Six Life Basics


    Tito Mike, an uncle of mine passed away last night. At first I was distraught knowing how devoted his family was to him and not knowing the circumstances. However, upon further investigation my sadness disappeared when I realized he was surrounded by everyone he loved and that he had chosen to die. He was even able to give a final speech and asked forgiveness if he had wronged anyone. He suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for years and he said he was "tired."

    I'd like to think I understood what he meant. There was a time I had a very bad case of asthma and it was like breathing through a straw. After a few hours of wheezing, my lungs were so tired I wanted to give up. For my uncle to do that for years is a feat in itself.

   His father before him died the same way --- after a long bout with cancer, he refused to take his medication and bade farewell. Many of my other relatives died that way.

   Charlie, a subscriber from New York, sent this poem (see below) just 2 days ago. It was a hidden letter in a checkbook left by a dying wife to her husband. That letter changed the way her husband confronted his loss.

Please don't cry because I died!
Smile because I lived!
Know that I'm in a happy place!
Know that we will meet again!
I'll see you there!

--- Mimi Breland

Wisdom from Arnold, Philippines
Words of Wisdom

It's funny because we ask God to change our situation, not knowing He put us in the situation to change us.

Thanks to this week's winners:
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Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
--- 1 Corinthians 15:55

Fish Riddle
Contributed by Dr. Al of Pasadena, CA

Joke of the Year
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Six Well Known Life Basics Defined
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

1. Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella.
That's FAITH

2. When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her.
That's TRUST

3. Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up.
That's HOPE

4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married.
That's LOVE.

6. On an Old Man's shirt was written a cute sentence 'I Am Not 100 Years Old ...
I Am Sweet 16 with 84 years Experience.'

Have a happy day. May God bless you. End of teaching!

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Videos of the week:

Dad Takes Daughter to First Plane Ride
Contributed by Blondie of New Jersey

Father Takes Baby for plane ride

More cute than funny but it will still make you smile. Kinda long but it's a good stress reliever.

Filipina's 140 Sq Ft Dream House
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Filipina Small Big House

A well planned abode using limited space. Personally, I couldn't live there. I'd get claustrophobic. I guess I'm spoiled.

Contributed by Janet of South Pasadena, CA

Janet's Target video

Short student video made by my daughter and her schoolmates. Do me a favor? Can you vote for her video so she can win a scholarship? In order to vote you will need to sign up. I have to warn you that signing up is a bit cumbersome (amateur programming) but please be patient and do it. Thanks!

Cameron Airshow 2014
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Cameron Airshow 2014

Now THIS is what you call an Air Show. Crazy stunts and lotsa smoke!

1927 Parallel Parking

Contributed by Rodney of Manitobo, B.C.
1927 Parrallel Parking

I wonder why this didn't catch on. It's a very clever idea.

Sammy Davis Jr and Johnny Mendoza
Contributed by Libbe of Southern, CA

Sammy Davis Jr and Johnny Mendoza

We end today's TGIF with this grainy video. For you boomers out there, here's a shot from the 60's --- "The Entertainer" doing a medley of "West Side Story" songs with a sole accompaniment of bongo drums. Artsy stuff typical of that era.


I’m so sorry for your loss.
I also understand your Uncle’s wishes.
Also love this poem. you mentioned:

Please don't cry because I died!
Smile because I lived!
Know that I'm in a happy place!
Know that we will meet again!
I'll see you there!

May he rest in peace!
Mike of New York

Is this your Uncle Mike?

If so, my condolences to you.


Ed of Studio City, CA

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