Jan 30

About the Chinese Spring Festival

The annual Spring Festival, is called the Chinese New Year by most Westerners, and is based upon the lunar calendar arriving usually in early February. 2016 will usher in the year of the Red Monkey. Domestic travel is challenging during this holiday—- many Chinese will return to their home town for a visit with family. …

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Jan 15

The Bathroom Remodel Episode.

The stacking washer/dryer is a real space saver.  To the left of the washing unit and behind the wall is the new shower.

In my year end review for 2015 I mentioned that the biggest project of the year and biggest headache was all part of what I now refer to as the Bathroom Remodel Episode. It all started with the idea of getting a new washer and dryer. That idea then grew into adding a shower to …

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Jan 04

Cycle training

An old street touring bike rigged to the trainer.

As the cold weather finally arrived after the new year, I decided to buy an inexpensive “trainer”. My initial idea was to hook up my old bike to the indoor trainer and leave my new bike road ready in the event the weather warmed up in the coming weeks. It is recommended that you install …

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Dec 29

Year-end clean-up!


While cooking some festive meals this week, I managed to clear out a lot of old clutter from both of my desks. Over time, a desk can become a catch-all for everything from reading material to monthly bills or receipts from daily transactions. Eventually, a big cleaning project must be put into effect.   As …

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Dec 12

Year-End Wrap-Up 2015.

We have an unknown yet finite number of years and each passing month, each changing season and each fading year is one less that we will experience and enjoy again…another closer to the last. * 2015 -whew! This year flew by faster than any I can remember….perhaps in reality, as I get older I just …

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Dec 05

A quick stop at the range.

Early December is usually much colder in my part of the world. This autumn into winter has been quite mild. I’ve had plenty of opportunity to ride my bicycle late into November. Recently though, the temperatures dropped significantly and combined with the wind chill factor naturally associated with cycling, the bike riding option is no …

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Dec 03

Good Health and Physical fitness

Staying in good physical condition and maintaining a healthy body is an important element of living well. For many people who work in an office and spend much of the day seated at a desk, body posture is very important. The spine is the body’s support structure. Take good care of your back. Go to …

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Nov 24

2 Poems by Kipling with a relevant and timely essay.

After returning home from my recent trip to Europe, I stumbled into an essay by the very talented John Derbyshire. The piece titled, When foreigners were funny, was written more than 8 years ago, but still quite relevant to current cultural events. Derbyshire highlights two poems by Rudyard Kipling. the first, titled The Stranger and …

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Nov 21

Changes in Holland

I took advantage of a discount flight to Amsterdam last week. If you shop for off-season hotel and airfare bargains you can save a good bit of money on international travel. This autumn has been quite mild in much of the Euro-Zone and in much of the U.S. The weather in Holland was rainy but, …

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Nov 01

Lunar Cycles and Planetary Alignments.

  Another Lunar Cycle Passes by Kevin Neary * The full Hunter’s moon rising high in October’s evening sky. A hint of wood smoke on the breeze the scent of over-ripe apples from a neighboring orchard of trees the musty fragrance of dead and decaying oak leaves. * Close my eyes and dream away just …

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