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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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On This Day In:
2015 It Waits Patiently
2014 Unknown
2013 Explaining Love?
2012 Echoes of 1%
2011 Salaam, Egypt!!
Where Do You Learn?

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The following is a song I recently stumbled upon on YouTube.com. It’s not one I remember, so obviously it never changed my life, but I like it so much I’ve added it to the lyrics on my “poems” page. Enjoy the song, then read the lyrics…
The world I used to know…
Some day some old
familiar rain
Will come along
and know my name.
And then my shelter
will be gone
And I’ll have to
move along.
But ’till I do
I’ll stay awhile
And track the
hidden country
of your smile.
Some day the man
I used to be
Will come along
and call on me.
And then because I’m
just a man,
You’ll find my feet
are made of sand.
But ’till that time
I’ll tell you lies
And chart the
hidden bound’ries
of your eyes.
Some day the world
I used to know
Will come along
and bid me go.
Then I’ll be leaving
you behind
For love is just
a state of mind.
But ’till that day
I’ll be your man
And love away
your troubles
if I can.
But ’till that day
I’ll be your man
And love away
your troubles
if I can.
In the world
I used to know
Written by: Rod McKuen
Performed by: Jimmie Rodgers
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On This Day In:
2015 Waiting?
2014 Big C, Little B (II)
Where God Has Not
2013 Chasing His Dragon
Shaped And Molded
2012 Believe In Yourself
2011 Cultural Equivalence
Why Not?
Books About Books
The Basis For Adult Continuing Education

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For me, religion — no matter which one —  is ultimately about people wanting to live humble, moral lives that create a harmonious community and promote tolerance and friendship.  All religious rules should be in service of this goal.  The Islam I learned and practice does just that.
Violence committed in the name of religion is never about religion — it’s about money.
…It’s just business.
Nor should we blame U.S. foreign policy as the spark that lights the fuse.  Poverty, political oppression, system corruption, lack of education, lack of critical thinking and general hopelessness in these countries are the spark.  Yes, we’ve made mistakes that will be used to justify recruiting new drones.  But we shouldn’t kid ourselves that the recent report detailing our extensive and apparently ineffective use of torture led to mass terrorist volunteers.  The world knew we tortured.   The only thing the report revealed was how bad we were at it.  More important, if recruits were swayed by logical idealism, they would realize that the fact that we conducted, released and debated such a report is what makes the U.S. admirable.  We don’t always do the right thing, but we strive to.  We admit our faults and make adjustments.  It may be glacial, but it’s movement forward.
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Ironically, terrorism is an act against the very religion the perpetrators claim to believe in.  It’s an acknowledgment that the religion and its teachings aren’t enough to persuade people to follow it.  Any religion that requires coercion is not about community but leaders who want power.
We can’t end terrorism any more than we can end crime in general.  But I look forward to the day when an act of terrorism by self-proclaimed Muslims will be universally dismissed as nothing more than a criminal attack of a thuggish political organization wearing an ill-fitting Muslim mask. To get to that point, we will need to teach our communities what the real beliefs of Islam are.  In the meantime, keep my name on speed dial so we can get through this together.
    —  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
From his commentary / editorial: “Paris Was Not About Religion
In Time Magazine, January 26, 2015
[Time Magazine charges $.20 per issue to those paper subscribers who also want to view articles on-line.  I refuse to pay this.  Yes, I am a dinosaur who still receives the paper edition.  I have been a subscriber to Time for over 40 years (off and on (mostly on)).  It costs Time virtually nothing to allow paper subscribers to have on-line access, but this is the business model they choose.  The bottom line is that I am unable to provide you with a link to the actual full version.  My apologies…  Please visit your local library if you wish to see the entire column.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 How Long Is A Piece Of String?
2014 Heathen, n.
2013 Wisdom’s Folly
2012 When The Student Is Ready
Disconnected Leadership
2011 The Complex Richness Of Life

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And it occurs to me that
there is a proper balance between
not asking enough of oneself and
asking or expecting too much.
It may be that I set my sights too high
and so repeatedly end a day in depression.
Not easy to find the balance,
for if one does not have wild dreams of achievement,
there is no spur even to get the dishes washed.
One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
  —  May Sarton
Journal of a Solitude
[Found at one of the blogs I follow: “Live & Learn” run by David Kanigan
The blog is at:  http://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is at:  http://davidkanigan.com/2016/01/05/di%c2%b7lem%c2%b7ma-n/
Enjoy!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Reductionism
2014 Gravitation, n.
2013 Ups And Downs
2012 Nerd Heard – And Good-Bye
Your Continuum
2011 Career Tips (Part 2)

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Some come by to read a line or two, see nothing here and soon move on their way.  That I understand.  Life is full of glances.  But to you, who read beyond an opening phrase I say this:
Online we meet.. inside.. out:  emotions first, and dreams of course.  Some anecdotes: piecemeal at best.  Brief glimpses of a passing life, written in faltering intimacy.
Reader meet the writer of these words.
… Let me hope that you who caught my words, and held them briefly in your thoughts, find the peace to quench your doubts and walk with me towards your chosen path.
   —  Peter Wells
[From the “About” page of one of the blogs I follow.
The specific link is:  http://countingducks.wordpress.com/about/    Peter’s site is well worth a visit!  Brilliant stories!
(Peter, I hope you will forgive my correcting some “typing errors” in the original.  I realize they may not have been actual errors as this is meant to be a poem in its original state, but as I was excerpting it, I hope you won’t mind my changes.)   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Pursuing Perspective
2014 Wearing Down?
2013 Labouring Under A Curse
2012 Listen To Yourself
2011 Career Tips (Part 1)
No Captain Dunsel

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[Our military is] professional and capable, but I would sacrifice some of that excellence and readiness to make sure that we stay close to the American people.  Fewer and fewer people know anyone in the military.  It’s become just too easy to go to war.
   —  Admiral Mike Mullen (Retired)
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
[Found at: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-price-of-professionalization  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 A Fine Balance
2014 Next Rung
2013 Super Bowl Prep
Romantics
A Goal For Zen?
2012 Mutant Powers Of Obsession
2011 Federal Stars
Mud Pie

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We are so much more than we believe that we are in our wildest dreams.
   —  Fredrick S. Perls
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On This Day In:
2015 The Best Medicine Is Also Contagious
2014 Eyes Off
2013 The More Things Change…
2012 The Delicate Moment Of Giving
2011 Ready, Shoot, Aim!!

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Today I completed day 21 of my “mostly” blending fast.  This week was tough and I “cheated” the last few days – 5 tsp of chicken curry salad on Wednesday; 1 tlbsp of  coleslaw on Thursday; and then about 1/2 cup of coleslaw on Friday; 4 wedges of garlic bread yesterday and then about 2 cups of rice with spaghetti sauce today.  So, starting tomorrow it’s back to trying harder…
I started this on 3 Jan, with snug fitting 50w pants.  They are now quite loose and my belt has dropped three notches comfortable and 1 more a bit too uncomfortable to wear all day.  This is as measured at my natural belt waist.  About two inches above that at the “love handles” level, the three notches are still comfortable, but the 4th is not comfortable.  Any way, an inch a week is not too shabby.
Because I’ve been “blending” and not juicing, my stomach has taken well to eating solid food (so far anyway).  I guess I’ll find out more tomorrow…
So, what have I learned?  Well, back in July, when I started this “commitment” to loosing weight, I lost 35lbs over 21 days.  This time, (again due to faulty scales) my best estimate is that I’ve “only” lost 20lbs in 21 days.  This means I need to learn patience and to not beat myself up as I gain a few pounds back.  I have to remember what Timothy Ferriss said in “The 4-Hour Body“, take small breaks and plan them into your diet so you’re not “failing”, it’s just part of the process.
The second thing I’ve learned is I have to stay away from TV in general and sports broadcasts in particular.  Even when I’m not hungry, being constantly bombarded by food and eating commercials is psychologically tiring.  It makes me want to eat even when I’m not hungry.  Even sitting and constantly sipping on my blend doesn’t make the cravings go away.  So, I’m going to have to minimize “commercial” TV for awhile – at least until I get somewhere closer to my goals.   Good thing there won’t be anything too interesting after the Super Bowl until March Madness.  That gives me a full month and more.
I’m feeling much better and my next step is to begin exercising as part of the process.  At the moment, the “only” exercise I’ve been getting is walking my dog for about 40-45 minutes each day.  The next step will be some light weights and some easy aerobics.  Building a bit of muscle and stamina will help me mentally and that will (hopefully) help me stay motivated.
Well, that’s my story – and I’m sticking to it…
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On This Day In:
2015 I Am Shocked, Sir, Shocked…
Lucy & FSND-2
2014 Less Difficult
2013 The Spirit Of Liberty
2012 The Essential Freedom Of Aloneness
2011 A Problem Of Scale
Fred Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
2010 Another Book, Another Jog…

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Peace is the highest aspiration of the American people.  We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever.  Our forbearance should never be misunderstood.  Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.  When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.  We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.  Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
   —  President Ronald Reagan
From his 1981 Inaugural Address
[Once again, I don’t have to agree with someone’s politics or administration to acknowledge his speechwriters could really string some words…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 I Am Shocked, Sir, Shocked…
Lucy & FSND-2
2014 Less Difficult
2013 The Spirit Of Liberty
2012 The Essential Freedom Of Aloneness
2011 A Problem Of Scale
Fred Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
2010 Another Book, Another Jog…

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No man can come to know himself except as an outcome of disclosing himself to another person.
  —  Sidney M. Jourard
[I wonder if blogging counts?  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Why I Pay Taxes
2014 Inequality Of Sacrifice
2013 I Never Saw A Moor
2012 Fill In The Blank
Not For Naught
Cliff Notes To Life?
2011 Conference Games Sunday

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Well, I Have Lost You

Well, I have lost you; and I lost you fairly;
In my own way, and with my full consent.
Say what you will, kings in a tumbrel rarely
Went to their deaths more proud than this one went.
Some nights of apprehension and hot weeping
I will confess; but that’s permitted me;
Day dried my eyes; I was not one for keeping
Rubbed in a cage a wing that would be free.
If I had loved you less or played you slyly
I might have held you for a summer more,
But at the cost of words I value highly,
And no such summer as the one before.
Should I outlive this anguish—and men do—
I shall have only good to say of you.
Written by: Edna St. Vincent Millay
From: “Sonnet XLVII” in “Fatal Interview
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On This Day In:
2015 A Series Of Temporary Conditions
2014 Gaps
2013 Duty
2012 Cost Not Price
Superheroes
2011 The Simple Normalcy Of Everyday Life – “Squirrel!”

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I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
   ―  Friedrich Nietzsche
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On This Day In:
2015 Looks Good To Me
2014 Desire For The Sea
2013 The Fierce Urgency Of NOW
Happy Inauguration Day!
2012 One Path
Sorrow And Joy
The Seven Year View
2011 Emergent Practicality

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Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
  ―  Maya Angelou
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On This Day In:
2015 One, Two, Three…
2014 Lend Your Hand
2013 Amnesty, n.
2012 Best Resolv’d
The Clock Is Running
2011 Magic

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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
   ―  Søren Kierkegaard
[And freedom of religion does not give you the right to kill or maim someone who disagrees with (or even mocks) your religion / faith / God/ prophet.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Charlie Redux
2014 The Crux
2013 Erosion And Rechannelling
Alliance, n.
2012 How Many Thought… (One I Know Of)
Choices And Decisions
2011 Speed Spoils
Simply Intended
2010 A Second 4 Hour Jog

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Today is day fifteen of my juice/blending fast.  I started on Sunday, 3 January 2016.  I’m not sure how long I’ll go or how long I can go.  I’m thinking I’m going to end up on kind of a “4-hour body” kind of thing where I “schedule” a break and use that as the “target” when I really start obsessing on food, then push into another session immediately after the one day break.
My best guess is that I’m down between 15 and 20 pounds.  My last fast was back in July 2015 and lasted 21 days and I dropped about 34-35 pounds.  Between August and December, I slowly put most of it back on.  I went from 363 to 329 “officially”.  That is, I started at 367lbs, but that was with clothes on.  Also, I didn’t have a scale at home, so that was an “at work weight”.  By the time I got a scale (at home), I was at the 363lbs in my shorts.  The 329lbs was also a “shorts” weight.
I started this round at 347lbs (shorts), so I still had 15lbs (not counting ounces) off of my July max.  Today’s weigh-in was 326lbs (shorts).  So, right around 20lbs (again, not counting ounces) off.
Yesterday was a REAL hard day because I had family over to watch the NFL playoffs and they all had food and there are just a ton of food commercials on during sports broadcasts.  Anyway, I managed to tough it out but it took three bottles of juice to do it.  I normally drink two 64 ounce bottles of juice/blend each day and another 64 ounces of water.  (And, yes, I’m constantly going to the bathroom.)
One of the big “issues” for me is the problematic use of the (our) scale and weighing-in.  My wife thought she’d be helping by buying a Weight Watchers digital scale so I could get BMI, % of fat and % of water as well as weight.  It turns out the scale is VERY unreliable.  If I move the scale, my weight varies by as much as 8lbs.  If I vary conditions by adding or removing clothing, the scale can vary up or down by as much as 4-5 pounds and frequently in the “wrong” direction.  Add clothes and I lose weight.  Remove clothes and I gain weight.  What’s worse is this is a “known” issue with these scales.  Of course, you have to read the reviews for the product before you buy it to know it’s not very accurate.  The batteries recently died.  I’m hoping new batteries will fix this issue, but I’m not holding my breath.  Anyway, live and learn…
So, I’m “cheating”.  I move the scale.  I lean forwards and back.  And then I use whatever is the lowest weight.  (That makes sense doesn’t it…  LOL)
The bottom line is I am getting smaller and I am feeling better.  I’ll try to keep everyone updated on how long I go and how much I lose.  Stay tuned…
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On This Day In:
2015 All A Game
2014 Two Thoughts
2013 RIP – Dear Abby
Half-Life Problems
2012 To The Soul…
2011 Reverted!!

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