Archive for the ‘Valentines Day’ Category

>Prodigal Sons and A/X ads

February 12, 2010

>Today begins the Great Backyard Bird Count. Get out your checklists. birds are easy to spot in the snow. Oh wait. Misled again, it seems. Maybe we’ll still see some. But we know we will see birds.

You can count birds today, tomorrow, Sunday, and/or Monday.

Prodigal Sons

Well Oprah was not off base, the show yesterday featured the former high school quarterback standout Paul McKerrow, who is now Kimberly Reed, and is indeed a lesbian, and in a relationship with her partner Claire.

Kimberly has produced a documentary, described as “Superb” (San Francisco Chronicle), “Jaw dropping” (The Independent), “Exceptional” (the Village Voice), “Amazing” (Variety), about her and her brother, called Prodigal Sons.

Here she is in an interview taped during the 2009 Florida Film Festival about the movie.

Prodigal Sons is not yet scheduled for viewing here, but there are screenings in Atlanta and other cities. Dates can be found on the web site.

A/X and Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and advertisers are trying to target the LGBT market, it seems.

I have a few comments about the Armani Exchange ad, which appears as a 10 foot poster in the window of their stores.

1. Nobody I know is celebrating Valentine’s Day with anyone who looks like any of these people.

2. We’ve seen more skin and sex than this in many hetero ads for clothing, perfume and beer. Abercrombie, Marky Mark…to name a couple.

3. A mother’s support group is claiming the ads “poison children with 10 foot posters that are nothing but soft porn.” No, not teaching your children about the diversity of humanity is poisoning them with bigotry and in some cases, hatred.

4. One of the comments about this poster at the link above: “Posters like the AX ones are needed, to help us remember that people are not made of society – society is made of people. And people, in all their combinations, must come first.”

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>Valentines, Birds and a Tree

February 14, 2009

> Happy Valentines Day to all. This is a cake I made by request. I was told it was good.

I hope you are all doing your bird counts this weekend. Visit GBBC for details. This pair of doves was in love. Really, just after this picture they consummated their love, but my pictures were blurry. Sort of like the celebrity tabloid pictures we sometimes see.


Tree Cutting
I hated to see the tree cut, but it wasn’t my call. But seeing the men at work was, uh, interesting, to say the least.

You can see how big this tree was in this picture. The wood was taken to a sawmill, and the scrap and unusable wood is converted into pellets or some form that can be used to produce energy. Better than sending it to a landfill.

Just before impact. When this hit the ground, the whole house shook. Really shook. Notice traffic is stopped becasue there is a rope tied to the tree and a truck pulling it to make sure it fell precisely where they wanted it to. Although the tree had been trimmed so that it did not reach the street, the truck was in the middle of the road.

But before they did that, they had to do this. They took the tree down limb by limb.

Now would you hang from a tree with a chain saw 50 feet or more up? Hmmm.

Happy Valentines Day

February 14, 2008

Today it is all about the heart.

Beating Heart
(The producer of this video disabled embedding, so you have to go to the link, but it shows how to make an origami beating heart. 3 minutes)

It is, after all Valentine’s Day. And whether you are single and loving it, or single and looking, or partnered or married or whatever’d, take care of your heart and the heart(s) of those you love.

But it all comes down to this. You have to take care of your own heart. Often that means losing weight. And like the mayor of Oklahoma City believes and Kathleen Parker writes, “real, sustained weight loss takes patience, discipline and commitment, not a calculator.”

We can justify anything we want today, like dark chocolate containing anti-oxidants or red wine being good for you. So go out and eat a nice, satisfying Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy the box of chocolates. But today is just one day of the year, and your heart needs to pump 366 days (it is leap year, after all).

This video is a real beating heart…so don’t watch if you don’t like that kind of stuff.

According to CDC data heart disease is still the number one killer in America. And everyone of us…everyone…can do something to reduce our risk of heart disease. This is from the final data for 2004.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
Heart disease: 652,486
Cancer: 553,888
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,074
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 121,987
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 112,012
Diabetes: 73,138
Alzheimer’s disease: 65,965
Influenza/Pneumonia: 59,664
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 42,480
Septicemia: 33,373

U. S. News and World Report had a section on heart disease and cholesterol and statins this week, and I am borrowing this information from an ad (Quaker Oats) in that section.

Be Heart Smart

This simple checklist shows you what you can do today to prevent heart disease.

  • Be Pressured Know your blood pressure – high pressure will age your arteries. Keeping it around 115/76 can make your body up to 10 years younger.
  • Floss & Brush Periodontal disease, such as gingivits, affects more than the gums. Chronic infections require the body to defend itself and inclrease clotting to protect against bleeding – a recipe for heart attack.
  • Move it Walking 30 minutes each day can add years to your life – regular movement is a powerful anti-aging treatment.
  • Easy takes it An aspirin each day greatly reduces your risk of a stroke.
  • Get some shut eye Try for seven hours of zzz’s each night.
  • Dish up fish Three times a week, dine on omego-3s to help your heart and arteries function, plus fish protein that packs an additional cardiovacular boost. Not nuts about seafood? Walnuts shell out a good dose of omega-3s.
  • Skip the smoking section An hour of second hand smoke can cause the same body aging as smoking up to four cigarettes.
  • Turn off the TV When you pay attention to what you eat, you enjoy it more and you’re likely to sense when you’re full – before you’ve eaten too much.

I come from a family with a history of heart disease and my father had three heart attacks (and just kept on smoking) before finally dying of respiratory disease (caused of course by that smoking). That puts me at some degree of risk.

When I was younger I ran. And ran and ran. Not Forrest Gump type of running, but 6 or 7 miles a day several days a week. I had a running hero, Dr. Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running. When I graduated from college (the second time ) in 1981, and got a job, my running was reduced by a good bit, but I didn’t quit altogether. But imagine my shock when my running hero collapsed and fell dead of a heart attack at age 52 after a run.

Fast forward 25 years and here I am. I’ve made it past Jim Fixx’s age of death and feel pretty good about my heart. I am like the OK City mayor though, and have just a few more pounds to lose…the hardest ones.

I will tell you a couple of things I do. I park in a parking garage, usually on level 4 (not by choice) and take the stairs down and when I return, I take the stairs up. The walk to class is up a hill and down a hill, 2 blocks. Once in the building, my classes are on the 4th floor. I take the stairs.

I have cut down on sugared drinks. Not completely, but cut back to less than half of what I used to drink. I eat a hand full of nuts every day. I’m working on adding more fruits and vegetables. My blood pressure is great. My cholesterol is borderline, and by George I am going to get it within desired range by exercise and diet (I have been on Crestor and don’t like it).

I enjoy good food, though, and I don’t deny myself, but I now cook a little more healthy than I did 10 years ago.

So, there are things everyone can do. Walking is a good start. One flight of stairs at work is a good start (take the rest by elevator). Then in 2 weeks, take 2 flights of stairs. Whatever you do, start out easy and work your way up. You will feel better, and you will live better.

>Happy Valentines Day

February 14, 2008

>Today it is all about the heart.

Beating Heart
(The producer of this video disabled embedding, so you have to go to the link, but it shows how to make an origami beating heart. 3 minutes)

It is, after all Valentine’s Day. And whether you are single and loving it, or single and looking, or partnered or married or whatever’d, take care of your heart and the heart(s) of those you love.

But it all comes down to this. You have to take care of your own heart. Often that means losing weight. And like the mayor of Oklahoma City believes and Kathleen Parker writes, “real, sustained weight loss takes patience, discipline and commitment, not a calculator.”

We can justify anything we want today, like dark chocolate containing anti-oxidants or red wine being good for you. So go out and eat a nice, satisfying Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy the box of chocolates. But today is just one day of the year, and your heart needs to pump 366 days (it is leap year, after all).

This video is a real beating heart…so don’t watch if you don’t like that kind of stuff.

According to CDC data heart disease is still the number one killer in America. And everyone of us…everyone…can do something to reduce our risk of heart disease. This is from the final data for 2004.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
Heart disease: 652,486
Cancer: 553,888
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,074
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 121,987
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 112,012
Diabetes: 73,138
Alzheimer’s disease: 65,965
Influenza/Pneumonia: 59,664
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 42,480
Septicemia: 33,373

U. S. News and World Report had a section on heart disease and cholesterol and statins this week, and I am borrowing this information from an ad (Quaker Oats) in that section.

Be Heart Smart

This simple checklist shows you what you can do today to prevent heart disease.

  • Be Pressured Know your blood pressure – high pressure will age your arteries. Keeping it around 115/76 can make your body up to 10 years younger.
  • Floss & Brush Periodontal disease, such as gingivits, affects more than the gums. Chronic infections require the body to defend itself and inclrease clotting to protect against bleeding – a recipe for heart attack.
  • Move it Walking 30 minutes each day can add years to your life – regular movement is a powerful anti-aging treatment.
  • Easy takes it An aspirin each day greatly reduces your risk of a stroke.
  • Get some shut eye Try for seven hours of zzz’s each night.
  • Dish up fish Three times a week, dine on omego-3s to help your heart and arteries function, plus fish protein that packs an additional cardiovacular boost. Not nuts about seafood? Walnuts shell out a good dose of omega-3s.
  • Skip the smoking section An hour of second hand smoke can cause the same body aging as smoking up to four cigarettes.
  • Turn off the TV When you pay attention to what you eat, you enjoy it more and you’re likely to sense when you’re full – before you’ve eaten too much.

I come from a family with a history of heart disease and my father had three heart attacks (and just kept on smoking) before finally dying of respiratory disease (caused of course by that smoking). That puts me at some degree of risk.

When I was younger I ran. And ran and ran. Not Forrest Gump type of running, but 6 or 7 miles a day several days a week. I had a running hero, Dr. Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running. When I graduated from college (the second time ) in 1981, and got a job, my running was reduced by a good bit, but I didn’t quit altogether. But imagine my shock when my running hero collapsed and fell dead of a heart attack at age 52 after a run.

Fast forward 25 years and here I am. I’ve made it past Jim Fixx’s age of death and feel pretty good about my heart. I am like the OK City mayor though, and have just a few more pounds to lose…the hardest ones.

I will tell you a couple of things I do. I park in a parking garage, usually on level 4 (not by choice) and take the stairs down and when I return, I take the stairs up. The walk to class is up a hill and down a hill, 2 blocks. Once in the building, my classes are on the 4th floor. I take the stairs.

I have cut down on sugared drinks. Not completely, but cut back to less than half of what I used to drink. I eat a hand full of nuts every day. I’m working on adding more fruits and vegetables. My blood pressure is great. My cholesterol is borderline, and by George I am going to get it within desired range by exercise and diet (I have been on Crestor and don’t like it).

I enjoy good food, though, and I don’t deny myself, but I now cook a little more healthy than I did 10 years ago.

So, there are things everyone can do. Walking is a good start. One flight of stairs at work is a good start (take the rest by elevator). Then in 2 weeks, take 2 flights of stairs. Whatever you do, start out easy and work your way up. You will feel better, and you will live better.