What Gets Measured, Gets Improved

For more than a year I have been keeping data for the sake of my fitness journey. Using the Lifesum app on my phone, I have been recording everything I eat, all of my exercises and steps, and in so doing, charting progress in many ways. But one of the things about it that buggedContinue reading “What Gets Measured, Gets Improved”

An Epicurean, an Epidemic, a Food Pantry, and Government Cheese

I have long thought that Government Cheese would be a great band name. Government Mule was used already by a very cool southern rock group that started back in the mid 1990’s. I’ve had government cheese, though, and it is not anything like cool. Government peanut butter is similarly uncool. Which brings me to theContinue reading “An Epicurean, an Epidemic, a Food Pantry, and Government Cheese”

The Primal Call of Fire

I can’t remember ever fearing fire. I am drawn to it. I know how destructive it can be, and how deadly it can be. For these reasons I respect fire. During this time of quarantine and social distancing, I have kept the television off. I get news reports and happenings via the internet, but mostContinue reading “The Primal Call of Fire”

The Importance of Skepticism in Education and Beyond

Teaching is a profession with heavy responsibility. Students, especially younger ones, are all too eager to believe or accept what you say as fact. They want to know that what you say is true. They want to know that what they see is true. Most of us are generally willing to join in that modeContinue reading “The Importance of Skepticism in Education and Beyond”

Twenty-one Lessons From Chess

Those who know the rules of the game and play by them best usually win. Every group or organization has its culture. Every potential deal has its players and personalities. In addition to simply wanting something, you have to learn about the rules which dictate the play of your particular problem. Take time to learn aboutContinue reading “Twenty-one Lessons From Chess”

Graphic novels, comics, and Wilhelm Busch

One of the earliest memories I have about reading is of my dad reading the newspaper every day. This is something he still does, but I don’t recall ever seeing him read a book. My mom, though, read daily. She read books in German, English, and continued to read some things even in Polish orContinue reading “Graphic novels, comics, and Wilhelm Busch”

Why We Need Superman

I was fortunate enough to visit the Heroes Museum that was located in downtown Indianapolis. The tense is past because the one man behind the show was not making enough money to keep it open. This is a shame. It was a small part of the proprietor’s personal collection of stuff related mainly to Superman,Continue reading “Why We Need Superman”

Reaching Our Goals

Each time I enter data into the food diary of my Lifesum app, if my kids happen to be around, I can expect an incoming snarky comment or two. They are entitled to mock now and then because they know it’s safe to do it, and because they know it’s important to me that IContinue reading “Reaching Our Goals”

Life In Phases

Life has a way of handing over some focus even if you aren’t asking for any. I wouldn’t have guessed when I turned 49 that I would be living through a pandemic on orders to stay home and keep two meters away from others, but here I am. Seeing people I know fall victim toContinue reading “Life In Phases”

Are Preppers Gloating?

You might know something about preppers from personal experience or maybe from tv shows like “Doomsday Preppers.” These are the folks who have made preparations for some sort of disaster, threat, or apocalyptic scenario. They have food storage, power systems, water reserves, and, of course, defenses for their strongholds. A few weeks ago everyone wouldContinue reading “Are Preppers Gloating?”