NUMD97's SparkPeople Blog NUMD97's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What Freedom Means - Memorial Day Edition May 28, 2017 This blog is not going to be a motivator about weight loss. If you are looking for that today, move along. <BR> <BR> This blog is about a story I want to share, and I will let it speak for itself. <BR> <BR> Years ago, I was living in Wisconsin, and was working at the Veteran's Administration as a physician. I was assigned a group of young medical school students. We had an incredible opportunity one day to talk to the veterans and allow them to tell us their story. We met vets from diff... Sun, 28 May 2017 09:38:07 EST The Dark Side Of Weight Loss Surgery: Final Remarks - March 6, 2017 Thank you all for taking the time to comment on my blog about weight loss surgery. Let me add some photos so you have a better understanding of what these surgeries entail: <BR> <BR> GASTRIC SLEEVE - 2/3 of your stomach gets cut away, including the elements for transporting Vitamin B12. Here's a great graphic, including the pros and cons of the surgery; <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GASTRIC BYPASS - Exactly... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:00:27 EST The Dark Side Of Weight Loss Surgery - March 4, 2017 I have been meaning to write this blog for several weeks now, but after my house's break-in, it got waylaid. Reading WATERMELLEN's own blog concerning bariatric surgery (here's the link) prompted me to finally sit down and put words to paper: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323827 </link> <BR> <BR> The main issue I have with the surgery, is many of the procedures are irreversible. I totally get the need, especially in the case of e... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 10:27:51 EST What's Your Number? - September 11, 2016 Being a science-y type person, I was intrigued by one of AutieJ's blogs (somewhere in April, check it out. EDIT: Okay, I found it: "I Ain't Too Proud To Blog" - April 1, 2016): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132490 </link> : <BR> <BR> She had noted that over time she had learned the "sweet spot" [my term, not hers] in her calorie range that caused the greatest effect in terms of weight loss. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has given me a ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:36:42 EST Do You Love Yourself Enough? - September 4, 2016 Today, I went swimming for the first time this season. I got to ten laps in twelve minutes, and that was enough for openers. That part was not disheartening. What totally got to me was going back into the locker room and catching a glimpse of myself as I passed the mirror. Oh my! The Michelin man comes to mind: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least he looks happy. I am not. Lately, I have been reading ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 15:24:49 EST You Have To Live With Yourself - August 28, 2016 I actually had another blog in mind, but talking to the dental hygienist this morning at my dental visit, "sparked" this one. <BR> <BR> One of the major sea changes that came about in the last bunch of decades (I cannot tell you exactly when, nor is it important to look up), is the change in the idea that we are not on a diet. This is a lifestyle change, as we all know now. Deprivation from foods we love and sitting at family gatherings eating a wedge of lettuce (no dressing, please!), and... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:06:14 EST Is This How It Ends? - August 6, 2016 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Warning: This blog is not going to be sentimental. It's actually painful to write. But it's something that I feel impelled to do. <BR> <BR> The other day I read a blog of AutieJ's (wish I could find the exact part...EDIT: Now found, thanks to AutieJ: It's her blog titled "I Don't Want To Be Like My Daddy") <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:54:10 EST Give Yourself A Pat On The Back - August 5, 2016 I had wanted to save this as a "Success Secret" for myself, but for one of the only times in my life, I could not do it in 300 words, which SP requires. So, my page, my blog. <BR> <BR> Now back to our regularly scheduled program: <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Even small accomplishments count. Make sure you acknowledge them. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> It is very important to give yourself mini-milestones to keep you on track. If you look at the whole "mountain" that is ahead of you, it can be... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:04:16 EST My Body Is So Much Smarter Than Me - May 26, 2016 Each time I thwart myself with excessive eating for whatever reason, my body complains. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> My body is so much smarter than me, warning me that I've overdone it again. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> My body is so much smarter than me, telling me that feeling bloated is the result of overeating. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My body is so much smarter than me, telling me that sluggish feeling is from excessive eating. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> My body is so much smarter t... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:35:26 EST Getting The Dreaded "D" Diagnosis - January 25, 2016 So I graduated. No longer "pre-diabetic", I am now full-fledged diabetic. Getting that diagnosis is, of course, sobering. But in the most bizarre way it kind of is a godsend. <BR> <BR> Say what? <BR> <BR> OK, here's the thing: It totally changes your perspective on all those horrible, terrible, miserable habits. You, frankly, do not have a choice. The good thing about Diabetes Type 2 (yes, there really is an upside) is that with weight loss and exercise, in many instances, the disease... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:40:24 EST "It's The Real Thing" - August 1, 2015 This graphic was just too priceless not to put into blog form: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-do/21216022/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|<BR>dl10|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D895910726 </link> <BR> <BR> This is how your body responds to *just* one can of soda. It is sobering. And if this does not cut down your consumption of "The Real Thing", nothing will. <BR> <BR> Food for thought. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:33:13 EST When You Say You Can't, It's Too Hard - July 5, 2015 The video link speaks for itself (see below). I dedicate this blog to the unflagging spirit of a woman, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, and still, in spite of it all, persevered. Even biking to her radiation sessions! Sigrun, you leave me humbled and without words. <BR> <BR> Perhaps through this mini-blog, your spirit will continue to inspire: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:09:29 EST One Hundred Days To A Sustainable Habit - January 7, 2015 New Year is easily equated with a clean slate and new resolution time. I have been giving some thought lately to the idea that it takes 100 days to "lock" in a new habit. Check out this link, if you are curious: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>og/how-to-sustain-habit-change </link> <BR> <BR> Now consider all the things you already do that you don't give a second thought to, like brushing your teeth routinely two or more times a day (making you and your dentist ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:23:24 EST The Crash Not To Be Followed By The Burn - November 25, 2014 Boy, it's been a long time! I just saw the date of my last blog. I was already about a week into one of the craziest ideas of my life. <BR> <BR> Weight loss and major life changes are seismic shifts, I have discovered. There is an incredible interconnectedness when one decides to change. Both bring a certain tenacity and a certain inventiveness to the approach of how to answer the question, "What next?" <BR> <BR> And don't forget, of course, the people in the outer rings of your life who ar... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:43:20 EST Happy New Year! New Year, New Beginning, Right? Not So Fast. - January 8, 2014 People look forward to the new year with incredible hope and newfound tenacity. They make resolutions, join gyms, and hit the elliptical, Stair Master, and treadmill with an acolyte's zeal. <BR> <BR> For most, this frenetic level of enthusiasm will last, perhaps, according to my gym, until mid-March, when they will quit and slink away. It was an impossible dream, or was it? <BR> <BR> Statistics state that ninety-five percent of us will fail at this quest, ultimately. Some of us diehards ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:57:45 EST A Message From Your Body, Lovingly Sent To You - November 19, 2013 Dear, <BR> <BR> You need to remember that when you drink more water, you always feel better. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> When you make poor food choices, you always feel crummy. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> It's that simple, really, sweetie. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This is just a gentle reminder from someone who loves you very much. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Your Gut Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:39:56 EST The Power Of One - January 7, 2013 In anything I endeavor to do, all I need is one person to help me be the person I wish to be. That person is me. It's nice to have "a little help from my friends", but the real work to make this permanent has to come from me. <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been reading about very successful folks on SP, who through sheer will and determination, have lost a considerable amount of weight. Now that they are realizing their goals, and have successfully maintained it for long stretches of time, even... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:10:11 EST As Panic Sets In, Points To Ponder [For Women Especially] - September 22, 2012 As some of you may know, I saw my doctor back in July who sent me "good news" after she received my lab results, that I am now officially prediabetic. That started a flurry of activity and an 82-day quest to lose what I felt was a reasonable amount of weight (twenty pounds to be exact) before the recheck in October. OK. I set out my plan, I wrote my blog and I was determined to see this weight loss in 82 days. Absolutely doable, right? Now here's the kicker [and you women will get this t... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:13:38 EST Twenty Pounds - August 30, 2012 Many have done blogs indicating what successive pounds lost look like, creating clearcut visual imagery, including myself sometime back. Some images included dog food bags (about 25 pounds) and another (my favorite!), an elephant's penis (one of the ones I included, about 60 pounds) to indicate what those pounds lost could represent. But this morning I was awestruck by a picture that was taken just two years ago, and one the following year that showed a 20-pound loss exactly. I honestly di... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:46:08 EST To Save My Life - What Does It Finally Take? - July 21, 2012 I am still steaming. And it's been four days since I went to the doctor's for a "routine" physical. She insisted, since I hadn't been there for a complete physical in two years. OK, that seemed fair, so Tuesday I went. <BR> <BR> Back story to my visit: <BR> <BR> I had needed a prescription for new CPAP equipment and had my doctor give me one. I was really annoyed that the company would not just give me what I needed, since the condition is stable, and has been since my diagnosis of ob... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:45:40 EST What The Heck Is A Serving Size Of Fruit Or Vegetable Anyway? - July 13, 2012 It's amazing however long that we're on this journey, there is still something new to learn. And often enough, that changes over the years as even nutritionists and the FDA contemplate what is really in our best interests. <BR> <BR> So, today's conundrum for me was lunch. I wanted to have a bunch of baby carrots with my grilled eggplant, but had no idea what a serving size of the carrots is. The packaged stuff is now easy, thanks to the work of Dr. Fred Kessler during his tenure with th... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:01:57 EST Live With Intention - July 4,2012 Today, I borrow -- this being a rest day, I need my brain for other pursuits and know that you all will forgive the transgression. <BR> <BR> This was too good not to quote, and the author is Mary Anne Radmacher: <BR> <BR> " Live with intention <BR> <BR> Walk to the edge <BR> <BR> Listen hard <BR> <BR> Practice well <BR> <BR> Play with abandon <BR> <BR> Laugh <BR> <BR> Choose with no regret <BR> <BR> Continue to learn <BR> <BR> Appreciate your friends <BR> <BR> Do what you love <BR>... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:57:39 EST Sweetest Graduation Gift Ever - June 28, 2012 OK, it appears it was too long for the feed, but this is really a "must read". Get the tissues ready. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ads-ultimate-graduation-gift-took-13-y<BR>ears-to-make-what-have-you-got/ </link> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:15:18 EST How Fat Exactly Are You? - June 21, 2012 Since starting this journey, learning exactly how much body weight I have stored as fat, has become an important aspect of my better health plan, to better understand exactly where I am, health-wise. Call it the scientist in me, I need to see concrete evidence in numbers of the damage I have done, and another way to mark my progress. I have read about scales that offer this element as part of a simple weigh-in, but when I actually bought one, it didn't work and I sent it back from whence it... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 05:20:02 EST In A Realistic World - June 11, 2012 Oftentimes we need some guidance about measures when we are forced to "guess-timate" what is a portion exactly. Most of us are not yet ready to lug around scales and measuring spoons in public places nor restaurants. So what's a body to do? <BR> <BR> I stumbled across this tonight that might be of some help: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew some, others were new to me, and something I'll have to remember (my good eye not withst... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:01:37 EST Resilience - What's That About? - June 3, 2012 The other day I remarked to a friend about the fact that she and I, although on different career paths, shared something in common: The need, when circumstances demanded, to reinvent ourselves. I thought it required a lot of chutzpah to take on challenges where we "boldly went" probably where we had no right to go. She didn't think it was a question of chutzpah, but of persistence. <BR> <BR> I considered this. What makes some toss in the towel in the face of adversity and others to push ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:40:34 EST Was Thinking Of Starting A Boot Camp Video And Then Coach Nicole's "28-Day Boot Camp" DVD Arrived - Serendipity is an amazing thing, no? I've been on SparkPeople going on four years now, and have been amply rewarded by this supportive community in so many ways. I was thinking that it was time to add new activities to the cardio routine, to keep boredom at bay, and was seriously considering starting a boot camp video as an alternative to get some variety in. SparkPeople must have been reading my mind, because I then received an invitation from their marketing division to review Coach Nico... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:59:59 EST Fifty-Four Year Old Men Are Not Supposed To Die - January 14, 2012 First, before I say anything else, I want to thank my "core" of Sparkers for their unwavering support. I very much appreciate the notes on my SP page, the comments on my feed, and the texts to my phone, especially over the last two weeks, as these sad events began to unfold. You all are very special people. <BR> <BR> In the last several months, I have seen two men, young in years, felled by illness that came, for lack of a better word, like a thunderclap. One day they were fine, and then ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:47:41 EST I Do Know Why - January 6, 2012 [DISCLAIMER: This blog is going to be a bit brutal, so you might want to keep moving and find a more motivational one.] <BR> <BR> As some of you may have already seen, I’ve had a rough week this week, and my feed has reflected some of that. Now let me tell you some of why I’ve been a tad ornery. I finally realized why. Or at least part of the reason why. <BR> <BR> I guess it started about three months ago when my former boss, who has since become a very dear friend, sent me an e-mail th... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:10:35 EST Something To Ponder - A Mini-Blog January 2, 2012 New year new beginnings, right? Everyone is all revved up to get going with their New Year's resolutions. You can actually feel the buzz in the Spark community. With this being a leap year, we actually have one extra day, so if we falter, we just got a natural "get out of jail" card. Sounds too good to be true. <BR> <BR> Now here's the obverse of this coin (you had to know this was coming): According to the Mayan calendar, the world (or the calendar, take your pick, there seems to be so... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:38:17 EST New Year: The Virtual Trek Continues - January 1, 2012 As part of my latest trek, I'm going to try and blog weekly on my progress across the country. It will help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> The “NY To LA Or Bust! Virtual Trek”, got off the ground on December 28 and ended December 30, 2011 for a total of 4.74 miles. Nothing earth-shattering I know, but it's a start. I'm doing this in 100-mile chunks, and right now hope to be in Pennsylvania just past Stoney Hollow Road, east of Fern Ridge Bog Preserve (why not?) by mid-March. We’ll call i... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:47:53 EST NY To LA Or Bust! - December 25, 2011 Doing a virtual trek, I have learned, has helped me reach goals utilizing a visual of a map, and careful planning. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the virtual trek on Cape Cod, and it kept me quite focused. And it was completed pretty much on time (a few days after Thanksgiving - the original projected date, which was within reason), within the three months originally planned. Sometimes life intervenes, but that's OK, too. <BR> <BR> Now that I know I can do 80 miles, I'm thinking more ambitio... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 16:44:25 EST Being Your Own Super Hero - Saturday, December 24, 2011 Yesterday, I came across an article in the Huffington Post briefly reviewing a book, published in England this past fall [“Dear Me: More Letters To My Sixteen-Year Old Self”], and it got me to thinking and remembering what I thought was so important then. “Sweet Sixteen” is a major turning point for an American girl. I was no exception. But looking back on it, I would love to whisper in my sixteen-year old self’s ear, that all that surrounded me then, found no place in the future at all. ... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 16:54:03 EST Motivation? What Happens When You Run Out Of Motivation? - December 6, 2011 I saw this on another Sparker's page tonight and I just had to research the genius behind the quote, because, frankly, I had never heard of him. To wit, John C. Maxwell is an American entrepreneur and motivational speaker (after you read the quote, I think you will understand why): <BR> <BR> “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. <BR> Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or <BR> whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? <BR> After yo... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:45:30 EST 79.1 Miles. What Was I THINKING? - December 4, 2011 I've been on SP for a long time now. Over three years, going on four, to be exact. Once the "Ah ha!" moment has passed, and one "gets" it, the work really begins in earnest. OK, we "get" the point about portion control, more calories out than calories in. "Moving" more than sitting. And on and on it goes. <BR> <BR> We start off with such enthusiasm and verve. We got it, right? So the rest should be easy. [Easier?] But the issue is this: When one has a "ginormous" amount of weight to... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:49:20 EST In An Instant - September 11, 2011 Those looking for weight loss encouragement or musings on that, keep looking. This blog is not going to address that. It's about something else entirely. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking of how things can change, so capriciously, in an instant. About a week or so ago, I learned the fate, quite by accident, of someone I went to junior high school with. I found a page on Facebook, dedicated to her memory and was puzzled about that, wondering what illness befell her, dying so young. She wou... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:10:22 EST Come Join Us! We're Going Virtual Walking On Cape Cod! - August 13, 2011 For anyone who might be interested in joining us for our virtual trek, here are the instructions for Week #1: <BR> <BR> Open up (register first). Click on "map the walk" function. Then it should show your address (pulled in from registration data). Change that and type in Sippewissett Road, Falmouth, MA. We're starting opposite Flume Lake (kinda nice touch, no?). Then on the right is a dialog box: Click on "center map" (this way the map moves when you move), and click the funct... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 15:24:37 EST Coloring In The Lines - August 13, 2011 Remember when you were in kindergarten some years back, and how you took pride in first deepening the outlines of the page you were about to color, so that you would take extra care when coloring in the page? <BR> <BR> I got to thinking about that, when I remembered a little known feature that Spark provides: On the Start page, there is a monthly calendar (called my SparkSummary Calendar) where you can see at a glance how you are progressing for that month. There is a gold star awarded i... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:03:05 EST "Don't Stop! Don't Give Up!" - July 27, 2011 Edition No time to write a proper blog, but if you're really feeling down, this should do the trick. And if it doesn't, whatsamatta with you? <BR> <BR> <BR> /dont-give-up-girl-motivational-song_n <BR> _908770.html <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:50:47 EST Failure IS An Option (For Women Only - With Pics) - July 11, 2011 Subtitle: Continuing Where We Left Off At Last Week's Meeting <BR> <BR> OK, now that I've got your attention, listen up! I ain't no expert, nor am I pretending to be, but some things bear repeating: <BR> <BR> (1) This is a LIFETIME change, not a sprint to glory for: <BR> (a) Wedding <BR> (b) Class Reunion <BR> (c) Family Gathering <BR> (d) Holiday <BR> (e) You pick any remaining excuses <BR> <BR> (2) You WILL "plateau" <BR> <BR> (3) You WILL back slide... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:22:07 EST It's Finally Happened, Virginia, We've Hit Bottom - July 8, 2011 Perhaps, Viriginia, there is a Santa Claus, but after reading the following article today about a woman who WANTS to be obese and set new Guinness records, I am probably for the first time in my life utterly speechless. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link><BR>-pound-woman-makes-a-career-out-of-eat<BR>ing-a-lot/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-w%7<BR>Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%7C218280 </link> <BR> <BR> The Cliff Notes' version is she weighs 700 pounds and is totally depe... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:17:11 EST For Women Only (Shhhhh!) - July 6, 2011 Subtitle: The Power Of Belief <BR> <BR> OK, women, gather 'round. Let's sit down in a circle and once and for all let's figure this out. Grab a cup of coffee from the back. The urn's still hot. We have some serious work to do here today. <BR> <BR> I have noticed, especially lately from blogs I have read, that women, as they approach their goal weight (within a few pounds of where they want to be) are starting to absolutely freak out. For the first time (or maybe the first time in a ve... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 06:53:59 EST Firecrackers And Freedom - July 1, 2011 No long blog today. No deep thinking. Just a wish that all take a moment on The Fourth to remember how we got here as a country and how many made sacrifices to preserve our freedom. <BR> <BR> No other country in the world can say that. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:44:29 EST The Evolution Of A Congresswoman - June 12, 2011 Today I saw the long-awaited pictures, finally published, of Gabrielle Giffords. I have been waiting expectantly since first hearing of the awful shooting back in January, when we would be able to catch a glimpse of how her recovery was progressing. In five-months' time her progress is nothing short of miraculous. Her hair is shorter, probably growing back in after it was shaved for the surgeries she needed. Except for a small, hardly noticeable depression along her left temple, and her ... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:09:14 EST Taking A Moment - May 29, 2011 We all lead busy lives, and we all are here to get the much needed support to continue with our weight loss project, but today, I want to take a moment's pause to remember our veterans who were flung into harm's way, in order to keep us free. <BR> <BR> If you're a veteran, I humbly thank you for your sacrifice and service. <BR> <BR> A peaceful Memorial Day to all. Sun, 29 May 2011 08:08:54 EST Obesity And Brain Damage - Ooooh Really? May 25, 2011 As if I needed a new reason to lose weight, here is something I have not come across yet, until today: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>proves-memory-research-reveals/story?i<BR>d=13383600 </link> <BR> <BR> If nothing else, it is an interesting theory. I like the connection that weight loss will improve my memory (now where did I leave the house keys again?). The converse is a bit scarier: What in obesity is causing "brain damage" (the study's words, not mine, s... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:01:39 EST Packing A Lunch For The End Of The World - May 21, 2011 I was thinking yesterday how "The End Of The World" as we know it, is supposedly coming today. This definitely is not in my schedule, and especially not now: We have great theater tickets for a Broadway show in June, and I still would like to lose a decent amount before that celebration night. <BR> <BR> So what DOES one eat, for the last day on earth? I still think eating a healthful low calorie breakfast is key for setting the calories for the rest of the day. Cereal for me is the best ... Sat, 21 May 2011 09:24:32 EST And Once Again The Universe "Self-Corrects" - May 18, 2011 This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point: Every now and again, when we see something woefully wrong and out of place, it is heartening to see that sometimes, the universe gets it right and "self-corrects". <BR> <BR> Even in SP land, what this past week has shown us is, that when something goes awry, it can, indeed, be fixed. The take home here is that bullying of any sort, be it out there in the real world or here in the cyberuniverse, will not be tolerated, and will be exposed f... Wed, 18 May 2011 12:40:47 EST Mixed Feelings - May 16, 2011 I usually start my mornings with SparkPeople, idly spinning the SP wheel. After racking up my points for the day, my next stop is to check out the daily blogs. Today was not a good morning. To my horror I noticed my profile staring at me as one of the popular blogs for the day. This never was my intention. <BR> <BR> I came to SparkPeople like everyone else here: I needed something to change my "wicked, wicked ways", or I certainly would hurtle into oblivion. My own internist had told m... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:06:20 EST Can FOUR THOUSAND People Truly Be Wrong? - May 12, 2011 Something occurred today that has deeply troubled me: One of the most popular bloggers on this site, one who has truly motivated many, with over 4,000 followers, felt impelled to leave this site. <BR> <BR> This is the second instance in as many weeks wherein certain blogs had to be modified to conform to the opinion, seemingly, of the offended few. In the other instance, I actually understood the reasoning behind all the x'ed out thoughts: It, frankly, was racist, albeit directed by the a... Thu, 12 May 2011 22:06:06 EST