Sunday, December 01, 2013
Today is the first day of advent. Though I dabble in religions, I wouldn't call myself religious. However, my wife calls herself a Christian, and likes to follow some of their traditions and rituals. So this evening, before dinner, I got the advent wreath out from storage and set it up. As you do, I lit one of the four candles, and we ate dinner under the glow of the advent candle. Each Sunday night before Christmas, you add a lit candle to the mix, until the last week you have all four lit (three light and one dark). I do it because it makes her feel good about the season. Also, it's kind of pretty. Glenn
Monday, November 18, 2013
And I'm a sucker for some of these days. Some of you may know I shaved off my beard for Shave off Your Beard day on October 17. Well, I have been waiting and waiting for I don't know what to start my new walking program. Tonight, learning it was Take a Hike Day, at 9:00 at night with it raining out a little, I grabbed a good flashlight and took a 20 minute hike on my front road. It was leisurely. Some of the old joints let me know they were there, but when I got home they quieted down. May this be the start of a regular and consistent program. My weight has stabilized for a couple of months now. Maybe by exercising it will trend downwards for a while. Wish me well. Glenn
Monday, November 11, 2013
I know this is not the best place to write about American football. After all this is a weight loss and fitness site. But somehow this blog entry might be connected to what we do on weekends
There was an article by Frank Bruni in the New York Times this weekend about the recently discovered and much discussed presence of Traumatic Brain Encephalopathy in older and former football players. It seems, for those who don't know, just one concussion at a younger age, and sometimes multiples of concussions, can lead to this sad brain complication that has dementia and sometimes uncontrolled anger as it's symptoms. The condition is mostly irreversible. Many of these men were chasing heroism, a recent theme of mine, and high salaries and the limelight and were trading off their health to do so. These condition lead to shorter lives and disability. Already, we had known about the knee, back and leg injuries that often plague players for the rest of their lives.
In this article I mentioned, Mr Bruni states that there is an unwritten agreement between the owners, players and fans that even with TBE, the game is worth it. It is so much fun for them to be involved in the game that all are willing to sacrifice the older lives of the players for their own enjoyment of the sport. This is making the participation as fan or player in the sport as no more different than what the Romans experienced when they went to watch their gladiators get killed and maimed for public spectacle. We just dress it all up with luxury stadiums, highly creative commercials, big paid smooth commentators who themselves don't seem to have an ounce of violence in them.
The New Orleans Saints, it was recently revealed, have a bonus system where a player is paid thousands of extra dollars if he can knock an opposing player out of the game due to in jury. PLEEEEESE. What have we come to. Glenn
Saturday, November 09, 2013
I'm taking a risk in writing this. Last night I wrote about the joy I sometimes get in seeing the inventive blogs that come to this site. Some of them look very professional.
But tonite, I have something different to talk about. I am talking about the absolute, tremendous need of some us Sparkers to achieve in all manner of ways. I'm talking mostly about the need of probably a minority of younger people, and especially younger women to be as superheroes. You can see evidence of it when people are writing their New Years resolutions, and some will list 10,15,25 different things they are going to try to address in the New Year, and some of these are very difficult. These include things such as weight loss, exercise, relationships, family, and work advancement. For some, it has become so extremely important to achieve, that I just wonder if for those, life has lost some of it's joy. When you are pushing it to the max all the time, the concurring feeling is one of kicking yourself for the times you don 't measure up to your own expectations and goals.
I am a 62 year old who retired 2 years ago. Believe me, when you get to this point in life, it really doesn't matter how many push ups you've done or how much money you've made. It becomes much more easy to take joy in the small things.
Last night I read a blog and one of the responses to it that were from two women who walk because they enjoy the experience. They walk to observe nature, to breathe, to take in the splendor of the world. But the walks aren't about beating a timer or pushing and pushing for greater distances. If they get greater fitness as a result, they'll probably take that. But the goal is to enjoy. The goal is to find richness of experience. I use them as an example because both of them seem to really enjoy life. It's really not all that important to always be winning. Take the time. Enjoy the air. And be happy with what you have. I'm not saying it's bad to achieve. In fact that is necessary at a younger age to have drive. But sometimes people need some perspective on life. Sometimes it's important just to slow down. Best wishes to you . Glenn
Friday, November 08, 2013
Sometimes it's just great to read all of these inventive blogs. Good luck to you, Glenn
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