Saturday, July 6, 2019

june drawings 2019

   It's June 2019.  Photos from my Nebraska days at the Centennial College are not clear enough to use for the upcoming reunion. Vicki Van Steenburg phones me from California. A former Centennial College alum she likes my idea. I had talked about doing an inked drawing from photos I had. That way the artwork could be new and original. Her subsequent phone calls kept lighting fires under me. Energizing me. 

Here are my new drawings from that montage. Double click on images to enlarge.

(fellow student with clamp light and black hat. student with wrestling T-shirt. strips of torn paper dancing above our heads. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(Centennial friends in Commons Lounge watching unfolding tableau. Student on hands and knees, paper torn from discarded Lincoln phone books, A work in progress illumined by light. Staged in Love Hall next to the Neihardt Residential Center, University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1976.  Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(Centennial student pinching strips of paper, released to flutter, watching the ballet drift to the floor. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(four UN-L students at Student Union, building with wood blocks. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(student with wood, with wall sign. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(Centennial student building his tower. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

Vicki is pleased with this contribution. Two ink montages will be on display at Love Library at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska during Centennial Reunion October 11- 12, 2019 

Schedule and details for October Reunion 

The ink work fuels me with joy and giggles ...... as my research continues to unfold.........

Thursday, July 4, 2019

walk with long string -- drawing 2019

      One day when I was a student at the Seward Public High School -- some classmates of mine went with me at the City Park in Seward, Nebraska -- to walk with a long string. My father recorded the event. Double click on images to enlarge.

A follow-the-leader activity. Everyone holds on to the long string and goes for a walk.

City Park, Seward, Nebraska. Circa 1973. (photo by Reinhold Marxhausen)

My classmates Jeff Bowman and Herb Jensen lead the rest.

Three years later --- in 1976 I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I lived in a dormitory on 16th Street. The Centennial Educational Program was housed in Love Hall, next door to the Neihardt Residential Center. I took independent study classes thru Centennial.

On afternoon in 1976 --- a dozen students from that complex met together to go for a walk. A walk around the campus while holding a long string. Dubbed the "String Walk." It was ad-lib. Impulsive. Creative. Something us centennial-ites enjoyed doing. Laughing. Exploring.

There were no photographs of that outing.    It was spontaneous.

When I talked with Vicki Van Steenburg over the phone 43 years later -- the fun and excitement of my Centennial years came back to me. Energy from those wonderful memories egged me on to do a pencil composition at my desk.

Last month the inked 18 by 24 inch illustration was complete and mailed to the planning committee in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Here are portions of that work.

 (rampark parking garage and elevator. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(up and down front steps of Nebraska state capitol. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(front door to back door, through department store. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019) 

 (the string itself. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(going through Nebraska football fans, outside the Lincoln stadium. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

(starting at the beginning, front steps of the Centennial College. Ink on paper. Karl Marxhausen. 2019)

Two ink works will be on display in Love Library on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Centennial College Reunion will be held October 11 and 12, 2019.

The two day reunion with full details CLICK here. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

cold thermogenesis

It's Monday afternoon. May 13th. Time to check the tub temp.

Water is 55 degrees F. Air is 65 degrees F. This is how I do Cold Thermogenesis in Missouri.

43 minutes. This is the real deal. My main focus is maintaining my breathing. To hear my comments go to the following time stamps.

00:39  check water temp
02:48  breathing 
05:05  clock time
08:51  focus breathing 
09:52  adaption
11:59  duration in cold
13:42  about shivering 
15:45  sunshine helps 
16:29  skin tone
17:27  extend time
21:21  marker 20 
22:07  surrounding temp
23:27  bird song

24:58  tub fits one person  
26:08  cooling with ice
29:00  toe touch warm ups
31:19  marker 30

31:36  when to go longer
32:40  reluctance
36:35  marker 35
39:00  no distractions
39:15  body burns fat
39:25  white fat
39:31  brown fat
39:50  water at 50 - 55 converts white fat to brown adipose tissue
40:07  brown fat warms organs
40:25  happens while I sit here
40:52  workout  
41:35  marker 40


Eleven minutes. Cold organs from being in cold water. It takes one to two hours to bring internal body temps back up to normal. Activity helps. Wrists in warm to hot water does it the fastest for me.

The tub we use: 

These are easy methods for cold adaption that Jack Kruse provides: 

Drinking hot water helps warm up my internal organs.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

shall be like a tree

It is 2018. What about the two trees laying in our yard?

Just look at the exposed roots.

Jan called the trees DEAD.

One day in Spring I notice feathers of green fuzz. Then the smallest buds.

  Shoots unfurl. Leaves fan out on the parallel trunks. In spring of 2018 shade is created. The space is a place to explore and be inside tucked away from sight. Yessss.

The two trees full of leaves in 2018 are tied to the activity of God.

The one who delights in the way of the LORD, who considers and takes to heart His instruction WILL BE ---
like a tree planted by the rivers of water...  that brings forth its fruit in its season... whose LEAF will not wither... and whatever one does will prosper.   book of psalms, chapter one, verses two and three
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD... and whose hope is the Lord. One will BE LIKE A TREE.... PLANTED BY THE WATERS... spreading out its roots down by the stream. One will not fear when the heat comes. But its leaf will be green!! And will not be anxious in the year of drought... nor will it cease from bearing fruit.       book of jeremiah, chapter seventeen, verses seven and eight
The two trees are a word picture for me. 
A reminder of whose I am. 
Who my Keeper is.
The LORD is active  alive.
He has planted me - waters me - 

The trees are alive and green in 2018 and will be also in 2019.

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Monday, March 25, 2019


When we returned from Mesa, Arizona -- I thought I could resume doing cold therapy the way I had previously done it.  NO. I COULD NOT!!!  My regular routine was toooooo much for my body. It had been 24 days without the rigorous training. 

I started over - spending less time in the tub during the workout. Instead of the 12 minutes, I dropped back to only 4 minutes. Another day it was 8 minutes. The next time it was 12 minutes. A day later it was up to 15 minutes.

The workouts vary. Jan and I look at the water temp, the air temp, and how we are feeling that day. One thing I can tell you is that CT works for us. It is the workout of our choice. We burn off fat by sitting in a tub of cold water between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drawing from my journal

Four minutes. I brought the tub out of storage while we were gone. The 140 gallon stock tank was bought at Orschelns Farm Supply for 96 dollars September 2018. This video gives you an idea of its size and how water is put in. There is no pump. Anybody can do this.

Loading tub onto truck bed at Orschelns in Carrollton, Missouri

Carting tank with wheel barrow around house to the back yard

Home movie from snow day north central Missouri two months ago.

The work out is called Cold Thermogenesis. It is the generating of heat and burning fat. Not at the gym. Not with exercising muscles and sweating. But by cold adaption. While sitting in water between 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit  hormones in humans work better. 

Mitochondria, the batteries in our cells, spin faster. The body creates more brown fat (brown adipose tissue). This is what we have around our neck and spine and chest to keep organs warm. During the workout of sitting in cold water the body transforms white fat (white adipose tissue) into brown fat, which gives off heat much faster. Leptin is a hormone that controls metabolism and blood sugar. 

Embracing the cold activates a metabolic pathway in the body that shuts off sugar cravings and promotes the burning of fatty acids to support thermogenesis. That means calories cannot be stored in the cold when your mitochondria burns them for heat under the activation of the sympathetic nervous system.         Kris Domitrovits

We've been fortunate. Cold air over nite keeps the tub in the 40s. We are able to bring water temp up with bucket heater. I have heard of others adding ice to the water to bring the temps down to the 55 degree range. This summer we'll see.

The second part of the workout is warming back up. I heat up my wrists in a bowl in the sink. The best way. I also change into clothes and walk up hillside on our street and back to the house. Sometimes I jog. It depends. It gets my blood pumping. To warm up organs that are cold.

Hard fat tissue has become soft underneath. Skin over muscles is tightening up. We like the results very much. Cheers.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

february placements

We Are Treasured In His Hands
Oil Lacquer, 18 x 18
Luther and Carmen Runge, Santa Fe, New Mexico

East End
Acrylic, 2012
Crystal Turner, Cottonwood, Ariznona

Visible Likeness of the Invisible God
Glitter, fabric, paint. 1998
Tom and Lori Runge, Noble, Oklahoma

My Sister in Prayer
Acrylic, 2004
Luther and Carmen Runge, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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