In a war that featured, for the first time in history, “modern” formidable weapons like grenades, mortars, machine guns, flamethrowers, and armored tanks, an eccentric young British soldier decided early on to buck this traditional convention and stick with the weapon with which he was most comfortable. This soldier has become one of my favorite … Continue reading Mad Jack Churchill
It's taken me a few weeks, but I finally got to edit the video of Greg and I sparing with rapier and dagger. This was a memorable training session, with Greg's lightening fast strikes to the head whenever my defenses were open. Did I tell you that I just love fencing with rapier and dagger? … Continue reading Adam & Greg Continuous Sparing
Even if I lack the talent, I will not abandon the effort on that account . . . We do not abandon any discipline for despair of ever being the best at it. The nearer a man comes to calming his mind, the closer he is to his greatest strength.
It's Monday, again. I slept for 7 1/2 hours. I woke feeling very rested. But, my week's already filled with a hundred inane tasks of paper pushing, signatures and mental demands . . . It feels like everyone and everything is darting into my office and blowing up my phone to tear the flesh from … Continue reading The Drug I’ve Started to Depend On
I was reminded this morning upon looking at the date that today, June 6, is a day that holds great meaning and tremendous sacrifice. The U.S., Canadian, and British allied forces invaded the Nazi-held beaches in Normandy, France, on this day, 77 years ago in 1944. Over the years, I’ve had about twenty patients that … Continue reading That Pivotal Day 77 Years Ago
I look forward to Saturday mornings. To be frank, Sword fighting days are my therapy, this morning was no different. Sword fighting is a release valve for all the adrenaline, dopamine and cortisol that builds up in my system over the week. As a physician who sees 30-40 people per day, I mentally feel like … Continue reading Saturday Morning Sparing in the Heat
In all the history I took in school and through all my exposure to the women’s movement, why have I never known about this amazing young woman? I do now, and I won’t forget her. She reminds me of my daughter and her horse at age 16. How important her charge was and how courageous … Continue reading The Girl and Her Horse that Changed History
Doing some reading this evening and was reminded of Friedrich Nietzsche's comments on God and religion. Saw this quote in a bathroom in the past. Thought it would be interesting if God responded.
Nothing invigorates me more than early morning sword fighting. This morning was no different. Russell came over from the Mesa area and joined us. He specializes in Filipino Martial Arts, and it is always fun to spar with him. I've included sparing clips below with each of us taking on Greg, the Sword Master. I … Continue reading Saturday Morning Sword Fighting . . .