You are what you do – by

I find this article “You are what you do.” on a web page a useful checklist for me for things to do and actions to take.  I thus quote the entire article below.  The article is on this web page

I quote:

I look at successful billionaires and always ask this question, What did they do different? How did they achieve this much success and money? People usually say “It all destiny, they were lucky”. I could take any answer for my questions, but not when destiny is involved. I am a strong believer that everyone makes their own destiny, from a beggar on the street to the president of a country. Everyone sees the end result, but no one sees the effort that has gone behind that success. Did these successful people had it easy? Nope I don’t think so. So what it is that differentiate them from the rest of us? Also, what is it that we can do to at least start to be like them?

1.You are your own limit – Yes, you can have everything you want in life, if you don’t put limitations in your brain. Now you will say that is nonsense for a variety of reasons. But, tell me until you think out of the box, how will you rise above the ordinary? Until you go that extra mile or do something extra, you can’t be different? You have to take that risk.

2. You don’t know what to do – You have a goal, but you don’t know how to go about achieving it. Well, maybe you haven’t researched enough. What happens when you are hungry (like starving) and you don’t have anything handy to eat? You go out or order but you get what you want. So, like hunger, you have to breathe and live your goals. Don’t rest till you find out how and what you need to do to achieve your goals.

3. The law of cause and effect – For every cause there is an effect. Everything happens because of an underlying reason. You want to be rich? Follow a life history of a person who rose from rags to riches. You want to be a successful entrepreneur, imitate a successful entrepreneur you know. Know everything about them. What they did? When they did? If you don’t know what they did, then you will never get the results that they got. Now, you might conflict me by saying, I want to make my own way, and no one can understand where I am coming from. Well, okay, agreed, but whats the harm from learning from your idol’s mistake? Don’t waste time making the same mistake.

4. It’s not going to be easy – Make peace with it. it will require an extra effort. You have to push yourself again and again. Find time to do what you want to do. Your comfort zone if your biggest enemy. Have a clear picture of who you are and have a clear picture of who you want to be. Then figure out what will it take you to reach where you want to be. It is going to require deep thinking. Don’t ask anyone else to define it for you. Do it yourself.

5. Don’t forget your values – Last but most important. Don’t ever forget you are made up of. If its feels wrong, most probably it is. You think it is wrong as those are your values.

Fate vs Destiny an explanation I found

I believe in fate and destiny; so I begin to learn what they are.  I find an explanation that I seem to understand; I thus quote some information from this web page

I quote:

General Definition
Fate ‘“ the preordained course of your life that will occur because of or in spite of your actions.
Destiny ‘“ a set of predetermined events within your life that you take an active course in shaping.

Read more: Difference Between Fate and Destiny | Difference Between | Fate vs Destiny

1.Fate and destiny both refer to a man’s future and fortune.
2.Fate is seen as divinely planned, whereas destiny has the power to be influenced by man’s actions.
3.Fate comes from the three sisters of Greek mythology who preordain the lives of all men while destiny is seen in more humanistic concepts such as predestination.
4.Fate is often pessimistic or fatalistic about one’s fortune whereas destiny is more upbeat and willing to take and chance for betterment.

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Vinyasa 101: 3 Lessons learned – by Eddie Modestini

I often pay attention to the fundamentals of matters that interest me.  This quoted article “3 Lessons from B.K.S. Iyengar” by Eddie Modestini on August 17, 2015 in helps me learn some fundamentals in Yoga.  The online article is on
(Note: Eddie Modestini is a longtime student of B.K.S. Iyengar )

Short quotes:
1. Chase your pain.
When I stopped Mr. Iyengar and told him “I’m really hurting in this pose,” the first thing he would say is, “Let me see it.” Then he would assess if the pain was in a safe place or a dangerous place, and what I could discover about myself from this sensation. He would then often start laughing and say, “You’re just avoiding yourself! Go with it. You’re fine.” If the pain was in a dangerous place, he had the intelligence and vision to adjust it so the sensation was in the correct place and say, “Now work there.”

2. You have to play before you stay.
Vinyasa yoga is so important for the heat and the movement in the first stages of our yoga practice. It’s extremely beneficial for cultivating strength and flexibility and training the mind. Once we have a flexible body with a mind that’s capable of deep observation because it’s been trained over many years of practice, the longer we stay, the more we can see. This is a very profound teaching that only comes through time.

3. Watch the skin.
It’s important for us to observe the skin in our practice, because the skin can reveal what is happening under the surface. The first thing we look for is how the skin is stretching over the joints. We look at how the pores are being pulled (a deeper way to see which way the skin is stretching), and where the wrinkles are (another way to see how the skin is stretching). The way the skin stretches is different for everyone, but it should always be pulled in the direction of balancing all the joints so the pressure is in the middle. If the joint is to the left and the skin is being pulled to the left, that’s not balanced.
Skin color is also important. If skin turns white, that means there’s no blood there. Redness can be a red flag also, because it indicates a concentration of blood. Fleshy pink is ideal as it indicates balance.

When Windows device is not working properly: Uninstall the device in Device Manager then restart Windows

I recently encounter two Windows 10 laptop device issues; and luckily uninstalling those two devices from Windows Device Manager panel, then restart Windows 10 resolves the issues.  I suspect that either the wrong or problematic device driver is in Windows system while upgrading to Windows 10.

The first issue is that after upgrading a laptop from Windows 8.x to Windows 10 Home edition, the speakers continuously emit a high pitching sound.

The second issue is on another Windows 10 Pro laptop, where all web browsers (Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari) couldn’t open most web pages; the display message is like “Web server timeout” or “Can’t find the web page.”  The issue could be the corrupted internal wireless networking card device driver.  Uninstalling the wireless card device driver then restarting Windows resolves this issue: Web site accesses return to normal.

To uninstall a Windows 10 device driver, the user could search for Device Manager (in Control Panel), locate the device with issue, right click on that device, select Uninstall.  Then restart Windows 10, Windows will automatically recognize the previously uninstalled device and install the current driver for the device.

Additional consideration: If the improvement after the above suggested fix (uninstalling the device driver and then restarting Windows) is not satisfied, the next troubleshooting step could be to find out whether the device (like the wireless networking card) is malfunctioning or not compatible with the current Window (like Windows 10) operating system.

Port Angeles, Washington, U.S.A.: a nice living place

Maybe I shall make a backpacking trip to Port Angeles, Washington in the near future after reading this web page The article is “The 16 Best Places to Live in America: 2015” dated August 18, 2015.

About the above pictures: Clockwise from top left: Next Door Gastropub; camping in Olympic National Park; Port Angeles traffic jam; fog over Lake Crescent. Photo: Courtesy of Next Door Gastropub; Ethan Welty/Aurora (bottom left and center); Jordan Siemens/Aurora


Port Angeles (population 19,000) staged an impressive fight. Homeowners put placards in their yards reminding passersby to vote, businesses made pleas on sandwich boards, and locals stood on street corners with signs. The town ended up coming in second to Chattanooga—which has almost ten times the population—by just 2 percent of the vote.

The message was clear. “We love this town, and this community can really pull together,” says Jacob Oppelt, owner of Next Door Gastropub.

Situated on the northern shore of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles is a gateway to Olympic National Park. Because of the dramatic relief—the peaks rise to over 5,000 feet within a few miles of the coast—the area hosts diverse ecosystems, including alpine environments studded with lakes, ultragreen old-growth forests threaded with whitewater rivers, and bays that harbor orcas and steelhead. “I call it the holy land,” says John Gussman, a local photographer. “We don’t have smog or traffic, and we have this beautiful million-acre wilderness in the backyard.”
Not surprisingly, the local culture is built on an appreciation of the outdoors, and the economy is boosted by adventure travelers. It’s not uncommon to see surfers toting boards through town or cars stuffed with gear for forays into the park. More recently, mountain bikers have arrived to ride the burly downhill trails in the 600,000-acre national forest.
But Port Angeles isn’t your typical bro experience. There’s a healthy population of retirees—the town’s average age is 42—and a strong blue-collar flavor. The town lumberyard sits near the sea-kayak put-in, there’s an active boat-building industry, and commercial fishing for halibut and Dungeness crab is a mainstay. These industries infuse the town with a grittier feel than artsy neighbor Port Townsend and sleepy nearby retirement community Sequim. But they also help keep home prices reasonable—the median is $201,000—and engender a live-and-let-live ethos. Longtime residents and progressive newcomers manage not only to get along, but also to come together. Take the recent Elwha River restoration: the largest dam removal in the country’s history took place just upstream from town and gained strong local support. Now, for the first time in 100 years, trout and salmon are migrating past old dam sites, and greenery is sprouting in empty reservoirs.
Port Angeles isn’t big, but as this year’s Best Towns showing demonstrates, it can compete with just about anyplace. “In high school, I couldn’t get away from here fast enough,” says fifth-generation resident Sara Gagnon, owner of Harbinger Winery. “But once I got out and saw the world, I couldn’t wait to get back.” —Kate Siber

9 Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease; article by Maya Rhodan

I am educating myself a little bit about Alzheimer’s disease from reading this article “New Study Identifies 9 Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease” by Maya Rhoda on this web page  I quote some sentences as a reference.


. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, the broad term for the deterioration of memory and mental abilities. There is currently no cure for dementia, which impacts 1 in 14 people over age 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

. Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases could be attributed to nine risk factors that are potentially fixable, according to a new study released Thursday.
. Researchers linked obesity, carotid artery narrowing, low educational attainment, depression, high blood pressure, frailty, smoking habits, high levels of homocysteine (an amino acid), and type 2 diabetes in the Asian population to about two-thirds of global Alzheimer’s cases in a recent analysis of existing data. The study, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, is purely observational but the researchers think its findings could help medical professionals prescribe specific lifestyle changes that could have a targeted effect at reducing the number of Alzheimer’s cases around the world.
. For the study, researchers pooled and analyzed data from over 300 studies to identify the most common risk factors for the disease. Researchers also found evidence that some hormones, vitamins and drugs to reduce high blood pressure can help lower the risk of developing the disease while homocysteine and depression were associated with heightened risk.

Alzheimer’s disease awareness of mine: a beginning

I feel that I need to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, coping approaches and treatments whenever a learning opportunity appears.  My Alzheimer’s awareness starts from reading this helpful article “Why Those With Alzheimer’s And Mental Illness Need Community.” by Amy Aves Challenger on this web page  I quote her suggestions here as a reference.

Amy Aves Challenger’s points:

First, if you’re a caretaker for someone with Alzheimer’s, consider creating an anonymous group in your community for those in the early stages of the disease.

Treat people with Alzheimer’s as individuals who have a disease not people who are their disease.

Don’t fear those with brain disease or mental illness. Instead, ask yourself what you can learn from them.

Be a fearless, humble explorer when you connect with a mind that is ill.

I quote:

Since his diagnosis, my dad has volunteered at a presidential convention, been active in church, written poetry and a memoir, created ceramics, played football with his grandchildren, skied the Sierras, chatted with his daughters about birth and death, his years as a U.S. naval officer, the president of an advertising agency, and more. But still he wrote to me in an email, “It is lonely out here. We do not lose our brains all at once.”

So what can we do?

First, if you’re a caretaker for someone with Alzheimer’s, consider creating an anonymous group in your community for those in the early stages of the disease. A grassroots group would allow people the opportunity to talk openly about their disease, promoting dignity, treatment awareness, and less fear of stigma around Alzheimer’s. If people with Alzheimer’s unite, then more accurate perceptions about the disease will take root. My dad has contacted his local chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association to start such a group in his community.

Treat people with Alzheimer’s as individuals who have a disease not people who are their disease. If you know someone with Alzheimer’s, ask him or her out for coffee, a walk, or a visit to a museum. Help prevent the “withdrawal into depression” as my dad described his friend before he took his life. Make the phone call, send the email, knock on the door, comment on the Facebook post, offer the volunteer job. Be there!

Don’t fear those with brain disease or mental illness. Instead, ask yourself what you can learn from them. When I had my third baby, my dad reached out to me. I’d felt guilty about which grandparent would get to stay with us first, second, etc. “Amy, don’t worry about pleasing us. Focus on what’s important,” he said, recognizing that I was coping with a special needs child in crisis as a new baby was arriving. My dad’s “poor memory” of yesterday’s details allowed him to be present with my experience, providing me with assurance. Similarly, my son with special needs often pinpoints my feelings. “Mom, why was your voice angry even though you were smiling?” His highly sensitive nature, which often gets him into trouble, enlightens me with its honesty.

Be a fearless, humble explorer when you connect with a mind that is ill. And carry your greatest tool always — HOPE. A disease without hope is a certain path to despair, depression — to death. And treatment without a humble awareness of the undiscovered avenues of the brain, overlooks opportunities to heal. We have much to learn. Admit that we don’t fully understand Alzheimer’s or other mind illnesses.

When I approach my father with an open mind, I see all that he is today. Each poem he sends me, every phone call, each bowl he spins on a wheel — surely is a blessing. Each day he lives, he offers me a gift that spreads its wings to share with you: Let every mind — no matter the diagnosis or the prediction of days on this earth — let every mind fly. Fly high!

因緣,無好壞, 文 by Fo Guan Shan master 妙凡

I believe in this Buddhist thought of 因緣無好壞, that I understand as “The development in all kinds of relationship is led by fate: no more, no less.  I thus feel quite at easy and appreciative in reading this essay by the Fo Guan Shan master 妙凡.  I quote the words (in traditional Chinese) in the following.  The entire essay could also be found on this web page

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I quote:



人生在世,有人對你產生好感,也有人 看到你就討厭,這諸多反應,在佛法裏叫 做「因緣」,這些都是累世積來的結果。

面對善緣或順從己心的,我們欣然接受 ,覺得本來如此。但是,如果遇到批評、 毀謗,不如己意的因緣時,我們會生氣、 難過,甚至恐懼、害怕,這些不實的謠言 會不會滿天飛?別人會用什麼眼光來看我 ?在又憂又懼的混亂裏,造成身心極大的 壓力,也讓我們做出錯誤的判斷和決定。

世出世間不出「因緣」二字,世間所有 現象都是過去種如是因,現在得如是果的 表現,沒有絕對的好壞對錯。

就像玫瑰的種子, 開出玫瑰花;鳳凰樹 的種子,開出鳳凰花,你要說玫瑰還是鳳 凰花好呢?玫瑰雖漂亮,不小心會被它的 剌扎到;鳳凰花火紅的開,讓人驚豔一夏 , 掃落葉、花瓣的時候,也是很吃力的。


人和人之間,就是因緣。和你有好因緣 的,不管別人怎麼說,就是歡喜你。沒有 好因緣的,看一眼就覺得不對勁,如果再 加上別人加油添醋,一定會暴發災難。但 是,不管什麼因緣果報的展現,都是來自 過去的播種,隨著因緣變化,自然緣起緣 滅,是非、對錯遲早都會過去,如花開必 然花落。每個當下,誠意正心,保持對生 命應有的關心、禮貌,路遙知馬力,日久 見人心,靜觀其變,一切都會否極泰來。

星雲大師常常勉勵徒眾,要有思想,我 請教家師:「佛門教育要我們接受,您又 常常鼓勵我們要有思想,這不是互相衝突 嗎?」大師說:「不衝突,有思想的人會 接受,會接受的人有思想。」

平常心「接受」因緣的發生,不慌張、 不擔心、不害怕,讓心靜下來「三思」而 後行,如《金剛經》云:「應無所住而生 其心」,不被眼前所見所聞迷惑動搖,以 慈悲智慧的真心,不變應萬變,在一次又 一次的人事洗鍊裡昇華、解脫、自在,一 直到找到我們自己的本來面目。

iPhone as a Wi-Fi Hotspot (or via a USB Cable) for internet service sharing (Tethering)

When one has the internet access on his mobile phone (such as via the iPhone data plan or Wi-Fi access), he could possibly also make his Mac computer (or a Windows PC) access the internet service using his existing phone’s data plan or Wi-Fi service; this configuration is known as “tethering”.
I find the following quoted “How-To Geek” article “How to Use Your iPhone’s Hotspot (or a USB Cable) for Tethering” by Chris Hoffman informative and quote some information in the article below as a reference.  The article’s original source is on this web page’s-hotspot-or-a-usb-cable-for-tethering/

I quote:
What You Need to Know About Tethering
. The hotspot feature on your iPhone allows you to connect any device to the Internet via your iPhone’s cellular data connection. You can use an USB cable to tether your iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC, too.
. This is also known as “tethering” a device such as your laptop or tablet to your phone, sharing the mobile data connection with it. Your iPhone creates a local Wi-Fi network your other devices can connect to.
. If your cellular carrier doesn’t include the feature in your cellular data plan, you may not see the Personal Hotspot option at all on your iPhone’s settings screen. You may have to pay extra to gain access to it.
. Even if you have unlimited data, there’s a good chance you have a limited amount of tethering data — or, at least, high-speed tethering data. Your carrier may charge you extra if you need more tethering data. Check your cellular plan for more details about your plan’s hotspot, or tethering, capabilities.
. Wi-Fi tethering will also drain your phone’s battery more quickly. If possible, connect your iPhone to a power source — or plug it into your laptop via USB cable — while tethering. Be sure to disable the hotspot when you’re not using it, too.

Create a Hotspot to Tether Any Device With Wi-Fi
To get started, open your iPhone’s Settings screen and tap the Personal Hotspot option between Cellular and Carrier near the top of the screen. If you don’t see the option, contact your carrier — it’s possible you have to pay them extra before you can see and use it.
Enable the Personal Hotspot feature and your iPhone’s top bar will turn blue, indicating that the personal hotspot is running in the background and draining your battery.

Your iPhone will now appear as a nearby wireless network. On any device with a Wi-Fi connection, open the list of networks and choose your device in the list — it’ll be named something like “[Name]’s iPhone.” Select it in the list and you’ll be asked for a passphrase. Enter the passphrase displayed on the Personal Hotspot screen on your iPhone. Your device will connect.

When you’re done, pick up your iPhone and disable the Personal Hotspot feature to save battery life. This is easy — your iPhone’s top bar will be blue as long as the Personal Hotspot feature is enabled. Tap it and you’ll be taken directly to the Personal Hotspot screen, where you can disable it.

Easy Wi-Fi Tethering on a Mac
Mac OS X Yosemite makes these things work well together. Click the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar, and you’ll see your nearby iPhone appear under “Personal Hotspot.” Click it, and your Mac will automatically connect to the iPhone, enabling the Wi-Fi hotspot feature and allowing you to connect directly to the Internet.
This is convenient because it allows you to quickly connect to your iPhone from your Mac without leaving the personal hotspot feature enabled all the time. You can do this entirely from your Mac without picking up your iPhone and tapping anything. It’s only enabled when you connect to it. This saves battery life.

USB Tethering on a Mac
You can also connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable — not a bad idea, as the iPhone can draw power from your Mac and its battery won’t be run down by the tethering.
Go into your iPhone’s Setting screen, tap Hotspot, and Personal Hotspot near the top of the list, and enable Personal Hotspot. You can then click the WI-Fi icon on the menu bar and select Open Network Preferences. You’ll see that your Mac is tethered to the iPhone using the “iPhone USB” connection. If you don’t see it in the list, click the “+” button and add the iPhone USB network interface.

USB Tethering on Windows
USB tethering can al;so function with a Windows PC. You’ll need the latest version of iTunes installed on your Windows PC to do this, as it includes the appropriate drivers. Enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and then connect it ot the Windows PC using a USB cable. Your Windows PC will be able to use the iPhone as a network connection, just as a Mac could.
This should automatically configure itself if you plug your iPhone in with Personal Hotspot enabled. You’ll see the network connection appear as an “Apple Mobile Device Ethernet” connection.

iPhones also support Bluetooth tethering. Pair your iPhone with a computer or other device over Bluetooth to share the Internet connection using Bluetooth. Wi-Fi tethering will be easier to set up and faster. However, Bluetooth tethering could potentially drain your iPhone’s battery more slowly, saving some battery life.