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DIY Standing Computer Desk

I'm not a big fan of heart attacks and I definitely want to avoid back problems. There are a growing number of studies showing how bad sitting all day is for you. The animated video below lists a number of the problems that are caused . (Also see below for what you...

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Made in the USA

  A town full of empty buildings, closed signs, and homeless people. This was the sight I was greeted with after returning to my home town after seven years in Japan. I recently watched "Death by China", a movie about how all the products coming from China, and...

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Palms and Blue Sky

I actually took this picture a few days ago, but I figured better late than never. Even though it's November you would never know it. The weather is warm and the sky is...

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Incorporating Exercise Into Everyday Activities

Not all exercise has to be done at the gym or as part of an exercise routine. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as changing your daily habits. Parking farther from the store, walking when you could drive, or even getting up to change the TV channel  instead of...

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Mauna Kea

It's been just over a month and a half since we moved to Hawaii and we absolutely love living in Hawaii.  In order to share some of the activities and sites that we are seeing I am going to try and post pictures as often as possible. Ideally I would like to post...

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Kona, Hawaii and Tribes

My wife and I have been living in Hawaii now for just a little over a month and still hadn't been to the ocean. We needed to go to Costco, so we thought we would make a short visit to the beaches of Kona before going shopping. It's about an hour and forty minute drive...

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Linchpin: How To Be Indespensible

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Over the last few decades businesses have become all about lowering costs. Finding cheaper materials, cheaper processes, and cheaper labor. Because of this, many jobs have been shipped overseas or automated. Job security has become a...

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Fixing Back, Shoulder, and Neck Pain

I injured my shoulder when I was in high school. I was learning Karate at the time and we were practicing throws. The person I was training with threw me; my arm went, but my body didn't. My shoulder has never been the same since. I have tried stretching,...

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New home, new diet, new life!

It's been quite a while since I have written here on Simplistic Thoughts. There are a number of reasons for the hiatus. There have been many things that I wanted to blog about, but never was able  to do so because of the big changes in my life. For the last 5 years I...

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