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· Crazy is Normal a classroom exposé

· My Splendid Concubine, 3rd edition

· Running with the Enemy

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· How I sold almost 2,000 books in twenty hours TWICE

· It is Time – Relief for Victims of Lone-Wolf Killers such as James Holmes

· Living on the thin side of Black Ice

· Getting Oriented

· Learning to Love and Hate while teaching ESL in the Middle Kingdom

· The Release of The Concubine Saga is another Cheap Marketing Ploy

· Smartphone

· The birth of a child called Prose

· The Luxury of Heartache

· Learning from Death

· Putting Cupid's Arrows on Ice

· The Never-Ending Book Promotion Blues

· Walking the Path of Dead Explorers

· LIttle No More

· Revelation

· Symphony

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  Chasing Vitality
by Lloyd Lofthouse
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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There are other choices besides a twelve step program.


The wake-up call arrived
In 1981,
While swimming
In a bottle of Scotch
With mouth open.

The alarm was
A mountain hike
Followed by
Stiff, hellish,
Lactic acid pain,
A week of aching agony!

Thirty-six pounds overweight,
One for each year;
Popping anti-acids
And pain ‘killers’
like candy kisses;
Shooting pains
Cramping fingers;
Not exercising;
Endless sinus infections
Due to chemical
Classroom exposures.
Afraid to sleep!
Might never awake!

That mountain hike pushed
Me over the edge.

It was a long fall
From carnivore to vegan
Escaping eggs, milk and meat;
Giving up whiskey;
Being chased by
Sodas, pizza
And beer
In ‘bad’ dreams.

After that transformation,
Most of the pain was left
In the sun blasted dust
Climbing endless
Mountain trails.

Sage advice:
“To eat what you don’t want,
drink what you don’t like
and do what you’d rather not.”
— Mark Twain

After a few months of distress,
It gets easy.

I met a couple in line at
Orion’s Express vegan fast food
In Pasadena, California.
He showed me his
Stroke scars
Where the doctor
Cracked his chest.

It’s all about restraint
Instead of Sinatra singing,
“I did it my way”
For people headed
Toward an early grave
Like my brother, Richard.

Why not hunt for
The Vampire Lestat?
Summon him
And seek the true
Fountain of Youth.

Could it be that
Ponce De Leon was looking
In the wrong places
Leading us astray?
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Reviewed by Bonnie May 10/30/2008
Wise and painstaking write. If only we would realize how much damage we do to our bodies and how short life truly is, maybe we would finally open our eyes, Great write. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/29/2008
Honest, self-revelation shines through this and Gene is right about the last four lines, simply excellent.
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 10/29/2008
Sigh...too true, and personally must return to the straight and narrow--candy and baking my downfall. "Moderation in all things" seems to be not just for the ancient Greek philosophers, but, (with the addition of those long hikes) the best medicine.
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 10/29/2008
The theory that one must endure pain to 'gain' a perfect body isn't true ... but one MUST use self-control in all things. Moderation is the key!

Thought provoking write.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/29/2008
Yes indeed,very well written and I enjoyed very much dear well and always safe...Hugss
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 10/29/2008
An excellent written poem,I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/28/2008
Admirable, Lloyd, in its writing and its honesty.
Excellent, line by line, especially the final four.

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Running with the Enemy

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Crazy is Normal a classroom exposé

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