Author: Doug Ankerman

Fitness Bluff

Fitness Bluff

  You might know someone who is a fitness buff.  (You may even be one yourself!) But this is more of a fitness “bluff.” Let me explain. This typically inactive person I know began taking walks (kuddos!) on an infrequent basis.  Not every day but at least making an effort. It was a sputtering, hit-or-miss …

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Drawing A Blank

Drawing A Blank

  It has been nearly a month since I last posted anything on this raggy blog–and I have no excuses for my absense. No vacation.  No illness.  No dilemma. Just a lack of ideas, plain & simple. Maybe it’s the pressure I put on myself combing for the next ‘killer’ concept.  BOOM!–an idea so good …

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Club Rulz

Club Rulz

How does this keep happening? It’s the same mistake year after year. I have cancelled my membership countless times to no avail. Despite all my efforts I still received THIS in the mail…   Looks as though I’ll have multiple sclerosis yet another year.   At least through 2023 according to the card.     But …

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Cash Grab

Cash Grab

    Yes, tis the season! We are smack dab in the middle of cash grab season. That time of year when you hear from family & friends you never knew you had. Graduations.  Weddings.  Showers. Anywhere cake is being served–you are invited and expected to bring a gift (Cash mostly).   We get grad …

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Burned Out

Burned Out

  I feel burned out. Burned out in terms of multiple sclerosis, that is. And I don’t mean being dog-tired of the bummer symptoms.  We’re all in that way! I’m referring to the notion that maybe my MS has run its nasty course. The deed is done.  The worst is over so to speak. The …

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Hot Amish Lit

Hot Amish Lit

Books have been an escape my entire life.   A way to dream.  To plan.  To learn new things. As a kid I spent hours in the library, exploring endless topics including my favorite animals, sports heroes, even careers. Today I am much the same–I could get lost in a library.  So many subjects.  Books of …

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An Editorial: A.I.

An Editorial: A.I.

  Artificial intelligence, A.I., is here.  It is all around us, spreading faster than a world-wide virus in the 2020s. Machines, especially computer systems, are being programmed to simulate human intelligence processes…to mimic our speech, our thoughts, our writing, even our emotions. Innovative?  Yes.  Daunting?  You bet.  Snacks?  No thanks, I just ate.   With an …

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Back Scratch Fever

Back Scratch Fever

  There is nothing better than a good back scratch. Dig in with the right touch and I’ll sit there like a dozy Labrador (tongue hangs out just the same). But with me it doesn’t stop there. My back.  Neck.  Scalp.  Hands.  Shins.  Chest.  Armpits.  Head, shoulders, knees & toes.  Knees & toes.   With …

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Whose Shoes

Whose Shoes

Shoes are cool.  Shoes are fashionable.  But the cool, fashionable ones…are damn expensive. Which is why I’ve never had many shoes. Although I love’em, I’m too cheap to buy’em. That and my belief in you can only wear one pair at a time–so why own so many? Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philipines, …

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