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  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Short story: 'Interlude. Words & Breakfast, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    Interlude 'Words & Breakfast'
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    Another day begins
    - yup.
    You know, this place, I love it. The silent morning, the sleep and the tranquil way it greets you with visuals from Earth, gorgeous, lush Scandinavian birch trees and lush burning auburn colors that intermingle with our A.I garden and throughout the ship, it´s like walking inside a contemporary Scandinavian minimalist designers dream world.
    - I love this place too man.

  • Short story: 'The Gateway Earth Chaebol, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    The Gateway Earth Chaebol
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    'The Musk colony' as it was informally called could right now be thought of as a real but still very challenged success simply because the fleet had actually managed to reach their destination and somewhat to his own surprise, the entire fleet was still operational, bruised but functional.
    And considering how space travel and logistics had been prone to so many errors in the decades leading up to their unparalleled launch, the fact that they were all here, it was nothing but amazing. Taken for granted by the crew, by now at least, but still nothing but amazing.

    And while it was true, that they still had not actually put any human feet on the ground. Or even landed a single ship or UAV.
    We had reached our destination.

  • Book: "Legend of the Stone Cutter'', is a short fantasy adaptation of a man that wished for ever more . Originally written by the authors Brother Grimm with minor writing by Mike Koontz. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




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    The legend of the stone cutter is often thought of as a Japanese folktale. But there are also seeds of pagan Europe and other parts of Asia in its many origins and crossroads.

    It weaves the tale of a poor man, plagued with unhappiness for his own lot in life. This man worked as a highly skilled but poorly paid stonecutter, and one day he simply came to the conclusion that enough was enough and that he deserved so much more than who he was. His wish for transformative change came to be through the aid of a supernatural being, and with that his greedy appetite for a world of ever more was awoken, until one day he had come full circle and reached a state of peace with himself.
    Written by no one, and everyone.
    Before this slightly altered version, the German authors Brothers Grimm put their thoughts to the pen, but you also had the Scottish author Andrew Lang writing his very own version of the stone cutter. And there have been countless of Asian authors and Nordic ones throughout history, before and after the Brothers Grimm. And as such, I am sure, many others that told their own version of this old folktale, because like the wind, this is an ageless story about life and man, and like the wind I am sure that it will both transform and stay the same for thousands of years to come.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: "A scandal in Bohemia'', a short walk down Baker street, adventure 1 in the chronicles of detective Sherlock Holmes life by author Arthur Conan Doyle. One evening read.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Short story number 1 from the adventures and life of English master detective Sherlock Holmes.
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Short story: 'The common cyborg, 2028AD' a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    '2028AD'
    Standalone story
    The common cyborg

     

    This is a short stand-alone sci-fi story from my near future book universe 2028AD. You can read it as is, a short near future sci-fi story, served in a perfectly delicious coffee break bite size to entertain and brighten your day. Or you can read it as a slice of time picked straight out of the bigger story that is the shared book universe 2028AD.

    It is however, capable of standing on its own exactly as it is, but like life itself, it is also just one little photon that connects to all the others swimming in the one vast ocean together with each other :). Giving meaning and context, life and transforming movement and energy through its own ripples. And perhaps one day you will find out that this little snippet is very much a meaningful part of the bigger story that is waiting to unravel. And perhaps this story will reappear again, with a beginning and a continuation.

  • Book: 'Mommas little boy' A real life bed time story caught inbetween the meeting of a brown bear family and a little boy. By Mike Koontz.




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    This is one of the many short stories that people tell each other countless of times in various of ways.
    And like some of those fictional stories, this one also happens to be based on actual every day event that took place in Sweden, the summer of 1850.

    Like many other such events, real or imaginary, it might change a tiny bit with each generation re telling it in their very own way (this particular event was for instance once made famous as a Swedish children's song, 'Mors lilla Olle', by Alice Tegner, as well as a poem by Wilhelm von Braun).
    But at its core I am sure its every iteration remain quite faithful towards what actually happened that summers day when the little boy named Olle befriended a wild Brown Bear and her two little cubs deep inside that old Swedish forest.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the untamed home of Norse Vikings.

    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    This short bed time story book also includes the original Swedish poem by Swedish poet, Wilhelm von Braum
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Tales from Winters Realm' Book 2, is a short song of words from Winters Realm, with poetry and photography, and short stories from life by Mike Koontz.




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and events.
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    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    A short, sweet taste of life in words and views, the way I see it and the way I think about it.
    Enjoy!.

    Author, photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • October 10, a misty sunshine morning down by the lake. A perfect slice of life as told in a slightly mature and NSFW short story.

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    October 10, morning by the lake
    Our rowing boat and the white-tailed eagle

     



    As life progress across the expanding space that is time and the growing universe, it touches each and every one of us.
    Changing us from the inside out, simultaneously and incrementally steering a continual change in both the largest and smallest of ways.
    This gradual transformation caused by life and your own actual needs and healthy choices, is as wonderful as it is taken for granted, but in truly rare everyday life moments, as life reach out to touch you as you cast yourself out to enjoy the untamed and never ending torrent that is life, something remarkable sometimes happens and in those moments you and life find yourself mixing and merging to change the wild waters of the entire universe through that very same unilateral and symbiotic touch.

  • Book: 'The Christmas tree'. A short story from the magic of the polar night by Dickens






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    Dickens dancing around the good ol christmas tree in yet another short little story taking us through the dawn of winter and santas realm

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Chimes' is a ghastly short book read by Dickens, suitable for a few dark winter evenings.






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    Dickens first literary expression on Christmas ended up being "A Christmas Carol", this was later followed by a series of short books, amongst them the book you are currently about to devour. 'The chimes' which is a tale of magic and the cycle of years turning yet another page in the midst of winters grasp.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'A Christmas Carol' by Dickens






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    Dickens first literary expression on Christmas ended up being "A Christmas Carol", this was later followed by a series of short books, Thackeray wrote of A Christmas Carol, "Who can listen to objections regarding such a book as this? It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it, a personal kindness."

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Night after xmas, a yule log adventure'. A compilation of short form Winter solstice and Christmas adventures by various authors, including Mike Koontz.






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    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning. And that is as good a reason to celebrate Christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas or even the origin of xmas.

    What the yule day however always was - is your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and to do so no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    Some of the following short stories are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Yule Log Adventures - Christmas stories for all






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    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning, a Christian thing and nothing more according to some. And that is as good a reason to celebrate christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas, or even the origin of xmas.

    It´s simply your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    So have a good one, without grief, without concern, without bickering and stress. Because you enjoying a pleasant day of giving and recieving. You enjoying life by yourself or with the people you love, that is truly what christmas is about, a celebration of life and the circle of night and day, dark and light. Winter and Summer, solstice, ice and snow and all.

    The Yule log Adventures is simply a collection of xmas stories reflecting that myriad of reasons as to why you should and could celebrate christmas.

    Some are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Review, 'All that I am' by Dennis Lowery

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    'All that I am' - 2015
    A short story by Dennis Lowery



    'All that I am' is a short sci.fi story written by US-based (Florida, Jacksonville) author and publisher Dennis Lowery and it is currently available over at Amazon.
    What I read, and what I am reviewing is a properly finished encapsulated short story per se, but also in many ways still a work in progress title, and seed - with a strong potential for a full-length book, or even multiple books spanning this universe further down the road. Depending of course on exactly where Dennis take his promising start.
  • The reluctant Dragon and other stories




    Dip your toes in the tales of three friends, St. George, the reluctant dragon and a young boy. As well as other short and imaginary stories from the mind of Kenneth Grahame.

    Photography, and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • A Square Box and the dwelling Sea




    Another adventure taking place at sea. One can almost think of it as Arthur´s secret mistress, the sea that is.

    Photography, web adaptation, and bonus poem by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • two friends, thick as thieves




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the deep rabbit hole

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • in the land of Faries




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from old days.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • a Watch, a Snake, dog and Cat




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from the land of fairies and magical things.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • A tale of the Caliph




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from the middle east.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Of fairies and lore




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from Spain.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • of blood and bones




    One mans thoughts went in circles upon his solitary journey, well that is one way to describe this short story about a small group of shipwrecked and solitary living people. Two couples from afar, whome for a short time touched each other. from Sherlock Holmes author Conan Doyle.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Between Science and lore




    Two scientists embark on the "impossible" and manages in an experiment like nothing before it switch bodies with each other.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • A cursed ship




    Another fictional story from Conan that deals with the mysteries at sea. An abandoned ship found floating around the open sea, without a living soul onboard.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Hang Him High!.




    The mob screamed "Lynch Him", and I knew this tale would be all about his Life and Death. A row of murderers they where.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Secret Agent(s)




    A story of Secret Agents, meetings in hiding and the murky waters of shadowy societies as seeb through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Tragic Love Story





    Red hot blooded and a feud amongst the wildest of mountains, a short story courtesy of Scott Fitzgerald.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Whimsical vintage youth





    A short story from the maze of Fitzgerald´s mind that dripping with irony and dry humour in its rear view mirror look on society, takes us for a whimsical little trip down a few moments in young Bernice´s life.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Ghostly or not?





    A short story from the icy North to the Dixie South, ghastly gouls and home sweet home.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Almost like Orlando Bloom





    In this piracy themed love story we find something as rare as a happy ending, pure love and romance thingy from F Scott Fitzgerald. And to boot, as always, he provides a good read and enjoyable writing. Just not with any negative and disillusioned vibes this time.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Three voices' a short poem by Lewis Carroll






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    Another poetic duo perfectly made for a coffee break bite by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Phantasmagoria' a not so short poem by Lewis Carroll.






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    A ghastly coffee break bite poem x 2, by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Fluid Lovers





    A short story from Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle that tells the tale of a beautiful and sensuous woman that followed her mind and heart and came for a time, to be the wife of two men, and who can ever blame someone else for following the truth of their own little road.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Conan Doyle and a Druid





    A short story from Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle that takes us for a short walk through an adventurous mountain hike that ends with a pagan blood sacrifice at the hands of a druid.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Little Snow, without the prejudice



    'Little Snow' is based on the original story by The Brothers Grimm

    Together the Grimms wrote more than 200 stories under their moniker "Brothers Grimm" and we aim to publish the best ones, either in its original and slightly crude form. Or as enhanced stories that we ourselves have rewritten like with this more fleshed out and adult version of "Little Snow".

    Original translation by Margaret Taylor (1884)

    Photography, web adaptation, and additional writing by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • 7 ravens, 7 brothers, 1 girl



  • Dick takes a walk through self driving





    The variable man was first published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, January 1953 and is one of many Sci.Fi stories from the American Author, perhaps best known for his short stories that ended up being the inspiration for the Hollywood movie "Minority Report". But worth mentioning is also "Blade Runner", Total Recall and the recent "Adjustment Bureau".
    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • the thin line



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  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

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    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat ( Omega 3 mainly ), iron, B12, Iodine and creatine going plant-based is very easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

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    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.



    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
    And in that spirit, this ultramarathon is not just about bringing together runners from all around the world, it is also a marathon to save the endangered Rhino from going extinct, and to better the entire world.

  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 18, will obesity increase my risk of developing Alzheimer?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 18 in our School of Fitness.
    Obesity is no friend of any individuals longterm health. We all know that.
    But is cheering each other into obesity and being overweight also scientifically speaking, causing an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer?.

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

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    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
    quote:
    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.



    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

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    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Fitness & Health: 'Health at a Glance' is a European health report covering obesity around Europe in 2017.

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    Health at a Glance
    A European health report 2017
    Fitness & Health.



    Health at a Glance is a European health report for 2017. And in it the United Kingdom is revealed to be Western Europes most obese nation.
    So, perhaps, fish and chips and beer just isnt the best of national food obsessions.
    Another important highlight that bounces right back at you is how obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s ( it´s been increasing in every nation btw, but good ol England is leading the pack ).

    And since we also know by now that obesity & overweight is not just about a individual increase in body fat %, which would have been perfectly fine and all down to personal preferences in body composition and aesthetics, but instead is directly tied to a huge increase in several health issues, such as diabetes & cancer and severely decreased quality of life and longevity.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

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    Anthropocene
    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.



    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.



    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

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