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Bittersweet Second Week

Bittersweet Second Week

I think I have finally gotten to the age or stage (another rhyme) where I know that health is so much more than what the scale says.  And while part of me still has that perverse happiness at watching the needle go down (and the added thrill of feeling like I got away with something), the more mature, more knowledgeable me knows that the scale is not the story.  Not by a long shot.

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A Gift To Our Children

A Gift To Our Children

As parents we are responsible for our children's memories. But also from moment to moment we are responsible for our child's brain development.  As we move into a more digitalized world we can also find more and more research as to what happens to our child’s brain as we sacrifice hand writing for typing. This research comes under the heading of "Haptics" which is an adjective, pertaining to or based on the sense of touch. Ever wonder what is lost cognitively when we go faster, giving up the pen for the keyboard?  The first typewriter to be commercially successful was...

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The Written Word

The Written Word

Conventional wisdom in law enforcement is, "If you didn't write it down, it didn't happen." How true is that even in life? Many of us memorialize in order to retain the flavor and intimacy of an experience. And where do we save or record those words? How easy is it to access, say, June 5, 1994, if there is special significance of that day? If it is a day we look back upon with a smile, a laugh or reflection? It could be a question of sentimentality, saving pieces of our lives...for? Have you ever wondered about words that you...

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Confidence Through Preparation

Confidence Through Preparation

I remember the first time I heard Aaron's quote about confidence and preparation.  I was living in Wyoming and read an interview he had with someone where he was talking about the hours and hours he put into watching and studying films of his opponents before games.  I eargerly shared this with my friend and co-worker Natasia, who, despite having lived in only Idaho and Wyoming, was crazy over Rodgers, and consequently the Packers.  We ooohed and ahhhed over our crush because he is not only athletic and good-looking, but smart and wholesome. That was about eight years ago, three...

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Help Across the Finish Line

Help Across the Finish Line

I remember my first sprint triathlon.   When the gun went off for my heat, I took off swimming, but the excitement and adrenaline overtook me, and before I reached the first buoy, I found myself gasping for breath, sputtering on swallowed water, out of rhythm and fearing I had made a mistake.  Somehow I managed to self-talk my way to a smooth stroke and patterned breathing, and came out of the water with a respectable time.   The biking was the easiest leg of the race.  Despite one very long, tough hill, I found myself enjoying pounding the pedals and...

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