A Meaningful Life

Ten Thousand Days

SISTERS
Dina, left, with Shelly (2002)

As well acquainted as I am with grief, I’ve been blessed not to lose anyone close to me too soon since I lost my fiancé, Dana, thirty years ago.

I’m an only child, and my wife Shelly has just one sibling, her older sister Dina. 

After painfully struggling for a few years with rare autoimmune diseases, we lost Dina last month at 55 years old in our hometown of Bakersfield, California.

To say it’s been tough on a lot of people is a huge understatement.

Dina lived a life that was completely dedicated to helping and serving others.

Since the mid-90’s she had over 400 foster kids come through her home.

Yes, 400 fosters kids!

I was always blown away by her inability to say no. If anyone ever needed help, Dina would always be there to lend a helping hand, regardless of…

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BODY, MIND AND SOUL

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Meditate, dance, do artistic or manual activities, cook, do physical exercises, any and all activities that put you in the presence, slow down the mind, let go of the body and do you good! To prevent diseases is to prioritize this harmony. It is doing what is good for us.

And looking at it this way, we can see clearly: this pandemic has also come to open up our minds about how much health needs to be seen in an integrative way. So take care of your triad. Take care of you.



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It is a fact that the human being strives for well-being. Who doesn’t like to be at peace with themselves, with the tranquility of laying their heads on the pillow without worries… of having a pleasant night’s sleep and waking up rested to start a new day?

But this is only possible if you are in harmony with…

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Who are you?

Priyanshi shah

Who are you?
It is the most intriguing concern for me,
I quizzed other people,
While they laugh at it protecting the true self,
In the umbrella of norms,
But I often suspend a minute,
Thinking in my thoughts,
Inquiring who am I, before society molded me?
My train of thoughts interprets,
A stream of playfulness,
A mountain of innocence,
A colorful flower of tenderness,
A rainbow of love,
And the shining stars of understanding,
All sacrificed in this formulated machine world,
Of Anger, disgust, stress, and opinions,
Forging chaos for our self,
Where we are the ghosts and we are haunted,
In the society of hate,
But I breathe the art, the culture, the morality,
The thinker, the utopian, the reader,
The miserable, the wealthy,
The anecdote, the photographs,
The emotions, the psyche,
The kind, the compassionate,
The helper, the seeker,
I ask to believe in the community of…

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” All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

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Sailing on Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

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Hi

Thanks for the follow(s) and like/s
All the best with your blog
Happy blogging
“early bird (very) sleepy-head” ”c
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and/or
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14jN8W1IHhZOJdanEbxbIaJiIRI7iji_S/view?usp=sharing

http://www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com
http://www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com
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Best wishes from the First City to see the light

Wanderlustex

Sweetest Foods
#totora, #paisagem, #paisaje, #andes, #titicaca

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For those who like investment advice off the shelf

My other money blogs are at
http://www.mymoneybooks.wordpress.com

New Zealand Money Management

FINANCIAL PASSAGES

Armstrong Jones Financial Passagesby Paul Fyfe and Lenise Webster

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/for-those-who-like-investment-advice-off-the-

*Free stuff

Your Retirement Action Planner, from the Office of the Retirement Commissioner on 0800-45-65-85. Includes a series of worksheets that let you answer questions such as how much you’ll need in retirement, and how much you’ll have to save to get there.

Also some more general advice on money management. Financial Passages, by Paul Fyfe and Lenise Webster, from funds management company Armstrong Jones on 0800-PASSAGES (0800-7277-2437). Looks at the six stages, or “passages” of life, and the financial issues you are likely to face at each stage.

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For those who like investment advice off the shelf

My other money blogs are at
http://www.mymoneybooks.wordpress.com

New Zealand Money Management

FINANCIAL PASSAGES

Armstrong Jones Financial Passagesby Paul Fyfe and Lenise Webster

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/for-those-who-like-investment-advice-off-the-

*Free stuff

Your Retirement Action Planner, from the Office of the Retirement Commissioner on 0800-45-65-85. Includes a series of worksheets that let you answer questions such as how much you’ll need in retirement, and how much you’ll have to save to get there.

Also some more general advice on money management. Financial Passages, by Paul Fyfe and Lenise Webster, from funds management company Armstrong Jones on 0800-PASSAGES (0800-7277-2437). Looks at the six stages, or “passages” of life, and the financial issues you are likely to face at each stage.

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Tree Tunnel, Cantabria, Spain

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Hi

Thanks for the follow (and/or like/s) and all the best with your blog

craig

Rat catchers of our time
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Telling and sharing stories through the power of the www.

for your entertainment in social isolation/hibernation

https://creativekiwis.wordpress.com/2020/04/05/im-in-hibernation/

A church has a rat problem

The church doesn’t want to kill the rats so they trap them and release them far away, but the next day they are back.

Next they try ask them politely to leave, still they won’t budge.

Finally the priest has one last idea, he baptized all the rats.

Now they only come at Christmas and Easter.

man walked into a bar. He sat down and asked the bar tender “If I impress you, can I have a free drink?”. The bar tender said sure, so the man reached in his pocket and pulled out a tiny piano. He then pulled out a small rat and set it by the piano. It crawled on to the bench and began playing

music. The bar tender was amazed, so he gave the man a beer. Next, the man said “If I impress you even more, can I have free drinks for life?”. The bar tender didn’t think it was possible, so he agreed. The man pulled a frog out of his pocket, and it began to sing by the piano. The bar tender smiled and told the man that he was impressed. A man in a suit with a cane walked into the bar, saw the small animals, and offered to buy them for $2 million. The owner said no, but he offered to sell the frog for $500k. The rich man agreed, took the frog, and left. The bar tender couldn’t believe the owner just did that and said “Why did you just sell the frog?! There is no singing now!”. The owner laughed and said “Don’t worry; the rat is a ventriloquist!”.

Two professors of economics were walking down a road when they saw a dead rat.

The older one said – “If you eat this, I’ll pay you ₹10,000”. The younger one makes a quick cost-benefit analysis and finally eats the rat.

The younger professor experiences a bad after-taste and wants the older professor to experience the same. When he sees another dead rat on the road, he dares the professor to eat it in exchange for the old ₹10,000. The senior professor, eager to recover his reckless bet, eats it.

After a few minutes of walking silently, the younger professor finally says – “Looks like we’ve been eating dead rats for free.”

The older professor remarks, “But don’t forget we just added ₹ 20,000 to the GDP!”

RATS!

from

https://upjoke.com/rat-jokes
Thanks for the follow and all the best with your blog

“the totally unmusical pie piper (from “Sleepy Hollow”)”

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“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder” *

* not bridges (thank goodness)!

Well my family and friends say I’m “safest” just writing and sharing

Still

Driven to share, uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire

“Live each day as if it’s your last…

and one day you’ll be right!

PS

So it may be better and safer for you following the rats!

PPS

Don’t worry about the world ending today…

it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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Thanks for all the likes …and/or follow

PS
I just realised my days are determined and lead down paths from the feedback by my readers and followers around the world, like you. So thanks for the input.

All your comments and feedback encourage (greatly), uplift and even inspire me to follow “this road less travelled”.

I love my days “interacting with you’ guys and gals’ (and anything else in these PC * days-very)”

“sleepy-head and totally non PC” craig

“the world’s fourth worst writer”

see

https://johnsphotopics.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/why-im-only-the-worlds-fourth-worst-writer/

and
https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/why-im-only-the-worlds-fourth-worst-writer-3/

* and definitely NOT a police constable)

Still

“Driven to uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire”

https://craigsquotes.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/path-emerson.jpg?w=605&h=454

…”of chaos” (in the “real world”, so says “the nurse”)

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/do-not-go-where-the-path-may-lead-go-instead-where-there-is-no-path-and-leave-a-trail-6/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.

Atto Travel

Tree Tunnel, Cantabria, Spain

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The Right Boat

A recurring theme in my blog, and life, is that I spend too much time readings sailing and cruising forums and blogs. Hey, there is a lot of knowledge out there and the more I gain from reading is one less mistake I’ll make or something broken that I will know how to fix.  (At least this is how I justify my obsession to my Bride.)

One topic that comes up often is what boat should someone choose?  What boat is the “best” boat? Is boat A better than boat B?

The  bottom line answer to all these questions is that no one can answer this for you.  Much of the information that goes into making this decision is personal preference.  Everyone makes this decision in a different way.

Experience is the best thing to teach you what you like and don’t like about boats.  I think it is unrealistic…

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At the Breakfast Table Lili Fi Blog

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Hi

Thanks for the follow… and/or like(s)

I just realised my days are determined and lead down paths from the feedback by my readers and followers around the world, like you. So thanks for the input.

All your comments and feedback encourage (greatly), uplift and even inspire me to follow “this road less travelled”.

I love my days “interacting with you’ guys and gals’ (good people)

Best wishes from the First City to see the light

craig

(and/or “early-bird (very) sleepy-head and not fully awoke” c)

“the world’s fourth worst writer”

see

https://johnsphotopics.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/why-im-only-the-worlds-fourth-worst-writer/

and
https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/why-im-only-the-worlds-fourth-worst-writer-3/

Still

“Driven to uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire”

https://craigsquotes.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/path-emerson.jpg?w=605&h=454

…”of chaos” (in the “real world”, so says “the nurse”)

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/do-not-go-where-the-path-may-lead-go-instead-where-there-is-no-path-and-leave-a-trail-6/

Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials ¦and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.

PPS
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil “little” New Zealand

Dockside Cooking

At the Breakfast Table Lili Fi Blog

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