Remy could not bring herself to wash the blood off of the blue stuffed chair where her son

Remy could not bring herself to wash the blood off of the blue stuffed chair where her son, Juan, had been shot.
“I told him to get away from here. There were so many people getting killed and I was scared something would happen to him,” said the 84-year-old, weeping.
Juan didn’t want to leave. He was a scavenger like many other people in the part of Payatas where they lived, but he wasn’t a drug user or pusher, he told his mother.
But Juan was an obedient son. He was Remy’s youngest and rarely did he ever say no to her. So he went off to another part of town, leaving his 7 children in Remy’s care.
He came back that fateful day in December 2016 to celebrate the birthday of his daughter, Joanne. He wanted to cook the usual birthday fare of spaghetti and Remy went out to buy ketchup.
Juan was cooking when armed masked men barged into their home and sat Juan and his children down in the blue sofa lined against the wall. Kristine,12, instinctively wrapped her arms around her father but one of the men yanked her away and shoved the other children out of the house.
The children heard their 38-year-old father beg for his life before he was shot dead.
More than a month had passed before Remy brought the blue stuffed chair outside her home and hosed it down. Blood mixed with water flowed out and to Remy’s old fragile heart, it felt like her son had died all over again.
Pulitzer Center grantees James Whitlow Delano and Ana P. Santos are in Manila exploring what happens to families whose communities are made into the frontlines of the Duterte Administration’s War on Drugs and what happens to a society that watches this unfold.
“In Defense, In Defiance of Duterte” is funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Photo by James Whitlow Delano. June 2017.
Special thanks to Guill Ramos for extraordinary research and personal connection to the people we are documenting.

Extending from yesterday

Extending from yesterday, “being interesting” is really just about exposing yourself to ideas and thoughts and experiences that would be considered atypical by most people.
My ways of making that happen:
1. Expose and read ideas and essays and thoughts you would normally never find. is great, as are magazines. I’m a huge fan of New Philosopher magazine.
2. Take classes in random things. I’ve taken classes in latin dance, pottery, wood working, wood carving, extreme wilderness survival, improv, glass-blowing, and so many more. Some I was a miserable failure at. Some meh. But it taught me new things I would have never been exposed to. My next one is metallurgy/jewelry making with my woman.
Hell, a simple one to get started is taking a cooking class.
3. Give yourself downtime. And I don’t mean meditation – I mean a time to just relax, ponder, and enjoy the sensations around you. Akin to what David Cain wrote:…/alternative-to-thinking-all-the…/
Since being interesting is mostly relative to other people… it ain’t too hard to be honest.

Trip into the city today

Trip into the city today
I used to work for Sainsbury’s here 4 years ago. I would look on at the city workers and “assume” that the bonuses, the suits & watches meant they had it all.
Oh how we learn ‍♂️
The reality is more likely to be that these city workers are stressed, living a lifestyle to keep up appearances, and if a younger more ambitious employee appeared they would be replaced. Unfortunately that is a common situation these days.
Ok so it may be fun and it can be luxurious and many people have chosen that life…..but
As I get the kids ready and prepare to head out, the feeling of inner peace, clarity of purpose and having an unshakable vision and plan is PRICELESS compared to those feelings last time I was in the city.
How did or will having more time and money freedom change your life?
I’d love to hear
Give me a shout or send a PM if you’d like a copy of my book “WORK LESS ACHIEVE MORE”
Jump over to the Time and Money community – I’d love to see you there

Up early and workout is done

Up early and workout is done!
I used to think you could out exercise poor nutrition.
If I double up on my workout, I can go all out today and eat as much of whatever I want to eat.
Then I would expect to wake up tomorrow and feel great because I doubled up on my workout so that justifies the poor choices with nutrition.
I wasn’t getting too far with that mind set. I was spending way too much time working out and wasn’t feeling great and wasn’t getting the progress I felt I deserved because I was working out so hard.
To thankful I have found the balance.
A 25 minute workout to get my day started.
Balanced nutrition all day long with a treat here or there. Not eliminating foods and depriving myself. Focusing on portions and balance everyday.
I wake up feeling energized, feeling good, and making progress everyday.

I think one of the best things that Congress can do for this country

I think one of the best things that Congress can do for this country, and if the Democrats can just get away from being government control freaks, is to lift the ridiculous IRS restrictions on Direct Primary care that classify it as an insurance plan because IT’S NOT.
I am convinced that more doctors are wanting to go Direct Primary Care. This would be a great cost reducer. It would also be great if Medicaid provided payment for such an arrangement because I am convinced it would be a lot less costly. and probably be instrumental in keeping poorer people from over-utilizing emergency rooms.…/direct-primary-care-trumps-the…/3/…

July 3

July 3 – Here is a Timothy O’Sullivan photograph taken of John L. Burns after he had joined the Union troops to fight at Gettysburg, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was indeed the “Old Hero of Gettysburg”. Today July 3rd in 1863 was the third and final day of the battle between Union and Confederate forces. To commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg I am posting a scan of one side of an unmounted stereo print from Anthony’s Civil War series.
John L. Burns, the “Old Hero of Gettysburg” was a seventy-two year old cobbler who took up his gun to join the battle of Gettysburg. He was wounded on the third day of the battle.
Wilgus Collection

No better way to start the day and week for that matter

No better way to start the day and week for that matter! Sneak peek of Shift Shop with my mini me on this cool July morning.
My workouts are never easy, no matter how Fit I am because I am continually pushing and challenging myself.
This workout humbled me. But I didn’t quit because I wanted her to see that even when you struggle you can accomplish hard things.
Let me tell you something, today was hard. But you will never know what you are capable of unless you try and give it your all. Don’t let fear stand in your way.
Thank you Chris Downing for pushing me and encouraging me, “let’s get better”.
#shiftshop #takeitoutside

All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club Championships

All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club Championships
Wimbledon more commonly known by all who follow the tournament.
Wimbledon has been around since 1875 and is the most recognized tennis tournament in the world. It has 18 championship courts, holds 38,500 guests and is in a 42 acre site to the west of London.
I am sure many of you have visited the arena and enjoyed it. For many it is a one off experience or a way to appreciate a grand and well-organized event that is available to all. Walking around the grounds seeing the players on the courts, sitting on the hill watching the matches on screen or having the privilege to have a seat in centre court or no1 court.
Cannot recall how many times my feet have entered the grounds but this year was different. Apart from the original entrance walk through the outer courts, two places kept me entertained Court No1 and the champagne bar. As always having good friends, who source good seats extremely close to the right baseline provided great viewing opportunities and believe my calls were better than hawk eye.
The initial entrance provided a chance to watch Rafa train on the outer courts then between the bottle(S) of champagne and a few strawberries I enjoyed the following:
Venus Williams ranked 10 beat Elise Martens ranked 54. 7-6,6-4.
Rafael Nadal R2 beat John Millman R137 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Johanna Konta R7 beat Hsieh Su-Wieh R113 6-2,6-2.
If you have been, you will understand the enjoyment. If you have not been it happens every year so give it a go.

I’ve never been tempted to ‘unfriend’ anyone from FB until recently

I’ve never been tempted to ‘unfriend’ anyone from FB until recently. I’m ok with ‘friends’ who read every post of mine but never ‘like’ or comment. I’m ok with ‘friends’ who never check FB but still like to have an account. I’m also ok with ‘friends’ who sent a friend request but then never managed to stay in touch. But I’ve recently realised that what I’m NOT ok with are the constant complainers….the ones who NEVER have a single positive, humorous or uplifting thing to say about themselves, others or the world in general. Yes, we all have moments where we want to rant and that’s only human and understandable. But when people ONLY post whining posts, that’s where I draw the line.

Its a sad July 4th

Its a sad July 4th. For the first time I can remember, not a time of celebration. We used to celebrate Walter Isaacson’s biography of Ben Franklin, or perhaps David McColough on john adams. Thats us we’d exclaim! Today we are urged to read about Roy Cohn to better understand Trump’s authoritarian ways. We used to celebrate that good ‘ol American openness, science, curiosity, learning, the melting pot, and progress, always progress. Today we ask, “is that still us?” Is this an interregnum of American excellence and exceptionalism, or has the torch been snatched from a new generation? Its a liminal moment. And more fragile than we ever might have expected.