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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to ‘torture’ people. The CIA wasn’t hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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By Bruce McGinnis
March 8, 2012 12:01 a.m.

Even though I’m proud of my lineage year round, during this time of year I become more aware of my Irish/Scottish heritage. Sure, part of it’s the whole St. Patrick’s Day thing, but it’s also a nice distraction while waiting to order seeds and seed potatoes for the upcoming season. All-the-while watching for the daffodils in my back yard to pop up, that’s when I know spring, is imminent. The term whiskey/whisky comes from the Gaelic and means “water of life” leaving me to wonder if that is part of the reason that Irishmen have been cast as drinkers of copious amounts of alcohol, or if they actually believe it… As with any stereotype, there is definitely some truth to it. There is even some debate as to whether it is nature or nurture that causes the Irish to drink more than other groups of people.
That stereotype is usually used to poke fun at the Irish or as an excuse to drink more than usual, but if you think about it, the Irish is the only ethnic group that carries a negative stereotype that is publicly accepted and on 1 night a year, imitated. I’ve always wondered why some whiskey is spelled with the “e” and others spelled without the “e.” Being sentimental, I was hoping for some romantic and deeply rooted explanation why Ireland spells whiskey with it and why Scotland spells whisky without it. Nope, it just boiled down to preference.
Whiskey producers in Ireland and the United States prefer to spell it with the “e”, while whisky produced in Scotland, Canada, Australia, and Japan prefer no “e”. Here is a mnemonic device to help remember who spells it how: the countries that spell it without, has no “e” in their country’s name (Scotland, Canada, Australia, and Japan) while the countries that use the “e” have one in their name (United States, Ireland.) Whether it is spelled with or without it, it is produced using the same method. Don’t think for a minute that it doesn’t matter how it is spelled, just ask the New York Times. They adopted the policy that they would just spell it whiskey regardless of where it was produced; the backlash that occurred from serious whiskey/whisky drinkers was enough for them to go back to the traditional spelling from the producer’s country. I guess whether whisky drinkers are bleary-eyed or not, somehow they seem to notice whether or not there is an “e” on the label of their intoxicant!
Update: The Guy just dropped off the haggis, stay tuned….

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