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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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Mad Musings


First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

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These are areas I am very much interested in. From time to time, as I am so moved, I free think here as well

Fitness, Health-Wellness-Sex »

Investigated: Anxiety-inducing fitness test purports to tell you how long you’ll live.

March 24, 2019 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

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It seems a simple enough challenge: Sit down on the floor and get back up without the help of your hands or knees. Try it, though, and you might discover it’s not as easy as it sounds.

This “sitting-rising” exercise was designed to predict mortality in middle-aged and older people. The test was devised by a team led by Claudio Gil Araújo, a Brazilian physician and researcher in exercise and sports medicine, and published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention in 2012. It resurfaces periodically in media outlets or online, causing widespread alarm regarding mortality among the many people (of all ages) who can’t seem to get themselves off the ground. We decided to find out whether that worry is warranted.

SourceWAPO

My Comments:
This is a pretty interesting test.  I am able to do it now, but I am not really sure what that really means.  And I certainly don’t have the flexibility to get up like the female in the video.

Napping tied to 5 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure

March 16, 2019 – 1:29 am | No Comment
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A napping habit could lower blood pressure to a similar extent as other lifestyle modifications and some drugs, according to research scheduled to be presented March 18 at the American College of Cardiology’s scientific sessions …

A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

March 15, 2019 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
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Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distributed according to skill …

Why you should use nasal breathing when you exercise

January 30, 2019 – 9:16 pm | No Comment
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Imagine yourself exercising: running, hiking, dancing, lifting weights — whatever you like to do. Picture yourself pushing to a maximum intensity. Now, ask yourself: Are you breathing out of your nose or mouth?
If you are …

Live Longer, Prevent Disease, Feel Happier After 50

January 28, 2019 – 12:26 am | No Comment
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Happy New Year! If you’re ready to make some positive health changes in 2019, consider this your ultimate resolution checklist. Bookmark this article, and review it every three months for a reminder, for inspiration or …

When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

December 3, 2018 – 4:01 pm | No Comment
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If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you might choose to pepper-spray them …

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges -The Reality.  

December 3, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment
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Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer.
A founder of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School described him as a “bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded” student whose alcoholic father had beaten him and his …

5 Surprising and Spectacular Health Benefits of Farting

December 1, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
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So it happened again. You let one slip out, and what’s worse, it happened in front of company. If this reminds you of a recent situation you have to ask yourself, should you really have …

Let America Be America Again – Poem by Langston Hughes

November 7, 2018 – 6:12 pm | No Comment
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Heard this point this morning and had to put it here. How wonderful. How true.

Why You Can Look Forward to Being Happier in Old Age 

September 12, 2018 – 10:09 am | No Comment
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As we age, life’s end looms closer: but the end may be the peak of our happiness
If life wanted to mess with you, it couldn’t have come up with a better way than death. Especially …

Do not weep for your dead: how to mourn as the Stoics did

August 24, 2018 – 12:04 am | No Comment
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Imagine you are at a child’s funeral. The child is yours. The air is numb with silence. An ache so deep you can barely breathe moves through you, until it bursts and you cry out …

How do I delete my old tweets? Here’s a step-by-step guide

August 8, 2018 – 2:58 am | No Comment
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Once, the Internet was fun. It’s time to move on.
We’ve built up archives of our past selves online over the years — tweets, social media, message-board posts, live journals or, ahem, deadjournals. And, increasingly, those …

Transition from High School – What I Wish I Knew Before Starting College 

August 7, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment
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Starting college is an exciting, yet terrifying prospect. It’s worth it in the end for most students, but there are still some things I wish I’d known before my first day.
Source: Transition from High School …

4 Ways to Teach Your Student Smart Spending Habits

July 25, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
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Going to college is one of life’s most exciting events, but many students don’t realize it’s more than tuition, studying and fun. It may be the first time they have to manage their own finances. Parents …

Why You Shouldn’t Take Advice From (Almost) Anyone

July 2, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment
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Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you take only what is worth having. He who takes advice about his savings from one who is inexperienced in such matters, shall …

Being Fit in Middle Age May Protect Against Depression

June 27, 2018 – 9:07 pm | No Comment
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About 16 million adults in the U.S., and 350 million people around the world, have depression, a major source of physical and mental disability. It affects people’s employment and their ability to socialize and maintain …

The Really Surprising Thing People Get Wrong In Retirement

June 19, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment
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Saving money can be difficult. But spending it? That part was supposed to be easy for retirees who’ve spent decades building up their nest eggs for their golden years.
Source: The Really Surprising Thing People Get …

Do Americans Know How Much Trouble They’re In?

June 19, 2018 – 4:56 am | No Comment
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A President who invokes absolute authority to…pardon himself. An ambassador to Germany who declares he wants to…topple the German government. Senators — the most powerful people in democracy, save the President — knocking on the door of a …
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When should you retire? Don’t die at your desk 

June 19, 2018 – 4:51 am | No Comment
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Fritz Gilbert knew in his 20s that he did not want to die at his desk. Gilbert, 55, who retired last week, started saving decades ago for what could be one of our most fraught …

10 Years Younger Through Exercise

June 14, 2018 – 9:22 pm | No Comment
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We’ve known for a long time that exercise is healthy. However, a long-term study conducted by sports scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has found that people who lead active lifestyles are around 10 years …

Woulda, coulda, shoulda: the haunting regret of failing our ideal selves

May 29, 2018 – 8:32 am | No Comment
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Psychologist Tom Gilovich and a former Cornell graduate student have found people are haunted more by regrets about failing to fulfill their hopes and dreams than by regrets about failing to fulfill their responsibilities.
Forsaken dreams. …

Why Training Your Mind Is the Most Important Priority in Life

May 8, 2018 – 10:17 pm | No Comment
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A young, but earnest, martial arts student asked his new teacher: “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it?”
The teacher replied casually: “Ten years.”
The student wanted …

How To Burn Fat While Running

May 8, 2018 – 3:30 am | No Comment
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Is it better to run on an empty stomach to boost fat burning or to jog at a low heart rate to stay in the right “zone”? Or, should we do short but exhausting intervals …

Employees Don’t Quit Their Job; They Quit Their Boss!

April 23, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
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Employees might join companies, but they leave managers. Too many managers view their position as one of entitlement rather than one of responsibility. In days past, managers would focus on developing their employees. Today they …

How to live it up without going broke before you die

April 23, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment
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I know how to save. It’s in my DNA.
Spending, now that’s a challenge. My dog chewed away part of the cushion on the inside of one of my shoes. You can clearly see his bite …

The Rich Are Betting On Living to 100

April 21, 2018 – 9:46 pm | No Comment
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Money might not buy love, but it can buy better health. And, to live as long as possible, the world’s wealthy are willing to pay up.
Over the past few decades, the average person’s lifespan has risen almost …

4 steps to prepare for a secure retirement

April 21, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment
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I enjoy almost every aspect of cooking, from finding recipes to plating. (In fairness, does anyone really enjoy cleaning up afterward?)
I spend about 45 minutes planning, preparing, and plating a meal that takes my family …

Meet Vicki Robin, the FIRE Early Retirement Community Idol

April 19, 2018 – 1:00 am | No Comment
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Vicki Robin literally wrote the book on retiring happy.

Vicki Robin had no idea she’d become a millennial icon.
The 72-year-old coauthor of the 1992 bestseller Your Money or Your Life was recuperating from a hip replacement …

How to Retire on $500K In Your 50’s or 60’s

April 2, 2018 – 5:08 pm | No Comment
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Yes, it’s possible to retire on $500K in your 50’s and 60’s. Here’s how to do it safely and stretch your dollars as much as possible.
Question: Is it possible to retire on $500K (i.e. $500,000) …

Is meditating on death like putting on a fur coat in summer?

March 30, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
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Memento mori – invitations to reflect on our own mortality – have been common throughout history. Two ancient traditions that made reflection on death central to their paths are Buddhism and Stoicism. For both, the …

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

March 21, 2018 – 10:22 pm | No Comment
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Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new …

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