Andrew L.

  • Brenden, I think you also touched on anothe rpoint I was trying to make. I believe regular exercise does great things from both the “regular” part and the “exercise” part.

    Making exercise a regular thing means you take time from your day to plan an intentional day. As one person once told me, “Leaving life to accident means there will be…[Read more]

  • Hiking is my thing. And yes planning a trip that goes without negative incidents, pushing myself – but not beyond my limits, putting my thinking and physical abilities in harmony with the facts on the ground and forces of nature, and just getting away from people and their impositions on me are an absolute cure all. And if I skip a week or don’t…[Read more]

  • Love is a big topic so I am pretty sure I will have more to say on the subject.

    This blog is supposed to be about Apolitical Blues. Perhaps this old poem by Lescelles Abercrombie, drawing on his experiences […]

  • My many errors and defects of character can show up any time. My own experience tells me I can’t always be in control. I blink. I can get lazy. I get selfish. I get afraid and angry. Most of all, I am regularly […]

    • Not that you asked, and not that I know anything about, you but when I was eyeballs deep in the blues, running really helped. The feeling of accomplishment when I realized I could run a mile without stopping was tangible and lasting. The endocrines that my body produced when I ran helped lift my spirits. And, I had something to look forward to every week. I became a happier and healthier person.

      I have no idea what your physical condition is like, or whether you smoke cigarettes or whatever. Maybe biking or swimming is more your style. But I cannot emphasize enough the impact of physical exercise on my own personal well-being. Just my .02.

      • Hiking is my thing. And yes planning a trip that goes without negative incidents, pushing myself – but not beyond my limits, putting my thinking and physical abilities in harmony with the facts on the ground and forces of nature, and just getting away from people and their impositions on me are an absolute cure all. And if I skip a week or don’t get an extended multi-day hike in regularly I immediately feel the price.

    • Brenden, I think you also touched on anothe rpoint I was trying to make. I believe regular exercise does great things from both the “regular” part and the “exercise” part.

      Making exercise a regular thing means you take time from your day to plan an intentional day. As one person once told me, “Leaving life to accident means there will be accidents”. Figuring out how protect time for running means setting priorities and making conscious decisions about what is truly important.

      Also to put it my terms, that mile didn’t get shorter just because you could now run it non-stop. It is an absolute. The only thing that changed was you. That sense of accomplishment you felt was at least part due to you (and your body) changing to be more aligned and in harmony with the fact the mile is a mile and your desire to run it was not something that you wanted to remain in conflict with.

      Or not. 🙂

  • What do I need to do to correct the errors of my past? Master Kan and Joe Montana practiced their craft to the point that there were not many errors to correct, but that practice involved coming to know their […]

  • So, if I want in my life to see all the rich details, to better guide me on a path of lasting inner strength and peace, what should I do? Crap crashes in constantly. Jobs are lost or suck out our soul. Kids […]

  • Ray LaMontagna in the song Empty does a masterful job of seizing on the smallest details that sum up the enveloping sense of detachment and emptiness he feels. I, for one, would love to experience the moments of […]

  • Andrew L. wrote a new post, Empty, on the site Apolitical Blues 1 year, 10 months ago

    This song touched me recently. I relate to it wholly. I guess a lot of people do, so much so that it was part of the sound track in two recent excellent movies:

    Robert Redford’s The […]

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  • They are “the meanest blues of all”, or so it has been said.

    If politics are a natural and necessary consequence of social human beings, and if politics ultimately serve the needs of the people (or at least […]

  • Perhaps Cheney is pointing to the fact that the North was glad it (OK, it will say it “we”) had Sherman and Grant on our side. We were glad that Patton and Bull Halsey were on our side.

    But Sherman, Grant, Patton and Halsey were fighting wars not of their making. They were not politicians, they followed the Commander in Chief’s orders.

    With…[Read more]