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The Commute: You go, baby


Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

A year ago I vowed to get more physical exercise. I don't mind admitting I was somewhat impressed with myself for making this decision. In March, I had the chance to visit my doctor for an annual exam. His reading of my cholesterol levels moving in a general direction of "up" and a quick glance at family history led him encourage my exercise decision. Now exercise was medically mandated! I was still impressed with my decision, but thought I'd be even more impressed if I could move it into the action stage.

My aversion to exercise is long-lived. I think it's related to my firm belief that moving quickly is overrated. I prefer to move through life slowly, especially when getting up in the morning, getting up from the dinner table, or heading off to yawn! exercise. Remember doing the "600 yard walk/run" in high school? It was just called the 600 yard run before I went through the system. As with most things, I didn't mind going the distance, but I was going to do it at my own pace.

Most people just don't appreciate the value of moving slowly, which is one reason I've always admired cats. Cats generally stretch this way and that way, and take their time. You never see a cat hurry unless its being chased by a dog, or there's fresh food in the dish. Rules to live by, I say.

Yet, there remains the fact that as we approach our early EARLY middle age, our bodies need a little extra work out. Fine.

So by August of last year, I knew it was time to stop talking about my New Year's resolution and actually do it. I looked to one of my favorite new developments: those 30 minute fitness centers for women only. I hear they're one of the hottest new franchises in the country. I'm not surprised. It's a revolutionary idea, and I'm one happy customer. For me, the two major appeals are the "women only" rule and the 30 minute deal.

Even those of us who aren't crazy about exercise can manage to slog through 30 minutes of something. During that thirty minutes, you move from machine to machine, each designed to punish a different part of the human body. But it's tolerable because you know that thirty minutes later you're walking out the door. Suh-weet.

A huge factor in keeping me moving is the music booming in the background. We each have particular music that is especially motivating. Songs by the Beatles usually work well for me, while most class .....
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Of People Places and Things: What would Jesus drive?

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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What would Jesus drive?   “To some, the question might seem amusing. But we take it seriously...”   So begins a recent advertisement from The Evangelical Environmental Network asking Christians to eva ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The other day I was sitting in class minding my own business when I overheard a student proclaiming to another student, “Why aren’t you normal? Can you be normal for just one day?” My mind quickly wandered from my studies and I concentrated on these ..... 
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I’ll be home for Christmas

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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I'll be home for Christmas;   You can count on me […]  I'll be home for Christmas   If only in my dreams

I’m going home for Christmas! I am finally going ..... 
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Township Roads: The mystery dog

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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A new dog has come to live with us. We think she is a Jack Russell terrier, but we’re not sure if that brand of terrier has light gray spots like this one has. Her pedigree doesn’t seem to matter to her and it doesn’t matter to us. She is just a litt ..... 
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Journal launches book project

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Journal has launched a book project that will gather the stories from area readers. The theme of the book is “Stories that Tell Who We Are”.

Fillmore County Journal writers Bonnie Flaig Prinsen and John Torgr ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
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The exact origin of chess is uncertain, but what is certain is that the game of Chaturanga, a precursor to chess, was being played in India by the time of Alexander the Great. (320 BC) Chaturanga spread quickly, becoming popula ..... 
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