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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.

what the...?

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

Not So Recent Reads

Here you will find books that I have read, reading or intend to read. More Recent Reads => CLICK HERE.

just Writing

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


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

Are Military Pensions Too 'Generous'?

August 28, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

It sounds like a pretty good deal: Retire at age 38 after 20 years of work and get a monthly pension of half your salary for the rest of your life. All you have to …

What Will Vice President Biden Find in China?

August 28, 2011 – 9:49 am | No Comment
U.S. Vice President Biden speaks at the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington

In her latest post, my colleague, Liz Economy, asks:  What will Vice President Biden find in China?  I thought I’d try out my own response to this very direct question:
1.  Biden will find a China …

Obesity to worsen, weigh heavily on healthcare costs

August 27, 2011 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

Obesity is most widespread in Britain and the United States among the world’s leading economies and if present trends continue, about half of both men and women in the United States will be obese by …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 61(Th25) – UL

August 25, 2011 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

Still giving arms a bit of rest. Did a mix of upper and lower body.  Felt pretty strong…I will need to settle down and get back on track next week.
Workout: Day 61 (Th25/Upper/Lower Body ) – …

BREAKING: Cell Phones Could Hurt Your Boys

August 24, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

That ringing in your pocket might turn out to be a death knell for your sperm, says a review published online in the Journal of Andrology that examined the links between cell phone radiation and …

Marriage and Divorce Trigger Weight Gain

August 23, 2011 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

Marriage and Divorce Trigger Weight Gain:
Marriage Leads to Weight Gain for Women, Divorce Prompts Gain in Men
Marriage and divorce may trigger weight gainin men and women for very different reasons.
A new study shows marriage often …

Walmart Coffee vs. Starbucks. Guess Who Wins?

August 22, 2011 – 10:59 pm | No Comment

Despite a shaky stock market and an uncertain future, Americans still prefer gourmet coffee over any other, according to a new study from the National Coffee Association. And from teenagers to senior citizens, most people still …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 60(M22) – C/A

August 22, 2011 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

Ok cardio workout.  I have not really pushed my workout now for a week; in fact, I did not do anything all of last week because I giving my arms (left wrist and right bicep) …

Magician Penn Jillette Says 'God, No!' To Religion

August 20, 2011 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

Even if you believe in God, you might still be atheist. That’s what Penn Jillette argues in his new book God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.
The louder half of …

'Sex On Six Legs': When Insects Go Wild

August 19, 2011 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

Everything you wanted to know about bug sex (but didn’t bother to ask) is explained in a new book by insect expert Marlene Zuk. Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from …

Guard Against Cyberattacks

August 17, 2011 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

25,000 complaints. That’s the number the FBI-affiliated Internet Crime Complaint Center registers each month. Whether it’s identity theft, financial fraud or outright scams, we are all potential victims. So what can you do? Gary McAlum, …

7 Weapons to Defend Against Identity Thieves

August 17, 2011 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

More than 8 million Americans were the victims of identity theft last year, according to a recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research. But protecting yourself doesn’t have to be complicated. “Common sense combined with a high-quality …

Title: Crime and Punishment

August 13, 2011 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he …

Questioning the Existence of Adam and Eve

August 13, 2011 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Engraving Of Adam And Eve

Let’s go back to the beginning — all the way to Adam and Eve, and to the question: Did they exist, and did all of humanity descend from that single pair? According to the Bible …

Choosing to be Happy

August 13, 2011 – 9:19 am | No Comment

Strategies for Happiness: 7 Steps to Becoming a Happier Person
A popular greeting card attributes this quote to Henry David Thoreau: “Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 59(F12) – UB2

August 12, 2011 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

Felt relatively good; sitll having a bit of nagging pain in right bicep and left wrist.  At any rate, really good workout.  Unlike last week deadlifting 180 with some struggle, this week was much easier.  …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 58(Th11) – C/A

August 11, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

Really awesome cardio/abs day. Unlike last week, the intensity and reps were up; felt really good. Felt really good coming back from a lackluster last week. Having a bit of pain in left wrist …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 57(W10) – UB1

August 10, 2011 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

Sort of a mixed workout in so many ways.  Started out relatively strong as usual and got pretty tired towards the end.   
Workout: Day 57 (W10/Upper Body I) – 61mins/1min rest
Bench press 3×12,10,10 (45s,70s,80s)
Incline press 3×10,10,10 …

The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals

August 9, 2011 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. “I want to play the guitar in a band,” “I want to run a marathon”, “I want to be …

To Live Longer, Have a Beer

August 9, 2011 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

Up until you’re 21, you’re told that drinking alcohol is bad. Then you’re suddenly told that, really, it’s drinking alcohol and driving that’s bad. The latter is definitely true. But the former? Scientists aren’t so …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 56(M8) – LB

August 8, 2011 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

Really good leg workout.  Minimize number of movement per body part, so I was able to complete without a total meltdown at the end.  Lifted a bit too hard on straight-leg deadlift, felt a little …

Blair Perkins: The Unthinkable

August 7, 2011 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(This song is originally done by Alicia Keys.  I love how she sings it, but Blair’s version kills as well.)
Unthinkable lyrics
Moment of honesty
Someones gotta take the lead tonight
Whose it gonna be?
I’m gonna …

Bahrain Protest

August 6, 2011 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — 147 Bahraini detainees are set to be released within a matter of hours, the head of the kingdom’s independent commission of inquiry told The Washington Times in a phone interview Saturday night.
“I confirm that I have …

Title: The Memoir Project

August 6, 2011 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

Title: The Memoir Project: A Throughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life by Marion Roach Smith
Publisher’s Summary:
Whether or not one has lived an exceptional or dramatic life, we inherently understand that writing memoir—whether it’s a …

Remember to Reward Yourself

August 6, 2011 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether …

5 Mistakes Parents Make With Teens and Tweens

August 6, 2011 – 11:49 am | No Comment

Here are the top mistakes parents make with their teens and tweens, and how to avoid them.
Things aren’t the way they used to be. Your 12-year-old no longer comes to you first when she feels …

Does 35lbs Lighter Makes A Difference?

August 5, 2011 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

I ran across this image a few days ago while looking for a feature image for a posting here at my site.  I was simply amazed to see the difference that the form of body …

Need a Paying Job? 8 Ways Volunteering Can Help

August 5, 2011 – 9:52 am | No Comment

Use your skills to benefit others and yourself.
Laid-off workers often become discouraged when they don’t land a new job right away. If you’re unemployed and looking for work, try channeling your angst into altruism and …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 55(Th4) – UB2

August 4, 2011 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

Awesome workout today.  Felt really strong to start off and lasted pretty good all the way through.  Faded a bit to the end, especially on my second lift for biceps.  Overall, however, it worked okay …

Child Brides…Really?

August 4, 2011 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

I do understand that traditions play an important part in the lives of all cultures sharing this planet we call Earth; very few things , however, boils my blood…nay pisses me off than the abuse …

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