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Seven Global Concepts

10 Jan

Seven Global Concepts…inspiration for the New Year?

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/amp/7-cultural-concepts-we-dont-have-in-the-us?__twitter_impression=true

By Starre Vartan Dec 30, 2014

Very thoughtful blog post, beautifully illustrated concepts

Friluftsliv              Norwegian being outside is good for mind and spirit

Shinrin-yoku       Japanese forest bathing

Hygge                      Denmark togetherness, coziness

Wabi-sabi              Japanese embracing imperfections

Kaizen                     Japanese continuous improvement

Gemutlichkeit     German means more than cozy (peak in winter)

Jugaad                   Hindi innovative fix (frugal)

I read about “forest bathing” in the American Way magazine (Dec 2016).  https://americanwaymagazine.com/woodland-cureThey claim 25 percent of the Japanese population walk in wooded areas. The author forecasts doctors writing a prescription to get outdoors…instead of blood pressure medication!

Being outdoors:  good for the mind and spirit…I think of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, understatement-walking the Appalachian Trail. This same article refers to wabi-sabi which finds beauty imperfections. (Growing up, we called it “character”.)

The Kaizen concept is familiar to me thru my career in manufacturing. I like the “jugaad” notion. Many times that comes up when you least expect it trying to extend the life of clothing, furnishings, appliances, etc.  https://www.graphicproducts.com/articles/what-is-kaizen/

Explore the links included.  Great information.  Happy New Year!

 

Friday Photos: A Walk in the Park

10 Mar

Yesterday, Turkey Run State Park

Suspension bridge

Bridge

 

 

 

 

Friends and family

Friday photos: Walk in Suburban Woods

2 Dec

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Up

Up

Down

Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Photos: I Ching No. 24 Return

20 May
Let's go!

Let’s go!

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Let’s go again!

These photos were taken back in the day when I used film.  It was joyful to have “Alex” my German Shepard/Husky return!  He was never off a leash in town, so it seemed risky in the country.  My regret is that we did not have a sled and a team to run with.  😦

Alternative workout

23 Mar

My exercises of choice include 5K walking, yoga classes and swimming laps.  I wrote a post about the Automattic’s Worldwide 5K Event September 23rd last year.  I’m looking forward to doing another one this year.

Opportunities to stretch oneself come along….like relocating firewood to help open space in a barn for more hay storage.  The subject firewood was very neatly stacked at the point where it was cut.

From here

From here

This stack was originally small, long, straight trees used for poles to hang tobacco plants to dry.  (The hay barn was originally a tobacco barn.)  Long out of use, the poles were cut into firewood.  The problem is this is about a quarter-mile from where it would ultimately be used.  Now, this is where my alternative workout comes in.

Load 1

Load 1

Load 2

Load 2

Load 4

Load 4

My estimation is there were 45 wheel barrel loads times two with about 66# per load.  First to load the end of the truck at the hay barn and the second to unload at the former dairy barn.  This is one row deep on the truck with the goal to stay within an ergonomic zone for reach (which did not apply to the start and finish stacks).  So, where am I going with this?

Stowed at point of use for Dad

Stowed at point of use for Dad, 85 years young

Stowed front

Stowed front

Stowed back

Stowed back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad is ready for next winter with wood at point of use, stowed under a 4′ x 8′ workbench.  Yes, there was an overflow.  Fun estimates:  density of this wood=30#/cu.ft and 100 cu. ft of storage makes for 3000#s or 1.5 tons!  That concludes the story of my alternative workout.

Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2013

23 Sep

Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2013.

This Sunday September 29th…

Requesting location:  Avon, IN USA

Elizabeth finished another  5K

Elizabeth finished another 5K

My preferred and most frequent route winds through 4 subdivisions Rudgate, Forrest Commons North, Sheffield and Forrest Knoll.

Start and Finish Line

Start and Finish Line

My start and finish line leads from and to my front door.

I use the Endomondo app to track and record my effort.

This time last year, I completed my first 5K event benefiting Sheltering Wings and followed up with a benefit for Wheeler Mission called the Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving Day.  Having a virtual, global 5K event is a great idea.  Thanks Automattics!