Success In A Few Tasty Nut Shells

Success is a tricky concept because it means different things to different people. It’s important to take the time to think about what success means to you and how you can achieve it.

I have read all the books about success that I could find. I think the best of these was the classic, “Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. There are many others. Libraries are filled with them.

I once thought that success meant getting to the place in life where I was rich enough to do anything that I wanted to do … anything and everything that money can buy. I once bragged that I would become a millionaire by age 30. I missed that goal by miles. I was 45 before I realized that I had achieved a credit rating of a million dollars. It was a couple of years later, once I had gone bankrupt, that maybe money was not the ultimate definition of success. Because of the treacherous circumstances that my bankruptcy put me in, I quickly decided that the mere act of surviving would be a very important measure of success.

In the end, I decided that everyone has to work out their own definition of success and everyone has to work their asses off to get on the path that will lead them to their goal.

Here are some tips to help you define success and reach your goals.

1. Get clear on your values. Knowing your core values can help you determine what success looks like for you. Do you value financial freedom? Or do you prioritize relationships and experiences? Your life will be much more fulfilling if you’re working towards goals that align with what matters to you.

In my case, financial freedom was always on top of my list when it came to defining what success would look like for me. Once I had failed at my first attempt and had suffered extreme poverty for a couple of years, the dream of financial independence burned with even greater intensity than ever before. My failure actually became my motivation to overcome my poverty and, in the end, it worked.

2. Identify your goals. Once you’ve identified your values, take some time to think about what you’d like to achieve. Do you want to become a manager at work? Or do you want to start your own business? It’s important to set realistic and attainable goals that you’re motivated to work towards.

Having once been on the mountaintop, setting what other people might consider to be realistic and attainable goals was not how I saw it. I considered accepting realistic and attainable goals to be limiting and a very narrow view of possibilities. I began to embrace the idea that whatever one can conceive, one can actually achieve and that the only limiting factor is the unwillingness of self to believe that achieving the impossible is not only possible but is assured if one develops enough burning desire to make the dream happen.

If you have the courage of your convictions and if you are willing to fail miserably more than once on your journey and if you are stubborn and immoveable in believing in yourself then the definition of “Realistic Goals” becomes what you decide they will be and not what other people tell you they should be.

After bankruptcy and a period of homelessness, my “Realistic Goal” became getting out of the swamp that I had fallen into and getting my feet back on solid ground and, in time, opportunities appeared and I capitalized on them with blind faith but with organized determination and doors opened that might never have opened before and i walked through each one of those doors that held promise.

All through the mess, the depression, the desolation, the povertous state of the bankruptcy, people who claimed to be my friends would constantly drum at me with “You screwed up your life once, you are a failure and that is what you deserve to be because you brought it all on yourself, and a failure is all that you will ever be.”

But instead of internalizing the negativity that was constantly flowing at me, I became angrier each time someone would tell me something like that, and very soon their barbs and their accusations, and insinuations became motivators for me and each negative thrown at me became a match that lit a new fire of determination. It was during those downtimes that I discovered what “Iron Must Pass Through The Fire Before It Can Become Steel” really means.

3. Break down your goals. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps. This will help you make progress and stay on track. It’s also helpful to set deadlines for each step so that you stay focused and motivated.

4. Celebrate small successes. Success isn’t just about reaching the finish line. Celebrate the small successes along the way as they will help keep you motivated.

5. Be flexible. Life can be unpredictable and it’s important to be flexible in your approach to success. If things don’t go as planned, don’t get discouraged. Instead, use it as an opportunity to reassess and come up with a new strategy. Success is an individual journey, and by taking the time to define it for yourself and set realistic goals, you can achieve the success you’re looking for.

Been there, done that.

I overcame it all.

Today I have more than I ever had before.

All glory to God.

Thoughts For Another Wonderful Morning

I am at the age now where I am humbled, surprised and grateful just to wake up. Once you get to be 85 years old you will understand what I am talking about.

I love the idea of starting a blog post with the first thing that pops into my mind. If anything at all pops into my mind, I am thrilled that I still have a mind that halfway works.

Again I am grateful that things still pop up in my mind even if I have passed the age where anything pops up anyplace else anymore.

I developed a case of jock itch somehow but it is not all that bad as yet. I guess if it keeps on keeping on, I will have to go to the Veterans’ Medical Center and expose myself to a dermatologist. Too much information? Remember that is an oversharing blog, alright? Thank you.

I know it is not an STD because I do not do the big nasty anymore. I don’t even plop the lolly anymore. I guess sooner or later I will be qualifying for the status of celibate sainthood. At that point, I will buy a couple of white robes and start telling people that I identify as an ice cream cone. I wonder where I can buy white robes that will make me look really holy?

Ima gonna do oatmeal with blueberries, banana, walnuts, flax seed, blackstrap molasses, and soy-based protein powder for breakfast this morning.

I wonder if it would help the men of the radical right wing factions of the Republican Party if I were to invent and get produced some blow-up sex dolls with Putin’s face on them? I have a notion they would sell like hotcakes.

Make Sundays Lead To Your Successful Week

1. Set aside time for self-care: Relax and do something that brings you joy. Take a hot bath, read a book, meditate, or whatever helps you unwind.

Here are some more suggestions for things to do in your self-care program —

1. Get a massage or take a tepid bath. I like a lukewarm bath before retiring for the night because if the water is hot, I find it can energize me and when I am energized I find it harder to sleep.

2. Spend time outdoors in nature. When I lived out west, I would take a long walk along a nearby mountain trail in the summertime or I would sit in a wooded area watching the sun go down. This kind of re-energized my batteries, as it were, preparing me for the week ahead.

3. Read a book or watch a movie. One of my favorite books for helping me navigate a new week was “How To Swim With Sharks Without Getting Eaten.” Another was “Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. (Which is exactly what I did.

4. Listen to music or dance. Soft music like muted Spanish guitars or the kind of music that plays over loudspeakers at certain nightclubs in the early hours of morning….soft music like classical or jazz.

5. Take a yoga or meditation class.

6. Make a favorite meal or snack. I love African Rock Lobster tails with potatoes lyonnaise or a 6-ounce Filet Mignon with asparagus and bearnaise sauce on the side.

7. Treat yourself to a spa experience.

8. Take a nap

9. Practice deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation

10. Spend time with friends or family

Continued from 1 above:

2. Preview the week ahead: Take a few minutes to review your upcoming schedule and make any necessary adjustments.

3. Set goals for the week: Think about what you want to accomplish and set a few small, achievable goals.

4. Prepare for the week: Make sure you have everything you need to start the week off right. Lay out your clothes, pack your bag, prepare meals, or whatever else you need ahead of time.

5. Disconnect and get a good night’s sleep: Take some time to unplug from your devices and get a full 8 hours of sleep. Paying attention to electronic vices before bed is not a good idea because it tends to disrupt sleep patterns.

Had Me A Blue Spell Today

My friend Jimmy was playing old sad love songs from his country music collection today — his “Massive” collection, I should say and as I was listening, my mind went back to days gone by and I started thinking about my wife and my parents … and my dog … and all the good times that will never be again … and I got very sad and began to silently cry. I had to wait until the tears stopped flowing before I could administer my glaucoma drops. Can you say, “Pity Party?” I guess that despite all my exterior bravado, I am still a kind of wimp after all .. because men are not supposed to cry, are they?

We had macaroni with hamburger and spaghetti sauce for lunch today … (“Johnny Marzetti”) and it was delicious. Marzetti and toasted Italian bread. Yummy!

I discovered something called the “Blue Zone” diet today …. a diet that is supposed to help people live to be a Hundred years old ….I looked into it … I am not sure I could stomach that diet on a daily basis … It is all about grains and fruits and vegetables and tofu and all that kind of stuff that makes up a lot of other eccentric diets … diets like the Mediterranean diet … and a few others. I guess that I am going to remain a traditional American diet lover for the rest of my 120 years. (The Bible says that Humans are designed to live to be at least 120 years old.).

But if you would like to check the “Blue Zone” diet out for yourself, here is a link you might find interesting:

About now I am starting to think about some good old country biscuits and sausage gravy with fried potatoes on the side.

The Internet Can Be Useful Sometimes

Before you read a word of this post, be sure and read and understand the medical disclaimer for this blog. You can read my medical disclaimer by clicking on the following link:

I was watching a movie recently where some guy had told his friends that he was using hand sanitizer in his private areas to stave off the itching and the effects of certain kinds of eczema in these sensitive areas. I thought to myself, “Alright that makes sense to me so I might file that information away for future use if ever I need it.”

Then I decided to check it out on the Internet.

Here is what I discovered about that “Brainy” idea:

“Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which can irritate the delicate tissues of the genital area. It can also dry out the skin and cause irritation and itching. In addition, using hand sanitizer on the genital area can lead to an increased risk of infection, as the alcohol in the sanitizer can kill off beneficial bacteria on the skin.”

That was the consensus of a bunch of Internet geniuses that I looked up for information.

I do not know how accurate the Internet information was but I will tell you this much, “I am not going to put hand sanitizer on private areas for any reason.”

The major scary tale I read was that some of those hand sanitizers contain isopropyl alcohol that can get into your bloodstream and possibly be deadly.

None of that for me, thank you.

Starting A New Day In Mundanesville

I was on the “Wayback Machine” this morning reading over some of the entries in Justin Hall’s blog and was impressed with its simplicity. Justin is the first person acknowledged to have been a blogger way back when… back in the early days of the Internet when things were not so easy to do on the web as they are today.

I noticed that “Justin’s Links” was plain, simple, straightforward, and focused almost exclusively on his day-to-day life experiences.

So I re-arranged a few things on “Liming’s Lynkz” to approximate some of the appearance of Justin’s blog — I tried my best to simplify everything on my blog …simple, easy-to-read text (Arial), generous 16px text size, compact sentence structure, a colored entry header for each article …I am even tinkering with the idea of dispensing with the “Likes” feature on my blog because “Likes” is something that can become a bit addictive if you as insecure as I am.

At any rate, my blog has a new look this morning (For the Ten-Thousandth time since 2010) and I am hoping that you will approve.

On a lighter side, I am awaiting delivery, this morning, of my brand new WiFi extending antenna for my computer modem so that I can extend the range of my signals and get better service out of my computer’s Internet Service Provider. Right now I am getting 106 milibytes per second speeds on my data flow and I want to see if the new antenna will increase that any. Actually, all that is needed for an effective blog is an Internet speed of 25 Mbps per second or above but I always like a little overkill as a backup. That is also the reason that I have ongoing service agreements with multiple service providers … so that if one or more of them go down, I will always be up and running.

The weather is still cold here but it is about average for this time of year, Springtime is right around the corner now and it will not be long before we are all bitching about how damn hot it is. I am learning to find things about each of our seasons to like and less to bitch and moan about.

So I hope that everything is going well for you all too …see you in a little while just as soon as something else pops into what was once my brain.

Gourmet Delicacy Of The Day

How many of you dear readers have ever travelled to Alaska and eaten jellied moose nose? How about developing duck embryo boiled in the shell? That one is called “Balut.”

What is the recipe for Alaskan jellied moose? nose Ingredients:

1 moose nose
1 quart water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
3 cloves
3 allspice berries

1. Place the moose nose in a large pot and cover with the water.
2. Add the salt, vinegar, sugar, onion, bay leaves, cloves, and allspice berries.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low.
4. Simmer the mixture for 2 hours or until the nose is tender.
5. Strain the mixture and discard the solids.
6. Place the liquid in a shallow dish or container and place in the refrigerator overnight to cool.
7. Remove the cooled mixture from the refrigerator and scrape off the fat that has solidified on top.
8. Return the liquid to the pot and bring to a boil.
9. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
10. Pour the mixture into a mold or glass dish and chill for at least 4 hours.
11. When ready to serve, turn the jellied moose nose onto a plate and slice. Enjoy!


What is the recipe for balut?

1 Freshly Laid Balut Egg Salt, to taste Instructions:
1. Boil the balut egg for 15 minutes.
2. Carefully crack open the eggshell and remove the egg white and yolk.
3. Place the egg white and yolk in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, to taste.
4. Mix the egg white and yolk together until creamy.
5. Serve with hot sauce, if desired. Enjoy!

This is the best way I can imagine to enjoy a cooked, developed duck embryo in a hard-boiled egg. A delicacy in some island locations.

A Rational Approach To The War In Ukraine


So how would the Hitler thing have worked out in the l940s had various nations, including the United States, refused to enter the fray with all they had to offer?

I will tell you how it would have worked out … we would all be speaking German right now and goose-stepping all over the place … those of that would be left alive that is.

Do not think for a minute that if Ukraine fails and falls, the Baltic States and Europe will not be on the Putin agenda and since he is rebuilding the Soviet glory, let us not forget that Alaska was once part of that former Soviet glory that he wants so badly to rebuild.

He already has a strong presence in the Arctic and nobody with half a brain is going to be deceived into thinking that his presence there is for strictly scientific reasons. It is the same with that Russian spy trawler that is present in international waters off the coast of Hawaii. I believe they are there to observe our military forces at Pearl Harbor and to check out the undersea communications cables that we have installed there.

And I am certain that Russian interest in what is going on at our military installations is not just casual curiosity either.

Everybody is so concerned about how this war in Ukraine is going to end and about whether the U.S. should continue to support it when what we should really be focused on is the fact that all those nations now contributing to this war are, right now, at this very moment, engaged in that Third World War they all fear so much … and they do not even seem to know it!

That much-feared World War III is already happening and it is only going to get worse and people need to get their false hopes and their heads out of the sand and face the reality.

I say, “Knowing all this and knowing the history of authoritarian aggressors of History, we should muster a coalition of the willing and go in there with all that we have and get this damned thing over with one way or the other. It is going to happen eventually anyway so why not face reality and get the ball rolling while we still have the advantage?”

We are not going to Neville Chamberlain our way out of this one either, no matter what the peaceniks think.

Ending January 26, 2023

Have you ever noticed how fast time is flowing now? Seems like my days are flying by at an ever-increasing speed with each day that passes. This must mean that I am enjoying my life … too much, perhaps.

Today I purchased a high-gain antenna to attach to my wireless computer modem so that I can get higher loading speeds on my data plan.

Jim and I went out for that delicious Americanized bastardization of Chinese food that you get from a lot of “Chinese” restaurants that are actually owned and operated by Vietnamese People these days. It seems like in these days in which we are now living, most of the Asian-style restaurants that I have patronized lately load their woks with oil and sugar as the first ingredients to their menu items. Americans are chumps for grease and oil in their diet for some strange reason.

My dad, God rest his soul, loved to use a lot of grease or oil in his cooking. In fact, he cooked his fried eggs in so much grease that the eggs actually floated while cooking. My dad actually French-fried his eggs to the point that they became more like limp plastic than eggs. He did the same to almost everything that he ever cooked on a stovetop in a skillet. He also died when he was 56 years old.

That is about all that went on in my life today. My life is not all that exciting. But talking about stuff is an excuse to write a blog.

How To Avoid Plagiarism When Writing Blog Posts

Why should a blogger even worry about plagiarizing somebody else’s work? Oh, there are a couple of reasons that I can think of:

Bloggers should avoid plagiarism when writing blog posts because it is illegal and unethical.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s work without giving them credit. Not only is this unethical, but it is also a violation of copyright law, which can lead to serious legal consequences.

Furthermore, plagiarism can also hurt a blogger’s reputation and credibility as a reliable source of information. By avoiding plagiarism, bloggers can ensure that their content is original and of high quality, which is essential for building an audience and establishing trust with readers.

What can plagiarizing cost a person?

The cost of a plagiarism lawsuit can vary greatly depending on the situation. In some cases, the person being sued may be required to pay the plaintiff’s attorney’s fees and court costs, as well as any damages or fines that the court may impose. In other cases, the person being sued may be required to pay the plaintiff’s legal fees and court costs, as well as any lost wages and other compensation that the plaintiff may be due, such as punitive damages. If the person being sued is found to be guilty of plagiarism, they may also be required to pay a financial penalty and/or serve jail time.

How Can A Writer Avoiding Plagiarising Someone Else’s Work?

1. Make sure to cite any sources you use. Include the author’s name, the title of the work, and the publication date if applicable.

2. Use quotation marks around any sentence or phrases that are directly quoted from a source.

3. Paraphrase any information you use from a source, making sure not to copy the wording exactly.

4. Use your own ideas and words as much as possible and avoid relying on information from one single source.

5. Make sure to double-check your work for any accidental plagiarism.

6. Ask for help if you are unsure how to properly cite a source or use information from a source.

The reason that I have written this post today is because I have read several articles on several blogs where my plagiarism checker has indicated as much as 52% of plagiarized content and I want to try and be of some help to other writers who may not be aware of the problems that might be encountered even if the plagiarism was accidental or unintentional.

Having said all this, I want to emphasize that I am not a lawyer or a legal professional of any kind, and please do not rely on anything I have said here as fact. If you want the truth about anything that might have been said in this blog post you owe it to yourself to ignore me and to consult with an attorney to get the full story on the dangers and pitfalls of plagiarism.