The Pleasure Of The Fall, Or Should I Say These Autumn Days, In Memory Of Henry?

The Pleasure Of The Fall, Or Should I Say These Autumn Days, In Memory Of Henry?Turnips and Greens small file

A friend of mine, Henry Heck, died recently, and he was not the first to leave us. Each time it happens, I'm left thinking that every day is more precious than the last. People speak of the autumn of life, and I guess it's the natural cycle of things, but I'm in no hurry to go. I'm working to enjoy these lovely fall days and nights in North Carolina. The dogs are certainly happier, and more active, as the ... Read more

Life Is Interesting: Why Do We Make The Choices That We Do?

Life Is Interesting: Why Do We Make The Choices That We Do?Coffees

"The Master has no mind of her own. She works with the mind of the people. She is good to people who are good. She is also good to people who aren't good. This is true goodness. She trusts people who are trustworthy. She also trusts people who aren't trustworthy. This is true trust." Tao Te Ching, Lao-tzu. I've made some really bad choices in my time, so I often wonder why I chose this course of ... Read more

Boundaries, Boundary Conditions, And Deep Water Running

Boundaries, Boundary Conditions, And Deep Water RunningFitOldDog water running

Early one Sunday morning, many years ago, I received an important phone call at home from a colleague, chemical engineer and researcher, Jim Ultman, who I greatly respect. We had been struggling with a problem for about 6 months - how to visualize boundary conditions in a flow tank in relation to a steady, but complex, flow field. Jim said, "Kevin, fill the tank with dilute developer, place exposed x-ray film on the ... Read more

FitOldDog’s Warning: Ebola Could Wipe Out Two-Thirds Of The Human Race – Raise Awareness But Don’t Panic!

FitOldDog's Warning: Ebola Could Wipe Out Two-Thirds Of The Human Race - Raise Awareness But Don't Panic!Canine parvovirus outbreak article in paper

"Time has obscured the observations of many veterinary clinicians and researchers throughout the world who sensed the presence of a new disease when CPV-2 first made its appearance in 1978 [1976 in Europe] and then, within 1-2 years, spread worldwide." Carmichael, 2005. As a veterinarian with a clear memory of the spread of this new disease in dogs, canine parvovirus-2, and it's lethal impact, before a vaccination ... Read more

Use Good Road Sense, Whether Human Or Squirrel, And Don’t Put Off Joy, Just In Case!

Use Good Road Sense, Whether Human Or Squirrel, And Don't Put Off Joy, Just In Case!Bumper sticker, don't postpone joy.

For humans and squirrels with poor road sense, cars and bikes can be fatal. Furthermore, we all make mistakes, so take that bumper sticker seriously, while you can. I was driving to the swimming pool today, and two girls on bikes, riding on the foot path, just rode across the road in front of me, from one part of the footpath to another, oblivious of my existence. This is exactly how someone was killed ... Read more

Coffee And Conversation, $20. A Story About Ethics, For Claire!

Coffee And Conversation, $20. A Story About Ethics, For Claire!Pest mouse

I entered my career in Toxicology (the Science of Poisons), to become a 'mouse assassin', as a direct result of a desire to master the French language. I struggled hard with the ethics of any animal experimentation, until I saw my first case of human thalidomide toxicity. As a reward for my efforts, I'm now being 'Taunted some more" [to quote Monty Python) on Facebook by my very French friend, Claire. At least it ... Read more

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Is The Wrong Name (SHP Is Better), And The Name Is Critical (Literally)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Is The Wrong Name (SHP Is Better), And The Name Is Critical (Literally)Ritalin Os cereal

What's in a word, name or acronym? Everything! It determines how we perceive the target of a written or verbal expression. My pet peeve is so-called Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, which should really be SHP. Not only is the name dreadful, marking these people as having a deficit, causing them to become a target for overprescribed drugs, like Ritalin, it's not even accurate. I prefer my name for it, ... Read more

When Do You Need To Do An Ironman? Never! But It’s Not An End In Itself.

When Do You Need To Do An Ironman? Never! But It's Not An End In Itself.Equation for a line

I do love to read, and now I'm reading another interesting book, 'Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die,' by Chip and Dan Heath. I started reading this book for my studies of marketing and sales. It's real strength is not so much in the information presented, as in the humor that makes the information stick. The book is sticky. This reminds me of a classic lesson I used to give to students, ... Read more

FitOldDog Wants To Run Like Dennis Kimetto. Imagine!

FitOldDog Wants To Run Like Dennis Kimetto. Imagine!FitOldDog in Boston Marathon 2009 shirt

I said to Deb this morning, "I want to run like Dennis Kimetto." She replied, "You can't, you're not Kenyan." True, I'm not Kenyan, and nor do I have the perfect runner's shape. I didn't say that I hoped to run as fast as Dennis Kimetto, who just set the World Marathon record. I said I want to run like him. Why? Because he shows the hallmarks of a great athlete, the most important of which is a state of complete ... Read more

Preparing The Soil For Mind, Running, And Vegetables

Preparing The Soil For Mind, Running, And VegetablesHouse Group by Randy Young

I used the word egregious in conversation today, and my listener was surprised. So I looked it up for interest, to check my use of the term, and to my amazement I found the definitions shown at the top of this blog post. How about that! I wonder when the meaning changed? I guess word-related ideas change all the time: eggs good for your health -> eggs bad for your arteries -> eggs good for your health, ... Read more

Disclaimer: this publication does not provide medical advice. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.