Fitness is freedom

This is so right on the money! I endured a lack of fitness for some years but then gradually turned it around and now reap some of the benefits. It does take time and commitment but well worth it.

Robby Robin's Journey

Fitness is freedom.  I wonder how many of us have ever considered this sage bit of philosophizing.  I hadn’t.  As I whizzed down an aisle in our local supermarket a week or so ago, following the COVID arrows in the right direction in order to get to my intended target of the far end of the next aisle, I happened to glance over at the magazine section in passing and was stopped by this splash on one of the covers.


It caught my eye despite my focus on getting to my next item.  As a senior, I can’t tell you how strongly this phrase resonated with me.  We learn to accept increasing numbers of physical limitations, and we try to focus on the things we can do rather than the things we can no longer do.  BUT, and this is an important “but”, being (relatively) fit really does allow you…

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The mind body connection (part I)

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This phrase is so common in the world of fitness and sports, when one is asked to establish the mind body connection to activate muscles or to fire the brain into activating some muscles in a specific exercise. Anyone who works out is familiar to this idea. However, the mind body connection or relationship is not new in philosophy; it is actually a very old dilemma that is found also in religions. Therefore what is the mind and what is the body? Is the mind inside the body or vice-versa? Are we made of both or are these two the same dimension? In this dialectic dissertation, two potential answers are found: dualism and monism. For the depth and complexity of this subject, the study will be developed through multiple posts.

Definitions and etymologies:

Before digging into dualism and monism, the everlasting starting point of any analysis must…

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Map Monday: the future of the Arctic with global warming and economic “opportunity”

The thoughts of the US, China & Russia squabbling over the borders on our Northern coasts is truly terrifying. Even more terrifying will be the coming consequences of warming. And if we doubt this just take a look at the weather in Labrador this winter, absolutely stunning! I am truly worried for my grandkids future.

Robby Robin's Journey

As most of you know, the Northwest Passage has been in the sights of explorers and traders for literally centuries.  The dream has always been to find a shorter route from Europe to Asia than going all the way around Africa or all the way around South America.  Even today, with the Suez Canal (ouch) and the Panama Canal cutting off thousands of miles, being able to take cargo ships and freighters between Asian and European markets over a northern route would save considerable time and money if only it were a real possibility.

Thanks to man-made climate change, the loss of permanent sea ice is having a devastating impact on the people and animals that have lived in the Arctic for millennia.  Absolutely devastating. But, those same people whose zest for commercial enterprises helped bring us global warming are increasingly seeing that the dream of a  navigable Northwest Passage…

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Liberal Principles– Oxymoron?

The Liberals remember a principle at a convenient time CAMPBELL CLARKPUBLISHED 1 DAY AGOUPDATED 1 DAY AGOFOR SUBSCRIBERS131 COMMENTSSHARE  TEXT SIZEBOOKMARK00:00Voice1x Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez responds to a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Dec. 11, 2020. Rodriguez declared in the Commons last Thursday that the government now tell its [...]

Please Advise! Did Conservatives Just Solve Climate Change?

Pretty clever, their vote of no confidence in science, right Dr. Steve? Steve Burgess 22 Mar 2021 | Steve Burgess writes about politics and culture for The Tyee. Find his previous articles here Well, it was just a suggestion. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick, the Canadian Press. [Editor’s note: Steve Burgess is an accredited spin doctor [...]

Human nature and car boom-boxes

Just happens to be one of my pet peeves!

Matthew Wright

Humans are an odd species. A few weeks back I was enjoying a cup of coffee at a footpath table, outside a café in a small shopping centre. A vehicle pulled up nearby, sound system absolutely thundering. The car stopped, doors and windows open, and somebody ran into a shop. They obviously weren’t going to be there long.

The music was a slow 4/4 beat with burping low-frequency bass, topped by vocals that seemed to consist mostly of aggressive shouting.

The issue was less the genre (which I believe was gangsta rap) than the way it was being played. The driver had turned the volume up to the point where the bass set the speakers buzzing. One of the reasons drivers do this is physics. It takes half a wavelength for any frequency to reach maximum amplitude. Thirty hertz, which is about the frequency of the bass notes this guy…

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When Kenney’s done with the threat of ‘Bigfoot Family,’ he should get to Sesame Street

ROBYN URBACKPUBLISHED MARCH 19, 2021UPDATED 4 HOURS AGOFOR SUBSCRIBERS101 COMMENTSLOADING...SHARE  TEXT SIZEBOOKMARK00:00Voice1x Alberta Premier Jason Kenney listens as the 2021 budget is delivered in Edmonton on Feb. 25, 2021.JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS There has never been a more frightening time to be a parent. No, it’s not because we are in the midst of a global pandemic, [...]

Map Monday: what happens to all that plastic?

Maybe we could all use less and reuse more?

Robby Robin's Journey

It was back in December when a fellow blogger, Kavitha at SunshinySA Site,
posted what for me was a sit-up-and-take-notice fact: Coca Cola scores hat trick as world’s worst plastic polluter worldwide.  Yes, for the third year in a row, Coca Cola labels were identified on discarded plastic trash more frequently by cleanup volunteers around the world than any other brand.  What a frightening unintended consequence of having such popular products.

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This realization reminded me of the horrifying moment a few years ago when I learned that the plastic waste that we have all been conscientiously separating out and putting in recycling bins every other week hasn’t been recycled at all.  It’s been being sent to developing countries in Asia for them to recycle – or to put in their landfills instead of ours. …

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