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"WAKATTA" means "Yes, I Understand"

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PLEASE DON'T FEED THE SEA... PLEASE DON'T FEED THE SEAGULLS
This comic strip was generated because some of the occupants of Seattle's Medical/Dental Building opened their windows and fed the gulls. When asked by the management, "Please Don't Feed the Gulls", a comment by one of the employees was, "Then some of them will die because they can't find enough food."

That is some of the short term/feel good thinking that is creating a lot of our problems. For sure it's not giving us tools and skills for being successful in life to be given handouts. For sure, the seagulls will figure out how to forage for food somewhere else.

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"Miki Bed"

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I've been out of town for a couple days. Since I have been posting about making beds, we awakened this morning, looked at each other and smiled as we made our bed together.

So as Sam says: "It's a good reason to have a bed partner."

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Thaddeus Is Making His Bed Every Morning

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"Tad" saw his mother reading the book I lent her MAKE YOUR BED by William H. McRaven. She explained about it being about this Navy Seal story.

Eight-year-old, Tad absconded with the book, finished reading it himself and is now making his bed every morning.

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Demographics Drive Economy - OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT

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Generation Y Are Becoming the... Generation Y Are Becoming the Buying Adults
I love demographics and when I heard an interview by Ken Grobach the other night I got excited to find someone with whom I resonate. He explained how demographics drive our economy. Perhaps the biggest factor in the 2007-8 depression was the dip in numbers of the Generation Y population.

The USA is one of the only major countries increasing their population and there are adults buying, buying, buying.

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LIFE PURPOSE

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I GET UP IN THE MORNING EXC... I GET UP IN THE MORNING EXCITED TO LEAVE A POSITIVE LEGACY!
Last year, Constance talked me into buying some Angel Cards. I shuffled them and the first two or three times I pulled out the same one called LIFE PURPOSE. Since that time, I've picked it out several times including yesterday and again today.

It reads: "The purpose of your life is to serve in a way that brings great joy to yourself and others. Don't worry about finding your purpose. Instead, focus upon serving a purpose and then your purpose will serve you."

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Thinking Beyond Stage One

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IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT IS ... IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT IS STAGE ONE!!
SERIOUSLY, We're fans of Dr. Thomas Sowell who applies this to economics and politics. But Goto-Health's CHEER PROGRAM is teaching kids like 14-yr-old Cyprian to learn this early in his life. He's applying it to his soccer skills and getting good results.

Today, Sam is watering the plants with extra water because it's a hot week. Dee is working on a blog post in anticipation of keeping the viewers thinking and interested about answers to their good health goals for a good future!

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EVA'S ADVICE FOR EATING HEALTHY

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Eva making breakfasts. Eva making breakfasts.
Ten-year-old, Eva, sets an example for all of us. She is a planner and wants to be a chef.

ALWAYS HAVE A MEAL PLAN: Eva says, "My favorites are Shaklee's Coffee Latte and Chocolate Shakes with milk and then I add some fruits. I make sure Mom get's what I need for my healthy breakfasts when she goes shopping."

CHOOSE YOUR SNACKS BEFORE YOU NEED THEM: Eva's favorites are Shaklee's Toffee and Coconut ones."

Most snacks are empty calories with little nutritional value. As we get older we also need more nutrient dense food.

So with good nutrition "in" with Shaklee type nutrition, one is more free to eat for taste and convenience.

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Choose Your Own Title

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Choose Your Own Title Choose Your Own Title
Sometimes we can't help but take a picture.

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DARUMA PRINCIPLE

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DARUMA PRINCIPLE
Thaddeus, eight-years-old, has the Japanese saying: NANA KOROBI, YA OKI, memorized. It means, seven times down and eight times up. He is also in charge of the red Daruma figure that he has with two blank eyes.

The family has set a goal of daily spending five to ten minutes cleaning the main part of the house, where one comes in, so Papa can feel good when he gets home. Thaddeus is starting to draw in the left eye for setting the goal. He started it with a tiny dot and plans to grow it as the family becomes more consistent with their goal.

Next year or so, when they get good about using team work and cleaning every day before Papa gets home, Thaddeus will put in the right eye.

Sam Goto drew the cartoon strip, but credit goes to IKE'S PRINCIPLES, a book we helped Tsuguo Ikeda write.

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Omoide Class Story - Trip by Sam

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TRIP TO MEXICO & GUATAMALA
by Sam Goto

One day, I was talking to Bob about pyramids and his reaction was just so so. I said to him, “I thought everyone was interested in them like sex.” I had been interested in pyramids and ancient civilizations since high school. Anyway, It’s interesting to me and kind of fun to recall my trip to Mexico and Guatemala in 1974.

We had built our new house and Dee’s cousin from Japan had gone home after a six-month stay, Dee pulled her nursing job savings together and sent me on this trip.

It was hot and humid when I got to the Yucatan and Merida, I had to take baths both in the morning and night, I went on a car tour, with three of us, and as we passed a kind of walled off cemetery, I asked about it so the driver stopped.

It was one of those places where the dead body was placed to decay in a shallow grave box with a lid. After a year or so, nothing was left but the skeleton. It looked all brown and dusty. There was a man inside near one of the walls. His job was washing the bones - what a job. I learned that after the bones were washed, they were placed into a lantern-like display case, the family was notified and there was a ceremony.

With all it’s political issues, Guatamala City was not peaceful. Soldiers were standing around with automatic weapons on their shoulders. The city, laid out in kind of a circle with the capital in the middle was interesting. There was a walking relief map of Guatemala, like a putt putt golf course. The guide explained that the President liked it so much, he had the builder killed so no one else could make one like it. Using my limited Spanish, I got around.

The most impressive place was Tikal, an ancient Mayan city that had been reclaimed from the jungle. As I was riding in a small Bush Plane, I mentioned to the pilot, “I recently read that a plane had crashed flying over the jungle.”

He answered, “That was my brother.”

After we landed, the site was nothing special at first. Then we got under the canopy of the jungle foliage of the lost city of Tikal. It smelled like mushrooms. I saw huge Banyan trees roots and a lot of monkeys overhead!

Entering the big courtyard of the main pyramid ruins with the famous steep steps, maybe 300 ft. high, it was more exciting than I had imagined! I climbed, holding on to a chain. At the top was a 2000 year old cedar temple. What a view!

Seeing the Tikal pyramid scenes again in a Star Wars movie and seeing documentaries on TV, create special feelings because I’ve been there.

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