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If your goal is to improve your health, studies in recent years have consistently indicated that you get the most benefit when you go from no exercise at all to exercising moderately.  Starting with Steve Blair’s classic study “Physical Fitness and All-Cause Mortality” (1989), a convincing body of research has emerged in support of the observation that most of the health benefit probably occurs from just mild exercise, not necessarily from the most arduous workouts.
The good news is that what the researches call moderate exercise really is moderate.  Most health benefits seem to accrue if you simply walk briskly for about 20 to 30 minutes a day, covering a mile in 15 to 20 minutes, or ride a bike at a modest pace.  You can take three 10-minute walks a day, or you can ride a bike for 20 minutes and walk for 10.  …  Almost any physical activity will suffice, and there is no need to push yourself till you’re out of breath, gasping for air.  You don’t have to return from your session soaked in sweat.  Yes, you do get a slight extra benefit from exercising a little harder or a little longer, but that extra benefit is small compared to the benefit you apparently get from just doing moderate exercise.
  —  Gina Kolata
Quoted from her book: “Ultimate Fitness
[As simple as it sounds, just get up and get started…  —  KMAB]
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“Ah, the truth about exercise?”  He replies, “Well, I suspect that exercise is more often a marker of health than its cause — healthy people like to exercise more than unhealthy people to start with.  And the real value of it is not in terms of abstract health benefits like longevity —  and extra few hours or maybe months —  but because it feels good when you do it or when it’s over.  To hell with Hygeia; the truth lies in pleasure.”
   —  Dr. Richard Friedman
As quoted by Gina Kolata in her book: “Ultimate Fitness: The Quest For Truth About Exercise And Health
[For my review of this very interesting book, click: Into The Dark…   And for those of you wondering, Hygeia is the Greek goddess of health.  —  KMAB]
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The Song Of Bernadette”  —  movie review
The Song Of Bernadette” (1943) is one of those classic black and white movies I love to watch every now and then.  A religious movie, it reaches down into the heart of the little  boy I used to be and reminds me of a time of simpler faith.  In her debut film role, Jennifer Jones plays Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes who has a vision of a beautiful lady “appearing” to her in a small grotto near a garbage dump just outside of town.  The “lady” instructs Bernadette to bathe in the waters of a spring.  Bernadette can see no spring, so she begins to scratch at the ground until she reaches mud, which she proceeds to smear on her hands, arms and face.  Water trickles from the hole and, after a series of miraculous healings, the movie ends with Bernadette’s death and a large church having been built on the bluff overlooking the grotto.
In addition to Jones, there are memorable performances by Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb and Gladys Cooper.
The movie won four Oscars in 1944, including Best Actress (for Jones), and had an additional seven nominations, including best picture.  It lost to “Casablanca“.  Needless to say this is a “classic” movie in every sense of the word.  I highly recommend it!!
There is one particularly great/funny scene in the movie which I always look forward to: the first miracle cure is of a partially sighted sculptor, who washes his face in the spring water.  He rushes to the local doctor with the news that he can now fully see.  The Doctor examines him and, and in testing him, asks him to read a chart out loud while one eye and then the other is blocked.  The man cannot read the chart and the Doctor concludes: “There, you see, no change.”  The man replies: “But Doctor, I never learned how to read!  I tell you I can see!”  Aside from the humor of the scene, it is a profound statement about both the care we must take in making observations and in understanding our assumptions as the scientific observer.  As I said, highly recommended!
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Inconvenienced By Degree

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
  ―  Thomas Jefferson
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To My Brother

It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.  We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.
    —  Eleanor Roosevelt
[You must continue to love, even when the loss seems unbearable.  Not because it is easy, but because it is right and you are good; and because you still have much to offer others.  —  KMAB]
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Feeling Endangered?

Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.
   —  Earl Warren
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I Was A Percentage Man

You lived creatively letting art define your life, fearless in your every day, walking the path I should have walked if I had courage in my veins; but I was a percentage man, careful always not to fail.  I talked of art but lived by common sense and progressed cautiously toward an unmarked death.
   —  Peter Wells
[From one of the blogs I follow:   http://countingducks.wordpress.com/
The specific post is located at:    http://countingducks.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/first-loves-eternity/
Well worth following…   —  KMAB]
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