Nature’s Beauty Is A Great Equalizer

Nature's Beauty Is A Great EqualizerA complete rainbow

Nature's beauty, in the form of a complete rainbow, brought a bunch of strangers together. I was climbing out of my car today, to go into a food store, and I noticed people, all sorts and races of people, staring at the sky, and there was a complete rainbow. The group included Chinese, Hispanic, African American, unidentifiable (by me), and me (Caucasian). They were all excited, taking photos (I couldn't get the ... Read more

Can You Imagine Being A FitOldDog? The Power Of Imagination Is Remarkable.

Can You Imagine Being A FitOldDog? The Power Of Imagination Is Remarkable.FitOldDog in virtual reality

"Facts and ideas are dead in themselves and it is the imagination that gives life to them." W.I.B. Beverage, cited by Maria Popova. "The miracle isn't that I finished [or didn't, in FitOldDog's case!]. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." John Bingham. Don't underestimate the power of imagination, and the value of inspiration from others. In fact, I read inspiring stories everyday, on Facebook, where ... Read more

Running Rehab, Genghis Khan, And Toe Yoga

Running Rehab, Genghis Khan, And Toe YogaGenghis Khan

Cemil taught me a thing or two about Genghis Khan during our recent chat at Johnny's; it even influenced my subsequent running rehab. work at the gym. Our conversation started with Cemil asking me what I was writing. I told him that I was working on the 2nd Edition of our Plantar Fasciitis Treatment e-book. I, likewise, asked Cemil what he was writing about, and he said, "Genghis Khan's empire building." He also ... Read more

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

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.