🍎 Health Hack: #5 of 6 Weight Loss Strategies

Get Active, Stay Active

Exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can’t cut through diet alone. Exercise also offers numerous health benefits, including boosting your mood, strengthening your cardiovascular system and reducing your blood pressure. Exercise can also help in maintaining weight loss. Studies show that people who maintain their weight loss over the long term get regular physical activity. . . . One of the best ways to lose body fat is through steady aerobic exercise — such as brisk walking — for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Any extra movement helps burn calories. 

Mayo Clinic

🔤 Grammar Tip: Are You Thinking “Of” or “About” Something?

Think of /Think about

This tricky pair is more nuanced. One choice suggests a specific choice and the other suggests pon- dering over something for a while.

He was thinking of a number between one and ten. (specific choice)

He was thinking about going to law school. (pondering)

Here is my trick to remember which is which for this pair: Of is short, like making a quick decision. About is longer, like pondering options.


Vinnie Doesn’t Want the Summer to End


Vinnie’s Mom sits at the breakfast bar sipping her morning coffee. Her music app plays Ed Sheehan, for Vinnie’s mom, life is suddenly good. Last night Vinnie Joey and Larry were shooting baskets in the driveway. When Sara asked if she could play, they let her join them. Vinnie’s mom is thinking that Vinnie and his friends are acting like normal children. Her life is on a high note, even Al’s brother Mike hasn’t called asking Al to represent him in a criminal case in the four days. And, Vinnie’s sleeping in this morning. It’s all good. A brief thought dashes through her mind . . . it’s not going to last. Not more than ten seconds later . . .

“Mom, Mom, Mom, calls Vinnie from his bedroom.

Vinnie’s mom calls out, “You’re finally awake, Vinnie. Good morning. I’ll get your breakfast.”

“Mom, Mom, Mom,” Vinnie’s tone takes on a sense of urgency.

Vinnie’s mom takes one last sip of coffee and mutters, ‘I knew it was too good to last.’ She says, “What Vinnie? Is it an emergency?”

“Yes, Mom. Rupert and Dexter and I are running away from home. We’ll be back when school starts. Don’t worry about me.”

Vinnie’s mom is off the breakfast bar stool and streaking toward Vinnie’s room. She opens his door without knocking. Steps inside and stares at Vinnie and Rupert sitting on the bed facing her. Dexter is lying on the floor waiting for his food machine, aka Vinnie, to get off the bed. Vinnie is staring at his mom’s iWatch. He says, “I win. Dexter is second. Sorry, Buddy, you came in last.”

Vinnie’s mom glances at her wrist and says, “What are you doing with my iWatch? When did you get it? I always put it on my night table next to my side of the bed.”

“I woke up at 4 this morning, Mom. Dexter and Rupert were hungry so we went into the kitchen and ate our first breakfast. I’m ready for my second breakfast. I wanted to test Rupert and Dexter’s heart rate so I went in your room and got your iWatch. Did you know it has a cool stop watch? I used it to iMessage with Uncle Mike while the police were holding him for questioning. I got lots of good news, Mom. I’m not going to run away. It was a test to see if you’re in shape to help me if I need help. I probably never will because I got Rupert and Dexter with me most of the time. You passed, but I think you can improve. The police let Uncle Mike go. He said they couldn’t prove a thing. He’s pretty smart, huh, Mom?”

Vinnie’s mom places her right hand on the door jam. Her heads swirling. She doesn’t know where to begin, what to say, who to call, or pray.

Vinnie says, “Why’d did you close your eyes, Mom? Are you going blind? Dexter is smart, he can be a seeing eye dog when I’m not at home. You’ll have to use a cane when I’m at home because Dexter likes me more than he likes you.”

Vinnie’s mom says the only words that come to mind, “Will this summer ever end?”

“I hope not, Mom. I’m waiting until two days before school starts to figure out what I’m going to do as fourth grade president. I’m thinking I’ll make up a list of rules Doctor Cashman and the teachers have to follow.”

“What am I going to do?” Vinnie’s mom asks rhetorically.

“One thing, Mom. When the library opens can you drive Joey and Larry and Sara and me to the Library. We want to do research on bugs.”

“What kinds of bugs?” asks Vinnie’s mom wondering if Vinnie already knows how to hack into computers.

“The usual, Mom, you know, ants, flies, bees,” says Vinnie.

Vinnie’s mom thinks this is the best idea Vinnie’s had all summer. Vinnie and his friends will be at the library. What could go wrong.


Today’s Poem ~ One By One

One By One

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Little by little and one by one,
Out of the ether, were worlds created;
Star and planet and sea and sun,
All in the nebulous Nothing waited
Till the Nameless One Who has many a name
Called them to being and forth they came.

All things mighty and all things small,
Stone and flower and sentient being,
Each is an answer to that one call,
A part of Himself that His will is freeing-
Freeing to go on the long, long way
That winds back home at the end of the day.

Little by little does mortal man
Build his castles for joy and glory,
And one by one time shatters each plan
And lowers his palaces, story by story-
Story by story, till earth is just
A row of graves in the lowly dust.

One by one, whatever was called,
Must be called back to the primal Centre.
Let no soul tremble or be appalled,
For the heart of the Maker is where we enter-
Is where we enter to gain new force
Before we are sent on another course.

And one by one, as He calls us back,
We shall find the souls that we loved with passion,
In the great way-stations along the track,
And clasp them again in the old, sweet fashion-
In the old, sweet fashion when earth we trod-
And journey along with them up to God.