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.

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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.