Cure for Constipation

On the drive to pick up donuts (or doughnuts if you're fancy) I caught the tail end of The People's Pharmacy on NPR. Joe and Terry Graedon's guest this episode was Dr. Nicholas Shaheen. He was talking about Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection of the gut. One of the treatments of this infection is fecal bacteriotherapy... a poo transplant.*

At the end of the show, they asked Dr. Shaheen for any closing comments. He said that many people seek medical help for constipation. He suggests people walk more. Instead of driving to the pharmacy to spend money on something to get your plumbing working, he suggests walking around the block.

He suggested people walk more.

Sometimes, we look for big expensive fancy fixes for our problems.

Maybe there is another option staring us in the face.

Put on your shoes and go for a walk.

And take your kids, too.

* Yes, gross pre-breakfast topic. But you play the hand you're dealt.

Glowing Screen of Death

The British Journal of Sports Medicine recently published a study done by some clever folks at Harvard. They tested the sperm count of men - some of these men watch TV 20 hours a week and some of them exercise 15 hours a week. They discovered that the men who watched TV had a sperm count 44% lower than men who didn't watch TV. They also found (to their amazement, I'm sure) that men who exercise 15 hours a week had a sperm count 73% higher than the men who exercise less than 5 hours a week.

I'm no doctor, but let me deduce:

  • Televisions don't discharge a unique sperm killing deathray. Sitting on your butt in front of any screen for long stretches will have the same effect. 
  • Our hard-working ancestors were some potent dudes back in the pre- TV PC laptop PS3 smartphone days.
  • Men need to be outdoors more. Buy a bicycle and ride it.
  • If you ever want grandchildren - limit your boys screen time and increase their time outside playing.

I'd write more but I need to get away from this glowing screen of death.

We're Hunting Zombies

Something new happened last week. 

Three elementary school boys were running down the street, weaving between trees, ducking behind cars, and brandishing toy guns. 

When they reached our house they stopped and waved at my wife and sons. 

"We're hunting zombies!"

My wife told them good luck and promised to holler if she saw any. The boys ran off shouting, laughing, and hunting. We've lived here for four years and that is the first time we've seen anything like it - kids playing pretend. Using their imaginations.

If you have any zombie hunters hiding out in your house, release them this weekend and wish them Godspeed.

Issues with Reissues

In college, I liked the band The Postal Service.

They released one album, Give Up, ten years ago.
They recently rereleased it as a 10 Year anniversary edition.

My two issues with reissues:

1 - It's all about the Benjamins baby!

2 - Reissues are an announcement, "Hey everyone, the best is behind us. Haven't been able to do anything as awesome since that one so we'll just release our most famous ______ again."

But nostalgia grows stronger and stronger as I get older, so I'll buy it.  

Fear is the Mind-Killer

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear."
Frank Hebert - Dune, 1965

from the movie Dune - starring Captain Picard and Sting

Fear is debilitating. 

Fear kills a person's normally sane and reasonable brain and prevents it from taking a step towards something better. 

Fear says, 

"You aren't good enough."
"You are going to mess up."
"There is no going back."
"Everyone will think you are a fool."
"You'll run out of money and have to move in with your parents."

When a sane and reasonable person takes a moment to consider the situation with cool rationale, that reasonable person realizes that Fear is blowing things out of proportion. I can look at my life and see missed opportunities because I blew the negatives out of proportion and never tried to achieve my goal. Have you ever felt that way?

Remember when Josh talked about Sisu? Early in their lives, kids are fearless. At one time, you and I were fearless too. Then as we get older Fear showed up. Fear uses the idea of failure to keep us locked in a place we don't want to be. Tell Fear to shut up.

After all, there is something worse than failure - a life full of excuses, missed opportunities, and inaction.*

How can we prevent Fear from holding our kids back?


Encourage your kid to do the things they dream about. When they succeed, celebrate. When they fail, stand them up, dust them off, and encourage them to never stop. Don't let fear hold them back. 

Teach them to tell Fear to shut up.

*I'm talking about everyday things here. Like asking a girl out or applying for a job or writing a book.Failure at base jumping, skin diving, and running with the bulls have some pretty bad consequences...

Recommended viewing for you and your kids in the fight against Fear -- Little Giants

"You'll thank me tomorrow." - Kevin O'Shea

A Christmas Gift to Dads

Today's guest post is by MattMatt is happily married to Athena, his bride of over 5 years and they have 1 daughter, Makenna and a BABY on the way! Matt writes on his blog - Matt's Lid.

Christmas always stirs mental visions of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. The “Baby in the
Manger” is always center stage and, of course, Mary is the major performer in “The greatest
Story Ever Told.” But Joseph, in his supporting role, often seems somewhat neglected. Although
he was not the actual father of Jesus, he was Jesus’ earthly father figure. As such, Joseph was
and is, a very important character in “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

Joseph’s story can be a very special gift to Dads this Christmas. His brief appearance in scripture
is always connected with the heaviness of a Dad’s responsibilities… decisions concerning his
wife, provision for her, direction concerning the child and providing and protecting him. To
be the responsible head of a family is burdensome - to be responsible for protection, provision,
direction, and decision is not an easy load.

Joseph’s story proves that a just man – a good man’s steps – are ordered of the Lord (Psalms
27:33). At every point of decision and juncture, God guided this modest man so that he could
be a good dad and husband.

Joseph’s concern was all that was necessary for God’s response to guiding him. So be
encouraged, dads! If He did it for Joseph, the carpenter, He will do it for you!

Isn’t it awesome that as a father you share one of the titles God gave himself? He is not
interested in tarnishing that title, so I am sure He is anxious to give you a very special gift!

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5)

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Refrigerator Friends

Today I visited with Chris - a friend I haven't seen in a decade.

A decade.

I told my college Sunday school class that we'd be wrapping up early so I could go hang out with my buddy. I told them it had been 10 years since I had seen him and they stared at me. I quickly did the math and figured out that they were between 2nd and 4th grade a decade ago. Funnily, it doesn't feel like that long ago. One of the tricks of getting older, I guess.

While we were laughing and talking my friend's wife Carrie called us refrigerator friends. On the fridge in her parent's house there are photos and Christmas cards from people she has never met. She found out from her mom that those people were mom's college friends - some of the best friends her mother ever had.

Carrie was right; Chris and I are refrigerator friends. Chris is a great friend and I have sent him Christmas cards. She was also right because of how long it has been since we've seen each other. We live far apart. We both have lives. But...

Sitting there talking, I remembered how many of the funny (and awesome) things that happened to me during my college years involved him. Today's lunch was the most fun I've had in a long time.*

It's the holiday season - time to send off those Christmas cards to family and friends...and refrigerator friends. I know it's a busy time, especially with kids, but I hope you get a chance to reconnect with some of your refrigerator friends. I know that I have a truckload of them on my Facebook account.

*I went solo today because the ninos were illin'. I would've had an even better time if my wife and kids would have been there to meet Chris and Carrie.