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Song Of Myself, XXIV by Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XXIV by Walt Whitman

This poem contains one of my favorite stanzas, "Unscrew the locks from the doors! / Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs! / Whoever degrades another degrades me, / And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."

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Song Of Myself, XVI by Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XVI by Walt Whitman

This poem is an essential read as American is broken apart by people who believe themselves to be better—superior even—than their fellow citizens, "I resist any thing better than my own diversity, / Breathe the air but leave plenty after me, / And am not stuck up, and am in my place."

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Song of Myself, XI by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, XI by Walt Whitman

One of Walt Whitman's most innocently sensual poems indeed.

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DC’s budget will end chronic homelessness for 615 individuals and 180 families

DC’s budget will end chronic homelessness for 615 individuals and 180 families

I just received this email from Miriam's Kitchen, the homeless kitchen I volunteered at for over a decade, as well as the home of The Way Home and they, have amazing new that I would love to share with you on their behalf.

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Song of Myself, V by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, V by Walt Whitman

"Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat," is one of my favorite lines of poetry.

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Sweet running loops from the PBC boathouse

Sweet running loops from the PBC boathouse

When I worked at New Media Strategies back from 2002-2006, belonged to a gym in the building in Rosslyn and would pop out at night for a loop run in the evening.

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“He’s blaming the Democrats” cartoon by David Sipress

Sometimes a daily cartoon from The New Yorker is so salient and timely and apropos that I need to share it.

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Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

While this short story is over 166-years-old, I find myself referencing this Melville classic almost every single day. It's even a current t-shirt meme. Here's the full text. If you love me, you should read this. If only to be in on the joke. "Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!"

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My proposed routes to commute to the Potomac Boat Club from Columbia Heights

My proposed routes to commute to the Potomac Boat Club from Columbia Heights

Like I proposed yesterday, I will try to spend a lot more time at the Potomac Boat Club boathouse in DC and I propose to get there and back on my Surly Steamroller. 

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I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

In memoriam on Memorial Day and in memory of the death of Walk Whitman 200 years ago, America's poet.

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My latest plan for getting fit fast

My latest plan for getting fit fast

At the end of the day, I want to scull on the Potomac every day in a single shell. Since I've been a member of the Potomac Boat Club, I've never been light enough to get into a boat.

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O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

On the 200th year of his death, Walt Whitman's most popularly famous poem.

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You can't beat an AmazonBasics cast iron kettlebell

You can't beat an AmazonBasics cast iron kettlebell

I'm the proud owner of a 35-pound cast iron kettlebell from Amazon's AmazonBasic line of products. It only cost me $36.51 delivered through Amazon Prime. Door-to-door, when similar kettlebells of similar quality but with powder-coating and premium brands, cost $109, delivered, for something that's 80% there.

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Cycling: Fri, 24 May 2019 20:14:46: Pentagon Bus Stop

Cycling: Fri, 24 May 2019 20:14:46: Pentagon Bus Stop

I wish I took photos and I wish I got more of the ride. I also forgot to turn off my GPS watch when I loaded my bike up at the Pentagon Bus Stop for the last 2 miles up the hill to my apartment, so I really wasn't going around at 40 miles per hour uphill, so sorry about that!

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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

To me, this is the most important poem ever written and shared with the world, more important to what it is to be an American than the Constitution, Bill of Rights, The Gettysburg Address, or even the Declaration of Independence. The I Have a Dream speech is this poem's brother.

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I was a college rower on a college crew

I was a college rower on a college crew

My Novice GW Crew coach, Stephen Weiss, was my idol. No matter how young and strong and cocky we young rowers were during training, Steve could take us. He could row faster, he could lift stronger, he could run further, he could sprint harder.

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My leather BAGGU bag

My leather BAGGU bag

I feel like my natural leather BAGGU bag that's very simple, super durable, so gorgeous and well-made, is one of my very favorite things, one of my most valued possessions.

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I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

On the celebration of the 200th anniversary of America's bard, here's to Walt Whitman, America's poet.

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Website Speed In a Nutshell

How important is web page speed? Studies all over the internet argue that page speed is the most essential part of building a successful website.

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And the swinging is easy . . . until the last set

And the swinging is easy . . . until the last set

I've really enjoyed working up to doing 90-seconds of light kettlebell swings every 30- to 60-minutes—between 50-60 swings-per-set.

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When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman

My top-4 poets are Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Galway Kinnell, and Sharon Olds; now, we're celebrating Walt Whitman's 200th anniversary as America's poet. This is really one of Whitman's most Washington, DC, pome.

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In the groove with 501 kettlebell swings

In the groove with 501 kettlebell swings

I think that maybe my Atlas Wristband2 ($40.79) might have counted one session twice but I erring on the side of being more badass. I will try to make sure I don't mess up the tracking anymore, but I am pretty happy with swinging the equivalent of 6,012 kilograms over the course of the day. Here are the sessions and the times.

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Three People Who Won the Biggest Powerball Jackpot

People love to dream of better and brighter days, that good luck will someday rain in buckets. With some stroke of luck, a few people wake up to a miracle.

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How Big is Facebook?

When it comes to social media networking sites, nothing comes even close to Facebook. It seems incredible to imagine that this online platform was only discovered less than 15 years ago. Launched in 2004 by Harvard students, Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook has gone on to become a daily fixture to billions of people all over the world.

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Finally on my way with my kettlebell swing habit starting with a 12kg

Finally on my way with my kettlebell swing habit starting with a 12kg

I have been saying that I am going to swing a kettlebell for 90-seconds every 60-minutes. Well, I actually started in earnest today but with a 12kg kettlebell instead of my 24kg bell, and every 30-minutes instead of every 60, as per the advice of Don Fitch in Get Fit, Get Fierce with Kettlebell Swings.

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Walking: Sat, 18 May 2019 17:55:26

Walking: Sat, 18 May 2019 17:55:26

Took a Saturday evening to mosey around South Arlington. Grabbed some espresso.

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Schlep: Wed, 15 May 2019 18:04:52

Schlep: Wed, 15 May 2019 18:04:52

Needed to return a Vornado fan to Amazon so schlepped it in a big Pac Design courier bag. Then came to Whole Foods for some prepared food.

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The best thing about an active lifestyle is adequate hydration

The best thing about an active lifestyle is adequate hydration

Working out has a very important side effect: craving water. Even on a commuter bike, there's space for a bottle.

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! I’m taking a breather to reconnect with you after a busy past six months.

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Returning to 90-second kettlebell swings every 60-minutes

Returning to 90-second kettlebell swings every 60-minutes

Back on May 4, 2016, I wrote I’m swinging a kettlebell for 90-seconds every 60-minutes, which was health and fitness advice I received from reading Get Fit, Get Fierce with Kettlebell Swings: Just 12 Minutes a Day to Lose Weight, Prevent Sitting Disease, Hone Your Body and Tone Your Booty! by Don Fitch.

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