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Disclaimer: I think life coaches, health coaches, business coaches — the good ones anyway — are worth every penny they’re paid to help people feel good about themselves and what they are accomplishing. However, so many of them have the same thing in common. I’ll get to that in just a moment.

My wife is a health coach, and a pretty good one at that. She has a large clientele. She has made helping people find purpose in their health journey her mission. She has been blessed with a gift for relating to people. I applaud her for her work.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife was on a training with her team lead. I happened to walk into my wife’s office while the team lead was talking. …


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In case it’s not obvious, I’m definitely not a graphic artist. Nonetheless, it is an original.

For anyone over about the age of 9, undergoing a tonsillectomy can be a major ordeal. I’ve heard tales of adults who are essentially incapacitated by the procedure for a month or longer. Compare that to younger children, particularly those 5 and younger, who can bounce back in a few days, and be completely healed in under two weeks.

When my oldest daughter was 13 years old, she had to have her tonsils removed. We knew it would be a rough experience, but we had no idea how bad it was going to be.

The first day, before the intravenous pain killer had completely cleared her system, she seemed to do pretty well. Friends came. She laughed. She ate a little food with them. …


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I’m definitely not a hand/wrist model or a great graphic editor. But, this is an actual image of me wearing an Amazon Halo.

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Recently, I signed up to participate in the Amazon Halo’s early release program. According to Amazon’s website, the Amazon Halo is a “Health and Wellness Tracker” that can “measure body composition, activity, sleep, and tone of voice.”

Some people might use the term revolutionary to describe the device because it doesn’t have a face on which to view your vitals and it makes use of microphones to track your vocal inflections to see if it can accurately guess your mood.

As I am not trying to make any money with this rather lengthy article, I’m going to jump right to the conclusion. …


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A 1970s picture of three late heroes in my life: Vera Burton Pace, my paternal grandmother (left), Pamela Colclough Pace, my mother (center), and Delores Fern Brewster Colclough, my maternal grandmother (right).

A few days ago, one of my children practically insisted that we watch “Avengers: End Game”. Again. At this point, there are large segments of the movie I can quote. Sometimes in my sleeep.

I admit, I love a good superhero movie. There’s great escape watching beings with fantastic powers defeat other-worldly foes. A well-crafted movie offers many opportunities to suspend disbelief and get sucked into the drama and action.

It’s perhaps too easy, however, to lose ourselves in a world of make believe; where the “good team” always triumphs and all the heroes — well, most of them anyway — get to go home at the end of the day. …


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There are 9 major parts to a human eye: the Sclera (that’s the white part), the Cornea (a window, of sorts, that covers the iris and pupil), the Pupil (where the light gets in), the Iris (the eye’s shutter), the Lens (the part that focuses the light), the Retina(a ten-layer membrane of cells that detect light and transform it into electrical impulses), the Macula (part of the Retina that receives the light focused by the Lens), the Optic Disk (the entry point of the Optic Nerve into the eye) and the Optic Nerve (the part that carries the electrical signals to the brain). …


A small, blue suitcase with “I’m Going to Grandma’s” printed on the front.
A small, blue suitcase with “I’m Going to Grandma’s” printed on the front.
A suitcase given to me when I was 5 years old.

When I was 5 years old, my parents gave me the blue suitcase pictured above. As a 5-year old, it was a prized possession. We made a regular practice of staying with my mom’s sister — who never married nor had any children of her own — on weekends. Well into my teenage years, I used this little, blue suitcase to pack my clothes for the overnight stay with our favorite aunt. (I know, you’re not supposed to have favorites, but I spent orders of magnitude more time with this aunt than any other.)

Also well into my teenage years, I was passionate about animals. As a young boy I wanted to be a Zoologist — probably even before I could spell the word “zoo”. My parents subscribed to the Zoobooks magazine for me; a new issue would come every month. …


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Albert Einstein, arguably one of the most intelligent and creative thinkers of the last 200 years was born March 14, 1879. His theories of special and general relativity dramatically changed our view of the universe.

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 (interestingly, during a terrible lightning storm). Tesla invented the first alternating current (AC) motor and developed AC generation and transmission technology along with hundreds of other inventions (most of which he never benefitted from financially).

Just a few years before Tesla, Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847. Edison has been described as “America’s greatest inventor” with more than 1,000 patents in his name in the United States and scores more in other countries. …


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I love the smell of books, particularly old ones. There is something almost reverent about taking a well-worn book in my hands and leafing through its pages. There is also an excitement to opening a newly printed book for the first time and feeling the crispness of the pages.

I’m not a digital native. I’m old enough to remember when my dad purchased our very first Atari 400. He used to write computer games for K through 6 schools in the school district where he also worked as a teacher.

As technology has become ubiquitous in our lives, printed books have increased in value for me as a way to disconnect from it all. Even as I type this article, a tattered, old copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King sits on my desk next to my keyboard. I’m going to return to reading about the ride of the Rohirrim momentarily. …


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I have complete confidence in the aggregate wisdom of the. . .people, if they are given and made to understand the facts. The wisdom of the mass is always greater than the wisdom of the individual or of the group. . .The slow-moving, deliberate-thinking mass plods along over years down the Divinely appointed way. Led astray, then slowly, cumberously [sic] swing back to the right road, no matter what the toil or the sacrifice may be, and when they start to return, they crush whatever lies in their path. So has humanity come up through the ages. — J. …


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March 13, 2020.

Not a day most people in the United States are likely to forget soon. President Trump issued the “Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak” and in one giant stroke effectively shut down the nation.

Millions of “non-essential” workers returned to their homes, uncertain what the future held. Within a few weeks, new unemployment claims, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, were made.

Confusion. Anxiety. Depression. Panic. Excessive shopping for essentials — and non-essentials. Conflicting information from the media.

The 24-hour news cycle bombarded all of us. Relentlessly. COVID-19, an acronym that didn’t exist prior to mid-November 2019, was suddenly reaching nearly one in seven people across the globe daily; hourly. …

About

Aaron Pace

Married to my best friend. Father to five exuberant children. Fledgling entrepreneur. Writer. Software developer. Inventory management expert.

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