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I've been married to my darling wife for three years. One of our first fights was when we had to go some place that required we dress up. Before I started really Sparkin' along, having to dress up was always a horrible experience. As I got fa... Read more
How I manage more than 20,000 steps every day. Part 2.
This is the second of two blogs on how I manage to walk 20,000 or more steps every day. As I write, it is pouring rain and that is appropriate because today I want to focus on getting the steps in when nature does not cooperate: when it is too ... Read more
How I manage more than 20,000 steps every day. Part 1.
Those of you who follow my daily status reports know that since the beginning of summer I have walked more than 20,000 steps (10 miles) every day, with a high of 40,333 steps ... Read more
Another photo from India
The Brahma Kamala (Saussurea obvallata). The flower is huge (about the size of a big cantaloupe). It only blooms once, at night. The next day it is gone.... Read more
Photo from this summer in India
Hampi is a U.N. World Heritage site. It was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire founded around 1300 A.D. that managed to hold northern invaders at bay for two and a hal... Read more
Another reason to lose weight the old-fashioned way!!!
Some of you may know that I'm an advocate of permanent changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle, as well as a "slow-and-steady" approach, to lose weight and keep it off. As part of my research for the course I teach (Food, Hunger and Obesity: fr... Read more
Don't let your goals become the enemy of your success
(This is an open letter from TaiChiDancer to himself)
Hey T.C.D., it's me, TaiChiDancer. Listen, I know I haven't always been your best friend, but I've got your back now and I have something important to say to you... Read more
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
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
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
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.
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Better late than never party
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)
The gardens go on and on. Endless fountains, countless statues. Here are a few more photos I took that day.
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Photos from the Peterhof (2 of 3)
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.
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Photos from the Peterhof (1 of 3)
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