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The Importance of Walking as Exercise

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Do you enjoy walking? There is all kinds of evidence concerning the benefits of walking as exercise. Last year my wife and I took part in our university's Wellness Challenge. For various reasons we chose not to do so this year, and I have to say that, even though I walk a lot, I am still walking less than I did last year. And currently I weigh 4 pounds more than I did at the end of the Wellness Challenge.

People in many countries walk far more than Americans do, and most of them are slimmer. Although it may not be attributed completely to the fact that they walk more, I'm convinced that that is at least one factor in the equation. Here are some comments about walking and exercise in general that make me chuckle.

The Importance of Walking as Exercise

Each time you go for a walk, you can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old and we don't know where he is.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear or say the dirty word exercise, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so that when you die, they'll say, "Well, she looks good, doesn't she."

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years, just to get over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

They say you can't really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. I say if they've got itsy-bitsy feet or some kind of foot disease, I don't wanna know 'em!

You could print this post and walk it over to your friends' desks, but you might as well just e-mail them a link to this post.


Our daughter Megan posted some cute pictures recently on her blog. In spite of the demands of global warming, they have experienced a particularly hard winter up in Michigan. She commented on her blog that when they would go to the garage to get in the car, our grandson Drew would see his truck and want to play with it. After having to tell him repeatedly that there was too much ice and snow, they have finally had a break in the weather that allowed him to play in it for a while.

picture of Drew in his truck

It's like the Flintstones' car in that his walking makes it go. His friend Curious George, who goes with Drew everywhere, looks like he's enjoying being a backseat driver.

Drew turned two on Monday of this week. When we think about how tiny he was at his premature birth, we're especially thankful that he's such a healthy, happy little guy. Since we couldn't go up this year for his birthday as we did for his first birthday, Grandma and I mailed a package of gifts up to Drew. Here's a picture of him with the new Curious George we gave him.

picture of Drew and his new George

We were fearful that he might reject the new George, but we've been assured that he hasn't.


"Yield to the God who takes failures and restores them to usefulness." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Before I criticize a man, I walk a mile in his shoes. That way if he gets angry at my criticism, he is a mile away and barefoot.

picture of walker

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New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

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I thought I'd post some ideas to help you to get a jump on those New Year's resolutions for 2009 or at least make you happier that you don't make any anyway.

Are you sick and tired of making resolutions year after year, resolutions that you never keep? Like this person's resolutions for the past 4 years....

2005: I will work out every day.
2006: I will work out 5 days a week.
2007: I will work out 3 days a week.
2008: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week.

Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you might be able to keep.

New Year's resolutions you can keep

Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.

Don't exercise. Waste your time in some other way.

Read less. Reading makes you think.

Watch more TV. You don't want to miss the one good thing that comes along.

Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.

Spend more time at work, surfing with the T1.

Take a vacation to someplace important, like to see the world's largest ball of twine.

Don't jump off a cliff just because everyone else did.

Don't have octuplets.

Get in a whole NEW rut!

Don't buy an '83 Eldorado with a really loud stereo system, tinted windows, and fur on the dashboard.

Speak in a monotone voice and use only monosyllabic words.

Wear only jeans that are 2 sizes too small, and use a chain or rope for a belt.

Don't eat cloned meat.

Create loose ends.

Get more toys.

Get further in debt.

Don't believe politicians.

Don't drive a motorized vehicle across thin ice.

Don't swim with piranhas or sharks.

Associate with even worse business clients.

Spread out priorities beyond the ability to keep track of them.

Wait for opportunity to knock.

Focus on the faults of others.

Mope about your own faults.

Never make New Year's resolutions again.


You'll have to check out the "facelift" I've given the blog.


"If no one is able to govern himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?" - Ronald Reagan

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Just because I have a short attention span doesn't mean

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What Is the Perfect Age to Be?

a sign of the times

What age would you be if you could choose? Is there a perfect age? Small children want to keep being bigger and older, teens want to be in their early 20s, and on and on it goes. Some older people yearn for days when they were more agile and carefree.

At my stage of life, I can see that every age has its advantages and disadvantages. Something inside me still recoils when I'm offered a "senior discount" - it's like ... can that person really think I'm that old?! And yet who would doubt that I'm enjoying being a grandfather? 😀

I experienced one of the downsides today when my eye doctor told me that I have the beginning of a cataract in my right eye. He said I'm young to have this, but it's there. Someone please name another advantage for me ... quick!

My wife forwarded an e-mail to me yesterday with several funny perspectives on aging. I'll start off with a picture too scarily similar to the sign on the right above. Apparently this man was the "poster child" for the sign.

for real

Here's a comic strip that was in the e-mail.

hitting too close to home...

One of the pictures was a pie chart of a senior citizen's time usage.

life segment pie chart

Not all older folks are slow-moving geezers though, as attested by this sign.

hitting too close to home...

But older folks do need to be careful in their activities not to injure themselves. Here's an exemplary senior biker, the picture of health with his helmet.

careful senior cyclist...

Young folks need to be careful from their youth to avoid some problems in their "golden years."

please pass the sunscreen

Someone please pass me the sunscreen....

As I said earlier, an upside to this stage of life is being a grandparent. Here are a couple of pictures of our grandson Drew on the 4th of July - our little flag waver and watching the fireworks with Grandma.

waving the flag

enjoying the fireworks

Here's how he looked one year ago at the fireworks.

baby Drew at the fireworks

Ah! The upsides and downsides of being Drew's age! So I ask again - what age would you be if you could choose? What is the perfect age to be?

One of my readers (a history teacher) suggested a poll question for me - Which of these activities will be part of your 14th of July (Bastille Day) celebration? with several suggested activities - storming a prison, guillotining someone, etc. I laughed and immediately dismissed the idea.


"Grace trumps sin every time." - J.D. Crowley

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If we'd stop trying to be happy we would probably enjoy life more.

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De Agony of De Feet

We've just completed the third quarter of the first year of the Wellness Challenge at the university. If I continue to do as I have been doing, I should end the year in the gold category. This summer on week days, I have no problem at all getting at least 10,000 steps a day with my work at IT Help Desk. One day last month I got over 19,000 steps in the course of my work. The total of my steps for the past nine months is a little over 3,250,000 steps! I should hit 4 million by the end of the first year of the challenge. Sensible walking shoes are a must!

A few weeks ago I got an interesting and at least mildly disturbing e-mail with pictures of some current and past shoe fashion rages in Japan.

Think your shoes are uncomfortable? Look at the latest (out)rage in shoes in Japan....

Japanese red high heels

Japanese black shoes

Japanese black shoes

Japanese black high heels

Japanese red boots

Japanese black sparkly shoes

Japanese black horse shoes

Feel better now about your shoes? How would you like sensible walking shoes like those?

Uncomfortable shoes seem to be a tradition in the Orient. Look at the kinds of shoes that were worn back in the day of the Chinese women who practiced foot binding....

hard to walk

Advanced age does not seem to be the only reason for her difficulty in walking.

hard to walk

This woman was apparently one of those who practiced foot binding.

coming unwrapped

Like many people, you may think your feet are ugly. You might not any longer after you see the next few pictures! Here's the woman's unwrapped foot from one angle....


Here's the foot from another angle....

what it looks like

Here's a close up...


Unbelievable, huh!?

Still think your feet are ugly? Here are a few more pictures that may convince you otherwise....

The heels of time (Time wounds all heels?)...

the heels of time

Time for a pedicure?

maybe a pedicure would be in order

Feel better now about your feet? Ugly feet aren't found only in Asia, huh?


house wren update...

It appears that the eggs have now hatched. They're at that oxymoronic stage - pretty ugly! Here's a picture I took this evening....

the baby house wrens

Want to have beautiful feet? Read on to find out how....


"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" Romans 10:15

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If your nose runs and your feet smell, maybe you're built umop-apisdn.

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New Year’s Resolutions

On this last day of the year 2007, it's a time of reflection and of anticipation. For those of us who made resolutions for changes we wanted to make in our lives in 2007 - we'd better work fast! Not that many hours remain to accomplish them all! 🙂

Maybe it's because I'm a teacher and have lots of "new beginnings" in my life - new school years, new semesters, etc., but for some reason I'm not actully one for making "new year's resolutions," but I know that some people just love them.

As the new year brings a new month, I resolve to get more points this month than in December. I resolve also to eliminate as many items as possible from the "honey-do list" before the new semester begins on January 9, 2008.

I'd enjoy reading resolutions for 2007 that you kept or some of your resolutions for 2008.

I've seen some really funny lists of resolutions online. One motif went something like this:

2004: I will see my dentist this year.
2005: I will have my cavities filled this year.
2006: I will have my root canal work done this year.
2007: I will get rid of my denture breath this year.

Now on to some other unique lists of New Year's Resolutions...

Senior Citizens' New Year's Resolutions...

Be awake more than asleep


>> try and prune >>> all these >> chevrons
>> when forwarding jokes >>>, urban legends >>> spam >> false virus alerts >>> recipes and
pathetic >>> inspirational thoughts >>>> and chain
>>> letters >>>>>>

Remember the names of my kids and grandkids

See my family more often than my doctor

Learn a new game besides Bingo

Learn NOT to say "Whipper Snapper"

Learn NOT to say "In my day..."

Spend more time on the computer than the toilet

Attend all the meetings of Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous, where I shall take verbatim notes and then check them for spelling, syntax, and grammar

Learn to pronounce the names of all medications I have to take

Try to take things seriously, once in a while. (Note: I said "things" not people!)

Household Pets' New Year's Resolutions...

Dog: Try to understand that the cat is from Venus and I am from Mars.

Cat: I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.

Dog or Cat: Call PETA and tell them what that surgical mask-wearing monster does to us when no one is around.

Fish: Swim counter-clockwise this year.

Dog: Take time from busy schedule to stop and smell other dogs.

Cat: I will not perch on my human's chest in the middle of the night and stare into his eyes until he wakes up.

Hamster: Don't let them figure out I'm just a rat on 'roids, or they'll flush me for sure!

Dog or Cat: Always scoot before licking

Cat: Just because I hear voices in my head, I do not have to answer them.

Dog: Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is *too* much.

Fish: Get out of the castle more

Dog: January 1 - Kill the sock! Must kill the sock! January 2 - December 31 Relive victory over the sock.

Cat: When the humans play darts, I will not leap into the air and attempt to catch them.

Dog: I will NOT chase the stupid stick unless I see it LEAVE HIS HAND!

Cat: When my human is typing at the computer, I will remember two things - my human's forearms are not a hammock, and I must not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emio gnaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a.


It's been a while since I posted - we were all too busy and fulfilled for blogging! We thoroughly enjoyed this last week with many good family times together. It was a nice, restful week of doing things together that we all enjoy. It was especially nice to have everyone together several times. We didn't get to do our family Christmas celebration until we were all in town and together, on Thursday. We all went out to our son Mark and daughter-in-law Katie's house Saturday evening for a cookout. The picture below is from that evening.

Of course, one of the things we enjoyed most was our grandson Drew's first Christmas. He is big enough to enjoy what's going on, although he has no real comprehension of it all. Below are some pictures we'd like to share.

Here's Drew being handed a gift to try to open...

Just sitting on the couch was too boring, so here he is getting at the presents under the tree...

Drew is on the verge of crawling - he rocks on all fours, goes in circles, and scoots backwards. Here he is "almost crawling" to get to a toy....

He also loves to stand, though attempts at walking have yet to be exhibited. Here he is at Mark and Katie's...

Grandma and I had a great time playing with little Drew! Here's a picture of Grandma reading to our little guy...

Our Christmas gifts involved a lot of things we made for loved ones ourselves. One of the really fun gifts this year was cornhole boards and bags that Jim and Megan made, one set for our son Mark and one set for our daughter Nora's boyfriend Aron. We all went outdoors for a while to try them out. Here's a picture of Becka and Megan trying their hand at tossing the bags to the board at Nora and Katie's end of the yard.

wellness challenge update...

picture of iPod

Many of the faculty and staff at BJU are participating in a wellness challenge for one full year - from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008. Rather than my repeating all the details of the wellness challenge here, if you want to know more, you can read about it by clicking on "wellness" under Tags in the sidebar on my blog. The end of November marked the end of the first quarter of the challenge. My wife and I both had accumulated enough points to be in the "gold" category. We could each choose between a nice cash prize or an iPod Nano. Becka chose the cash, and I chose the iPod. I'm enjoying it very much and listening to some of my favorite music as I put this blog post together. Its capacity is 4 GB, and though I put over 200 songs on it, I've not even used up 1/4 of the space. I'll have to explore putting some of my favorite pictures on the iPod.

It's a good thing the first quarter ended on November 30 instead of today! This past couple of weeks the wellness challenge has been ... well, a challenge! 'Nuff said....


"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." - unknown

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In the new year ... First things first! But not necessarily in that order.

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