A 50 Minute 10K Running Book

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/I recently finished listening to the audiobook What I Talk About When I Talk About Runningby Haruki Murakami. I don’t know how to write a proper book review, nor do I actually care to know, to be honest. However, I thought I’d write my impressions of it for consideration of writing such a book myself, having been a runner for almost 25 years now, and not shy to writing collections of vignettes. I didn’t keep great notes during those years, not even racing stats, but I’ve just started a new phase of running where I am running differently, and have technology for it like never before in the form of a Garmin. So perhaps I can write that running book, a sequel to a book I had never written, with some flashbacks to what would have been in that prequel. That’s possible, is it not?

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Definition: Evidence Based Talk Therapy

Evidence-based Talk Therapy

Talk therapy based on proven methods of therapy.


The definition above talks about Evidence Based Therapy (EBT), in general, rather than the talk version of such proven methods of therapy in the TEDTalks Daily podcast below that talks about lay-counselor grandmothers trained to deliver such talk therapy.

CANABIS = cannabis from Canada

Canada is planning to legalize marijuana, also known as cannabis, in 2018. Among the many issues of concern is quality control, because if government will be selling it, there has to be some quality control standards. Those standards can be expected to be good, too! Canadian cannabis is going to be known for its quality!

So I thought why not just brand it? Since the two words Canada and cannabis start with the same sounding syllables, with slightly different spelling to make a portmanteau sort of pun from it, that works orally as well as written, why not?

Canabis would be cannabis from Canada with all its positive qualities!

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Shining Eyes and Never Say Anything That Couldn’t Stand as the Last Thing You Ever Say


Benjamin Zander, conductor

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Two new life philosophies from one talk…

Benjamin Zander is conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. he is the person who makes no sound but is most responsible for an orchestral performance, because he depends on his ability to make other people powerful for his power, to paraphrase him. In this delightful, funny, insightful and very moving and invigorating talk, he helps one appreciate classical music in a basic way everyone can relate to, not some technical way. Throughout, he inserts various insights, life stories and life philosophies that will touch you in profound ways.

Besides the conductor definition above, Benjamin talks about qualities of leadership, how music playing progresses from technical to artistic, the development of a music piece to create tension and release before bringing you home, how there’s no such thing as a tone deaf person, and a few life philosophies like the ones in the title. The “shining eyes” refer to how to judge your life success by the number of people’s eyes around you sparkling, created by you awakening possibilities in them. That is, using the question who are you being in life, that the eyes of those around you are not shining, as a check and motivation to be more to the world with your life.

You know, I was eating a large bowl of Vietnamese hot and sour soup I had made for supper while listening to this. I picked it out because I expected it to be a charming and funny talk with some insight, already a fan of classical music. However, I was laughing out loud quite a few times in the first two thirds of the talk, and then had my brains and heart blown out of their casings with the music, beauty and insights and stories of the last third. There were so many tears streaming down my face so quickly that by the end, I could taste the salt from my tears in my soup in a new recipe, apparently!

I don’t think I’m spoiling anything for you by telling you that story, but rather just preparing you for it if you so choose to watch the video. None of what I said made you cry, after all. What Benjamin will tell you, though, especially with regards to the title, will. He also gives one last practical piece of advice about not having to be perfect to uphold your philosophies, but just trying to “live into” those philosophies as best you can.

A two life philosophies talk! Meaning I have two new life philosophies because of it. Just amazing…

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 10.9

Most Likely To… The Evolution of a Facebook Tagging Meme

Note: Since this posting, I have evolved Facebook picture tagging memes on my own ideas far beyond this concept I saw. My ideas involve real world and life actions rather than just associating ideas. They are listed under the Action memes category, involving what I call Facebook 2.0 tagging memes.

The pictorial Facebook tagging memes that have been going around in many variations seems to have evolved into that common high school year book feature, the Most Likely To… page. I saw one just hours ago, but it was so poorly done (mostly due to almost unreadable small type) I went and created my own, text, picture compilation and all. Here’s how to get it:

  • Click on the picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends or let them tag themselves.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

In case you don’t recognize some of the people in my new version, they are as follows, left to right:

  • Top: Peyton Manning, Wangari Matthai, Osama bin Laden, Paris Hilton, Jet Li
  • Middle: Pamela Anderson, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey, the current Dalai Lama, Sue Johannson
  • Bottom: Claudia Schiffer, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates, Anna Nicole Smith, Barack Obama

You can Google these people if you want to know more about who they are, and maybe guess why I’ve put labeled each as such.