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There and Back Again: A father's tale

Dropped my daughter and her two friends Katie and Anna back at St. John's this past Sunday (Anna, Katie, Gabrielle L to R). All and all not a bad use of 15 hours. Gas outside of Annapolis was $1.72 while it remains above $2.00 here in Central New York at $2.09.

St. John's is one of the few remaining great books programs. They are reading the Greek classics right now and find quite a parallel to today's world politics. Having a firm footing in history makes it less likely to become hysterical in the face of adversity. I wish more journalists would go back and read up on the warring Greek city-states.
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New Location in Hamilton, NY

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New Clinton Office

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Fish oil - Yeah, you need it

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Lacrosse ends. We won - everything.

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Vitamin k


Fabulous and provocative article about vitamin K2 from the Weston Price Foundation. I'm trying it right now and it seems to have helped some tooth sensitivity I was experiencing. If you are having tooth problems like frequent cavities, I would take a long hard look at adding this vitamin.

Since the amount of vitamin K1 in typical diets is ten times greater than that of vitamin K2, researchers have tended to dismiss the contribution of K2 to nutritional status as insignificant. Yet over the last few years, a growing body of research is demonstrating that these two substances are not simply different forms of the same vitamin, but are better seen as two different vitamins: whereas K1 is preferentially used by the liver to activate blood clotting proteins, K2 is preferentially used by the other tissues to place calcium where it belongs, in the bones and teeth, and keep it out of where it does not belong, in the soft tissues. Acknowledging this research, the United States Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with researchers from Tufts University, finally determined the vitamin K2 contents of foods in the U.S. diet for the first time in 2006.

http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/vitamin-k2.html#three
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Lacrosse begins


Lacrosse season starts on Friday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get outside for our first practice. The weather up here in the Mohawk Valley is so different from Annapolis where I learned the game. At Hamilton, the first several weeks of practice tend to be indoors which leaves us hamstrung. It's hard to simulate a game played on a 120 yard field in the elements in a 40 yard field house with artificial lighting. But who cares! Spring is around the corner and with a little grit and elbow grease, we'll make another run at the national championship.

The photo is of Nicole Tetrault, one of our senior captains. She's strong, fast and when she sets her mind to it, unstoppable.
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Sweet sixteen and the bending of time


My youngest daughter, Jasmine, turned sixteen, last Saturday. It's amazing how fast the years go by. On one hand I barely remember not being her dad, on the other hand, it seems like yesterday that she was a toddler.

The experience of time is a fluid experience. We forget this since we began measuring time with a minute hand in 1475. In fact the first clocks were water driven so time was indeed fluid
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What causes lupus?


What causes lupus? Well. We don't really know. The general assumption is that the body's immune system has gone haywire has started attacking itself, but what if the immune system is doing the best it can. What if the body is trying it's best to eliminate the source of the problem? What if the real problem is underlying unresolved inflammation and eventually the body tries to eliminate the inflammation before a more serious and deadly disease takes advantage of the body's weakness.

If that's the case, then lupus sufferers should find significant relief if the cause of the inflammation can be identified and eliminated.

The photo is of Gulli's water basin. It freezes up overnight and we have to break it up and empty the ice before we refill it each morning. By the way, it holds 10 gallons of water!
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Gulli's tire swing


Well here is my first photo. It's out of focus, but is does have the richness, color and character that captures our old barn. The tire swing is suspended in the bull pen, home of Gulliver the bull. He uses it for entertainment, by batting it with his horns and to scratch his back. Most of the other photos were horrible. The camera could not handle the low morning light and I am not yet up to speed. I shot another roll this past Saturday, but lost the whole roll, when I thought the film had re-wound (it hadn't). Nothing like re-learning all the mistakes I made as a teenage photographer. Experience and knowledge are important, but there is also the day-to-day doingness of an activity which leads to ease, familiarity and eventually, in the case of photography, artistry.
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Photos on the way

Took pictures this morning. We'll see how well my Minolta handles the 15 degree weather here in Deansboro. I'm going to have to re-familiarize myself with the manual settings on the camera. Low light situation wreak havoc on the auto focus feature and by the time it's happy, the animals have moved! I hate waiting for the camera while it's trying to focus or decide whether or not to activate the flash.

I'll be dropping off the film to get developed and then transfered to a DVD. The whole process costs about $6. It's really a bargain. The only downside is the lack of instant gratification that a digital camera brings
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Let it snow!


The snow flies again and it's beginning to look like January. The temperature is still a bit above normal, which is in the upper 20's for Clinton, NY. We are still getting up into the mid to high thirties although we a back to dipping well below freezing at night. My old clients were right. Just about everybody coming in has or is getting over a cold. There is no substitute for experience!

On the technical side of things, I was hoping for a new digital camera from Santa, but he brought a heavy duty Milwaukee right angle drill instead. Can't do plumbing in an old house without it! So I decided to make use of what I have and use my old 35mm film camera and transfer the images to DVD and post them for you to enjoy. We'll see how rusty the old photography skill are
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Patients predict a wave of illness after record January thaw

Each one of my older clients today remarked that there would be a lot of illness after the record warm weather we were experiencing today. I'm not sure what the Chinese would say about the weather disrupting our internal energy balance, but I'm sure they had something to say. Keep your ecchinacia handy!
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January Thaw

Looks like weather patterns are back to what I remember as a boy. In Washington DC we always had a January thaw where the temperature would reach into the 60's and sometimes into the 70's. Today on Keyes Brook Farm in Deansboro we will be well into the 50's and are supposed to top out in the 60's tomorrow.

After that, no doubt it will be back to below freezing until March. I wonder if this thaw allows the early snows to melt slowly and replenish groundwater.
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