Friday, August 28, 2009

One Power of Being Old…Warp Speed

By: Craig
To a two year old a year is 50% of a lifetime. To an eleven year old a school year might as well be a lifetime.
Today I had to get Firstborn up before 6am for school. He asked me if this was going to be every week and I told him

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Doctors in 1919 Call for Exercise to Combat Flu


I was doing a little reading about the flu in 1919. I found a nice article from the New York Times describing how doctors at the time were predicting an outbreak based on last years (1918) outbreak. [1]

There are two pieces of advice given in this article that can apply to us 90 years later:

1. “those who are weak are advised to build up their strength”

2. As a preventative …exercise, good food and vigilance”

That is solid advice. Today doctors focus on a vaccine that may not even work. Last year doctors “still recommend getting the flu shot even if it doesn't prevent you from getting sick.”[2] There must be a reason most doctors don't get the flu shot themselves? [5] Maybe it’s because the flu shot does not protect kids [3]. It’s also not so effective in the elderly[4].

So what do you do? Listen to the doctors from 1919. Since it’s well known that moderate exercise will always boost your immune system? I would start there.

If your doctor has been in practice since 1919 you may get some good advice about prevention of the flu. Otherwise do your homework. Get proactive in your health with exercise, good food and vigilance.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fatherhood Friday – The Circle of Life


Today while working in my office I was witness to the circle of life.  Two mothers were in my office at the very same time.  One just had a baby and the other one just lost her baby. 

The young mother had this beautiful boy of 4 weeks.  He was a cute little guy crying his head off, but it sounded sweet.  This was her first baby and excitement was high. 

At the very same time the other mother just watched her 44 year old “baby” die this week.  He had a chronic disease and for the last month her son wanted to die.  My heart broke for this mother as she recalled how this was her youngest child and her good buddy.  They did everything together.  Now today she is a different woman having lost her buddy.

Life is full if these cycles.  This scene reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
       a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.

There is a time to be funny and laugh, and there is a time for somber reflection.  Give thanks for the great thing you are blessed with today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Helped My Dad Send a Virtual Balloon Around the World

Today while on Facebook I got this request:

It's my dad. He wants me to help send a balloon around the world. The first thing that comes to minds is..Why? Why do we have the technology to send fake balloons around the world? Why does my dad want this to happen? I trust my dad and I guess for some reason this is important, so I click....

There is high security when you want to send a balloon around the world. For some reason the Travel Balloon will have to access all of my personal information...Ok, I can see why that would be needed...

Jackpot!!! I received a purple balloon with something called Karma points! Not sure what Karma means in the context, let me look it up, hold on...
Sweet! I have points that go toward my next incarnation. This purple balloon will help me determine my destiny. That's why my dad sent me this balloon invitation, I'm so glad I accepted...

Thanks dad.

A Boy Scout's Good Turn - Wordless Wednesday

Friday, August 7, 2009

Your New Daddy - The Federal Government

[I apologize that this post is political in nature, this space is usually reserved for personal fatherhood stuff. It seems that our Government is trying to move into the role that fathers are primary: teaching, nuturing and leading our families and children. Now on to the post -Craig]

I would like to introduce to your your new daddy - Uncle Sam. On this Fatherhood Friday I felt is was fitting to tell you the good news - the nanny state is here to be your daddy!

You remember you dad growing up:
  • Let you borrow the car.
  • He would loan you money if you needed it.
  • If you get hurt, he was there for you.
  • Not sure what to do with your future, he would have some wise words.
  • Helped you learn through failure.
  • He would say, don't be a tattle-tale.
But that was then...

The Federal Government (Our New Daddy).
  • Give you $4500 to buy a car
  • Borrowed too much to buy a home? He is there.
  • If you get hurt he will pay for a doctor to see you next year.
  • Worried about your future? He will give you a card to the nearest welfare office.
  • Have you failed at something? Nonsense, you didn't fail, you were just disadvantaged.
  • Is someone disagreeing with you? You send daddy an email right away and he will show them the error of their ways.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Save the Humans, Stop Obamacare.

For Clarity Sake, I made a few modifications to the Health Insurance Consumer Protections Statement on [My Comments are in Brackets]
  • No Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions. [Insurance companies will be forced to pay for condition that will break their bank. The government will step in and bail them out with your money.]
  • No Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays [A free lollipop with every visit will be mandatory.]
  • No Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics. [Please note, since the insurance companies will have to raise premiums and soak your employer either your salary will go down or some of you will lose your jobs...just a detail.]
  • No Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill. [We will leave the dropping of care to the government. It's the role of your nanny (Government) to decide if you will be permitted to receive health care.]
  • No Gender Discrimination Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender. [Just because you are a woman does not mean you cant have a prostate exam...If you have man-boobs, they are covered too.]
  • No Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive. [Don't worry about the insurance companies, they will be gone in 5 years, then you will have no choice but to submit to the almighty bureaucrat.]
  • Extended Coverage for Young Adults Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26. [Unless they are unemployed or otherwise non-productive, then it's a full ride until 65, then a humane death].
  • Guaranteed Insurance Renewal Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick. [you are also guaranteed a pony when you get sick].
I'm not a fan of our current system. The last think we need however is an organization running health care with a proven track record of administrative failure.

Save the Humans, stop Obamacare.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Twitter Directly Impacts Blogging

I miss writing on my blog. Writing a blog is cathartic, you can get stuff out, create something. You might even have someone else read it, like your mom (as long as you email it to her and call her asking her to check your blog for an updated post).

You see, I have been microblogging for the past few weeks on "The Twitter". Not macroblogging - micro. It's like blogging but you dont have to think. You dont have to develop a thought. You just forward stuff. Or "write" something like the following tweet I wrote myself last month, "Funny" 8:26 PM Jul 29th.

Twitter is wild stuff. Such a versitile application. So many applications piggy back on this phenom. Major League Baseball inegrates it into it's site so fans can talk while the game is stuff.

Twitter is like looking at a bulletin board at your local coffee shop, mostly stuff you would not need to know, but you can see what people are up to. By the way my twitter profile is @craigmar. Whoops, A.D.D. moment...back to the blog.

So I'm thinking I may write a blog post tonight. As I probe my brain I find nothing. A little deeper, still nothing. Not even a flicker of creativity, I guess I'll go send a tweet.

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