Thursday, January 16, 2020

Health And Wellness Podcast 'Mood Gym' - Where To Hear It

Health And Wellness Podcast

LABELLE, FL. -- In the growing world of podcasts, audio programs that can be downloaded or played on phone, tablet, computer and smart speakers and listened to anytime, the editor of Southwest Florida Online started a podcast in 2019 titled Mood Gym, featuring health and wellness topics with practical ideas discovered and practiced over many decades.

The podcasts often relate his flying years and living life fully, combining personal values and awareness.

All the episodes are totally free and from 10 to 15 minutes in length. Podcasting apps allow free subscribing, rewind, fast forward, and pausing for the listener's convenience, or podcasts may be played directly without an app (see links and listings below.) Or click here for a most listened to episode 'Responding to the Unexpected'

The Mood Gym with Don Browne podcast is available free on all your popular podcast apps or directly at any of these links:

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
PocketCast app
RSS Feed (add to your favorite podcasting app)
Google Home speaker or Google Assistant: Say "Hey Google, play Mood Gym with Don Browne podcast"

Episode Titles: 
Mood Gym Introduction
Responding To The Unexpected
Holiday Anxiety And Fear
Depression, Anxiety, Values & Goals
Staying Sane During Holidays
Having 2020 Vision, Who Are You, What Do You Want?
Visioning, Blockchain, Habits, Acceptance & Commitment
Accepting The Present, Commitment To Values & Change
Flying Through Life Without Distraction & Worry

Don Browne is the editor/publisher of Southwest Florida Online, a YouTube creator, former radio broadcaster in LaBelle and Clewiston, and webcasting personality, and a certified trainer for 'Moving For Better Balance.'

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Piloting Through Life - Will I Pass The Physical?

Putting It Together - A Series On Life's Lessons

LABELLE, FL -- I earned a private pilot's license some 40 years ago. What I've learned about getting from here to there in life and in the air; and in this episode about passing a pilot's physical examination and failing a marriage test.

Play the Mood Gym Podcast - Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and smart speakers (say "Play Mood Gym Podcast")

Play 'Mood Gym With Don Browne' on Apple Podcasts - click the link 

or play on Google

Listen on Google Play Music

I've come to realize successfully navigating, through the stresses, anxieties and worries of everyday life, especially in these days of national and world divisions, and conflicts among people with varied beliefs and different ways of thinking, may have some similarities to how pilots learn to safely and consistently navigate from place A to place B in the clouds. Learning basic aeronautic lessons 40 years ago, and lots of training since then, lead me to understand just how success and failure has worked out for me the past four decades in the real world of work and relationships.

My early flight school techniques, getting from one place to another in an airplane, can well be applied to navigating life; family, work and personal issues, reducing or even eliminating stress and worry. Family stresses, arguments, and disagreements are becoming more and more common in these days when national leaders are seen and heard bullying and taunting each other on the nightly news.

How does an airplane pilot get successfully from Miami to Tallahassee without incident, while encountering possible bad weather, mechanical breakdowns, and unplanned delays?

As a young student at Tamiami Airport in South Florida, the first thing learned was being physically fit to fly a 1,060 pound Cessna 150, a typical light training aircraft. Heading to a local FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiner in South Miami, I was thoroughly poked, prodded and asked questions to determine if I was physically and mentally suited to fly.

To function optimally, one's eyesight, hearing, body functions, and mental capacities have to meet standards before a medical certificate will be issued. Included among the tasks required were the ability to read, follow directions, and respond and report accurately. Seeing the medical examiner while sleep deprived, or high on drugs or alcohol are going to be disqualifying factors.

I dutifully filled out the FAA medical certificate application, name, address, height, weight, questions about alcohol, drugs, medical impairments and more. Handing the completed official form to the doctor he asked how tall I was. I said "Six Foot, One." Doc replied, "The question on the application asked how many inches tall are you. So how many is that?" As quickly as my brain could calculate, I replied "73 inches, sir," as he made the correction to the form.

Doc then whispered softly "Are you on any medications?" I said "What?" He whispered a slight bit louder "On any medications?" No, sir," I replied. A pilot must not only be prepared to read and reply accurately (height in inches, not feet,) he must also be ready to respond to unusual situations, (hearing a voice in less than optimal conditions in this test.)  Despite less than optimal responses on my part that morning, I Passed.

I've never been an alcohol or drug taker, but can remember in my early years being physically drained, and sleep deprived as I tried to earn a living supporting my expectant wife. Working long, difficult hours I was in no condition to care for my bride. The stress of working too much, sleeping too little, both of us failing to adjust to less than optimal conditions, lead the relationship to separation. Failed that one.

The ability to pay attention, listen, respond appropriately and adjust to changing conditions are the "beginning" skills to successfully navigate both an airplane and one's life.

Watch a National Geographic special on Dangers Of Lack Of Sleep

Watch for coming episodes and please leave comments and share what you think, your experiences piloting through your life.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dr. Mao - Live Your Utlimate Life Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to talk by phone with Dr. Mao Shing Ni. His latest book is Live Your Ultimate Life based on traditional Chinese 5-element personality characteristics from the Book of Changes, the I Ching, the ancient wisdom book for living a healthy and prosperous life.

Dr. Mao is a prolific author, a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and the son of Taoist Master Ni who comes from many centuries of Taoist masters and doctors. He has appeared on many nationwide shows including the Dr. Oz Show.

Read reviews of Live Your Ultimate Life on Amazon.

Listen to the edited 25 minute conversation I had with Dr. Mao on March 7, 2016.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Trump: The Greatest American Who Ever Lived?

Donald Trump's journey to the White House in an animated short film. The video is formatted in virtual reality 360 degree, using your keyboard arrow keys to move the view anywhere front, side or behind Trump. As appeared on Tomo News.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ten Things I Learned About The Sea

Ten things I have learned about the sea from lorenzo fonda on Vimeo.

An astoundingly fine 10 minute video from film director Lorenzo Fonda on his 17 day sea voyage aboard a container ship. Watch it full screen in HD if you can.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Watching The Yachts...

Most of greatly enjoy being around water and boats. On those days when you're away from the water, how about looking at where the other guys are having fun.

This map provided the location of larger vessels and recreational boats and yachts having been equipped with an AIS transponder that send a VHF radio signal out to ground bases radio receivers. The ground receivers then transmit the data for display on computers or mobile devices.

The map can be moved to any area and customized with what can be viewed, including marinas and wind speeds and other items as well.

Southwest Florida Online is sponsor participant with the MarineTraffic website, receiving vessel's radio signals allowing mapping of vessels on the move or moored along the waterways.  Southwest Florida Online provides it's service to the area along the Caloosahatchee River surrounding Port LaBelle, Florida to show vessels traveling along that popular waterway.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Don't Buy Gas Here? Prices 20-30 Cents Higher

LABELLE, FL. -- Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 7.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.22/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 8,237 gas outlets in Florida. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.12/gallon.

But in Hendry and Glades county, Florida prices are still 20 to 30 cent higher than Florida average prices. Although prices are falling, they historically don't fall as much as surrounding counties including Lee where prices are always much lower and in line with the rest of Florida. Motorists can drive out of the county and save several dollars on a fillup.

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 117.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 42.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 48.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 118.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.