A line in the sand

Do you sometimes get stuck in depression? I do. Sometimes I get stuck in depression and can only focus on the problem of depression and the problems it causes in my life.

Below is my Line In The Sand.


No more talk about the problem of depression and the problems it causes. Problems with depression will likely rear their ugly heads, but in future posts I will cease to focus on the problems. Future posts will, to the best of my ability, focus on solutions to the problem of depression.

Solutions not problems. I like that a lot.

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A first for 2017

It’s been over a year since my last post. Had a bit of a depression brown-out. Not a full go-to-bed black-out, mind you. It was just enough to knock-out my ability to write.

If you tend to be depressed, you know what I mean. I was like – write? Why would I do that?

If you’ve had a bit of a brown-out lately and are back from it — welcome back!

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The ego

Last week I ran across a reference to Amber-Allen Publishing (amberallen.com). Today I went to their web site. Who knew they published “The Four Agreements”? One of my favorite books.

About five years ago I took on the second Agreement – – Don’t take anything personally. It’s definitely one of the most difficult things I have taken on in life. More difficult even than abstaining from ice cream. And that is a tough one.

But I digress. The ego.

On the Amber-Allen site is a blog. Good stuff there. The first post I saw was “The Ego”. From the post I got a much healthier (I believe) view of the ego and its function in our lives. That our ego is there to help us deal with the physical world and we might as well thank that part of us instead of trying to get that part of us to go away.

You can find the entire post (The Ego) at:


May your ego be your amigo.

Cheers,  Cliff

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And now for something completely different

tulip_200If you follow this blog at all, you might have noticed (hopefully) that I hadn’t posted in a while – ok, so it was over a year.

Last December I realized my anti-depressant was no longer working. Probably hadn’t worked for a while. Thus no posts for a year.

So, a new year and a new anti-depressant. Yay! And voila I am interested in the world again and posting to this blog. It is amazing what a change in brain chemistry can do for your outlook on life

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80% of heart disease is preventable


There are numerous factors that can increase your risk. By maintaining normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels and a healthy weight, you are minimizing three important risk factors that can help support your heart health.

Know your numbers—are you at risk?

heartImage_20Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” because there are often no symptoms associated with it in the early stages. It’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

heartImage_20Cholesterol. High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. A simple blood test can measure the amount of “good” cholesterol (HDL) or “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in your blood. Current research is focused on the importance of lowering LDL cholesterol.

heartImage_20Weight. Overweight and obesity can both be defined by Body Mass Index or BMI (which is a ratio of weight to height). Being overweight to obese, and in particular carrying your extra weight around your abdomen, adds extra stress on your heart, increases inflammation, and puts you at significantly increased risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

What can I do?

Even small changes in lifestyle (e.g. diet, exercise, and appropriate supplementation) can have a big impact. Here are the most important steps you can take: Lose weight if you are not at your ideal weight. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Avoid fast food. Get active. Avoid smoking. Manage stress. Work with your doctor to understand your risk factors.

You have only one heart. Making smart choices now will pay off the rest of your life.

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Choose the Right Carbs to Help Control Your Diabetes Risk

I don’t know about you, but – for me – sugar is a food group. For you too – probably. Since Thanksgiving I have dramatically reduced the simple carbs I eat. As well as depression, there is diabetes in my family. Being diabetic just doesn’t sound all that interesting to me. There is the whole cutting off of body parts, blindness and lots of other not-so-fun stuff that goes along with diabetes.

Nah, Niet, I don’t think so. So far I’ve dodged that bullet. And I want to keep it that way. My last post was from the Health & Nutrition Letter from Tufts University. Below is another article from them. It’s worth a read if your blood sugar is a bit high or a lot high.

More fiber, less starch, linked to lower risk.

You already know to avoid added sugars, but now the evidence is mounting that another type of carbohydrate may also be implicated in weight gain and diabetes risk – starch. That’s tricky, because identifying high-starch foods requires doing a little arithmetic on the Nutrition Facts label (see box). But the health rewards may be worth breaking out the calculator.  more

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Longevity Benefits Seen with Moderate Coffee Drinking

Up to five cups a day safe, may have protective benefits.

That extra cup of coffee is not only safe for most people, but might actually reduce your risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and several other causes. Continuing the recent buzz of good news for coffee lovers, Harvard researchers reported in the journal Circulation an association between drinking three to five cups a day and lower mortality risk. The association was seen for cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and even suicide, but not cancer. Drinkers of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee saw benefits.  more

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