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14 April 2021

 Song mood: (I’d Go The) Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric.  Just because I’m thinking of the movie Stranger Than Fiction, which I haven’t seen in a while.

I haven’t been watching as much television lately.  I read more.  I write more.  I’m learning Tai Chi.  I’m working on core strength and upper body strength.

When I walk the lake, I do my modified path so that I have more time to do other stuff.  Getting x amount of steps isn’t my real goal when I’m working on a few other things.  I’ve been having back problems after doing planking and push ups, so I may have to do modified push ups.

Currently I’m listening to Christine Falls by Benjamine Black, a Quirke Mystery.  Read by Timothy Dalton.  Who is my least favorite Bond, but is doing a great job with this audio program.  Just like in the movie, the character Andy is a terrible person.  When you watch him in the movie or read him in the book, you instantly think of how terrible he is and wonder why women fall for him.  Your creep o’meter goes off.  But the women think he is good looking and so croon over him, when the average reader wants him to get what’s coming to him.

I’m taking a BK Frantzis online Tai Chi program and I am amazed.  He does such an awesome job explaining things.  

A key concept he talks about at the beginning of the course is that our emotions are tied to our breath.  Something that I noticed when I had COVID.  I had shallow breaths and as a result I had some anxiety.  I noticed the anxiety and wondered what brought that on and then realized that I had really shallow breaths.  

In the course he has an exercise on how to relax the nerves.  He said that nerves tell the muscles what to do.  So if you relax the nerves, the muscles also relax.

The online course I’m doing, he is teaching Wu style short form Tai Chi.  I was expecting Yang short form.  But the concepts are the same.  I wondered about what would I do if the weather is bad, but then I can take any of the lessons and just work on that for fifteen minutes.

So yes, I am getting into this Tai Chi thing.  I’m learning to rehabilitate myself through martial arts, it’s a wonderful thing.

Currently I’m reading Maigret Sets a Trap by Georges Simenon.  I will start out with the four novels that were made into movies by Mr Bean.  Eventually, I will read all seventy five novels.  I’m going to use Simenon’s books as a reference guide for my mystery novels.

So, one thing at a time.  One small goal ahead of another.  I’m glad that I got back into Tai Chi.  I’m glad that I’m getting back into writing.  My breathing will be better.  And the next thing you know, it will be autumn again.  In winter, I will begin to make some decisions about my next big trip.


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