Ted’s essays

weight just a darn minnut

Older motorcycle riders begin questioning their hobby as it gets harder to handle their bikes at low or no speeds. Some sell their bikes and quit open air touring, others get side-car rigs, traditional trikes, the newer 2-wheels in front trikes, topless sports cars or give up on the whole concept of the trip being more important than the destination. Many of those are giving up riding the 1,000-pound cruisers and big touring bikes they view as integral to biking joys, not imagining motorcycling pleasure being possible on light, more easily managed two-wheelers. Lamentably, I sense that day approaching. Strength, balance and agility all matter when you pull up to a stop on a motorcycle. As you can see from […]

ice dancing

Occasionally the winter snowfalls conspire to make walking around our yard treacherous. My wife responds by putting ice cleats on a pair of snow boots and switching to them to walk on ice and from them to climb into her van, enter her destination or go back into the house. I walk very carefully. For the most part, her plan is a lot smarter than mine. Old brittle bones break easier than what we grew up with and heal a lot slower. Being a gambling man is not very clever. On the other hand, I am also a solution man. Here is the harrowing solution. On a sunny afternoon with temperatures well above freezing, I connected a “blanket harrow” […]

Take Action: encourage your sheriff to be like this one

Ohio sheriff relays AND responds to warning given to National Sheriff’s Association This sheriff may not be perfect, but he certainly is blazing a good trail worth following for the 3,081 sheriffs in the USofA. All of them were invited to an official FBI briefing in Washington DC. The Butler County, Ohio sheriff was not only impressed with the gravity of the situation, He is taking action. That action is to recruit and involve good citizens of Butler County in building a team that may have a chance of survival against the immediate threats every county in the USofA is currently facing. According to FBI information – as well as what any of us paying attention already knew, the […]

The American’s Creed

I found the following in The National Pulse archive. I want to insure against it disappearing altogether, therefore add it to my own archives. I find it pertinent on several counts, chief among them being that it is what we would today consider to summarize “conservative values”, yet is attributed to what in 1952 was penned by “a liberal commentator”. How far we have fallen.   “An American’s Creed” – 163 Words to Remind Us What it Means to be A Unkept Citizen. In the 1950s, a liberal commentator who had a number of aborted runs for public office wrote some of the most important words in modern American political discourse. Words that should have an impact as we evaluate […]

I am back

Every time I dive into the infrastructure of my websites, I find myself fighting a tar baby… That is: technology I do not use often enough to know and/or remember how to use it competently. I have now come out the other side of the morass – having successfully trimmed my World Wide Web holdings to BitterrootBugle.com and TedDunlap.net. During the heat of the battle, none of my websites were available for a day or two. I apologize if you missed us. Thank you for looking. They are back… that is, those two are back. I am back.

Eating food is a tough habit to break

Today marks the 20th day of my 2024 January fast. I still have not eaten anything this year – and may not resume anytime soon. Last night I was reading my fasting journals from 2020 (9 days), 2021 (10 days) and 2022 (11 days). My physical reactions are similar each time I put my body into super-self-healing mode. Several of nature’s regeneration tools join fasting’s hyper production of Human Growth Hormone and Autophagy system to search-and-destroy invaders trying to compromise my health, while rebuilding healthy cells from toenails to hair, piece-by-piece. I still get tired early and have a slightly elevated temperature in the evenings. The body says “bundle up and rest”. So I bundle up and rest. Some directives […]

fasting puts me in awesome company

Here are some great quotations on fasting. It seems many of the great names in history found power in fasting – and said so quite publicly and clearly. Thinking about it, only recently did fasting fall into disfavor… supplanted by “fast food” … which, for nutritional value is far worse than nothing. The hunter-gatherer life our bodies are designed around fasted every time their local food source became scarce. As a regular thing, it is as natural as sunrise. A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors. Mark Twain The best of all medicines are resting and fasting. Benjamin Franklin Fasting gives you confidence to know that […]

pictures from our cold snap

I suppose if you grew up in Wisconsin, Michigan or North Dakota, this wouldn’t be all that impressive. But I grew up in coastal northern California and haven’t lived anyplace that touched yesterday’s minus 41 low, let alone today’s minus 28/29. Dang, that bites… Literally… chews on, stings whatever skin you offer up to it. Storm doors, double-pane windows … yeah, they all grow frost coats. My foresight to install wood heat and stock up on both free kindling and moderately affordable local forest BTUs is looking rather clever today… wait until the electricity shuts off for a bit. Wow! Genius!!! We took yesterday off from wood heat. It was just too darn cold to go across the yard […]

Ask your doctor if autophagy is right for you

I would be very surprised to find a pharma-prescription-writer who knew anything about autophagy, let alone about what a healing powerhouse it is. That would be a fun exercise to try out if you know something about it yourself. I have not eaten anything this year – I am completing my 10th day of a fast I hope to pursue for another 10 days. All motivated by autophagy and its almost amazing ability to enable our bodies to heal themselves – even curing things you did not know were out of whack. I was inspired by the impressively swollen lymph nodes in my neck. I resigned myself in November to undertake a fast, but decided I was going to […]

Rx: approaching a fast

On January 1st I began a water (only) fast. I posted about it here: fasting instead of pharmacy Over the last few days I have begun noticing some of the health improvements I was seeking. I also, as I wrestle with fond memories of food and eating, have been thinking about why I am able to do this. My wife read much of the same information I did, decided to do a fast herself, then resumed eating after a bit over 24 hours off the stuff. What’s the difference? Among other things, this is not my first one. I have done 9-11 day fasts before and know I can do it again. More to the point I want to […]

fasting instead of pharmacy

I am once again making myself visit the powerful medicine of fasting. I have been waiting for my immune system to kick a few problems, but that has not yet happened. It is time to bring out the serious troops. Normies hie themselves down to the diploma-ed drug pushers who have an extensive cornucopia of drugs for every side effect they prescribe. That is unattractive to me, hard to watch in others, yet I understand the draw. I considered scheduling a 20-day fast in December, but there were too many engagements on my calendar that would sorely tempt me towards social eating. It would have made a challenging task even more difficult as well as being rather anti-social to […]

Today is 123123

Silly, perhaps, but interesting anyway. Written another way it is 12.31.23 Remove the dots and you get 123123.