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Earth-Shaking Concerns for Fun)

From time to time I offer you deep thoughts to ponder, so deep they’d take a mm of dirt to cover a penny. Just for fun, then, here are some of those thoughts:

The word “swims” upside down is still “swims.”

Which letter is silent in the word “scent,” the s or the c?

What if my dog only brings back the ball because he thinks I like throwing it?

It’s just as hard to intentionally lose a game of Rock, Paper, Sissors as it is to win.

Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it takes 75 – 100 years to fully work?

If poison is past its expiration date, is it more poisonous or no longer poisonous?

Do twins ever realize that one of them was not planned?

Every time you clean something you make something else dirty.

Come on, Ryan–Man Up!

It’s bad enough that an athlete representing the United States should vandalize and act like a jerk in another country.  But Ryan Lochte himself shouldn’t have made things worse.

Maybe he was encouraged by the people who were urging everyone to “give him a break,” because the swim team were “just kids” doing “mischief.”  KIDS?  At their age?  MISCHIEF?  Destroying and urinating on other people’s property?

Ryan hasn’t actually apologized to Brazil yet.  His explanations relate to himself, not to others:  “I should have been more careful” – “I made a mistake. – “I learned a lesson.”  He admits to immature behavior and “over-exaggerating” the facts. And his excuse is that he was drunk.

But there’s no apology to the Brazilians–or to the American people,  whom he disgraced.

Come on, Ryan.  You’re 32.  Grow up.  And man up.


Diana Nyad: Chase Your Dream

“You’re never too old to chase your dream,” Diana Nyad said after her historic 103-mile, 53-hour swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida.  It took her 5 tries and 36 years to do it in a different, more challenging way than the other two people who successfully swam that route did it: through the shark and jellyfish-infested waters without wet suit, fins, or shark cage.  When she got tired, this 64-year-old woman recited her mantra–find a way.

I respect her fortitude.  I also respect her lesson, which is “We should never, ever give up.”  Not that old saw (a damaging, demeaning lie) that you can do anything if you only try hard enough and set your mind to it.  No, she emphasizes not the accomplishment of a deed but the pursuit of a dream…the action of working toward something that is worthwhile and energizes you.

Diana reached her goal.  Even if she hadn’t, though, the effort itself would have been a triumph for women, “senior citizens,” and the human spirit.




Don’t Let them Drown

Our kids are splashing around, having loads of fun, giggling, tossing their heads back in glee, trying to learn to float on their backs…and DROWNING.  Most of us don’t readily recognize the signs that our kids are in trouble in the water.  Until it’s too late.

Read this short but important article listing the signs of drowning and view a demonstration video.  If you have kids or even go swimming with adults, this information could very well save a life.  Click on http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/family/2013/06/rescuing_drowning_children_how_to_know_when_someone_is_in_trouble_in_the.html.