The smallest achievement

I am now in the process of looking for a good FREE painting and photo editing program that produces images acceptable by WordPress.

The major problem I have so far is that programs I found don’t have good tutorials. I would appreciate your help in this matter.

However, in the process of experimenting with one program I got an image that I liked. It is an UNIQUE image (I am unable to recreate it).

Still I got something beautiful and it’s an achievement.  

Before sharing this image with you I edited it on my PC with a program that is in it.

Please let me know if you like the image below.

EXPERIMENT by JF

EXPERIMENT                                                                                        by JF

 

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The greatest achievement!

During my morning walk I noticed a very nice group on the street’s corner far ahead of me.

I stopped, took a camera from my pocket, zoomed the group and made a shot.

The result is below.

THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT by JF

THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT                       by JF

 

If you like the picture it’s my achievement.

However, I want to stress here that the greatest achievement I know of is having happy children like a small girl on the picture.

Do you agree?

 ACHIEVEMENT

A painting.

I decided to reblog this post for the benefit of all followers and guests who are looking for the nicest and easiest way to lose weight. Warning: it’s a personal research!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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…

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Selected Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.

It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.

To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.

Artist and sculptor Bruno Torfs.

Bruno Torfs’ life is amazing. He traveled a lot, created many beautiful paintings and then drastically changed his direction.

You can read about Bruno and see his Art and Sculpture Garden HERE.

And you can see both his sculptures and his paintings HERE.

However, life is unpredictable. In 2009 Bruno Torfs and his family were in terrible danger.

They survived but their home and his gallery were completely destroyed.

You can read about it and to see that Bruno did not surrender HERE.

He restored his home and the Garden. The Garden is open to visitors again!

Several quotes about intelligence.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.

Bryant H. McGill

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

Napoleon Hill

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Ronald Reagan

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ivan Slavinsky.

One of my friends is a Russian artist and he recently recommended me to look at art of Ivan Slavinsky. He mentioned that now Ivan’s paintings are the most expensive paintings of contemporary Russian artists.

You can read about Ivan Slavinsky and see his paintings HERE.

I like his art and hope that you will like his paintings too.

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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Art of Alois Absenger.

I was lucky to find the blog of Alois Absenger (aloisabsenger.wordpress.com) soon after I started my blog. From that time I enjoy his photos.

Alois places his photos in different categories: landscapes, art meets nature, mammals, birds, insects, still life, etc.

Today I received his permission to post three of his photos at once to show diversity of his work. Then there was a big problem to choose what to post. In the process I understood that whatever I choose will not be good enough, that the only way to understand and enjoy Alois’ work is to go to his blog. So photos below is only an introduction to the blog.

I hope that Alois approves my choice. Below are three photos.

STOP!

STOP!

WINE ROUTE

WINE ROUTE

ART MEETS NATURE

ART MEETS NATURE

Imagine!

I am in a hotel with my grandson.

He does not speak yet but I am sure that he understands everything.

He does not walk yet but I am sure that he’ll start walking any moment.

Imagine that he crawls to a chair and slowly stands up grabbing it with both hands.

Then he hesitates. He wants to go from the chair but he fears to fall.

At that moment I tell him: “Leave the chair and go to me! I’ll catch you!”.

My grandson looks at me, smiles, makes two small steps and falls in my hands.

We are both very happy! Then I say: “Go back to the chair and grab it!”.

He does not hesitate and makes two steps to the chair. I tell him: “Excellent, you already can walk. I love you! Now go to the mirror!”

He looks at me, then he looks at the mirror. He goes there. It’s very funny to see how he tries to keep balance but he succeeds and stops with one hand on the mirror.

I tell my grandson: “Very good! Now go to the door!”.

Again he looks at me, then at the door. I am smiling. He smiles too and goes to the door.

I tell him: “Good boy, Grandpa loves you! Now go back to me!”

He leaves the door and comes back to me.

He started to walk! Only two of us know it! We are so proud! And we are very, very happy!

Can you see how happy we are?

Just imagine!

HAPPY PUPPY DOG by Andrew Sclafani

HAPPY PUPPY DOG     by Andrew Sclafani

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

        

Life is the best motivator!

There are many good motivational blogs in the WordPress blogosphere. They are well written and many of them contain beautiful uplifting photos and wise quotes of famous people.

However, I believe that life is the best motivator.

Let me share with you our experience.

My wife and I came in the USA in 1975 with two children. My wife did not know English at all. I believed that I knew English as in the USSR I translated many scientific papers and was able to communicate with foreigners in English. However, my first days in New York were terrible. I could not understand people and people could not understand me.

What did we do?

I found a job as a cutter in a tie factory. I worked 8 hours daily and spent 4 hours to go to work and back. There were 4-5 hours for sleep. All remaining hours I read books by Irving Shaw, The New York Times and watched news on TV. In six months my English improved drastically. Then I was able to find a better job.

During those six months my wife attended English classes and then she found a job as a clerk.

Our jobs were not interesting for us (my wife was a designer of the textile machinery in the USSR and I was a scientist) and our salaries were very low.

We had to learn new occupations. After work I went to Queens College and in two years got a BS in accounting. Then I got a job as an accountant in a publishing company..

My wife took a course of designing pipes for nuclear power stations. After graduation she found a very good job as a technician.

Our life improved drastically. We were happy to earn enough money for living and have more time for loving our children, for our friends, for enjoying life.

Our happy life did not last long. In three years almost at the same time we lost our jobs.

Then a new difficult and exciting phase of our life started.

Life is the best motivator!

LIFE IS LIKE A PIANO

LIFE IS LIKE A PIANO