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Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Exercise for 2 Weeks

May 18, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

How much time does it really take for a healthy person to become measurably less healthy? Less than you might think.
According to new research from the University of Liverpool, just two weeks without regular physical …

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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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The section you will see a swear or two in. Not that I am a big fan, but sometimes situation can't be helped

Recent Reads


Here you will find books that I have read, currently reading or intend to read. I try to read 1 book per month. THIS SECTION MOVED TO MY LIBRARY CLICK HERE.

just Writing


I intend to use this area to catalog my writing journey and collect tidbits of information on the authoring process.

Inspiration »

Letter from a Region in My Mind

August 10, 2017 – 4:23 am | No Comment

A photographer of author James Baldwin

I underwent, during the summer that I became fourteen, a prolonged religious crisis. I use “religious” in the common, and arbitrary, sense, meaning that I then discovered God, His saints and angels, and His blazing Hell. And since I had been born in a Christian nation, I accepted this Deity as the only one. I supposed Him to exist only within the walls of a church—in fact, of our church—

Source: The New Yorker 1962

My Comments:
I came to realize how important and great this man was/is as I got older.  I will endeavor to read as much of his work as I possibly can.

16 Most Segregated Cities in America – 24/7 Wall St.

July 25, 2017 – 3:17 am | No Comment
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Next year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act.
Our nation’s capital and, for many people, the physical representation of unity and freedom in …

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

July 22, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment
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The first voice you hear on the recording is mine. “Here we are,” I say. My tone is cheerful, but a catch in my throat betrays how nervous I am. Then, a little grandly, I …

One millennial’s advice to peers on saving for retirement: Don’t live by FOM 

July 21, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment
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If you’ve saved a lot for retirement, do you have any regrets about what you may have given up to achieve your financial security?
Last week, a reader, who is not a millennial, asked what if …

Read like you’re on a diet

July 15, 2017 – 2:44 pm | Comments Off on Read like you’re on a diet
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I think in this context, they’re absolutely necessary. The Internet is like a bunch of fast food restaurants, all within a click’s reach, yelling at your face:
“HEY YOU. READ MY SHIT.”
“NO, READ MINE.”
“YOU’VE GOTTA READ …

The huge cost new parents may be overlooking

April 16, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
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Some expecting parents may forget to prepare for what will likely be their biggest expense when the baby arrives: child care.
When asked how much they think it costs to raise a baby, 54 percent of people planning …

The meanings of life

March 5, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment
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Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what most of us seem to want for …

How to Talk to Your Kids About Death

February 10, 2017 – 9:01 am | No Comment
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It’s awkward enough talking about death with other adults. It’s even harder when you have to explain to impressionable children that a loved one is gone forever. Here are a few tips for approaching this …

Bad things happen for a reason, and other idiocies of theodicy

February 2, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
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The problem of evil is a classic dilemma in the philosophy of religion. The relative ease with which the problem can be stated belies the depth of the challenge that it presents to traditional monotheism. …

Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t. 

January 20, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
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Preparing for the death of a spouse or partner and its ramifications may be an unhappy task, but doing so can ease some avoidable financial sorrows.
MOST of us do not even want to contemplate the …

Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility | Psychology Today

January 19, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
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The figures are pretty dramatic. On average, about 50% of students fail to graduate from the college in which they first enroll. (See The Journal of Colege Retention.)
Source: Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility
My Comments: …

How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap

January 18, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment
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A new study shows that disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color exacerbate race-based inequalities in educational attainment.
Source: How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap
My Comments: Really depressing report.  Hello God…where are you?

Lessons in family management from a Roman of noble birth

January 12, 2017 – 11:50 pm | No Comment
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Raising a family is the most important duty a man has. Without children the state has no future, and if those children are not brought up properly then that future is bleak. When there is …

What the childless fathers of existentialism teach real dads

January 6, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
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Existentialists encourage their readers to take full responsibility for the course of their lives, and also to venture beyond one’s self-imposed limits. This is what Nietzsche means when he commands us to ‘give birth to …

There’s no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger

December 25, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
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There’s no emotion we ought to think harder and more clearly about than anger. Anger greets most of us every day – in our personal relationships, in the workplace, on the highway, on airline trips …

Welcome back debt! Total household debt rose by $63 billion

December 12, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
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The appetite for debt is now back in a furious way.  Total household debt was up $63 billion last quarter driven largely by auto loans.  Auto loans increased by $32 billion and the amount of …

When a friendship turns sour, more than feelings get hurt

December 12, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
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Think of a time when you sat across from a friend and felt truly understood. Deeply known. Maybe you sensed how she was bringing out your ‘best self’, your cleverest observations and wittiest jokes. S
Source: …

The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Explicit)

December 10, 2016 – 11:31 pm | No Comment
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This has been out for a while, but I really like this dude early approach to music.  He has changed it up a bit – you could say that he is evolving; still like this …

Tips for Parents – Five Conversations to Have with Your Student During Winter Break

December 7, 2016 – 10:58 pm | No Comment
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Keeping the lines of communication open with your college student is key to nurturing a good relationship. Take advantage of the face-to-face time you have with your student this winter break by having the following …

Nothing fake about the top 0.1% holding the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%.

November 27, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
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While people argue about what is real and fake news the widening gulf of inequality in the real world only continues to expand.  This is actually happening and for the ultra wealthy that hold most …

How to eat more and lose weight

November 18, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
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If you choose foods with low energy density — few calories for their bulk — you can eat more volume but consume fewer calories.
Feel full on fewer calories? It might sound like another gimmick for …

Road to 350: What Does the US Navy Do Anyway?

November 18, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
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As Trump promises a 350-ship fleet, a primer on the U.S. Navy today.
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to increase the size of the U.S. Navy to 350 ships. Since the election, senior campaign …

How to make people like you in 4 seconds

October 31, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment
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Speaker and author Nicholas Boothman offers tips for making a solid first impression — before it’s too late.
Within seconds of meeting you, people are already making judgments about your personality.  Are you hireable? Or dateable? …

The story of inflation between 1996 and 2016

October 30, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment
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Inflation is rarely discussed in the mainstream press.  Most people wake up every day and simply believe that prices go up as a natural state.  These deeply held assumptions usually crack when new revelations happen …

Sustaining retirement income in a lower-return world | Vanguard Blog

October 25, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
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The first place to start in a low-return environment would be to minimize your investment costs.
Every day, I seem to have a discussion with someone regarding strategies for sustaining retirement income in a lower-return world. Investors, …

Do elite colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans in their admission policies?

October 25, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
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A lot of people will probably disagree with me on this, but first of all, yes, elite universities use affirmative action to hold Asians to higher standards. And you know what? I think universities are …

Want college to pay off? These are the 50 majors with the highest earnings. 

October 18, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment
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Many of the highest-paying entry-level jobs are tied to engineering and technology majors.
Engineering and technology are among the most challenging fields of study in college, but all of that hard work apparently is paying off, …

Millennials are bogged down by massive student debt and confiscatory housing prices

October 16, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment
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Millennials are a critical group in terms of where the economy goes in the next few years.  The economy largely relies on younger people to spend and purchase consumption items.  Think of a young couple …

If you have high cholesterol, the culprit may be sugar

October 15, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment
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It’s a sad fact. The cholesterol count of the average middle-aged American makes most cardiologists cringe.
Cholesterol seems to start creeping up in our 30s or 40s as careers, kids and other obligations leave us more …

How Many Military Missions Does The US Now Carry Out In Africa Every Year?

October 9, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
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In the 2016 briefing, the U.S. Defense Department’s then chief of AFRICOM, General David Rodriguez stated that, “In fiscal year 2015, we conducted 75 joint operations, 12 major joint exercises, and 400 security cooperation activities.” …

Securing an Early Retirement: The Blogosphere’s 7 Best Lessons

October 5, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
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You can retire safely when you have 25x your annual expenses invested in income generating assets
At a time when many struggle to save enough for a comfortable retirement, there are a few people who …

Look Out! Retirement Mistakes are Easy to Make 

October 5, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment
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As a Certified Financial Planner for Personal Capital, I see too many people who focus on their present financial situation or the few years that lie just ahead. They don’t “look out” to what seems …

Retirement Lessons Learned From Botching Savings Early In My Career 

October 5, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
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At every career stage, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of new money and forget about re-evaluating your retirement plan.
As we start, grow, and end our careers, our focus shifts …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

October 4, 2016 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
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IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.
Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will …

Why black workers who do everything right still get left behind 

October 4, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment
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We’ve known for a while that black Americans aren’t making economic progress. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, shows that the black-white wage gap is now the widest it has been since 1979. What’s more …

Hubble Views a Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star

September 23, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment
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This star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star’s remaining core.
This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful “last …

Why students who do well in high school bomb in college  

September 22, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
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These traits separate the successful students from the not-so-successful ones.
The first year of college is a tough transition, and for many students, a disillusioning one.
A study conducted last fall at the University of Toronto found that …

How American Politics Became So Ineffective

August 25, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment
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Republicans and Democrats of 2016 have neither intelligible boundaries nor enforceable norms. As a result, renegade political behavior pays.
It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is …

“The Cloak I Was Offering Them Was Identification With My Whiteness”

August 23, 2016 – 2:15 am | No Comment
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As a white mother of two black children, three white children, who all have a white father, I have something to say.
Racism exists. It is real and tangible. And it is everywhere, all the time.
When …

Black America Is Leaving While Staying Put

July 19, 2016 – 5:10 am | No Comment
Calls For Reforms In Wake Of Police Shooting Death Continue In Chicago

Jimmie Williams joins demonstrators in a protest outside of City Hall calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign on December 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. A recently released video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald …

With a recovery like this, who needs a recession: 62 percent of Americans don’t even have $1000 in savings.

July 13, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment
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The stock market just hit another record high.  Yet only half of Americans actually own any stock.  Real estate prices are ebbing closer to their previous bubble peak.  Yet the homeownership rate is down.  The …

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