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-John Kasick
The “loud voice” is becoming a constant medium between physical violence and passive aggressiveness? I will work to live openly, responsibly and truthfully with dignity & respect for all, even those with whom I disagree.

There was an evening at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on October 23, 2019, for the presentation of the book WE LIVED HERE - interviews of 20 diverse heritage individuals who live and lived in Seattle’s Central area. Madeline Crowley collected stories from her own neighbors and it was published by Chin Music Press.

As the over 70 of us sat to hear the presentation by Madeline and her facilitator, someone sitting in front of me on the left seating area, who was black, kept interrupting with the repeated comment about “appropriations” that were used inappropriately by Madeline, a white person, in publishing the stories.

The meeting was hijacked and orchestrated because the interrupter was echoed by someone sitting in the right section of chairs on the other side of the room. The interrupters were seated in the front areas and clearly took the role of “victimization”, stating, “Madeline, you are not the first one or the only one collecting our stories. You took grants that could have been used by people who are already collecting stories.”

The disrupters emphasized that a “white person” was telling the black people’s story and that was not acceptable. William Lowe, one of the black story tellers in Madeline’s book, stood up to defend Madeline and clarified the fact that the stories were transcriptions of his own words and only collected by Madeline, saying, “I was born and raised in this Central Area and had a comfortable relationship with all the ethic groups, including whites. I am comfortable with who I am.”

My first thought was to wrinkle my forehead and wonder,”Why am I being hijacked of my Japanese Heritage being part of the Central District?” I’m at times disappointed when white people tell our story, but mostly I’m irritated that we are not telling enough of our own stories. Therefore, at least these stories are being collected and there are times when others tell it better. We need both.

As I discuss the evening, a friend’s take is, “We have a long way to go.” I disagree. It’s here and now and always has been. The black person took it upon herself to attack Madeline with “racist comments” because she can. She lives in a free country and has a right to be a “victim” who speaks out and takes it upon herself to victimize others. But it was uncomfortable, uninspiring and I did not sleep well.

As a colored person myself, I choose not to stay away from these episodes. I will stay emotionally non-reactive, be a positive leader, get plenty of healthy sleep and continue to live freely.

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Nothing like: "A beautiful day in our neighborhood!" What a gorgeous THANKSGIVING HERE IN THE NORTHWEST!

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At age 80, I intend to live upri... At age 80, I intend to live
upright, driving as long as is safe,
climbing our stairs
until I die.
Telomeres are those things at the end of our chromosomes. They protect the Chromosomes when they duplicate and longer Telomeres mean a longer and better life. They are like the plastic at the end of our shoelaces that keep the shoelaces usable. Science says there are ways we can keep the Telomeres from shortening by our lifestyle choices.

Krissie has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and 8 years ago she was told she had six months to live. Her problem is shortness of breath and she was hardly able to walk across the room at one time. She still can’t maintain a full time job, but with medication she is able to do some part time work.

We had a discussion this last weekend about drugs and side effects. Krissie is not afraid of death, but one of the goals she decided was important for the rest of her life was to avoid dementia. I told her about Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn who got a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for her Telomere research and how she has chosen to be on the Shaklee Corporation board because of Shaklee’s solid science behind their products.

One of the scientific studies show that an 80-year-old like me, who has been consistent with Shaklee supplements for the last 20 years, has Telomere length equal to the average person in the control group that is 40-years-old. Shaklee has supplements focussing on avoiding Alzheimers and dementia - MindWorks and Vivix - that particularly protect cells as they duplicate!

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I'm 80-years-old and not afrai... I'm 80-years-old and not afraid of death but want to
avoid Alzheimer's & Dementia the rest of my life.
This morning Dr. Elroy Vodjan was on a morning show because he was part of the medical research team that developed a blood test that can detect early Alzheimers.

He explains that only 1% of Altzheimers is genetic. Early detection and our lifestyle relating to diet, exercise, sleep and getting rid of toxins make the greatest differences.

Raw fruits and vegetables are starters. We haven't had bread and sugar desserts in our house because Sam researched ways of avoiding Diabetes and that's why he got me involved with sharing Shaklee products for financial health as well as physical health.

Research shows that Alzheimers develops from some of the same elements that produce Diabetes. Clearly, a healthy mind until we die is what Sam wanted most. HE ACCOMPLISHED THAT. Other parts of of our family and friends join me in acknowledging that one of the tools available to us for avoiding Alzheimers is medicine in the form of FOOD.

SHAKLEE supplements is FOOD. The philosophy and research behind the supplements include low heat production for preserving the live enzymes. Solid scientific research proving those of us 80-years-old, who have consumed adequate amounts of Shaklee supplements, have Telomeres that are equal to the average American 40-year-old. I'll blog about Telomeres tomorrow.

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“Human diversit... “Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.”
— Rene Dubos
At the November meeting of FJCUSA (Forum for Japanese in USA), Professor Hellmann spoke about the issues between Japan and South Korea. He is representative of the U of W Jackson School of International Studies. He also received an award from the Japanese government for his research and knowledge about Asian politics and public sentiments.

Hellmann is strong in his knowledge of Asian politics and I was anxious to gain insight to Asian issues currently in the news. Unfortunately, his personal politics and President Trump hatred colored his whole presentation with an ending of hopelessness.

With his liberal bias, Hellmann gives government leaders too much power. There were a number of conservative Japanese immigrants in the audience who value the personal and individual power that is a choice in the USA. One question from the audience during the question and answer part of the meeting was: “Isn’t it part of the strategy to help these countries with power to govern themselves?”

My hope in attending the meeting was to gain more perspective that we as individuals could pass on to our contacts. For instance, I entertained a visitor from Japan earlier this week and he has an acquaintance that might have a connection to Japanese diplomats. There a lot one “can” do. I disagree the meeting needed to end with a hopeless sentiment.

What makes America a great country is that there are at least two sides to most ideas with individual power? I’m not a fan of extremism nor polarizing commentary. But both sides have rights.

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Like Bamboo develop a broad ... Like Bamboo develop a broad base of knowledge
But be careful not to invade where not wanted!
In graduate school, my thesis was about the difference between men and women. The key was that Women have a larger Corpus Collosum that is the bridge between the right and left brain activity. Therefore, men can be more focussed. Perhaps that is why they are the better bread winners. Women on the other hand use both sides of their brain more and may be more flexible. Thus, women may be better at multi-tasking and running a household with different and changing levels of communication.

At age 80, its still important to keep learning so I can handle the different scenarios in my life like Inu the dog.

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It's November and the season is just about over for the Matsutake hunting season here in the Pacific Northwest. The most delicious way to fix Matsutake is to slice them and saute them in butter with a little salt and pepper. My mouth is watering as I think of how a few bites taste as a royal appetizer!

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