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December 13, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 5’s (12.11 – 12.18) Affirmation: Rest: I will get 6-hours of Sleep each Night!
Date – 12.13.17
B-Book 40: Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein
The key message in this book:  Both Buddhism and psychoanalysis can …

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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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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

'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 …

Somalia Famine Finally Captures the News Cycle

August 3, 2011 – 10:40 pm | No Comment
HoA Humanitarian Snapshot 29 July 2011

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Today’s New York Times devotes two-thirds of its front page above the fold to a horrific picture in color of a malnourished Somali child in a Mogadishu hospital. It caps a detailed and …

HIV epidemics emerging in Middle East, North Africa: study

August 3, 2011 – 9:59 pm | No Comment

Epidemics of HIV are emerging among gay and bisexual men in the Middle East and North Africa and high levels of risky sexual behavior threaten to spread the AIDS virus further in the region, researchers …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 54(W3) – C/A

August 3, 2011 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

Sort of a soft abs day.  Did add quite a few reps, but the intensity was not typical.  I kinda sense a bit of sluggishness creeping into my game.  A part of it has to …

Can chewing more help you eat less?

August 2, 2011 – 11:05 pm | No Comment

A new study finds that people who chew their food more take in fewer calories, which may help them control their weight.
Chewing food 40 times instead of a typical 15 times caused study participants to …

Countdown To 7 Billion: A Tale Of Two Worlds

August 2, 2011 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Countdown To 7 Billion: A Tale Of Two Worlds

The United Nations says that sometime around Halloween the seven-billionth person will be born into this world — most likely in India, which is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in …

Putting an Antebellum Myth to Rest

August 2, 2011 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

Was slavery an idyllic world of stable families headed by married parents? The recent controversy over “The Marriage Vow,” a document endorsed by the Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, might seem like …

The Secret to Building Wealth Most People Ignore

August 2, 2011 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

One of the reasons I believe most people never succeed at reaching financial independence is because they make things too complicated. They invest in elaborate investments they don’t understand, but heard some guy on television …

Rupe’s Year of the Body: PhII-Day 53(M1) – UB1

August 1, 2011 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

Took a week off from the gym, but it is game-on again.  Had a pretty low key work out today…did not try to overwork.   Hit the upper body and then get a quick elliptical …

25 Ways to Build Your Biceps

July 31, 2011 – 10:18 pm | No Comment

For decades, the dumbbell curl has been helping us build bigger biceps—but it also seems to have stripped us of our imagination. After all, how often do you try a new variation of this classic …

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