Why one should set family first before anything else
Reviewing the importance of putting family first
With so much advancement in life, it’s natural for one to wonder what the actual importance of family is. Isn’t it a dying institution that holds no place in today’s life? Obviously not! People may define family differently today, but its relevance always remains the same. And no matter how much life a . . .
Of all creatures, what makes the squirrel stand out to be the main character of this book?
Top 2 qualities of Squirrely - Why he's this Larry Friend book's hero
Some animal characters are larger than life while some others are simple and yet, stay with the readers for a long time and make their heart feel warm. Squirrelly the Squirrel and Starlett by Larry Friend is one book about squirrels that belongs to the latter category. And it’ . . .
How did Squirrely overcome the tragic fate of his brother?
Top 2 skills that Squirrely used to overcome grief
After a hawk swooped down on Sluggo and took him away, Squirrely was grief-stricken as was his family. Though Sluggo contributed nothing in terms of assistance to the family, he was a part of the family nonetheless, who was loved. So, he was missed. At this stage, two things helped Squirrely overcome the t . . .
Starvation is caused by laziness
Laziness to starvation - the oft-ignored connection
Various reasons are talked about as the causes of starvation. These include poverty, adverse weather, lack of investment in agriculture, war and displacement, unstable food prices, and food wastage. However, not many may think about laziness when trying to find the causes of starvation. Yet, man . . .
The importance of embracing anything that happens to you, may it be good or bad
Comprehending how to be ready for embracing change - Top 3 tips
Embracing anything that happens to you in life is an important lesson that everyone must learn. And this means embracing good and bad and everything in-between. Some people have developed this skill as an integral part of their lives while some others are in the habit of complaining. But sitti . . .
Experience Is Your Greatest Treasure
How experiencing good and bad ultimately leads to success
Both the good and the bad experience teach you how to win in life.
Nobody’s life is perfect. There will always be struggles on the way to success. The problem with a problem is that when people experience it, they seem to focus only on it and shun everything else that happens to them, forgettin . . .
Life Lessons from Squirrelly the Squirrel
Difficulties are defining events in character buildup
When squirrels climb up and down trees or traipse from branch to branch, their movements always appear to have a purpose, not just plain listlessness. Even when they sit and frantically look around, there is a kind of attentiveness to their demeanor.
These bright-eyed animals with bushy tails may be . . .
Familial Love: How Squirrels Prevent Family Loss
How far can squirrels go to protect their family?
Squirrels are one of the docile animals in the animal world. They don’t usually attack other animal or humans unless they are provoked. To prevent family loss, squirrels rely on their defense mechanism. Aggressive squirrels are usually rabid and are the ones people should look out for. The most common ani . . .
What are squirrels’ predators? Daily gloomy adventures of Alvin, Scrat, and Sandy Cheeks
We see them almost every day—in parks, in our houses. These popular rodents even make it to the Hollywood and literature books. They are one of the most appreciated animals living in suburban and rural areas in many places of the American continent. But t . . .
Pain’s spirit, soul, and body
In life, rarely can one find a friend who is there through all the seasons in life—in abundance and lack, in blessings and trials, in acquiring deeper understanding on the temporal and eternal, ever present in good health and sickness. Rarely can one find a positive influence who keeps one humble, grateful, and appreciativ . . .
The Power of Love
How can love influence everyone’s happiness?
Love is one of the most powerful emotions that anyone can feel. According to Merriam-Webster, love is a “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.” This could be filial love, attraction for a lover, or affection for a friend. Since love is regarded as a strong . . .
Trusting That beyond the Darkest Hours Is the Light Hoped For
Dealing with our deepest fears, doubts, and worries in the darkest hours of our life
Being soaked in the darkest hours of the night (no electricity, electronic and luminous devices, and flashlight) and being the only one awake at night can get scary. Suddenly, certain night sounds become more audible and the imagination begins to conjure a certain presence . . .
Patience Is a Virtue
Why we should be patient
We’ve all heard the old cliché of patience being a virtue more than once. Today’s fast-paced world, however, is making it admittedly difficult for some of us to keep it.
Although instant gratification has benefited us in one way or another, it has caused a good chunk of us to become impatient—because we’re used to getti . . .
Icy’s Unfriendly Passenger
The reason why the polar bear did not greet Icy
When Icy was happily and freely floating in the ocean, he got to meet and make new friends. From giant whales, school fishes, sea otter, and down to a seal, animals flocked to Icy the Iceberg to seek shelter or just to bask under the heat of the sun on his surface.
However, one animal—a polar bear—de . . .
Growth Is the Reward for Nonstop Industry and Struggle
Triumph over adversity will lead to growth
The journey is never ending. There’s always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what’s right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.
From a tiny but beautiful sn . . .
Fear of the Unknown
Why do people usually fear the unknown?
Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fear is a strong emotion that prevents us from exploring new things or taking risks. There are some who fear spiders, snakes, and high places, . . .
Embracing the Unknown
What our fear can teach us
What scares you?
Are you afraid of heights? Of closed spaces? Of darkness? Of being alone?
Each of us has something we fear the most. I remember riding the bicycle for the first time. It scared me to death. I almost chickened out. Come to think of it, why did I act this way?
It is our natura . . .
Memories Are Us
How memories define who we are
Life is composed of experiences, and the greatest souvenir that you can get is the memory that you carry with you wherever you go. I can’t blame some people if they say that they want to go back to their childhood days: no heartaches, no money problems, no serious health issues. Remembering the good old days eases the stres . . .
What Is It like to Be Icy?
Icy fears losing his value and being rejected by animal friends
Several years ago, I and my wife Nancy took a sea and land trip to Alaska. The first part of the trip was an ocean cruise starting in Vancouver, Canada. Our cruise traveled along Alaska’s coastline for several days. During these days at sea, watching the ice and snow piling up and the natura . . .
Icebergs: Icy Hotspots of Life
Icebergs—how they are formed and their contribution to aquatic life
The massive floating islands that are made of freshwater ice floating around the north and south poles are called icebergs. These blue icy giants are one of the iconic symbols of the polar region together with penguins and polar bears. How are they . . .