"ENERGY" - Running With the Baton: Project Good Words

Wind Turbines
Wind Turbines | Source

Taking the Baton

Maria (marcoujor) kindly passed me the baton in her hub "Energy: Project Good Words Musical Challenge"

"And now I would like to pass the baton of the Project Good Words to you, John, with the word of energy.

Take your time in responding and anything goes...

Thanks ever so much, Maria"


Thanks Maria, I gladly accept the baton and this hub is the result. I hope I do Project Good Words justice.

Energy: the Definition

The World Book Dictionary defines en/er/gy n., pl. gies. as:

  1. will to work; vigor: That boy is so full of energy that he cannot keep still.
  2. the power to do work or act; force: All our energies were used to keep the fire from spreading.
  3. capacity for doing work, such as lifting or moving an object: A steam engine changes heat into mechanical energy.
  4. ability to produce action or effect: It took a great amount of energy to push the wheelbarrow laden with bricks up the steep slope.

My son in a promotional poster for his sponsor Outlast Nutrition
My son in a promotional poster for his sponsor Outlast Nutrition | Source

Our Need for Energy

Energy: where would we be without it? Well, we wouldn't exist..nothing would. However the Earth and the Universe came to be, it would have required energy in some form. Life forms wouldn't have been created without it. Just existing requires energy. We need it to grow and to do that we need to breath, eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive, and all those processes require energy to work.

Plants and animals require energy to grow and produce fruit, grain, and meat for humans and other living things to consume and to build energy in turn so that we can survive.

God gave us intelligence so we could find/discover ways to create our own forms of energy, and it didn't take the human race long before we learned to create energy from burning coal, oil and gas to power our homes, factories, transport etc. We also learnt to 'split the atom' and create the 'atomic bomb' and ultimately nuclear energy.

The Philippsburg nuclear power plant, in Germany.
The Philippsburg nuclear power plant, in Germany. | Source

God also gave us wisdom so that we can decide how to use energy wisely and not decimate the Earth's finite natural resources and fossil fuels i.e. coal, oil, gas. We still have to fully embrace 'green energy' like solar, wind, and hydro- electricity, hydrogen fuel cells. At present these forms of producing power are called 'alternative energy' but I prefer the terms 'renewable' or 'sustainable energy'. I hope these become the main-stream forms of energy sooner rather than later.

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MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups.
MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups. | Source

Energy and the Human Body

Supplying enough energy to support the body's many functions at work and play is one of the chief functions of food. This energy comes from the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins in the food you eat. Of the three, fat is the most concentrated source of energy because it provides more than twice as much energy for a given weight as protein or carbohydrate.

Energy requirements are usually expressed in terms of calories. This is really a kilocalorie - the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one kilogram (about 1 quart) of water one degree Celsius.

The energy requirement for a person is divided into two parts: basal metabolic requirements and energy required for activity. Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the heat eliminated from the body at rest and at normal temperature. An average person requires 2000-2400 calories per day while a large man doing heavy physical work may require up to 6000 calories per day.

When you choose foods that provide more energy, or calories than you need, the excess energy is stored as fat in the body -- and a gain in weight may result. If less food is eaten than meets the body's energy demands, stored fat serves as an energy source -- and weight loss will result. Your weight stays about the same if the energy from food matches the energy requirements of the body.

Especially for Nellieanna

The Energy Poem

by John Hansen © 2014

Everything upon the Earth

Needs energy to thrive.

Each action that is performed

Requires impetus and drive.

God provided Nature's power

Yet for much more humans strive.


Energy for Writing

As a fellow writer I am sure you sometimes have days when you wake up unmotivated and lacking drive. When it seems a chore just to pick up a pen or to sit at your computer.

It's times like these that you need an energy boost.

I find that having a small healthy snack like a piece of fruit or a boiled egg helps. Follow this up with some moderate exercise like a brisk ten minute walk or lifting some light weights or push-ups, and it gives both your body and mind a kick start.

You seem to acquire a new burst of energy that was lacking before, and if you sit back down at your desk it is often amazing all the new thoughts and ideas that spring to life.

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Thank You All

In closing I would like to offer a special thank you to the following people for their kind and encouraging comments on Maria's (marcourjor's) hub "Energy-Project Good Words Musical Challenge" where she announced she was passing the baton onto me. The kind support from you and other Hubbers (who read my work) is the reason I write:

MartieCoetser

bravewarrior

Genna East

billybuc

always exploring

Faith Reaper

Sunshine625

Nellieanna (my dear mentor)

and finally Jo_Goldsmith11 who started this all off.

© 2014 John Hansen

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah passing the baton to you has proven to be useful because of the information you packed into this hub including that quick poem.. and the Wind Turbines... keep up the good work my friend :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Frank. I love challenges, it gives me a focus for my inspiration.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Awesome! The images, your well-written hub, your acrostic poem -- Jodah, this is fantastic. UP, U, A, B, I and H+


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear John,

You twirled the heck out of that ENERGY baton and I am smiling from ear to ear! What a comprehensive, informative and interesting presentation you have given us...!

You gave a complete definition of ENERGY and tied the concept into conservation, our human mechanics, our passion of writing - even including a fabulous poem. Including Nellieanna's favorite song of CELEBRATION was so KOOL and thoughtful as well!

Brava on a job very well done! Voted UP and UABI and sharing! Hugs!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Phyllis, you are too kind. I much appreciate your comment, vote up and share. Where would we be without energy?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Marie, so glad I didn't disappoint you. I found it an interesting subject to write a hub on, so thanks for choosing me to write it. I had to give Nellieanna recognition in some way, so I think including the song did that. Thanks for your kind comment, vote up and share.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Morning, Dear John!

You have composed a most energetic hub here. Truly a tremendous and comprehensive piece of work here.

Your creative mind was working overtime and that baton is flying high.

God certainly did give us wisdom in these areas and blessed us with His beautiful creation for all to enjoy, and so we should (more than ever) tap into that wisdom for the betterment of this world as a whole and its people. Great advice on feeding our bodies too. Love your perspective on writing too as relates to energy and your poetry is always the best of the best.

Your heart shines of love to our dearest Nellieanna in your choice of video. My prayers continue to be with her.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

It is always a pleasure to support our excellent fellow writers, especially those who write from the heart, like you.

God bless you and yours this day and always.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

What a wonderful comment Faith. Your kind words are always so encouraging and inspirational. Thank you for reading, voting up, pinning, tweeting and sharing.

Blessings to you and your family too.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Really wonderful post, and I especially like the ENERGY poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that kind comment DealForLiving. Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

This was a really great insightful article. I like your acrostic very much -they're my favorite next to good rhyme. Voted up, awesome and interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Rachael, glad you found this interesting and insightful. I enjoy trying to write acrostic poems too. Thanks for the vote up.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, first of all, you are very welcome. I follow winners, people who are serious about this writing craft, and you certainly qualify. Secondly, I always enjoy your writing, and this is no exception. I love reading the different slants people have on the same topic. Well done, John.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

I think alternative energy is steadily making inroads in the US, which is one thing I have to give the current Presidential admin credit for. Our schools have all gone solar here in California, and little by little the homes are too. Great hub!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

There is so such I'm learning from these Good Words relays. Jodah, thanks for the information on the different kinds of energy. Energy for the body and for writing are definitely tops. Cute poem, too.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great thought here about energy. Your suggestions are helpful and most informative.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

Just Amazing beautiful Jodah! I think you have done an awesome job with this word. And I appreciate your talents with contributing to spreading the love....many blessings to you. Up, shared and tweeted. :-)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

You accomplished so much with this. I like your acrostic. Who knew energy could be this creative?


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

John, I knew you'd take off running when Maria passed you the baton! I love the little energy video. The tune is quite catchy. And, as always, your poem is stellar!


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DrBillSmithWriter 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

Love the subject matter, John. Love the presentation. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

This is a brilliant hub. Your different angles are fascinating and your research is so thorough. This is inspiring and energising!

Great poem to go with it, too!

Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Mel, yes it seems the US is headed in the right direction and the state of California especially is a leader in alternative energy all started by the Governator. A lot of Australian homes became solar powered thanks to generous incentives by the previous government. Now the power companies are complaining that they are losing money because of it and I knew government are getting rid of all incentives., but they are climate change deniers.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad to hear you are learning new information from these Good Words relays MsDora. It is an interesting project to be involved in. Happy that you liked the little poem too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Devika, I am glad you learnt something helpful from this hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jo, I much appreciate getting your thumbs up for this hub, after all, you began this wonderful series. It was an honour to be selected to take part in it.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello FlourishAnyway, yes you can be creative with any subject if you put your mind to it...even manage a poem of sorts.. :)

Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Shauna, thanks for your kind comment and support as always. I can thank you for my selection to be part of this, as you introduced Maria to me :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Ann, thanks for your kind words. I am glad you found that I made the subject fascinating. I tried my best. Glad you liked the poem too.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Jodah, you do a knockout job every time you're given a challenge and this is one more of your best. Energy is so very important to our world and our bodies. Taking good care of both should be utmost in our daily lives. Thank you. I liked your poem too. Tweeted..


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ruby, you are too kind to me and always so generous in your comments. We couldn't survive without energy. I wasn't completely happy with the poem, but being me I had to write one. Thanks for the tweet too.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Everyone has a different slant on the same subject, you've proven that well here Jodah. This was a great hub just bursting with energy! Every line makes you stop and think about energy in its many forms.

As always your poem was write on (pun intended) and your tribute to Nelliana both subtle and touching.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi tillsontitan, you are right that we all "have a different slant on the same subject". It makes things always interesting. Glad my take on it conveyed the subject "energetically". I had to acknowledge Nellieanna in the hub somewhere without being too oer the top. Thanks for the vote up too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi tillsontitan, you are right that we all "have a different slant on the same subject". It makes things always interesting. Glad my take on it conveyed the subject "energetically". I had to acknowledge Nellieanna in the hub somewhere without being too oer the top. Thanks for the vote up too.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I liked your creative approach and varied theme to the subject of energy, from solar power to calories. The poem was an added bonus along with the enchanting photo of your son. Nicely done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much for reading and commenting Peg. Glad you found my approach creative and I'll tell Trent you liked his photo :)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Wanted to come back and listen to Kool and the Gang...to "Celebrate" and CONGRATULATE you, John, on the 2014 Hubbie for Best Poet!

I love when my vote counts and wish you much energy and creativity in the upcoming year! Hugs, Maria


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Congrats John on Best Poet 2014 Hubbie Award!!!

I just knew you would get it ... keep the great poetry coming.

God bless.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Maria, thank you. I didn't even know that I won 'best poet'. I have been out all day and not on the Internet....so I just found out by reading your comment. Thanks for voting for me. :) Hugs.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Faith, thank you so much. I just found out reading your comment and Maria's. I am happy. God bless.


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jemuelO 24 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

The baton has got its way to you cause you've got the energy to write informational hub like this.

Keep up the good work! Voted interesting, useful, and awesome.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and your kind words jemuelO. I appreciate it very much and it gives me energy to write more.


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mary615 13 months ago from Florida

I'd like to see more solar energy being used. Here in our state of Florida, we have sunshine almost every day. Such a waste not to use that.

Wonderful Hub, my friend on so many levels.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mary, it makes you angry when one of our greatest and free resources is not fully utilised doesn't it. Same here in Australia and our Government doesn't support renewable energy. Thanks for the kind comment.

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