LEARN: Fountain of Youth


How far would you go to find the Fountain  of Youth? 

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Just a brief background, my curiosity about Ponce de Leon arise when I read the book Before Ever After. And the things I will be mentioning below may or may not be correct as I read just the tip of the iceberg regarding the myth.

In the simplest of terms, the Fountain of Youth restores the youth of anyone who drinks it. Ponce de Leon is greatly associated in his explorations and thought of exploring to find the said Fountain. A lot of people would argue that it is only a myth which is agreeable sine no one really claims to have found it but it would also make you think because it has been mentioned and studied quite often by other figures such as Herodotus, people of Carribean, Alexander Romance and Prester John.

A lot of people sought the great gift of eternal youth as can also be seen in the popular movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone or the Elixir of Life among others.

Do you believe there’s a Fountain of Youth somewhere? Kindly like this post, share some love and subscribe. ❤ 

 

LEARN: Significance of Flower Colors


We just celebrated Mother’s Day and it got me thinking about bouquets and their meanings. Right? The staple bouquets for romantic partners are usually Red Roses. But Why?

Do you know what the colors mean? 

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RED – Romantic love, passion, respect, desire and courage

YELLOW – Friendship, success, pride, happiness, joy and energy

PINK – Love, happiness, gentleness and femininity

ORANGE – Excitement and enthusiasm

WHITE – Purity, humility, innocence and sympathy

BLUE – Relaxation, calmness serenity, openness and peace

PURPLE – Success, dignity, tradition, royalty and admiration

LAVENDER – Grace, refinement, elegance and youth

GREEN – Good Fortune, hope and rebirth

Reading above, did you give the right type of flower? :p Will you be considering the color of the flowers? regardless of who you’ll be giving it to?

 

LEARN: Pere Lachaise Cemetery


Where are the famous buried? 

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As you know, I recently finished the book Before Ever After and if you’ve read my Book Review, I also mentioned that there were a lot of pocket of information and Europe Exploration in the book. — And I happen to be curious about this specific cemetery in the book’s itinerary.

Pere Lachaise happens to be the largest cemetery in Paris measuring in 110 acres of land. It is not only famous for its size but people flock here because of the famous souls buried in this place. The Tour or the visit to Pere Lachaise is actually free but based from what I’ve read, there are a lot who are offering a walking tour. (like I said, largest and a lot of famous people)

Of the famous people are Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Peter and Heloise Abelard, Frederic Chopin and Moliere among others. Aside from these famous individuals, it is also home to about 300,000 to 1,000,000 bodies.

Now, I know. 😀 If you happen to be in Paris, will you be visiting Pere Lachaise? And who here has? Share your experience here. ❤

LEARN: Types of Noodles


Because of this quarantine, it seems like everyone has been enhancing their skills set. right? It may be working out, baking, yoga, social media marketing or . . . yup, cooking! And guilty as charged, I may have cooked pasta five to six times already or once a week.

Ergo, being interested to learn more about it is no surprise. (I got this from webstaurantstore website)

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DRY OR FRESH PASTA

  • Dry Pasta – It is made from flour and water. The noodles are put through a drying to process to eliminate moisture.
  • Fresh Pasta – This is made from four and eggs for extra moisture.

PASTA COLORS

  • White – made from 100% durum wheat semolina
  • Brown Wheat – made from whole wheat flour (higher nutritional content)
  • Tri-Color – This includes spinach and tomato infused noodles.

PASTA SHAPES

  • Angel Hair Pasta (left) – cooking time of 3 – 5 minutes and is best suited  for lightly tossed sauce such as tomato, olive oil, butter or light cream.
  • Capellini (upper right) – cooking time of 3 – 5 minutes and best suited for chunky pomodoro sauce, hearty tomato and meatballs
  • Spaghetti (lower right) – cooking time of 9 – 11 minutes best tossed in the sauce matched with tomato, pesto, meat and seafood
  • Fettuccine (left) – flat egg noodles with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes best matched with Alfredo, cream cheese, tomato and meat.
  • Linguine (right) – flat noodles with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes paired with tomato, pesto, olive oil and seafood.
  • Fusilli (left) – short thick spiralized pasta with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes best tossed in a sauce or to make a cold pasta salad. The ideal sauce are Alfredo, thick cream, tomato and meat
  • Rotini (right) – Cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes paired with tomato, cream, vinaigrette and meat. The difference between the two is Fusilli is twisted pasta while rotini is produced into a twisted shape.
  • YUP. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE THE TWO. HELP ME OUT?
  • Penne (left) – small tubed pasta with cooking time of 10 – 12 minutes best paired with chunky tomato meat sauce or heavy cream
  • Rigatoni (right) – short tubed pasta with cooking time to 11 – 13 minutes best paired with chunky tomato meat sauce or heavy cream
  • Macaroni (left) – with cooking time of 6 – 8 minutes best for baked dishes, salads and soups.
  • Ziti (right) – cooking time of 6 – 8 minutes best for baked dishes and light sauces such as tomato and olive oil.
  • Cavatappi (left) – cooked in 9 -11 minutes best used in baked dishes with sauces like pomodoro, pesto, sun dried tomatoes, broccolli, mushroom, creamy and hearty sauces
  • Farfalle (right) cooked in 9 -11 minutes best used in baked dishes with sauces like pomodoro, pesto, sun dried tomatoes, broccolli, mushroom, creamy and hearty sauces
  • Lasagna (left) – cooked in 6 – 8 minutes best for cream, cheese, vegetables and meat
  • Pot pie (right) – cooked in 12 – 15 minutes used best for broth, celery, onions, carrots and peas
  • Gnocchi (left) – cylindrical shaped usually made with potatoes, cooked in 10 – 20 seconds best with tomato, cream, pesto, cheese and meat.
  • Orzo (right) – rice shaped noodles cooked in 10 – 12 minutes best paired with tomatoes, olives, cheese, olive oil and broth.
  • Shell (left) – an open cavity shaped noodles cooked in 10 – 12 minutes best for baked dishes and paired with tomato, cheese, meat and vegetables.
  • Tortellini (right) – ring shaped pasta cooked in 9 – 11 minutes paired with Alfredo, cream, cheese and tomato

PASTA PAIRING GUIDE

  • Light Cream Sauce – use long and thin noodles
  • Seafood Sauce – finer noodles like angel hair pasta
  • Tomato Based Sauce – Long and Thin shapes
  • Vegetable Based Sauce – shorter and chunkier noodles
  • Bolognese or Chunky Sauce – tube like noodles
  • Oil or Butter Based Sauce – Stuffed Pasta
  • Pesto Sauce – curved, textured or rigged pasta

PASTA COOKING TIPS

  • Add 1 tbsp of salt per 1 lb of pasta
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil per 1 lb of pasta
  • Frequently stir pasta while cooking to avoid clamping

 

Which ones did you use already? Care to share some recipes? ❤

LEARN: Wine and Cheese Pairing


Ever since the quarantine, we’ve been entertaining ourselves at the comfort of our own home. Thus, we’ve been drinking wine 2 to 3 times a week with a whole side of junk food!

So I decided to learn a little bit more and I wanted to leave this here so I can keep coming back to my page whenever I need to:

Who else loves a good wine? ❤ 

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Personally, I like Semi-sweet, Sweet and Rose.

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TYPES OF CHEESE

Fresh Cheese – unaged, unripened, rindless, and has the same bright, white color on the inside, out. It has the highest moisture.

  • Mozarella – Soave, or any red or white
  • Feta – Rose
  • Ricotta – Prosecco or Fume Blanc
  • Cream Cheese – None
  • Mascarpone – None
  • Cottage Cheese – None

Soft Cheese – Ripened anywhere between 0-30 days, soft cheeses contain a high moisture content, a usually higher fat content, and therefore has a more pudding-like paste. Best served at room temperature.

  • Brie – California Merlot or Chardonnay
  • Camembert – Cotes du Rhones
  • Chaource – Chablis, Sancerre, or Champagne
  • Chevre – Sauvignon Blanc or Spanish Albarino

Semi-Soft Cheese – Treading into the denser, earthier, and the tiniest bit more pungent-tasting, semi-soft cheeses are lightly pressed into molds to create a more rubbery outer texture, but leaving a delicate, custardy, soft center.

  • Havarti – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
  • Muenster – Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Belgian ales, lagers, porters, stouts
  • Provolone – Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Lagers
  • American Cheese –  American-style IPAs
  • Taleggio – Saison, Pinot Noir, Rose

Semi-Firm Cheese – start to take on more developed notes, ranging anywhere between more floral, more fruity, and even developing an aroma of freshly browned butter. Semi-firm is not meant for grating or spreading, but rather shredding or slicing.

  • Cascaval – Light red wine or brown beer, such as a pilsner
  • Cheddar – Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, porter, mead, or amber ale
  • Edam – Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz
  • Emmental – Merlot, Riesling, Champagne, Beaujolais, light lager, or stout
  • Gouda – Cabernet or Shiraz
  • Gruyere – Spanish Sherries or southern France reds

Firm Cheese – Best for grating or thinly slicing, this dry-textured cheese takes away the thick-cut meltability you’d get from fresh to semi-firm varietals, but gives back a potent, deeply savory flavor

  • Asiago D’Allevo – Orvieto or Soave
  • Grana Padano – Gavi, Chianti, Barbaresco, Barolo, Lambrusco, Amarone
  • Manchego – Stout, Porter, Sherry, Riesling, Whiskey
  • Parmesan – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot, or Sangiovese
  • Pecorino – White Burgundy, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Rioja

Blue-Veined Cheese – the best of both worlds: rich and creamy like a soft cheese, yet pungent and perfumed like a firm.

  • Fourme d’Ambert – Merlot, Port, Riesling
  • Gorgonzola –  Zinfandel and Sauternes
  • Roquefort – Riesling, Port, Sherry, or ice wines
  • Stilton –  Porter, Stout, Sherry, Elderberry, Cabernet Sauvignon

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GENERAL TIPS:

1. Pair with equal intensity. 

  • Wines over 14.5% ABV are more intense and taste better with more intensely flavored cheeses.
  • Wines under 12% ABV are less intense and match nicely with more delicately flavored cheeses.

2. Bold wines best pairs with aged cheeses.  

As cheese ages and loses water-content, it becomes richer in flavor with its increased fat content. These two attributes are ideal for matching bold red wines because the fat content in the cheese counteracts the high-tannins in the wine

3. Match super funky cheese with sweet wines

The sweetness in the wine helps balance the “funk” in the cheese and makes it taste creamier. Also, the “stink” of the cheese will help balance the sweet taste of the wine.

4. Sparkling wines are incredible with soft, creamy cheeses

Sparkling wines have high acidity and carbonation, which offer a palate-cleansing effect to creamy, sticky cheeses

5. Wines and cheeses that comes from the same place pairs well. 

You’ll do well to trust the local traditions and match wines and cheeses from the same region together.

6. When in doubt, get a firm, nutty cheese. 

One of the safest bets and most popular choices with all styles of wines is a firm, nutty cheese. The cheese will have enough fat to counterbalance tannin in red wine, but enough delicacy to compliment delicate whites.

Excited to host a dinner in our new home. ❤

**webstaurantstore, winefolly

LEARN: PROJECT MANAGEMENT


Last week, I attended a training on Project Management. 😀 Sharing with you what I learned. 😀

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4 PHASE PROCESS

         DEFINING

  • Clearly define the project’s objectives as thorough as possible.
  • Organize the right people and all necessary resources – Work within your resources
  • Create a rational why the project is needed
  • Know the scope and limitation (budget, time and people)PLANNING
  • Set a SMARTER Goal (Specific, measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound, Energizing and Rewarding)
  • Design activities that are aligned with the goal and decide in what order and within what time frame.
  • Identify options (Risk Management and Contingency Plans)

         MANAGING

  • Monitor the progress and schedule
  • Keep people motivated
  • Ensure proper utilization of resources

         CLOSING

  • Discuss learning and milestones


TOOLS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)

  • Roadmap of project which breaks down the total work required into separate tasks and group them into logical hierarchy.

GANTT Chart

  • Horizontal Bar Chart that provides graphical illustration of a schedule that helps to plan, coordinate and track specific tasks.

 

LEARN: Competitor Watch


I have been following this site for almost a year now and there is honestly not a day where I don’t learn anything. So I am sharing this with you,

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“There’s a story of two explorers walking through the jungle. Suddenly they hear a tiger roar.

One explorer sits down and takes a pair of running shoes out of his backpack.

‘You’re crazy, you’ll never outrun a tiger’, says the other explorer.

‘I don’t have to outrun the tiger’, he replies. ‘I just have to outrun you.'”

 

Monitoring, bench marking and understanding your competitors isn’t a nice to have. It’s fundamental to your business. Trott goes beyond saying you have to monitor your competitors. Instead, you have to adopt a different mindset.

A mindset that obsessively looks for weaknesses and jumps on any available advantage. And one that never assumes you can’t get an edge.

Predatory Thinking involves looking at a challenge you can’t solve and getting upstream of it – changing it into a challenge you can solve.

BOOK THOUGHTS REVIEW : THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG


Chapter 3: Build Confidence and Destroy Fear

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  • All confidence is developed. No one is born with confidence
  • Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement fertilize fear. Hesitation only enlarges & magnifies fear. Take action promptly. Be decisive
  • Don’t build mental monsters. When you remember situations of any kind, concentrate on the good part of the experience
  • To think confidently, act confidently
  • Managed motions can change emotions
  • Think: People are alike in so many ways than they are different. So if the other person is basically like me, there’s no point in being afraid of them.

HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE:

  1. Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Recall your little victories and accomplishments
  2. Withdraw only positive thoughts from your memory bank.

HOW TO CONQUER FEAR OF PEOPLE:

  1. Get a balanced view of the other fellow.
    • Every person is important. You are equally important as the people around you.
  2. Develop an understanding attitude
    • Try to empathize with the person. If someone lashes out on you and make a scene, try to understand the life he has.
    • Think: Underneath, he’s probably a nice person. Most folks are.

HOW TO MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU SAY ‘I’m confident’

  1. Be a front seater
  2. Make eye contact
  3. Walk 25% faster
  4. Speak Up
  5. Smile Big

 

Chapter 4: How to Think Big

  • Everyday there are more signs of expanding opportunity
  • How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments
  • Probably the biggest human weakness is self-deprecation – selling oneself short.
  • You’re bigger than you think. So fit your thinking to your true size. Never, never never sell yourself short
  • To think big, we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive images
  • Before complaining, ask yourself, ‘Is it really important?’
  • Think big and none of the little things can hold you back

Four ways to develop the big thinker’s vocabulary

  1. Use big, positive cheerful words and phrases to describe how you feel
  2. Use bright, cheerful, favorable words and phrases to describe other people
  3. Use positive language to encourage others. Compliment people personally at every opportunity
  4. Use positive words to outline plans to others

 

See what can be, not just what is.

  • Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything.
  • It isn’t what one has that’s important. Rather, it’s how much one is planning to get that counts
  • The price tag the world puts on us is just about identical to the one we put on ourselves.
  • Practice adding value to thinks. Look for ideas to make things worth more.
  • Practice adding value to people. Remember, to bring out the best in a person.
  • Practice adding value to yourself.

 

Chapter 5: How to think and dream creatively

  1. Believe it can be done. When you believer something can be done, your mind find ways to do it.
  2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind
  3. Ask yourself, ‘How can I do better?
  4. Ask yourself, ‘How can I do more?
  5. Practice asking and listening
  6. Stretch your mind & get stimulated

 

  • When you believe, your mind find ways to do
  • Man belongs where man wants to go
  • Make it a point to soak up all the good ideas that you can
  • Be an experimental person. Break up fixed routines. Expose yourself to new things.
  • Be progressive, not regressive
  • There is an endless room for improvement
  • It isn’t so much what you know when you start that matters. It’s what you learn and put to use after you open the door that counts the most
  • Capacity is a state of mind. How much we can do depends on how much we think we can do
  • Do what you do better and do more of what you do
  • There is no limit to what we can learn by asking and listening
  • Let yourself be exposed to ideas of other intelligent people
  • Your mind will create a way, if you let it

 

 

EVERYDAY:SQUADZIP FORUM


We were graced by the CEO of Squadzip yesterday during our Marketing Management Class.

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To be quite honest, this new squadzip platform is pretty awesome because it’s complete with reports, GPS tracking and CRM functions. 🙂

Can you spot where I am?

BOOK REVIEW : JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL BY RICHARD BACH


ARE YOU READY TO SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY?

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The story of Jonathan is relatively simple, except for the lengthy explanations on speed, wingspan, curves and winds. Jonathan teaches us a couple of things about life;

  1. “Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight — how to get from shore to food and back again.  For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.” Eating is a way of survival. Flying though, is looking for something that you truly love, learning it and perfecting it. 
  2. ”He found that moving more than one feather at that speed will spin you like a rifle ball… and Jonathan had flown the first aerobatics of any seagull on earth” Jonathan taught us that to achieve excellence, you have to fail. Failure is inevitable. Failing not once, not twice, not thrice but constant mistakes should be encountered to reach excellence. But with each failure, each mistake that you experience, you learn a new lesson everyday. You learn one more thing that you should not do. You learn one more thing that you should avoid. Through this, you achieve excellence, you achieve perfection. 
  3. “I have no wish to be leader. I want only to share what I’ve found, to show those horizons out ahead for us all” The important thing is to be able to share to others what you know. It’s not that you know something, it is when others know what you know, that’s your legacy. 
  4. Jonathan Seagull discovered that “boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed. “
  5. “You must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.” It’s what you think of yourself that matters most. It’s your  thought that determines the outcome. If you already think that you’ve won, then you win.
  6. Everything that limits us, we must put aside.
  7. “Your limitations is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you will break the chains of your body too”.
  8. “Don’t believe what you’re eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly”

We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly! 

LEARN: Branding by Barbie


Barbie makes a come back. And it did got my attention. 😀

When I was a kid, I’d wish for a barbie every year. I even resented my sister for giving me hand-me-downs. It was okay for me to have just 1 barbie. I was concerned with her clothes and things.

I commend the person who made this campaign. It sticks out. It dug deep thru the motivation and the essence of they toy. It’s not just about playing with toys who look like real people. I

IT’S ABOUT BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN BE ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO. 

LEARN: OAR FISH


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Oar fish large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish. It is the longest bony fish and they live at the bottom of the ocean. There have been tales that a sighting of an oar fish connoted disaster such as an earthquake. These unusual creatures have been known to wash ashore on beaches after storms, providing endless hours of fascination for curious onlookers. They also have a habit of floating near the surface of the water when they are sick or dying.

Why? According to Japan Times’. Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a scientist who studies earthquakes at the nonprofit organization, “Deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea.”

An unusual number of oarfish washed ashore in December 2009 to March 2010 off Japan. According to LiveScience,  “Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami [March 11, 2011] struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area.”

However, HJ Walker, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, said “If there is a enormous giant earthquake beneath the sea, other fish would be affected – not just one or two oarfish.”

But last July 26, 2015, an oarfish was seen washed ashore in Antique, Philippines. Could this be a sign? Is this why the country is very active on propagating and preparing everyone for a possible earthquake? I hope not.

BOOK REVIEW : TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by MITCH ALBOM


Just like other Mitch Albom Books, it leaves you wanting more. It leaves you with things to ponder on, which I think is one criteria for it to be a good book, right? So here are some of them;

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DO I WITHER UP AND DISAPPEAR, OR DO I MAKE THE BEST OF MY TIME LEFT?

  • Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.
  • Am I going to withdraw from the wold, like most people do, or am I going to live?
  • I had been too wrapped up in the siren song of my own life
  • The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own.
  • Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one things, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.
  • Love wins. Love always wins.
  • The way you get meaning to your life is to devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
  • Still, if you really want it, then you’ll make your dream happen.
  • Maybe death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another.
  • The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.
  • Let it come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we think if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named levine said it right. Love is the only rational act.
  • But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life.
  • Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them too — even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.
  • To know you’re going to die, and be prepares for it at anytime. That’s better. That way you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living.
  • Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
  • We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do.
  • Love each other or perish.
  • Without love, we are birds with broken wings.
  • Don’t cling to things, because everything is impermanent.
  • If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.
  • You have to find what’s true and beautiful in your life as it is now.
  • We put our values in the wrong things. and it leads to very disillusioned lives.
  • Do the kind of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you own’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back.
  • Love is how you stay alive, even after you’re gone.
  • But the big things – what we value, how we think — those you must choose for yourself. You can’t let anyone — or any society determine those for you.
  • Look, no matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don’t see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become.
  • Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little4 community of those you love and who love you.
  • Forgive yourself before you die. then forgive others.
  • Death ends a life, not the relationship.
  • Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own.
  • There is no such things as ‘too late” in life.

BOOK THOUGHTS: The beginning fo everything


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look, I love her. Loved her, whatever.
And if I can make things right between us – because I just really, completely miss her
and think she misses me, too – then I’m going over there and
knocking on her damned door.