Category Archives: Adventure-Leisure-Sports

My Favorite Runs

After retiring from the US Army on 1 September 2016, I took a new job in Tennessee. My schedule prevented me from doing one of my favorite things, running, since 12 September. Today, however, I took a glorious 5-miler in … Continue reading

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Moving with Little Trace

My family loves the movie trilogy Lord of the Rings (LOTR), even though it has many unlikely moments. One of my favorite unlikely moments is in The Two Towers, when Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are tracking the orc pack carrying … Continue reading

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Soccer Tips from Coach Mark

I have coached soccer for school aged boys and girls for about three years and served as a sports medicine physician for a wide variety of sports for six years. Whether I am the team coach, the team doctor, or … Continue reading

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The Year in Music, Art, Literature and Drama History

16 Jan – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain (1605). 17 Jan – Popeye the Sailor, a comic character created … Continue reading

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Archery – Foundational Skills

Archery is a fine, fun and relaxing sport. During our courtship, Nancy and I would spend hours at the outdoor range just shooting, talking, and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature around. She would pack a lunch and the … Continue reading

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Medical Preparation for Humanitarian Missions

“Doctor, this will be a very long war if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in hospital with malaria and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease.” General Douglas MacArthur … Continue reading

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The Year in Adventure, Leisure, Sports and Travel History

14 Jan – Swiss guide Matthias Zurbriggen on a British expedition under Edward Fitzgerald made the first recorded ascent of Aconcagua, at 22,837 ft the highest mountain in South America, the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere (1897). 18 Jan … Continue reading

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Quotations – Aviation and Space

“There’s a historical milestone in the fact that our Apollo 11 landing on the moon took place a mere 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight.” Buzz Aldrin “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Martial Arts

My hands ached and my forearms were a little bloody as I gave the final bow to the master of our dojang in my test for the black belt. An odyssey that began as a second grader in karate class … Continue reading

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Tae Kwon Do Poomse

Tae Kwon Do is great for the body; providing exercise, increasing flexibility, and improving body control. Tae Kwon Do is also great for the mind; teaching discipline, enhancing concentration, and focusing goals. Because it is important to practice the forms … Continue reading

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