Category Archives: Health

Solving The Problems You See

Somewhere along the way, I picked up an unusual philosophy: problems are meant to be solved by those who see them. Time after time, I have watched various friends and acquaintances become aware of a cause or injustice, get involved, and find that they had the right combination of talents and drive to becoming actively […]


How To Develop Patience

“Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!” I’m willing to bet most of of us have heard that joke (or some variant) at some point in our lives, but it underscores a serious question: how does one go about learning to exercise patience? I’m no guru or saint, so I can’t answer […]


Two karate blessings

These past 14 months that I’ve been a karate student have given me a number of deeply satisfying moments, including the joy of sharing an activity with my daughter. Last Tuesday, however, proved to be an especially fruitful class for both of us. Starting in September, the YMCA agreed to try out dropping class fees […]


A Path of Nines

Nine months ago I stepped outside of my comfort zone and started a month of karate at the local YMCA. I didn’t expect to renew for a second month. It turns out that I love it. I’ve gotten to the point that I start dreaming about the things I’m doing, which is scary on one […]


Empty hand

In my previous post, I talked about taking a class at the local YMCA. You may have noticed that I didn’t mention which class I was taking; that wasn’t by accident. I didn’t feel like talking about it until I knew it wasn’t going to be another fad. Well, last Tuesday, sensei awarded me my […]


The beatings shall continue until the anatomy improves

One of the reasons I’ve been a lot quieter on the blog front for the past month is Call of Duty 4 (actually, let’s be honest; that’s one of the ways I’ve chosen to spend a lot of my free time since Christmas). However, at the beginning of July, I added a new reason: I […]


No stopping for CO2

I really should have done it months ago. Last weekend, I gave up pop (or soda, or soda pop, or Coke — whatever you call it in your neck of the woods) again. This time, other than an occasional treat, I think I’ve given it up for good. Now that I’m trying to get on […]


I’m lazy

If you’ve ever met me in person (or seen a full-body photograph of me), then you know that I’m more than a touch convex. The life of a sysadmin doesn’t really include enough of the right type of exercise to keep a body trim and slim, and the life of a technical writer is even […]