WOODHEAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WOODHEAT WOODHEAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A Christmas Letter to my friends here on Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833383 Hello Friends! <BR> <BR> Hope this Christmas season is finding all of you healthy, happy and in the spirit of Christmas! <BR> <BR> Over 2000 years ago, 3 wise men followed a star and their hearts to a humble manger where an infant lie. Like all of us, they probably had incredibly busy lives. Lives filled with responsibilities and things that just needed to get done. But for them a star compelled them to drop everything and pursue the coming of a Messiah, a king, a teacher, a child that w... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:51 EST Boston - The Love Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326121 I know that I said yesterday that I was going to blog on the Boston horror story, but somehow I haven't been quite able to wrap myself around this. I'm not sure why? As most of you know from repeated exposure to my meanderings, words usually come easily to me. Not this time. I wonder why? However there have been many out there who have said it well and have said it beautifully and I am grateful for their words. The other team that I have many friends on is "The Rookie Runners". Of course, thi... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:46:03 EST Musings with Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119502 Yeah, I know, you've heard from me before about how I like big storms! I like blizzards and hurricanes, northeasters, tornadoes, and torrential rains! My heart quickens as soon as a severe storm warning comes over the airs. I'm afraid I'm one of those guys who doesn't have the common sense to stay indoors in this kind of weather either. I get an extreme case of cabin fever real quick and I need to go out and experience the weather face to face! Yeah I quess I'm sort of a storm sick-o - a... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:20:41 EST Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929758 Luv and I got married in the very early 70's. Viet Nam was still an American nightmare, doomsdayers were predicting not only an economic meltdown, but a complete self-destruction of our democratic way of life. Unemployment was high. Most important, I was young an impressionable and allowed myself to be drug down to the level of the pessimists that seemed to be so well informed. Somehow I missed focusing on all the good people and the good things in life that surrounded me even then. I di... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:55:06 EST Sunday morning's contemplations - come meander with me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919914 We often find ourselves totally astonished by modern technology - cell phones that access the internet and rearrange our lives; instant messaging with which we can communicate at a whim with others around the world; lasers, once the weapon of science fiction now a precision tool in modern surgery; energy captured from the sun or wind or an atom and put to use in maintaining our everyday lives. None of these modrn innovations com anwhere close to being able to understood with my limited train... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:34:54 EST Revenge revisted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901782 I've got to say that now looking back on this whole event, I'm disappointed in the way I reacted! Can you tell that I'm spoiled and used to getting things my way? lol <BR> <BR> The situation was resolved with us getting most of our money back. It was finally Rich's wife who offered the money, mostly to get rid of Luv! She was laying the quilt trip on him pretty heavily. In all fairness to Rich, I've asked around and it seems like the man is really pretty well liked. It does seem like th... Mon, 28 May 2012 20:55:43 EST Revenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885187 I just allowed someone to enter my life and let him make me someone I don't want to be. The situation filled me with anger and disappointment and just cost me a night's sleep. <BR> <BR> Here's the Reader's Digest Condensed version. We just purchased a tandem bike: something we've talked about doing for a long time and Gloria, my wife, decided that now would be a good time - my birthdays coming up soon. We were quite excited about the idea. <BR> <BR> First we checked out Craigs List, cam... Thu, 17 May 2012 06:22:50 EST A journey of souls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826478 Seemed to have awakened very early here this morning. Still a full moon looking in on me sitting here at my computer. Thought I'd go out and meditate in the hot tub since I seem a little contemplative, but then I realized that my chimes outside my bedroom are playing a rather rowdy melody already this morning. Indeed my trees are dancing boldly in the early morning light. So I'll have to be content with the surge of the hot caffine to begin my day. There are certainly worse ways to get ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 06:58:34 EST Compassion and other angelic traits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665582 Okay, it finally looks like I might be back for more than just a day or two. Yes, it has been a rough couple of weeks for me, but I've got to tell you that along with the pain and sadness it was laced with companionship, good will, compassion, and love! I've been almost constantly enveloped by beautiful caring people who made Dad's transition into his next world as easy as it could be made as well as helping guide us gently into a world without him. I am ever so grateful for the gentle car... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:48:43 EST We're never too old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550295 I'm one of the lucky ones!!! My life has been filled with activity, adventure and some really great people! My younger years were filled with speed! I was brought up in my dad's "service center" where I learned a love of cars and motors. By the time I was 16 I was building hot rods and getting high on the power of V-8's (motors not drinks). I loved the roar of the modified power plants unrestricted by standard eshaust systems. I was into motorcycles - the feel of the wind rushing by un... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:05:10 EST Alaska - Part 2 - food and lodging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482166 Let's just start off by saying that if you're the type of traveler that likes all the luxuries of the finest hotels and B&B's, then the "Get Up and Go tours" is probably not for you. No room service (unless you include your partner), no jetted tubs, no huge living/dining areas, most had no AC (this is Alaska), and most had no TV!!! Those kinds of places do exist in the touristy parts of the state, but this was after all an adventure tour not a luxury tour. <BR> <BR> Now that being said, ev... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:22:36 EST Alaska - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474466 Alaska! How many years we've talked about a trip to Alaska! It was always that dream trip that was going to happen someday, but it always seemed that someday kept getting pushed off to a later date. There always were obstacles that would pop up: a house that we had moved out of but resisted being sold; a bite from a tiny tick that resulted in a pacemaker, the uncertainty of aging parents health, a problematic back for well over 40 years that finally ended up in surgery and then took forev... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:36:15 EST 40 Years With the Same Woman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393526 This Sunday Gloria (known here at SP as LUVQUILTING) and I will have been married 40 years!!!! That's so amazing to me in so many ways!! It really doesn't seem that long ago that I had first asked her out. Her dad wouldn't let her go out with me so I went to her house and helped paint a room. (see I knew how to win over parents LOL) In all fairness to her dad, she was only 14 at the time! Yep, we really were just kids and nobody really expected this relationship to turn into anything ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:27:28 EST Obstacles in our path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4391407 I actually wrote this as a response to a friend's blog. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing it here. <BR> <BR> "Life is good"! I preach this. I believe this. I live this the best I can, BUT we humans all seem to have weaknesses that keep throwing obstacles into our paths of simple living. I think we usually recognize that we somehow have put these roadblocks there ourselves, but still we have a difficult time removing them. I've never known anyone who was in total control all of the tim... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:14:12 EST People make the difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307436 Yesterday, Luv and I participated in yet another Cancer Relay for Life. We've been doing this for several years now because it's a cause that is very close to our hearts. We like just about everyone else in the world have lost loved ones to the many demonic faces of cancer, including Luv's mother a few years back. So we walk for the cause and we earn what money we can for the research that we hope will bring a cure sometime soon. <BR> <BR> This time we listened to a man that appeared to... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 21:28:19 EST Joyce's rose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267041 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l593302172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the rose I choose to add to "the Deck" in memory of Kelpie's friend, Joyce, who lost her battle with Hodgkins. I choose this one for several reasons: It's named a Merlot tea rose, which seemed very appropriate to "The Deck". It's also beautiful - femine but bold as I picture Joyce who spent much of her life in the air force. It is also disease resistent - Joyce had won her first battle with breast canc... Tue, 31 May 2011 10:02:57 EST "Happy Hour on the Deck", Imagination and the power of community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176186 One of biggest perks, to me, of being retired is that I get to start each day with the time to truely allow myself to awaken to the world around me. I get up early each morning, but not to the demanding command of an alarm clock. I turn on the coffee pot prepared the night before. Stretch while I await for the much anticipated brew and then, on most mornings head to the hot tub where I meditate, do my own version of yoga adapted to the restrictions of the hot tub and watch the world slowly... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:38:30 EST ...and in a moment, Life has been changed forever!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4085741 It has certainly become a cliche "to live today, because you know not what tomorrow brings" or some version of the same message, but I wonder, if we don't hear that same thing so often that we no longer really pay attention to it. Then something catastrophic happens that for a brief moment makes everyone a little more aware of the fragility of our lives: 3-mile island, 9-11, the earthquake in Haiti, a tornado rips through a small midwestern town, a school shooting, 7 children die in a rural ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 08:22:53 EST Being different is what makes a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3094390 Yesterday, LUV and I were on our way to step aerobics but hadn't even gotten more than several hundred yards from our house when something in the woods caught my eye. I had only glimpsed it with my peripheral vision and it didn't register in my mind as to what I had actually seen; only that it stuck out because something was different. So I braked to a stop, put my car in reverse and backed up to the origin of my distraction. It turned out to be a couple of wild turkeys. Turkeys here are ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:12:38 EST Crop Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2467640 LUV (dw) and I will be walking in the annual "Crop Walk" for world hunger tomorrow. This one's special because it's the 40th anniversarry of the walk and it was started largely through the efforts of a good friends of ours. <BR> If you'd like to sponser us please copy and paste the following URL onto your web browser address bar and hit the "sponser this walker button". Thanks to anyone who supports us on this effort. <BR> Life is good! <BR> Wood <BR> <BR> Link: http://www.churchworldserv... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:17:49 EST A new adventure in PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2445156 You know it's funny how we think we have to vacation somewhere far away from home in order to make it special. We live in PA, but normally when we travel we head hundreds of miles away to such places as Virginia, North Carolina, Maine, or for that matter almost anywhere in North America, but we don't do "special trips" within our own state. Now understand that LUV and I have done a lot of overnight stuff around PA and of hiked hundreds of miles of trails here, but they're our get away for 2... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 19:53:32 EST Celebrate a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1616953 The following is taken out of the “reflections” article by Ardath Rodale in the January issue of Prevention Magazine. Not an original blog by me, but certainly reflects my way of thinking and is certainly appropriate for us here at SP. <BR> <BR> <BR> “At the beginning of the new year, I have much to be thankful for, and I am excited about the opportunity we are all given to make a difference in our lives and others’. We have only one life, but we are not alone – we are not single islands ... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:38:41 EST Imagination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1589141 Power! <BR> What gives a person power? What is it that makes one man a success and another a couch potatoe? Why are some women natural leaders and others sheep that will follow anywhere? Why are some people inventors of amazing things and others unable to complete a dot2dot? Why do some live lives of adventure and others barely dredge through another day? Why do some marriages stay vibrant and alive for decades and others fade to a blur before the honeymoon is over? Why can some men an... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 20:03:41 EST Americans Saving America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1489513 I believe we are living in a very difficult time here in the U.S. I also still believe in Americans. This is something I wrote outside of SP and wanted to share it here as well. Please feel free to respond. <BR> <BR> Life is still good! <BR> Wood <BR> Americans Saving America <BR> <BR> <BR> My name is Larry Moyer. I’m a retired reading teacher. I’m not well verrsed in finances and I have an aversion to politics. However, I have the audicity to believe that I and my wife working toge... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 15:19:56 EST A Warm Fuzzy Tale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=847013 This is not an original entry by me. On the contrary, it is a tale I came accross about 30 years ago and used it for many years in my inner city classroom. This simple story had a profound impact on my life and I believe it left impressions on many of my students as well. It is now my Christmas gift to you my Spark People Friends. <BR> <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, a long time ago, there lived two happy people called Tim and Maggie with their two children, John and Lucy. To understand how... Sun, 2 Dec 2007 10:34:47 EST Taking pride in what you do - an old fashioned idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=721956 I'm presently reading a novel entitled "High Plains Tango" by Robert James Waller. The main character is a man named Carlisle. Although he's the holder of a degree from Stanford, Carlisle is a carpenter. No he's much more than that, he's a craftsman. Like most craftsman, he learned his art from an aging craftsman who took great pride in his work. Unfortunately for Carlisle, the world today doesn't want craftsmanship. It wants big and flashy and wants it built yesterday. The people he w... Tue, 28 Aug 2007 22:58:02 EST Knowing how to find it - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=697283 The story goes that although the father had taken his son fishing many times, his son had come to the conclusion that there were very few fish, since they seldom caught more than 1 or 2. Then after going out with an older friend of the father in a shrimp boat, he was amazed with the numbers and the diversity of fishes within the net. They were there all the time if one knew how to find them and then also knew how to to catch them. <BR> <BR> It strikes me that this is exactly the way peop... Sun, 12 Aug 2007 10:13:00 EST Still a contender http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=660142 Sometimes inspiration comes from some of the strangest sources. This time the source was the movie "Rocky Balboa". <BR> Now for those of you who don't know me (which is most of you), you may not realize that one of the biggest issues in my life is getting old and not being able to continue to do the things that I've enjoyed my entire life. As a result, I'm almost fanatical in my efforts to pursue the same adventures that I pursued when I was in my 40's, 30's or even 20's. Unfortunately, ... Wed, 18 Jul 2007 21:06:27 EST Reach Out and Touch Someone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=618690 A long time ago, (although it seems like yesterday), there was a commercial that simply went "Reach out and touch someone". I think it was AT&T trying to get more people to subscribe to their long distance telephone service. The concept was that getting in contact with someone would make a difference and probably make their day. I always agreed with that logic and now that most of us now have unlimited long distance with our wireless service as well as email to anywhere in the world, it's... Fri, 22 Jun 2007 13:18:29 EST Today is my birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=607398 Fear has always been a big motivator in my life. Not that I was a fearful person. Just the opposite. I've always sought out things that got my endrenoline pumping! But fear keeps me in line. <BR> When I was a teen, it was fear of what my parents would think of me if I got caught that would prevent me from following the crowd. When I around 40, I had a health scare that motivated me real fast to give up cigarettes (something I probably could not have done without fear as a motivator!) ... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 07:20:25 EST Life is Good (but too fast) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=601561 I had the pleasure of going to a retirement party on Thursday night. It was for four educators had put in their time and survived! For me it was more like an anniversary party. It was almost exactly a year ago that the party was for me and a few of my fellow teachers. It seemed remarkable that a whole year had actually passed by, but at the same time it felt like a lifetime ago that I stood daily in front of large groups of adolescents that really didn't want anything to do with being in... Mon, 11 Jun 2007 18:13:37 EST Being invisible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=540523 Recently I responded to a friend's blog in which she stated among other things that she often felt invisible. Recently, I'm afraid that I've shared that feeling a little too often. <BR> In day to day life, it has always amazed me how some people can totally ignore you. How often have I walked down a street and said "hello" to people passing me going the other direction and they totally blow me off like I wasn't even there! How many times have I walked into a room full of people and exp... Tue, 1 May 2007 19:33:37 EST Being me - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=516259 I started a short bio in my journal and decided to post it as a blog, but it's too long for one post. Here's the 1st section. <BR> <BR> On Being Me <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve always been a philosophical kind of person. Even as a small boy, I would at times go off by myself to think. Frequently, I would venture off to the meadow of my grandfather’s farm which was located just behind our house. There I could find all I needed to stimulate my imagination and feed my curiosities. There was a sm... Mon, 16 Apr 2007 08:31:00 EST Here today. Gone tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=512159 SP has been a wonderfully inspirational place for me. All the pieces of the getting fit puzzle sort of come together here, but there is one thing that sort of bothers me. We tend to make quick friends here. Now that by itself is a very good thing. We meet a lot of people with similar goals and desires and we come up with an instant support group that is custom made for just us! How perfect is that!! Well it's not quite perfect. The part that bothers me is that these new friends disapp... Fri, 13 Apr 2007 08:01:33 EST Falling short http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=507006 I'm always disappointed when I fall short of what I know I'm capable of doing. I don't expect perfection from myself, but I do expect myself to honestly work toward being the best that I can be. Over the past 6 weeks, I've been very happy with that effort overall. 80% or better of the things that went into my mouth were of the healthy choices. Snacks were minimal and alcoholic beverages were usually restricted to a glass of red wine at night. <BR> My exercise program has been diversified... Tue, 10 Apr 2007 09:13:40 EST The road not taken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=483631 1. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost <BR> <BR> <BR> TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, <BR> And sorry I could not travel both <BR> And be one traveler, long I stood <BR> And looked down one as far as I could <BR> To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5 <BR> <BR> Then took the other, as just as fair, <BR> And having perhaps the better claim, <BR> Because it was grassy and wanted wear; <BR> Though as for that the passing there <BR> Had worn them really about... Mon, 26 Mar 2007 09:02:46 EST Becoming a better version of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=483623 I'm a firm believer in the "everything happens for a reason" way of thinking. That doesn't mean that I don't believe that we have any control over our lives. I believe quite the opposite. It just means to me that sometimes things are just sort of set there like a big jigsaw puzzle and we have to decide where each piece goes in order to figure out what the big picture looks like. <BR> Right now a number of pieces have somehow come to the surface in the scrambled pile of pieces that yet need... Mon, 26 Mar 2007 08:59:54 EST