I know, I know!

After I published yesterday the short post “Do you believe in evolution? Our relative?” one of my followers (M-R) asked me to clarify my beliefs. I do it by reblogging this post.

We build our worlds!

This morning I found a post with a photo that I liked very much.

You can see the post below.

IT IS GOOD THERE WHERE WE ARE NOT.

The post is properly categorized and tagged. There is Absence and Emptiness in the photo. It is definitely black-and-white. It is fine art. It is easy to see mystery there too. There is also beauty there.

However, I can’t agree with the title of the post.

I believe that from early childhood we must start building our own worlds.

We must understand ourselves, choose our priorities, take risks, work hard and build our own personal wonderful worlds.

We are born to enjoy life!

It is our major task to create happiness where we are!

 

 

 

 

 

About grandchildren.

I know that majority of my followers are young and beautiful.

However, sooner or later people blessed with children and grandchildren.

We have 5 grandchildren and we love them very much.

You know there are some people who say that their grandchildren are geniuses. It’s too much!

Our grandchildren are simply beautiful and very smart! If you doubt it please ask my wife. We have different opinions on majority of topics but in this case we think exactly the same.

Now, I found several good quotes about grandchildren. Please look at them below.

How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative, or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

 Sir John Templeton quotes 

Grandchildren give us a second chance to do things better because they bring out the best in us.

 Unknown quotes 

Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.

 Mary H Waldrip quotes 

What can I say to my grandchildren?

Just one thing: build a happy family!

Best to them and to you!

Battle (using Kurt Vonnegut’s rules for writing fiction)!

Kurt Vonnegut

Eight rules for writing fiction:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.”

— Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1999), 9-10.

The rules above are from HERE.

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Now about the BATTLE (life and death).

It will start at 10.00 a.m. eastern time in Hollywood, Florida here.

chessWhere exactly? In the shadow below the upper pool ( look straight north in the middle of the picture).

Combatants: YK (77) and JF (close to 80).

Weapons: chess and chess clocks.

Action: 3 blitz games (each opponent has 8 minutes in each game).

History: this season JF won majority of battles but yesterday he lost 0:3. He smiled and congratulated YK with great victory.

Both opponents will do everything possible to win today.

I hope you know what you need to do.

Hint: pray for me!

Only 65 minutes left!

First steps to happiness.

Everyone wants to be happy. How to do it? In this post I share my thoughts about steps to happiness and give several quotes of famous people.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

“Man is born for happiness as a bird is born to fly”.

It is a quote from an essay of Vladimir Korolenko. He was a Russian short story writer, journalist, human rights activist and humanitarian.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt.

I hope that everyone knows who she was.

Now, if you want happiness and a good life what do you need to do?

You need to learn and to learn and to learn. You need to learn what is good and what is bad. You need to learn about your family, about your community, about your country, about the world.

You must learn what is given in schools, you must learn some occupation, you must prepare yourself for work and then to start working. I don’t believe…

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Life is fair and beautiful!

Long ago I came to two conclusions: 1. Life is wonderful! 2. You have to pay for happiness. The very best is not given for nothing!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Some years ago I thought that it was not fair that I worked very hard for many years but I have no property.

I never had a bird like below or a horse like below. I never had a castle like below either.

Then I reminded myself that I have a wonderful family, that God gave me an opportunity to live a new life in the USA, freedom to think and choose, ability to learn, appreciate and travel.

I have no property but we visited more than 50 countries and enjoyed beauty of many places including the magical Hawaiian island Maui (see the last photo below).

It is clear that we can easily do without a macaw or a gorgeous horse or a beautiful castle.

There are many pleasures in life each day. A smile, a kiss, a good word, a flower, a cup of coffee, a good book. We just need to…

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Know yourself and be happy!

It is time to reblog this old post. I want to add a quote I found today: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson

WE NEED MORE LOVE TODAY!

This poem posted long time ago. I hope that new followers and guests after reading it will think about their relations with parents and grandparents, will think if they fully show their love and will try to make their parents and grandparents happier.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

In a happy family love must flow in all directions. Communications are easy and honest between all generations as it is very important to understand needs of every member of the family.

In February 2013 I wrote in Russian a poem expressing feelings of my wife and myself. The poem written  for our children and grandchildren. Later some of our friends told us that it is applicable to all children and grandchildren.

Below is the poem in English and in Russian. I ask your forgiveness for the loose translation from Russian into English. I hope that you will understand the meaning of the poem.

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We were waiting for you when we were
Single. Then when we married.
We were waiting for you for years,
Then daily and every hour.
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We loved you before you were born
And love you very much today
Thank…

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A painting.

My 90 years old friend Mark asked me to help him to choose a painting he wanted to send as a gift to his son-in-law’s 70th birthday.

We went to an arts gallery and I recommended to buy a nice, colourful abstract painting by a local artist. Mark bought the painting and sent it to his daughter Maria who lived in Las Vegas.

When Maria received the painting she called Mark and told him that she liked it very much. She put the painting in the dining room and the room became brighter and more pleasant. She added that her husband Sergey did not know yet that the painting was a gift from Mark. She was going to tell him about it on his birthday.

 In two days Sergey called Mark and thanked him for the gift.

A week passed and Maria called Mark. She was very upset. She told Mark that since the painting appeared in the dining room Sergey lost appetite and 25 lbs. Never before he was interested in paintings but now he spends a lot of time each day looking at the painting.

“Father, you are a doctor! What should I do? Should I hide the painting?”

Mark asked me to call Sergey and to talk with him about the painting.

Sergey told me the following:

“Before my birthday I had a regular checkup. My family doctor said that I needed to lose at least 60 lbs as soon as possible. He recommended long walks and meditation before each meal.

You know, I was a businessman before retirement. There was no time for me to walk. It is difficult for me to walk now. However, it is very easy and pleasant to look at the painting, to think what it is about and to enjoy colours. It is my way to meditate. I do it at least 30 minutes before each meal. I feel very well and I already lost 25 lbs.”

After I told Mark about our conversation he and Maria stopped worrying and everybody was happy.

Now, as we know that an abstract painting is very effective in helping people to lose weight I suggest to use (if necessary) my paintings below.

Health and Happiness to you!

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Happiness is in present

Eight years ago our younger granddaughter and our youngest grandson came to visit us in Hollywood (Florida) during school break. They loved warmth of the sun and the ocean, building sand castles, playing soccer and volleyball on the beach, playing ping-pong in a game room.

Once our granddaughter asked my wife: “Grandma, why don’t you buy an apartment here?”

My wife answered: “We’d like to do it! But we don’t have money for it.”

“Don’t worry, Grandma! After I finish school and college I’ll buy an apartment for you. ”

We were very happy! I did not even buy a lottery ticket after my wife told me about the promise.

Next day my wife asked our 4 years old grandson: “Dear, your sister promised to buy us an apartment here after she starts working. However, she is a girl. She can meet a nice guy and marry him. Then they might need to buy an apartment or a house for their family and she will be unable to keep her promise.

You are a man. Would you be willing to buy an apartment for us when you grow up?”

“Sure. I love you very much and I’ll visit you often in your new apartment”.

A couple of minutes passed. I could see that our grandson was intensely thinking about something.

Then he said: “Grandma, first I have to go to school. It’ll take 12 years. Then I have to go to college for 4 years. Then I’ll start working and will save money to buy you an apartment. But I think you’ll be dead by that time.”

I heard that simple math and I understood that we should continue to buy lottery tickets.

We also decided that we would like to celebrate our youngest grandson’s wedding.

I also remembered how many dear relatives and friends we already lost.

My friend Yuri passed away when he was only 41 years old.

We never know how long we will live.

We must value every minute of our lives.

We must remember that happiness is in present!

Be happy, my friends!

Rolling Hills with Farmhouse in Morning Fog at Sunrise, Tuscany - Italy

My daughter asked…

About 17 years ago my daughter called: “Father, Alex’s company sends him to Philadelphia for seven days. I’d like to go with him. Would you agree to stay with Michael?”

I was already retired at that time and Michael was 3 months old. I could not believe that my highly educated daughter (Price University) asked me such stupid question.

Who would refuse to stay a week with an angel? Would you?

A week passed and my daughter and her husband brought Michael to our apartment.

My daughter showed me how to feed him formula and they left.

Michael and were very happy to stay together. We smiled and talked (each in his own language). When my wife came from work I showed her the happy angel and reminded her that only I am responsible for his well-being.

It was a very happy week!

However, there was one serious problem! I badly wanted to sleep but I could not sleep even when our angel was sleeping. You see, my hearing is very bad. I was afraid that if the angel awakens and starts crying I will not hear him.

Finally, the week passed and Michael’s parents came to fetch their son. They enjoyed their stay in Philadelphia very much and they were very glad to see their happy smiling baby.

Then my daughter asked: “Father, would you be so kind to feed Michael one more time? We are very tired after driving in heavy traffic.”

Surely, I did not mind. I wanted to sleep but I felt sad that the angel was going home. So I took him in my loving hands, put him on the kitchen table and started to feed him with a spoon. Both of us were very happy!

All of a sudden my daughter asked: “Dad, what are you doing? Did not I bring a special support to put him on so that his head was not flat on the table? Did not I tell you about it?”

What could I say?

I answered: “You know, my hearing is bad. And Michael does not know Russian. He was unable to remind me what you said.”

PS. Michael was the fourth young angel in our family. Now we have five of them.

We pray for their happiness and we are ready to share it with them!

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Quotes about nature

“I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice.”

 Alice Walker

“My profession is to always find God in nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

Marie Curie

“Nature is the art of God.”

 Dante Alghieri

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan by Thomas Mader, shared by Nicolas Green

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan by Thomas Mader, shared by Nicolas Green

Success and Happiness.

Many years ago my son told me: “Father, I wanted very much to get an interesting and rewarding job, to find a soulmate, to buy a house, to have children and make them happy, to have good friends. Now I have it all but I feel depressed. Why?”

I answered: “You are working too hard and you have not enough time to love yourself, your family and friends. You have no time to love nature, music and art, to relax. You should drastically cut your working week and enjoy what you have. This will make you happy.”

My son said: “Father, if I follow your advice I will earn only half of what I get today.”

I suggested: “Talk to your wife and ask her opinion. She loves you and she is very smart”.

Two weeks passed. Then my daughter-in-law told me that my son arranged to work three days per week.

Very soon both of them and their children were very, very happy.

Later my son started to work five days per week again but he never worked overtime.

Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.

                                                                Bernard Meltzer

        

You are born for happiness and love!

Live has many ups and downs. Even in the depth of depression I remembered the words of a Russian short story writer, journalist, human rights activist and humanitarian Vladimir Korolenko:

“Man is born for happiness as a bird is born to fly”.

These words helped me to overcome all problems in my lives in the Soviet Union and in US. But happiness is not possible without love. You must love yourself and it gives you immense capacity to love others.

New Year is coming. I wish that your life was a happy flight full of love!

IN FLIGHT by Jean-Louis Teisseire

IN FLIGHT                                    by Jean-Louis Teisseire

SWANS by Neil HOward

SWANS             by Neil Howard.                      White swans are a symbol of love. 

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First steps to happiness.

“Man is born for happiness as a bird is born to fly”.

It is a quote from an essay of Vladimir Korolenko. He was a Russian short story writer, journalist, human rights activist and humanitarian.

Now, if you want happiness and a good life what do you need to do?

You need to learn and to learn and to learn. You need to learn what is good and what is bad. You need to learn about your family, about your community, about your country, about the world.

You must learn what is given in schools, you must learn some occupation, you must prepare yourself for work and then to start working. I don’t believe that an able person who does not work can have a happy or good life.

Here I want to stress that in my understanding work not necessarily brings money. A mother who cares about her child is working hard. Any person who works hard on improving himself or herself is working. Any person who cares for others or is a volunteer is working. Artists, composers, writers are working but their work is not necessarily appreciated at once or at all.

You must learn to love yourself and to love people. You must learn what is really important to you, what are your weaknesses and your strengths.

Learning is a process that should never stop. Learning yourself is a very important part of it. You need always remember that you are unique, that what is good for others might be not good for you.

It’s very important that you find good knowledgeable people who can help you. They might be parents or other relatives, siblings or friends, teachers, neighbors, community or religious leaders. You can also learn from good books, movies, all means of communication.

I believe that by 22-23 years of age you must get all basics that you need for building good life for yourself and for people you love or for people you will love. 

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Appreciate life, appreciate beauty!

For some of you December already started, for me November is winding down.

Anyway, this is the time of the year that is very good for meditation and appreciation.

Appreciation is the most important step to happiness.

Unfortunately, many people don’t appreciate life and their positions in it.

Very often it caused by the fact that their expectations were not realistic. Often it is because they never compared what they had with what other people had.

I also believe that only people who had great difficulties in life and suffered a lot can appreciate how wonderful life is.

Below are two beautiful photos. The first one reminds me that life might be calm at the moment and then a storm can come and change everything. The conclusion is simple: enjoy every minute and be ready for difficulties.

The second one just captures beauty. I also remember how wonderful it is in the warm house with a family to look at falling snow.

Both photos tell me: “Appreciate life, appreciate beauty!”

RAFTERS ON THE BLUE RIVER SOCA IN SLOVENIA by Beno Saradzic

RAFTERS ON THE BLUE RIVER SOCA IN SLOVENIA  by Beno Saradzic

LITTLE SNOW BEFORE THANKSGIVING by John Rossignol

LITTLE SNOW BEFORE THANKSGIVING     by John Rossignol

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Life is fair and beautiful!

Some years ago I thought that it was not fair that I worked very hard for many years but I have no property.

I never had a bird like below or a horse like below. I never had a castle like below either.

Then I reminded myself that I have a wonderful family, that God gave me an opportunity to live a new life in the USA, freedom to think and choose, ability to learn, appreciate and travel.

I have no property but we visited more than 50 countries and enjoyed beauty of many places including the magical Hawaiian island Maui (see the last photo below).

It is clear that we can easily do without a macaw or a gorgeous horse or a beautiful castle.

There are many pleasures in life each day. A smile, a kiss, a good word, a flower, a cup of coffee, a good book. We just need to appreciate them and enjoy them.

Life is fair and beautiful!

A BLUE AND YELLOW MACAW by Dave Packer

A BLUE AND YELLOW MACAW by Dave Packer

       

MASTER OF THE REALM by Bernd Owsnicki-Klewe

MASTER OF THE REALM by Bernd Owsnicki-Klewe

 

INVERARAY CASTLE AND GARDEN, SCOTLAND by Daigo Coral

INVERARAY CASTLE AND GARDEN, SCOTLAND by Daigo Coral

MAGICAL MAUI, HAWAII by Steven Miles

MAGICAL MAUI, HAWAII
by Steven Miles

 

                               

WE NEED MORE LOVE TODAY!

In a happy family love must flow in all directions. Communications are easy and honest between all generations as it is very important to understand needs of every member of the family.

In February 2013 I wrote in Russian a poem expressing feelings of my wife and myself. The poem written  for our children and grandchildren. Later some of our friends told us that it is applicable to all children and grandchildren.

Below is the poem in English and in Russian. I ask your forgiveness for the loose translation from Russian into English. I hope that you will understand the meaning of the poem.

********************  WE NEED MORE LOVE TODAY!  **************************

We were waiting for you when we were
Single. Then when we married.
We were waiting for you for years,
Then daily and every hour.
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We loved you before you were born
And love you very much today
Thank you, Lord, for children and
Grandchildren, your gifts to us!
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Our parents and older relatives passed
Away and their love is in our memories.
Some of our friends left this world too.
We miss their love very much!
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You are our youth and light.
Our love to you grows every day.
Please love us more,
We need more love today!
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Love us, show us your love!
There is no sense of hiding it.
Nobody knows how long we’ll
Be together. Hope many years!
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*****************************  ЛЮБИТЕ НАС!  *********************
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Мы ждали вас, когда мы были одиноки.
Затем когда уж было двое нас.
Мы ждали вас годами, месяцами.
Затем уж каждый день и каждый час.
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Любили вас до вашего рожденья,
И любим безгранично вас сейчас.
Спасибо, Бог, за ваше появленье,
За то, что дал нам счастье любить вас!
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Сегодня мы намного старше стали,
Сегодня дети взрослые у вас.
Родителей давно мы потеряли
И их любовь лишь в памяти у нас.
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Ушли все те, кто нас постарше был.
Постарше был и крепко нас любил.
Ушли ближайшие друзья не раз,
Нам очень нехватает их сейчас!
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Наша любовь растёт и процветает,
В семье ведь много больше стало вас.
Обратной же любви нам нехватает,
Дети и внуки, любите больше нас!
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Любите нас, показывайте это,
Любви стесняться просто смысла нет.
Никто не знает, сколько будем вместе.
Надеемся, ещё немало лет!
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