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Karen Valentine
Saturday, August 18, 2012      32 comments

Shocking news flash: I grew up watching too much TV. (Of course, I am the only Sparky to have done so, right?). The idiot tube, as some in my parents' generation liked to call it. Certainly I found it as captivating as anyone, and certainly m... Read more
When Going into a Skid, Turn in the Direction of the Skid?
Tuesday, August 14, 2012      23 comments

***Big proposal deadline at work today - this is a short blog*** Bill Cosby famously punned this seemingly oxymoronic maxim from Driver's Education: If You are Going Into a Skid, Turn in the Direction of the Skid. Wow, does that ever seem... Read more
How I Survived Dinner at Fogo de Chao, Spark Style
Saturday, August 11, 2012      20 comments

I am a reformed glutton. There, I admitted it. Step 1… As I have explained through several blogs, if nothing else, Sparky has helped me both identify and control my lifelong pattern of out-of-control portion control. When I started using the... Read more
All the News That's Fit to Print
Sunday, August 05, 2012      62 comments

Today's New York Times ponders the very question I have considered ever since joining Spark and for some time before: which is more effective for weight loss - dieting or exercise? My results to date say it's dieting, without equivocation. Wai... Read more
My Spin on the "50 Questions"
Sunday, July 29, 2012      14 comments

This is going around so I decided to take a crack at it. 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My paternal grandfather. He had owned a textile factory in Germany, before World War II. Yep, I'm a 1st Generation American on my Dad's side and one ... Read more
Dragging My Feet to Slow Those Circles Down - Workout Music Quiz #6
Saturday, July 28, 2012      10 comments

"...And the Seasons, They Go Round and Round, And the Painted Ponies to Up and Down. We're Captives on the Carousel of Time. We Can't Return; We Can Only Look Behind From Where We Came, And Go Round and Round and Round In The Circl... Read more
Rainy Day Option for the Kids - Speed Monopoly!
Saturday, July 21, 2012      15 comments

I played a lot of Monopoly as a kid, on rainy days like here today in the Mid-Atlantic or otherwise. Perhaps that was both training and/or ensuring of my destiny as a business owner. (Once, on a 13-hour bus ride from Baltimore to Mid-Coa... Read more
Dead-Reckoning on the Foggy Coast of Maine (and here on Spark)
Monday, July 16, 2012      17 comments

Dateline Casco Bay Maine, August 5, 1979 - As a counselor at a sleep-away camp in Maine the summer after high school, I had wide and far-ranging responsibilities. Among the life’s skills I learned as a camp counselor at the relatively tender (an... Read more
Livin on a Sparky Prayer (With Apologies to Bon Jovi)
Saturday, July 14, 2012      19 comments

Tommy used to work on the docks Unions been on strike He's down on his luck... it's tough, so tough Gina works the diner all day Working for her man, she brings home her pay For love - for love Way back in my Sparky toddler-hood ... Read more
Appalachian Odyssey - US Route 220: Rockingham NC to Waverly, NY
Tuesday, July 10, 2012      16 comments

What, never heard of either town? Me neither, but that is the thing for which Google was invented. Any factoid, no matter how obscure, is someone's undying passion and has been posted on Wikipedia or similar. Hello again 220s! ... Read more
Mid-Summer Night's Dream - Workout Music Quiz #6
Saturday, July 07, 2012      21 comments

Back on March 7 (and at a far earlier stage of ill-deserved Sparky fame) and every few weeks since, I blogged about how I find the intrinsically boring activity of working out, well, boring if done in silence. For me, having music that motivate... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Six Months A Sparky - A Retrospective and a Plan
Monday, July 02, 2012      49 comments

You poor people have been putting up with me for more than six months now. At 6AM on the Day after Christmas (yes, I know it's a song lyric - do you???), I stepped onto the scale and was both startled and horrified into action. What action, wa... Read more
Causation or Correlation; Obesity and Presidential Politics
Sunday, July 01, 2012      22 comments

This was going to be a great blog, all about the political season from a Sparky perspective. It vanished at the 95% complete stage into the Sparky ether. Alas, you are left with the mere punchline rather than the buildup. Everyone now kno... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Loneliest Road in America? - Not With 294 Spark Friends!
Saturday, June 23, 2012      80 comments

By now everyone knows that I am a nerd, geek, possessed of the curse of a pretty indelible memory - which can be a curse more than it is a blessing. It is said that elephants never forget. I have been called one, more than once... ... Read more
Summer's Here and the Time is Right for Dancing in the Streets! - Workout Music Quiz #5
Saturday, June 16, 2012      22 comments

Back on March 7 and periodically since though not recently (and at a far earlier stage of ill-deserved Sparky fame) , I blogged about how I find the intrinsically boring activity of working out, well, boring if done in silence. For me, having mu... Read more

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