Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Running, old dogs and nuns

I ran yesterday and I timed the first two half-miles.

I ran the first half-mile at a 14:14 minutes/mile pace.

I ran the second half-mile at a 13:30 pace which is stunningly faster. The difference was the stride. The slower time was much jerkier and the faster time was achieved by trying to match the roll-and-push-off of my injured side to my not-injured side. I am a mid-foot strike runner.

Old dogs, new tricks

Apparently, it is fashionable to include a bunch of random but not germane descriptors to one's signature line in order to be taken seriously.


Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx is a queer Black feminist, women’s human rights defender, and writer with a wealth of lived-experiences. Xe is passionate about social justice and community building. Xe enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, traveling, and talking to everyone and no one at the same time on Twitter.

I am going to have to give that a try. Who knew that folks would take you seriously in the total absence of other qualifications? All you need to do is publish your intersectionallity score.

Nuns and monks

People who live in religious communities are an interesting contradiction to the widely held belief that life expectancy is tightly coupled to financial resources.

Most people living in convents and monasteries take vows of poverty and/or have little or no "salaries". And yet study-after-study shows nuns and monks outliving their wealthier cohorts by a wide margin.

Not only do they live longer but they seem to be happier and to be able to stave off dementia to a greater degree than the general population.

Snowdon's Nun Study which reviewed hundreds of personal diaries suggests that individuals who identified as "happier" in their twenties and thirties did best of all. We are apt to use different language now than the nuns used while writing their diaries. We might use words like "feelings of agency" or "radical acceptance of conditions".

It kind of makes me think that throwing money at poverty will not close up the life expectancy gap. It also makes me think the race and poverty pimping that destroys "agency" is counter-productive if their goal is to improve the lives of the people they pretend to represent.

Eaton Rapids Joe is a Homo sapiens subspecies: Sentient sarcastus. He is cis-gendered with twice the "lived experiences" of callow youths in their twenties and early-thirties. He is passionate about family and church. Joe enjoys eating, telling stories, shooting, harvesting fish and game, gardening and hoisting Progressives on their own petard.


  1. I am not surprised.
    Now that we are in a society with a surfeit of resources, we are finding that more stuff doesn't in and of itself make life better.
    Another example is schooling, where schools that spend more per student have worse outcomes than schools who spend less per student - this disconnect has been now for many years but is widely ignored in the bureaucratic push for more money regardless of the evidence.

  2. "Papio Cynocephalis," with my nursing background, I was racking my brain trying to figure which malady or species of pathogen or even species it might have been, then I thought google it...Papio cyno­cephalus is a species of baboon in most of Africa. That explains the disjointed and irrelevant descriptor.

    1. Yeah, well I changed that because it seemed needlessly inflammatory. Incidentally, it was the DOG-FACED version which is what I focused on.

  3. Its a sign of their mental illness.
    #1 pure virtue signaling, like a macaque howling at a potential mate.
    #2 They actually believe people give a shit.... thats how narcissistic and self-obsessed they are.

  4. I struggled at first with the jogging thing after my 2nd knee went all bend the wrong way and such in the motorcycle races but the world came back in focus and love bloomed once again when I discovered bicycle riding and the wind blowing through my hair again . Jogging out ! French bike rider in !

  5. I hope it wasn't lack of sex that makes nuns and monks live longer because if it is I'm about done for. ---ken

  6. Ken Are you bragging. Woody

  7. While the individuals studied may have taken a vow of poverty, their orders are presumably not without resources that can be brought to bear in the case of illness. That said, I imagine that the lifestyle contributes significantly to their longevity. I am assuming a good balance of physical labor and rest periods that come from sitting down for spiritual study. Other contributors might be a general lack of commercial restaurant food in the diet and a lifestyle mostly isolated from the general public.

  8. ERJ, I remember a study from some years ago of nuns in their 80's and 90's and how even though their brains in some cases were riddled with evidence of Alzheimer's, they did not demonstrate evidence of the disease. I certainly find it believable that a regular life divided in rest, work, and contemplation in a community and with a regulated diet and limited stress (against modern life stress) could create a much different outcome for living.

    Regarding the self hyping without accomplishment: it reminds of the line from The Incredibles, where the villain says "If everyone is super, then no-one is super".

  9. Joe, I think your intersectionality score is pretty close to zero with that description! It’s something to strive for, certainly!


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