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Binge Eating
Friday, August 09, 2013      14 comments

Have you seen those “I lost weight” success stories on the Huffington Post? I’ve been reading a lot of them lately and drawing inspiration from peoples’ stories. But I’ve noticed many people saying things along the lines of “I used to eat an en... Read more
Mongoose on the garden path
Wednesday, July 31, 2013      7 comments

In my status updates I keep mentioning seeing peacocks and mongeese (mongooses?). It is almost a daily occurence. I know you have seen peacocks before, but here is a pict... Read more
Whatever happened to ... update on my New Year's Resolution
Tuesday, January 01, 2013      15 comments

You will recall that last New Year's Eve I made the resolution to walk 10,000 steps/day for all of 2012. I quickly (after having pneumonia in mid-January) realized that AVERAGING 10,000 steps/day was a lot more realistic that an absolute requir... Read more
Steps, steps, and more steps
Saturday, September 01, 2012      15 comments

Time to check in on my New Year's Resolution. It has turned out to have been a good choice: committing to averaging 10,000 steps a day has forced me to make a big change in my behavior and to be consistent about it over a long period of time. ... Read more
Better late than never party
Monday, August 27, 2012      18 comments

Olya and I eloped in January of 2011. The wedding took all of 15 minutes and was performed by an 86 year old justice of the peace in the lobby of the Keene City Hall. Now a year and a half later we had a party to celebrate the marriage and how... Read more
Last photos from the Peterhof (3 of 3)
Friday, August 24, 2012      12 comments

The gardens go on and on. Endless fountains, countless statues. Here are a few more photos I took that day. ... Read more
Photos from the Peterhof (2 of 3)
Wednesday, August 22, 2012      12 comments

Here are some photos of the lower gardens at the Peterhof. Please see my earlier blogs for other photos of our Russian trip. One Spark related comment: this is a great place to walk. My wife and I walked over 12 miles this day. ... Read more
Photos from the Peterhof (1 of 3)
Monday, August 20, 2012      17 comments

Thanks to all who have expressed appreciation at seeing our Russian vacation photos. In response to a previous blog, I was asked if I saw the Amber Room. It turns out that the Amber Room wasn't in one of the palaces I saw (these Tsars had more... Read more
Photos of the Hermitage (Part 2 of 2)
Sunday, August 19, 2012      13 comments

Let's make today a good day, SparkFriends. Here's some more photos from the recent trip to Russia: ... Read more
Photos from the Hermitage (Part 1 of 2)
Saturday, August 18, 2012      15 comments

It is hard to capture the scale of the Hermitage. There are over 300 (THREE HUNDRED!) rooms, the ceilings are 40 to 50 feet high, the stuff that looks like gold really is gold, and all the floors and doors are inlaid wood of amazing craftsmansh... Read more
Today's photo from the Russian Trip
Friday, August 17, 2012      11 comments

I loved this statue. (Inside the Hermitage) Keep on Sparkin' friends.... Read more
I always wanted to be in Gryffindor
Wednesday, August 15, 2012      10 comments

(Griffin Statutes on Bank Bridge over the Griboedov Canal in St. Petersburg) Let's make today a good day, SparkFriends; Let's track our eating and our exercise; Let's... Read more
Two reasons why Saint Petersburg is the most beautiful city in the world
Tuesday, August 14, 2012      19 comments

My lovely SparkFriend CLAIREINPARIS takes lovely photographs of her lovely city. She takes these on her frequent hikes and then posts them on her blog. She really is a very talented photographer and if you haven't seen her blogs, you should ta... Read more
Flying on the ground
Monday, August 13, 2012      11 comments

The following paragraph is from Wikipedia (
candal): "During the period from 1936 to 1950, National City Lines and Pacific City Lines—with investment from GM, Firestone Tire, Sta... Read more
Taking off my wedding ring
Sunday, August 12, 2012      13 comments

I did something today that I haven't done in over 15 years: played tennis. I'm left handed and, at one point, I noticed that my ring - rubbing against the racquet - was starting to irritate my finger. I didn't want to get a blister, so I switc... Read more

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