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Fitness, Routine and Exercise

I always feel as though the Wednesday blog should be a bit unusual because, well, it’s Wednesday. So I thought I would mention three topics that are important in our lives. I write… you decide!

First is the basic premise of fitness:



How about that?

Our next topic is routine. Part of this story makes me wonder if this Cleveland guy is crazy; and the other part of me kind of respects the fact that his routine of cutting the grass just needed to get done! A Nike mentality of Just Do It!



I posted the picture first before writing about it because it’s almost unbelievable.  This is not a Photoshopped picture.

It’s a story from that shows a man mowing grass, despite having a tornado behind him. He tried to claim that it was no big deal because he didn’t feel like he was in danger. His wife took his picture with the tornado in the background and posted it on her Facebook (not surprisingly) with the quote,  “My beast mowing the lawn with a breeze in his hair”.

The grass got cut, and I am guessing that he just came in the house and combed his hair. Certainly blog-worthy!

And then finally, this kind of exercise makes me laugh:


A Story… Not Mesopotamia


It just seems politically correct to start out the blog with a couple of rain pic o’s:









Usually on Friday, I try to blog… without really blogging because I know you don’t need some long dissertation on what happened to the historical findings from the Mesopotamian rivers. “What?” Exactly!

Instead, just a story:

For Columbus Day, a teacher assigned her third-grade class the assignment of drawing one of Columbus’s three ships. Soon, one of the students walked to the front with his paper and asked if he could leave, because he had finished his assignment. The stunned teacher turned the student’s paper over to find one lone dot in the middle of the page.

“What’s that?” the teacher asked. The student replied, “That’s Columbus, way out to sea.”

Have a great weekend!!!!





Motivation, A Source, and a Story

Sometimes for the Monday blog, I like to get started with a thought for the week. How about:



I hope you are coming into this work week with plenty of motivation!! (But maybe a different kind of motivation!)

And now a correction on a past blog. David Amkraut wrote me to say, “My understanding is that the expression “More than one way to skin a cat” refers to skinning a catfish, not a cat”.

I love when I learn something from the blog! That email truly made me smile.  Plus, that’s what happens when I am just writing from stream of consciousness. I should have done some research, Right? To talk about a cat like that sure does seem a bit crazy… and it was.

I just saw a great quote reminder, “Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake”.

And now for a quick story mention, in case you haven’t seen it yet. It’s the story of a stray dog who found a connection, a purpose, and then a home. And now he’s on the cover of a book.


The Adventure Racing World Series involves a team of four competing in events that include trekking, adventure running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing. During the 2014 competition, a team from Sweden picked up a “fifth member”.

Team Peak Performance, “met” Arthur while sharing a meal before the 20-mile race stage through the difficult terrain in Ecuador. Mikael Lindnord, one of the four team members, felt sorry for the dirty, lonely stray dog, and shared a meatball with him.

As the grueling race continued, Arthur continued to follow the team through muddy difficult jungle and across the Amazon river.

At one point they were in a kayak and did not take Arthur with them. They watched him as he ran along the side of the river. All of a sudden he jumped in the water and began swimming toward them. They realized he was willing to drown in order to stay with them. So, they pulled him into the kayak and off they continued to travel together.

He followed them all the way to the finish line. Lindnord was so moved by Arthur’s loyalty, that he adopted him and brought him back to his home in Sweden, where Arthur lives today. A story of connection, and a story of never giving up.  I so enjoyed it that I decided to put it in our Monday blog!

Here are some sources and additional details. (ESPN)(Forbes)(dailymail)


And for pic o’ day,


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