Welcome to the Blog!

Scroll down for the latest posts!

sticky-2-readHowever, before you do:

This blog is for guys who admire other guys who put real effort into their physical development. It is NOT exclusively gay, but hopefully you will be gay-friendly.

tumblr_neimn2tEkV1qffcrao3_500The rules are simple:

  1. Make an effort to improve your own fitness this year (you’re NEVER too old);
  2. Enjoy the pictures (and comment please on what you see, and feel free to ‘FOLLOW’);
  3. Buy a book (preferably, all of them) to support the continuation of the blog!

The books (print and e-versions available) are about finding gay love, developing ourselves as acrobats, starting a family (yeah, I’m a gay dad and enormously proud of my teenage son!!), going on tour, meeting difficulties ‘head-on’ (they become a bit of a thriller as well). sticky-1-readLinks from all posts from September 2014 onwards will lead you to more information and potential purchase – they are in almost every post and either through clicking on images of the covers, or on the separate links when given!! And, as the image on the right clearly shows, you can follow all of these rules at one go…

The blog is essentially G-rated; the books get a little explicit from time to time about gay guys doing what gay guys do – you don’t have to be gay to enjoy them – just be gay-friendly. 

And now, as they used to say on the old TV game shows: “Come on Down!”⇓

*** Many pictures will enlarge if you click on them ***


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Right In The Face



Not happy! On Saturday morning, one of the kids I’m teaching in the gym sneezed, coughed and spluttered at me, right in the face. Now, Thursday, I have a raging sore throat, a dripping nose, feel chilled and have a very bad temper. And I’m teaching the same kid this evening… must resist the temptation to flatten him I suppose!

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Still, “you can’t win ‘em all”. And really, we love all our ‘students’ dearly, don’t we!

Dave’s been a comfort, risking infection by not keeping his distance…


Anyway, I’ll be able to be nice to him if he gets it, since I’ll have had it already. And I’m doing my best, otherwise, to keep out of range of my friends. I would quit today’s session at the gymnastics centre, except that other coaches are absent – due to having colds… – so there’s no-one to cover. Oh well.

And that’s about the most exciting news I’m got for today, I’m afraid. The weird weather flips in TN which I referred to continue: freezing rain today, quite hot sun in the next two days… no wonder everyone is getting chilled and catching colds.

So, some more cheerful fitness pictures:

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(He looks a bit wet – better take care he doesn’t catch something…)



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That’ll do for now. Excuse me whilst I cover my face and reach for a tissue… maybe hanging upside down would help?



Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

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Weekend Wrestle Camp

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It’s been a busy weekend, involving lots of teen boys proud of their biceps!

Chad, owner of private gym, invited boys from the Lexington wrestle club into his small hall Man.Power.2 for a weekend sleepover with kids from our new wrestle club associated with the high school. 4 of their coaches came down, including our special friends Leon and Dane (special in that “gay sex” sense) who did not ‘camp’ in the hall but elected to stay with us instead (and very welcome their attentions were, too…).

Dave and I had duties in the gymnastics hall on Saturday morning…



…but free from lunchtime, getting back just in time to see my son Leo’s fourth defeat of the competition (arrgh!) – he has some way to go with his wrestling I think… but great fun was being had by all, as they say:


This is a ‘submission’-style group from Lexington, and our local group is a spin-off from the collegiate style the high school wants them to learn…


Some like using their feet, like these guys…


…and the older ones, who put in more effort, get more sweaty and tired…


On Sunday, a disheartened Leo decided to go with Jaymee and her acrobatic trio to a competition in Chattanooga (to support his girlfriend Karla!!), especially as his best friend Chris withdrew as well in order to support his older brother Billy in a bodybuilding contest. Dave and I, with Leon and Dane, got a quick river swim in on Sunday morning…



…before returning for the re-start of the competition.

All the boys who took part seemed to have a great time, losers as well as winners, and we hope to repeat the event before to long by taking a group up to Lexington for a weekend.

After all that, not least the bed-time fun we had with our gay colleagues, we’re feeling a bit tired right now, although I seem to have woken up at first light again nonetheless.

A few more fitness pictures then, to boost the post a bit:






And with that, and a quick mention of those wretched gay/acrobatic/circus/sporty/adventure books I keep imploring you to buy to support this blog…

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

…that’s it for today. Got to rush off now to coach. Bye, and keep fit, like this outstanding example…


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“Nudists Steal Water for Skinny-Dipping”

HA! One more weather-related post. The snow has more or less receded from us for the moment (pending next week’s weird reversal forecast), meaning if we or our kids wanted to continue the snow-wrestling theme it would probably be more mud than snow now – like this:


“Arrrgh!”, as the guy facing the camera probably says…

On the lighter side, a news headline caught our eye last week: “Nudists Stealing Water for Skinny-Dipping”! Apparently this relates to our Californian friends, who have been drought victims for several years now. Seems there is colony of naturists somewhere near Silicon Valley who have “diverted a waterfall” to keep their pool filled – at a mighty rate of four gallons a minute. This water could, instead, have stayed in its original stream and been fed to San Francisco for the residents to wash their cars… although, to be fair, the dry conditions are becoming pretty scary and they’re not even offering water in a restaurant there now unless you specifically request it.

The sheriff has now confiscated their half-mile long hose!!

The nudists say that, in addition to their pool problem, “The lawns aren’t as enjoyable to lay on and play on… it’s all dirt and dust!” Exactly – as above!

The good news is that our local Clinch River isn’t set to dry up anytime soon, and Dave and I plus our dear friends Leon and Dane enjoyed a dip there early this morning…


…before rushing back to look after their group of visiting young wrestlers (more on this tomorrow).

Meanwhile, everyone locally here in TN does still have grass that’s relatively green to “lay and play on”, even if most of them can’t do it naked because of neighbours overlooking them!…

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…and, perhaps, because not everyone is batty enough like us to want to be shirtless, barefoot and generally naked in February when there are plenty traces of snow on the ground and a chill in the air!

So, basically, summer sun is still a bit of a dream (but a good one, with guys like this around)…


…but HEY, meteorologically speaking, it’s the first day of spring… the local pools will soon get cleaned out and be populated by muscular and bronzed ‘pool boys’…

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Spring often brings the first flush of gay youth out into the open…


…and, just like all those birds and bees, gay courtship rituals become more intense…


…although for some of us, they definitely don’t stop for winter! It just feels like summer all the time


I close my eyes and I am immediately on that white sandy beach with Dave! And with Pete, and Ivo, and Zach, and Gary, and Ethan, and Jack… and with Leon and with Dane, who actually are here this weekend, in the ‘public’ smaller gym at Chad’s Man.Power.2 for the wrestle camp. Those nine other guys form our special closed clique of gay love, established more than ten years ago and described here…

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And now, with the book commercial out of the way for another post, here are a few more of the kind of pictures you have hopefully come to expect here. Enjoy!

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(What are they doing? Passa doble?)

Attitude + ballet = ????? Ripped, anyway!



Finish today with a more modest river swimmer (more modest than we generally are, or need to be… our swimming hole is pretty secluded!):


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Weirder Weather Still to Come!

Well, I commented on the snow dump which we had this week! But something really odd is ‘planned’ for next week, according to the weather predictors. By midweek, it is going to be ‘early summer’ temperatures – 65F / 18C – and we could theoretically be out there sunbathing…


…and then, early the next morning, the temperature is going to plummet to 23F /-5C before it rises just a little and we get SNOW again!


We wait with interest to see what will actually happen!

What is clear, from one of the ‘less shouty’ weather channels on TV (why is all American TV so ‘shouty’?) is that on a world-wide basis, places which should be cold are warmer than usual and places which should be hot right now are less hot than usual and sometimes story. ‘Someone up there’ seems to be pressing all the wrong buttons.

But it keeps us on our toes! Leo and Chris decided to ‘show off’ at school lunch break (sigh!) by engaging in shirtless and barefoot snow wrestling again, with mixed response. Leo’s latest girlfriend Karla seems to have been impressed (but she sees him a lot with his shirt off anyway at gym), whereas other classmates rounded on them for their ‘exhibitionism’ in a modestly bullying way: however, later, a group of three boys who have never had time for my son and his friend ‘cornered’ them as they were leaving school and asked if they could go somewhere and join in! They ended up in Chris’s yard (which for some reason got more snow than we did just half a mile away), and seem now to all be better friends than they were before, with a bit more respect for each other as well. And Chris’s Mom thought that it was all hilarious when she called us to explain why Leo had not come home…

Fun, fun, then. But roll on the real summer when we can all get out there and do what we really love to do:


Not sure we shall actually get near canyon country, although that would be ‘kewl’ as well as ‘hot’! But we can dream… as we shall actually be involved with another circus tour at the start of the summer break.


On with our customary fitness ideas and inspirations for you, then:

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If I really can’t get you out there exercising – in the sun or in the snow – and there are is some strong resistance out there, even in readers of this blog (see comment on ‘No Excuses’ post), then maybe you could just read about us doing it instead – and simultaneously enjoying our gay lives – just click on these links:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

But think what you could be missing out on…



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And We Thought Winter Was Over…

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…they dumped several inches of snow on us, thanks to a depression moving up the cost in the Gulf of Mexico! Well, getting warmed up and then going shirtless in the snow is quite invigorating, I guess…

…some go further…


OK, maybe that’s going a bit far! But the kids are enjoying themselves, given that we don’t get snow here very often, and the disruption quickly spread to the school timetable with closures… two boys (Leo and Chris) wrestling in the snow in their underwear, although it didn’t last long and I didn’t have a camera or cameraphone to hand, otherwise I might have treated you to a rare ‘kids’ picture just for once…

…but I found this – from Turkey, where kids wrestling in the snow is clearly a spectator sport!

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untitledA tiny pic there (won’t enlarge) of some British boys enjoying being barefoot and barechested in the snow. it is a great feeling, actually, so long as you keep moving and don’t take too long over it!

Oh well, spring is on its way, so we can long forward instead to this

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…or at least we could if we were anywhere near the sea! Bad choice of US State to live in, maybe, but that was because of my dad’s job initially and now, by the looks of it, we’re here to stay for a while. But at least we can use the river, and we do that right through the year!



And, indeed, swimming in the snow…


…or snow swimming…


…are not out of the question! Go on… give it a try…


…or, at least, go for a shirtless run (in this case, in Central Park, New York City)…

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Some disruption to the gymnastics coaching schedule from the snow as well, so I actually stayed home and did a little bit more of book 4 yesterday, moving my hero on from Kentucky up to the northwest. It will all end in tears, I fear, unlike the existing (and more autobiographical) three on offer…

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 Thumb…e-books available too (Amazon etc)…

Meanwhile, it’s the weather for being indoors in the gym, where we can still get sweaty after a good workout instead of shivering…

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…just as good a feeling as being shirtless in the snow. Some more “warmer” pictures, then…



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Yeah… sun: that’s what we need right now…

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Bring it on…!!!

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Let’s Have a Moan…

…but not until we’ve had a couple of good fitness pictures first!


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When my mother lived over here in Tennessee for just over a year, she hated every second of the time and every aspect of American lifestyle. “Disgusting bread, no proper bacon and tasteless cheese…” all of which, of course is true enough. But we’ve kind of gotten used to it – even to the extent that I can now use the word “gotten” without thinking that it’s wrong!

Another featured moan (mainly my father though) was “Why don’t you get a proper job like mine, instead of all this circus nonsense?” Well, actually, I never really wanted to be a physicist! But, as my infamous books recount, not only did they get used to that idea (and my mother escaped back to England!), but they got used to the fact that their only son was gay. And, to be fair, I’ve never heard them moan about that (my late grandparents had a hand in smoothing the way, bless them) – especially since their grandson came along. It’s all in these:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

Our present and biggest moan is the elections. Not only have we been bombarded over here by the two factions warring over Obama’s final years – the election campaign can only get worse, though – but all the news from home (UK) is the same – election, election, election – politicians shouting at each other in parliament, little parties promising to hold the balance of power in a crazy ‘hung’ parliament and enforcing idiotic policies on a coalition in order to keep a larger minority party in power – nothing then ever getting agreed…. arrrgh!

Wait; I need a quick fix of pictures to make me cool down…


…now that’s guaranteed to make any gay lad feel a bit happier…


Turns out that two of the more famous UK ones have been doing shady deals for a fictitious Chinese company invented by a TV company, and both have been expelled form their (different) parties. Sensationalist and embarrassing TV – well, embarrassing for them, the dupes – surely they could have figured out what was about to happen to them – and then one of them, a Knight of the Realm (yes, we still have those in England, though come to think of it, he’s Scottish) moaning that he couldn’t live on the salary of a Member of the British Parliament (which is just under $100,000 if my maths is right). Well, I wouldn’t mind a salary of $100,000 a year for pushing boys over gymastics bars and shaping their handstands…



And, before we know it, we’ll be back in the circus ring again. ‘We’ – that’s the eight of us acrobats in our middle-aged collective plus the two young ‘uns – are contracted between us to provide ‘acts’ for at least three months starting when the school summer holidays begin and, do you know, I’m beginning to regret it. There are other things to do with your life than handstands and so on…



…well, at least we don’t have to practice in the kitchen…

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We’ve much better facilities than that (so that’s one moan I can’t have…).

Another moan. I’ve made almost zero progress since Christmas with the fourth book (which is quite different from the other three, being almost entirely invention, and a tragedy…) – just never seem to get the time to get my brain into gear. I’ve tried the professional writer’s trick of insisting on 1000 words a day – but they come out rubbish and get deleted. It’s the occasional flashes of inspiration I need to follow up, but I’m not getting the time…

Anyone else want a moan? Feel free to use the comments button below…!!

Meanwhile, back at the gym (or afterwards)…


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Now, none of those have anything to moan about, have they? Great bodies, the result of a lot of hard work. The last picture isn’t captioned ‘smirk’ for nothing!

And nor have these… why let a little thing like snow put you off your workout…

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Gotta admire the lads in Russia, Ukraine and the Slavik countries with their outdoor gyms… why doesn’t the Western world have then (oooh, another moan!).

Don’t want to put you off these posts, though. Not another (bad) word. Just a couple more pictures. Until the next time…



That last dude is Vyacheslav Gerasimov… if you want to see the tumbledown conditions in which some of these street workout boys live and train, go on YouTube and search his name. And they’re brilliant at what they do… and probably you never hear a word of complaint out of them. Well done, lads, and I promise not to moan any more…

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Workout Philosophy


Well, that’s a good start! Somebody said to me the other day “Why do you waste all that time in the gym?” He didn’t actually go on to say “…when you could be doing…” – what?

One of the boys at our gymnastics club sports a tee-shirt that says “Time waste is time well spent”, which kind of answers the question. You don’t go to the gym and workout because you hate your body – or, at least you shouldn’t. Perhaps some do… but, the very reason that their body deserves (?) to be hated is probably the same reason that they’ll quit after a few sessions because “…its all too much effort…”

So. Is time spent lifting weights or pulling up on a bar ‘time wasted’, or ‘time well spent’?


Models, like Nikita Gutsu there, would say that it earns them their living. OK, perhaps that’s good reason. But what about just wanting to be fit and strong enough to do what you love to do? Is that a good reason?

Want to do this?

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Then do this!

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There’s no harm in starting young…

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..although with the very young, it must be light weights or bodyweight only, to avoid damage during growth!

Want to do this?


Then get your friends to help with your flexibility…


And then, later, maybe…


And don’t aim too high at first.. this sort of thing will take a while…


It has taken us something like 15 years to get where we are… acrobats and tumblers who are starting to feel the effect of years creeping up on us!! And so, we now spend most of our time passing on the art to the next generation, whilst making a little more time for ourselves…


Yes, reading is good, which reminds me that there are some good books out there on this fitness subject (especially if you are a gay-friendly reader… e-books too…)…

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OK. Maybe it’s endorphins, maybe its a bit of adrenaline too – but coming out of the gym or finishing a successful performance certainly makes us feel that the gym time was indeed time well spent, even when others regard it as a total waste of time that could be spent on… er… watching TV? Eating unhealthy food? And lets face it, living in America, there’s a heck of a lot of evil food out there!

Sermon over, then. A couple more pictures of a more suitable nature than a huge pizza with fries and a soda, or a MacDonalds weasel-greaseburger…


…reckon he’s been on more lettuce and veggies…


I think you get the picture. No shortage of muscle here…


If you’re not… get fit, guys. And, if you are… spread the word!


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More Pictures from the Backlog








That’s a medial delt to be proud of!

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Great tan! Roll on, summer!

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He’s big, but he wants to be bigger!

OK – no diary notes today, no comments on the world at large – not even book adverts! Enjoy the fitness inspiration without the BLAH…!

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Pictures Back Up


No, the site hasn’t been ‘down’ – at least not so far as I know. I mean that I am queuing up pictures to be posted in this blog faster than I am posting them, so there is a back log… and hence, this extra post about ….backs! We work hard on backs in the gym (at least, you should) but, so often, they get ignored in the photographs we see. So here goes! We’re looking for well-developed muscle bulk, definition, and power.


The wide-grip pull-up (as in the opening picture) is the power move…


More bicep power than back muscle shown here, but a great pic though…



Sorry for the small size there – unlike his deltoids! And this little pic also – somehow the muscle top seems to show off his shoulders and arms pretty well…


But I expect you’d like to see the lats and rhomboids at play as well…

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Looks like barbecued boy on the menu tonight!


A different angle on things…




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Back development and flexibility too – but what a horrible ‘back’-alley location:


Sunset at the street workout…


Back at work (and arms/shoulders at work too!):


Back at work (2) – nice handstand on a piece of driftwood:


Back on the bar…


…and a double back (well, nearly) to finish:


Sweet, huh? Twenty-one backs in total, alongside their shoulders and arms, to inspire your workouts!

And now – would you be sweet too and ‘back me up’ by considering purchasing a book or three (print or electronic)? Clicking on the covers will reveal more information!

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Proud Parents


Being proud is part of being fit – you worked hard for those gains, and want to show off. Gays do it all the time – posing gym bunnies!

It’s not so often the case that gays get a chance to be proud of their kids, for obvious reasons, but those of you in the know – long-term blog or book readers…

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

…will know that I have a son and that my partner Dave has a daughter. Last evening, we and their mums (lesbian couple) attended one of the shows that Leo and Jaymee were asked to put on following their TV debut some weeks ago. 15 minutes of acrobatics, tumbling and endurance activities (bed of nails, glass etc) – all a result of spending their first 13 years in the company of acrobatic and showmen parents and their friends.


Sentimental Slush Alert!

We were there to support, of course – preparing their stage and moving equipment around – but not, for once, part of the performance. We stood in the ‘wings’ (as it were), each mum with an arm around each dad, so in my case that’s Clare, tears streaming down her face, hugging me close with a stifling kiss… ‘Oh Tone, I owe you so much – aren’t they wonderful…?‘ Of course, they were. They’ll be better acrobats than we ever were and, naturally, we are immensely proud of them. Proud of the dedication to fitness and training that they are prepared to put it when other teenage interests compete for their time. With Leo, that’s Klara, his latest girlfriend, who just happens to part of an acrobatic trio involving Jaymee and thus a girl who shares his first love of gym and willingly puts up with his shirtlessness, his frequent sweatiness, and his showing off…

…Jaymee has not yet embarked  on the boyfriend trail with quite the same determination, but she’s looking, definitely! Which gives the lie to those critics of gay parenting who think that the kids will be ‘taught’ to grow up gay…

So. The torch is being carried forward by the next generation. As long as they keep training, keep up their flexibility…


…they can be in the business for their next 30 years if they want!

By which time, I think we’ll definitely have retired from this sort of thing…


…and we’ll definitely be a bit old to be showing off on the beach…


Actually, I wasn’t going to post about this sentimental tosh at all, except for a strange coincidence. A friend 4000 miles away in Wales messaged us that his older son (9, maybe 10 – not sure) has just been selected to represent his country in the national boys squash squad – he’s off to the French Open next week and then to training camps ahead of an international in Scotland. So Ashley and his wife are feeling a teensie bit proud, too! And so they should. Your kids are the future and, as Dave and I have been able to demonstrate, being a gay couple does not have to stand in the way. Adoption rules are also much relaxed now in many countries, and supporting your kids as they work towards their goals – whatever they are – is an amazing feeling.

And, now, let’s support fitness and sporting achievement in ALL age groups and sexualities!



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Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbJust a final line as a reminder that those books are out there – both in print and as e-books – click on the covers for suitable links!

And, actually, the very last line today is a slack line. Huge fun, once you get the knack. Especially if, as here, you get to do it on what appears to be a tropical island. Enjoy!



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