Verify your truths

Questions: Why does the young boy growing up under the influence of the Taliban hate Americans?  Why does he believe giving his life in an act of terrorism will be rewarded in heaven? Why do children who grow up under the influence of the KKK believe white people are superior? Why do most Americans still…

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Life isn’t supposed to be easy

The journey is tough…often messy…sometimes unbelievably cruel.  Everyone has experienced variations on that theme.   No one escapes the “unfairness factor” of life.  When you’re young and struggling, you think you’re the only one.  But with age comes the realization that life is a two sided coin…happy/sad, success/failure, easy/hard.  Just as you need two sides…

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Life isn’t fair…get over it.

Look around you…adversity is everywhere.  Whether it’s an accident, an act of nature, an illness or some unevolved moron, adversity will cross your path.  It’s not fair but who ever said life’s supposed to be fair? Seriously, I’m amazed by the number of people who hang on to an expectation that life should be fair.…

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Be the Right Kind of Famous

When I was in college I took the train into Manhattan to spend some time with my dad.  We went to his favorite restaurant for lunch and I felt like I was sitting next to a movie star.  People kept coming to our table to talk to him and nearly everyone who walked through the…

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Are we killing ourselves with food ignorance?

How much do you know about digestion?  How much do you rely on the “experts” to guide your food choices?  Have you ever believed any of the following statements? “I like diet coke.  There’s no way it can be THAT bad for you.  Those additives have been tested and re-tested.” “A high carb, low fat…

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Love the people you love

My friend Ellen just suffered a major stroke.  As she fights for her life, her husband writes these important words in a Facebook post: “No news just some ramblings. Ellen and I have been married almost 30 years. While that may seem long by some standards, the thing I’ve learned in the last two days…

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Ever wish you could do traditional push-ups?

Gaining the strength to do traditional push-ups is a progression.  In the video below, Shawn shows you an easy and safe way to gradually increase that strength.  If you do three sets of 10 push-ups every day at a level that is challenging to you (a level that allows you to use good form but…

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What’s the 10x10x10 Challenge?

It’s a strength challenge that’s part of the February Challenge.   It’s a variation of push-ups, sit-ups and squats.  The attached video shows my noon Lawrence University class doing one set.  Then it shows my 80 year old mother doing the same thing, slightly modified for her level of strength.  If you choose this as one…

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February Challenge: How full is too full?

We over-eat for a variety of reasons including stress, boredom, comfort, social pressures and the simple fact that food is EVERYWHERE!  Over the years our plates have gotten bigger and it seems our appetites have grown to match.  But is that true?  Do we eat more because we’re hungrier than we used to be? In part, we…

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