A black and white photograph from the right front of the USS Indianapolis. A US Navy warship that was sunk in the Pacific in World War II
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In the 1975 movie Jaws, Robert Shaw plays Quint, a crusty old fisherman who is hired to hunt down and kill a rogue great white shark that is terrorizing Amity Island.

One night on the hunt (after a few drinks) Quint shares the story of his time as a young…


A black Labrador retriever lying on grass. His mouth is open and his tongue is hanging out
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Writing fiction is hard — but the opportunities surround us.

When I write fiction I find it’s difficult to start but usually I’m pretty satisfied with the result. Sometimes I just pick a random object I see and try to build a story around it.

The tree in my neighbor’s…


A hand holding up a glass orb in front of a blurred landscape. The landscape viewable in the orb is inverted.
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Lately I’ve been learning about the concept of inversion. It’s an innovative way of thinking about solving a problem or reaching a goal.

Basically, it means that not only should we think of things to do to produce a desired outcome, we should also consider things to avoid that would…


The Achilles Heel of Wellness

Three kids sitting at a table in a pie eating contest with their hands behind their backs and pie on their faces. One is face down in the plate and the other two are looking at him.
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Many of us exercise regularly and generally eat well. However we are often frustrated by a lack of progress toward our health and fitness goals.

If you are like me, the persistent weakness in your effort towards better health is simple:

Pie Hole Management

Our ability to master what we…


I’ve rediscovered an oasis and it’s given me a much-needed physical and mental break.

Looking down a swim lane from behind the starting block.
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While I work to stay fit and healthy, the forces of father time are relentless in their effort to put barriers in my way. I’ve figured out a strategy which I describe in another essay: Dealing with the Shrinking Box. …


Black female relay runners passing the baton in a track and field race.
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Three Minutes

That seems to be the typical reading time for a Medium post according to my unscientific analysis. That’s about 300 to 400 words. This presents a challenge.

One minute posts are fine, some are excellent. But it’s difficult to provide any background or character development and still tell…


Maintaining Fitness as We Age

Senior couple in short sleeved shirts standing next to each other in a yoga pose with their hands together as in prayer.
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I’m nursing a forearm injury (how random is that?) from overdoing it in my free weight exercise routine. I’ve never given much thought to my forearms much less been concerned that they would get injured.

What this experience brought to mind is the fact that…


Embracing the Weirdness

Young man in a light color dress shirt leaning back against a wall in a hallway and talking off his glasses.
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I’ll admit it. I’m struggling with adjustment back to more normal life in these (hopefully) waning days of the pandemic.

After months on end of working from home, jigsaw puzzles, Zoom calls, and ordering groceries or take out online, we’re starting to return to our pre-pandemic routines…


A closed fist knocking on a light brown framed screen door in front of a red door.
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John’s knuckles stung as he rapped the metal frame of the storm door and stepped back a few paces.

It was a good idea to step back from the doors and even put one foot down off the porch onto the top step. …

Joel Ombry

Trying to figure it out by writing it down. Interested in politics, health and fitness, writing and personal development.

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