Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Getting My Healthy On

As my friends know, I always have something to say.  Here are my rainy day Wednesday musings.  Enjoy! – paerki

We Must Make Better Choices

Children are children, and the only difference that sets them apart is how their parents influence them – so, so true! I wouldn't say/write "most children" because that's a little heavy handed, and you need to back that up by posting additional articles, statistics, etc. You need to prove that point! Most people know how to eat well, they just don't practice what we/I preach, and there is a price to pay. We all pay a price for the person that doesn’t take care of their body by eating well and exercising (the latter is so important). That's why healthcare is in such a sad state. It's a little better with Obamacare, but it's not where it needs to be. You are what you eat. As I always say, effort is everything. You only have the one body, treat it well or suffer the consequences. It’s never too late to make better choices. In some cases, you may not be able to turn back the hands of time, but you can certainly control disease through mindfulness (proper nutrition, simple exercise – a daily walk is so beneficial), meditation, etc. Large or small, thick or thin – we are all beautiful. Take care of your body. Control it before it controls you.  (Reference: 10 Eating Rules French Children Know (But Most Americans Don't)


I appreciate this article.  Well done!  I relax myself by photographing the world around me – more importantly, my interactions with the world. Memories are key to a happier and healthier life. Relive them often to find more joy. It's the simple things that matter most.

A few favorites from the article: "Take your watch off, because the time is yours now – no rush. Turn off your phone and tablet for peace of mind. Walk leisurely, feel your steps, and enjoy the wind. Look at the trees and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Listen to the birds chirping and ignore your mental noise. Cook and eat together with your family. Play with your pet. Watch comedies to have a good laugh. Sleep early."  (Reference: 30 Simple Ways To Relax (Without Going On Vacation)

Healthy Food

I love and appreciate when people think of me. A friend sent me the following recipe (Mock Salmon Pate: Raw Vegetable Nut Pate) and I am anxious to try it, and soon. It looks and sounds yummy.  (Reference: Mock Salmon Pate – Raw Vegetable Nut Pate Recipe)

Some afternoon 'berry love'. Healthy makes it happen.  (Reference: Blackberry Facts: 10 Things You May Not Know About The Fruit)


The following deserves a repost.  I had written it four years ago.  Wow!  Time really does fly…

Like most, I hate hospitals. Just writing this statement makes me laugh because I work in healthcare. I sometimes think people who work in hospitals hate them more than those outside of the industry. For many, hospitals and illness add up to time off work with lost wages, popping pills to get better and thoughts of death and dying.

Just this past weekend I had to make a trip to the emergency room. What initially appeared to be an emergency was really an urgent care situation (and, yes, there is a difference). Emergency rooms have really changed. They are high tech, crowded and overpriced. Still, they are necessary for our survival. There are two things you can count on a sick person to say more than a few times in their lifetime: "Oh, God Help Me!" and "Take Me To The Emergency Room!"

I was lucky because I arrived with very little fanfare. It was calm and not very busy... Thank God! I was seen immediately because of my symptoms. I don’t mind sharing my experience because it is all too common. I was dehydrated and the signs were obvious, but the worst was shortness of breath. There are a number of reasons why people become dehydrated. My eight-mile walk the previous day in the hot sun and a few beers at a festival did not help. I had very little water. I should have known better because I’m a health nut. I am very good about eating well and exercising, but we all make mistakes.

So many of us take hydration for granted. Next to oxygen, water is the most important nutrient for our bodies, helping to keep it balanced and functioning. For those who don’t know, you can only survive three, maybe four days without water. Water makes up approximately 60% of the body in males and 50% in females. Blood is comprised of 80% water; muscle is 75% water, bone is 25% water and fat is 20% water. Notice that muscle tissue holds more water than fat; the leaner you are the more fluids you should consume.

Never underestimate the power of water. It plays a critical role in regulating your body temperature. In addition, it carries nutrients throughout your body, improving digestion and eliminating waste and toxins.

Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of dehydration. Even mild cases should be addressed. Dehydration leads to decreased energy levels, inability to concentrate and may prevent organs from functioning efficiently (particularly the kidneys). Other possible effects of dehydration are the body’s inability to cool itself, which can lead to heat exhaustion and possibly heat stroke, muscle fatigue and loss of coordination.

Put down the sodas and high fructose juice drinks, decrease you coffee intake and drink more water. If you really loathe water, add a slice of citrus. Water is awesome for the skin, helping to keep it plump and full, which helps reduce some of those fine lines and wrinkles. A quick fix for mild dehydration is Gatorade, but make sure it’s diluted with water, otherwise you’ll end up with diarrhea, which could exacerbate your dehydration. Need I say more?  (Reference: Why Staying Hydrated Could Change Your Life)

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.


Preserve Your Happiness (Aug 13, 2013): This is for you, because you need to hear these words again. Live life happy. Find your joy. Now more than ever, it’s time for people to reconnect with their inner self. Find your happy place, rejuvenating the total you – mind, body, soul and spirit. It’s a mandate... Continue Reading

Baltimore City (Maryland)

World AIDS Day (Dec 1, 2013): Many scientific advances have been made in HIV/AIDS treatment. There are laws to protect people living with HIV/AIDS, and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, there are still individuals who do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and... Continue Reading

Evergreen Museum & Library

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Baltimore Book Festival

A Culture Of Hate (Jan 9, 2011): Weekends fly by so quickly, or so it appears. However, this particular weekend seemed unusually long, and I think it had something to do with the gruesome events that took place on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. I am shocked by the horror that unfolded, a young man throwing his entire... Continue Reading

Station North Arts District

A 'Seagull' Of Memories (Mar 7, 2010): When I see gulls (known to many as seagulls), I think of the shoreline. I have wonderful childhood memories of playing in the sand in Ocean City; building sand castles, and coming back later in the day to watch the waves crash into my creativity, only to go back the next day to... Continue Reading

H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

God Worthy (Jan 15, 2013): This is your religion. Believe what I say. Ask no questions. So many were raised this way. Our heads were filled with a mishmash of information, controlling minds and for what? I would have appreciated learning more about all faiths, instead of being told – this is bad, and this bad, etc., but... Continue Reading
I love photographs! They have this amazing ability to tell stories of fun places, special moments, memorable events, and exciting places. They give us reason to pause and remember friends, family, coworkers and so many others. One photograph can conjure up a flood of memories taking us on a journey. They help us remember the past, enjoy the present and ponder the future.

On a cold and rainy day I love sitting in my living room with a roaring fire, a glass of wine, classical music playing in the background and my many photographs scattered about me. I love sifting through what I call my special collection, which refers to my favorites. They remind me of the saddest and happiest moments of my life. They remind me of challenges and overcoming.

My large collection of images are a testament to a life lived. Life happens all around us so it’s important to collect special memories, and what better way than with a photograph.

Edith Ann

Mind Body Green (Feb 6, 2014): To the haters, I feel so sad for you – mournful for your lack of empathy and understanding. No one is shoving anything down your throat. This is reality. What's wrong with this photo? This is life! For every photo shown of gay people kissing, there are millions and millions... Continue Reading

Peabody Institute

What Makes A Good Year (Dec 18, 2013): It’s that time of year when I take long walks alone to contemplate the past year. I guess you could say it’s my time to atone. What a year it has been! As I write this I’m wondering what makes a good year? I’ve never asked myself that question before... Continue Reading

Sherwood Gardens

Mural - Mural On The Wall (Mar 14, 2011): All are beautiful in my eyes, as they are striking masterpieces that enhance many communities, especially those challenged by poverty and abandonment. They fill in the gaps for neighborhoods lacking funding and manpower, providing just a bit of hope when... Continue Reading

Browns Orchards

The Human Condition (Jul 17, 2012): Words that are sufficiently crafted can leave a lasting impact on the world. It is good to keep in mind those words that will better help tell our story, ones that will represent us well for years to come. We must be clear in our purpose, concise in our action... Continue Reading

Patterson Park

Selfie (Jan 19, 2014): I was asked the following question by one of my Facebook friends… "I have to ask you this Paul, do you have a personal photographer who is with you constantly?" This question is worthy of a blog post, so here it goes. Enjoy! Good question, and one I am asked often enough and don't mind answering... Continue Reading

Charles Village Festival

Yielding To Signs (Mar 28, 2011): Sunday was the perfect day to be outdoors. The sky was a bright baby blue and absolutely stunning to look at, especially when it became the backdrop for seagulls and blackbirds, effortlessly soaring and plummeting in between wind gusts. It was magical, a hypnotic visual sensation... Continue Reading
There are many people in the world affected by disease. I never thought I would be one of the many. However, at any given time life can change. Mine did! There were many twists and turns, but I made it through and you can too. I am a Celiac on the move living life one meal at a time. Learn more about my life as a Celiac. Celiac Disease is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. In short, I have an allergy to gluten, and the treatment is a lifelong scrupulous avoidance of it.

No matter what, know this: You are never alone. There are people out there who’ve struggled, endured, made it through and are sharing their message of survival. No, they might not be at your side, but their spirit is out there in words, attempting to help others on their journey. Let’s all unite by sharing our individual stories, remedies for healthy living, food and recipes to keep us strong, and let’s find the laughter too because it can be some of the best medicine. Always remember, there is power in numbers. Check me out: A Celiac On The Move

Stony Run Trail

Thank You (Nov 3, 2013): It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In the background while standing waiting for a bus (as well as on the bus), and at the grocery store, I hear peoples’ musings about how they will spend their holiday. While many are frantically digesting... Continue Reading


You Are Beautiful! (Jul 17, 2013): I wish you could look into the mirror and see beyond your face, way past the surface to see more. More than what the world sees, more than what your friends see, more than I or even you can see. Forget what everything around you tells you to be. Be who... Continue Reading

Alpaca / Lama Farm

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BMA (Sculpture Garden)

Bittersweet (Sept 7, 2013): I’ve been estranged from my parents for close to 20 years, but yesterday I learned my father passed away. I sincerely hope he found joy in his advanced years – more importantly, peace. For those who mourn his passing, focus on the memories and the joy he brought to... Continue Reading

Jones Falls Trail

City Of The Silent (Mar 18, 2010): Underground in permanent stasis they speak no more. Many have departed this life, leaving behind a legacy for all to enjoy, cherish, honor and, with a little luck and ingenuity, replicate. For me, this quiet region of slumber still has a pulse, and you can feel it when you walk these... Continue Reading

Country Drive

A Happy Life Begins At Home (Apr 19, 2010): My home is very important to me. My life between these four walls of privacy I value like no other. It’s immeasurable, and absolutely priceless. It’s an oasis with a cocoon-like feeling, shielding me from the outside manipulative forces of violence and pollution. It allows... Continue Reading
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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