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Delicate Christian women like me do not sweat. On a blisteringly hot day, I find myself surrounded by a light mist of perfumed perspiration, which is quite enjoyable to my companions. Hence, I am very popular during the summer months.
So you can understand that the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for your dear, humble Francine as I jaunt from event to event, holding court for the masses. As you know, a liberal judge ordered me to write this column as community service after my unfortunate DUI. It should not come as a surprise to you little stinky sinners that at two recent outdoor events, I was delicately scented like a rose-covered saint.
One outdoor activity was held in a tent holding the AIDS Quilt at the Kansas City Pride Festival. The sun beat down upon hundreds of individuals gathered to hear Julie Rhoad, the NAMES Project Foundation’s executive director, talk. Bless her heart, almost nobody heard her discuss how the AIDS Quilt was modifying its message as the disease gains inroads into new populations. No, they didn’t hear any of that.
They were all trying to cozy over to me to bask in my floral-scented misty aura. Our own local expert on the saints, Bishop Robert Finn, has compared me to St. Teresa of Avila, who brought a mysterious floral scent with her, even to her crypt. I certainly hope they don’t open my casket after I die to smell me (like they did to St. Teresa), but it will be no surprise if they do.
As much as I hate to acknowledge this gay lifestyle you all embrace, I was amazed by the Pride Festival, concocted to convert unsuspecting heterosexuals into homosexuals, and even worse, Democrats. That John Koop can put on a show, and his organizing prowess is impressive. As president of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, I would love to learn how he puts together such a production.
Speaking of unsuspecting heteros, I encountered a gaggle of them at another AIDS Walk fundraiser, Party with a Purpose. Held on Holmes Street in Hyde Park, the hosts opened their homes and street to children, families, dogs and, more disturbingly, the Renaissance people from Bonner Springs. In sweltering heat, these tapestry-wearing oddlings interacted with those of us who happily live in the 21st century. I’m sure that the 1600s were great years, but what hobby is worth wearing a codpiece and forsaking pantyhose?
One face-painting artist at the street party had been commissioned to paint a portrait of the Virgin Mary. As I walked by, he gasped and ran to me, pleading to use my likeness as a representation of the Holy Virgin. Two days later, the artist finished it, and they anticipate miracles beneath my likeness. As I was sitting for the artist, he asked me to push down my blouse’s collar to reveal part of my collarbone. I guess Mama raised me to be a prude, and I refused. In high school, I showered in my slip, and there are parts of my body that sunlight has never touched. Since my face created the Virgin in a painting, could my chaste prudishness also create a miracle or two of my own?
I decided to test out my powers. I had my pool-boy Jay-Jay find me a pregnant turtle from the koi pool, and I held the turtle in my lap and prayed for a miracle as I stroked her hard-ridged shell. The little thing went immediately into labor, laying three leathery eggs directly onto my chaste lap. I held the eggs in my hands and prayed for signs of a miracle.
Then I had my cook set the oven on low, wrapped each turtle egg in swaddling clothes and laid them in the Miele.
I figured it would take a few hours to hatch at 125 degrees, so I called Bishop Finn to come over to reminisce about his visit to my home this winter. He was dispatched from the Vatican to exorcise a curse from me, but ended up helping me make some lists instead. We giggled and drank wine, and he offered to rub my feet. He has the biggest, softest hands I’ve ever felt on a man.
Two hours later, the kitchen timer rang, and we ran in to see whether my hands did, indeed, perform a miracle. As the photo shows, one turtle hatched and was marked by an image of the Blessed Virgin on its little tummy. I’m on my way to sainthood.
And the other two turtle eggs? Well, they were soft-poached, and with a little caviar and hollandaise, the Bishop and I thought they were delicious.
Francine offers her slightly skewed viewpoint on issues in the Kansas City metropolitan area’s LGBT community in each issue of Camp. This satirical column is meant in jest and non-thought-provoking fun! Francine’s opinions are her own, and they do not necessarily reflect those of Camp or anyone connected to Camp. And since you’re asking, yes, she’s a fictional character. Well, you asked. Would you like to respond to Francine or give her a tip on something that may be of interest? E-mail her at email@example.com.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
Make time for exercise each dayPhoto by Victor Freitas on Unsplash
Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
Marathon runnersPhoto by Miguel A. Amutio on Unsplash
John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
Full MoonPhoto by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at email@example.com.