Yellow Brick Road

A Journal by Don Gerz

"Formal Learning and Human Experience" by Don Gerz
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Every well-written book adds to human experience, and every experience adds to old books and new ones waiting to be written and read. Without experience, there are no books.


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And without books, whether old, new, or in between, old experiences have to be relived and rewritten so that new ones can be lived to enrich all life then, now, and tomorrow.


Read yesterday, create now, realize the future.


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November 2014 Exercise Numbers
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November 2014 was the most balanced month for different forms of consistant exercise I've accomplished during the last 4.5 years.

Some numbers for this month:


13 swimming workouts (9.23 miles total)

15 biking workouts (75 miles total)

12 gym workouts (2,200 reps total)

27 days of exercise (out of 30 = 90%)



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Nov. '14


"Love Is More Than a Feeling"
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It is a deep connection between two beings, a bond that helps each feel accepted and deeply valued, not only by each other, but by all existence and by all that produces existence and all there is, was, and will be.

Yes, love is a mysterious, living experience that produces good feelings, but it is not a feeling itself.  It engenders feelings.  It engenders things not yet conceived.  Love engenders all.

There is nothing without love; and without love, nothing has true being.

The more we lose ourselves into all that is, the more love we experience. The more we find ourselves within all being, the more we lose ourselves into all that is.

Love is everywhere...even down dead-ends, even within despair, even beyond faith and hope.  In fact, love is beyond even itself.  It has no end.

--- Don Gerz, November 17, 2014

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Swimming and Biking Report for October and from July 2010 to November 2014
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SWIMMING
9.23 Miles in October '14
637
Miles since July 2010 >>> (52 Months)
897 Thirty-minute workouts since July 2010
(4 Workouts per week since July 2010)

Don with Bike August 2014
BIKING
110 Miles in October '14
502 M
iles since March 1, 2014 >>> (8 Months)
110 Workouts since March 1, 2014 >>> (8 Months)
( 3.1 Workouts per week since March 1, 2014)

OCT. 2014

SWIM REPORT 11-1-14

BIKE REPORT 11-1-14

"How Does a Daffodil Sound?" (1999)
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First, you have to listen
Beyond sight and sound
Turmoil and chatter
Traffic jams and exploding engines…
Beyond the trivial pursuits
Pursuing us modern cave dwellers

Then step out into the daffodil sun
Into the daffodil sounds
Inside the arpeggios and crescendos of their
Yellow melodies, trumpet shades of petal bright
Beams of eternity grasping earthen harmonies
Brassy declarations ringing in our waxen years
Blasting through our sodden ears

The sounds of a singular, golden
Flower making all the difference
In this gray world


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Latest Collection: "Beethoven Returns: Poems from 2008-to-2014"
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http://www.orgsites.com/ga/donald-gerz-literary-academic-works/Beet.doc


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Swimming and Biking Numbers as of October 1, 2014
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Put up some decent numbers for September, especially in biking.

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BIKING
100 Miles in 20 Workouts (Sept. 2014)
392 Miles in 92 Workouts (Last 7 Months)



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SWIMMING
9.23 miles in 13 workouts (Sept. 2014)
628 miles in 884 workouts (Last 51 Months)


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"Knowledge without Boundaries"
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“We are social beings.” - Aristotle

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If we see knowledge as mostly personal, direct, private, and individual experience, we have a diminished desire for the experiences of others.

And if we have no honest interest in the experiences of others, we cannot bond with those whose experiences and knowledge are different from our own.

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However, since we are the sum of our experiences, both direct and indirect, personal and private, as well as individual and collective, we cannot survive without escaping from our self-imposed isolation.

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When we limit the boundaries of knowledge to encompass only personal, private, and individual experience, we lose our natural yearnings for the knowledge that infuses all time and beyond, all histories and beyond, all perceptions and beyond, all space and beyond, and all selves and beyond.

By definition, knowledge without boundaries encompasses private and direct experience, as well as the experiences of all who have lived, are living, and will live within individual and collective experience.

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Best Posts from August '13 to August '14
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"Desmond and the Roach" (July 2014)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2014/07/17/


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"Life and Death in the Back Row" (June 2014)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2014/06/22/


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"The Nature of Creation" (May 2014)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2014/05/22/


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"Human and Divine Production" (March 2014)
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"Hitting Rock Bottom" (March 2014)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2014/03/02/


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"The Defeat of Defeat" (January 2014)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2014/01/23/


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"The Whole Enchilada" (December 2013)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2013/12/07/


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"Beethoven Returns" (November 2013)
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"Notes on Behavioral Process vs. Authoritarian
Prescriptions in Language" (August 2013)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2013/08/21/


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"Notes on Language as a Behaviorally
Fluid Process" (August 2013)
http://dongerz.livejournal.com/2013/08/18/


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"Tutorials for Advanced Academic
Research and Composition" (August 2013)

http://www.orgsites.com/ga/donald-gerz-literary-academic-works/Tutorials.doc

(Note: The file of the above link will take at least 30-seconds to
download because it is over 100-pages in length.)


Swimming and Biking for August 2014
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All things considered, I'm pleased with my numbers for August. For the last 4 years, I've been challenging myself with regular swimming exercise to control weight, improve health, and enhance general well-being. Six months ago, I added biking.
SWIMMING SUMMARY

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12 Miles in August 2014 >>> 16 Workouts
618 Miles since July 2010 >>> 49 months

870 Workouts since July 2010

(4.1 Workouts per week since July 2010
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BIKING SUMMARY

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105 Miles in August 2014 >>> 19 Workouts
292 M
iles since March 1, 2014 >>> 6 Months

72 Workouts since March 1, 2014 >>> 6 Months
(2.6 Workouts per week since March 1, 2014
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Weight on July 1, 2010 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 205 lbs.
Weight on Sept. 1, 2014 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 168 lbs.
Weight Loss since July 1, 2010 >>>>>>>>>> 37 lbs.

Blood Pressure & Resting Heart Rate (Aug. 11, 2014) >>> 121/67 - 62
Age >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 67


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All exercise is logged daily.

SWIM 09-01-14

BIKE 09-01-14


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