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Fitness at Fifty

As many of us reach the half century mark in our lives, we find ourselves reflecting back on how far we have come, what we have accomplished, where we have been, and any regrets we may have.  One of the things that I do not regret which ranks up there next to my children, is keeping some level of fitness in my life.

Some may get to the mid point in their years, look in a full length mirror and feel unhappy about themselves.  Not having that youthful fit looking body can be a real bummer. It is difficult to maintain a physique of a twenty something through out the remainder of your life. We get jobs, get married, raise families and our body becomes the lower priority and we start to gain weight as our activity level drops and our diet gets out of hand as we eat and drink too much of things we shouldn’t be drinking too much of. If you know what I mean 😉

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The author on the eve of his 50th birthday.

Many feel it is too late to get fit as they reach a mid-point in
their life.  However, this is not the case.  Read the full story>>

In the waters of Boston Harbor, stands Georges Island.  This tiny patch of land is home to Fort Warren, long time protector of Boston since 1850.  It is no longer an active military installation, but legends of the past still linger.

Georges Island and Fort Warren in Boston Harbor
The Lady in Black is said to haunt the grounds of Fort Warren located on Georges Island in Boston Harbor

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The small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland lies in the narrow strip of the state between Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Just east of the town winds a small stream known as Antietam Creek bordered by farms. This patch of farmland would forever change when the Confederate and Union Armies clashed one September day in 1862. The Battle of Antietam became known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War with over twenty three thousand men dead or wounded in a single day and many those souls, still linger.

The Sunken Road or 'Bloody Lane' as it would later be known as at Antietam Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland
The Sunken Road or ‘Bloody Lane’ as it would later be known as at Antietam Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland

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In the late 1800’s, a man named Henry Wickenburg established a mining colony in the deserts of Arizona.  Originally a quartz mining site, gold was discovered and the colony grew into the thriving mining town of Vulture City with over five thousand people living in or around it’s midst.  However, Vulture City was not entirely peaceful.  

It is believed that spirits of dead miners haunt the remains of the gold mines at Vulture Mines, Arizona
It is believed that spirits of dead miners haunt the remains of the gold mines at Vulture Mines, Arizona


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Being up since 3:15 am and not being able to nap, in a moment of clarity sitting on my patio sipping coffee, I came up with this poem about my cats…

Little Fuzzy Kitty
Little Fuzzy Kitty

Little fuzzy kitten, with your furry paws,
Everytime I’m nice, you scratch me with your claws.

Little fuzzy kitten, you’re such a hairy bitch,
I really. miss my dog, maybe I should switch.

Little fuzzy kitten, you’re such a pain to me,
I should get a German Sheppard, maybe then you’d see.

 

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In August 1832, fifty-seven Irishmen were working on a difficult stretch of railroad near Philadelphia which became known as Duffy’s Cut. It was laborious work, cutting a railway right of way through dense wooded hills and valleys. A tragic event would ensue and some say that the ghosts of the Irishmen haunt the area where they met an untimely end.

The modern day "Duffy's Cut".  A portion of the rail line near Philadelphia, PA passing through Malvern where 57 Irish rail workers died suddenly in 1832.
The modern day “Duffy’s Cut”.  A portion of the rail line near Philadelphia, PA passing through Malvern where 57 Irish rail workers died suddenly in 1832.

Philip Duffy was hired to dig out a stretch of the Philadelphia to Columbia railroad just west of Philadelphia known as mile 59. This became known as Duffy’s Cut. It was rough terrain and he hired a band of Irishmen to layout the mile long piece of road bed.  The roadbed was eventually completed, but at a terrible price.  Read the full story>>

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