Welcome to Episode 14 of Young Mister Wugidgem. If you’re enjoying these podcasts, or even if you’re not, you may be interested in what my Stanford Professor wrote about Young Mister Wugidgem. Click on the link below, and then click on the “Customer Review” link near the top of the page. Here is the link:
Last week James and Sally, honed their magical self-defense skills, and even Mom discovered she can connect to the universal pool of magical energy. Today Dad teaches James, Sally, and Mom the difference between stage right and house right in the theater, and then evil magic strikes during the performance! Enjoy!
Welcome to Episode 13 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Before we begin, I would like to introduce you to the other 5 books in the Mr. Wugidgem Series, plus the first novel I wrote, Slaves On Horseback. Please click on this link to learn more about them. Then click on the “Look Inside” prompt above the book cover to see the first 6 pages. This link will take you directly to Amazon:
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Welcome to Episode 12 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week Sally shared the discovery that she has magical powers, just as James does. Then we learned that Joseph Kelly, son of evil magician Jack Kelly, testified against his father and is in Witness Protection. Finally we heard from Charlie Connors of the FBI that the red rock chip clue was a rare-earth metal, Europium. Today we’ll learn how Europium intensifies magic. Finally we’ll be with James and Sally as Dad begins their crash course in magical training. To hear this podcast, click in this link:
Welcome to Episode 11 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we sat in the audience and watched Dad pull off an astounding act of real teletransportation! Today we’ll be with James as he reveals his magical gifts to his sister, Sally. Then Sally shares her incredible experience with a mama bear in Yosemite, first with James, and then with Mom. Here is the link to today’s audio podcast:
Welcome to Episode 9 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we saw the photographic evidence that Reverend Peterson was at Lake Tahoe with his family on July 4th, so he couldn’t have been the evil magician who shot the crimson red laser at James and Dad. The we went with James, Mom, and the Russells to the Tabernacle where we learned new ways to bring peace on earth into reality. Today we’ll experience an additional taste of good versus evil during the sumptuous feast in the Tabernacle Parish Hall. Then we’ll follow Dad on the second leg of his magic tour.
In the last episode we learned Grace’s and Amos” Minister, Reverend Peterson is suspected of being the evil magician. This week Grace and Amos try to find a way to prove Reverend Peterson’s innocence . Then we’ll go with James, Mom, and the Russells to the First Ecumenical Tabernacle to discover what it’s all about. Continue reading Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 8→
Welcome to Episode 6 of Young Mister Wugidgem. In Episode 5 we saw James and Dad narrowly dodge a crimson red laser beam, fired by an evil magician. Today we’ll follow James, Amos, and Grace as they ride their bikes along the river to the triple-trunk tree, where the beam originated, to look for clues. Then Mom enlightens James with her discovery about Dad’s magic. To listen to this week’s podcast, please click on the link just below:
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Welcome to the latest post of Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life. I am also continuing to include another Episode of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom. If you would like to listen to this Running Post, please click on this link:
Since I have injured myself last month, I have been exercising no more than just walking, that is until the end of last week. On Friday I ran so slowly that I could have walked faster! Just kidding. But I did walk 60% of the time, however, especially going uphill. During the 40% of the time that I did run, I felt a few twinges at the bottom of my Gastrocnemius Calf muscle and the top of my Soleus Calf Muscle, which connects to the Achilles tendon. Whenever I did feel a twinge, I stopped running, and walked for a while. At the end of the 3 mile run I felt very good. It was great to be back running again!
On the following day I only walked, and then repeated the 3 mile easy run the next day, Sunday. That time I walked about 55% of the time and ran easily for 45%. On Monday I only walked again. But I did another easy 3 miler on Tuesday, and that time I ran 60% of the time and walked 40%. On Wednesday I played 9 holes of golf and was pain free. On Thursday, I went to the track, warmed up well and then did some “speed play”; i.e. 8 alternating medium speed 100 meter strides, with 100 meter fast walks between. I did not feel any twinges in either my right Soleus or Gastrocnemius Calf muscles. Surprisingly I felt an occasional twinge in my left Soleus Calf muscle during the last few 100 stride repeats, which had not been bothering me at all! I rested one day, and then did an easy 4 ¼ mile run. This time I was totally pain-free!
I had remained injury free for over a year, focusing on long, slow runs and plenty of rest and cross-training (i.e. walking, stretching, push-ups, crunches, and golf) between the runs. It was only recently that I added more than 10% to my long runs every 2 weeks, and I was running 2 days in a row, without resting or cross-training between them. And the worst thing was when I did feel that first pain in my Soleus Calf Muscle last month, I did not stop! I kept running up that hill at my tempo pace! Just plain pig-headed…..
This brings me to my writing. I have published and podcasted a Thriller and 5 Children’s Fantasies. I have been including podcast links to the first 9 episodes of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom, the last Fantasy, in the posts over the last few months. Today I am including Episode 10 of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom. Here is the link:
A couple of years ago my brother, a cousin, and our spouses took day trip to Sedona, Arizona. We had lunch at The Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon, and then toured the complex. The food and service were okay, but the grounds, villas and surrounding mountains were spectacular. We knew Sedona was a special place and vowed to return one day for a longer visit.
The opportunity arose this month for my wife and me. We had swapped a time-share week for one at Sedona Summit Resort. It is a large complex, with several two story buildings which house the units. Our 1 bedroom suite was spacious and included a decent-sized kitchen and living room. The only real drawback was we could hear the footsteps from the unit above us when the occupants walked around. If you go, request a second floor accommodation.
We had heard that Sedona was a spiritual area, and I noticed in the literature we received when we checked in that there was a talk about vortexes encasing several summits in the Sedona Area. We attended the presentation, liked what we heard, and decided to hike up to a few of them. The presenter was Barbara Korte who is an accomplished Spiritual Practitioner. I have experienced some Shamanistic and Lifespring Meditations and have come to believe “Non-Ordinary” Reality can be real. Some of Barbara’s experiences really stress my rational mind, but my intuitive self believes extreme experiences are possible. For more information, visit:
Over the next couple of days we climbed trails to various heights, up Cathedral Rock, Wilson Mountain, and Warrior Rock in Boynton Canyon. I felt serene and very “present” during these adventures in the rugged, beautiful, and rocky environs, and perhaps sensed a “spiritual electricity” in some instances. I felt the force more strongly as we approached the base of Cathedral Rock, manifested in my vision; the two spires in the center seemed to radiate against the sky in a surreal fashion. I had not stopped and adopted my meditative state; it just happened as we were walking along. Later, we ran into a lady who explained that the “force” was the result of lightning hitting sandstone and fusing it into silicates, which become positively charged. What tends to happen when lightning strikes ground, is it fuses dirt and clays into the silicates, one of which is quartz. Perhaps this does logically explain why people feel an energy in Sedona, but it seems like “Non-Ordinary” Reality to me.
However, when we climbed the base of Warrior Rock and reached the beginning of the pinnacle, we did stop, and sit, and meditate for a while. Then along came a friendly person whom you might call a Spiritualist. He welcomed the two of us, and then gave each of us a hand-carved red rock, in the form of a heart. Then he climbed the last 50 feet to the pinnacle and began playing his flute. What emanated from that flute was hauntingly beautiful and we continued our meditations. My wife and I did capture some of this magic on our iPhones. Please listen to these now; perhaps you can burn them onto your own DVD, if you are inspired by them:
This was the absolute highlight of our spiritual search in Sedona.
After a while, we descended, and then headed back to the parking area. All the way back we could hear the melodic flute.
We then drove the short distance to the Enchantment Resort. We had made a lunch reservation and, unlike our experience 2 years ago, we were seated right away, and we thoroughly enjoyed a garden-fresh chicken salad and a hearty beef-burger with French fries, both of which we split.
In fact, we enjoyed our entire experience in Boynton Canyon so much that we decided we will stay at The Enchantment Resort when we visit Sedona again. If you are interested in further details, please open this link in another window:
I had been fighting the flu, complete with aches and runny nose, and the altitude ranges from 4,000 feet to 6,500 feet at Sedona, so I limited my exercise to the hiking. I felt mostly healed when we returned home so I did a tempo workout, rested one day, and then did a long run the next. The runny nose returned with a vengeance, so I began allergy medication, which I believe is beginning to work. The nasal flood has slowed to a drip. I’m hoping to begin running again this weekend.
Now please go to the link below for the next exciting Episode of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom:
For three months now, I have incorporated a long run in my weekly training. In the past I would include easy runs, but they were not generally long. My focus was on short, fast workouts to increase my speed. More often than not, I would incur an injury sometime during the year, probably because I wasn’t allowing my body to fully repair muscle tissues broken down during the speed sessions.
I believe the long, medium and slow (including walking) runs over these past three months have boosted my fundamental muscle strength to the point where I can change my intervals distance from a minimum distance of 400 meters and higher to 300, 200, and even 100 meter repeats. I will pay particular attention to being sufficiently recovered over the next day, or more likely the next two days, before doing the next running workout.
This week I did pay attention to getting sufficient rest between my runs. On Sunday I went for my long run, with plenty of walking breaks. On Monday I walked for 33 minutes, going 1.6miles. On Tuesday I did a Tempo run. On Wednesday I played 9 holes of golf. Thursday I did 200 meter speed intervals. Friday I walked for 35 minutes, covering 1.55 miles. Finally, on Saturday I walked for 31 minutes, up a steep hill and back down, 1.5 miles.
The highlight of the week was Thursday. After the golf on Wednesday I was quite tired and my lower back was stiff. I’ve been playing golf weekly with some stiffness and fatigue afterward, but this was more than normal. I had more than a little misgiving about transitioning to faster speed intervals the following day.
I felt better in the morning, although I did not feel fully rested. But I did finally convince myself to go to the track, warm-up, and then decide if I felt up to it. I started with my slow walking and jogging 1 mile warm-up, followed by 7 minutes of stretching, and then two wind sprints. I felt pretty well, so I decided to start with four repeat 200s, and then see how I felt after those.
The workout went very well. I felt relaxed from the very first repeat, with my core relaxed, good leg turnover, high-pump arm action, and full toes push-off. I did the first four repeats at my 800 meter race goal pace, and then decided to do at least two more repeats, and perhaps two more after those. I continued to feel good, so I completed four more. I had done 8 x 200s twice earlier this year, but this workout was the fastest and my maximum heart rate was 21 beats per minute slower than during one of them and 15 beats slower than the other.
As I have mentioned before, this year I am focused on having one long and slow run each week, building slowly and resting sufficiently between running workouts to minimize the risk of injury, all too common in my past.
I would say now, “So far, so good.”
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