Diversion Number 30: Perfect Exercise for People Over 60

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

Looking for fool-proof way to exercise? Since I’m over 60 (significantly over), I found this method outstanding.

If you aren’t yet 60, just think what you can look toward as you continue to take care of your body. And if you the kind of person who likes to give advice, you might suggest this to those who need to build more muscle strength. Read More

Diversion Number 29: 20 Incredible Stairways

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

My reaction to the staircase diversion pictures I bring you today is quite different than it would have been forty years ago. Then I was still able to hike in the mountains and climb stairs without much effort. Then I could imagine myself climbing up many, but not all, of the spectacular stairs in the pictures below.

That isn’t the case any more. I now use a cane and a walker! But I can still admire the engineering of stairs both in the wild and spectacular outside and inside beautiful buildings.

Which one would you most like to climb, if you still could? While there are several that are most impressive for the natural setting in which they are built, I would like number 17, the steps on 16th Avenue in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with its massive mosaic.

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1. Staircase at Lello Bookshop Portugal – This interesting grand staircase in Lello Bookshop in Portugal stands ominous and heavy. The steps are like two channels pouring and swirling to a single point. The side view gives you a closer idea of the immense curves and giddy sinking feeling of each step.

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Diversion Number 28: All Aboard America’s Only Floating ZIP Code

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

A few weeks ago I introduced you to the Great Big Story website, which was the source for the “Slow TV” piece. What I like most about these videos is that the stories they tell are well done and most take less than 5 minutes.

In the Frontiers series on that website they say they have: Read More

Diversion Number 27: The Bright Side of Things

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

The comments with these pictures express some of my philosophy about life and the value of gratitude and happiness.

As you scroll through these pictures and read the affirmations, consider what thoughts most appeal to you.

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Diversion Number 26: The Brains Behind the Longest TV Broadcast Ever

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

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If you were told that there was an eight-hour TV show of salmon fishing, or a seven-hour train ride, or 60 hours of a choir singing hymns, you would have bet it would be a major disaster. You would be wrong. At least in Norway.

Tired of the lighting fast, hyper-cut action of modern day television? Slow TV might be more your speed. The brainchild of Thomas Hellum and several colleagues at the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, Slow TV features hours (sometimes days) of uninterrupted programming. And as it turns out, these broadcasts are really popular. So kick back, unwind, and grab a BIG bowl of popcorn if you want to watch Slow TV.
The Big Story

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