I’m not sure if there is a wellness lesson, principle or even a moral to the story of my first triathlon, but just the same I thought I would share the tale with you, dear visitor to Trusted.MD.
Here is what I wrote in announcing my candidacy for mayor in 2003. It seems a good time to consider what might have been for Tampa, and could still be for the U.S. - if the citizens were to rise up and demand that I run for the highest office in the land.
Think of the stressors in the world - religious fanatics killing people at random thinking this will give them an orgy in Paradise, earthquakes, tornadoes, poverty, Ebola and other diseases including chronic conditions and old age debilitation - and you think YOU have issues. Get real - you are probably doing well. Best you shape up, appreciate your good fortune and be happy that you are, for now, a privileged character. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Polling suggests that nearly half the U.S. population and nearly all Republicans do not believe in evolution or climate change by human agency, both of which are considered settled science. Scientists and most educated secular Americans are concerned that a majority of our elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate are science - deniers.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. ~James Madison
main conclusion arrived at in this work, namely, that man is descended
from some lowly-organized form will, I regret to think, be highly
distasteful to many persons. But there can hardly be a doubt that we are
descended from barbarians.
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1851
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) of which I am a proud member today released a commentary by one of its attorney, Andrew L. Seidel, that amounts to fact checking on the Liberty Institute. It was entitled "Liberty Institute Awards FFRF a 'Blue Ribbon'
You probably remember reading that our sun is 10,000 times the size of the earth. No wonder the ancient Egyptians worshiped RA, the sun god. I can relate—of all the gods still out there, RA seems to shine brightest. (Yes, of course pun intended.)