If anyone is coming to this site dealing with my health lectures and environmental health issues please go to my other website, www.toxicworldbook.com.
Ivan I, aka Ivan Kalita or Ivan Moneybags along with Metropolitan Peter wanted to build churches and monastaries throughout Russia during his reign. The Dormition Cathedral aka The Church of the Assumption was the first stone church in Moscow. Finished in 1327 it fell into disrepair and was completely rebuilt by 1479 by Italian architect Aristotele Fioravanti at the behest of Ivan III (the Great). The photo is of the rebuilt church with the drawing being the sketch of the original.
Just added another podcast to my list of top notch podcasts on history and that is Historyzine. I’ve been listening to it for a while and have learned an awful lot about the War of Spanish Succession. Jim Mowatt does a great job of it with an almost carefree style. Very enjoyable.
Down a little on the right side of this blogsite is a list of some of the better history podcasts out there. As I find more, I’ll update them.
To my loyal readers, I am going to shift things on this blog site away from discussions on health and research to my off-hours passion, history. If you want to keep up with my thoughts on health, the environment, toxicity and scientific research, go to my other blog site, Toxic World Book. I will not be removing anything from this site, just not updating it on topics related to health and research.
For those of you, who are coming to my site because of my Russian Rulers podcast, glad to have you. If you are also interested in issues regarding health and science, aside from my blog site, I have a podcast called Let’s Talk Real Health. Enjoy.
Many of you know about my friendship with Robert Crayhon, author, nutritionist and all-around good person. Unfortunately, many of you also know of his fight with stage IV colorectal cancer. I’d like to bring you an update on his condition and ask that you help him out if you can with either a donation or with caring words by going to these two websites:
To make a donation to help with Robert’s care please go to this website which is through Pay Pal.
To wish him well go to this site and pass a note showing all the love and care we all have for him.
Well, my life has decided to take a turn for the better, as in far less stress. So in order to replace stress with passion, I have started to restart my regular blogs and podcasts. One of my podcasts, Let’s Talk Real Health has a great new post to it and my other one, which is way off the beaten path is Russian Rulers History.
Both are available on iTunes as well as a bunch of other podcatchers so please try them out if you haven’t already and give me a rating, as fair and honest as possible. Feedback is always appreciated as well.
Well, I’m finally going to go back to speaking at conferences again after a long hiatus. After years of travelling I needed to refresh myself and get new material to share with my audiences. My next speaking engagement will be in Bellevue, Washington at the Healing the Brain Conference put on by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt. For more information about this excellent conference, click here. The early bird discount for attending has been extended to January 18th, so sign up now.
This piece was presented as Kurt Vonnegut’s commencement address at MIT in 1997. It’s great stuff, but apparently it wasn’t written or delivered by Vonnegut. It’s still a beautiful piece… Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.
At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issed by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to ny house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.
I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic and Fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.