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I came. I ran. I set a PR. What a fine day!

Saturday, March 03, 2012      5 comments

I'm really happy tonight. I ran the Snake River Half Marathon and thoroughly exceeded my expectations, finishing in 1:53:46 (a 8:41 per mile pace), and good enough for 7th of 15 in my age group and 189th place out of the 700 who registered - do... Read more

Last run before a half marathon

Thursday, March 01, 2012      3 comments

Today I ran a very easy 30 minutes, I estimate it was about 2.5-3 miles. It was outside and so nice to get the fresh air, see some sunshine, and be off the treadmill. I'll be running a half marathon in two days (Saturday March 3) so this was a... Read more

The fine line between necessary and excessive excellence

Sunday, February 26, 2012      8 comments

While reading about WW2 in the Pacific today for my class I was struck hard by something I learned. For background, the naval war here was largely determined by battles between rival aircraft carriers, which made the naval pilots the key elemen... Read more

Sexy burgers

Thursday, February 23, 2012      3 comments

I'm on a bit of a roll here thinking about food ads and how they manipulate our desires. Here's another element - using sex to sell burgers for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. I'm including a link to a video clip that previews an ad that will soon co... Read more

More food ad questions

Monday, February 20, 2012      4 comments

Tonight I saw another food ad that raised a lot more questions about our industrial-commercial food system. It was for Burger King, I think, and the deal is a 2 for 1 special on their sandwiches. I understand the marketing and sales principles... Read more

What is a church to you?

Saturday, February 18, 2012      4 comments

Hi again everyone, I have a question I would appreciate your feedback on - that is, what is "church" to you? I'm starting a research project on how German Catholics rebuilt their churches after World War II -- many were destroyed by Allied... Read more

Developing resistance to food ads?

Saturday, February 11, 2012      7 comments

Happy Weekend Everyone -- Last night I had a passably interesting experience that made me reflect on my attitude toward food. I was watching TV between 8:30-9 pm, pretty tired at the end of the workweek, when on came two restaurant ads: O... Read more

Super Sunday Thoughts

Monday, February 06, 2012      3 comments

This was my best Super Sunday in quite a while. Lots of reasons for this. Physical exercise: I'm pointing toward a half marathon in four weeks (March 3). Today I ran 11 miles in 1:57. It's my second-longest run ever (the longest is th... Read more

Moving forward

Sunday, January 29, 2012      2 comments

This past Thursday I took an hour out from my office duties (don't tell my boss) to watch Joe Paterno's memorial service on-line. It did what memorial services are supposed to, I suppose: provide catharsis, an opportunity to say good-bye and t... Read more

Saddened by JoePa's death

Monday, January 23, 2012      1 comments

I don't know if any of you is a college football fan, so sorry if this goes out of your interest zone. Joe Paterno -- "JoePa" -- the legendary football coach at Penn State University, died today. He was one of my childhood heroes, and remaine... Read more

An addtional opinion on Paula Deen

Thursday, January 19, 2012      5 comments

And, I will share this opinion piece as well. http://yourlife.usatoday.com
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Follow up on Paula Deen - diabetes and endorsement work

Thursday, January 19, 2012      2 comments

Here's follow-up news from USA Today (I think today's edition) on what I mentioned in a blog of a few days ago. Paula Deen is indeed working as the celebrity face of a diabetes medication, will be paid for it, and intends to donate a portion of... Read more

Food Inc. revisited

Thursday, January 19, 2012      1 comments

I was pleased last night when my home-schooling daughter asked if we could watch the DVD of "Food Inc." She is becoming pretty savvy about issues of healthy diet, nutrition, and the bigger social context in which this takes place - she worked h... Read more

Dr. Oz, food addiction, Paula Dean, and diabetes (Type 2)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      10 comments

Two diet/nutrition related thoughts sparked (!) by stories I saw in the past 24 hours. Last night the Dr. Oz show featured a debate on whether there is such a thing as "food addiction." One expert - I think his name was Dr. Neal Barnard? -... Read more

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" and healthy living

Sunday, January 15, 2012      2 comments

Hi everyone! Last night we watched the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with a beautiful young Audrey Hepburn. Enjoyed the movie on a lot of grounds. To connect it with the heading of this blog, though - I was really struck by how much ever... Read more


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