Bet you didn't know you could read Russian (w/ pics)
Friday, August 10, 2012      14 comments

Try this: See? Or how about this: Wow, you're good at this. Try another one: ... Read more
Please help these dogs
Thursday, August 09, 2012      16 comments

... because clearly they have a problem. I took this photo on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg. Russian dogs sleep it off after a hard night of partying. ... Read more
Lessons from India: how to wash clothes in a bucket
Sunday, August 05, 2012      14 comments

On a school field trip into Bangalore the other day we went first to the planetarium and then to the water board. At the water board, there were a number of exhibits on how to conserve water including one on why you should buy one of the newer ... Read more
Teaching Computers in India
Friday, August 03, 2012      13 comments

Hi SparkFriends. This is a cut and paste of an email I sent to my friend Janaki. She runs the school that I'm at here in India, but she's back in the States because her friend Burke is undergoing a cancer treatment. Anyway, I thought you migh... Read more
Where has TAICHIDANCER gone? (w/ pics)
Thursday, June 07, 2012      47 comments

In the world of weight loss blogs, no news is bad news. Frequently it means that the blogger has gotten off track, maybe gained a few pounds, and is reluctant to admit that on the blog. So the blogger has an interior conversation that goes som... Read more
Streaks are Made to be Broken
Sunday, June 03, 2012      12 comments

On Saturday, the combination of an all-day meeting and rain did in the streak. By 8:30 at night I only had 2,000 steps, it was raining, and I had a headache. So I took a break. I ended the day with only 3,001 steps. Then this morning I... Read more
The Things I'll Do To Keep a Streak Alive
Wednesday, May 30, 2012      20 comments

If you've been following my page, you'll know I made the New Year's Resolution to average 10,000 steps a day. It is turning out to be harder than I thought, but I'm still working to make my goal. May has been surprisingly tough, but I'm fin... Read more
To my darling wife
Sunday, May 27, 2012      15 comments

Thank you dear for being my wife, My comrade, my confidant, My lover, my friend. You make me laugh, You make me think, You keep my secrets, And you have my back. Thank you for loving me at my heaviest, For seeing the man a... Read more
One Million Steps
Tuesday, May 01, 2012      19 comments

Four months in on my New Year's Resolution to average 10,000 steps / day in 2012, and I just passed one million steps (1,087,120). Average steps / day by month January: 6,391 February: 7,931 March: 10,515 April: 11,101 Woo hoo!... Read more
Time to check on my New Year's Resolutions
Tuesday, April 10, 2012      13 comments

Regular readers of this space know that I made the resolution to average 10,000 steps a day for the entire year. And then I proceeded to get sick not once but three times during the first three months of the year. That reminded me of the impor... Read more
Scientists discover miracle weight loss food.
Sunday, April 01, 2012      18 comments

Three Silos, South Dakota. April 1, 2012. (Associated Press) A startling discovery was announced today by scientists working in the Food Science Department of the University of Northwest South Dakota. "Previously off-limit foods for di... Read more
Not black or white
Monday, March 19, 2012      12 comments

Any positive change we make in our lives is ... well, positive. I write that to remind myself not to adopt false binaries. You may know what I'm talking about: I set a goal - a lofty goal - and then my thinking becomes that I either achiev... Read more
Pentagon Papers
Sunday, February 26, 2012      11 comments

My wife and I were just playing Scrabble and I was keeping score on the back of a scrap of paper. After the game I turned the paper over and realized it was a piece of Daniel Ellsberg's stationary. Do you guys remember Daniel Ellsberg (much le... Read more
The Algebra of New Year's Resolutions
Sunday, January 29, 2012      18 comments

Instructions: Do not open the test until instructed to do so, then break the seal on the examination booklet with the tip of your pencil. Once the exam has begun, leaving the room for any reason will conclude your exam, so it is suggested that ... Read more
A Winter Hike with Ghosts
Tuesday, January 03, 2012      9 comments

A Winter Hike with Ghosts (a prose poem) I climbed a long green tunnel. The walls pillars of white birch; The ceiling hemlock boughs; The floor a tessellation of oak leaves. Hours before: preparation. Check the weather. Clear... Read more

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