Monday, May 11, 2020

Kool Podcasts & Articles

                                        This is Oklahoma

Hiking Trails in Beavers Bend State Park :

9 Great places to go camping in Oklahoma :

Oklahoma mountain bike trails :

Best Road Biking Trails in Oklahoma :

Wake Boarding : A guide for beginners :

Oklahoma swimming holes :

Seven Great Oklahoma Fishing Destinations :

Zoos Waterparks Museums in Oklahoma :

Oklahoma is Dinosaur Country Fossils, Footprints, Digs :

15 best Oklahoma adrenaline images in 2020 :

Pet friendly things to do in Oklahoma :

24 Best Oklahoma Wineries :

                                       Health & Fitness

Extending Human Lifespan : richrollpodcast

Three Steps to become Immune to illness : schoolofgreatness

Broccoli Anti- Aging Fountain of Youth :

Sulforaphane ( Broccoli ) & it's effects on Cancer : foundmyfitness

Aging is a disease : Lewis Howes Schoolofgreatness

21Tips for weight loss that actually work : everydayhealth,com

Three Breathing Exercises & Techniques :

8 Reasons keeping a journal / Reach your goals :

The James Bond Shower :

7 Unexpected Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

          The benefits of hanging for strength & mobility

           Optimizing brain health for well-being, vitality & incredible physical 

GMOs, Glyphosate & Gut Health podcast Zach Bush M.D.

Betaine: The other Beet supplement strongerbyscience

Cardio for the man who hates cardio: The benefits of rucking artofmanliness

Podcast #314: Building better citizens through Rucking ; artofmanliness

What Causes Muscle Fatigue & How to Recover :

#1    Check out this latest interview at USA WATCHDOG with Jim Sinclair it's pure Gold!

#2    Tom Bilyeu's Impact Theory Podcast interviews Trevor Moawad, Mindset Expert.

#3   Chadd Wright Navy Seal and Ultra Runner speaks on the power of the spoken word as a tool, more surprising he speaks of adversity as a tool. Build a tool kit of Superpowers !

#4   Elon Musk like the rest of us only has 24 hrs. in a day he had to choose between building a new house or a rocketship to Mars. Caught between a rocketship and a homeplace. Just like the rest of us he puts on his spacesuit one leg at a time. Joe Rogan brings out his best !

Double your chances of success  James

1% Rule : Why a few people get most of the rewards in life :

                                   Outdoor Adventure

Colorado's 13ers Peak Bagging :

The Best Hike in every State

How to set up camp

Hamburger Grilling: How to Grill the Perfect Hamburger

       10 lessons I learned camping with my kids

10 Healthy BBQ Recipes for your next Outdoor Party

                       Minimalist In The Making

Becoming A Digital Minimalist : artofmanliness

Benefits of Gardening for Mental Health :

How to dry can beans & rice for 20 yr. shelf life :

The next big event you need to prepare for : urbanfarmercurtisstone

15 Easy Businesses To Start :

177 Cool DIY Projects For Preppers :

38 $ Store Ideas that won't break your budget : morningchores,com

8 Things I Stopped Buying : Iloveprosperity

Epicurean Homesteading : How to be self-sufficient:

                           Money For Na'Thin ( Hmmm....)

Zen Millioniares Secret to Creating Abundance : impacttheory

Getting Rich is Easy ( How to make Millions ) : Schoolofgreatness

5 Lessons To Think & Grow Rich Revealed : Lewis Howes

What the Hell is the Great Reset ? : dollarcollapse,com

                        Self-Help ( who you gonna call ? )

Hidden Dangers of Comparing Yourself  to Others : jamesclear,com

5 Top Anxiety Relieving Foods :

                            INSPIRE ( Fuel for the Fire )

Jocko Motivation GOOD : jockopodcast

IF : jockopodcast

The Best Gift I Ever Survived : stacykramer

                            AUDIO BOOKS

Mans Search for Meaning : Viktor Frankl

                   Woo ! Woo ! ( Things that go Bump in the Night )

Basement Office Ep. # 9 : World War II UFOs

Missing in Alaska Vicious Artic Mermaid : History

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Covid 19 vs Psalms 91 or Virus vs Verses

There is much in the news about the virus these days. I fear it will take center stage when in fact it could just be a side show to distract us. We watch because we want the truth not for entertainment, but to protect our families. Not unlike twitter we want it in 144 characters or less.(they now accept over 200) . The average being 33 characters.

The truth comes in 66. That's 66 books as in the Bible. The truth is the Bible specializes in immunity, from fear of death to fear of life and everything in between. You will find a book, chapter, or verse the deals with every condition under the sun.

Psalms 91 speaks to me about what we are currently facing on a global scale, I do not pretend to understand each of these verses, but I do intend to give it much thought, meditation, consideration, and prayer in the days to come. Call it what you like, but as verse 15 says
"He shall call upon me, and I will answer him"Ps.91:15

I fear quoting the Bible, because I fear misquoting the Bible so I took the Bibles advice and 
"Fear not for I am with you" Is.41:10

With those in power sworn to never let a serious crisis go to waste. The truth can be so well camouflaged REAL TREE would be proud. We have no choice, but to call on our superpower.
For protection and direction. Maybe God also never lets a serious crisis go to waste!

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him I will trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in the darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall come nigh thee.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most high, thy habitation;

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Thou shall tread apon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he halt set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble ; I will deliver, and honor him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."- Psalms 91 (KJV)

God does not so much takeaway a thing, as he takes away the fear of a thing "Fear not"

This is Papa Randy I am

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

I'm a self mad e man

But I don't like that piece of information to get out. I am told I'm a contrarian with a wide lazy streak and a narrow attention span, easily distracted by shiny new ideas. I expect great things from my children,and their children, for that matter everyone else around me.

All the while procuring a hall pass for myself. Yellow with age, it served me well, my children now suspect forgery. My shoot from the hip, ask questions later (or not) take no prisoners, leave every man behind, devil take the hindmost, parenting style was out of style.

Unpopular in the last century, my style is now used as an example in this century, a bad one! It has since fallen under criticism by the children, to put it mildly. At first I wrote off their murmuring as preadolescent whining. It was hard to ignore, but I succeeded for years. Then the unthinkable happened they learn't to talk. (imagine that).

I was fond of saying "I'm not here for the popularity contest." They assured me I wasn't in the front runners. Our relationship was strained. Being the self described Alpha Male that I am.
( Shouldn't you wait for others to call you that.) OK ! OK ! I was just planting the seed.

To my way of thinking if it ain't broke don't fix it, I was assured by those around me it's broke.
( Gee tell me how you really feel ). As the years rolled by the kids grew up and moved out. Me always the contrarian moved out then grew up.

So what to do ! How best to level up as they say. It stands to reason if I made this mess I can clean it up. Weeks turned to months, and months to years. I embarked on the heroes journey.
(I'm writing this so I get to be the hero funny how that works)

I self sequestered, same self to a remote cabin deep in the Kiamichi National Forest of Southeastern Oklahoma. A place trod only by the legendary Bigfoot, and a few hardy agro entrepreneurs. I too stalked the hills in search of answers.

Listening, listening, always listening. Ok! Ok! Just encase anybody ever read this.( Maybe the cabin is not as remote as that, maybe it's in a subdivision you know water, power, mail, and garbage service. Maybe it's right in the middle of Oklahoma's #1 destination Brokenbow lake and the adjoining Beaver's Bend state park. Maybe there is no Bigfoot (maybe he don't believe in you either) But I do have some shall I say, some very interesting neighbors. (I hope they don't read this).

Listening, I say and writing rambling missives, late into the night with disconnected themes( I wonder if there's a connection there). Where spelling and punctuation are treated like a second language, always good to know, but not completely necessary to get my point across.

Like a group of beer drinking dart players I have a celebration every time I even get close to the point I'm trying to make. Unfettered by the shackles of higher education. I jump back and forth like an olympian in training between the 1st- 2nd- and- 3rd person until exhausted. The rules of fine writing are -persona-non-grata-( an unwelcome foreigner).  Slowing the process down immensely.

Listening, hot, cold, wet, dry, cloudy, sunny, windy, still listening, but to what, I hiked those hills listening to audio books from the library and podcast on my I-phone. I was schooled in the 10x rule, the 5 second rule, the 80-20 rule. The Golden rule didn't even make the top ten New York Times best sellers list.

I was versed in meditation, mediation, and mindfulness. It was enough to make you (sigh) so I did. Psychology, Philosophy, Physiology, and Pharmacology. Each revolution of the legs, seeking revelation of the mind.

I even listened to a podcast of Deepak Chopra.( I think my Alpha Male seed just withered) No worries I didn't understand a word of it. Could that possibly be his real name, I wish I had thought of it first(Deepapa) all the good internet names are always taken.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote "Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences" consequences of my own making I might add. Maybe instead of feeling sorry for myself I should jut say I"m sorry. Could it be so easy! (who said it was easy) Yes that's it children I'm sorry!

I stand before now a changed man, after years of listening. I marvel at the amazing transformation and growth. My legs are much stronger now!

Now for some housekeeping to the person that commented "Papa Randy is crazy" Let me add two things. 1 it is my duty as blog moderator to correct your spelling, and add the punctuation your education left out! So as to clarify your intended meaning. 2 let me add "like a fox"so your comment now reads Papa Randy is crazy like a fox. There,There it's all better, your meaning is now clear, and as always thanks for the kind words.

For as a man thinketh in his heart so is he Proverbs 23:7 KJV

This is Papa Randy I am

Friday, February 21, 2020

10x RULE (will it work for you?)

Think back what it was like when you were a child and wanted to accomplish something, you went all in. Think riding a bike, or learning to swim. In the beginning there was fear, but the desire for a certain outcome overcame the fear, with action, which overcame the inertia.
(a tendency to do nothing or remain unchanged).

If you recall it was massive action, not a half hearted effort that allowed you to overcome gravity and move through this world in ways you had only dreamed of moments before. This is my best description of Grant Cardones 10x Rule. Child like in nature where desire of outcome
overrides all obstacles in it's path with massive action.

Umpteen years later like a heavy airplane the heavier (read older) we are the harder it is to get lift-off velocity. To overcome the inertia, which has set in over the years. This is where the 10x Rule comes in.

Can you really supersize your efforts, and will it supersize your results? I'm getting ahead of myself.

1- What  is the 10x Rule- It is based on Grants observation, that the most common cause of failure. Was the fact that we under estimate the amount of effort, energy, and time that will be needed to meet our goals. This has been my experience as well. When I have failed, it has been a failure in estimated effort, energy, or time allotted to succeed. By a factor of 10x!

2- Who will it work for- For those willing to reset the bar higher on their efforts, through massive action. None else need apply! Anybody looking for a short-cut needs to look elsewhere. On second thought 10x your actions will be a short-cut, it will get you to your goals faster. Agreed!

3-When to begin- Today that's just one reason to adopt 10x thinking save your money, exhaust your efforts, energy, and time then tomorrow begin again anew building on yesterdays successes and experiences.(no excuses to start).

4-Where to begin- Herman Conwell an American Baptist minster, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. Among his many accomplishments he was known for his lecture which became a book "Acres of Diamonds"which I highly recommend you read along with the "10xRule"

He presented his lecture over 6,152 times worldwide a feat in itself in the early 1900's. The point of his talk was to "dig for diamonds in your own backyard" an overlooked concept today as well as then. So where do you begin? Right where your at !(no excuses).

His lecture truly is a diamond and I believe it is in the public domain to be viewed on Gutenburg press. He didn't have air travel or the internet. He applied 10x effort, energy, and time to his purpose. 

5 -Why 10x your efforts- When failure is not an option and you have (chosen your purpose wisely) 10x massive action going forward will make success likely, and possibly unavoidable.

6-How to begin- We can easily see how Grants hard charging business tactics could spill over
into sports, but what about other areas of your life, family, relationships, health and wellness or even spiritual ----------- you fill in the blank !

Not convinced I propose you pick one area of your life to test the 10x Rule. I picked two because my favorite exercise is biting off more than I can chew.

1- I would like to 10x this Blog as Grant points out I have sorely under estimated what it takes  to make it succeed. I believe it to be a worthwhile pursuit. Worthy of massive action!

2- In his book Grant makes several observations that are worth the price alone. The average person reads less than one book per year. With the average C.E.O. reading about 60. Trust me this is not for entertainment(at least not what the average person finds entertaining).

I decided to 10x my book reading this being made possible by audio books. Because of the added opportunity listening provides. If you don't think this is reading get over it, I did. I can now READ while driving, working, walking, and in the evening when I want to limit screen time. "The 10x Rule" was my 1st audio book and I'am glad to say this "Old dog can learn new tricks" the added opportunity is limitless as are the benefits.

Grant goes on to say one of the biggest problems as a company and individuals have is obscurity. Not product, or service, nor personality, but simple fact we are unknown. Before our person or product can be rejected it must first be accepted. Before we quality issues or delivery issues.

We must first work to get on everybody's radar. This is job #1 so make sure your 10xing the right thing first bring yourself, product, service, or cause out of obscurity 1st and foremost. They can't talk about you if they don't know you, and if they are not talking about you, you are not making the desired impact.

With today's social media this is almost free, and a great place to flex those 10x muscles. Don't leave this card on table, play it every chance you get. In my own case as a blogger talent may be an issue, but obscurity is the biggest issue. With 10x action I improve both presents and my presentation, killing two birds with one stone.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the other half of 10x massive action, and that's 10x goal setting. Which will be an article of it's own.

Will all this work for you?
The harder you work!
The better it works!

This is Papa Randy I'am

Saturday, February 15, 2020

How not to lose 20lbs. again & again

Meeting your weight loss goals can be a mtn. top experience. Losing the weight only to regain it is akin to winning the battle but, losing the war. repeating this process again & again will knock you off the top into the valley and maybe into the pit. Let's get out of the rut that leads to the pit, otherwise known as Yo-Yo dieting. 

The question is how best is this accomplished. You may need some help, I did. In last weeks post Habit forming is Habit forming I felt I didn't do the subject justice. I have since discovered Liz Josefsberg her book Target 100 & her website Target 100 .com Liz is a health, wellness, and weight loss expert author of the previously mentioned best selling book Target 100.

I learned about her from an interview with Tom Bilyeu on his Impact Theory podcast. One of my favorites, I never fail to learn something new I can use to improve my quality of life. The beauty of her work is in it's simplicity. 

It's all based on the number 100 and what she calls the 6 Pillars.
(1)-100 grams of carbs. daily
(2)-100 ounces of water daily
(3)-100 minutes of movement weekly
(4)-100 minutes of stress relief weekly
(5)-100 minutes of exercise weekly
(6)-100 minutes of extra sleep weekly (my personnel kryptonite)

At this point it may sound a little complicated but, in fact they are simply connected to each other. One pillar to the next supporting the structure, you being the structure. Liz points out 100 may not be the perfect number but, it's memorable.

It's true even I can remember 100 and that my friends is beautiful in it's simplicity and will get me so much closer to my health and wellness goals than I ever got aiming at perfection in the past. Liz uses an archery target as a metaphor.

With it's ever decreasing rings and central bullseye being the smallest and hardest to hit signifying perfection. Which is difficult but gets easier with practice. The outer rings of the target being larger and more doable from the beginning and, yet producing dramatic results just the same. You can't go wrong !

In last weeks post I touched on habit forming but, Liz tackles it and I believe gives it a full chapter in her book. Which I confess not to have read, being so new to her work. She generously gives a tremendous amount of info. on her website Target 100 .com for free.

Liz describes what she calls the ( habit loop ) broken down into 3 parts (1)Triggers (2) Routine and (3) Reward. Go to her site for a full explanation but, I will touch on it here. 

In creating a new habit Liz says perfection is not the goal consistency is. We all know to well we will fall but, falling doesn't mean failing. Not if you dust yourself off and get back on for another ride. You will eventually break that habit, at the same time creating a new one.

On her website you will find a habit change key which is a worksheet in her book. Use this tool to dig up your triggers, uncover your routine, claim your reward and, bury that old habit once and for all.

In her Impact Theory interview Tom asked her, what was the most beneficial habit his listeners could cultivate. To my surprise she said "hydration drinking 100 oz. of water per day". Which is consistent with her  6 Pillar concept . 

This renewed my interest in the benefits of drinking water. I am ashamed to say I often ignore it for more exotic beverages. In my search for short term clarity of mind and the promise of energy. False promise I might add ! How do I know, because they continually require higher rates of consumption to get that short term benefit.

Not dissimilar to many drugs, over or under the counter. If it looks like a duck and, walks like a duck, it's probably a duck. We knows this never ends well.

Water on the other hand has been on the menu in this world since day one and God said "it is good" and that's good enough for me. He has yet to voice his opinion on so called soft and energy drinks but, I will view his silence with caution and not optimism, not cautious optimism.

According to Liz we are largely made up of water, so I guess it makes sense to replenish and replace it. Water may very well be the tonic I am seeking for clarity of thought. I connect sentences but, she connects ideas and, changes peoples lives. That is the clarity I am after.

This ability to communicate in the written word, that like me is quickly going out of fashion. Keep in mind I am not a researcher just a searcher as you are. She says we confuse hunger with thirst or is it thirst with hunger I 'm confused.

Looking to hydrate our body through food, when in fact we are thirsty. Speaking of food she puts little emphasis on calorie counting. Just as important as what your eating is what's eating you. The Pillars of sleep and stress relief reflect this attitude.

I will explore a different Pillar weekly and let you know my thoughts, results, successes, and falling, but not failure !

This is Papa Randy I am

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Habit forming is Habit forming

Most of our health issues didn't overtake us overnight as we slept for example obesity, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes. Most were years in the making and the cure, and there can be a cure. Can take place overnight, for this is when the body heals itself. 

Overnight just not one night, the cure just like the curse can also be years in the making. Life is not a sprint it just feels that way. You may in fact have to make some major changes in lifestyle, diet, exercise, relationships, and social media habits.

A change of habit is not a short term fix, it is easy to lose weight, but to keep weight off you must change your way of life to be successful. If not it is so easy to fall into the the same old rut, don't ask me how I know.

Ruts are made by going back to the same place over and over, the more we do it the harder it is to get out, and the easier it is to slip right back in. Wasting all your hard work. Maybe what you need to guard against this is radical change. 

Instead of taking the same old path instead do a 180 degree turn. Give the body a shock, a wake up call so it sits up and pays attention. By now you have determined the old path, as easy as it might be was not taking you where you want to go anyway.

A new path doesn't only include creating new habits, but breaking old ones. I did say shock the body. The good news is when you do both at the same time the benefits, and results are equally impressive.

So the question is how is this best done. If you are older like myself don't view this as a new construction project it's more of a remodel. It's a bit more messy, it will take longer, and cost more if not in money then, in time. 

The end result will be years of added value and usefulness to the old structure. Besides the alternatives are not that appealing, tearing down the old structure, or just living with it till your not. Once you have made up your mind the battle is half over.

As it is often said " If you think you can and if think you can't you are probably right either way". Just don't get too complacent cause it is a battle just the same, and a battle requires a plan, and a plan requires action.

Enemies need to be identified, strengths, and weaknesses need to be evaluated. Road blocks, detours, and shortcuts need to be anticipated, as well as mitigated. While I can not guarantee success, I can guarantee success, or your money back. 

Let me add immediate results to that money back. How can I do this simple don't spend any money which will remove one of the main road blocks. You can begin today which will guarantee immediate results.

Still long term success is on you, but you knew that anyway. I can only encourage you along the way. Ok enough of the pep talk and on with the prep talk. Let's start with some habit forming , life changing, low hanging fruit.

Once you have your battle plan, and it can be any plan for anything. You can insure your odds of success tremendously. By doing this one thing. No matter who you are, and no matter what the plan is.

This one Superpower to success can be yours, are you ready Ok here it is WRITE IT DOWN ! Maintain a journal, write down your goals, your hopes, your fears, successes, and failures. You will have all of these. Maintain it on a daily bases, and it will become your most valuable asset.

Do not overlook or underestimate it's importance if you do only one thing do this thing! Let's get started with a few low cost, and or no cost ideas. I don't pretend know your specific needs, but in general most people would like to change their eating and exercise habits, and improve their health, and well being.

Let's pick some of that low hanging wellness fruit we talked about. Instead of adding new healthy foods to our diet today we can remove a food like a sugary dessert, or reduce total consumption not only did we not spend any money we saved some so there!

We are on the right path now, since we are there the best tonic for what ails you is a walk down that path. Once again because the cost is low do not underestimate the value of this time tested elixir of life, and the benefits of walking to mind, body, and soul which can not be measured in dollars.

Yes you say but I don't have the time. It is time now to call in the markers on some of those habits you would like to change. You can kill two birds with one stone by taking time away from social media or the evening news. Which in itself is known to have proven health benefits. 

Now for the icing on the cake (if this is a metaphor it is the worst one possible). Take your spouse, kids, friends, or the dog and engage in the lost art of conversing one -on - one. Don't be ashamed to post your successes on social media everybody else does!

This is Papa Randy I'am

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Ya'll My Cowboys Have Always Been Hero's

If you are old enough to remember Roy Roger's horse's name, or the name of his side kick, he had more than one, or his side kicks Jeep. (for extra credit). Roy's dog and last but not least his leading lady and real life wifes name.

If you only knew half of these without giving a Google your cowboy reputation is in serious question. If you knew less than half there is no question about it. If you knew more than half congrats pardner. Your part of a dying breed.(that's not a metaphor). Like myself you may have spent (neigh horse humor) invested many saturday mornings in the 1960's self educating.

If you knew all the answers it's official, that's right your old. If you didn't even know who Roy Roger's is maybe there's still hope. Stop now and go where all Old cowboys go. No! No! not there I mean Youtube.

Roy without fail every saturday morning was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got throwed in the Calaboose (that's a jail where the benevolent old sheriff's daughter brings you lunch). At the same time letting down both young and old not to mention being misunderstood by the leading lady.

All the while only shooting back to protect said same. Boy was he in a tight spot. In the nick of 
time shooting the gun from the villains hand without drawing blood or getting dirty. All in 30 min. I bring this up to point out we now commonly understand. The images that we put in our head, both visual and spoken we tend to act out. 

So it's no great mystery when one generation to the next behaves different than the last. Look no further than what we are looking at. This should give us Pause, but Hollywood seems to be stuck on Fast Forward today! I'm afraid my metaphors are a bit outdated I should Rewind that last sentence, there I did it again.(BTW my metaphors are VHS).

Hold your horses Papa Randy you say I'm nothing like Roy. If they throw you in the Calaboose it's probably for good reason, and your leading lady understands you only too well ! Yes it is so, but just imagine how I might have turned out without my saturday morning home work.

Not only did Roy repair his reputation, save the ladies virtue, and her father's ranch, and most difficult of all gained the  mother's blessing. Week in week out! We were treated with an action packed 1/2 hr. plus a dose of cowboy psychology for good measure . Did I also mention he also sang.

Happy trails to you
This is Papa Randy I'am

Monday, January 6, 2020

Between Mayberry and Mad Max

Germany is phasing out all nuclear power by 2022. Undeterred by their lack of success on a global scale they are also shuttering 84 coal fired power plants by 2038. Can you say throwing out the baby with the bath water. Which begs the question they should have asked in the first place. 

What are the consequences,where are we going, and how fast are we getting there. Cause we are all on the same road. Questions that should have been asked and answered in the 1960/s. After 60 years they have completed a study on storing Radioactive waste.

The study shows a storage site can be completed by 2050. Their findings were called ambitious, optimistic, and Impossible. The thought that a ruling elite could be so shortsighted is beyond criminal, and might get the attention of a less compliant public.

More thought was put into closing of the local mall. Which they also thought would last forever. I'am sure the next big thing will get sold to general public as the last big thing was. If past performance is indicative of future results. 

Judging by their track record, instead of the road to El Dorado. I believe we are headed to somewhere between Mayberry and the Thunderdome, or worse going over a cliff of no return Thelma & Louise style after a Fukushima moment. All the while the powers that be are headed to Mars. They will be going up as we go down. 

In any event this will be sold as a step into the future. Which is probably truer than they know. I predict a lot more walking on this new road. Which don't make it all bad.

This is Papa Randy and I'am

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Are there any do over's in life something that you can't fix, can't take back. Something that you can't hit the pause button on. It's those things you replay in your mind hoping the ref will let you take back the shot or at least call it in your favor.

It's these things that keep you awake in the quite, still hours of the night. That's why so many people fill their lives with work, sports, entertainment, because we fear the quite time. Probably nothing that really matters in life can be done over.

It's those things that can't be fixed when broken that all involve people. People are very easy to break and equally hard to fix. There is no do over's there is only forgiveness or not, and as hard as forgiveness is. The knot is even harder.

I read in Men's Journal Magazine July 2018 issue that forgiveness was a little known and less used super power. Let's get a second opinion. I think I read the same thing in the original men's journal it's called the Bible.

I can't recall which issue it was a while back, I believe it was the King James.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked. "Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me ? Up to seven times ?" Jesus answered," I tell you not seven but seventy times seven."Matthew 18:21-22

" Judge not and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37

Not only is forgiveness a super power that works on both parties at one time, as difficult as forgiveness is,  knot is harder and downright disastrous.

This is Papa Randy and I am

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

5 Free Healthy Habits

We are now half way thru the year seems like a good time to revisit your new years health resolutions. Don't wait 6 more months do it now. I have nothing to say that you don't already know.

Just a friendly reminder that good health doesn't have to be expensive, hard, or time consuming. It can be a way of life. Here are a few examples.

I won't go into great detail there are many excellent websites, blogs, and You Tube channels that cover each topic as I said just a reminder. Here we go.

1 - FASTING remember I said FREE not FUN. Fasting for health has a long history. It comes in many forms usually based on length of fast and usually promoting weight - loss but not always. Common fast are Intermittent fasting, that consist of eating everyday in a 8-12 hr. restricted window.

Alternate day fasting, eating normal on day one then on day two eating 25% of your regular calories. Repeat as needed. Lastly there's water fasting where you guessed it you consume mostly water usually for 3-5 days.They all work, find the one that suits your health goals.

2 - BREATHING- You say "I got this " been doing it 20,000 times a day since birth, but are you doing it correctly. Just as in fasting there are many variations often combined with meditation. I prefer the Wim Hof  AKA (The Ice Man) method of breathing you may of heard of him because of his extreme cold weather feats setting many world records.

Wim has been healing mind and body through breathing and will show you how. Wim Hof .com
I am a big fan of his cold shower techniques don't knock it till you try it. It works.

3 - STRETCHING- Whatever your - ing - is hiking, running, biking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing. Lets not forget every ones least favorite working. Stretching is the best way to start the day. Call it Yoga call it Pilates call, but do it. It's not glamorous but it pays dividends in the long run.

4 - SLEEPING - We've all heard it we'll sleep when we're died. The truth is the less sleep you get now the sooner your going to find out. So unless your in a hurry let's ere on the side of caution and get more sleep now. I highly recommend a book ( Why we Sleep).

5 - INSPIRE the SPIRIT - Could be music or a positive message in a podcast like a TEDX talk. Could be your favorite preacher, books on tape on a long road trip or go old school and read to yourself. Better yet the most effective way to inspire the spirit, PRAY.

6 - A bonus for you multi- taskers you can combine all of these into one action excluding sleep of course. Honesty I think the whole idea is to calm the over achiever in you showing you it's not only Ok to recharge slowly, but more beneficial than getting a jumpstart by doing to much at one time. Ultimately destroying the thing we're trying to save !

This is Papa Randy and Iam

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


Thanks to the fine folks from the Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park Hochatown Oklahoma. Who had the foresight and went to the pains to dismantle, label, move, and reconstruct at their facility this homesteaders log cabin we would not have this piece of living history. 

There is no photographs no written records, all that is known is it came from bethel  Okla. and was thought to be about 120 yrs. old. That's all we know the rest we'll have to imagine. Based on it's age the family that built it could have came to Oklahoma in the Land Rush of 1889 like so many others looking for a fresh start in a new country. 

Where they combined their imagination with a desire for a better way of life, lured by the hope of owning and working your own place. Even if it killed them at least they then were buried on their own land.

Once again judging by it's age and location they lived there through the 1930 depression, possibly cutting railroad ties by hand as was the custom for cash money. Selling for .42 cents ea. in 1913 the price dropping to .25 cents ea. and finally to .15 cents ea. as the depression deepened.

We are only supposing, but the fact is somebody did a whole lot of hard work building that cabin. I doubt they had a plan other than to stay warm and dry. With a few tools and only the north wind encouraging them to get done by winter.

No YouTube to consult and probably couldn't read or write anyway. Fast forward 120 yrs. I build a cabin right down the road just a little bit bigger. Using modern practices and tools and I doubt mine will be in a museum 100 yrs. from now.

Makes me wonder for all my activity I'm really going in the right direction.

This is Papa Randy and I am

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bonfire of Failures

"Show me a hero and I will write a tragedy
Draw your chair up close to the edge of  the precipice and I will tell you a story".
                       F. Scott Fitzgerald

Choice A- When standing at the precipice and looking into the Abyss you take that leap,and hope you sprout wings on the way down. Odds are your going to crash and burn often, maybe more often than not.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an Abyss, the Abyss also looks into you."
                Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Choice B- You wait for your ideas to grow wings before kicking them out of the nest, and while your waiting someone else is probably acting. 

Choice C- Is the assumption that your are going to fail more than succeed so we learn to fail faster, and cheaper therefore winning becomes equally faster and cheaper, winning ,and winning more often.

So we learn to fail well get back out of the Abyss don't look it in the eye. Get back to the precipice, cause it's on the edge where your vision is the sharpest. ( Rinse and repeat as often as needed). Please don't confuse being on the edge, with sitting up high in the cheap seats watching the game.

You got to have some skin in the game, and it better be thick skin cause your going lose some on the way down. 2 more very important points. One Never, Never, Never, Ever bet the farm. That way when your work, project, idea, goes up in smoke you can dispassionately warm yourself by there dying embers, without choking on the smoke.

" Fire is the test of gold ; adversity of  strong men ".
       Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lastly when you win, and you will, don't do a dance at the goal post. Cause you will most surely lose again also. When this happens just dust yourself off tip your hat to the crowd. ( for they are bound to be in the cheap seats ). Stand tall walk out of the arena, and fix your eye on the precipice.

This is Papa Randy and I am