Monthly Archives: August 2011

WEbMD_lowering Cholesterol SLideshow: 15 Tips for Avoiding Hart Disease


WebMD_Slideshow_ 15 Tips for Avoiding Heart Disease

WebMD_Slideshow_ 15 Tips for Avoiding Heart Disease

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Today’s Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) – on Human Mistakes


The quotation is from the novel, Anne of Green Gables, Ch. ” A New Departure in Flavorings:”

Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
“I’ll warrant you’ll make plenty in it,” said Marilla. “I never saw your beat for making mistakes, Anne.”
“Yes, and well I know it,” admitted Anne mournfully. “But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice.”
“I don’t know as that’s much benefit when you’re always making new ones.”
“Oh, don’t you see, Marilla?  There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I’ll be through with them. That’s a very comforting thought.”

My take on this:  I believe in degrees, increments, scales: Some mistakes cannot be “balanced even in death…How else would we remember the people who went into history as infamous, never to be forgotten. All we can do striving to err cautiously, to try and correct those errors we can and pray that the others will not make us, upon passing on, unforgivably unforgettable.

Today’s Birthday: Hermann von Helmholtz (1821)


Hermann von Helmholtz (1821)

Helmholtz was one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He made fundamental contributions to physiology, optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, acoustics, and meteorology, but he is best known for formulating the mathematical law of conservation of energy. His approach was strongly empirical at a time when many scientists embraced deductions from mental concepts. He described body heat and energy, nerve conduction, and the physiology of the eye. What medical instruments did he invent? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)


Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)

Diana‘s beauty and unprecedented popularity as a member of the royal family attracted intense press attention, and she became one of the most photographed women in the world. After her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, she remained highly visible and continued her activities on behalf of numerous charities. In 1997, she was killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, and their driver. Who was blamed for the accident in subsequent investigations? More… Discuss

Environment Spotlight _ Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook _California Watch


Environment Spotlight _ Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook _California Watch

Environment Spotlight _ Plastics Industry Edited Environmental Textbook _California Watch

 Why Business and academia are incongruent? Just because, that’s why!

Legislature approves tougher penalties for lead in jewelry


Legislature approves tougher penalties for lead in jewelry
Legislature approves tougher penalties for lead in jewelry (California Watch)

Related Articles:

PolitiFact – Of 11000 attempts to amend U.S. Constitution only 27 amendments have passed


PolitiFact - Of 11000 attempts to amend U.S. Constitution only 27 amendments have passed

PolitiFact - Of 11000 attempts to amend U.S. Constitution only 27 amendments have passed

PBS: Tar Sands Pipeline Plan Renews Energy vs. Environment Debate


Tar Sands Pipeline Plan Renews Energy vs. Environment Debate

Tar Sands Pipeline Plan Renews Energy vs. Environment Debate

Vermont Radio Democracy Now – Station Provides Crucial Details for Flooded Residents amidst Historic Devastation


Vermont Radio Station Provides Crucial Details for Flooded Residents amidst Historic Devastation

Vermont Radio Station Provides Crucial Details for Flooded Residents amidst Historic Devastation

NTSB hits pipeline owner, regulators in deadly California blast


NTSB hits pipeline owner_ regulators in deadly California blast

NTSB hits pipeline owner_ regulators in deadly California blast

Today’s Birthday: Nancy Wake (1912)


Nancy Wake (1912)

Wake, who passed away weeks ago at the age of 98, was one of WWII‘s most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her? More… Discuss

Quotation: Francis Bacon – of atheism


A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.  
(from Essays, Civil and Moral, Chapter 16–Of Atheism.)

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss
http://www.bartleby.com/3/1/16.html

Merriam-Webster Adds Tweet and Bromance to Lexicon


Merriam-Webster Adds Tweet and Bromance to Lexicon

According to the people at Merriam-Webster, a tweet is no longer just the chirping sound a bird makes, it is also “a post made on the Twitter online message service.” Other words making their debut in the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary include “boomerang child,” referring to a “young adult who returns to live at his or her family home, especially for financial reasons”; “bromance,” describing a “close, non-sexual relationship between men”; and “fist bump,” a “gesture in which two people bump their fists together, as in greeting or celebration.” In all, editors selected 150 new words to add to the dictionary. More… Discuss

Sîrba tot pe loc: Carmina Tenera


Can we teach cats to drink with straws? Or may be we could ask geneticias to develop a straw drinking cat: the food industry needs that.



         The food industry needs geneticists (I’m sure someone willl consider the project of interest) to genetically modify cats, so they too can drink using straws, just like humans do: Why else would they provide straws with cat food containers?  It reminds me of  a fable: “Le renard et la Cigogne” by La Fontaine.

Great video by the way: Thanks Twinklybird!

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XVIII.

Jean de La Fontaine 

Le Renard et la Cigogne

Compère le Renard se mit un jour en frais,

Et retint à dîner commère la Cigogne.
Le régal fût petit et sans beaucoup d’apprêts :
        Le Galant pour toute besogne,
        Avait un brouet clair (il vivait chichement).
        Ce brouet fut par lui servi sur une assiette :
        La Cigogne au long bec n’en put attraper miette ;
        Et le drôle eut lapé le tout en un moment.
        Pour se venger de cette tromperie,
À quelque temps de là, la Cigogne le prie.
« Volontiers, lui dit-il, car avec mes amis
                Je ne fais point cérémonie. “
        À l’heure dite, il courut au logis
                De la Cigogne son hôtesse ;
                Loua très fort la politesse ;
                Trouva le dîner cuit à point.
Bon appétit surtout ; Renards n’en manquent point.
Il se réjouissait à l’odeur de la viande
Mise en menus morceaux, et qu’il croyait friande.
                On servit, pour l’embarrasser,
En un vase à long col et d’étroite embouchure.
Le bec de la Cigogne y pouvait bien passer,
Mais le museau du Sire était d’autre mesure.
Il lui fallut à jeun retourner au logis,
Honteux comme un Renard qu’une Poule aurait pris,
        Serrant la queue, et portant bas l’oreille.
                Trompeurs, c’est pour vous que j’écris :
                Attendez-vous à la pareille.

 

WebMD Slideshow: 10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism


WebMD-Slideshow --10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

WebMD-Slideshow --10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Today’s Quotation: Lewis Carroll on reality as dream


Is all our Life, then, but a dream
By Lewis Carroll in Sylvie and Bruno.

Is all our Life, then, but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time’s dark resistless stream?

Bowed to the earth with bitter woe,
Or laughing at some raree-show,
We flutter idly to and fro.

Man’s little Day in haste we spend,
And, from its merry noontide, send
No glance to meet the silent end.

Today’s Birthdday: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)

Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist whose dramatic poem Faust is considered one of the world’s greatest poetic and philosophic creations. In it, he represents Faust, the legendary scholar who sold his soul to the devil, tragically, as a singularly modern figure who is condemned to remain unsatisfied by life. In his later years, Goethe was celebrated as a sage and visited by world luminaries. Which of Goethe’s novels is often called the first bildungsroman? More… Discuss

survival of the happiest


Bypass Patients in Happy Marriages Live Longer

Happy marriages could help coronary artery bypass patients live longer. A study of 255 bypass patients found that the 15-year survival rates were higher for married patients than unmarried ones and were highest for those who reported having happy marriages. Though men in the study seemed to benefit regardless of the quality of their marriage, women who reported dissatisfaction in their marriages actually had no survival benefit over unmarried women. Researchers believe the social support marriages provide is responsible for the improved long-term survival of bypass patients. More… Discuss

Mary Carleton, Imposter


Mary Carleton, Imposter

Carleton was a 17th century Englishwoman who was brought up on charges of bigamy after marrying multiple men. She then took on the persona of a German princess and married John Carleton, but she was exposed and put on trial. Both published pamphlets to support their versions of events. After her acquittal, Mary starred in a play about her life. She went on to defraud more men but was eventually arrested and sent to a penal colony. How was she punished for returning to England without permission? More… Discuss

A thousand Kisses deep (Leonard Cohen): The more you listen, the more…you’ll live it!


“A Thousand Kisses Deep”

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then it’s done –
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it’s real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed,
I’m back on Boogie Street.
You lose your grip, and then you slip
Into the Masterpiece.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
I made it to the forward deck.
I blessed our remnant fleet –
And then consented to be wrecked,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed,
I’m back on Boogie Street.
I guess they won’t exchange the gifts
That you were meant to keep.
And quiet is the thought of you,
The file on you complete,
Except what we forgot to do,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat . . .

(Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/athousandkissesdeep.html)

Soul of Stone (Suflet împietrit) (my short poems series)


Soul of Stone

Soul of Stone

Soul of Stone (By George)

 I have leaned on you
until you turned into statue –
of white marble with bluish veins –
unmoved, cold…

soul of stone:
what would move you?


Suflet împietrit

M-am sprijinit de tine
pana-ai devenit statuie-
de marmura alba, cu vine vinetii-
nemiscată, rece…

Suflet împietrit:
Ce te-ar putea misca?

Leonard Perla Batalla sings Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with Port Hueneme’s Evangelistic Missionary gospel choir



Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

“Aleluia” (Leonard Cohen)
Tradus de Windows live, Talmacit de George

 Am auzit c-a existat o coardă secrete
Ce David a jucat, si-a placut Domnului
Dar tie nu-ti pasa de muzică, asa-i?
Suna cam asa
A patra, a cincea
Minorul coborator, majorul suitor
Uimit regele compunerea Hallelujah

 Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia

 Credinţa ti-a fost puternica dar ti-a trebuit dovada
Ai văzut-o facand baie pe acoperiş
Frumusetea ei în lumina lunii te-a răsturnat
Ea legatu-te-a pe-un scaun din bucătărie
Ti-a frint tronul  şi ti-a tăiat părul
Şi de pe buze ea ti-a stors Hallelujah

 Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia

Draguta am mai  fost pe-aici
Ştiu incaperea, am batut podeaua
Trăiam de unul singur înainte de-a te fi ştiut.

Ti-am vazut steagul pe arcul de marmura
Dragostea nu este un mars de victorie
Este un rece şi  un frînt Hallelujah

Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia

 Era un timp când imi spuneai
Ce se întâmplă  acolo jos
Dara acum nu-mi mai arăti, nu-i asa?
Şi-ti amintesti atunci când ma miscam în tine
Spiritul  mişcat si el
Şi-n fiecare respiratie era un Hallelujah

 Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia

Poate că există un Dumnezeu sus
Dar tot ce-am învăţat deespre dragoste
A fost cum să trag in cel ce e mai lent
Nu e un strigăt ce-l auzi in noapte
Nu e cel ce-a văzut Lumina
Este doar un rece şi un frînt Hallelujah

 Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia

Tu zici ca-m luat Numele-n zadar
Nici macar nu-i ştiu Numele
Dar dacă-as fi facut, ce-ti pasa ţie?
E o lumină sclipitoare-n fiece cuvânt
Nu importa  pe cel ce l-ai auzit
Pe sfantul sau frîntul Hallelujah

 Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia

 M-am straduit cît am putut de bine, n-a fost de-ajuns
Nu am putut simţi, aşa ca-m încercat s-ating
Iti spun adevărul, nu am venit să te mint
Şi chiar dacă  totul e gresit
Eu pot sa  stau in fata Lordului  Cantului
Cu nimic altceva pe limba, decît Hallelujah

 Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia, Aleluia
Aleluia

Cuvantul talmacitorului: Tot ce facem in viata e “aleluia” tot ce gandim e “aleluia”, tot ce gasim e “aleluia’ si tot ce lasam in urma e totul “aleluia”.

Today’s Quotation: Sherwood Anderson – On finding the object of love


 

I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) Discuss


My take on this: If we were to love just one thing, more than anything else in the world…we would become it; I would not like being the ocean, but the sailboat, slashing the surface of its waters. Or the wind, or the bird resting in its migration for a while on my boat’s mast, or the , or the Moon…While restrict myself to loving just one thing? Why reject so many others, why classify, why rank…love life – love all.

Today’s Birthday: Theodore Dreiser (1871)


Theodore Dreiser (1871)

Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? More… Discuss

Zamfira A Plecat (Sa-si Caute Barbat) – IOAN LUCHIAN MIHALEA


Maurice Ravel: Bolero


Boléro is a one-movement orchestral piece by Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian ballerina Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.[2] Before Boléro, Ravel had composed large scale ballets (such as Daphnis et Chloé, composed for the Ballets Russes 1909–1912), suites for the ballet (such as the second orchestral version of Ma Mère l’Oye, 1912), and one-movement dance pieces (such as La Valse, 1906–1920). Apart from such compositions intended for a staged dance performance, Ravel had demonstrated an interest in composing re-styled dances, from his earliest successes (the 1895 Menuet and the 1899 Pavane) to his more mature works like Le tombeau de Couperin (which takes the format of a dance suite).

Boléro epitomises Ravel’s preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements. It was also one of the last pieces he composed before illness forced him into retirement: the two piano concertos and the Don Quichotte à Dulcinée song cycle were the only compositions that followed Boléro.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol%C3%A9ro)

Gustavo Dudamel – Danzon n°2


Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez (born January 26, 1981) is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is currently the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Gothenburg, Sweden, and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, California.[1] Dudamel is also the artistic director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavo_Dudamel)

Never on Sunday – Melina Mercouri


Never on Sunday (Greek: Ποτέ Την Κυριακή, translit. Pote Tin Kyriaki) is a 1960 Greek black-and-white film which tells the story of Ilya, a prostitute who lives in the port of Piraeus in Greece, and Homer, an American tourist from Middletown, Connecticut — a classical scholar enamored with all things Greek. Ilya is a character close to the “hooker with a heart of gold” cliché.[citation needed] Homer feels Ilya’s life style typifies the degradation of Greek classical culture and attempts to steer her onto the path of morality. It constitutes a variation of the Pygmalion story.

The film stars Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin, and it gently submerges the viewer into Greek culture, including dance, music, and language (through the use of subtitles). The signature song and the bouzouki theme of the movie became hits of the 1960s and brought the composer, Manos Hadjidakis, an Academy Award.

It won the Academy Award for Best Song (Manos Hadjidakis for “Never on Sunday“). It was nominated for the Academy Awards for, respectively, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Melina Mercouri), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director (Jules Dassin) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay as Written Directly for the Screen (Dassin). Mercouri won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_on_Sunday)

Democracy Now: Laws made by some people for other people, only, are FEUDAL


Democracy Now - Laws made by some people, for other people, Only, are FEUDAL

Democracy Now - Laws made by some people, for other people, Only, are FEUDAL

Los Angeles River Tries On New Role, as Waterway – The New York Times


Los Angeles River Tries On New Role, as Waterway _ The New York Times

Los Angeles River Tries On New Role, as Waterway _ The New York Times

From WebMD – Vitamins and Supplements Lifestyle Guide –


Vitamins and Supplements Lifestyle Guide - WebMD

Vitamins and Supplements Lifestyle Guide - WebMD

Say no to High Fructose Corn Syrop: Our bodies are affected by it.


Fructose Facts for People with Diabetes

Fructose Facts for People with Diabetes

Quotation: George Eliot – Complexity Derived Exception


In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.

(The quotation is from Ch. XXXIII of Austen’s first novel, Adam Bede.)

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

I think that: We owe everything to  complexity as it is trully the harmony of matter.

Today’s Birthday: Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)


Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)

Walpole was an English statesman. Elected to the House of Commons in 1701, he later served as secretary of war. With the accession of George I, he rose rapidly to become first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer. With his consolidation of power, he effectively became the first British prime minister. He avoided foreign entanglement and kept England neutral until 1739, when he was forced into the War of Jenkins’ Ear against Spain. How did the conflict get its name? More… Discuss

This day in History: National Assembly of Quebec Adopts the Charter of the French Language (1977)


National Assembly of Quebec Adopts the Charter of the French Language (1977)

In 1976, the Parti Québécois, a party of French-Canadian nationalists formed in 1970, won control of the provincial parliament. Among its first acts was the passage of La charte de la langue française—the Charter of the French Language. Also known as Bill 101, the controversial legislation made French the official language of Quebec and prohibited the use of English on signs and in most commercial transactions. What effect did the charter have on businesses in Quebec? More… Discuss

Iubire by George


Iubire,  by George

iubire adevarata
mai adanca decat marea
mai inalta dacat cerul
incununeaza universul


Love, by George

true love
deeper than the sea
higher than the sky
crowns the Universe

Ochiu-nchis afara, inautru se desteapta (Mihai Eminescu – Scriosarea III-a)


See things:
Eye closed
Mind open

Type 2 Diabetes Pictures Slideshow: Learn the Warning Signs


Type 2 Diabetes Pictures Slideshow_ Learn the Warning Signs - MedicineNet

Type 2 Diabetes Pictures Slideshow_ Learn the Warning Signs - MedicineNet

There is no way around it: Daily exercise has to become part of who you are, even more so after you have been diagnosed with the big D (for Diabetes). No matter what medication, no matter how much of it, your health status will only worsen unless a battery of physical activities becomes part of your daily life and you may even start enjoying enough to make it a wonderful pastime.  The  earlier in the morning you exercise the better will influence the rest of the day. It is hard to face this reality, especially if the only exercise you have been practicing is at your fingertips (like in spending all that time on the computer, seated, slouching, straining your eyes, staring at a flat, two dimensional screen, just like you’re doing as you read this article: don’t get me wrong, thanks for reading so far, and to the end, but afterward, get up and stretch a little). As a rule:  The more sedentary lifestyle the more exercise you need, the more you’ll need to become more active.

No matter what you choose to do, all exercises have as foundation breathing (yes I know we are aerobic creatures, but how many of us still remember how we used to breathe when we were very young? I mean how many still breathe from the abdomen? Easy to check: place the palm of one hand on your abdomen and observe what happen to that hand while you’re breathing: If when you breathe out the abdomen compresses, than you know that you’re breathing more or less from your diaphragm, as you should. Start all exercises with an breath out, and relax upon breathing in. Breathe out while lowering your arms and breathe out as you raise them. walking is the best, natural way to increase your air intake, lung capacity, and the amount of carbon dioxide and water you eliminate at each exhalation. In addition walking help correcting your posture, balance, and endurance, while you start loosing weight. It is time to purchase a electronic scale, set your personal information, get a closer look at you numbers: Body mass index (BMI), weight, set a goal (such as lowering your weight (a pound a week) over let’s say three months. 

After a week or two you can start walking faster and faster, check your pulse, and stay within the comfort zone of being able to talk entire phrases without fatigue, slow down if you need to catch your breath in order to make longer sentences.
For indoors,  I prefer an elliptic equipment (cross country) with variable tension. I like to combine forward and backward rotation, which involves differently your arms and legs muscles. Start small steps, try and get 2-3 times a day on the equipment for few minutes: you can watch Tv, or listen to music while exercising; time will just fly by!
acknowledge the effort your body is making and think about how good it will feel knowing that it earned the apple is going to receive…yes start thinking that way, food can become a reward, healthy food (apples are great). Do not starve yourself, but eat smaller meals, and drink green tea (which is a great appetite suppressant, and helps digestion and muscle activity. It has much lesser caffeine than coffee, but unlike coffee is fat free).

Outdoors there are so many ways to exercise, one only has to make up one’s mind. I will invite you again to discover more about the outdoors.

All in moderation, and in full observance of the effect on your health can really add to the quality of your life when you need it most: In the later years.  

Fears over China’s nuclear safety Finally Revealed – The Guardian UK (It’s not what you know, but who you know…)


 Fears Over China's Nuclear Safety FINALLY Revealed (What, and When did the MEdia know about this?
Fears Over China‘s Nuclear Safety FINALLY Revealed (What, and When did the Mass Media know about this?)

‘The Impenetrable transparency” or “who’s your uncle?”

Agatha Christie: On the gray cells (or neurons, or what ever you care to call them)


“These little grey cells. It is up to them.”

(From The 1920 book The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It was the first book that introduced the character of Hercule Poirot.)
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss
My take on this is another quotation:

Mens Sana In corpore ( “A sound mind in a sound body.”) It is derived from Satire X of the Roman poet Juvenal (10.356).

My phrase in relation to Agatha Christie’s grey cells, and Juvenal’s Satire X (10): “Remind your grey cell, that they reside in your body, remind your body that it has a brain and willpower.”

Today’s Birthday: Althea Gibson (1927)


Althea Gibson (1927)

Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated until that time, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization? More… Discuss

This Day in History: The Liberation of Paris (1944)


WWII: The Liberation of Paris (1944)

The Liberation of Paris is considered the last battle of the Normandy Campaign to free France from German occupation. In July, about a month after the Allied invasions of southern France and Normandy, Allied ground troops finally broke out of the beachheads and began a rapid advance across northern France. With help from the French resistance, Free French and US forces and liberated Paris in August. Why did the German military governor of Paris disobey Hitler‘s order to leave the city in ruins? More… Discuss

Back to Downey: “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” – The Carpenters



Yes The Carpenters…There are two bookshelves with memorabilia donated to the Downey Public Library by The Carpenters. They grew up here, their music got recognition here, and they became famous here in Downey.
You are invited to look at that memorabilia:

Downey City Library-1

Downey City Library-1

Downey City Library_ Plaque
Downey City Library_ Plaque
(They Long to Be) CLOSE TO YOU_Gold Recod donated by Richard and Karen Carpenter T Downey City Library_December 1971
(They Long to Be) CLOSE TO YOU_Gold Recod donated by Richard and Karen Carpenter T Downey City Library_December 1971
LP presented by Richard and Karen Carpenter to the Downey City Library-December 1971
LP presented by Richard and Karen Carpenter to the Downey City Library-December 1971
Bookcase with memorabilia-presentd by The Carpenters to Downey City LIbrary
Bookcase with memorabilia-presented by The Carpenters to Downey City Library

Diabetes and Hot Weather


If left in heat (in a car parked in the sun), the meter may need to be cooled down to become operational.


Every year many people with chronic health conditions are profoundly affected by weather extremes. you hear it on the news, especially during heatwaves, due to not only the intensity, but even more by the duration, sometime of weeks, when nights do not bring the much relief from the heat. To add to these conditions it in not uncommon to experience power failure and rollouts, due to extensive use of electricity. So what it a person suffering from diabetes to do in such situations? A heighten state of awareness is needed in order to be able to function with little or no impact it is critical to have your medicine (such as insulin) and your Blood Glucose meter and test strips sheltered from heat and humidity, for as long as possible. Insulated containers such as wide outlet thermos, double wall soup jars, and even insulated launch bags are best, once cooled to room temperature, and cold pack can provide for optimal storage.
Even when on the road, a soup jar can be easily carried so you have everything you need at hand. I like to drink my protein shake cold, while riding on my bike, so I do the following: I first cool the water to the point it starts making ice, I prepare my drink, and then I put it in the freezer (covered in the wet insulating pouch  for few minutes, until the water on the pouch freezes. As I ride the evaporation of that water keeps the bottle colder for hours.

But even room temperature water is irreplaceable when it comes to hydration. Some drink distilled water: Make sure the water you drink contains the mineral needed to make ir suitable for drinking (potable), as distilled water will dilute the electrolytes needed to function, making you even more susceptible to acute heat induced health conditions). When it comes to glucose: If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can make you very sick or even kill you. Therefore always carry glucose tablets ON YOU (in your pocket, strapped on your belt, but on you). One tablet weighing 4 grams, will increase your blood glucose level in a matter of seconds, to safe levels.  Always remember to add tablets to your supply, as you use them. You can have hard candy, but don’t expect the same fast action.  

One very important thing, people forget when it comes to spending time outdoors: When your biking, and you have put 25 miles between you and the place you started, weather conditions may be a bit, or a lot different, so plan to have what you need for change in weather, precipitations, or a variation in heat,  which you may have to accommodate.  
Lastly: If you think tha brown sugar has lesser calories so therefore you can use it instead of bleached sugar, well, you’re wrong: It has the same amount of sugar!
To a large extend spending more time outdoors will help your medical condition, once you start earlier in the morning and exercise in a controlled environment (such as a park, with water fountains, facilities, diverse exercise equipment, An elastomeric track (if possible) and…Shade in summer and shelter in winter!)

There: Now what other excuses can you find to continue to be a cautch potato, while medicating your medication?

The sooner you start to control your medical condition, the more confident you’ll be to enjoy life as you were intended to!

Quotation o fthe Day: Jonathan Swift – on social status


I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

My take on this:
Freeman among freemen would be nice!

The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal


The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal

The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh was the first systematically organized library in West Asia. It was created by Ashurbanipal, the last great Assyrian king, who reigned in the 7th century BCE and controlled most of the then-known world. Excavations at the site have uncovered thousands of clay tablets constituting today’s chief source of knowledge about ancient Mesopotamia. The collection includes historical and scientific literature, flood and creation myths, and what famous epic? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Lavinia Fontana (1552)


Lavinia Fontana (1552)

One of the few female Italian artists of the 16th century, Lavinia Fontana was the daughter of Italian mannerist painter Prospero Fontana. She was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome who was especially noted for the vibrant color and detail of her works. Her self-portraits and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. She was also a painter of religious subjects. What are some of her major works? More… Discuss

Coming Thursday: Facebook Will Roll Out New Privacy, Tagging, and Sharing Features


Coming Thursday_ Facebook Will Roll Out New Privacy - Tagging and Sharing Features

Coming Thursday_ Facebook Will Roll Out New Privacy - Tagging and Sharing Features

The Fisherman ( My People Photography Series)


The Fisherman

The Fisherman