Thursday, January 26, 2017


Running again has re-deepened my fascination with *science*, from exercise physiology courses I once undertook, thru sports medicine research that associated my exercise-induced hives with wheat, to research that helps keep my cancer in remission and the notion I have that an improved immune system aids this.
Runners check the weather, of course, climate science. Many follow orthopedic, kinesiological and biological information related to technique, what to wear, and to injury. And they know about VO2 max, the two main muscle types-fast twitch and slow twitch, heart-rate zones, and the relationship between diet, rest and muscle fiber development. It goes on.
From the cosmos back to the cell's mitochondria, it's about science, even though some of it is contingent. From just this, though, I'm baffled by science deniers. Utterly baffled ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Protest thought- I protested the Vietnam war 1965-1973, draft board sit-in, arrest at the Chicago DNC (clubbed, maced, tear-gassed blind), DC & NYC marches; then the Gulf & Iraq wars, on local streets, in DC, with videos, in local congressional actions including a sit-in, and against the use of depleted uranium weapons, again arrested- and on and off for human rights, civil rights and the environment.
My question to myself now at age 80 is about their effectiveness. My answer, contingently yes to civil rights struggles in the US regarding women, child labor and African-Americans, no to the human rights and war protest activity I was engaged in, not yet re the environment. Or so it seems with these.
Still, I'm never without hope. Especially after the monumental outpouring of women last weekend. It embraces many causes.
Yet. What is it about war?