Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 24th Thrive with A.L.O.H.A.

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

Thrive with A.L.O.H.A.

The Most Brilliant Life Hacks to Your Make Life Easier

Some of World’s Greatest Job Perks from the Daily Good

Fly High in The Isle of Skye

Delightful Family Portraits

Thrive with A.L.O.H.A. with Dr. Paul Pearsall:

There’s a woman I met many years ago who’s a perfect example of someone who has discovered the secret of invincibility. In Hawaii, we call her Tutu Mama. She was a 100-year-old Hawaiian lady who just passed away.

I will never forget her, because she taught me much about the thriving character. This is a woman who knew terrible poverty; hid under the bed during Pearl Harbor here in Hawaii while the bombs destroyed everything around her. People she loved, killed. She saw it all and had every reason to be angry, resentful, and broken, but she was not. I never saw her without a smile.

And I thought I’d share with you something that I’ve almost memorized in my heart, because she sat with me a while ago. She was the lady who gave me my Hawaiian name, Ka’ikena. It means person charged with sharing the vision. I remember when she gave me the name, because I asked her, “Tutu, you suffered so. How can you be so happy, so giving, so loving? How can you laugh so easily? How can you be so strong when so many bad things have happened?”

She looked at me, smiled, took a hold of my ear and tugged on it playfully and laughed. “Poor Ka’ikena,” she said. “You have so much to learn. Let me teach you a simple formula for what you call thriving in your own science research, for we have known for centuries what thriving is. I’ll tell you how I do it.

It’s the words of Aloha, A-L-O-H-A.

‘A’ stands for the word Ahonui. That’s persistent patience. Wait; be patient. That brings happiness. Don’t be in such a hurry. The world is such a fast-paced place. I find my joy in just sitting, waiting, and listening.” Ahonui, patience expressed with perseverance. Are you a patient person?

…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from email. Patience! You’re not that important. I am so tired of hearing these answering machines. “Hi, I’m not here, but your call is very important to me.” Sure it’s important to you. Then why the hell aren’t you there if it’s so important!

My answering machine says this. “Hello.” (I then include a phrase in Hawaiian). And then they usually hang up. Or, the next question. “This is not an answering machine; this is a questioning machine. It asks, What do you want? Which is a very important existential question. So reflect carefully before responding.” What I hear, usually hear, is, that’s it, click, it’s gone. That gets rid of a lot of unwanted calls.

I’m so sick of cell phones going off and buzzers going off and beepers in people’s pockets, buzzing, buzzz… That’s crazy. Very crazy. I was in the airport the other day and a guy next to me was saying, “When I get home I am going to make love to you.” I thought he was talking to me. He was talking to his wife on the phone. What’s the matter with this man?

So please, people, pick on these people. Don’t be a hyper-croniac. Are you a re-button-izer? How many people here push elevator buttons that are already lit? That’s stupid! I saw you guys the other night. You walk up to the elevator, they’re both lit, 10 people are standing there, you go in front and go pghgh, There, I am the top producer. Ha ha! I will push this elevator… Man. Have you seen the elevator button that says, close door? I spoke to the Otis Elevator company. That is a placebo. That button doesn’t work. It’s there to quiet you down so you can… push it. Crazy. Now the cynics are going to go out in the elevator, let me just test what he said, cause I don’t believe it, okay.

Are you a lane counter? How many people here count the number of items in a person’s grocery cart in the express lane to be sure it belongs there? That’s sick! Very sick. Are you a lane leaper? Do you see several lines and you tell people, “I’m in all of these. I’m in any one of these.” Very sick. Or you go to work and you’ve been at that traffic light every day of your life, and you think it’s broken so you keep going, come on. phghghg. Try to move it. Or do you get in buffet lines, and are you a pelvic pusher? Do you do this? “Come on, lady. Come on.” Or escalator hopper, hopping down escalators, they’re not fast enough for me. I’ve got to get down here faster than this. I see people on airplanes, the plane’s coming in and they’re already standing up bent over like this waiting to get off. What is that about? Why don’t you set your okole down and count quarters or something. Now you’re all going to be more patient, right?

So never forget the first “A” in Aloha, Ahonui, persistent patience. That will help you thrive.

She said, “You also ask how I stay so happy and smile so often. It’s because of the second letter, ‘L,’ the second word: Lo Kahi. Lo Kahi means harmonious connection.” It means staying connected not only with your family, but with your ancestors, the land, and a higher power, and being aware of that connection every day.

“Then there’s the ‘O,’ Ka’ikena, Olu’olu. That means pleasantly agreeable.” We have to stop fighting. We have to stop the arguing, the cynical negativity. What’s happened to us? Please remember; it’s very important to choose peace over always trying to be right.

“Then comes the ‘H’ in Aloha, A-L-O-H, Ha’aha’a. That means humbly modest. I think you modern people are too concerned with your self-esteem.” What about other regards? What about realizing that it’s important sometimes just to shut up and learn from others, not to always be assertive, not always try to get your way, not to be so demanding? Have a good sense of humor; laugh. Never forget laughter.

Now you know the “A,” the “L,” the “O”, and the “H.”

“Now, Ka’ikena,” she said to me, “Never forget Akahai; that means gentle, tender kindness. When you walk, when you talk, when you listen, when you look at a child, when you look at an older person, do you look with kindness? Do you feel kindness? Therein I find my strength. I find it in Aloha.

The Most Brilliant Life Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

http://www.epicdash.com/the-46-most-brilliant-life-hacks-every-human-being-needs-to-make-life-easier/

World’s Greatest Job Perks from the Daily Good

http://magazine.good.is/articles/worlds-greatest-job-perks?utm_source=thedailygood&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailygood

 Isle of Skye

http://www.imbikemag.com/mountain-bike-news/2014/10/danny-macaskill-the-ridge/

Family Portraits:

Family Portraits

Thanks this week go to Paul P, Glenda O, Larry H, and snuggling families everywhere

Hug them tight! 

Please pay it forward today…

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 17th 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • The Hug and Kiss of the Century
  • Not Headcounts but Heart Counts
  • Design v. The User Experience
  • “Good Luck Mr. Gorsky” by Neil Armstrong
  • If you are local:
    • Kids Free Days at the Zoo & Wild Animal Park
    • National Philanthropy Day Oct 28th 2014
  • Wonderful Photos

The Hug and Kiss of the Century:

A WOMAN WHO RESCUED  A SICK LION AND NURSED IT BACK TO HEALTH VISITS THE LION NOW IN ZOO. WATCH THE LION’S AMAZING REACTION AT SEEING HER.

http://www.vitality101.com/Fun/lion-kisses-rescuer

Not Headcounts but Heart Counts

Simon Sineck’s Great New talk

Design v. The User Experience:

The map is not the territory…

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“Good Luck Mr. Gorsky”:

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF TRIVIA…………..

ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND,” WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.

BUT, JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK

“GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY.”

MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT. HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS .

OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE ‘GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY’ STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.

ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA , WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION ABOUT Mr. Gorsky TO ARMSTRONG.

THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE HIS MR. GORSKY HAD JUST DIED, SO NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE QUESTION.

HERE IS THE ANSWER TO “WHO WAS MR. GORSKY”:

IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MID-WESTERN TOWN, HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD.

HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR’S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW.

HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY.

AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD

MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY,

“SEX!  YOU WANT SEX?!

YOU’LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!”

It broke the place up.

NEIL ARMSTRONG’S FAMILY CONFIRMED THAT THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

If you are local:

Kids Free in October at San Diego Zoo

National Philanthropy Day 2014:

National Philanthropy Day

Wonderful photos:

Wonderful Photos

Thanks this week go to Larry H, John O, Terri M and those who practice social mission everywhere!

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 10th 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Free Hugs
  • Restoration of the Christ in Rio
  • Be the Change You Want to See in Your Network
  • Animals Profound and Profane
  • If you are Local: Friend and Fund Raising for Challenged Athlete Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

Free Hugs

Restoration of the Christ in Rio

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If You Are Local

Be the Change You Want To See in Your Network:

In the spirit of “be the change you want to see in your network”

Believe it or not, it has been 33 years and counting- teaching traditional martial arts and the wisdom traditions here at UC San Diego

From more than three decades, we have strived to add the whole person education to the unique UCSD mix- fostering character, confidence AND competence into the UC San Diego experience.

Today, students that began their martial arts journey in our classes are themselves teaching in several cities & universities across the globe with black belts of their own passing on the tradition.

We are a small but mighty group, less interested in quantity but more in developing quality human beings that better our world!

As we start yet another Fall quarter, I thought I would get the word out to help cultivate healthy habits to offset the stress inherent in the college/life experience with the wellness benefits of energizing mind, body and spirit.

As they say …your mission is my mission!

Link to the adult class registration:

https://recreation.ucsd.edu/registration/index.php?code=63011&user_area=3&group=

Link to the kids class:

https://recreation.ucsd.edu/registration/index.php?code=63024&user_area=3&group=

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Animals Profound and Profane:

Cats and Dogs

If you are Local:

Friend and Fund Raising for Challenged Athlete Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

Friendraise

Thanks this week go to Sonia R, Larry H, Bob B, & the dojo at UC San Diego and beyond!

Pay it Forward…

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food Fest for Friday Oct 3rd 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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Hang in there!

This week:

EXERCISE!! 

You Can’t Start Too Young

 Run Like a Girl! 53 Marathons in 53 Days…

Ms Hughes took on the challenge to raise money for the Isabelle Lottie Foundation after a friend’s daughter, three-year-old Izzy Wynne, was diagnosed with a form of brain tumor. She is hoping to raise £53,000 for the charity…       http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-29359358

Sounds too Intense? Try this routine…        http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/openGraph/wid/0_u0r71mg5    (Best viewed at Full Screen)

 Get up Stand Up- Sitting is the New Smoking…

Muscle Inactivity Behind the Health Risks of Excess Sitting
Worse cholesterol values linked with greater muscle idle time, even in exercisers.

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You’ve probably heard that excessive sitting is considered an independent risk factor for many chronic conditions, including heart disease. As we put it last year, sitting is the new smoking. You’ve probably also heard that the link between too much sitting and worse health is true even for people who work out regularly.

What you may not have heard is what exactly makes sitting so dangerous. The answer may be too much muscle inactivity, suggests new research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Finnish researchers had 150 adults wear shorts that measured muscle activity in their thighs and hamstrings while the participants went about typical weekdays. Muscles were said to be inactive if they registered lower electromyographic amplitude than when standing still. Moderate to vigorous activity was defined as producing an amplitude greater than when walking at a pace of 5 kilometers per hour.

Even though the participants were fit and active, their hamstrings and thighs were, on average, inactive for 65 percent of their waking days. That is, for almost two-thirds of the time the participants were awake, some of the largest muscles in their body were less active than if they were standing still.

The researchers then divided the participants into four groups, from lowest to highest amount of muscle inactivity. Compared to those with the least amount of inactivity (55 percent or less of the time), those with the most muscle inactivity (at least 74 percent of the time) had significantly worse HDL cholesterol and triglyceride readings. This was true independent of the amount of time spent in the study’s definition of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

One common piece of advice is to take frequent breaks from sitting. This study offers insight into an easy way to do so: Standing from a sitting position produced enough muscle activity in the thighs to get above the threshold found to be linked to worse cholesterol readings.

“These results give further support for the message ‘stand up, sit less, move more’ to promote metabolic health as a complement to current exercise guidelines,” the researchers wrote.

Fine! Don’t exercise and risk letting sleeping dogs lie…

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If you are local…

Exercise your Wild Side & Get your Chimp on! The Entire Month of October is Kids Free Days brought to you by Mission Fed

Yes, all kids 11 and under are free the entire month of October at both the Zoo and Safari Park – thanks to Mission Fed!

Have you seen the billboards all over San Diego along with hearing the Radio spots that invite listeners to stop by our branches to enter to win for a family 4 pack of Zoo or Safari passes?  Our branches will also be helping collecting donations for endangered species with all donations going to the San Diego Zoological Society. Last year over $12,000 was raised. Check it out: http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/San-Diego-Zoo–276797111.html

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Thanks this week go to Heidi E, Jim C, Maurice C, Angie L, Andrea M, Larry H, and the whole team at Mission Fed.

 Pay it Forward, Backward and Sideways…

Love,

Neville

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Soul Food for Friday Sept 26th 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

  • 64 Amazing Historical Pictures
  • Walking the Dog
  • Animals in the Wild (Wild at Heart to Mozart)

64 Amazing Historical Pictures:

http://www.trueactivist.com/64-historical-pictures-you-most-likely-havent-seen-before-8-is-a-bit-disturbing#.U8NNpRULOug.facebook

WALKING  THE DOG:
A woman  was flying  from Seattle to San  Francisco.  Unexpectedly, the plane was  diverted  to Sacramento along  the way.

The  flight attendant explained that there would be a  delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off  the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50  minutes..

Everybody  got off the plane except one lady who was  blind.

A man had  noticed her as he walked by and could tell the  lady was blind because her guide dog lay quietly  underneath the seats in front of her throughout  the entire  flight.

He could  also tell she had flown this very flight before  because the pilot approached her,  and
Calling her by  name, said, “Kathy, we are  in Sacramento for almost an  hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your  legs?”

The  blind lady said, “No  thanks, but maybe Buddy would like  to stretch his  legs.”

Picture  this

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All the  people in the gate area came to a complete  standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot  walk off the plane with a guide dog for the  blind!  Even worse, the pilot was wearing  sunglasses !

People scattered.  They  not only tried to change planes, but they were  trying to change airlines!

True  story…..
Have a great  day and  remember….
THINGS AREN’T  ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR  …

A DAY WITHOUT  LAUGHTER IS  A DAY WASTED!!!

Animals in the Wild:

Music: Mozart Piano Concerto 23

Thanks this week go to Larry H and every one of you for being Soul-Filled!

Pay it Forward with Interest!

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food Friday for Sept 19th 2014: Rose!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

  • The Story of and Song about Rose
  • “Best and Most Memorable Lines Ever.”
  • If you are Local
    • 12 Non-Profits Compete to Accelerate Change
  • Why God Gave Us Puppies!

Hi Handsome. My name is Rose…

The  first day of school our professor introduced  himself and challenged us

to get to know someone  we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around

when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled,  little old lady beaming up at me with a

smile  that lit up her entire being..

She said,  ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven  years old. Can I

give you a hug?’

I  laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of  course you may!’ and she

gave me a giant  squeeze..

‘Why are you in college at  such a young, innocent age?’ I asked.

She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet  a rich husband, get married, and

have a couple  of kids…’

‘No seriously,’ I asked. I  was curious what may have motivated her to be

taking on this challenge at her age.

‘I  always dreamed of having a college education and  now I’m getting one!’

she told me.

After  class we walked to the student union building  and shared a chocolate

milkshake.

We  became instant friends. Every day for the next  three months we would

leave class together and  talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening

to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom  and experience with me..

Over the course  of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she  easily made

friends wherever she went. She loved  to dress up and she reveled in the

attention  bestowed upon her from the other students. She  was living it up.

At the end of the  semester we invited Rose to speak at our  football

banquet. I’ll never forget what she  taught us. She was introduced and

stepped up to  the podium. As she began to deliver her

prepared  speech, she dropped her three by five cards on  the floor.

Frustrated  and a little embarrassed she leaned into the  microphone and

simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so  jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this

whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech  back in order so let me

just tell you what I  know.’

As we laughed she cleared her  throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing

because we are old; we grow old because we stop  playing.

There are only four secrets to  staying young, being happy, and achieving

success. You have to laugh and find humor every  day. You’ve got to have a

dream. When you lose  your dreams, you die.

We have so many  people walking around who are dead and don’t  even know it!

There is a huge difference  between growing older and growing up.

If  you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for  one full year and don’t

do one productive thing,  you will turn twenty years old. If I am

eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a  year and never do anything I

will turn  eighty-eight.

Anybody! Can grow older.  That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea

is to grow up by always finding opportunity  in change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but  rather for things

we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.

She concluded her speech by courageously  singing ‘The Rose.’

She challenged each  of us to study the lyrics and live them out in  our

daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished  the college degree she had

begun all those  months ago.

One week after graduation  Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over  two thousand college students attended her  funeral in tribute to the

wonderful woman who  taught by example that it’s never too late to be all

you can possibly be.

When you finish  reading this, please send this peaceful word of  advice to

your friends and family, they’ll  really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.  GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

We make a living by what  we get. We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm  passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring  you through it.

‘Good friends are like stars…..  ….You don’t always see them, but you know they  are always  there.’

Speaking of the Rose…

“Best and Most Memorable Lines Ever.”

As the box office has been flat, this set of 100 quick movie clips in 10 minutes is pretty cool. Some of the “Best and Most Memorable Lines Ever.”

Once you start, you can’t stop watching.

If you are Local: 12 Non Profits Compete to Accelerate Change

Click here

On October 8th, from 5p – 8:30p is the Advance San Diego non-profit competition.  12 non-profits will

Compete for $87,500 in cash awards.   Tickets are available at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/770839

Non-Profit Finalists competing are:

*Military and their Families*

Armed Services YMCA- Camp Pendleton
Biocom Institute
The Rosie Network
Support the Enlisted Project

*STEM *
DeepBlue Worlds, Inc.
Expanding Your Horizons
The Kid’s College
Ocean Discovery Institute

*Youth and the Arts *

The AjA Project
Dancing After School
Mainly Mozart
Musicians for Education
Outside the Lens

Why God gave us puppies!

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Choose to have a happy day.

A man may smile and bid you hail
Yet wish you to the devil;
But when a good dog wags his tail,
You know he’s on the level.

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marty G and all the fine folk at San Diego Social Venture Partners, and Heidi E who steadfastly helps me get Soul Food Friday out to you each week. Heidi said she loves puppies so here ya go :)

Pay it forward!

Love,

Neville

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Soul Food for 9-11 Week: Transmuting Bad into Good

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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“Be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul

means that you are still alive,

still human,

and still open to the beauty of the world.”

– Paul Harding

This week:

  • Delta Flight #15 on 9-11 (The Good News)
  • Empty Chair (On Character)
  • Latest PEW Test of Current Events (On Staying Informed)
  • How We Grieve (Learning to Live with Loss)
  • Enjoy Two Wonders of the World (Children and Animals!)
  • Let It Be… (From the Mouths of Babes)

 

Delta 15: The Good News. . .

Here is an amazing true story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11………..

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic on our way to Atlanta.

All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United

States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander , New Foundland.

He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.

We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander .  There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that’s nothing new!  Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander . Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM! …. that’s 11:00 AM EST.

There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the U.S.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have.  The reality is that we are here for another reason.” Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S.

There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.

The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were U.S. commercial jets.

Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were

only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.

Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm. We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.

We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning. Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word.  Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.

About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into

Gander ! We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U.S. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.

We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.

Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people.” We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. What we found out was incredible.

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within MATCH about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers.  Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the “guests.” Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.

Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips. Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.

Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.

Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise.  Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike.  He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the

hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

“He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte.  He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers.  When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names,

phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

“The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.

As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

“I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.

It reminds me how much good there is in the world.”

“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.

*If this is one of those stories that you feel needs to be shared, please do so…*

 

Empty Chair

Guinness “Empty Chair” salutes the character of a community as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one’s looking.

LATEST ‘PEW’ News IQ Test:

The test contains 13 straight forward questions, of current events, and it outputs the results in a number of ways. National results indicate that the majority of Americans don’t know what is going on in their country.  Are these the “low information voters” we have been hearing about? It is astonishing that so many people got less than half of the questions right.  The results say that 80% of the voting public are clueless about current events.  That’s pretty scary, but not at all surprising. There are no trick questions in this test — Either you know the answer or you don’t.  It will give you an idea whether or not you are current on your information data base.

http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/the-news-iq-quiz/

How we Grieve. Learning to Live with Loss:

How We Grieve

Enjoy two Wonders of the World: Children and Animals!

http://www.duskyswondersite.com/animals/people-and-animals/

Let it Be:

Thanks this week go to Larry H for continuing to send out positive stuff to share, my very empathetic daughter Aysha who played Let it Be on 9-11 on her way to school with love in her heart for those having a hard day, and to all of you that read it, live it and pay it forward!

Love IS All You Need…

Neville

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