Escaping the Past

Vortex of Awesome

Spoiler alert!

I recently watched the new 11-22-1963 miniseries on Hulu. It was done really well. I will try not to give too much detail so I won’t completely ruin the story. It is set in today’s time and there is this mysterious portal to the past that is discovered by a friend of the main character. He uses the portal to go back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination. Well, here’s the spoiler….he stops Lee Harvey Oswald and saves Kennedy but when he comes back to 2016 he arrives in a world of chaos. Again, I don’t want to give too much detail but saving Kennedy screws up EVERYTHING.

This got me thinking about my past. I starting replaying all the screwed up decisions I’ve made over the years and all the mistakes I have made. We’ve all thought, “if only I could go back in time and…

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Just Do the Math

The Spirit of Fitness

Get ready! I am about to revolutionize your view on dieting! It is very complex so you will need to write this down.

Go ahead and grab a pencil….

I’m waiting…


Ok, here we go…

1. Eat calories

2. Burn calories

3. Subtract Burned Calories from Eaten Calories.

4. If it is a positive number you have gained weight. If it is a negative you have lost weight.

Whew! That was complex!

That is it. That is in totality all there is to dieting. It is simple math.

Each pound of fat consists of 3500 calories. How do I know this? Thats what the science nerds have told us. So if you want to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in.

If you eat 2000 calories a day and burn 2500 calories during the day you will have a deficit or negative calorie…

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Confusion: from the verb confundere ‘mingle together’

The Spirit of Fitness

Confusion can be extremely frustrating and taxing. I remember sitting in a math class when the teacher told us that any number to the zero power equals 1. Huh? Why? Who came up with this BS? I spent weeks trying to wrap my head around such an abstract concept and it drove me up the wall. I still to this day don’t understand why or how that rule works in mathematics but you know what I do know, Math.math_exp_zer_rule1360274494474
That confusion over one rule of mathematics sparked my brain into action and caused me to focus and learn. It created interest and put stress on my mind so that it had no choice but to grow and learn new things about math. I can now, thanks to my confused mind, compute complex real life equations in my head with a great deal of accuracy. If it were not for some…

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Fitness Defined

The Spirit of Fitness

Are you fit?  Do you want to be fit?  What are your fitness goals and dreams?

How do you define fitness?  I wonder…….


The condition of being physically fit and healthy. 


health, strength, robustness, sturdiness, hardiness, vigour, athleticism, toughness, ruggedness, physical fitness, muscularity, tone, good health, good condition, good shape, well-being, state of health, condition,  trim



The quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task.


suitability, capability, competence, competency, proficiency, ability, aptitude

readiness, preparedness, qualification, eligibility, worthiness, appropriateness, adequacy


unfitness, unsuitability


Ripped – Having well-defined or well-developed muscles

Lean  – Thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat

Beautiful – An ideal of physical beauty

Handsome – Good-looking

Oh yes, there are many definitions; we know that to pursue fitness, the only thing that matters is what it means to YOU.

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(The Rest of the) Rest of the Story

The Spirit of Something

This is in fact POSITIVE THINKING and WHY DO I BLOG Parts Three – Sixty One.

Fair warning, this is a long one; it rambles.  But if I post nothing else, this is the one what must be published.  For it is the true reason I’m here at all.

To summarize all other content previously presented, I’m on a passionate search for truth and understanding; about myself, my human spirit, and my universe.

Which began on my 61st birthday when I suddenly realized that I had no concrete answers to what I call THE BIG 6 questions about me and my life – who, what, when, where, why and how.

I firmly believe that every person from the first sentient human being is defined by this search.  That all of history; cultures/societies; thought/belief systems; religions; -ologies and -isms; literature/arts/music; sciences/disciplines/fields of study; governments/politics; sports/physical activities; etc. have been created, pursued…

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Welcome our cousin, Sally. Check out her story.

The Mandala

I think storytelling is important. I think that hearing other people’s stories and being able to see ourselves in them helps us feel less alone. This past year (or year and a half, really) has been the hardest, and often loneliest, of my life. Some of my difficulties, I think, could only be solved with medication; however, I think finding a positive narrative to cling to — someone who had felt like I was feeling and made it out alive, and maybe even happy — would have made a tremendous difference. So, with all that in mind, I’m going to be more transparent here than I’m comfortable with, and probably more than you’re comfortable with, because I think my story is important. My story is a story I needed to hear 18 months ago, 12 months ago, 8 months ago, 4 months ago. And surely my story is a story…

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Why Do I Blog – Part Two

The Spirit of Something

My children are my greatest inspiration.  They never cease to amaze me.  This mom’s heart is filled with wonder ~ awe, admiration, fascination, surprise, astonishment, stupefaction.  I marvel at their unique, shining spirits.  Flabbergasted by their infinite talent, thirst for knowledge, self-expression endeavors.

I’ve always felt this way about them; from the moment of conception, in the womb, throughout their childhoods, adolescence, the terrific teens.  But, ah, the joy of communicating with my adult sons.  And the wonders of technology allowing us to stay close even when far apart.  We’ve done the Facebook thing; on-line gaming; texting; phone chats; Instagram.  And now podcasts and blogging.  (I’d know nothing of these if Jason and Justin had not done them first, invited me to join them.)

Blogging is by far my favorite.  It takes time and effort to put true thoughts into meaningful words.

Today I was filled anew with wonderment when…

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Why Do I Blog? Part One

The Spirit of Something

Discovering truth is like peeling infinite layers of an onion.  Such is my metamorphic journey from blogging ignorance and indifference to obsessive blog enthusiast.

From the beginning ~ the creation of this blog site; the numerous design and layout start overs with various themes; reading many articles about blog etiquette and technique; participating in the Daily Prompt challenges and reading posts from experienced bloggers; deciding on site description, content, categories and tags ~ I’ve been trying to explain the truth of “why am I doing this?” to myself.

What is my motivation; driving force?  Who is my potential audience?  What, and to whom, am I trying to communicate?

The answers are clear.  My sons sparked my blogging interest with their own podcast and blog sites.  My extreme delight in hearing and reading their thoughts, feelings, opinions, interests, motivations, and humor;  their own connection based on a concrete foundation of brotherhood…

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