Friday, December 15, 2017

My Fifteen Favorite Quotes on Leadership-Is Trump a Good Leader?


Is our current POTUS a good Leader? My opinion is a resounding NO! This week POTUS approval rating is at its lowest for only 32%. If he does not stop tweeting showing his arrogance and stupidity, I have a feeling it will go down a couple of percentage lower.

1. A good leader must first be a good follower-David B. Katague

2. "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." Ronald Reagan

3. "Power isn't control at all--power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis

4. "I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men." Lao Tzu

5. "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower

6. "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." John C. Maxwell

7. "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell

8. "A leader is a dealer in hope." Napoleon

9. "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." Robert E. Lee

10. "There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust." Klaus Balkenhol

11. "The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes." Tony Blair

12. "Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through." Jarod Kintz

13."Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." Patrick Lencioni

14. "Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way" Ronald Reagan

15. "The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." Jim Rohn

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2012/10/16/quotes-on-leadership/#3b228c492feb

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Healing Power of Music for Our Mental Health


The power of music for our mental health and for uplifting our spirits( souls) are well documented(A). For example when my wife (Macrine) and I feel depressed or lonely we play our favorite songs. In the case of my wife, she would play her favorite Julio Iglesias Sr songs.

(https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin-notas/5719517/julio-iglesias-turns-70-celebrate-with-some-of-his-best-loved)

In my case I listened to my favorite piano or violin concertos(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXYtJB7Qslk).

Our favorite music are either vocal, instrumental or choral music.

Just recently Macrine first cousin in the Philippines ( Rene Nieva) tagged me in Facebook with his piano playing of Some Enchanting Evening from South Pacific. He wrote that this piece has lifted Macrine's feeling of being lonely because of her Parkinson Disease.


Here's a short reprint from Rene Nieva FB page.

"I recall one time when we -- Yong, Oskie, Genny and I -- visited Manong Dave and Manang Macrine in their beautiful Chateau du Mer Resort in Marinduque some years back. Manang Macrine was not feeling well at the time and was quiet at first. But when we serenaded her with "Some Enchanted Evening", which happened to be a favorite of hers, she perked up and ended up singing along with us. We were so happy to hear her doing so that we were on the verge of tears. Such was the power of music to drive suffering and loneliness away, and would always be so ".
(A) https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brick-brick/201402/does-music-have-healing-powers

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Top Ten Late Night Television Memorable Moments of 2017

If you are an avid TV watchers of late night talk shows and comedies, you can identify with the following article from Time Magazines

This year, I have been a been watching Stephen Colbert( CBS) and Jimmy Fallon (NBC) religiously. I love all the ant-Trump monologs of Colbert and Fallon. Occasionally I watched Jimmy Kimmel and Saturday Night Live. In case you have not read, here's the top ten video excerpts as complied by Time Magazine. Enjoy and start laughing to your heart content!

http://time.com/5026203/top-10-late-night-television-moments-2017/

Friday, December 8, 2017

76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor


Yesterday was the 76th Anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor that started the Japanese-American War of World War II. The History TV channel had a 2-hour special documentary featuring a few survivors of that historic event that changed the US and made it the most powerful military nation of the world. The documentary also discussed the similarities ( poor intelligence gathering and communication) of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center.

If you are a history enthusiast the above documentary is a must see. The above documentary reminded me of my award winning trilogy on my childhood memories of the Japanese-American war in the Philippines published in my Hubpages.com account as follows:

https://hubpages.com/literature/my-childhood-memories-of-world-war-2

For details on the 76th Anniversary celebration of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor read:

http://pearlharborevents.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqfHav5P71wIVhuNkCh1k-gpTEAAYASAAEgKn4_D_BwE

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Three Ways to Retard Progression of Parkinson Disease


Macrine(a) Nieva Jambalos, my spouse of 60 years has Parkinson since 2013. There is no cure for Parkinson's as of this writing date. However to retard the progression of her neurological disorder- her neurologist recommends her therapy be attack in three ways-medication, diet and exercise. So far this three way regimen appear to be retarding the progression of her Parkinson's.

First is Medication: Currently Macrine takes 3 tablets of carbido levodopa. 25/100mg, 4 times during the day in the following regimem-one tablet in the morning, then one-half tablet after 5 hours, then another whole tablet for the next 4 hours and one-half tablet before bed time. She is also taking a stool softener( constipation as side effect of medication), mirtazapine (15 mg) and metformin ( 500mg) for her diabetes. She drinks a lot of fluids also. For side effects of Carbido levodopa read :http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2017/07/side-effects-of-carbo-levo-dopa-sinemet.html

Second is Exercise: Occasional swimming( summer time), sitting exercises and playing the piano.

Third is diet( nutrition): Macrine eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood products. She drinks lots of water for her constipation- a side effect of her medications.

For more information about nutrition recommended for Parkinson Disease patients read the following:



https://www.michaeljfox.org/understanding-parkinsons/living-with-pd/topic.php?nutrition

Saturday, December 2, 2017

All You Want to Know about Skin Cancer but are Afraid to Ask

My mole/wart on my face looks like the one above but slightly bigger

Yesterday I went to see a Dermatologist at the urgings of my son and spouse worried of my mole/wart under my eyes that appeared to be growing might be cancerous. So two weeks ago, I went to the Urgent Care Center near us. The Center sent me home since they do not do dermatology and advised me to see my physician or a dermatologist. I immediately called my family physician and was able to make an appointment two days ago. She advised me to see a dermatologist. The dermatologist she referred me can not see me until February, so I googled a list of Dermatologist in our area. I was able to find one who saw me yesterday.

The last time I saw a dermatologist was about 5 years ago for a mole on my neck. It took me a 3-months wait to see him and I have to drive all the way to mid town Sacramento. The dermatologist I saw yesterday was only a 15 minute drive from our house. The charming dermatologist has also good bedside manners and his nurse is originally from the Philippines. He took the mole/wart under my eyes in less than one minute. It felt like a bee sting and it bleed for more than five minutes, but it is not cancerous after a biopsy. I felt relieved. Here's a video of symptoms whether a mole is cancerous or not.

https://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/video/mole-or-skin-cancer

For All you want to Know about Skin Cancer but were afraid to ask, read the following:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer.html

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3- Olga Kern


I feel like listening to classical music today. My selection today is Olga Kern playing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3. I have read that this Concerto is the most difficult piece of music that has ever been composed*.

Listening to Olga play the concerto brought tears to my eyes. It is absolutely haunting and intense piece of music that I have enjoyed in my life. To have full enjoyment of the 40 minutes of music, watched it in 10 minutes segment. WOW! WoW! and WoW! Here's the video. Enjoy!

*The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 composed in 1909 by Sergei Rachmaninoff has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire.


Olga Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years - made her New York City debut in Carnegie's Zankel Hall in May, 2004. Eleven days later she returned to New York to play at Carnegie again, this time on the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie Hall. Olga Kern is a magnetic performer with one of the most prodigious piano techniques of any young pianist.

For more details on Kern's biography read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Kern

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ditas Katague Art Show-Grieving Thru Glee


Ditas Katague, my youngest daughter has been Chair of National Advisory Committee On Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations at U.S. Census Bureau since August 1, 2015 and its member of National Advisory Committee since 2012. She has more than 20 years of experience at federal, state and local government agencies. She serves as Chief of staff to California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval. She served as California's 2010 Census director as well as the 2000 Census Chief Deputy Director, overseeing and directing the statewide outreach and coordination.

Besides her regular job at the Governor's office in the State of California as Director of Census, 2020, Ditas other activities are her art work (http://www.grievingthruglee.com/) as well as her Yoga teachings (http://www.solfirejstreet.com/teachers/).

The video below was taken during her 2014 art show at the Penthouse Floor of Capitol Towers Condominium in Downtown Sacramento. I am really proud of Ditas (and Carenna also) accomplishments. During this show Carenna also sold a couple of her award-winning photographs.

Ditas, my youngest daughter, interviewed by Comcast, as California Director of Census, 2010



Carenna singing one of her original songs

Macrine's 80th Birthday

Chateau Du Mer, 2011

Carlos Avila, Macrine's Nephew

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Old and Recent Photos from My Album

Carenna In Red -First High School Homecoming, October, 2017. Carenna is 14 years old and my youngest grand daughter. She is the only daughter of my youngest daughter-Ditas

Carenna and Date-High School Homecoming, October, 2017

At our 60th Wedding Anniversary, May 8, 2017

Our Wedding Day, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines, May 8, 1957. Photo taken at the Residence of Macrine's parents-Bernardo Jambalos, and Elena Nieva Jambalos

My First Visit in New York City, 1960

Our First House in US with the 4D's, Platte Woods, Missouri, 1967

Me with Auring Aro and Virgie Aguilar, University of Illinois Cafeteria, Chicago, 1961

Macrine's BS Nursing Graduation, Pinole California at our Ramona Residence, 1981

Cadena de Amor Celebration, University of the Philippines,Diliman, 1953

Macrine's 81st Birthday at the Rehab Facility, Fair Oaks, Caliofornia, 2017

The David Jamily Katague Clan, 1946

Katague Clan-Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, Easter of 1949

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Life in the United States versus Life in the Philippines

Retirement Home in the United States

A couple of weeks ago, I described the five luxuries that my wife are enjoying here in the US. Today, I am adding another luxury that I forgot in that blog. The number six luxury is the service of a Gardener. My Gardener does the mowing, trimming and weeding of both our front and back yards twice a month or as in needed basis. I still do the watering and fertilizing. David III still maintains our swimming pool and minor repairs in the house.

Anyone Swimming on your Birthday suit on a Hot Summer Night?

Today I am also attaching one of my hubs about Life in the Philippines vs Life in the US from my hubpages.com account just in case you have not read it as follows:


Retirement Home in the Philippines

https://hubpages.com/health/Life-in-the-Philippines-versus-Life-in-the-United-States

Friday, September 22, 2017

Carenna KT and Verbal Bullying

The mean girls are jealous of Carenna's Poise and Beauty

I was reading the FB page of my daughter Ditas yesterday and learned that Carenna who entered 9th grade last month( first year high school) told her that there are Mean Girls in her class. This means verbal bullying to me. I could identify how Carenna felt since I was also bullied when I was in high school.

I wrote my own verbal bullying experience when I was in high school in the 1950's in detail in the first edition of my autobiography. However, a friend suggested I tone it down (the details) since it was too personal. Instead of toning it down, I decided just to omit it in the second edition of my autobiography. Writing it down however was very therapeutic. I have forgotten all about my teenage bullying, until yesterday after reading Ditas FB page.

Here's Ditas Posting: Mean girls in the HISP program at Mclatchy and we thought it would be less likely, but they are everywhere.

The following are some reactions from Ditas FB friends to the above posting:

Honestly after 2016 who is surprised?

They are everywhere, sadly. Hugs

Unfortunately they are everywhere

Contact their counselors. And continue contacting their counselors and admin with each and every incident.

College is just around the corner. Tell her it will get better. Hugs

True. Highschool... barf.... college.... so awesome!

Ditas Katague: I know right! my 35th High school reunion is next Saturday and I thought about going but after witnessing Carenna's torment this week, I have PTSD from my high school traumas. And those that caused it, I have no desire to come in contact with.

It's just preparing her for the workforce 😱

Success is the best revenge.

Ditas it's high school ... mean girls are what help us grow into fierce woman and smoke them all! Tell her to hang in there it gets better!

So, how common is teenage bullying in the US?

According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. Data suggests that teenage bullying is more common among younger teens than it is among older teens. However, it may be that young teens are more prone to physical bullying, which is easier to identify, and that older teens are more sophisticated in methods of bullying that are not always exactly identified as such.

Physical bullying is more common among boys, and teenage girls often favor verbal and emotional bullying. Indeed, while boys report that they are more likely to be involved in physical altercations, girls report that they are often the targets of nasty rumors – especially involving sexual gossip. Additionally, girls are more likely to use exclusion as a teenage bullying technique than boys are.

For details on teenage bullying read the following:
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/teenage-bullying.html

Related News about Verbal Bullying:

Today's news highlights the verbal bullying of Trump and Kim Jong Un:

Trump calls KIM, Rocket Man as well as “unfit,” “rogue” and “gangster”. Kim bullied back and call Trump― a mentally unbalance “dotard,” . 

So what is a dotard: According to Merriam-Webster, a “dotard” is a “person in his or her dotage,” with “dotage” further defined as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”

Freelance journalist Jihye Lee said the original statement in Korean used a term better translated as “old beast lunatic,” but it became “dotard” in the English version released by North Korea. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Macrine Swimming For the First Time Since 2013

I can not believe this. Yesterday, she wanted me to drive her to the Motor's Vehicle Office, so she can renew her driver license. Today she wanted to swim. I can not find her bathing suit, but here are three videos I took this morning. In a couple of hours she will need her medication. Thank you Lord!



Monday, August 28, 2017

Our Five Luxuries Living in the United States

The David Katague Clan, 2016

Just recently I wrote about our four luxuries residing in the US. This posting is an update adding the 5th luxury that I just remembered the other day after buying a Shiseido lipstick for Macrine.

"This year is our 57th year living in the US. Macrine turned 81 years old last March and I turned 82 years old last December 20. We have lived in almost all regions of the US except the South. We have resided in Chicago, Illinois* (5 years), Kansas City, Missouri** (5 years), Modesto, California*** (5 years), Pinole, California**** (12 years), Colesville, Maryland *****( 12 years) and currently in the eastern suburb of Sacramento, California since 2002.

Alix Katague graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Computer Science with her Dad( Dodie) and Mom ( Ruth). Dodie is my oldest son. Alix, I am very proud of your accomplishments. Alix is now working for EERO, manufacturer of WIFI in San Francisco.

We have purchased six houses during those years and saw our four children and six grandchildren finished their college education ( BS and professional degrees) except for our youngest grand daughter who is only 14 years old. We have enjoyed vacationing in several countries outside the US. We have also visited almost all the big cities in the US.(http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com)
My youngest(14 yrs old)grand daughter, Carenna KT ( Katague-Thompson)

We have also built a retirement home and beach house and conference hall in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines (http://chateaudumer.blogspot.com).

Front Yard of our Retirement Home, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Today we live a simple life. Our five luxuries are:

1. The service of two Cleaning Ladies for the whole house twice a month.

2. The home service for a whole body massage (one hour each) once a month

3. Food Delivery Service for Gourmet cooked meals ( just heat it for 2 minutes) once to twice a week( Munchery.com )

4. Twice a month Escapade to our local Indian Casino for Dinner and a little Gambling ( slots and Pai Gow Poker) and

5. Macrine's used of Shiseido cosmetics and products for the last 5 decades. In case you do not know Shiseido cosmetics are very expensive. Their lipstick price ranged from $28 to $35 dollars. Just purchased one lipstick just the other day. Shiseido has a moisturizing cream priced at $280 for the 50 mL size.

However, the above is not their most expensive cream. For their most expensive cream read the article on the bottom of this page##.

Prior to the PD diagnosis of Macrine, we spent from 3 to 5 months every year at our retirement home in Marinduque. However, since last year, because of Macrine's health we were not able to travel to the Philippines and enjoyed our beach house. We really missed Amoingon, Boac (Chateau Du Mer) this time of the year when the weather in the Philippines is dry and cool.

Because of her PD and medications, Macrine felt isolated once in a while. Thus a visit and phone call from relatives and friends are very much welcome.

So what is in our future? This will depend on the progression of Macrine's Parkinson. For me, my arthritis has limited my movement a little, but my mind is sharp! I still enjoyed a mean game of duplicate bridge on line.

Friends and Relatives, please pray for our health so that we can continue our simple life here in the US perhaps for another decade. Another decade may be a dream but one can hope, anyway. Give us a call just to say hello, message us in FB or send us an e-mail and if you are nearby visit us! Macrine and I are looking forward for your call, message or visit. Surprise US!"

*http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-7-life-in-chicago-illinois-and.html

**http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-8-social-life-in-kansas-city.html

***http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/life-in-modesto-california-1969-1974.html

****http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinole-california-years-1990-2002.html

*****http://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2011/12/fda-years-and-maryland-1990-2002.html

## http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/06/shiseido-worlds-most-expensive-cream/

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