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As off-topic as I can get

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I can't imagine why a single reader would care what I think about local Boston sports radio, but hey, I've had these thoughts for a while, and I've got a forum, so what the hey. Please feel free to skip right over it.

I've always found the WEEI morning guys, Dennis and Callahan, to be assholes. Mean, smug, narrow-minded. Real assholes. But if I wanted anything near sports discussion in the car in the morning, I was stuck with them. Usually, I would bail after a few minutes, when I couldn't take their half-truth crap any longer.

The burden of vegetables

The NYT looks at vegetable-eating habits in America, and the trends are not good.

Quoting a study by market researchers the NPD Group, it said that "the number of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17 percent; in 1994, it was 22 percent. At restaurants, salads ordered as a main course at either lunch or dinner dropped by half since 1989, to a mere 5 percent."

Listen to an expert

Not to be redundant, but to catch all my new readers up to speed, my issue is food addiction, both personally and professionally. I am a food addict, and I believe that well more than 10 million Americans are as well.

In one slight sense, it doesn't matter. My extensive experience is that when I accepted standard addiction treatments that go back decades, I started losing weight and now I've kept about 160 pounds off for almost two decades.

With results like that, who cares what they call "it," right?

Food addiction workshop

This post relates to the one immediately before it, but I wanted to give it its own headline: The acquaintance between Dr. Tarman and the Acorn folks has led to a five-day food-addiction workshop at the Renascent Center in Toronto beginning Oct. 20.

To register, you can call Sandra Elia at 416-986-0006. 

Help ReStore, and help yourself

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An arm of Habitat for Humanity sells donated building materials, appliances, and furniture and uses the money to advance the cause of affordable housing. In addition to the money raised, jobs are created and a bunch of useful stuff is kept from the landfill.

You probably knew all that. 

Anyway, a new ReStore, as the retail operations are called, is opening in West Roxbury, and they're looking for a manager. Follow this link to check out the particulars.

Could it be more basic?

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A basic fact of life is its necessities: Food, clothing, and shelter. Gotta have those to live, right?

I focus on the first of the three, of course. A recurring thought I've been having recently is also pretty basic: We cavalierly call a favored class of this necessity, this building block of life, "junk food." And, for most people, it's an everyday choice.

Willingly, so many of us freely build our health on a stream of junk.

We think we're so smart.



On sale at Harvard

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A huge difference between the traditional and self-publishing routes is where the books sell. Authors on the former path can expect to have their books sold in thousands of bricks-and-mortar locations, by virtue of their mainstream publishers' solid distribution deals with very large retailers.


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