Archive for March, 2013

Easter memories…

March 31, 2013

“He is risen”, “In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it…..” Indeed Easter was (is) a time to shout hallelujah! If there was any time during the year that almost all members of the family enjoyed new clothes, it was Easter. There’s a spiritual metaphor in wearing new clothes, but it didn’t occur to me when I was a child. I thought that getting all dressed up for Easter was pretentious though I didn’t know what pretentious meant at the time. I rarely ate the Easter eggs, but loved the thrill of finding them hidden in so many places. Some of the beautifully colored and decorated works of art would rot before we found them. It was the smell of rotten eggs that gave way their hiding places. Our parents rarely did a “sweep” to insure that all had been recovered. Memories of so long ago!

Playing a grand jury like a piano…

March 30, 2013

A Fulton county Grand Jury agreed on “true bills” today for several persons accused in the Atlanta Public Schools so-called “cheating scandals”. The media tends to swarm such developments. You might get the impression that these individuals already are convicted. In fairness to everyone, we should remember that a Grand Jury (for the most part) does what a District Attorney wants them to do. An indictment is an accusation not a conviction. As others have observed in the past, an effective D.A. plays a Grand Jury like a piano. It produces the sounds keyed by the D.A.

Evolution of the English language…

March 29, 2013

As children, we learn the then current “correct” usage of the language. As we age, we see the language change. We may not like it as we don’t like what is happening to our bodies. But both the change in our bodies and the change in the language is inevitable. We can resist, but only as long as we’re alive. Our “correct” usage often becomes archaic as do we. It happens throughout the generations so the “correct” usage for today’s generation too will change. As long as we’re communicating, relax and remember. If it makes you feel better, complain and bemoan the evolution of English.

Registered Dietitian Cindy Gallagher

March 28, 2013

In reference to my posting the last couple of days about my food fare decisions, Registered Dietitian Cindy Gallagher recommends that I take my health club dietitian’s advice. Please see Cindy’s posting in the comment section of this blog. One of my favorite running gurus is the late Dr. George Sheehan. Dr. Sheehan was a medical doctor who loved to run. He also was a philosopher. Dr. Sheehan struck a note with me when he wrote, “we are all an experiment of one.” In other words, what works for you may not work for anyone else.

I’ve thought about it and decided…

March 27, 2013

Yesterday, I posted how a dietitian at my health club recommended I begin eating a light breakfast to get my metabolism started. I wrote that I would think about it. On reflection, I’ve decided that the many supplements I ingest to start the day are better than any breakfast. Just a few of them are Juice+, CoQ10, complex B12, vitamin E…and so it goes. My conclusion is that I’m swallowing breakfast, albeit not traditional food.

The dietitian says….

March 26, 2013

The health club where I go includes a dietitian on staff. Today was the first day a newly-arrived dietitian was scheduled to meet with clients who had made appointments. Her first appointment didn’t show so I volunteered. She questioned me about my current food fare and when I ate it. During the halcyon days at WSB-Television, I often covered 5 or 6 stories a day. That meant eating on the run…if at all. My non-stop story telling usually meant my only full meal was at the end of the day. My body is accustomed to one meal a day. The dietitian told me that’s the only thing she would change about my eating…have breakfast to get my metabolism going. It’s something I’ve known for a long time, but my body hasn’t demanded a change and eating breakfast might interfere with my early-morning exercise routine. Still, the dietitian underlined what I already knew…that a light breakfast is a good idea. I’m thinking about it.

Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

March 25, 2013

From the snow in Denver to the rainy blustery weather in Atlanta, the weather is belying Spring. Of course, the March 20-21ar beginning of Spring is a man-made calendar designation. Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature….forgot to include her in the planning.

Rain and running…

March 24, 2013

I just tried to download pictures shot during a Saturday morning race where it was raining steadily from the beginning to end of the 3.1 miles. There also was intermittent thunder and lightning. Still several of us self-described “fools” were there looking like drowned creatures from Oregon. It sure felt good to get out of the wet, clinging clothes. I’m still trying to figure out why the pictures wouldn’t download. It may have something to do with my camera getting water logged.

What goes on in a TV newsroom….

March 23, 2013

Friends sometimes want to know how the stories they see on the air get there. At WSB-Television in Atlanta, there’s no one answer. However, the news cycle usually begins during the week with a morning meeting. In attendance are reporters, producers and just about anyone else on the news team who wants to attend. Possible stories are discussed and assigned to reporter-photographer teams. Plans are in place to cover and produce the days news, but everything is flexible and often changing. “Breaking news” trumps other stories. In the early afternoon, there’s a “split” session where producers and others decide which stories will go in which shows….the 4 p.m, 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. The night-beat crews are dedicated to the 11 p.m. newscast. They attempt to develop fresh stories and advance those seen earlier. With updates and overnight developments, the morning and noon news contain many stories that you may have seen in the 4, 5 6 and 11 p.m. news the day before. The cycle repeats itself Monday thru Friday. The weekends have fewer shows and fewer people reporting and making the decisions. No, we don’t consciously “slant” the news, but perhaps we do unconsciously by “exclusion” and “inclusion”, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Sunset in Costa Rica

March 22, 2013

DSC00299This is from my wife’s recent visit to Costa Rica. Wow!!