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Old 08-27-2015, 08:47 AM   #113
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I think I can understand where Bob is coming from, having been on the receiving end of lots of well-meaning advice over the years for past issues. A long-term affliction can become an obsession, and sometimes the pursuit of a cure can become more troubling than the affliction itself.

However, I also think that there is a HUGE difference between having somebody say, "You need to try this", versus them saying, "I want you to be aware of this information." There can also be a big jump between "this worked for me" and "therefore it will also work for you."

I do believe that Norm is presenting information for consideration, and reporting what has worked for them. I don't see him pressuring anybody for compliance. So, thanks, Norm, for pointing us to that info. Last week, I heard that the wife of a dear friend (herself a dear friend, also) - one that we regularly do volunteer work with -- has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. If I were them, I would want to be aware of this small study.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:01 PM   #114
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Lazarus

Though I often use specific examples, that sometimes don't fly or are not well thought out, after so many years of thinking time while on the road, thinking of the present with respect to the past I sometimes feel like Lazarus.

It is said that when Lazarus returned from the dead after 4 days in Hades he never smiled, having seen unredeemed souls (All I could think of was green stamps.)

I don't feel sad thinking about the past, Ginny and I had a great previous life. However the freedom of extend travel has provide free time to consider the past and present, particularly regards to lifestyle.

It puzzles me that there's little teaching of lifestyle choices.

One has to wonder why Lazarus was in Hades. He certainly didn't take a wrong turn with his RV. (I expect a couple of PMs on that one.)
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:26 AM   #115
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Habits and goals

I've mentioned we received Jawbones as a gifts for our 73rd which measure our sleeps during the night and our steps during the day. When you get the device you set a step goal and a sleep goal, 5,000 steps and 8 hours per day.

In the process you have set a goal and you habitually look to see the number of hours slept and steps taken. You find yourself almost subconsciously achieving the goal. At the end of the day, if Ginny's close to 5,000 she takes a little walk to push it over the top.

We had read Jim Clear's short books about habit and goals his point is it's important to have a goal, it's not important that you make it but critical that you maintain the habit.

One sub-property of the habit is it's a continual reminder. For the book I'm righting little nuggets of it just pop into my mind during the day. Creating habits and goals is something worth trying.
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:39 AM   #116
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Secret Knowledge.

I'm absolutely convinced the world is full of secret knowledge subconsciously held by individuals. Many if not most of these people do not realize that they have special skills or ability.

Generally I find that special people do not know they are special. Ginny is entirely special, really a very good person. Not for one minute does she think of her goodness as special.

Recently I found that our Doctor, just knows things that are beneficial that don't come out in normal appointments where his focus is on the annual physical. i always try to engage him in conversation on some medical issue of interest to me, often getting suggestions that improve myself. (He always asks us about our travels, finding us special people because we take his advice seriously. Many patients apparently don't respond to little goals.)

I told him that he needs to develop a book of little medical suggestions or approaches.

This week my niece is here for the weekend, the niece buying our beach house. She has a magic ability to talk intelligently with, not to, young children. I've encouraged her to write a book. She has a knowledge that could help every parent.
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Old 09-12-2015, 11:42 AM   #117
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"Some Dogs Bark"

Some dogs bark is a saying of Ginny's sister. She uses it to explain why people are the way they are, really a statement that for many their genetics make them 'barkers'.

One of the magic aspects of extended travels is extended thinking time. At some point I recognized that our genetics is a significant component of what we are, what we become and how we behave.

It's important to consider your parents, your grandparents, and siblings looking for attributes that you may have been born with, particularly ones that need modification. it's only when we realize our reality can we do anything about it.

What makes up our being, comes from nurture, genetics and experience. We can consider the source of who we are and make choices about improvement.
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:20 PM   #118
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Some dogs bark is a saying of Ginny's sister. She uses it to explain why people are the way they are, really a statement that for many their genetics make them 'barkers'.

One of the magic aspects of extended travels is extended thinking time. At some point I recognized that our genetics is a significant component of what we are, what we become and how we behave.

It's important to consider your parents, your grandparents, and siblings looking for attributes that you may have been born with, particularly ones that need modification. it's only when we realize our reality can we do anything about it.

What makes up our being, comes from nurture, genetics and experience. We can consider the source of who we are and make choices about improvement.
These are the only people who are nothing more than chemical soup...

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Old 09-12-2015, 01:33 PM   #120
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Not forget, well into the 60's DuPonts corporate motto was "Better Living through Chemistry".


If that's supposed to be one family, my heart goes out to a very tired mother
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:02 AM   #121
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Google Docs feature

Google Docs has the ability to do voice typing. Ginny wants me to enter a partial book I wrote 20 years ago so the kids can read it. As a test I entered the following piece of poetry.

In reading this poem I realized that each of us should read inspirational messages every day. I do not mean inspirational in the God sense though I would not be opposed to one.

Ginny frequently says "first you say it, then you think it and lastly you do it". I think beginning or ending your day with good thoughts can go a long way to a better life, maybe a new habit to add to my growing collection.

The following was one of Ginny's mother's favorites. She lived the thoughts of this poem as I feel Ginny does. Hope you enjoy it. If you have a favorite you can PM it to me, 'help my heart rejoice'

“At Day’s End”
by John Hall

Is anybody happier because you passed this way?
Does anybody remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter right now a kindly word of you?

Can you say tonight, in parting of the day that's slipping fast,
That you have helped a single person of the many you have passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did and said;
Does the man whose hope is fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness first scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes and slumber do you think that God will say,
You've made the world a better place by the life you lived today?



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Old 09-20-2015, 08:33 AM   #122
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Very nice thoughts, norm! 😊

If (because of your writing?) you get seriously interested in the voice-to-text thing, I've found that later versions of the Dragon Naturally Speaking program can be almost scary accurate.

Sadly, it is usually a tad bit expensive and requires a semi-modern computer with a decent audio system for the full computer program.

However, there is also an App for tablets that you might want to investigate?

Whether about camping/RVing or just life in general, I enjoy reading your posts. 😊

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Old 09-20-2015, 08:57 AM   #123
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Dragon

Ray,

First thanks for the kind words.

I'm familiar with Dragon, one of my brother-in-laws is a lawyer and uses it instead of typing. My Chromebook could not handle it. I used Google voice and Google Docs to load 10 pages of my Miracles Books for the kids to read, 50 more to go. After a few pages of reading you tend to get the program and improve your speaking.

It's probably a cardinal sin to work on two books at once but Ginny wants the kids to read Miracles because it reveals who I am or became.

I've considered switching to a tablet with keyboard for writing, maybe after "Musing'.

It will probably take me a week to do it with the required editing. I wrote it in the 'blast' style, no editing of thought or English.

After I finish Musing I suspect I'll just write for personal pleasure. Ginny will be my consumer. It gives her insight into me..showing a not intentional private side, at least in the sense of making her more conscious about what goes on in me.

I've tried to get her to write, without much success so far. People have all these unused hidden talents. Occasionally she has written and I always find it good. I really try to pay attention to her personal goodness, it is otherworldly. She never has battles with others, even the most minor.

It's amazing, year 58 and I'm still learning from her. My learning has accelerated with our time on the road. By the way we should be back on the road in less than a month.

Safe Travels... are you going to the Scamp Camp this Feb?
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:09 AM   #124
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Ticky Tacky

Ticky Tacky and they all came out the same.

I went to a military college and was in 'O' Company. For the Company senior picture every one wore navy blue school blazers with the school patch except for two students in the back show had blue sweaters on. The picture was labeled Ticky Tacky and they all came out the same.. well not quite. The two in the back majored in Physics and were lab partners and I was one of them.

Today I read the following written by James Clear and was surprised by what happens to people.

In the 1960s, a creative performance researcher named George Land conducted a study of 1,600 five-year-olds and 98 percent of the children scored in the “highly creative” range. Dr. Land re-tested each subject during five year increments. When the same children were 10-years-old, only 30 percent scored in the highly creative range. This number dropped to 12 percent by age 15 and just 2 percent by age 25. As the children grew into adults they effectively had the creativity trained out of them. In the words of Dr. Land, “non-creative behavior is learned.”

Studies of even larger groups, 250,000 students show rising IQ scores since 1990 but falling creative thinking.

Something to consider...
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Creative thinking can get a person in a LOT of trouble!

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Mon, I assume that was said in jest. The example in the article I was reading was Newton and the apple. I would guess a majority of people know why an apple falls down. From the time Newton had his Eureka moment on why an apple falls down until he figured it all out and published was 20 years.

All the wonderful people who stepped out of the box like Galileo even at the cost of punishment have made a real difference.
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