In July 2008, I experienced some foot pain, but felt that I could work through it by exercising. Therefore, a round of Australian tennis doubles with two friends sounded wonderful in order to enjoy the warm weather and to burn a few calories!
By the third game of the match, it was time for me to play the singles court. The first rally went just fine, although I don’t remember who won the point. After a good serve to start the second point of the game, we started to rally. One of my friends hit an off-speed shot to my backhand. While standing around the baseline, I remember shifting my weight from the balls of my feet to my heels and then -- realizing that the shot was going to fall shorter than I expected -- shifting back onto the balls of my feet to start sprinting toward the ball. But a stabbing pain in my right heel caused me to stop dead in my tracks. “I’m through,” I said, hobbling gingerly to the courtside bench.
How little did I know how true that stat...
Are we the victims of our own altruism? In a recent post on loving relationships , I noted that: Our personal suffering makes us far more sensitive to the needs of others. We are attuned. We are accepting. We reach out. We respond with compassion. Crazy thing, we the “crazy” are natural healers and nurturers. ... But there is a tremendous downside. As Tabby observed, in response to my piece: I'm a good person and a loving person and I care deeply for people. People just do not, in return. And whereas I'm willing to go through the drama, the stress, the chaos of their lives with them and put up with their mistreatment of me (like I did with my ex-husband and his abuse for 20 years) so many just run and bail out on me, when things grow dark or topsy-turvy. Funny you should mention this, Tabby. I just finished reading Barbara Oakley’s “Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend.” One of Dr Oakley’s ...
Our national obesity
epidemic didn't just happen. The people who study the statistics agree
with Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
that before the early 1970s, the prevalence of obesity was relatively
constant in the United States. As he told the 63rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association since then there has been a dramatic
could have triggered it? Other people have pointed the finger at
several different possibilities. But one primary factor stands out: Your tax dollars at work. The
beginning of the obesity epidemic coincides too close for comfort with
what looked at the time like enlightened legislation. The Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 established target
prices and deficiency payments to replace former price support payments. Before that time, our government paid our farmers not to grow crops, as unbelievable as it sounds today. When farmers took
some of their land out of production, the reduced supp...
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