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Halloween 2018 – Velma Forever

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It’s not the same kind of fun now that my kids are in high school. They don’t have school parties or go trick-or-treating anymore. But I’m still Velma. I’m Velma forever. I’ll get to wear my costume to CrossFit tonight for our Halloween partner work...

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Testing Aerobic Power and Overall Fitness – The Level Method

CrossFit has four ways to define fitness (and many fitness pros don’t even have a definition…do you?). CrossFit references 4 standards to define fitness: Performing well in Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, Accuracy (Basic Physical Skills) Being able to perform any of an infinitely random...

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Handstand Practice Routine – Oh Yes You Can

I’m getting serious about handstands. They have been a goal for me since I turned 50. In the intervening four years, I have been strength training and working on core and back strength a lot. Over 50 and added muscle and now adding skills. We’re told to expect to lose...

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Meeting of the Paneled Room in Iowa City

Meeting Topic: Character – Design & Expression We tell stories through characters. Simple, right? It’s more complicated than it sounds. Characters need to be consistent across pages yet diverse in their aspects. We’ll discuss how to create visual hooks & cues for consistency and how to use camera angles and expressions for diversity. Story, panel sheet, and time...

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I Have a Trans Son So Shut the Hell Up

I usually avoid talking politics. Years of family and social media conflict have shown me political beliefs are based on tribal identity. It’s more about being part of a team than individual analysis. Most people can’t give a rational argument for their choices. And when I run into a person...

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Why My Kids CrossFit and You Should Too

Today, I’m thinking about my kids’ fitness. They’re gamers and readers and academically gifted. Neither is into sports or healthy eating. I got them interested in CrossFit this summer watching the CrossFit Games and talking to them about my experiences at my box. My teens (14, 15) have been with...

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Glassman Educates the Doctors After Suing…Everybody

There are so many things to love about CrossFit. The WODs, of course. The camaraderie. The memes. But today I love most of all the lawsuits. Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, is at war with…everybody. He’s gone after Reebok for business impropriety. He went after the National Strength and Conditioning...

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Public vs Private Life – Moon Nodes in the Houses

I go back and forth between house systems. Sometimes one fits better than another. I won’t go into the way the house systems are determined. Other sites can give you the detailed logic — usually based on your birth location’s distance from the Earth’s poles (this is the science behind astrology)....

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Sex, Violence, World Domination, and Getting Blacklisted

I’m starting to get a rhythm with my webcomic, Darklord. Sex, violence, and world domination are underway. You can see the thumbs in the sidebar to the left. I have  a post write-up along with the pages, so if you’re interested in the process, you’ll find more information on that...