Everybody Was Tai Chi … well, not fightin’ … more exercisin’ and relievin’ stress slowly … Whoa whoa oh-oh

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Okay, so day 2 at the Wellness Center went as well as day 1 (archery).

Monday, I tried Tai Chi, which I’d been wanting to try for several years. 

I’ve dabbled in martial arts several times, but what intrigues me about Tai Chi is how many elderly people perform its forms every day, and how those forms keep them strong and flexible.

When I was younger, I was always over interested in the self defense side of any martial art I took. 

But now I have a different enemies list: osteoporosis, heart disease, lack of flexibility, inability to get down on the floor and play with.my daughter, hip fractures and other immobilizing injuries, etc.

None of these have struck me yet, but I’m only 42, and all of them loom.

So I’m excited to learn an art that can carry me into my seventies or eighties … or even beyond.

And just in case anybody didn’t get the title:

 https://youtu.be/jhUkGIsKvn0

Bullseye! Exercise Part 1: Archery Class

One of my goals this year is to become more active, so I joined our Wellness Center.

That gave me the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid: learn archery.

I remember reading a book my great-grandfather had, a version of the Robin Hood story. I don’t recall its title or author (Grandpa passed away when I was 8 years old, in 1983) or much else except its ending:

Maid Marian had died some time before, and Robin was dying (from age or a wound or a broken heart I can’t recall) too. He told his friends, “bury me where my arrow lands,” and fired an arrow into the sky.

The arrow landed in the ground right beside Marian’s grave.

That was simultaneously the greatest shot and the most romantic thing I had ever seen, heard, or read.

I think that’s when I started wanting to learn the bow. 

Then, of course, I saw this gem:


… and I was even more hooked.

Anyway, that’s really my bullseye up there in the picture. It’s the only one out of probably 60 shots (and we won’t talk about how many missed the target altogether), but I’m proud of it. 

I’m more proud of the way my shots improved over the course of the session. I’m learning! 

Also, everybody in the class is super friendly and supportive. Thanks to Sarah for taking and emailing me the picture. I’d left my phone in my car.

And archery is a great workout for a beginner like me. Sure, I’m a bit sore from pulling back that bowstring so many times, but it’s nothing painful. It’s more like a reminder of the fun I had in archery class.

Jumping into something like Zumba or even yoga always made me feel ragged, discouraged, and occasionally even hurt. This, I think, was a much wiser choice. And besides:

New Year’s Resolution: Self-Care

Most New Year’s resolutions are about things we will do, things we will ask of ourselves.

But I am tired of pouring from an empty pitcher. 

My utter neglect of good and proper self care has negatively impacted me, my wife, and even my daughter, and it is time to fix that.

This is the year. This is the time.

I’ve been doing a good bit of research into self care,  and I’ve come up with some plans for different areas of my life.

I’ll be writing an ongoing series about my efforts this year. 

But for now, this is my public declaration. I will  take better care of myself,  starting now.

Anna Kendrick for Squirrel Girl? No! Barb from Stranger Things! 

That is Squirrel Girl (obviously, Marvel Comics owns that image) 


This is Anna Kendrick. See any differences? Better question: see any similarities? 

Female superheroes almost all have the same body type, which is basically the Hollywood actress body type (plus ridiculously inflated breasts, a lot of the time). 

So why are they taking about taking one of the very few who doesn’t fit this oversexualized mold and thinwashing her?

I like Anna Kendrick. She’s hilarious on screen and seems like a genuinely good person on and off screen.  But she’s 10 years older and 10 dress sizes smaller than Squirrel Girl.

I wouldn’t want her to play a trans character or a non-white character either. There are actual trans actresses and women of color who could play those parts. 

There is an actress out there who’s got great comic timing,  and who looks just like Squirrel Girl: Shannon Purser, aka Barb from  Stranger Things. 

And she has even said she wants to play Squirrel Girl!

That said, Anna Kendrick would make a great Spider-Woman, or even better, (with a little cgi help) Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. Both characters are witty, smart, complex, and more of her age and size  

Hollywood, are you listening?