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My Best Triathlon Memory Over the Course of Three Decades

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So many races, so many places - and yet, when asked to name just one experience, my first triathlon came first to mind.


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.

The Candidates for President Should Be Inspired by my Own Run for Mayor of Tampa

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With candidates announcing for president, we should revisit a REAL campaign, my run for mayor in 2003.

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.


Putting A Bad Hair Day in Perspective

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The only thing that matters about stress, no matter the nature of it, is how you choose to respond to it. Don't make it worse - make it go away.


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.

Six Good Reasons for Choosing REAL Wellness and One Great Reason for Doing So

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There are so many good reasons for living so as to enjoy the best level of health and happiness, but one stands out.


Doubt and Skepticism Are Friends of Science and Antidotes to Supernaturalism, Religion and Other Forms of Wishful Thinking

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Some see little or no disconnect between science and religion. This is a case of faulty vision.


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.

Why Worksites Will Never Be Healthy Places Until Wellness Programming Commences to Promote Liberty at Work

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What other than life and the pursuit of happiness is more sacred to those who love freedom? Read what's missing at worksite wellness.

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


A REAL Wellness Assessment of Reason Versus Faith

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Where do you go for guidance? To religion, holy books or revelation in one form or other, or to science?


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

A Better Future for Worksite and All Other Wellness Programming: Shifting the Focus from Health to Quality of Life

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Honest inquiry requires the kind of wellbeing skills not on offer under the now oxymoronic phrase worksite wellness


Something's missing in worksite wellness and I think I know what it is. Wellness.

I Don't Believe Gods, I Don't Believe in Heaven But I Do Believe There Must Be a Hell for Lying Religious Zealots

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Don devotes his column this week to an FFRF account of devious Christian Right distortions Christians and others should know about.

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'

Keeping Things in Perspective: You Are Insignificant But Spectacular in a Fashion

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Appreciate your insignificance and you will be more likely to get what little happiness you can in this small world.

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.)

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