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  • How is breathing supposed to work?

    Posted on May 30th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Did you know that babies and small children do deep breathing naturally until their chests mature? Unfortunately, too many of us may go the rest of our lives without taking a proper deep breath.

    Want to know what a nice, healthy breath feels like? Try this:

      • Lie flat on your back. You can place some small pillows under your neck and knees if you need them. Now watch your stomach. You’ll see a small rise in your stomach as you breathe in, and a slight drop as you breathe out.
      • Next, put your hands, palms down and middle fingers barely touching, on your stomach at the bottom of your rib cage. Take a slow, deep breath. As you do, your stomach will expand, causing your fingertips to separate slightly. This kind of deep breathing uses all of your lungs instead of just the middle and upper parts, which is what usually happens in “chest breathing.”

    So why do our breathing habits change over time? According to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Center on Aging Studies, blood oxygen levels are often lowered by as much as 20 percent as we age. Weaker muscles, including the muscles around the lungs, also affect our breathing. And lower oxygen levels can even affect our mental acuity. Loss of blood oxygen brought on by weaker breathing is a big cause of forgetfulness in the elderly. It can also result in what’s called “slow thinking” in younger people.

    Here are a few exercises – compliments of University of Missouri-Kansas City – that can help people of all ages breathe easy. Try to spend at least five minutes on whichever exercise you choose.

    Exercise 1 — “Complete” Breathing Exercise

    • Sit up straight. Let your breath out.
    • Breathe in and, at the same time, relax your belly muscles. It should feel as if your belly is filling with air.
    • After filling your belly, keep breathing in. Fill up the middle of your chest; feel your chest and rib cage expand.
    • Hold your breath in for a moment, and then begin to let it out as slowly as possible.
    • As you slowly breathe out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out any leftover breath.
    • Close your eyes and really focus on your breathing., relaxing your body and your mind.

    Exercise 2 — “Humming” Breath Exercise

    • Sit up straight. Exhale.
    • Inhale and, at the same time, relax your belly muscles. Feel your belly filling with air.
    • After filling your belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand.
    • Now, as you begin to slowly let your breath out, make a “hum” sound. Keep making it as long as you can. Pull your stomach muscles in to squeeze out a few more seconds of humming.
    • Relax.

    Exercise 3 — Chinese Breath Exercise

    • Stand up with your arms at your sides.
    • Through your nose, take three short breaths without breathing out:
      • On the first breath, raise your arms straight out in front of you at shoulder height.
      • On the next breath, open your arms straight out to your sides (still at shoulder height).
      • On the third breath, lift your arms straight over your head.
    • Begin to breathe out through your mouth, moving your arms back down to your sides as you do.
    • Repeat 10 or 12 times. If you get lightheaded, stop the exercise.
  • Reflection: Post Truth World

    Posted on May 30th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I read an article this morning and want to write more but I am out of time today.



  • Indiana and Memorial Day

    Posted on May 28th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Today is Sunday and it is the day of the Indy 500 and that is what Indiana is famous for.  It is also the day before “Decoration Day” as we used to call it when I was a kid.  Tomorrow, Memorial Day, we will somberly celebrate all the servicemen lives lost to wars that our country has been involved in, declared or undeclared, and pay tribute to those people for their ultimate sacrifice. One such fellow was Robert Fuller, a relative by marriage, who was lost at sea.  Another was Johnny Henninger, a little younger than me, that was KIA in Vietnam about 1968. There are probably many others from the surrounding area but I do not know them.

    A thunderstorm just rolled through and is now past us.  It was not too bad but I have so many sensitive radios with sensitivity electronics with antennas sticking up in the air it gives me pause each time one rolls through. I did spend all day working  on replacing a radio that burned up over winter.  The new radio has way better audio and am listening to it right now.  I also made a Raspberry Pi 3 Allstar Hub 27025 that all the local guys can connect to so we can chat as a group.  I have a little more work to do so I had better get at it.  Moore later.

  • An image of incompetence: NOT

    Posted on May 27th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Trump is not incompetent and within his supporters he appears solid since they do not think too much either or they have vested interests.


  • Faith

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Josh Hawkins, our Pastor, had a little blurb on Facebook this AM.  He always comes up with something that shows deep thought: “Stirred by the mystery we call Faith
    We’ve not begun to figure it out. Still we must! For without faith it is impossible to please God”.

    I thought it noteworthy so I added it here.  I especially like the Mystery we call Faith.  It really is a mystery that I hope all peoples take to heart.  I know they will not but still we hope and pray.

    Cheers for today and blessings too.  Moore later.


  • How Gullible We R

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    H2O: Dangerous Chemical!

    A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide.”

    And for plenty of good reasons, since:

    1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
    2. it is a major component in acid rain
    3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
    4. accidental inhalation can kill you
    5. it contributes to erosion
    6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
    7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients

    He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.

    • Forty-three (43) said yes,
    • six (6) were undecided,
    • and only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.


  • End Times

    Posted on May 20th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    SAM went up to FCC early to catch the start of the “End Times” study.  I arrived later but before lunch so that was good. I have to say Josh makes it interesting and his slides add to the effect.  The basis of the day was Revelations with many support texts from other areas of the bible.  There were more people there from outside the church than I thought there would be.  I did not intend to stay all afternoon but that is how it panned out. I enjoyed it but by 1600 hrs I was ready for the finale.

    When I arrived back home I put together the Allstar node 43870 I have been working on and it working now but has a couple of irritations that have to be sorted out.  More on this later because it is time for the 12 Monkeys series on Kodi: It definitely is not biblical but it is SyFy about the end of time

    BFN Moore.

  • Thanks Marc

    Posted on May 20th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I can return to writing in my blog thanks to my son Marc.  I was totally locked out for some unknown reason and a lot of my passwords not longer worked and neither did Chrome.  At first I thought it was the multiple instances of chrome detected when I checked with Task Manager to see where the resources were being used but lter learned tht this is normal behavior for Chrome.  It seems Chrome starts a new process for itself every time  a tab is opened of action taken.  Anyway, I uninstalled Chrome and started using another browser.

    Yesterday, a massive windows update took place.  I am not sure what it was as I have not had time to look into it but it was a big set of files that took a long time to download.  Maybe I will have more on that later.  So I have work to do and places to go on this Saturday.  Next weeks is the birthday of a Sweetheart so I need to prepare.  Moore later.

  • Second Pi

    Posted on May 14th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I generated a second Pi with the sign software. I made a few mods so it will autostart and come up in GUI menu and present a wallpaper of a real estate office.  I like the looks but it has a few items that need to be investigated that I did not expect.  So back to the investigative stage.  I also need to characterize the fan motor so I can install a dropping resistor or perhaps use the 3.3VDC piin to run it.

    Today is Mother’s Day so to all you mother’s out there Happy Mother’s Day.

  • Strike Back

    Posted on May 7th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I have been watching this Amazon series.  I started it last Fall and forgot about it so I fast forwarded season 2 episode 6.  I like some of the actors & actresses so I continue to watch in spite of some of the content.  So here I go on to the rest of the season.