#30daysofnewthings: Last week! The end!

(Did you read week 3 of #30daysofnewthings yet?) Fresh off’a my coffee habit on my #30daysofnewthings challenge (I’d decided to mostly quit the stuff), I forged ahead. Could I still be productive without my intravenous caffeine? The answer is: yes. In fact, last Saturday I sat exactly where I am now and found work-zen on Wegman’s upper floor. This is a gem I hope more of the grocery patron peons.. Read More

#30daysofnewthings: exotic fruits, pants, and poses

As I’ve been bringing yoga into my #30daysofnewthings challenge, there’s something I’ve been avoiding: Anything where I’m relying on the upper body strength I don’t have to keep me from a supercharged faceplant fueled by the added weight of my graceless legs and man-like torso. “Day Four – I’ve never been permanently paralyzed before!” #newthings (Dear glob, please don’t let that be the price for my wanderlust and sense of.. Read More

#30daysofnewthings: New trail and metayoga

“How far’d you go? A couple miles?” The fisherman I’d just waved to asked me this from a distance as I was finishing up my run. He and his buddy had been standing at the side of the dock since before I parked my car, stretched, and set out on a new trail. It was set to be day three of my #30daysofnewthings challenge. A new trail may sound kinda.. Read More

Snack yourself tan: how I went chameleon with caratenoids.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I like going Dexter’s Laboratory on my own person. And since drugs aren’t part’a that equation, I instead do things like ab challenges, my #30daysofnewthings challenge, and… now… the caratenoid diet. I actually started this back toward the end of January… and I figure now’s as good a time as any to record some conclusions. So here it goes: the chameleon caratenoid diet: BACKGROUND:.. Read More

#30daysofnewthings challenge: climb a tree

“Really? Is this the most creative thing you can come up with? Try a new fruit?” I mean, it’s on the list – but more of a last resort kinda thing. And I was only two days into my 30-days-of-new-things experimental challenge yesterday at 5:00 P.M. I’d gotten a late start on my afternoon jog, and despite the fact that it was warm (for this time of year) and sunny.. Read More

30 days: Can I install innovation habits with neuroplasticity?

“And how much is this?” I asked, thumbing through the packet labeled “aura reading”. There were numerous pages explaining the chakras and showing some random soul with his face blacked out, surrounding by blurry orange halo. PDF files. Charts. Graphs. Who knew you could turn spirituality into a piece worthy of PubMed status? “A hundred,” the shop owner replied. I actively tried to force my eyes from doing that thing.. Read More

How to win the marshmallow challenge… for parents.

Anyone ever heard of the “marshmallow test”? No, it’s not like the ice bucket challenge or the fire challenge (god help us, yes that’s a thing). Rather, it’s a decades-old study that tests the internal fortitude of your offspring by looking at their willpower to withhold indulging in a treat – as they hold out for getting a potential second treat – a reward for their patience. For instance, like,.. Read More