Get In The Game

When I was a little girl, I knew I was going to grow up to be an athlete. I went to bed at night imagining my career as a figure skater or a basketball star or a ballerina, but that one would really be a hobby. I saw the adult world as one of fun and possibilities.

Then I grew up.

There are no long days practicing my triple lutz, and I haven’t picked up a tennis racket since I was 17. What happened to this exciting world of sports and athleticism?

The lack of regular physical activity available to the standard American desk jockey has obesity rates skyrocketing. We sit on our couches expanding and the plot of the movie WALL-E becomes dangerously close to a reality. 

As I…

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<p>It's time we started publishing rambling books in the US.</p>I wanna ramble

Thanks to wearable devices like the FitBit that encourage users to walk long distances, American will soon adopt the English tradition of rambling. More than just a long hike, a ramble is a leisurely walk, but one with special laws applied to it. There is the right of way, in which walkers are given priority in traffic situations, and the right to roam, which allows ramblers to walk on privately owned but uncultivated land. This allows ramblers to walk long distances, often in unexpected places, with impugnity.

These sorts of public hikes will become so popular that trails will develop, even in urban settings, where it will be common to see ramblers at all hours. These trails will develop intro…

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Sea of Energy

You can run from it. It will find you. You can descend into the deepest cavern of our planet or zoom out into the farthest galaxy but you can’t hide. It is everywhere. It is the essential substrate of existence and it is all that is. It is energy. We live in a sea of energy that is very real and is completely and wholly pervasive. There is nowhere in the entire universe of creation where energy is not.

Fortunately for us, along with the other living beings on this planet, we have adapted well over millions of years to the presence of energy in the natural universe. Certainly there are variances of the energy spectrum that can put us…

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<p>There will be a lot of these in our future.</p>The future of little folk

There are many odd things ahead thanks to science's unprecedented ability to alter the human genome, but the strangest of all will be a religious sect known as the Tuatha De Danaans. This cult will draw inspiration from ancience Irish legend, and will alter their genes so that every generation becomes more and more like characters from Irish myth.

There will be tiny men who are very similar to leprechauns, and wailing women known as banshees, and giants named for the great Finn McCool. Their genetic modifications will allow them to do things ordinary humans are incapable of: Bog witches will glow in the dark, while wild men will have thickened soles that allow them to walk across bramble and…

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Queen of Kimchi and Her Magic Bus

Editor's Note: Due to mechanical difficulties, the presentation has been cancelled at Village Pointe. But read this important information anyway.

During years of working as his recording engineer, I watched Frank Zappa consume gallons of strong, black, Turkish coffee and incinerate thousands of Winston cigarettes. It wasn’t until after his death that I learned of Frank’s fondness for the fermented Korean relish, kimchi. An assistant to Dr. Wu, the renowned doctor of Oriental Medicine, told me Frank preferred a kimchi-laced diet when Dr. Wu was treating him for advanced prostate cancer. In my imagination, I could see FZ propped up in bed smoking a Winston, guzzling coffee and scarfing down kimchi. I miss that he’s not around.

Kimchi is but…

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Forgiveness Heals

It is said and written that forgiveness heals. Don Henley sang about it. Jesus taught it. A Course in Miracles describes it as the final solution to the illusion of separateness. It’s the ultimate in healing arts. It’s about forgiveness.

Is that a fairy tale fugue or is there something real to experience about forgiveness? If the opposite of airy-fairy is scientific evidence, then we can stand on that leg if you wish because there is ample research showing forgiveness provides any number of metrics denoting better health.

To reach the deepest level of forgiveness, the truly transcendent place where healing transpires, we must absorb the metaphysics of the matter. After all, feelings of resentment and blame — the phlogiston…

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<p>The opium den will return.</p>A horse with no name

Scientists have developed a yeast that will convert glucose to opiates. Thanks to a laboratory theft, this yeast will soon be on the market, meaning, functionally, anyone who knows how to home-brew beer will also be able to make their own heroin.

The results will be explosive. The federal government will attempt to ban home-brewing products, but this will prove to be functionally impossible. The same cartels and desperados currently making methamphetamines will take over the heroin trade, pumping out tens of thousands of gallons of pure opiate per week. Addiction rates will skyrocket, and prisons and hospitals will fill with suffering addicts.

Eventually, the only solution will be to legalize the stuff, which will at least guarantee government oversight…

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