Sunday, August 25, 2019

Veteran: 38.1725 ~ Information Model

Veterans' Benefit 38 USC 1725  Statues as an Information Model

38 USC 1725 is the Law about business relationships with veterans, DVA, community providers, private insurance, and others.

This information model describes the business relationships.

Technical Background

Dictionary: An information model in software engineering is a representation of concepts and the relationships, constraints, rules, and operations to specify data semantics for a chosen domain of discourse. Typically, it specifies relations between kinds of things, but may also include relations with individual things. It can provide a sharable, stable, and organized structure of information requirements or knowledge for the domain context.

Ontology Models – Formal structures (classification systems, assemblies, and parts, language)

Affinity Models – Abstract structures (diagnostic, association, disassociation, discrimination, acceptance)  

Social Models – Tribe structures (law, group dynamics, bias influences, behavior expectation, linguistics)

Modeler Skills – Psychology, Information Science, Data Systems, Computer Science, Business Science (contract law, accounting, finance, economics, marketing), Domain Knowledge (medical, manufacturing, service, sales), Systems Analysis & Design, Communications, Business Arts (writing, speaking, management, social networks), Negotiation Reduction.   

Information Bridges 

Every domain has collective and subjective models particular to the domain. Engineering, science, teaching, government, family, medicine, transportation, recreation, commerce has different information modals inclusive to the domain. In the theater domain is serval well-understood information elements.  During the analysis of other domains, often the theater elements functions can be useful for affinity identification. Sometimes in domain analysis, information modelers use the theater element names to provide a concept bridge into the domain under analysis. As the information model matures, the domain name replaces the theater name.

Theater
Function
Business
Actors
Participants
Principals
Role
Activity
Party
Play
Interaction
Contract
Property
Things of Interest
Deliverables, Services
Stage
Environment
Law
Director
Goal Insight
Operations
Audience
Client
Customer
Tickets
Demand for property
Invoice
Performance
Production
Payout
Writers
Title
Owners

Watchwords:

During the analysis process, word terminology can be overloaded based on many factors.  If the analysis is specific to a domain, the terms can still be overloaded. Even two people can misunderstand each other. Nature grants people the ability to build the mind’s information model. As a result, every person’s information model is specific to the person.  Watchwords are terms the modeler use to as alerts that may affect the model. In language, word order defines syntax elements. Each word has a definition, order relationships together with definitions create communication meaning. Watchwords signal information semantics.

Common Terminology:

  • Wherever the term money appears, the term includes seven information attributes: name, title, asset, amount, use, event, warrant. Each attribute has one or more definite values. 
    • name - a label to identify money conveyance
    • title - the money's owner
    • asset - the title's social collateral 
    • amount - an asset's quantitive or qualitative measure
    • use - purpose or encumbrance for conveyance
    • event - the conveyance instance 
    • warrant - title's ownership right and sustainability.
    • value - data about the attribute

  • The insured hires the insurance company, insurer, to limit the payout liability of the insured. When the insured pays premiums for the insurance policy, the premium provides an obligation on the insurer with a guarantee the insurer will transfer title of the insurer’s money to the insured. Sometimes the insured will delegate authority to the insurer to pay money to the entity the insured has an obligation.
  • Agency is the most common type of contract for consumers.
  • Invoices and payments are contract instruments identifying money transfer.
  • A medical episode-of-care can have one or more medical expenses which is a fee for a medical service.
  • Grantor and grantee are actors in a title transfer.
  • Business accounting is a recording of money use.
  • Assets = Liability + Owner Equity (Revenue – Expenses) (a.k,a Net Assets)
  • Trade Þ Purpose Þ Needs & Wants Þ Contract
  • Data Þ Value Þ Meta-data Þ Roles
  • Program Þ Process Þ Schedule Þ Property Þ Value
  • Value Þ Quantity & Quality
  • Production Þ Cost D Quality D Schedule balance
  • Title Þ Asset Ownership  ~ copyright, trademark, procession
  • Follow-the-Money Þ Process Þ Trade Þ Money (conveyance)
  • Payment Þ Money
  • If exist Þ then Þ else
  • Syntax (structure) Þ Semantics (meaning)
  • Joint and Disjoint  Þ In contracts, the two principals (A & B ) have a joint agreement. When an activity involves more than two principals (A,B, C) . A & B and B & C are two separate joint agreements.. A & C are disjoint with no common agreement.  B may supply parts to A. C may supply parts to B, that B uses to make parts for A. 

Medical Business Terms

  • Medical Expense = fee & medical service
  • An Episode of Care Þ Medical Expense & Qualification {Edibility, Time, Purpose}
  • Authorize Þ Permission to transfer title
  • Reimbursement = A principal’s payback to a principal for money paid the principal paid on behalf of a contract.
  • Copayment = the policy amount insurer pays and and insured each agree to pay for  medical fee. 
  • Deductible = The insurer’s time-based threshold amount of medical fees the insured pays before the insurer’s payout.
  • Premiums = the direct cost of an insurance policy. Usually an employer pays some and the employee pays some.
  • Insurance = a contract, policy, between the insured and the insurer whereby the insurer guarantees liability protection for the insured. 
  • Insurance payout = the insurer's liability protection amount given to the insured for purposes of paying the liability. 
  • Patient = the person receiving medical treatment at a provider.
  • Provider = the person or organization supplying medical treatment.
  • In-network provider =  an agreement between the provider and the insurance copy on cost for medical expenses.
  • Explanation of Benefits =  the insurer's calculation report based the in-network agreement detailing the copayment amounts.
  • Provider Invoice =  a detail list of the treatment fees and services requesting patient payment
  • Invoice Payment =  the money paid against the invoice

Veteran:

  • Paragraph 38 U.S. Code § 1725. Reimbursement for emergency treatment Statue (a)(2) instructs (assigns) the VA either pay the veteran or pay the provider.
  • Title USC 38 Veterans’ Benefits is a benefit grant from Congress to every veteran and an authorization for Veteran’s Administration to be Congress's Agent to use the Federal Budget for veteran's benefits payment. 
  • 38 USC 1725 Contracts
  1. VA & Veteran  ~ role: Benefit Payout
    1. VA & Provider ~ role: Veteran assigns VA to pay medical expense treatmentPatient & Provider ~ role: treatment & payment responsibility
    2.  Provider & Insurance Company ~ role in-network agreement
    3. Patient (insured) & Insurance Company (insurer)
Note: the VA does not have a contract with an insurance company at non-VA faculty therefore not rights to policy terms. The VA is disjoint from the insurance company.
  • Maximum Allowable Amount = Medicare fee

  • Information Generation Distortion =  The VA's multiplication of business instructions causes errors in compliance with the Law:   Law > Regulations > Policy > Procedures
  • The effect is the whisper game:




Friday, August 23, 2019

Multiple Sclerosis: Letter to Jimmie Heuga

Happy Birthday Jimmie
Sept 22, 2012


Dear Jimmie,
This is a letter I wrote to Jimmie Heuga, ski racer, MS champion, my pedal partner on my first 150 Bike MS ride. His was the inspiration for Can    Do MS in Vail. September 22 was Jimmie’s birthday and he died February 2010.  Two years later, on his birthday, I did a bike ride that was a challenge for me. This is a letter I wrote to him about the ride.    

Dear Jimmie,

This is a letter I wrote to Jimmie Heuga, ski racer, MS champion, my pedal partner on my first 150 Bike MS ride. His was the inspiration for Can    Do MS in Vail. September 22 was Jimmie’s birthday and he died February 2010.  Two years later, on his birthday, I did a bike ride that was a challenge for me. This is a letter I wrote to him about the ride.  
  
On Saturday the 22nd, 4 friends and I rode a bicycle ride I tagged as the CanDo 50.  The ride heads west from Loveland. At the base of the foothills, the route turns north to Mansoville, which begins the climbs over the Horsetooth Reservoir Hills. Just before Bellvue is Bringham Hill Road that heads back east to Fort Collins.  At Overland Trail, we head south on streets and trails to Loveland.

At the start, the weather was slightly hazy and cool. I admit I was worried about doing this ride because I did not know if I could climb the six Horsetooth hills in the same ride. While the hills are not much by Colorado climbs, to me each represents overcoming MS challenges.  When I started riding to improve my overall health and put my MS on notice that I was in charge, I remember each of those hills because many times I had to get off the bike and walk up them.

By mid-morning, the haze is lifting and the two of the west Horsetooth hills are finished. Because I trained on those hills, claiming them was still work, but not difficult.
A turn north and across the dam, the forth ill is a short steep climb above the reservoir. Silly, how sometimes just the thought of a thing will block success. Months before today, I walked that hill at least five times or more. At the base, looking up I said to myself, “That’s not much of a hill, what are you worried about?” Sure enough Jimme, it was not much of a hill today. Next was hill 5, it is long and steep, and provokes heavy breathing, but the MS never fatigued. The downhill is great  Hill six is a bump but it marks the turn back to Loveland.

I am sure you remember, that climbing hills with MS takes special conditioning, the descent takes even more conditioning. Because downhill is faster, it requires faster reaction times and coordination. It’s the same for all riders, but for MS’ers, fatigue is riding out in front looking for a way to cause trouble.   You get to the top, legs are burning, lungs gasping, heart-pounding, arms and hands weak from gripping the handlebar, and you see that downhill. In quick order, not only does the ride focus change, but you must shift from low gears to high gears, test brakes, relax tense muscles, change line-of-sight focus, switch mental fears, watch for obstacles, plan a safe path, adjust riding positions, anticipate curves, heighten the  back sense, and then look for that downhill freedom path to make the ride. 

 For me as an MS rider, both the climb and the descent have MS challenges. MS  has no place is during the downhill ride. The MS cannot catch me there. I let go of the struggles, trust my bike, tuck down, smile and laugh at the fatigue. 

By noon, my friends peeled off, each heading home. That left three miles to finish the ride by myself. This was a great day because those last minutes gave me time to reflect on the ride and remember the one time I met you, the day you signed my helmet as my first pedal partner. As an MS Ambassador, I told that story many times and the importance of fighting MS in many ways.

At the end, the CanDo ride was 47 miles. I rode the 6 hills without walking a single one.  After getting back to the start, I still had a couple of miles to get home. No problem.  We had a great ride pedal partner.

Happy Birthday, Jimmie!






Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Veteran: Veterans' Administration is Breaking the Law


This post is about the VA creating regulations that are not compliant with the Law, engaging in acts of bureaucratic extortion and bureaucratic racketeering. -- Ok, I am not a lawyer, so maybe the terms are expressions of frustrations. This article explains my use of the terms.

Breaking the Law

When a veteran has ER treatment at a non-VA facility, the VA will either pay-the-provider or reimburse-the-veteran. If the veteran does not have private insurance, the VA accepts the provider's bill. If the veteran has private insurance, that has copays and deductibles for the episode-of-care, the VA claims by Law the VA cannot pay the copays and deductibles. No statute in Law supports that claim.

On September 11, 2017 at 3 AM, my wife, an Army vet, woke with pains in her chest.  The nearest VA hospital is in Cheyenne, more than an hour away. The VA directs veterans who have an emergency condition to seek treatment at a community provider.  I took my wife to the nearest ER. The diagnosis was gallbladder problems. We followed all the VA protocols for adverse conditions.  Two weeks later a surgeon at the VA removed the gallbladder.

We followed all the reporting protocols expecting the VA would consider the community hospital treatment the same as if the treatment occurred at VA facility. We give the VA permission to use our private insurance for cost recovery at VA facilities. We did not expect the VA to use the information about the insurance to deny the ER benefits. A few weeks later, the hospital sent a statement for $3600 which is the $3500 insurance deductible and some patient copay. Because the VA is the primary provider, a $3500 deductible keeps the premiums down, yet still provide a cost recovery threshold.

Next, a letter from the VA arrived denying the ER expenses stating, "By Law, the VA cannot pay other health insurance deductibles and copays." The VA's letter shocked us. We followed protocol. We give VA cost recovery permission, the ER was not considered the same as at a VA facility, and the VA used the information about our private insurance with a third party. I thought we did everything right, yet the VA said we did not. I needed to understand why.  Next started months of study.

Until the VA's denial, I was ignorant about Contsutinal Law and executive department regulations. Starting with an empty mind has rewards, although, acquiring information the mind will postpone the rewards. Once in awhile, something happens that trips a mental trigger and all the pieces of information blend from chaos into order.

US Government
As Americans, we know about Congress, the President, the Supreme Court. Our mental model includes Representatives, Senators, Judges, and the Federal Bank. Most citizen federal government interactions are with one of the
And we hear about law, regulations, and procedures. Until the VA's denial, my knowledge of government was intuitive. As I learned more about the Federal Government, the more I felt uneducated. United States Code (USC), the Law, defines the executive departments, operations.  Each of the department's code has a number and a title. The VA's title is 38 USC Veterans' Benefits.

The US Federal Budget is the corner post of government that enables government operations. Constitutional law is a business plan that directs operational activity for spending the Budget's money.

Other laws like contract law and privacy supersede and enable the Code. When the Code uses words like pay,  payment or reimburse, these words immediately invoke business processes and the laws related to business.




MS Inside-Out: History of MS

MS Inside-Out: History of MS

  • 1399, 1st diagnosed case of MS
           Saint Lidwina of Holland
           1380-1434 
           Diagnosed with MS at 19 
           MSer for 34 years!  
  • May 1, 1945 
          a New York Times classified advertisement read:
        “Multiple Sclerosis. Will anyone recovered from it 
          please communicate with the patient." 
             Placed by Miss Sylvia Lawry, Founder NMSS
  •      March 11, 1946   
           The National Multiple Sclerosis Society founded. 
  •     1993 - first disease-modifying therapy
     
  •     2020 Still no cause, no cure.

MS Inside-Out: Your are my HERO

YOU ARE MY HERO

When I give MS Ambassador talks, I always thank those listening with this recognition:

When I rode my first Bike MS 150, wearing my first “I ride with MS” jersey, riders passing would call out “You're my hero.”  After about 100 miles, I realized, I am not the hero, but those out here riding to support the cure for MS are my heroes. 

After thinking about heroes, I realized “hero” is an 
acronym for Help Everyone, Respect Others.

When you give time, talent, treasure and tenacity, you show respect. For me, tenacity is the most important. 
Never give up.

Each of you is my hero.

Thank you

Monday, August 19, 2019

MS Inside-Out: Concurrent Complex Syndrome


Concurrent Complex Syndrome

Inside-Out:

For years I looked for a term that groups all the different interconnected complications with MS. In my "MS from the Inside-Out" study, an MS attack is a type of trauma. The factors of trauma are injury, emotional, social and disability. The term "Complex Trauma Syndrome" acknowledges the complicated interdependent trauma factors. An MS attack inherits some characteristics from complex trauma syndrome plus adds the labyrinth effects from "Complex Fatigue Syndrome” caused by the physical, neurological and neuropsychological MS wounds. By thinking of the "MS syndrome"   as a layered complex group of symptoms whose characteristics are distinguished by inherited or innate. For example, the MS emotional symptom of an outcast is inherited but denial is innate. However, both outcast and denial are each complex syndromes within the group.

The origin of a complex syndrome happens as the trigger from some event. Power engineering uses the term dark start to describe the process uses to restart the main power generation turbines following a grid backout.  To start the big turbine requires a motor strong enough to initiate turbine movement. Then another motor is used to start the turbine starter motor. And another motor starts the motor that start the motor that starts the turbine starter motor. When some flips a switch to turn on a room’s light bulb, the light’s glow happens as the result of a dark start switch. A simple power on switch has many dependencies on science, physics, chemistry, engineering, craftsmanship, architecture and more including the biomechanics of the hand, human physical prowess, neurological coordination and the neuropsychological wherewithal that creates a plan to turn on the switch.  Sometimes, all that is necessary to intuitively attribute a dark start as a common event. From the room’s perspective, the dark start trigger occurred at the flipping of the switch.

Every injury does not exist until a black start trigger event happens. In MS, the explanation “no known cause” means science has not found the true dark start source for MS symptoms. However, science does know the MS injury begins with a wound from the immune system removing myelin. This injury is the clinical dark start source that in turn causes wounds.  

Concurrent Dissonance Disorder – In wellness, concurrent dissonance disorder is multi-factor physical, mental or social disorders occurring near-simultaneously caused by a trauma event. A disorder is an injury where the injury provokes a wound that disrupts or creates an injury that affects other orders.

Imagine playing the guitar. Each string's normal order rests in the air quiesced and stretched in tune. As the pick strikes the string, the sting becomes disordered producing harmonic vibrations. The string's disorder provokes dissonance in the air causing the air to be disordered to be heard as sound. When the pick strikes several strings, the near-simultaneous disorder from each string produces a complex syndrome of sounds called music.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Pysc: The 40 Human Senses

The 40 Human Senses

What are the senses?

To answer what is a sense the first question is why do senses exist in animals? While all-natural living phenomena may have senses, the human phenomena with its brain can react to diverse sense stimulus.

A sense is a particular natural neurological (CNS and PNS) facility producing neuropsychological (thinking) representation models.  These sense models are self-activated which, in turn, generate other models. Each generated model maintains traits from the parent. A generated sense model may have one or more parents.

Nociceptive pain

Examples of nociceptive pain are a cut or a broken bone. Tissue damage or injury initiates signals that are transferred through peripheral nerves to the brain via the spinal cord. Pain signals are modulated throughout the pathways. This is how we become aware that something needs attention.

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage or disease that affects the nervous system. Sometimes there is no obvious source of pain, and this pain can occur spontaneously. Classic examples of this pain are shingles and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It is pain that can occur after nerves are cut or after a stroke.
The fundamental survival actions are flight, fight, fawn, fade, finesse, and freeze.  The precursor to each of these actions is the anxiety sense signal. The signal prompts consequence learning or memory recalls that generates an appropriate action. Anxiety itself may not be a natural sense and most likely is the result of precursor chemistry from the 41 natural senses.
Process is the capability to build sense models. Learning is high order application of process models.  A process sense accepts signals from other senses.  Imagine a set of balloons inflated to various sizes lined adjacent to each other in a straight line. Each balloon represents a process sense. 

The purpose of the natural senses is survival. Each sense can trigger an anxiety signal that demands attention.

The wonderful characteristics about natural senses is their harmony state.  Each operates within a disturbance tolerance without triggering a reactive or executive action. Each sense’s harmony state is always active. Each maintains operational boundaries proprietary to survival persistence.  When a condition occurs to compromise the boundaries and threatens persistence, then the compromised sense can be corrected to its harmony state either by predefined reactive means or by getting assistance through raising an anxiety flag. While a reactive correction, like pulling a hand from a burning stove, can happen immediately, an anxiety flag also signals an urgency demand. An accidental trip that causes a fall would have an anxiety urgency demand evoking other body systems into immediate action. Whereas, reading a book would have less urgency.



The Human Senses
Qualitative
The 5 environment senses:
  • sight
  • sound
  • taste
  • touch
  • smell
The 10 wellness senses:
  • movement (still)
  • hunger (glut)
  • thirst (want)
  • safety (threat)
  • waste (preserve)
  • rest (active)
  • strength (weakness)
  • flexibility (rigidity)
  • endurance (exhaust)
  • heat (chill)
The 7 social senses:
  • process
  • perception
  • trust
  • communication
  • community
  • habitat
  • acceptance (rejection)
The 9 emotional senses:
  • respect (contempt)
  • peace (war)
  • happiness (agony)
  • love (indifference)
  • hate (aversion, concern)
  • faith (doubt)
  • fear (confidence)**
  • hope (despair)
  • empathy (detachment)
The 11 intrinsic senses:
  • awareness
  • fullness
  • thermoception
  • oxygen levels
  • vomiting
  • magnetoreception*
  • balance [gravity]
  • itching
  • pain 
  • sexuality
  • proprioception
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Note: This list originates from multiple sources —  Joseph Flanigan

The human senses belong in two categories.  1. The quantitative senses tend to have measurable physical characteristics.  2. The qualitative senses tend to have self-comparative characteristics.  Both quantitative and qualitative senses have at birth a natural response to recognize a change. A sense message signals the existing brain stasis model and triggers an action message about the change. The brain mixes many sense sources to build models. Rich models become stories. Some common language expressions, like a sense of well-being, can occur as a result of change provoked by one or more senses.

Life includes the intrinsic senses at birth or before..All senses have a precursor trigger. The trigger occurs as a stimulus from an event. The primary source for the event can be either internal or external to the body.  The intrinsic senses are internal events. Some senses are precursors for other senses. A fear threat response begins with an intrinsic proprioception event that triggers an emotional fear sense that initiates the response. The mind retains the model for every sense as a mood. A mood will contain one or more models for actions. 


Discussion:
These are learned models, not senses.
Þ            Dimensions – length, width, depth, time.
Þ            Birth – all senses exist, but some continue to grow.
Þ            Growth -  some senses
Þ            Reasoning – reading, calculations, planning, intuition, ESP are learned models.
Þ            Relationships – behavior, conduct, manners are learned models.
Þ            Sensations – the processing of senses, vertigo, posture, barning, position are learned modes. 
Þ            Awareness – shame, humility, remorse, guilt, honor, pleasure, happiness are social-emotional feelings.

Þ            Death – loss of all senses.


Other pseudo senses:
Time is a learned social understanding model of natural phenomena.
Behavior: A a complex model of time and a social sense merging into a new generated model.
Indifference
ESP
Intuition
Health

Undefined:
Quiescence > Interrupt > Chaos > Association > Order > Action

Psyc: Mood Change Process


Mood Change Process

The brain is always in a mood state. To read these words, the brain will invoke and revoke many moods. The term mood is very overloaded. 


Feature: Josephism

Josephism

This my list of Josephisms, many are mine, some are borrowed, some are quoted. Years ago, an MS sponsor asked me to sign bandannas for a team event. The team had 25 riders. The sponsor asked that I give each team member have a different quote with my signature. Here and there I started collecting Josephism quotes. 

    Live, Ride, Believe.
    HERO means Help Everyone, Respect Others. 
    Time, talent, treasure, and tenacity.  Tenacity – never give up.
    Every step forward loses where it came from. 
    Even to turn around and look behind is a different memory. 
    Every step forward loses time. 
    To turn around and look behind, loses time.
    Every step forward is a new precious present. 
    Our challenges grant us the gift of many precious presents.  So happy you are collecting them. 
    Thinking creates thoughts for stories. 
    You can only use one sense at a time.
    My brain is the perfect chaos engine, happily enjoying every distraction. 
    My writing, like my thoughts, is a scatter diagram of incomplete articles.
    My brain is happy as a chaos generator.
    Once I had a dollar. Once I wished for a dollar.  Once I earned a dollar.
    The term money means title, value, use, and asset. In the bank (use), I have (title) 10 (value) dollars (asset). 
    An invoice is a demand for money; a payment is a transfer of title.
    Space and time are artworks of the mind. 
    Ideas are always ideas.
    A found penny is a treasure and a misfortune. 
    Family first. 
    A term is more than a language artifact, it is a stakeholder of ideas.
    A term is the end of a thought and the beginning of communication.
    Failing because of quitting is not the same as quitting because of failing
    I am an individual. 
    A horse my refuse water, my job is to provide the water.
    No one gets an education. Education gets you.
    To thrive is to change.
    The future and the past are stories.
    A life is many lives.
    Devote time to the people you love.
    Every intention is a precious present.
    Thrive with determination.
    The universe of men and the universe of women are two dimensions.
    The mind’s eye sees its heart’s perspective.
    Only we can determine our fatigue.
    Three, one, two, one, three. 
    WWJD - What would Joseph do?
    Left, right, left; count, cadence count; 1 - 2 - 3 - 4; 1 - 2 - 3 - 4.
    Peddling up-hill is life-affirming. Peddkng down-hill is fun.
    A rock in the road is a signpost to a clear path.
    Don't look at the pothole.
    In every happy heart, there is love.
    Love is a great spin that lasts forever.
    Bikers ride in the sky because the sky starts at our tires on the road.
    Remember to breathe from the gut.
    The brain is a discrimination engine. The mind is a biased engine. 
    I do not accept racism. 
    The reason for war is economic power. 
    Tomorrow you may wake up dead.  
    Courage is only required for something you fear.
    Bicycles are energy star rated.
    Another name for the future is life.
    A bicyclist always has the wind in their face.
    I was disabled now I am adaptive.
    In every happy heart, there are beats at for at least two people.
    Real men have happy hearts.
    To speak for itself, someone must hear it speak.
    Here in the hell is the bathroom? I gotta piss.
    First, learn 3 words, “I love you.” Then learn 2 words, “I surrender.” And one word, “OK”
    Smile! Display your happy heart.
    Biking, like wisdom, is applying the right leverage in the right place at the right time.
    Sternum up, smile, see the world, shake it off, suck the gut, set intentions.
    SAFE: Strength, Agility, Flexibility, Endurance; the finite wellness elements of conditioning.
    Fatigue equals vigor minus endurance.
    What not is the truth. What is not is an opinion.
    Ability-to-thrive equals quality-of-life and quantity-of-life.
    We are eccentric beings in an eccentric universe.
    The mind is a bucket full of moods.
    To overcome one challenge challenges all challenges.
    When walking, what foot moves first?
    To see is the hardest part of the picture.
    “Last one, best one.”
    All exist in the Goodwill Grant.
    Failure to thrive is not an option.
    I this for now and that already pasted.
    Time is a learned concept of the human mind.
    Time is absent in nature. 
    Truth enables space.
    Not am I not.
    Honesty is the power of movement.
    I refuse to be depressed. 
    Respect permits identity.
    Trust is the first principle of a relationship.
    Love, faith, and hope bond family.
    The trinity of fatigue: physical prowess, neurological coordination, cognitive planning.
    A broken stick has 3 parts, 2 pieces of wood and a break.
    When filling up, make sure to clean the headlights.
    40 squats a day.
    The mind trains the brain, the brain trains the body.
    I am what I see I am. 
    Behind the mind of a great engineer is a great artist.
    Thanks for your service.
    The axle conquered the American West.
    Frustration is the grantor for inspiration. 
    A coin and a prayer are both collateral.
    The word money means value, use, asset, and title. Payment is the transfer of title. -- I have (title) 5 (value) dollars (asset) in the bank (use).
    Fear threat reactions: fight, flight, freeze, fawn, fade, fold, forget, finesse.
    The Apostle's Challenge: form, fit, function, finance, fabrication, family, fix, feature, fact, fear, fubar.
    Wellness modifies yesterday, connected by empathy, grow with affinity, live through change, the journey for oneself, together, experience life, remodel is an adventure.
    Volunteering is a coin with two sides.  The head side is a risk to the organization. the tail side is a risk to the person.  Volunteering  for charity is a risk for the organization. Volunteering of the draft is a risk to the person
    A value is more than money:
    Abundance, Accountability, Achievement, Action, Adventure, Ambition, Awareness, Balance, Beauty, Being the Best, Calmness, Cheerfulness, Clarity, Comfort, Compassion, Competition, Connection, Contribution, Control, Courage, Creativity, Curiosity, Determination, Discipline, Effectiveness, Empathy, Energy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fairness, Faith, Fame, Family, Flexibility, Freedom, Friendship, Fulfillment, Fun, Harmony, Happiness, Health, Honesty, Honor, Humility, Independence, Integrity, Intelligence, Intimacy, Inspiration, Kindness, Knowledge, Liveliness, Love, Money, Nature, Passion, Peace, Perfection, Persistence, Philanthropy, Power, Respect, Security, Simplicity, Significance, Spirituality, Spontaneity, Strength, Stability, Success, Status, Teamwork, Tolerance, Tradition, Truth, Vitality, Volunteering, Wealth, Wisdom
    On a family member's death. My heart is sad and touches your grief as my grief too. Our family is blessed with many experiences of birth, life, and death. At each, we gather to sing a promise, a praise, and a memory. Each song is a prayer to each other and a whisper to God for His blessing. A touch of grief is God's whisper to spark memories of joy.
Quotes I like
  • Our aspirations are our possibilities. - Samual Johnson
  • We will either find a way or make one. - Hannibal
  • Start by doing what is necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Saint Francis of Assisi
  • We stopped to smell the flowers, then went on our way,
  • They can because they think they can. - Virgil
  • Just trust yourself and you will know how to live.  - Goethe
  • One today is worth two tomorrows.  - Ben Franklin
  • It's wonderful what we can do if we are always doing. - George Washington
  • Faith in oneself is the best and safest course. - Michaelangelo
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Elliot
  • Clear your mind of cannot. - Samual Johnson
  • Only the heart knows how to find what is precious. - Dostoyevsky
  • Today I am out me-walking.
  • A journey of a thousand steps must begin with a single step, - Lao-Tsu

Thoughts on God

God’s Gifts and His Teaching.

God’s first gift was a place to live.
            God’s second gift was life.
            God’s third gift was the ability to survive.
            God’s fourth gift was rational thought.
            God’s fifth gift was free will.
            God’s sixth gift was the ability to learn.
            God’s seventh gift shared His wisdom.

God began teaching lessons about using His gifts.

God’s first lesson teaching is respect for others. The Garden’s lesson teaches the difference between public and private property and the respect for each. The apple is another person’s private property. The free will assault by word (Eve) and deed (Adam) on private property is trespass. The consequences of a person’s trespass is misplaced respect

God’s second lesson expands rational thought to teach community development by acts of respect, restitution, and forgiveness. 

God continues His teaching with Moses and the 10 articles of respect, three to honor God’s property, and seven to honor other’s property.

Jesus, Himself, tells us and demonstrates to us that respect for others begins with respect for oneself. At His death, He teaches forgiveness is a quality of respect.

In all the philosopher’s writings and in all the prayers, respect is the thread that binds each word and thought to God’s first teaching.

To understand His teaching, God gives us rational thought as his greatest gift. With rational thought and learning, His teaching of respect became thought’s permanent rational acts.

God’s wisdom knew Adam and Eve would trespass. He knew that in leaving the Garden, His grant of rational thought and respect would allow His people to grow in knowledge and to honor diversify.

This explanation of the Bible’s verses perceives God as Devine Wisdom. God never teaches hate or hell. These are rational thought constructs to explain loss of self-respect and respect for others.

Divine wisdom is self-complete. Why are we aware of His creation, gifts, and teachings? Our notions of heaven and the ends of time are wishful misconstrued atonements for trespass and a plea to return to God’s garden.

The first garden is only a memory story. God planted a new garden filled with His gifts and teachings. The only nourishment required is respect.

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