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.

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

Music of the day
Ashen roots by Netherbirds

To the daisy that is my sun and inspiration

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I walk
one step in front
of the other

the seasons, that play
upon thin threads of
trees and leafs
and flesh, it is the quaint imaginary

Is it spring or autumn
I cant quite tell
twilight morning

but perhaps you know
that the snow is gone
and the squirrel
plays it peculiar
song of joy

a beaver speaks
and the water breaks
once more
against both
old and
stones that lay
down in our creek

falcons and deers
two little cubs
and four foxes, near

the rattle of leafs
and the approaching morning
like in
a somnambulistic dream

whisper my name

The lost world

[ our,world

now lost

was born

in tomorrows

Dream, of yesterday





the birth

of tomorrow ]

a happy birthday wish, for one daisy

in the dark
of tranquillity
winter builds without an end

it howls
as it
nears the corner of tomorrow
like a wind and avalanche, furious

at first, builds and slowly turn
from within
winters subtle embrace
Like touches upon your
bare skin

from the warming snow of mother earth
wind swept, free-falling
we tumble
down the flowing hills
beneath the starry skies
of northern lights

warm breath
and melting snow

something stirs inside
every falling flake

a kiss
right beneath your ear
the tingle, touched

whispers unlocked
in the
covenant of night and day
lights that
always change
But never ends
in the shadow

inside, out
Our hot chocolate and sultry
high priestess
we now, undress
and taste
the sensuous cup
that is life

we crave and take
drink the light of sun and rays
on winters snow, the sparkling flakes and light
a sense of dew, right before the
lions roar
it turns to brightly
erupting ice

cascades that dance

upon the tip
of tongue, all wet and moist
it melts and slowly flows

The turning
of so many pages

a reminder of our touch
Soon to melt and stir
your dew with tongue
and fingers
as the day once more
and without a doubt
or slightest paus
will tomorrow, rise, from that bed of night

the approaching, light
sees us
walk the meadows
of the wild, not forgotten
like the spring and winters two seasons

a snake and dragon
that gives birth
to time
our changing circle, goes, for all of life

outside restrictive framing

as then, and once again,
we dress, undress
and sultry bathe
in life's
graceful light
in which, we float and dance
by the tides of our own creek.

and so
the world of many man slowly faded
from crowded streets
of cold and grim
back to sparkling

Not engulfed in russet flames
But soaked in
natures velvet
And nursery

The compassion
of furry beasts
and abstract, worn out
blankets of vibrant dust
and silenced colors

the sirens song
with sprouts from
Owls and Eagles
Their gratitude
Spread atop our emptied cities
the warming sun, of this world
With walls that long
last crumble

Beneath the tigers child that
now, roars again, at the ghosts
and ruins of absent man

Where did they go
Wayward Sapiens


that light

of this



evening walk

never ends

The Mouse In our Wall
We play in the snow, under the shooting star

Told to you, as I once told, a mind and girly soul, so beautiful.

Inside the walls of our homes, and lives. There are undraped windows through which we see both in and out, and at night I look out and up with you.
A shooting star stirs and moves the northern lights. Like a spoon through water, it moves before our eyes.
Clear as day yet slightly obfuscated through the sheets of glass, the world lay silent and it could very well be a dream as I witness the star cut through the puffy clouds.

And at night.
Some other times, there we are, walking through life's small moments and we are holding hands.

Together, we stand outside having walked amongst the falling leafs and the subtle snow.
Rain or sunshine matters not.

Looking in, through the of night, all chilly frosty glass, the burning lamps the pleasant light and warmth that moves and lives inside.
Is it empty we ask out loud, or is there someone looking out? Back at us.
Do they hear our silent minds, can they feel our burning soul and warming hands.

In between these two sides.
Neither looking in or out. Or perhaps, they do them both all the time.
There live a gnarly little furry mouse that moves about with his love and all their friends.

At night, you can hear them talk and hug it out.
They move, play and dart around, inside and outside the walls that people build. Sometimes they walk our floors, sitting near, our sleeping faces.
We kiss and make a cute little snowy angel. Your arms wisp around and I kiss your pretty lips, yet again.

And right there, can you believe it.
In the corner of my eye. I swear the little mice sits right nearby.
Looking out at us as we hug it out.

And perhaps he too thinks the very same. Looking out and about, at us and all the shooting stars.

The little mouse

as I once


a mind

so beautiful

Like the fables, that we all are dealt.
The child that was told, the lies of cloak and usurpers
misty rule

A history of obfuscated words

Behind your words and polished surface
I see what lay just beneath, the truth of you, that you sometimes hide from everybody
and yourself

I see that grain, the beauty that is truly
you, I feel its warmth no matter
others, lacking views

I tell you,
that I know
And that it is, all okay. Just the way that you really are
And all that you do I find
Just so perfect, the way you really are

In your eyes

I see

the truth

that lay


Winter sun, we meet again

Winter sun
The winds of this newborn day
Through trees comes calling

Carrying with
its parcel
a hymn of whispers
and trance-like song
That spreads like nights own mares
The winds
and burning stars
every which evening

Far beyond the reach
of our ephemeral

You dress before me
with hue in hair
Your eyes that speak
so warm in sunshine's

Your russet waves
moved by breeze of air, on top
Your neck and limbs
petite and naked
you proudly stand
With strands of velvet hair

And soon once more
your skin is covered
In moments
like a recurring song
of parakeets

Caught entwined
While we barefoot, down
the valley
of twelve rolling hills
Make our way, through cold and wet

We march and I follow
the trees and lakes, of this drowsy dale

Until we stand
with seasons
That speak, as always
of tis sweet, their prelude
the one, that changes

Like giants of stone and trees
in splashing falls
We clap our shields with
songs of thunder

As we greet the sun of winter
this breaking day
Once more

good morning

How many suns do you see
and how many of them, are looking back

I am going to try my hardest not to dry your weary readers eyes.
And to not bore you fruity minds with another poem or long winding thoughts.

But earlier this morning (it was a morning when this happened), as I waited for the moon to shield the sun I was laying down on my back and looking up at the hues of the pale blue that is the northern skies, I counted the known Universe for the briefest of moments from my position on the ground outside.

And so, once done, and back home again from my hike, I could not resist writing these precious few moments down.
Because let's be honest.

Is it not entirely mind blowing how amazing life actually is?.
I am talking about the sum of it all, from the tiniest of on going things in your personal life, to the scope of all that life holds, all the things that are real in life, all the known and unknown, all the wondrous things that float across the universe. The things we uncover each and every moment of every day. The joy, the smiles, the insights and the progress and vivid stuff that simultaneously make up the smallest and biggest of mundane things.

In all the obstacles that life will at times present, we also have the ever present promise of tomorrow and all that it do bring.
Yes, tomorrow, not the promised tomorrow of a thousand years, but our own present day tomorrow. You know, the day which you will quite soon wake up too once again, in 24 hours or less.

Self driving cars, Star Wars 8 and 9, Spider man stepping inside the cinematic universe of Marvel.
That tomorrow. The one that is happening right in the now.

And while you contemplate all the things of our tomorrow. All the small daily stuff you might enjoy or merely breeze through, such as reading the morning news while you brew a black cup of coffee, or the curating you do on your personal and brand new spotify playlist.

Remind yourself that for all of life's many faults and flaws, for all its big and small issues.
It is a wonderful and at times quite magical thing as well.
And now, let me take you on such a journey.
But do know that the following words and moments from my life, are without a doubt for adult minds alone.

October 10, morning by the lake
Our rowing boat and the white-tailed eagle, a slightly mature slice of life short story

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.

This is one such day and slightly naughty moment

For me, and you, this could have been just another day of life. And of course, that was exactly what it was, a slice of everyday life down by the lake, but it was, also and forever, a perfect day with white-tailed eagles, white swans, and seagulls that slowly rocked our old wooden boat gently down our misty lake of wonders.

It was a perfect day for the two of us, no matter how anyone else would ever slice the dice and look at life.

But as my hand reached out, as we solemnly floated by the auburn colored trees and rocks that reached out into the water I touched your skin and slowly raised your skirt, we both smiled moments before I kissed your lips, rocking to the turning of the sea, and inside our slowly moving boat, my fingers soon gently touched your shaved and already aching wet privates to the sound of waves and birds, and the slowness of the warming breeze that rattled leafs and strands of hair before it seemed to eagerly help me stir your growing wetness.

As with every moment shared with you, life beneath the white-tailed eagle was made all the brighter, impossibly lush and vivid, just by being shared with you. For within you, the power to light the very core of entire worlds flows from nothing more than you simply being you.

And so, when you shivered and quaked for the first time this day, when your wetness rushed against my fingers in a series of quaking seismic contractions, the boat rocked just a little bit more, and the white-tailed eagle took to the sky above our heads, calling out our names with its peculiar gong like song, and with the sound of its mighty wings and your own pleasured moaning, your physical eruptions seemed to take a life of their own through the waves that rushed more sudden away from the boat, across the calm surface of the lake I know it rushed across the wild waters of the universe, as I made you cum again, life was changed and made forever richer.

By breathing, living and simply being, just the way you are, you paint tongues and kisses, the color of the sky and the motions of the rain as nature waters our garden of trees to bloom forever more bright and vivid, just by being you.

Happy birthday my October 10.

like a Lion
small cubs
and the bark of Tigers celebrating
fierce is the courage
from the depths of heart

black eyes and its prey
to sweet tooth and kin alike, in the dark of night
a wolf and its howling, a tale of life´s
real beauty

and, now,
all your fears
are in truth, unfolding

as but, a line of thought in the fragment of your mind

like the breaking dawn

in a room over this diner that for a while, still stands in silence, erect and waiting
like perhaps it is but a forgotten
left over
from tomorrows dream of yesterday.

Someone always will, shake their fist at the pale
blue sky.
They cry out loud, denying, the facts of ever changing life.
Our improving reality, shaped, by all our hands and needs.

But I shake my fist up at the sky, only to marvel at the sights and sounds of life and yesterdays
as it grows a brighter tomorrow in our fields of green.

and before this day go for another walk,
I have to ask.

Is that not, the sun caressing
your skin too?

Right before, we skinny dip
like the cutest little sharks
in the breaking dawn
of chasing moons and howling wolves

A galactic family tree

In the belly of a planet, high up above us amongst the stars and icy cold radiation of infinite space a new moon took its time to be born not long ago.
Slowly gestating in the comfort and safety of it's parents giant shadow and gentle touch. While outside in the vast playground all of its much older siblings where running around like busy little bees, waiting for the new born arrival to break free and too shatter their parents bonds, one day joining the other 60+ siblings on the merry go round.

Yes. this is a mighty big family.
Not just in numbers, but in size and scope too.

The biggest and oldest of the children is known as Titan, a fitting name for this play ground bully that towers mighty over the other kids with a diameter of more than 5,000km and a mass that nearly doubles that of Earth's own Moon.

The youngest one, still to young and small for us to be entirely sure that it will ever manage to break free from Saturn's hold and thus give birth to the planets 63 known Moon have already been given the name of Peggy.

While scientists today, of course, aren't entirely sure exactly if Saturn have managed to give birth to all of its current 63 moons (or if there has ever been more of them in the past) Saturn do give birth to new moons through the planetary rings of debris, dust and rocks that surround it.
And As we all spin through the Universe, the debris making up Saturn's massive and vast rings clumps further together over time and once a new body of mass have managed to grow big enough it slowly breaks free from the parental planetary hold and shadow by its own sheer mass, and energy that mass creates just by existing.

In the end giving birth to a new moon in our own little ever growing and changing corner of the galaxy.
Making the newest addition to the milky galaxy another ring that moves like a ripple through the calmness that is the pond we call "the milky way galaxy", and perhaps, one day, it will, like so many other moons harbour its very own deep oceans.

[are best enjoyed, with the right company]

Mist laid bare, the silent veil
Tis Barefoot and naked
Through meadows of dew and grass so gentle you came, this old summers day,
you took my hand so caring

No sound was heard, nor light was seen
as your feet beneath blankets of snow carry and guide me home
for tomorrow

The ghosts of night gently bow as birds fluttery will sing
Somewhere, this, forever
holds true
The birds, they sang, about the joy of spring,
as you laid me down

While our roses grow, their bed of flowers.
white daisies and furry balls that wisp through air
The sounds of bees
Your water, my dew, sprung forth the fragrance of this
winter day
that we might, forever call
nothing. but ours,
our scent, and this day

all wet we make it, like no one else's
the fragrance
is all ours

And I close my eyes, this day too.

a little something about the Alpine Swift I wrote the foundation for in October 2013

I decided to liberate this section and give it a well-deserved home here
Because, today, with the falling snow outside, life is simply put beautiful enough to serve as the background for a short mention of one of life´s many wondrous aspects, the Alpine Swift bird.

The Alpine swift is a migrating bird that enjoys one vast home stretching over the two continents of Africa and Europe. Two vast and separated continents that the Alpine bird will insist is in truth its own singular home.
The amazing thing, mind blowing even if you ask me.

For the Alpine Swift, Europe, is the nesting place, where it breeds and enjoy life more like a normal bird.
Which I guess make Europe the Alpine Swifts bedroom and living room :P, because that is the only continent where it actually, you know.. Lands, to rest, breed and eat.

The other home, the Alpine Swift gym

Africa, the Alpine swifts other home away from home here on Earth, can best be described as it´s fit and active gym room because that is the place where it spends 6 months per year without ever landing.

Yes, as far as we know, no one in Africa will ever get to see the Alpine Swift land, neither to eat or sleep or do any kind of normal bird things resting its tiny little feets and wings down on solid ground.
Despite spending half of the year in Africa the Alpine Swift apparently never stop soaring on the currents of air.

It eats and sleeps up in air!.
How about that? Imagine running and walking non-stop for 6 months and for every hill we pass by we close our eyes and let our legs carry us downhill while we catch a short nap :).

The bird somehow manages to stay airborne for 200 straight days, feeding on aeroplankton in midair and catching naps while still in flight, and once that gigantic Crossfit challenge has been put to the test, it returns to Europe's pleasant summers, to once again take part in every day birdlife, nesting and living on ground as well as air.

For full disclosure´s sake.
No, at this point in time, it is of course not 100% possible to say that some Alpine Swift´s never, ever lands even just for a minute or two while spending it´s six months in flight vacation time in Africa. It could very well be that a sick or exhausted Alpine Swift bird do land. That would not shock me.

But, so far in life, not a single Alpine Swift have been found, even once, to touch down on a tree branch or the ground while in Africa, not even for a single moment.

And that to me, is quite a mind blowing feat :).
So from me to you, have a wonderful rest of your day.
Enjoy it, love and live it and marvel at it all, no matter the height of your mountains or the depth of the surging sea, life is your art, so live it.

this is
our own tale of dewy good mornings

Coffee beans soon
be grinded
Fresh and vital,
the swirl
Of mornings slow aroma

Like a gentle unfolding
haze, it soon comes to life,
In every corner, to touch
our endless sky, which
we painted blue last
nights evening

I breathe you in,
The scent of dew that rise and fall
your naked limbs,
sultry, petite
You are, like life
Free, from form, perfected

Now, here you lay, right next to me
With the sun and the moon and the
wolves that follow

Grace like, vibrant
Your breath, soon
turn, the fabric, of my every

Here. You sleep
like winter, and summer
deep, but never not
full of life

Sculpted nails, and strands
of bed head hair
Something so
paramount and sexual, about your very being

Your eyes, flutter
Now open, with a smile, so
Eager, knowing, and
Not at all a string of
questions, I slowly

Touch, your neck
and shoulders, with my
Tongue and lips
I now find your
eager treasure

Our own scent
soon meet, and mix
With the fleeting tide
Of rimfaxes, falling dew
and the color of this mornings

Soon, on the outskirts
Of what is now, our creation, there remain
but a moving sea
of grass and trees

And now, we are
Like Audhumbla, giving birth
to countless worlds, with every taste
of our skin
and tongues colliding

Wolves & their stories from my world
Inside my own realm of
life capricious, so fleeting, and shapes
of proud
that walk like Vikings
The ones that never left, our world
from eons past
And tomorrows day, these things
that still hold
their shape and form in a sea of wild storms and
withered souls

We grow
Like fleeting mist around the base
of mountains so cold, that becomes
A giant that up from his knees rise
from the deep blue
to stand and climb the towering worlds

I can now see, the shapes of trees
Across the water
Slow it crawls, across our field
of view

We near the shore
until soon
without a sound
tomorrows land becomes
this day too

The common cyborg, 2028AD is a short stand alone sci-fi story from my near future book universe 2028AD, to go with my queen of forest snails photo.

She had been almost dormant, for 12 years. Locked down inside a sheltered room in New York's most respected private hospital. But last night she finally opened her eyes again. Not the way you and me open our eyes to the world each morning, not with pupils dilating as they let the streams of light inside our synapses and wondrous neurons.

Light from artificial screens and windows bursting with luminescence from the sun outside did not touch her mind and eyes in that way.

No, her eyes did not even open, not just yet.
Not the way you imagine them to open.

Her body would keep adapting for years to the shock of being jolted back to a conscious waken state from its dormant veggie like dwelling.
But she did see the world now, her mind was clear and wide awake, oh the sounds she could hear for the first time in so many years. They pounced against the finer strands of hair on her body, head, and ears.

And the things her mind was flooded with, the visuals of an entire world came rushing against her like a torrent of white waters hurling down the greatest fall.

Sensors from the drones and the phone that was now all hers, and all the smart wifi-enabled gadgets in her vicinity already communicated directly with her brain. The damage done by the combination of her accident and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis was now gone.
And so, she was seeing the entire room, and all the people inside of it.

The Neural Engineering System Design kept feeding her synaptic nerves with strikingly vivid visuals and her entire surroundings lit up like a Christmas tree inside her neurological pathways.
And on the down low, behind it all, words kept whispering to her, words and videos, a stream of media from the hospital network kept being processed by her own digital AI assistant, laid out like a perfect dish in the sparse and rustic kitchen only she could see inside her own mind.

She was making tea with her assistant now, splendid, gorgeous tea. And the scent of it wet her taste buds, and she knew without a doubt that it would taste utterly divine once it was done. But the world was silent, she tried to get her assistant to turn on her favorite Spotify playlist, but to no avail.

The people in her room kept pointing to the digitized floor to ceiling wall where the OLED tapestry slowly displayed a walk through a lush, arctic landscape. A woman to her right touched the wall and said, 'can you hear us'?.

'If you can, can you say hello. Or something.'
Minutes passed as the assistant kept talking to her.

Informing her of her own medical situation, the rejuvenating work the 're youth' blood plasma breakthrough had started doing on her liver, mind and lean muscle mass, and how the neurons that had failed her 18 years ago would continue adapting and integrating her entire body with her new and connected life.
It talked to her about the weather, her extended family, the hospital and DARPA, the neural cyber network implant inside her mind which translated the visuals and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and every connected technological device in her own vicinity.

It talked to her about the hospital she was staying at, the team of doctors that had worked on her. She got to know them all, even neuroscientist Andrew Schwartz from the University of Pittsburgh who had pioneered some of the breakthroughs that had led to this day.

The AI gave a brief description of how Trump had derailed the world's climate change work with global catastrophic results as the outcome, and it talked to her about the bio-organic WiFi and nanobots inside of her.
And beneath the womans fingers, the arctic walk came to a halt in front of a majestic emperor penguin.
Characters slowly typed started to appear on the wall, right to her finger.
"I..", was followed by a several minute long pause, before in a fluid stream the font changed in both size and type and place as it simultaneously spat out.

.... "Spotify, they, you, god damn, unblock the firewall, I want my music!."
The entire room started laughing, 'welcome, welcome' ' oh my god, she is awake', laughter and a bubbly emotional wave raptured inside the room, someone cried, someone laughed, someone almost collapsed into a chair from the immense relief.

They had made it.

scanty clad, and happy hearted
spring is in the air

Scanty clad and happy hearted
full of life we venture
down the halls of wayward
greens and pale blue space

with hosts of leafs and auburn gowns
fair and stately

The haunted reefs

our naked limbs
soon dressed by naught

Pleasured, touches
the falling of the setting sun

With our whispers
it slowly paints
these Sandy shores

I take your hand
so fine and sculpted

down to the water
still receding
Moving, growing

Down your hair
And skin, the water
your naked bosom
cheek and chin, I kiss and drink
the pearls that flow
your hollow

Deep inside
soon will stir and crumble

out in water
there are rifts now moving

out, we are
but mind and body
As I touch your
delicious wet

Again, it trembles
the warmth
& pleasure of

We merge this wave
and take a fall through air

Upon this
wind we now ride
now you shiver
With our kiss
Of ice and fierce
warm passion

the open sea and sirens whaling
I guide you down this deep
the final crest

our happy hearts
a willows creek so scanty clad.

a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

established 2013

Copyright 2017
a Norse View, Mike Koontz

Tales from Winters Realm, Book 2, Photography, words from life, and Whimsical stuff by Mike Koontz.

Thank you for reading.

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To the daisy that is my sun and inspiration

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    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 51 in our School.
    Real Fitness progression requires, as well as creates injury free progression in health, especially, long term speaking.
    Likewise, making healthy food choices is just as important for health as it is for our fitness progression.

    But is healthy food habits really just about the nutrition our food constitutes and the health & fitness impact that nutrition carries with it?

    Some will say that this is all there is to our food choices, and plenty of good nutritional coaches do treat food and nutrition just like that. And that is an ok choice to do. Ok, but also lackluster in its view on the scientific ecosystem that is food and health, people and planet. Yes, as a personal trainer, and nutritional coach and Styrka Master coach mysef, I can not agree at all with that narrow, and incomplete view on health, nutrition and fitness.

    You see, eating healthy food is a staple in our personal fitness, and health, that is a given.
    The nutritional make up of our food choices is a major pillar in human health and fitness, just as important as the amount of food which we are consuming. But a truly healthy fit life also account for the scientific impact of our choices on our planets health.

    After all, if our personal food and lifestyle choices contribute to breaking the health of our entire planet, then we are unavoidably going to harm the health of ourselves since a healthy, sustainable society and planet is essential to the life long health and fitness progression of us all. As individuals, and a society.

    Hence todays question pitting good ol potatoes vs rice and the amount of water, and climate, and planetary impact these 2 healthy food staples causes. And just why 'small' stuff like this should matter to you.

    So read on beyond the break for the complete question and the correct answer.

  • Fitness school, question 50: Can we see some sort of health impact betweeen obesity and corona?. Updated May 2021

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    The direction of your fitness capacity is made through your daily choices.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 50 in our School here at 'a Norse View'.
    An abundance of body fat sadly does not help with improving many health and fitness metrics in life for us mere mortals.
    But, how about Corona?

    Will bigger levels of body fat lower your risk of dying from Corona, or will it increase your health risk?

    Well, we can not scientifically deduct every little thing with 100% certainty as far as Covid-19 goes right now. It is still a situation that is too recent, and adaptive to conclude some things with absolute certainty.

    We can however start to see some clear trajectories emerging when it comes down to higher body fat levels, and Corona.

    So read on beyond the break and let us take a look at corona and the probable correlation with our body fat levels.

  • Fitness school, question 49: Is a reduction of inflammation in our bodies one aspect of the many wonderful health improving outcomes of regular fitness?

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    Health is shaped and molded through your daily choices.
    Do you know the scientific outcome of your daily life?.

    Question number 49 in our School here at 'a Norse View'.
    Physical activity & fitness exercise of various levels, intensity, and volume improve many aspects of our human health. Including a highly beneficial effect on musculoskeletal health no matter gender or age.
    Other factors include improving our metabolic and cognitive health & functions.

    As a result, regular life long fitness.....
    Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.. Diabetes, and several types of cancer.

    Greatly reduced osteoporosis as well as depression and improved volume and capacity of our physical gray matter mass, are other areas of our life long health that benefit substantially from daily physical activity and regular fitness.
    But, will intense regular fitness exercise also reduce inflammation throughout our bodies?....
    Because if so, that would provide huge health benefits all by itself. Simply put, less inflammation in our bodies reduces heart health risk and the onset of cognitive decline and biological aging amongst other things.

    So read on beyond the break and let us take a look at how intense fitness might reduce inflammation too.

  • Fitness school, question 48.. Smoking kills millions of people every year, and harm hundreds of millions more.. But can the body recover from damaged lungs if you stop smoking?..

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    Health is shaped and molded through your daily choices.
    Do you know the scientific outcome of your daily life?.

    Question number 48 in School of Fitness here at 'a Norse View'.
    Most of the time our fitness school questions revolve around the scientific impact of your fitness and or food choices.
    But every now and then we dip our toes into the wider ecosystem of things that carry with them a huge impact on our individual health, such as air pollution. Because a truly healthy life has to consider all aspects of our lifestyles.
    One area of "air pollution" is smoking. Not only do non smokers hurt their health due to others unhealthy smoking habits. But the smokers themselves harm their own health in even greater strides.

    So much so that Tobacco smoking is perhaps the biggest single influencer on a human beings mutational burden, usually adding anywhere between 1,000 to 10,000 mutations per cell inside of the human body. In the end, being a major driver of various cancer forms and fatally damaged lungs. But, the human body is amazing at recovering from almost all forms of injuries and health issues once we start making healthier choices a regular thing.

    And now, a brand new 2020 study is shining light on just how well a typical smokers damaged lungs will recover once that smoker chooses to stop their unhealthy smoking habits.

    So read on beyond the break and let us dig deeper into the health impact of smoking and just how good our human lungs might recover once a person decides to end their self harming habit.

  • Fitness school, question 47.. Can we still make the fact based claim that the core temperature of the modern day human body is 37c on average?... Or has this well established scientific fact actually changed in the last 100 years?.

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 47 in our School of Fitness.
    Interestingly enough we actually uncover new scientific facts about the human body every single day.
    Things we thought we knew sometimes become nothing more than the incorrect truth of yesterday. All while we continually prove that life and nature, and biology itself is endlessly progressive and changing.
    So for today, I would like to know if we can still make the fact-based claim that the core temperature of the modern-day human body is still 37c on average?...
    Or has this well established scientific fact actually changed in the last 100 years?.

    Read on beyond the break and dig deeper into our fitness school question before you pony up the right answer.

  • The scientific correlation between our food choices environmental impact and bad human health.

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    Fitness is a science driven journey.
    And so is sustainability.

    So let us get it out of the way right away.
    Poor food choices remain a leading worldwide cause of mortality and bad health. But, poor food choices doesn't just harm our own health and longevity, bad food choices and the production that is needed to create the lackluster food that so many bases their entire food life on causes huge, unnecessary environmental degradation as well.

    So much so that the much needed (read essential to do) UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement is virtually impossible to fulfill unless we, as a global species make the switch to healthier, plant-based food choices.
    This article will display how different food groups directly connect 5 health outcomes and 5 aspects of environmental degradation with each other.

  • Fitness school, question 46.. Can we make the fact based claim that visceral adipose mass is associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia? Yes or no?.

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 46 in our School of Fitness.
    Is it true that visceral adipose mass is associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes, and hyperlipidemia?.
    And just exactly what is visceral adipose mass?

    Read on beyond the break and dig deeper into our fitness school question before you pony up the right answer.

  • Fitness school, question 45: Will increased or maintained fitness rejuvenate & improve hippocampal activity beyond 60 years of age?

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 45 in our School of Fitness.
    Most people know by now that healthy fit choices in the gym and the forest trail, at home and in daily life are nothing but a ticket towards increased health and life span, in body and mind.
    But, the health of our biological system is made up of near-endless processes and aspects. And that certainly applies to the state of our brain. Hence today's focus on our brains hippocampal capacity and health.

    Read on beyond the break and dig deep down in our fitness school question.

  • Available Fine Art & Lifestyle products. Art, design and photography by M & M. Our products are produced and sold by #Society6.

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    Your life is your on going art and history
    Contemporary art & products for a healthy fit life and planet.

    Each of us is the mere sum of our unique life choices, our thoughts, and way.
    Be it in person, or through the way we shape life around us. This uniqueness is evident even in our own persona, our style and life choices that takes place on this endless every day path that we call life.It is as such, ever-present in the way we build and shape the castle and life which we call our home.
    You can feel and see it, in the choices of your clothes, and other peoples fitness regime.
    It is persistent through our art choices and the way we train and live our very own healthy fit life.

    It is forever present inside our deeply individual thoughts, and it is perpetually stamped in the essence of our unique nature. Read on beyond the break and step into our lifestyle store where you can buy clothes and fine art and other lifestyle products, with art, design and photography by M & M.

  • Fitness school, question 44: What is the actual weight of one cm3 lean muscle mass, and will that weight per cm3 be able to also differ ever so minuscule between fit people and out of shape people (generally speaking that is).

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    A healthy life is a daily process created by making healthy science based choices.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 44 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short and sweet little one.
    As stated in the subject line, lean muscle mass has another weight/density ratio than fat, so a body mass that is made up of more fat and less lean muscle mass will display a bigger mass at a lower body weight, while a body that has a greater amount of lean muscle mass will actually have a higher body weight compared to what its body mass might make you believe.

    Read on beyond the break and dwell deeper down into today's fitness school question.

  • Pressmeddelande: Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019 tar en tur i naturen för en stund med naturfoto och fitness prat i Höga Kusten.

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    a Norse View &
    Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019, Höga Kusten, Sverige.

    Humlesafari, fladdermuslyssning, fjärilsbingo, krypletning och fågelvandring – den 22 maj uppmärksammas den internationella FN-dagen Biologiska mångfaldens dag med en mängd olika evenemang runt om i Sverige.

    Den årligen återkommande bmf dagen är numera en av Sveriges största naturhögtider och 2019 arrangerar naturorganisationer, kommuner, skolor, myndigheter,företag och privatpersoner över 200 aktiviteter runt om i landet, från Kiruna i norr till Ystad i söder. Det görs både för att visa upp vår artrika natur och för att uppmärksamma en av vår tids stora ödesfrågor – den oroväckande snabba förlusten av biologisk mångfald.

    I Höga Kusten arrangerar Mike från a Norse View och en dagstur ut i naturen där vi blandar naturfoto i en vacker insjömiljö och faktabaserat prat om kost, träning och hälsa.

  • Fitness school, question 42: Will maintained fitness reduce menstrual pain for the majority of women?

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    Fitness is built upon the science of you.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 42 in our School of Fitness.
    Fitness has been established in scientific studies in the last few years as a health-improving daily life painkiller.
    Making it even better is the fact that it comes completely free of cost and nerve-wracking & time-consuming doctors appointment and unhealthy side-effects. Lowering pain and debilitating health issues such as arthritis while fortifying your lifespan and health.

    But is that tremendous gratis painkiller effect applicable to menstrual pain too?.

  • Wildlife Facts: Camelopardalis, 'The camel that could have been a leopard'.. What animal am I talking about right now?

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     Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    The camel that could have been a leopard.


    One of planet Earth´s most unique land-living animals still roaming about in the wild also happens to be one of the cutest and most enchanting, and gentle colossuses that have ever existed. Yet, somehow, despite the towering size and unique characteristics of these majestic critters they are also one of the lesser talked about wildlife stars. And so it happens that by now they are like so many other species highly endangered without anyone really paying attention.

    But perhaps that is the reward that life gave these majestic beings that float across the land they call home as if they are majestic land dwelling whales. A backseat in the human consciousness as we proceeded to decimate their global population with 40 or so % in less than 30 years.

  • Fitness school, question 41: The science of our human fitness anatomy. Scalenus Anterior, medius and posterior.

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    Fitness is built upon your own anatomy.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 41 in our School of Fitness.
    Beneath the tasty, delicious joy and sexiness of a life built on plant-based food and fitness, the weights you lift, the miles you walk and run. The mountains you climb, and the sandbags you punch and kick there is not just a burning passion and increased life quality. Nor is it just a question of the enhanced health and joy you can touch and feel deep inside both body & mind.
    No, there is also this marvelously progressive thing called science. Because all the physical fitness things, the sweat and healthy living discipline that others see are ultimately powered by the all-encompassing facts of biological life.

  • Fitness school, question 40: The science of sugar and intestine tumors... In both mice & men.

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    Yet another study on food & health.

    Looking at the impact of sugar in food and beverages.

    Sugar is a much beloved sweetener. Craved like a lovers touch by most biological beings that dare to ever look into the abyss and allow its tastebuds to grace this natural force of addiction.

    But as much as all things living seemingly enjoy the taste of sugar and more modern artificial sweeteners. Scientifically speaking the bad health impact of sugar ( from obesity to diabetes and cancer risk, poor dental health and non existing nutritional value ) and other sweeteners have thankfully turned countless of humans into die hard "no sugar" please sentinels. So let us take a brief look at a brand new 2019 study and let us find out if this study too will add even more reasons to say no to sugar and other sweeteners in your food and beverages.

  • Fitness school, question 39: Telomeres, the fancy sounding tail that connects healthy fit aging with fitness activities. Dive right in as we take a look at recent studies.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
    But such is the world of fitness, science, and health, it often revisits old "truths" and sometimes upends them because our knowledge has deepened, while new studies at other times will simply fortify and acknowledge what we already knew to be true.
    So what will happen today as we travel back to the world of that peachy sounding telomeres thingy that keeps wiggling its cute little tail inside of us? Let us find out.
    My Question:.
    For this particular study, published in European Heart Journal, Nov 2018, we´ll uncover what happens to the length of our telomeres when we do long distance endurance training, high-intensity sprint intervals, nothing at all or lift weights in a so-so way in the gym ( yeah, color me unimpressed by the strength plan in this study, but hold on to that thought as you read on because I will get back to the fairly inadequate strength training and why that too matters. ).
    The question, which option is the best for maintaining the length of our telomeres and what is the worst?.

  • Anthropocene & the survival of our brilliant but simpleminded species. Just another morning.

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    Breakfast stuff and morning thoughts.

    climate inaction is an existential threat.

    Nothing fancy or big worded to say today, I am just drinking some tasty fresh black coffee while various death metal songs keep pumping through my livingroom gear.
    Yes, what a glorious morning :).
    But while I am enjoying my morning routine, getting ready for the gym and my own workouts as well as the health and fitness regimes of today's PT clients I am also reading up on science and sustainability from around the world. And one of the pieces that stand out is a tonally laid-back piece by Swedish outlet DN. They spent the better part of a month or so following Swedish sustainability advocate Greta as she continues her quest to bring much-needed awareness to the sad state of the world and the essential, deep-rooted changes we as a species and global civilization urgently need to undertake.

  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, it is once again time for you to put your thinking cap on before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders and science :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It scientifically speaking lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But even small ordinary things like taking a daily walk carries with it a huge life long health and fitness impact.

    My Question:.
    What happens with our skeletal lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

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    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.

    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.

    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.

    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

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