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GAMBARU is a gramatical variation of "GAMBATTE!" - A word often said by a Japanese mother as she sends her children/husband out into the world. It has a mix of meanings: use self-control, persist, overcome all odds, succeed in what you are setting out to do, put forth your best effort, do it with dignity and grace.

I consider myself a professional and do counseling so I have a set of instructions in my skill set to follow. I can put on a good face when I'm crying inside. I haven't watched the news for the past year. I've watched a bunch of Hallmark love stories that help me shed happy tears. I've always needed more tissue for happiness and greatness. I have as many friends over, as will come, so I don't have to eat alone and I can shop for groceries and not have a bunch of food spoiling in the fridge.

The biggest help is watching NHK TV, from Japan, while I exercise on the rebounder. Appreciating and being inspired by nature is part of all NHK programing. A lot of my skill set comes from our Japanese Heritage. Sam's sister lost her husband earlier this month. I see her setting the same example set by her mother and my mother when each of them lost their husbands. I can hear one of the older aunties say, "Gambatte!"

These heritage values have gotten me through a year of lonely evenings. Now, it's spring and the days are getting longer. It tickles me to find these drawings that Sam left behind, "Keep on trucking" inspires me to share this skill set!!

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Great Grandma lived, her last ... Great Grandma lived, her last years to age 90, on no Rx, on white rice and Shaklee nutrients because of her sensitive stomach, proving we can live on what Shaklee offers.
Today, my 11-yr-old granddaughter is sick and didn’t go to school. We had a talk. I suggested we have a secret between us. She agrees not to discuss it with anyone else and when we remind each other of our talk, we have a secret word that we are using. We agree that we want to be healthy enough to do the fun and fulfilling things of which we are capable with our talents.

The issue is that she has a sensitive stomach as well as a detail oriented personality and is more particular in her food choices. She is drawn to noodles, white breads and sweets. She is constantly told to be more like her younger sister who tries most anything and likes meats and vegetables. Their mother is good about buying organic and providing as healthy choices as she can.

I also explained that Mommy says, “Even Shaklee is junk food, look at the ingredients.” I explain to our granddaughter that Shaklee put’s better ingredients together and makes sure to preserve the enzymes by not using high heat for processing. So, it is better than most vitamins and food products.

So, the secret is: “I take vitamins from Shaklee to get all the nutrients I need. I eat as good as I can to get fibers, liquids and bulk; but I also sneak in the tasty stuff and treat myself all the time. DON'T TELL!!!!”

For sure the responsibility for my "good health" is up to me!

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Walt Disney Was One of Sam's Heroes!

As we work to put together the book about Sam's life and cartoons, I am reminded of the Beagle puppy, "Sonsie", we acquired from my co-worker during that first year of our marriage. We had an apartment a block away from MarketTime on Seattle's Capital Hill. We confined Sonsie to our bedroom when we were both at work.

One day, that first couple weeks we had her, I came home to find that Sonsie had pulled out the biography book of Walt Disney from the book shelf and had begun to chew on it.

It was clear that Sam's smell was deeply imbedded in the book and Sonsie was using it for a comfort toy.

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A landmark study done at UC Berkeley and research done by Nobel Prize winning Elizabeth Blackburn suggest: "The Shaklee population was only one-third as likely to have telomeres in the bottom quartile based on other studies that examine short telomeres and their relationship to a long healthy life.

TELEMERES are like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces that protect our chromosomes and DNA. Dr. Blackburn is on the Shaklee Advisory Board and is considered the top authority on Telomere Studies.

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WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN BIRTH/LIFE AND A FELONY?? At what point do we call it a ‘SIN”?

Dr. Leaf, neuroscientist on YouTube explains, “You (all of us) are a Neuroplastician. You are able to perform your own brain surgery. We are wired for love. We learn fear. Fear is not normal, it is wired by choice. Every thought lays down a brain cell.”

If we are wired for love, why do we have toxic thoughts? God gave us the ability to think and make choices. We are not robots.

Dr. Leaf gives us an example of a patient who was brain injured at age 16 and told she would be a vegetable the rest of her life. The parents refused to accept the diagnosis, surrounding their daughter with positive prayers, voices, music, connections. The patient woke up and remembered it all, going on to be determined to graduate with her senior class and did so. An added bonus was that she had previously been poor in math and even her math score improved with all the positive input.

It’s working to ask for prayers and positive energy for countering the almost criminal behavior being put forth by some in my life circle. A lot of the chosen “tumor”, according to Dr. Leaf and others, can be “surgically” removed and prevented by choices!!! Appreciate the prayers and positive energy coming our way. It's never too late to change.

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Does how we think change our brain? Bea and I regularly talk about how she can fight her depression with more attention to choosing what she thinks that leads to her actions. Last Thursday she came over, all excited, because she was led to this video on YouTube.

We sat down with some Lentil soup and listened to Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscientist, explain, “Let’s start with agreeing, ‘God created everything’. Science is describing what was created.”

As Dr. Leaf lectured, she showed us videos of how Dendrites are being formed in our brain with each of our thoughts. Bea and I looked at each other and smiled as we agreed with the added confirmation of where we are going with our goals for finding and sharing ‘energy tools’ for a fulfilling life.

So I ask myself, “What am I surrounding my day with in thoughts? Where am I getting my ideas? How do I choose what I do?”

Dr. Leaf went on to say, “Sin is a choice.”

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Everywhere I turn, there are suggestions about incorporating “Meditation” in our lives. Our daughter, Lynette, has become a teacher of Yoga and Reiki; teaching me about the 7 Chakras - Breathing in and out of each of the seven areas, starting with the top of my head.

As I breath in and visualize breathing out the top of my head, I am thankfully turning over, all of which I can’t personally solve with action in my life, to GOD and the ANGELS. For me, I grew up with a personal GOD and I’m in the habit of constant dialogue all day long.

Next, breathing in and out from my third eye, which in my mind is connecting with the powerful energy and ideas from one human to another. This is the area of coincidences where we are connecting with that universal energy, if we choose to clear our minds enough to participate.

Third, I breath in and out with thanks to all those I have direct connections and can talk, text and email on a daily basis. This is where I count on others to keep me on track because we can not reach our dreams alone. We need weekly meetings for religion, business and family meetings to stay on track. It's also statistically proven research that talking is the best way to handle stress.

Fourth, I breath for the sake of my vital organs, starting with my heart. I remember when Sam passed, my heart actually hurt. So I give thanks for all I can do to thrive.

Next, it’s attention to the digestive system and all the ideas for what we put in our mouth. I love having Shaklee to take care of basic nutrition so I can use my interest and creativity with fun healthy gourmet delights. Thanks to Pinterest and chefs who bring smiles to my taste buds.

Sixth, is 'One Point' which is the center of my physical balance - 2 inches below the navel. In learning from the martial art of Aikido, I often incorporate doing the exercise of circling my torso in my thankful meditation. The Aikido guru said this exercise cures a lot of issues, especially related to the spine.

Finally, I am connecting and thankful for the earth and all nature brings into my life. I’m particularly inspired by NHK TV from Japan where the Japanese appreciation of nature is a science. These are the values Sam and I clearly want to pass on to our future generations.

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Matcha Tea

For less than $1, I can be en... For less than $1, I can be energized, and calmed and focussed on the tasks before me!
I’m sitting here having a cup of Shaklee’s Macha tea. It has more caffeine than a cup of coffee,72mg; but it doesn’t make me jittery and coffee does. The reason, according to Dr. Brouse, is the Atheanine Amino Acid (in celery & green peppers) with the catkins (also found in chocolate are calming. Therefore, we get the calming and extra energy. There is also Taurine, touted in sports medicine to bring focus.

History tells us, the Samurai knew the benefits of Macha Tea. And Shaklee is featuring Macha and Pomegranate Teas as part of their healthy weight products.

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Sam was not typical of those of us with Japanese Heritage who hoped to have sons to carry on their family name and traditions. He wanted his wife and daughters, to develop our talents. He didn’t mind not having sons. That was clearly disappointing to his traditional Issei(first generation) father who prided himself in having four sons to carry on the Goto name. Sam’s clarity about the value of women came from a strong and caring Nisei(second generation) Mother.

Early in our marriage, I wasn’t aware of Sam’s push for female power in our relationship and parenting. But, I do remember how he talked me into starting the Japanese Collection at the U of W Library Archives. There was also an incident in 1973 with our second daughter that highlights Sam’s passion and how he would not allow anyone to hold back her creative energy.

It was 1970, almost ten years after we married in 1961. Sam had opened his own Dental Lab business in Seattle’s Medical Dental Building the year before - he was adamant about working for himself. I was happy to be a stay-at-home mom with our six-year-old and three-year-old daughters.

The phone call seemed to come out of the blue from Dr. Minoru Masuda, a Psychiatric professor at the U of W Medical School. I didn’t know him nor had heard of him. He asked me to consider the part-time job, “We are starting a Japanese Collection with the University of Washington Library Archives Special Collection. We want to document the Japanese Experience in the Pacific Northwest. I understand you speak some Japanese?” I’m sure he explained more, but I didn’t have any interest and felt unqualified.

I was a Public Health nurse and I hadn’t come close to thinking about history. I answered, “No thank you.” I didn’t even think to ask who had recommended me for the job nor did I have any over-all thoughts about the Japanese community activities yet. I had grown up in Eastern Oregon and gone to college in Portland; therefore, I was new to the Seattle Community.

After I hung up, I told Sam about the call and he suggested I think about it more. He said, “I think it sounds like something you should try.” asking me to call back. At that time, Sam understood me better than I did myself. I was flattered that he thought that of me.

I had never been to an archive so I had to ask how to get there. Karyl Winn was the newly hired assistant director of Special Collections and Rich Berner was her boss. The other collection started was the Jewish Collection. My orientation was, “Go out and find information that documents the Japanese here in the Pacific Northwest,” and I was shown a couple boxes of papers that were already at the Archives. Sam bought me a tape recorder and with his help I began tape-interviewing people in the Japanese Community and got referrals. I worked for a year or so until the grant funds ran out.

By 1973, Kelly was almost six-years-old and we moved into our new house on Mercer Island where she started first grade. Mrs. Wheelis was the teacher and all the neighbors told me she was an excellent teacher.

Kelly had a great preschool and kindergarten experience so we were surprised when she was sent to the principal’s office those first couple weeks. Three weeks into the school year we went to a parent evening and met the teacher. She informed us that, “Kelly was not listening to directions and needed to be put down a peg or two.”

My reaction was to be patient and work things out, but Sam immediately decided his daughter was not going to be treated like that and he pulled her out of the class and reenrolled her at West Mercer.

Evidently, in Sam’s childhood, a first grade teacher had made him do something in front of the class and he wet his pants. He said, “She also forced me go out and play with the girls and gave me a spanking because I wouldn’t.”

Kelly Goto is keeping her name and her 9-year-old daughter doesn’t want to use her birth name and signed “Kaori Goto” on their 2018 Christmas Cards. The Goto girls will carry on our family name well.

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Box of cards FOR THOUGHT P... Box of cards
I bought this set of cards at the Postal Service Shop at the Marin Country Mart because I like the clerk and wanted to give him some business. The girls like the inspirational cards and are always begging for the ones at Paper Source that inspire them. I had Drew, the clerk, wrap the box and he put on a nice pink grosgrain ribbon..

This morning, with breakfast, I decided to give the cards to the girls as an early Valentine gift because I am leaving on the 12th.

So, we opened the package, each took a card and started to read them out loud:

“Once we learn to see ourselves as already (and by nature) foolish, it doesn’t matter so much if we do one more thing that might look stupid. Failure won’t be news to us; it will only confirm what we have already gracefully accepted in our hearts: that we, like every other person on the planet, are nitwits.”

We started to laugh. We couldn’t believe how negative the cards were and badly written if they were supposed to be funny. A lot of the other cards were serious!! We spent the next 5 minutes talking about how bad the cards were. I looked at the packaging more, “Made in England”. Maybe they are supposed to be funny??? No, too many of them were good advice and not bad, just unclear and hard to understand.

I decided to take them back to the store, but we decided we needed to document the ineptness of the writer by copying some of them first.

Our 11-yr-old announced, “Let’s make some of our own cards.” She ran to the copy machine, got some card stock. We found the paper cutter and cut them into fourths. She set a bunch of pencils and markers on the table. Then, we were directed to begin.

I was hugely intimidated because the girls are almost professionals in calligraphy themselves and take after their grandpa in their ability to draw. Their drawings are displayed all over their apartment walls and I am so proud of their creativity. The first thing I said to myself was, “My mind is a blank, I can’t even think of anything in my own words.”

I needed to force myself to participate and wrote, “I am not afraid to mess up, then, I can do it better.” I ended up making 15 cards and felt good about myself, half an hour later.

We need to keep the cards as an example of bad writing. I decided to take them to the Lunar New Year party later this afternoon. We are invited to dinner to celebrate and we think the cards will be a good party laugh.

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