‘I never had stress’

“As far as I am concerned, stress is a manufactured thing,” Dr. Ellsworth Wareham told CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in 2015 as part of a Vital Signs special on blue zones.

Wareham was 100 years old at the time and still mowed his front yard.

“I never had stress,” said Wareham, a life-long Seventh-day Adventist. “I have a philosophy: You do the best you can. And the things you can’t do anything about, don’t give any thought to them.”

A heart surgeon by trade, Wareham assisted in surgeries until he was 95 years old, and told Gupta that he would still be able to operate at the age of 100.

Sandee LaMotte, What this sunny, religious town in California teaches us about living longer

Interview with Pete Townshend – NY Times

I have spent 55 years working in rock. I remain in familiar territory. I’ve always regarded the rock-star phenomenon with immense disdain. I’ve had my moments, which have been gloriously recorded and exalted — but brief — when I’ve felt: I’m going to try and do this job. I’m going to try to be a proper rock star. Then I would do it, and it wouldn’t work. I was counterfeit. There are very few people truly authentic to the cause: David Byrne. Mick Jagger. Neil Young. Joni Mitchell. Deborah Harry.

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Learning to Live on Your Own

the night’s drawing in on the city,
the manager picks up his phone,
everything seems such a pity,
learning to live on your own,
news travels fast down the wire,
breaks up before it hits home,
throw a rock n’ roll song on the fire,
learning to live on your own
in the half light of dawn,
you’ll wave (leave) this world of ours goodbye (behind),
please accept this message of my tears…
things that take minutes last for hours,
a plane crashes on its way home,
the company still feeds on our (your) power,
learning to live on your own
in the half light of dawn,
you’ll wave (leave) this world of ours goodbye (behind),
i can’t see a new star in the heavens,
i won’t (don’t) hear the tributes that they own,
throw a rock n’ roll song on the fire,
learning to live on your own

The Mekons, Rock and Roll

You Row, God Steers

I ask simply that throughout the day God place in me the best understanding of His will that I can have for that day, and that I be given the grace by which I may carry it out. As the day goes on, I can pause when facing situations that must be met and decisions that must be made, and renew the simple request: “Thy will, not mine, be done.”

I must always keep in mind that in every situation I am responsible for the effort and God is responsible for the outcome. I can “Let Go and Let God” by humbly repeating: “Thy will, not mine, be done.” Patience and persistence in seeking His will for me will free me from the pain of selfish expectations.

daily reflection

How to — Literally — Sound More Confident and Persuasive – The New York Times

“Every time we interact with someone, we’re trying to figure out how much they know about what they’re saying, how knowledgeable they are, how confident they seem,” said Jonah Berger, an associate professor of marketing at Wharton and a co-author of the study. “We found that these cues in particular” — the ones related to speaking volume — “made speakers seem more confident, which made them more persuasive overall.”

NY Times

Ray Manzarek interview. Fresh Air – July 6, 1998

Keyboard player and now record producer RAY MANZAREK, has written the new autobiography “Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors.”(Putnam Books) MANZAREK talks about his experience playing in one of the 1960’s most influential bands. The Doors disbanded after its lead singer Jim Morrison died in 1971. Since The Doors, MANZAREK has produced four albums for the punk rock band X and recorded several solo albums.

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AV Club’s 100 best movies of the 2010’s

A lot happened, in other words, over the back half of the 2010s. If there was a comfortable constant, it was that for all the changes to the cinema landscape, movies themselves still delivered. Without fail, people kept making good ones, in stubborn defiance of the bellyaching cliché that they never make ’em like they used to. Whether judged as a whole or as two five-year parts, the 2010s were a terrific decade for film; you just had to be willing to go looking for the best, and to look outside of an increasingly IP-obsessed studio system—not that the multiplex didn’t offer some gems of its own, including the movie you’ll find at the very top of The A.V. Club’s new list of the decade’s best.

AV Club

The 2010 decade – How will it be romanticized?

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That one summer when Pokémon Go was being played by everyone.

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I will never forget the sight of my neighbour clipping her iPhone to her dog’s collar and getting him to run around the yard for the steps.

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I am pre-cable TV. I think there will be a generation marked by post-cable TV.
And this – “Remember the olden days when you had to wait a WHOLE WEEK to watch the next episode of your favorite TV show???”

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This ‘golden age’ of comic book movies

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