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First of all, it gives us something in common with our future conquerors, ok just kidding!!

First of all, it is a Free way to socialize in a non-superficial way.
Second, it is physically and mentally health-full (free) activity.
Third, it teaches part of the skills needed for physical self-defense.
and
Fourth, it teaches moving meditation, needed for emotional self-defense.

Did I mention that being together thing, next to other folks of all ages, especially those older folks, who know how to do it all best for having done it for years?
And did I mention the FREE thing, as in spend no money, just move slowly in the public park?

1. If the first point needs explaining, please let me know.

2. I think everyone knows the health benefits of Tai Chi.

3. Many people may not know that this Soft side complement of Chinese Kung Fu is required by many instructors, like my own Shi Fu, in addition to the so called hard side, the fast Kung Fu. The same blocks and attacks or counter-attacks are used, but as slowly as possible, forcing you to develop your balance and stong muscle coordination.
4. On emotional self-defense, of which I believe meditation is an important part, having the strength of sternum to straighten your back and say "I Refuse" to a big drunk guy can often come from your memory of many expensive Tai Chi lessons after those expensive Kung Fu lessons. Worked for me. Again, ask for details if interested, please.
Ok, time to make dinner, too bad the baby lima beans I remember as a kid no longer seem to be around. Oh well, just have to train those pigeons to go fetch some decent corn and beans. Oh, no more carrier pigeons either. What, did Tom poison them all?
Peace,
In Solidarity with All Kind People,
Peace via Cooperation and Non-Cooperation,

ShiraDest

21 November, 12015 HE
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<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3155616-las-puertas-del-mal" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Las Puertas del Mal" border="0" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1334920827m/3155616.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3155616-las-puertas-del-mal">Las Puertas del Mal</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479616.N_ria_Masot">Núria Masot</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1358189383">3 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Intelligent (but possibly codependent) women able to face danger, oddly dressed polyglotts who inspire fear but actually protect, PTSD shown, not told, wounded veterans reminding each other who they were and remain over the years, the seeds of hatred and the power of loyalty, even between different communities.  Those are the good things this fourth book offers.  What annoyed me was the move toward semi-mystical solutions, rather than logic, in this book versus the first two books.  Still, excellent inter-generational work that, like <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2.Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix__Harry_Potter___5_" title="Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling">Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix</a>Harry Potter, inspires hope in community.<br><br>17 August, 12015 HE (Holocene Era)<br><br>Mujeres inteligentes (tal vez codependientes) capaces de enfrentar el peligro, políglotas vestidos poco normales quienes inspiran el miedo pero protegan a los demas, Trastorno por estrés postraumático  mostrado, veteranos heridos sosteniendoles tras los tiempos, las semillas del odio y el poder de la lealtad aun tanto entre la gente como entre las comunidades diferentes.  Eso son las cosas buenas que ofrece este libro, cuatro de cinco en el serie,  Lo que me fastidio era el cambio ver el mysticismo, mientras el logico era el base de los primeros dos libros.  Sin embargo, este libro queda exclente como trabajo multi-generacional que, como a Harry Potter, inspira la esperanza en la comunidad.<br><br>17 del agosto, 12 015 EH (Era Holoceno)<br>Shira Destinie
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Simplemente maravilloso, este libro (aparte de que los Cataros no se llamaban eso a si mismos).  Muertes extrañas, deseos de

recuperarse la fe perdida, y una tranquilidad que es "sólo una apariencia de la que no hay que fiarse."   Y mejor, una chica

que sé defenderse.  Màs lento que los primeros dos libros.

3 cosas:
   1. Lo que hace este heroe diferente que los demas,
   2. como gana/pierde, este heroe, la communidad, y
   3. por/para qué el hereo corre los riesgos:

1.  El heroe Guillem no es un genio, tampoco dotado de poderes como Harry Potter, pero tiene un talento creativo y la

capacidad de utilizarlo con calma.  Como a Katnis Everdeen, él ha tenido una persona que lo ha enseñado hacer cosas que los

demas no saben hacer, y la auto-disciplina de pensar al fondo de los problemas.
2.  Familia de adoption, efectivamente.
3.  Guillem, como Harry, trabaja en memoria de su mentor, para honrar sus ideas, a pesar de las dudas.

Y la chica: p. 127: "Debes ser generosa contigo misma, permitir que la duda aflore y que se manifieste, es la única manera de

contemplarla cara a cara y que eso te permita tomar una decisión."
 
Y p. 129: "no confundas su final con toda su existencia."  -Preciosa.



Simply wonderful, this book (aside from the fact that the Cathars did not call themselves Cathars).  Weird deaths, desire to

find lost faith, and a calm which is only surface deep.  And better still, a girl who know how to defend herself.  Slower

than the first two books.

3 things:
  1. what differentiates the hero,
  2. how the hero aqcuires/loses community, and
  3. why the hero risks his/her neck:

1.  The hero Guillem is not a genius, nor gifted with powers like Harry Potter, but he does have creative talent and the

ability to use it under pressure.  Like Katnis Everdeen (Hunger Games), he had an older mentor who taught him skills others

lack, and the self-discipline to think through problems.
2.  Adopted family, effectively.
3.  Both Guillem and Harry work to honor the memory and ideas of their mentors, despite imperfections.

Shira Era Holoceno Destinie
31 Julio de 12015 EH
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