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In a study published in September, researchers from Ohio State University found that out of more than two dozen athletes from the university who tested positive for COVID-19, 30% had cellular heart damage and 15% showed signs of heart inflammation caused by a condition known as myocarditis. More.

Monday, 12/28/20

Yes, Walking Is Sometimes Faster than Running Uphill

Fess up, guys, what movie made you cry? …If not tears, at least make you choke up a bit.

As did Bob Dole’s memoir, One’s Soldier’s Story, a Christmas present, read in one day. Preview. It was a miracle he survived his injuries, overcame the internal injuries and pain, and achieved what he did. Now 97 years old. …Two years ago. Bob Dole salutes George HW Bush’s casket

Christmas Eve

99 Good News Stories From 2020 You Probably Didn’t Hear About

You’ve Heard of Forest Bathing but How About Forest Bach-ing?


Bill Gates: 5 good books for a lousy year …The Larson book was on my list, and I neglected to include Range.

As of 2018, Gates has saved 122 million lives. …You/Don?


The younger (John Quincy) Adams abstained from pleasures as resolutely as from vices. He rose hours before the sun to read the Bible – in Greek, German, French, or occasionally English. He walked for exercise and knew exactly how far he traveled, having measured his stride to the toenail’s breadth (two feet six and “eighty-eight one hundreds of an inch”). When weather allowed he swam, combining bath and constitutional in whatever pond, river, gulf, or ocean lay nearby. He preferred his own company to that of most other humans, and he wasn’t especially fond of himself. ~H.W. Brands’ Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

Book Lover

My mother was a primary teacher. My father was a book man. I’m a born reader. But reluctant to spread my passion for fear of boring or seeming too proud. More than ever before, this year my book affection (infection) became severe. Hence this partial list.

Old Age by Michael Kinsley
Filthy Shakespeare by Pauline Kiernan
Fathers and Sons by Alexander Waugh
Will This Do? by Auberon Waugh
Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
Walt Whitman by Jerome Loving
Jim Murray by Jim Murray
Bel Ami by Maupassant
Wildmen, Wobblies & Whistle Punks by Stewart Holbrook
Hayward Field: Legends and Legacies
The Patch by John McPhee
Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
Jonathon Swift: His Life and World… by Leo Damrosch
The Club: Johnson, Boswell… by Leo Damrosch
Samuel Johnson by John Wain
How The Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
Mysteries of the Middle Age by Thomas Cahill
A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (and everything else by Larson)
On the plain of snakes: a Mexican journey by Paul Theroux
O Pioneers by Willa Cather
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
One of Ours by Willa Cather
The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by Machado de Assis
Don Casmurro by Machado de Assis
Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
Emerson Among The Eccentrics by Carlos Baker

And lots of mysteries by Peter May, Arnaldur Indridason, C.J. Box, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, William Kent Kruger, John Sanford, Craig Johnson… And good friend Craig Leener

Thursday, 12/17/20

University of Oregon board of trustees to vote on 6-year, $27.3 million contract for Mario Cristobal …UO is currently running a huge deficit, perhaps as much as Cristobal’s proposed contract. …More.

Be kind

The Singular Achievement of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy …The movie is free on You Tube.

Saturday, 12/12/20

College sports has reported at least 6,629 virus cases. There are many more. …Is there a governor with the guts and sense to ban contact sports in these times? We can’t sit down for an inside and socially distanced cup of coffee, but…

Friday, 12/11/20

The Bulletin Board of Your Head

Thursday, 12/10/20

With respect, I doubt you’re this tough.