together what would be one of the most unique and expressive music and musicians known as Oregon:
I had the pleasure of seeing them on the cheap (FREE: as I was an usher for our university jazz club...YES!) performing 3 times back in 1976-78 while attending Michigan State University...also around the time Magic Johnson / Gregory Kelser led the Spartans to win the championship and the town was literally torn up with bar chairs set afire in the median strip of Grand Avenue! Ah memories...lol!
If your musical tastes lean toward New Age, World music with an unorthodox, highly unique spin of its own I cannot recommend either the Paul Winter Consort or Oregon highly enough...truly magical, inspired music for the body and soul!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
I've come across a very thought-provoking article written by a formerly obese person who dubs herself as "The Thinnest Fat Woman in the World." She was once a proponent of the Fat Acceptance movement and although she has made radical shifts away from this, she offers some insights which she has taken from this experience:
Caught Between Fat and Thin: The Pounds Come Off, But the Label Stays
The level of acceptance and balance she has achieved I think offers an important angle for those looking to make their new, healthy and well lifestyle a permanent change.
I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts, reactions!
Also, another article along the "Buy Nothing - Value Everything" thinking:
Downsize Nation: Welcome to the New, Smaller American Dream
Have a great day everyone!
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