Summertime: Dangerous for Pets, so Be Prepared!

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For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s officially summer and it’s pretty darn hot!

And even though you’ve been inundated with posts to social media telling you to take precautions, we still hear stories of people who unknowingly put their beloved pets at risk.

So the good folks at the ASPCA are asking you to share this infographic far and wide. Let’s make this summer the safest ever for animals!

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5 things to remember in order to be deliriously happy…

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“You will probably never look like the people in magazines. Your butt will never be as cellulite free or your arms as defined, [But that’s] okay you don’t have photoshop and 15 people dedicated to making you look like that, accept it and then quickly remember how great you are.”
Right on spot! One of the main reasons why I am terribly happy …

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Happiness is not always as infectious as we think, sometimes you need to remind yourself of a few little things in order to put a smile on yo face!

1. Nobody will remember the bad things you did whilst you were young and stupid. Well they might remember them but if they love you they won’t remind you of them.

2. You don’t need to push a friendship, either you’re 2 perfect weirdos together or not.

3. It’s perfectly okay to have a totally dramatic Emmy award winning meltdown when things are going wayward just don’t expect people that love you to walk carelessly on, chances are they’re going to stop, wipe your eyes and pass you a Jaffa cake.

4. You will probably never look like the people in magazines. Your butt will never be as cellulite free or your arms as defined, BUT THATS OKAY you don’t have…

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Quote Challenge (3rd Day)

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Thank you It’s PH Blog for nominating me for the 03 days 03 Quotes Challenge.  Rules are

1. Share three quotes on three days in a row, one on each day.

2. Nominate three bloggers on each day.

And here’s the quotation to end this challenge, from one of the best novels of all time:

“I want love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything on this own.

“It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.”

— excerpted from David Levithan’s Everyday

My nominees for this day are the following:

1. Margaret Mathews

2. advocare distributor

3. Surrendering My Shield

Quote Challenge (2nd Day)

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Thank you It’s PH Blog for nominating me for the 03 days 03 Quotes Challenge.  Rules are

1. Share three quotes on three days in a row, one on each day.

2. Nominate three bloggers on each day.

And here’s the quotation that will surely haunt you, from one of my most favorite collection of short stories:

“I learned that the world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care a whit about the hopes and dreams, and sorrows, that lay masked by skin and bone. It was as simple, as absurd, and as cruel as that.” — from Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed.

My nominees for today are the following:

1. Little Calico’s Journal

2. It’s Jerrod

3. Addiction Place

Quote Challenge (1st Day)

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Thank you It’s PH Blog for nominating me for the 03 days 03 Quotes Challenge.  Rules are

1. Share three quotes on three days in a row, one on each day.

2. Nominate three bloggers on each day.

My quote for this day:

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This is one my most favorite quotes of all time. The storyline and the dialogue of this novel is really tear-jerking. I recommend everyone to read this amazing stuff!

My nominees for this day are the following:

1. Pixie Dust

2. Vashti Quizon-Vega’s Blog

3. Tienny the Storyteller

Silence is Violence!

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I did not make this photo. I only saw this on Facebook, at Brandon Weber’s profile. This photo sums up all my feelings that I cannot explain right at this very moment.

Man in the Mirror

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Wah! I am seeing myself with a thin beard and a stethoscope circling around my neck. But there are hidden thoughts of being a writer. 🙂

Dream Big, Dream Often

When was the last time you sat and looked at yourself in the mirror.  I have not done this in a few years.  The last time I recall staring at myself in the mirror I was not very happy nor was I pleased with the person I was at that time.  I remember looking into the eyes of that man and wondering where I had disappeared to and who was this person living in my body.

It might sound a bit dramatic, but it is very honest.  Since then I have turned my life around and have found happiness once again.  Which is nice!

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I want you to take time today to stop and look at yourself in the mirror.  Stand and stare for 60 seconds.  No words, no expressions, just stare into your own eyes.  Who do you see?  What are your thoughts?

I hope you…

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One-Liner Wednesday: Bacons and Chocolates

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I sleep every night to dream about every fucking lovely piece of bacon and chocolates and never about that handsome, annoying guy whom the girls in our neighborhood had a fucking crush on.

2 stories so different

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I remember what Mitch Albom remarked in the epilogue of his novel, “Five People You Meet in Heaven”. Though I believe the essence of this photo’s quotation, I have faith towards Albom’s quotes: “There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…” & “Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.”

Momentary Lapse Of Sanity

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Educating Children

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Photo taken from The News Ages’ Facebook page.

A Friend who Messes Up with Make-Ups

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Love Conquers Fear

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Writer or Author?

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Ohm (Early Morning Conversation Number One)

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Memories and Leaving

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sakitbehQuote and photo are both excerpted from the Thai film, My Bromance (Pee Chai), directed by Nitchapoom Chaianun.

Love in Pain and Sickness

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Do It Now

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This definitely describes my thought right now. Wonderful post!

About Sharing Happiness

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Corruption in Third World Countries

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Today’s Motivation

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I would like to omit the word “sometimes” at the beginning of the quote.
First and foremost, this quote is really essential for someone, like me, to understand that there are much better things in life than pursuing a relationship that is about to sink. Saying goodbye is hard, but it is meant to forget someone and totally move-on from the love you once had.

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The Two Good Rules

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A Chance and Another Day

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The Ally’s Passivity

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What Makes Us

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Some of you guys might hate reading cartoon stuff being posted here in blogs. I, too, feel the same way, because naturally, such may be a part of being a grown-up.

One day, my younger brothers and sister watched a Tinkerbell movie, and we spent an hour quarreling whether we should switch channels or not. My siblings never gave in, and my parents added up to my problem by hiding the remote control. In the end, since there’s only one television in our house, I juggled myself at a corner and watched the movie with them.

In one of the scenes, which I couldn’t remember what really happened in there, I heard this quote being told by the Fairy. Perhaps, most people will just ignore it, but I guess despite the fact that we are already grown-ups, we should learn from those we usually oversee.

I found this simple quote really inspiring, and I hope that my fellow writers will be inspired too, and show their talents to the rest of the world and never mind what others have to say.

Acceptance of a Chronic Illness

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I remember how my late bestfriend talked about this infinite loop of going through several diagnosis and finally accepting the illness he had. But after such acceptance, there are times, as I observed, that he would be mad again for his incapability to stay, at least with me and his family, and then again he would resort to grief, blaming himself over encountering such circumstance. I knew it, when he passed away, he told me about accepting his fate, that even though he is weak, he tried to pursue his own dream.

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I thought I might feel better after three and a half days rest but no I don’t. It is sinking in what I am dealing with here. I have two illnesses, both of them awful in their own right. Neither will kill me, good, but both will make my life extremely difficult. Today I heated up and flared up and slept and then felt worse. Now, it is 2.30am and I am just feeling ok. I should be asleep now. I have plans in the morning. Fatigue and pain are tag teaming and sending me desperately crazy. How am I to continue like this? How am I to work like this? Where is that bloody book I ordered with all the answers (or so I hope)?

I am going to think about the stages of acceptance of an illness and how I am going to rise above all this illness…

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Power of Believing

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This week and the following our exam weeks, but I managed to write the plot outline while I am on my way home by riding a public utility bus. This quote is an “excerpt” from the “last chapter” of my novel, The Miracle of a Dream.
I hope I could find time soon to type everything.

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Broken Heart

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One of the best poetry I had read throughout the WordPress reader today.

Journey with God

The moon will shine like the sun,
and the sunlight will be seven times brighter,
like the light of seven full days,
when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people
and heals the wounds he inflicted.
~ Isaiah 30:26

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Broken Heart

Intense pain of a haunting past
Anguish consumes the heart
Bleeding under God’s crushing hand
Torturous to mind and soul
Struggling simply to exist
Lord, You cut the heart deeper each time
Endless lies once festering pour out freely
Creating wounds that reveal your truth
This affliction is so harsh, so devastating
Why does it have to be so hard?
You slice and rip the flesh apart
Bringing brokenness once again
To embrace Your truth means letting go
Releasing deceptions harbored in the dark
Lovingly this pain flows forth
Leaving room for a God filled heart

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The Heart is the Most Just

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Quotation from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince

Self-Forgiveness

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I had this heartfelt conversation with someone two months ago in which he apologized for a bad thing he did years back. I answered: I had already forgiven you, long before you have asked for forgiveness.

The conversation took a bit longer when he finally said, “Why do you forgive someone so easily? My sin towards you is a large debt.” I replied this since I didn’t have anything to say further, “[because] love never departs from a humble and forgiving heart.”

This morning I read the entirety of our conversation recorded in my chatbox and in the end of it was an intriguing question which I did not answer, “How about you? When will you start forgiving yourself?” The question was not anymore new, in fact, some of the closest people in my life had already asked me such for once, or maybe twice.

Today, I had realized that forgiving someone could be either the easiest or the toughest thing to do. Forgiving my own self for my mistakes in the past is indeed the most difficult challenge I had encountered as a young human.

Lastly, I scanned through the short stories I had kept in my computer files and suddenly I read a quotation I had written in a persona of a traveler:

“A person who forgives others without any condition is blessed and is worthy of love. But a person who can’t forgive himself will always journey carrying a great burden in his heart.”

Courage

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courage-nelson-mandela-picture-quoteA brief quotation about courage from Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa and an awardee of the Nobel Peace Price in 1993.

Life is the best motivator!

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I love the quote. The story is inspiring that the author emphasizes to us that life doesn’t end when you lose something (in his case, his former job and the promise of high salary). As humans, we should adapt and learn new things, and keep ourselves motivated.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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…

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Numb?

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Distracted?

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I got hit by this. I play other stuff while writing. 😥 And sometimes I do academic things also. Got to need more focusing!

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It can be so easy to be distracted by everything around us. We find ourselves searching the internet for a particular writing help and before you know it, hours have gone by. Be a good writer!

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Small, yet Significant Infinities

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“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Interpretation: Hazel knew to herself that everyone doesn’t, in reality, have infinite lives. Moreover, if you are terribly ill, to live or not to live tomorrow is truly already beyond our knowledge. We don’t have any choice. However, what Hazel did is that even for a short period of time, she felt loved and shared it with Augustus, and within that time-frame, she made everything to possibly last forever. Love, and the certainty of how we feel are the most important things in this world, and once we achieved both at last, we should be thankful, not only to our partners, but also to God.

Something Much Better

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gosThis quote is enough to remind people that we should thank Him everyday.

Honesty and Friendship

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A brief quote from my favorite and the best rocker, John Lennon.

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Wuthering Heights

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Have you read the legendary classic written by Emily Bronte, entitled the Wuthering Heights? If not yet, here’s a scene — from Chapter 7 — that might spark your interest to reading it:

He leant his two elbows on his knees, and his chin on his hands and remained rapt in dumb meditation. On my inquiring the subject of his thoughts, he answered gravely ‘I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!’

‘For shame, Heathcliff!’ said I. ‘It is for God to punish wicked people; we should learn to forgive.’

‘No, God won’t have the satisfaction that I shall,’ he returned. ‘I only wish I knew the best way! Let me alone, and I’ll plan it out: while I’m thinking of that I don’t feel pain.

True Friendship

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Months ago, I began writing one of my unfinished novels, entitled The Butterfly of Winter Plains. I published ten chapters on Wattpad, but  due to subsequent interruptions in my schedule, I decided to unpublish it while having 1000 total number of views.
The story centers to Thaddeus, a foster father of a child, Chen, who soon acquires a rare congenital disease. In Chapter Eight, when Thaddeus encounters his long lost friend, he quotes this:

“There are only two kinds of friends who apparently entered my life:
1. A friend who only knows and understands my sufferings;
2. A friend who sometimes does not understand my pain but still chooses to suffer with me.

“And I won’t mind keeping in my heart those who belong in the second kind.”


Thaddeus’s view of true friendship reflects mine. How about you? For you, what distinguishes a “friendship only” from a true one?

 

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Tragedy of the Commons

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“Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.”
Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons

This is one of the most thought-provoking essays I ever have read. The essay partially discusses through this quote that everyone who is journeying in this is world will someday find himself/herself in a very chaotic society because of the baffling concept of emancipation of the commons.
Do you believe in absolute freedom?

 

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Who Accompanies Love

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This morning I thought of Mr. Alvin Ibalio, my former high school physics teacher — the coolest male teacher I ever had. He taught us optics and a only a bit of mechanics, and then left after our first periodical exam for that academic year after he had applied and been approved for a study leave.

While he was teaching us the concept of light, he told us the story of love and madness. At the end of the long narrative, he said: “[Therefore,] Love is blind accompanied by madness.” I proved this statement to be true because when I first fell in love, I disregarded the facial features of that someone whom I’m in love with, even his bad attitude. Since love is always associated with madness, one gets furious if he or she sees his beloved flirting or entertaining someone else, thus, I got mad and we fought almost everyday just because of that.

What do you think is the basis of his quote and story? Have you found this true in your case?

A Piece of Advice to the Troubled

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Frank-Anna“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Whether people agree with this or not, I found this piece of advice clearly effective (I read this when I was really down).

God never wished His children to suffer, but of course, He might send us trials in order to test our faith and to be a better person — or to be finally happy. Just like another quote says, “there’s a rainbow after a rain …” There will always be someone who will help you whenever you feel left out and alone. As to what Anne had said, the beauty and the peace that we can find in nature are something that embraces us as we experience deep grief and troubles. Never lose hope!

 

The Reality of Death

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“I was just thoughts, just air. There was nothingness all around me. Was this what it was like to be dead? When you died, did you still sense everything going on around you, only it was happening so far away that you didn’t care about it? You were floating through space and time, and nothing that happened to you mattered because nothing really could happen to you because you didn’t exist?”
― Melissa Kantor, Maybe One Day


Inspite of my hectic schedule, a friend still recommended this book to me … I find this novel a powerful instrument which reminds us of our bestfriends, either living or deceased, and how we chose to sacrifice our own happiness for the other’s sake.

Now back to the quote, the author and I have the same idea regarding death. If you die, you will feel loneliness, either because everyone mourns for you or not. You will feel emptiness because you can’t anymore feel what humans have to feel — the emotions and the senses. It feels like you were just air, something who gets to pass to someone’s life and then, in a snap of finger, you were already gone — a feeling like you never existed at all.

Of Choosing Someone’s Help

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“A Warrior knows that an angel and a devil are both competing for his sword hand.

The devil says: “You will weaken. You will not know exactly when. You are afraid.” The angel says: “You will weaken. You will not know exactly when. You are afraid.”

The Warrior is surprised. Both the angel and the devil have said the same thing.

The devil continues: “Let me help you.” And the angel says: “I will help you.”

At that moment the Warrior understands the difference. The words may be the same but these two allies are completely different.

And he chooses the angel’s hand.”

Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light


This quote excerpted from Coelho’s manual says that, in my own interpretation, the good and the evil both knows exactly someone’s weaknesses, but they differ in purpose: the devil will help you once you allow him to enter your life given certain conditions while the angel will help you, no matter what and without prior conditions at all.