An observation made whilst having breakfast…..

It is fairly common knowledge that Americans waste a lot of food and that portion sizes are larger than they used to be, and we have an obesity problem. I’ve been aware of this for a long time but never gave it much thought. This morning I became acutely aware of this whilst having breakfast at Denny’s. I ordered an omelette sandwich, has browns, juice and coffee. I ate half of it and could not finish as I was feeling stuffed; there was enough on my plate to feed two people ! Also, there was a family of five at the table next to mine; when they were finished there was food on every one of their plates. Lesson learned from this: I intend to be more mindful of what and how much I eat thus alleviating my own obesity problem…..

Slim Secrets….

Secrets of the Naturally Slim….

Here are some sensible and practical ideas to help keep the pounds down. Being aware of what you eat, being active, and sleep are just some of the ideas presented. The article was written for women but it seems to me it would work just as well for men….

Turns out, research shows that skinny people simply don’t think about food the same way as–well, the rest of us. “Thin people have a relaxed relationship with food,” explains David L. Katz, MD, an associate professor adjunct in public health at Yale University. “Those who are overweight, however, tend to be preoccupied by it. They focus on how much or how often they eat, or attach labels like good and bad to certain foods. As a result, mealtime is always on the brain.”

My Jihad

My Jihad

MyJihad is a public education campaign that seeks to share the proper meaning of Jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims. Jihad is a central tenet of the Islamic creed which means “struggling in the way of God“. The way of God, being goodness, justice, passion, compassion, etc (not forcible conversion as wrongly claimed by some).

The Culture That Gave Birth to the Personal Computer

The Culture That Gave Birth to the Personal Computer

The idea of a personal computer, one that ordinary individuals could own and operate and keep in their homes, was envisioned in 1945 by Vannevar Bush. After building his Differential Analyzer at MIT and helping to create the military-industrial-academic triangle, he wrote an essay for the July 1945 issue of the Atlantic titled “As We May Think.” In it he conjured up the possibility of a personal machine, which he dubbed a memex, that would not only do mathematical tasks but also store and retrieve a person’s words, pictures and other information.

Taking Up Serpents

Taking Up Serpents

I’m visiting my daughter and parents for Christmas. I’m at my daughter’s house now and just finished watching a youTube video about snake handling churches. (I know it’s an odd thing to do on Christmas Eve, but anyway)  It’s pretty amazing to see. I know people can do a lot of things through faith or intense mental concentration but it is still pretty astonishing. What really gets my attention though is the snakes. Why do these snakes not bite these people ? Sure it happens but usually it doesn’t. Makes me wonder, what’s up with these snakes ?

Article on Wikipedia about Snake Handling

The Incarnation

The Incarnation

For Christians, the incarnation of some aspect of God’s divinity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth has always been of utmost importance. The implications of this incarnation affect nearly every other aspect of Christian doctrine, not least the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross

He became one of us so that we could be like Him….

Slowing Down for the Holidays

Slowing Down for the Holidays

Really good idea, sounds simple but it’s not easy to pull it off….

The word“holiday,” it turns out, is a conflation of the words “holy” and “day.”You can see the root words visually, of course, by simply turning the “i” in holiday into a “y.” And, indeed, the original intention of a holiday is to celebrate a holy day,a day “set apart” from our normal routine. And at its best, holidays can be a form of sacred time.

It’s Friday…..

Grueling day at work. I got a lot done but it was all new “got to have it now” projects and I made no progress on the work I was planning to do. Oh well, it’s better to have “too much” work than not enough…..

So today I abruptly decided to re-boot this blog. It’s been a while since I posted in here as I had been using tumblr a lot instead. I shall make a pre-new years resolution. I resolve to write in this blog at least twice weekly and to post a link everyday.

The Hermetic Library

The Hermetic Library was created in 1996, in the early days of the commercial Internet, and is one of the most comprehensive and popular resources on the Internet for the kind of information in its collection. is justifiably famous, and perhaps a little infamous, as the source for an amazing collection of information useful to every researcher and student of esoteric studies and the modern Western tradition. Many students over the last decade found their start and much information useful to them by perusing the materials of The Hermetic Library and started their own electronic libraries by downloading pages and pages of content for their use and research.