On the edge of chaos

                                                 CHAOS

Millions of people believe that life came from the ocean.

Millions of turtles believe that life came from the sand.

Both oceans and sand are chaotic (even often they look orderly).

Anyway, if you don’t believe in God it means that you are sure that people

are fruits of chaos.

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Life, love, friendship.

Dear friends, I am 81 today!

I had hard time lately (pneumonia +).

Thank God, I am alive and recovering!

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

Hans Christian Andersen

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

Dalai Lama

I thank everybody for love and friendship!

I thank wonderful people of medical profession!

I still need their help and your prayers!

Best to all of you!

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Quotes about women

Before writing more stories about women I want to introduce to you quotes below. They show my understanding of role of women in our world.

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A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.

Coco Chanel

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.

Groucho Marx

The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Timothy Leary

God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.

Farrah Fawcett

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Who created symmetry?

PHOTO CHALLENGE: SYMMETRY

Before submitting entries to this challenge I searched for definition of the word “symmetry”.

Here is one that I like (from The Free Dictionary): “The correspondence of the form and arrangement of elements or parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane or about a center or an axis.”

Then I thought: “Where do we meet symmetry?” Is symmetry natural? Is it created by people?”

It looks to me that nature has only a few symmetrical things on this planet. As a rule beauty is not symmetrical. The rule of thirds in photography confirms it.

I think that symmetry (even as beautiful as some of my digital paintings) actually shows limits of human imagination.

Now it’s time to show my entries in this challenge.

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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.

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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 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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PAINTING by JF

PAINTING by JF

Quotes of Stanislav Lec

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
An error becomes an error when born as truth.
Beyond each corner new directions lie in wait.
Perhaps God chose me to be an atheist?
Don`t allow the imposition of the liberty of speech before having the liberty of thought.
Be yourself. A horse without the lancer is still a horse; a lancer without the horse is just a man.
Even a word can be a gag.
Do I have no soul as punishment for not believing in the soul?
You have to decide even to hesitate.

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About faith and God

I know there are many people who don’t believe in God. They call themselves atheists and other names.

During 40 years of my life in the Soviet Union I knew that “religion is the opium for the people”, that there is no God, that no intelligent person can believe in God.

However, even at that time I wondered why majority of physicists and astronomers believed in God. Those people were discovering new stars, laws of universe, laws of matter. How could they believe in God?

During 40 years of my life in America I studied philosophy, history and essence of different religions. I learned much more about life, about human psychology, about sufferings and faith.

Today I chose the quote below:

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A joke?!

In several posts on this blog I stated that I am against feminism but…I am for matriarchy!

I love several billions of wonderful smart energetic beautiful women and I am very proud that at least half of my followers are women.

I feel that it is my duty to publish again and again a story below.

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I got an email from Chicago with Russian jokes in it.

During our morning’s walk I told my wife one of them and she liked it.

Then I asked Google Translate to help me and edited the translation.

Here is what we got:

“Adam and Eve frolicking in the garden. God descends to them and says: “My children, I have two gifts for you. You’ll have to decide which one to whom. The first gift is peeing standing up “…

Adam begs to let him have the first gift. He says that it is his lifelong dream. Eve yields to him. And Adam runs through the garden, rejoicing, jumping, screaming, and peeing on trees, flowers, insects and simply on the ground.

Then Eve asks: “Lord, what is your second gift?”

God answers: “Brains, Eve. Brains.”

Okay, I've done that stupid trick of sticking my paw up in the air. Now where's that tasty treat you promised me?

 

What do I need to remember?

I need to remember to pursue happiness!

I need to remember to be active and creative!

I need to remember to love, to value, to enjoy!

When I start a sentence I need to remember to finish it.

By the way, this is why all sentences here are short.

Luckily, I do remember that a New Year is coming soon!

I hope that it will be a good year, that it will bring health, peace and happiness.

I do remember to thank God for every minute of my life!

I NEED TO REMEMBER

FAMILY by JF

FAMILY                                         by JF

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are alive!

We are together!

We can think, learn, work and pursue happiness!

We build families and experience love and friendship!

We are creative and we also can enjoy literature, paintings, photography, music and other kinds of art!

We can travel and meet people in new lands!

We enjoy delicious food!

We can smell flowers and fully appreciate beauty of nature!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.

Konrad von Gesner

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world…

Joseph Auslander

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A joke?!

My wife told me today that my recent posts are too serious.
So I had to reblog a joke.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

I got an email from Chicago with Russian jokes in it.

During our morning’s walk I told my wife one of them and she liked it.

Then I asked Google Translate to help me and edited the translation.

Here is what we got:

“Adam and Eve frolicking in the garden. God descends to them and says: “My children, I have two gifts for you. You’ll have to decide which one to whom. The first gift is peeing standing up “…

Adam begs to let him have the first gift. He says that it is his lifelong dream. Eve yields to him. And Adam runs through the garden, rejoicing, jumping, screaming, and peeing on trees, flowers, insects and simply on the ground.

Then Eve asks: “Lord, what is your second gift?”

God answers: “Brains, Eve. Brains.”

Okay, I've done that stupid trick of sticking my paw up in the air. Now where's that tasty treat you promised me? Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

PS. I hope that translation is good enough to express the idea. 

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Some funny quotes.

It’s very nice to know that I am equal, can be a statue or a pigeon and can hope to postpone unpleasant events. You might find even more interesting things in these quotes.

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It is obvious that people in different countries have different opinion about what is a joke or a funny quote. Some people have a sense of humor, others do not have it.

Today I found many so-called funny quotes. I decided to present some of them to you and see if you like them.   

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.  

Mark Twain

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
Emo Philips

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.
Mae West

A woman drove me to drink, and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.
W.C. Fields

Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some…

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“War and Peace” quotes.

My first culture was Russian.

I think I read everything written by L. Tolstoy. I also read a lot about him and how some of his ideas were wrong and harmful.

However, I believe that it is very good for everyone to read his quotes from “War and Peace”, to think about meaning of each of them and relevance of these quotes today.

Grit Flow

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.It is considered as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna Karenina.

The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869.Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books.In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

“A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.”

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

“The strongest of all warriors…

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God’s gifts

I got an email from Chicago with Russian jokes in it.

During our morning’s walk I told my wife one of them and she liked it.

Then I asked Google Translate to help me and edited the translation.

Here is what we got:

“Adam and Eve frolicking in the garden. God descends to them and says: “My children, I have two gifts for you. You’ll have to decide which one to whom. The first gift is peeing standing up “…

Adam begs to let him have the first gift. He says that it is his lifelong dream. Eve yields to him. And Adam runs through the garden, rejoicing, jumping, screaming, and peeing on trees, flowers, insects and simply on the ground.

Then Eve asks: “Lord, what is your second gift?”

God answers: “Brains, Eve. Brains.”

Okay, I've done that stupid trick of sticking my paw up in the air. Now where's that tasty treat you promised me?

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

PS. I hope that translation is good enough to express the idea. Please let me know if there is a similar original joke in English.   

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.

Several Voltaire quotes.

From Wikipedia: “François-Marie Arouet …; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire…, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religionfreedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.”

Below are several Voltaire quotes I selected for your consideration.

Each player must accept the cards life deals him.
But once they are in hand, he alone must decide
how to play the cards in order to win the game.

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

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.

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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!

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!

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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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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.

********************  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…

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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