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webmaster | 11/09/13

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
— Author unknown

We are told that a body at rest will stay at rest, while a body in motion will stay in motion. One of the keys to maintaining a healthy body is to keep it moving, whether that means getting out and walking (or using the treadmill at the gym when the weather gets bad), or hauling and chopping wood. The nature of the movement and exercise is less important than the simply getting up and doing it.

It occurs to me that Christmas will be here in a month or so. I know, I know. No one wants to be reminded of the fact. We have only just gotten past Halloween, we haven’t even gotten our Thanksgiving bird, and the stores have long-since been stocking up for the big holiday season.

Normally I am a Christmas crab. I have more in common with Ebenezer Scrooge (pre-conversion) or Henry F. Potter (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) than selfless George Bailey. I’m not a miser, exactly, but I prefer to close the gates, raise the drawbridge, and turn out the lights until after the holidays have come on gone. The holidays, in my mind, are like spiritual hurricanes that blow through wreaking all sorts of chaos and damage in their path...


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