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How a Gym Can Sabotage Physical Fitness

So we joined the gym in early January. Wrong move because everyone joins the gym then. The place is constantly packed. And quite frankly, that’s interfering with my plans. “When do you want to go?” I ask my son, who is doubling as my personal trainer, not that he’s a trainer, but he’s pretty fit…

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Stray Cat Saves Freezing Abandoned Baby in Russia

In the faraway town of Obninsk in Kaluga, Russia, the neighborhood stray cat rescued… an abandoned baby… left in an apartment stairwell… in freezing weather. The fact that the cat’s name was reported to be Marsha told me that something was not quite right. Marsha? What was this, the Brady Bunch? Sure enough, it was…

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A Heart, A Brain, and Courage: No Place Like Home

I’ve often thought about our three youngest children stepping out of a scene from The Wizard of Oz. It’s because we have three distinct self-image deficits that seem to fit a pattern. In many ways, our youngest, Sashenka, is like the Tin Man. She lacks a heart. But she’s getting there. She has flashes of…

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The Right to Bare Arms

I don’t get it. A number of families and individuals are talking about concealed carry permits and packing some heat in light of the Parisian terrorist shootings. That I understand, the right to protect yourself with a gun, the right to bear arms. But today at 3-D, we’re talking about something far more sinister here,…

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Gym Fear and Loathing

Against the backdrop of the worst terrorist incident in France in 50 years, I needed a diversion of my own. Confronted with some fear and loathing of a much lesser sort, I was faced with a possible gym membership and didn’t know what to think. It had been decades since I held a sports club…

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Monday Mottoes – #71

Scores of us live very busy lives. That’s almost a given in this day and age, unless you go out of your way not to be part of any socializing, spiritualizing, careers or familial duties. Even everyday errands take time. I know you needed me to point that out. You’re welcome. So here we all…

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Fairly Evident… to All But Those Involved

How is it that certain realities of life are self-evident to everyone except those going through the situation in question? You can list them with the best of us: 1. That all men are created equal—that is, if you’re white, male, Protestant, and a landholder during that time period. 2. That your secret office romance…

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Our Second Son Turns 18

We now have two 18-year-old boys and two younger teen girls. Makes for an interesting household. Our second son from Russia expresses his joy over turning 18 and we’re here to celebrate with him. However, at times, our hearts are heavy. What will his future be like? He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In everyday English,…

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Wintertime Fresh Air: Innertubing!

Our kids were getting cabin fever. It’s not like they’re never outside, what with FootGolf, tennis, and other activities. Antsiness (is that a word?) has been in the air since the realization of Thanksgiving’s approach is on the horizon, with our second son’s 18th birthday happening the day before that. The four teens needed to…

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Monday Mottoes – #65

Personal change and transformation. It’s not a message that everyone can hear, since change takes exertion. The seasons morph and transform effortlessly as fall slowly gives way to winter. But people? More of an uphill battle to change, yet worth it. The feelings of empowerment and accomplishment after-the-fact loom large, particularly if the modifications are…

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