Phedippidations

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Today it’s Jim who will raise lots of questions 

He knows the answers, but don’t like them a bit 

Conspiracy theories circular reasoning 

Might look like facts but they smell just like shit 

 

Splendid Isolation I don’t need no one 

Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 72 I know you’re frustrated, tired and angry I know you want isolation to end I get it ‘cause the economy’s tanking This virus impact is too high to suspend Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Say hi to Tom in North Carolina

He’s doing well and has running advice

The world behind COVID sure was a fine one T

he world before us will be the new nice.

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 70 Our local ball club, we call them the Bravehearts They’re making plans to play ball July 1st Not sure if fans will be out there to see them at least they’re planning - no baseball’s the worst Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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We need to think about the Rt number

COVID Rt’s between three and four

We’ll hear from Mats, writing in from Sweden

Gym rats in Oxford are all zygospores

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Some guy named Dave is defying orders

Out here in Oxford he’s opening his gym

That’s not the plan until phase three vigilant

I wish I understood what’s wrong with him.

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 67 We’ll use a four-phase plan-for-our-opening In Massachusetts we’re taking it slow Phase one has started with severe restrictions I fear it’s foolish, but what do I know? Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Warren from Inglewood - California

He’s doing well - glad to hear he’s employed

A bunch of us lost our jobs due to COVID

It will be hard till Trump Virus destroyed

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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I figured out the solution for dumbness

I hope I’m wrong cause the cure is severe

Let Trumpers infect each other with COVID T

rump voters dying means they cannot vote here.

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Say hi to Hugh from the country of Austria
and from Finland with an update from Neil
They’re doing well cause the curve there is flattening
We need good news more and more a good deal

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one
Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 63 Our robot overlords, they tried to attack me The murder hornets are conspiring as well We need some plasma at Brigham and Women’s Trump Virus sucks but the donors are swell. Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 62 I’m really angry, you won’t want to hear this If I were you, I would turn this off now I’m effing pissed because people are dying You should skip this one, I’ve warned you and how Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 61 We’ll hear from Scott, Todd, Nebraska and Science They’re cool but one is a search for the truth By that I mean, science can’t vote for reason A method can’t fit inside voting booths Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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They’re opening up in the State of Nebraska

That’s not too smart but I hope that I’m wrong

I know we’re sick of Splendid Isolation

Patience is best even if a year long.

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

Check out Duane's podcast:

http://www.issuesonappeal.com/

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Facemarks on - Make Way for Ducklings

Bah-ston Gah-den - Duckling Statues

Bronze beaks all covered with mask things

You really ough-ta wear one too

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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The Trump Virus -is the name of our suffering

It’s all his fault - many people do say

Lock Donald Up - is the song we are singing

We want him gone and in prison today

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 57 They’re opening up around the US nation Trump Virus guidelines are very insane Downward trajectory documented cases Trump only cares how it helps his campaign Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 56

It always is the - last day for something

That isn’t sad - but it should make us pause

Remember all - of the people who helped you

It’s a new day - to be kind just because

Splendid Isolation

We don’t need no one Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 55 It is surreal - living in a pandemic They say that nothing - will ‘ere be the same I think that’s true - every day the sun rises One thing is certain - that life’s about change Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 54 My wife Lynn’s Mom was rushed to the hospital Seventy patients with COVID are there Good news because social distance is working The curve is flattening and so is my hair. Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 53 Science says we’re in for the long run Pandemic’s gonna last very long We need to test everyone soon and often Test, test, test, test is the point of this song Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 52

There are two things - that I mostly detest of

Selfishness and intoler-ant hacks T

rump brags he grabs womens genitals bigly

Intellect Dishonesty - ignores all those facts

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Splendid Isolation - Day 51 This Trump Virus - will be defeated We’re leaning in - so it can’t propagate Isolation’s - the weapon to beat it A social distance - punch in it’s face. Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation ＀���「��������������������������������������������������������
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Splendid Isolation - Day 50 We’ll hear from Jim, he’s got answers I asked for He’s mostly wrong, but he makes a few points. Call me a flaming far left-est liberal That’s better than dopey Trumper standpoint Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Splendid Isolation - Day 49 Unfocused Anger is pointless at Tucker His mot-iv-ated reasoning is wrong Lockdown and distance is helping us humans Don’t be impatient - we’ll be back erelong Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Day 48

We’ve eighteen thousand beds here in Boston

Nine thousand are “To-do ocu-pa-do”

We’re sixty thousand Sox fans with COVID

You do the math Tucker Carlson’s a joke.

Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one

Splendid isolation

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Day 47 My problems pale in comparison with others Oh sure it’s dull stuck inside quarantine Tumps wants us drinking Ammonia and Bleach juice Tucker Carlson please don't chug gasoline Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Day 46 I thought today about Ozy-man-di-as That King of Kings with his sneer cold command Impermanence means we’re all made of star stuff Virus may kill you but won’t stop Mark Sands Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Day 45 Day forty-five our neighbors are dying The news gets worse as days grow long We’re sticking to social distancing guidelines Our Governors right but our Presidents Wrong Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Day 44

I’d walk away from Omelas city
I’ll ‘splain that later on in this show         
I don’t want older Trumpers to get sick  
We’re jumpin' into an awful rat hole.                                                    
 
Splendid Isolation
We don’t need no one
Splendid isolation
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Day 43 I think it's Friday, Tuesday or Sunday Don't matter when they all feel the same COVID-19 don’t work on a schedule It doesn’t work - all it does is invade Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Day 42. I zoomed with family, a for Thursday dinner Just like in Weymouth with fresh dinnerware My siblings, Dad, step bros, nieces and nephew Johnnie was sitting but not on MY chair. Splendid Isolation We don’t need no one Splendid isolation
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Day 41: I ask my wife every day “is it over”? We trust the science ‘cause we know that we aught. She looks at me quite annoyed at my ardor It’s kinda funny, except that it’s not Splendid Isolation I don't need no one Splendid Isolation＀�������「��������������������������������������������������������خဴ
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Day 40 (Earth Day) We’re spending time with a sweetie named Eva She’s doing well as our chief social guard She barks at any potential tresspaser She barks at everything out in the yard Splendid Isolation I don't need no one Splendid Isolation
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Day 39: I’ll never take social closeness for granted I miss the crowds at my old Fenway Pah-ahhk Sweet Caroline in the eighth we’ll be singing Boxseats with Dad, Ellen, Susan and Mark Splendid Isolation I don't need no one Splendid Isolation
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I miss my friends, father, siblings and family I miss my nieces even Johnnie too Well maybe not Johnnie as much as the others. Johnnies okay but, so is poo Splendid Isolation I don't need no one Splendid Isolation
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Day 37 I want to be in the bleachers at Fenway An ice cold Sam cheering out in the sun Of course is snowed yesterday here in Boston I’m watching class-ic baseball for fun Splendid Isolation I don't need no one Splendid Isolation
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Some guy named Steve pod-casting from Boston Got Doctor Who and the great Alton Brown I’m reading tomes, novels, e-books ‘bout science I’m living large but I’m staying in town. Splendid Isolation I don't need no one Splendid Isolation
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The first episode of a podcast from the pandemic. It's splendid.
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Sometimes you have to do stuff that sucks.
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Recorded in Launching Place on Prince Edward Island, a beautiful part of the world where the Walkers came to live.

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Indiana Jones Walker was my best friend.

A lemon beagle born on March 28th, 2009 in Swansea MA to Joey and Willow, Indy lived a great life and was deeply loved by his family: Lynn, Eva and Steve.

Indy enjoyed meatballs, sniffing for bunnies, playing “Chase-me Chasey” and “The Grrrr Game”, going for “walks” (i.e. dragging Steve around hunting for bunnies), howling at the neighbors, sleeping on his back, ripping the squeaker out of every toy he ever owned and watching our beloved Red Sox.

He was a good boy.

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The 14th Anniversary Episode of Phedippidations

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One the best friends I've ever had is sick.  I'm going to spend the summer making his life awesome.

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A Burns Supper is a remarkable event, and one that I highly recommend you attend. The poetry of the Plowmen Bard is romantic, sentimental, lustful, honest, satirical, humorous and authentic for the 1780’s in which he wrote through now and forever.

 

On the next January 25th, if you can find a Burns Supper being hosted near you: I highly recommend that attend. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the life of the Ploughman Bard.

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Just a quick catch up here to let you know I'm here and livin' large.

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With thanks to The Pogues and Kristy MacColl. 

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Tim Doiron was one of the first fellow runners and listener to this podcast who I actually ran with in person. 

Here was a guy who knew pretty much everything about me: a natural by-product of the new podcasting phenomenon, and our friendship went on from there: running races together, running Mojo Loco’s, and attending baseball games here in in the city of Wooostah.

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They found something. It made for a bad weekend.

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Checking in, as I am want to do, after some time.

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To quote Judy Collins:

 

“Isn't it rich?

Are we a pair?

Me here at last on the ground,

You in mid-air,

Where are the clowns?

There ought to be clowns”

 

On behalf of my Dad and the woman who gave my siblings and I life, who in turn gave life to her grandchildren…We want to thank you with all of our hearts for being here today.

 

I’m Stephen John, Loretta’s first child and like you, I will always miss her.

 

But then there’s this weird thing, and I know my Mom was keenly aware of this: “the phenomenon of living on in your progeny”

 

Her influence, taste, opinion, knowledge, philosophy, story and voice…will continue to live on within us.

 

My Mom, or “Ra Ra” as her grandchildren call her, was always good at remembering special days with a card. Every year on Ellen’s birthday (December 25th) she’d write “you’re still my best Christmas present ever!” on her birthday card…and so on Christmas Day, 2009 when Ellen broke the news that she was pregnant with the twins giving my Mom a framed print of the ultrasound: Mom squealed loudly with joy and said “Ellen, If you EVER need ANY help with the kids, I mean ANYTHING just let me know…I’ll send Dad over.”

 

I used to joke with her that she was the curator of “Cliche Hell”…because she would always have just the right hackneyed phrase of wit to underscore the situation.

 

If something went wrong she’d say: “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”

 

If you were feeling pressure or tension she’d say: “Stressed spelled backwards is dessert”

 

If you listen very carefully you can still hear her now: “Stephen”, she’ll say:

 

SUSAN: “Those of you who think you know so much are very annoying to those of us who do”.

 

See what I mean? She had a knack for comic delivery.

 

My Mom, Loretta: is obviously still with us: she has influenced and metaphorically touched us in ways that we can’t understand at the momement.

 

You may have heard some of us use the phrase “Tri-si-so”.  It’s a term of endearment of which I am the author ,but there’s an element of body language associated with it you may not know about. When I was a child, before developing this amazing skill of speech, my Mom would ask: “Stephen, how much do you love me?” to which I’d respond, arms open wide “Tri-Si-So”.  It means “This much: With all my heart”.

 

 

 

You want to experience my Mom’s presence? That’s easy: just spend some time with her children.

 

Ellen will demonstrate her strength,

Susan will demonstrate her love of friends and family,

Mark will demonstrate his kindness to creatures great and small.

Her grandchildren will demonstrate her love of adventure, stories and giving.

 

And I, I can tell you of her compassion, it wasn’t just “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” kind of compassion…she was more of a “be kind to others” kinda person. She always voted for the party of “do no harm”: JFK, RFK, Carter, Clinton, and Obama: you’re welcome…she even voted with compassion.

 

Whenever we had a problem... Moms solution was always to follow the path of kindness.

 

My Mom, Loretta, was a big beliver in authenticty: she taught her children and grandchildren to embrace the experiences of life, to cherish the arts of theatre, music, food, and the epic shouts and laughter of an Italian Family Dinner.

 

She traveled the world and encouraged us to do the same…not just to see the world, but to taste, hear, smell and feel it.  She wanted us to experience the world fully and authentically. 

 

Mom and Dad didn’t just visit Italy, They emersed themselves in it, savoring the land of her ancestors.

 

Last Thursday I asked my Dad go to Fenway with me for game one of the ALCS. He didn’t want to leave Mom alone, of course. She died holding his hand. “Don’t leave me” she said, her last words in life. As you’d expect: He didn’t.

 

When my siblings, neices and nephews were children, my Mom would read to us and encouraged us to do so as well. Mom is why her children and grandchildren have always loved to read…except maybe for Johnny, because: well…he’s Johnny.

 

“The Giving Tree”, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”, “Strega Nona” and of course Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” were some of her favorites.

 

In a special scene near the end of the book, it’s been a year since The Little Prince had left his planet, and he was going home.  Saint-Exupery writes:

 

“…And at night you will look up at the stars.

Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found.

It is better, like that.

My star will be just one of the stars for you.

And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens…they will all be your friends. And besides I am going to make you a present…

 

He laughed again.

 

“Ah, little Prince, dear little prince! I love to hear that laughter!”.

 

“That is my present.  Just that…It will be as it was when we drank the water…”

 

“What are you trying to say?”

 

“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people.

For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. 

For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky.

For others, who are scholars, they are problems. 

For my businessmen they were wealth. 

But all these stars are silent.

You - you alone - will have the stars as no one else has them -“

 

“What are you trying to say?”

 

In one of those stars I shall be living.

In one of them I shall be laughing.

And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night.

You - only you - will have stars that can laugh”.

 

I think that’s what my Mom was trying to tell us all these years:

 

Enjoy simply

Feel deeply

Think freely

Dance as though no one is watching

Love as though you’ve never been hurt before

Sing as though no one can hear you

Live well

Laugh often

Love much

and be kind.

 

I love you Mom, Tree-si-so with all my heart. 

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Health, SCJ and other stuff.  This is me checking in. Be happy.

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This is the most important election in the history of 'Merica.  You really need to vote this time: and I have a suggestion as to how.

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In these troublesome times for our Country and World, you should know that there is a dude.  A dude who asks only for the occasional adult beverage, a dude who does mind, the Dude minds. “This will not stand”, he’ll say, “ya know, this aggression will not stand man.”

Mike is the dude, so that’s what you call him. That or His Dudeness of Duder or El Duderino if your not into the whole brevity thing.  Above all, the Dude Abides: and you should find comfort in that.

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Friends, fellow runners…thinkers all of you, I am honored yet a little squeamish to introduce my pal: Mike.

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It's not the kind of place to raise a kid, in fact it's HOT as hell.

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A great circle on the celestial sphere.

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There Outer Space, Inner Space, No Space and HEAD SPACE.

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J. Robert Oppenheimer reflects on the moment that the first atomic bomb exploded. Nice one Bobby. 

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Where is the center of the Universe?  I've got a better question.

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Take this episode out with you between 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM if you're in the northern hemisphere of the Planet Earth and look to the South.  I wanna show you something cool.

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"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
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Look, in the sky...it's a bird, it's a plane, it's THE ORB!

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This planet, Earth, is all we have.

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You might want to adjust your Fitbit buddy: you traveled much further that you think.

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The Solstice is a time to be mindful.  

It’s about being present, but not about stopping time

It’s about savoring the present without thinking or feeling about it
 
It’s about acknowledging all the emails, text messages, tweets, updates, news flashes, alerts, alarms and distractions without engaging with them for a few minutes
 
It’s about learning how to interact with the universe around us in a focused, meaningful, thoughtful way.
 
We’re standing or sitting or laying down on a planet that is orbiting around it’s axis once a day, and orbits a star every year and rises and falls up and down along the plane of a universe every 125 million years that has spinning away from the galactic center 
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Happy Summer Solstice.  This is the first of a 30 day series of short podcasts that I'm calling "Intervals Post Solstice".  In today's episode I talk about the solstice itself.

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This is my father. Glenn Francis Walker, son of Pius Alexander Walker and Helena Viola MacDonald, my Grampa and Nana.

Grampa was the son of Angus B. Walker and Theresa Morrison, my great grandparents, 

Angus was the son of Peter Walker and Mary MacDonald, my great great grandparents.

Peter was the son of Angus Walker who married  Sara McPhee on February 9th, 1846 at Saint Micheals Roman Catholic Church on Prince Edward Island, Canada: my great, great, great grandparents.

I’m sure that my ancestors beyond Grampa were great. But my Dad?  Glenn Francis Walker, whose birth certificate from Boston Lying-In Hospital in Boston Massachusetts certified that Francis Glenn Walker, weighing 8 pounds 3 ops was born at 2:19 PM on May 25th, 1937…my Dad, he’s the greatest.

I love you tree-tri-so Dad. Happy Fathers Day.

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carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

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Anthony Bourdain was found dead today, and the world is a little less cool because of it.

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My nephew Johnny is my first "guest" on this new format of the podcast Phedippidations.  As I move closer to my 13th year of podcasting, it's time to get back to the roots of this "show".  Johnny was my absolute last choice to embark on this new venture. We're all doomed.

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I went to "THE BOOK OF FACES" lately, where I have a Phedippidations Facebook pagey-thing, and I asked for advice with a creative block I've been suffering.  Also, I talk about transcendental meditation vs mindful meditation as if I even know what I'm talking about (hint: I don't).

https://www.facebook.com/steverunnerblog

 

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A great book that I'm reading is "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari.  I highly recommend this great book about the history of mankind.  Also, I contemplate (not meditate) on the benefits that guided meditation has brought me.

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In response to a very thoughtful email from fellow runner Rick, I present for you my response.  We agree on most things, disagree on others...but we're NOT "disagreeable" with each other.  There's a lesson in this for the rest of 'Merica.

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In this episode of Intervals, I PROMISE you that I'm working on a new episode of Phedippidations!  A big CONGRATS to the runners of the Boston Marathon and my efforts to drink more water and getting off the pills!

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I've been using this app; and I think it's pretty cool.

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In the early 1980’s George Sheehan would give an oration to a packed auditorium at the Health and Fitness Expo a day before the Boston Marathon.  What you’re about to hear is one of those speeches. 

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First a response to fellow runner Roy, who points out that "No one ever in the history of the world finished a run and regretted having set out".  Also, I talk about a Facebook post that a bunch of family and friends completely misunderstood.

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I've got three things to talk about today.  The guns bit won't take long, as there's not much to say. The gadgets bit, takes a bit longer...because I loves me gadgets, and the goodbye to my friend Kevin...I'm going to miss that guy.

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Just seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death. FUCK the NRA.

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Being kind is something any of us can do, because we're "Bigger on the Inside".

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This is kind of a test of some new podcasting equipment and a quasi review of my new iPhone.

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As of 7:30 PM this evening (1/19/2018) I will have been alive for exactly 56 years.  Life is good.

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Happy New Year

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I've been thinking about my new years resolution alot lately.  Here's what I've come up with.

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