Karmic Hairiness here I come…

THE CHALLENGE. A man (Captain Savage – a man who is about to become less hairy). A woman (the beautiful Rose). A quest. To earn enough karmic points by Christmas to be reincarnated as Something Nice. Ok I think I’m back on track, maybe this week I could be a lemur, they seem to have so much fun…

Those tails are just so cute, and those orange eyes…

Well what has happened during Week 30?

This week has been a week of Savage achievement, well not for this particular Savage, but for the lovely and engaging little Miss J…  as her dad, I am just so proud…

My daughter has always been the apple of my eye, and I’m enormously proud of her, as I’m sure all fathers are, in a most one-eyed fashion. But this week is rather special for me in relation to Miss J. Every time I spend time with her I encourage her reading, I even bought her a Kindle and loaded it up with nearly 100 classic books (from the dead writers society, you know the free ones), plus also a lot of kids type books too.

Miss J took to reading like a duck to water and at first I read to her, then we read together, with me putting on silly character voices, now Miss J reads to me, and does a really good job of it too. And at 8 years of age she is reading books I didn’t read until I was much older. She is currently reading Moby Dick, and not the comic book version either.

No, this isn’t Miss J, but you get the idea…

Not only is she good at reading, she writes pretty well as well, much better than I do, at least so she tells me whenever she get the chance. She has already been a contributor to this blog, refer… The Crazy Dream, which was her first contribution.

Then there is her sometimes infuriating habit of being quicker than my calculator at working out mathematics… Nobody likes a smarty-pants Miss J…

This would be her if she had half a chance, up showing off…

So why are you so proud of Miss J this week?

Well this week my ex-wife received my daughter’s NAPLAN report from her school… And she (Miss J) did really good… Better than even I, as her ever proud daddy, could have hoped…

Say What Capt., Her what? report?

Her NAPLAN report, ok, well it’s The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is an everyday part of the school calendar and has been since 2008. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

Little Miss J has been assessed as being in the top 1% of kids of her age for reading, creative writing and mathematical ability, I was totally blown away…

And I am so proud of you Miss J

So now Miss J is being given opportunities for special tutoring and extra classes, and I know where she gets it from… Well I’ll keep telling myself that regardless Rose…

So I must be doing something right?

But there is one little white cloud on the sunny horizon for little Miss J, she is cursed like me with the same issues that I suffered from at school, and which made me sometimes be, to quote fake Roman, Mr Sporticus Clumsicus.

My parents often wondered how the hell I lived through my childhood sometimes. But I’m kind of hopeful that little Miss J can, just like I eventually did, learn to make the most of her limited sporting capacity. Yes I eventually made the school athletics and cross-country teams (I think they were desperate actually). I would also have made the curly-headed, shortsighted, nerd team too, but they didn’t want to own up to having that team at my school.

So what about Karma for this week Capt?

Well, obviously this week I want to be reincarnated as Miss J, and hopefully live a highly successful life as a child prodigy/genius…

But actually I think I have earned a few Karmic Coins from the fountain.

Here we go, a few coins in a very famous fountain…

I have added to my collection of Karmic Karma raising activities by once again becoming a MoBro…

A Mo-What Capt?

Well every year for the last 9 years I have been shaving my face clean on the 1st of November and then growing a variety of hairy caterpillars on my upper lip, yep, growing Moustaches for Movember.

Here are a couple of lovely examples of Movember Moustaches

And what is Movember about?

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.

Registering at www.movember.com, guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

Want to help me to raise money for Movember?

Well you can, I have just set up my fundraising page, still got to finish putting up info and arrange my own Movember events, but you are welcome to chip in and support men’s health. My Movember site is at http://mobro.co/TheSavageMO, check it out!!!

How has the Beautiful Rose gone, well in a Karmic Sense? (She’s been gone in a few other senses for a while now…)

Well Rose has been fully occupied with lots and lots of things, all which are earning her mountains of Karma. She has taken her son, the incredibly debonair and intelligent (intimidatingly) Mr F, on an expedition to the beautiful Blue Mountains (where else would someone as beautiful as Rose go?).

The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains

Rose has been doing wonderful things with the gorgeous and delightfully cheeky (shows no respect for us adults at all) Miss M.

She has also been doing heaps and heaps for her family…

As well as cleaning her house and getting it all fixed up too…

Let’s just admit it, Rose has been a very busy little vegemite!!!

See a Happy Little Vegemite, even has Rosy cheeks Rose…

So Week 30, what’s the score?

Well I’ll leave that up to the delicious Rose, what do you reckon I should put in for our scores?

Week No. Week Ending Rose’s Weekly Tally Rose’s Running Total Capt’s Weekly Tally Capt’s Running Total
15

4/07/2012

200

406

50

205

16

11/07/2012

10

416

15

220

17

18/07/2012

10

426

20

240

18

25/07/2012

5

431

25

265

19

1/08/2012

5

436

20

285

20

8/08/2012

10

446

25

310

21

15/08/2012

15

461

30

340

22

22/08/2012

1

462

15

355

23

29/08/2012

1

463

15

370

24

5/09/2012

1

464

15

385

25

12/09/2012

1

465

15

400

26

19/09/2012

1

466

15

415

27

26/09/2012

1

467

15

430

28

3/10/2012

1

468

15

445

29

10/10/2012

1

469

5

450

30

17/10/2012

?

#VALUE!

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#VALUE!

Come on Rose, what’s the score?

Capt. Savage

Soon to be hairy lipped (Moustached)

Help me pick my Movember style below…




The terrors of the 21st Century, the day I had to reboot my car!

This is what I felt like doing on Sunday night, I just couldn’t find a bit of branch to whip my car with.

I have a new car, you know that lovely shiny new Volkswagen Golf that I picked up the other day. Well on the weekend I thought I would take it for a spin to a mates place to show it off. He has one too, but mine is just a little bit more special than his… Well at least I think it is…

Here is my new baby

Isn’t she lovely, btw all my cars are girls…

So what has you so upset with her Capt?

Well my darling daughter rang me up just as I was about to get home from my trip. So I thought I’d talk to her on my hands free in the car, rather than calling her back when I got home… So we had a lovely little chat about things, talked about her impending visit with her two brothers, and how she is going at school. Then I hung up and did what you normally do when you want to drive off, I turned the key and tried to start the car…

Nothing happened, well apart from it briefly coughing a bit, then promptly stopping…

I tried again, cough cough, then nothing…

I was starting to get a bit frustrated, there was plenty of diesel in the tank, the battery seemed ok, and it had just driven 50 odd kilometres, not a problem at all.

So I took stock of things, thought maybe I was doing it wrong, not holding my tongue in the right direction, I crossed my fingers and gave it one my go… Cough Cough and nothing. I also noticed this funny error message on one of the displays in the car, ‘Key not recognised’, sounded funny as it was the key I had been using all day.

So I resorted to reading the manual, I was getting pretty irritated by now, no explanation of this error message. Then I decided I’d take the key out of the ignition, call for help, and wait outside the car.

Well no, my car was having none of that, it wouldn’t let me take the key out of the ignition…

AARGH!!!! The last straw… I was starting to fall out of love with my new mistress (my VW).

This was me… Except my teeth aren’t nearly this well looked after.

So I sat locked in my car, waiting for the roadside mechanic to come and fix the car… 20 or so minutes later a cheery chap for the local roadside assist company (NRMA) turned up to see what the problem was…

He listened to my tale of woe and first off said the obvious, “you haven’t had this car very long, have you”…

I replied, “well no, just a couple of weeks”.

Then he informed me, “Well you should have asked someone how to operate it before you drove it out of the showroom”.

I said, “it’s a car, I can drive already”.

But he said in a soothing voice, “this is a Volkswagen, it’s not just a regular car”.

Here is the NRMA van… Or one very similar

“well ok” I said “what should I have asked about”

He then pointed out that to remove the key you must have the car in Park (gear)… Otherwise it won’t let you (take the key out)…

Bloody Germans, they make their cars so safe, that we aren’t allowed to do anything dangerous, even if we wanted to. You see I already know that the gearbox won’t let me change gears except when its safe to. It turns on the wipers automatically, it self-parks, it beeps numerous warning sounds when I don’t put on my seat belt or lots of other things.

You’d think they actually won the war by all the bloody rules they have (look out I’m going to cop it from my ancestors for that one).

“So” I asked him “why won’t my car start?”

“I’ve no idea mate” he replied “you have to be a bloody computer guru to understand one of these cars”

“So what do I do then?” I asked rather frustrated

“You do what you do to any misbehaving computer” he laughed “you reboot it”

So the mechanic opened the bonnet, unattached the battery leads, waited for a minute or so. Then he reattached the battery, and amazing, the car started first go…

There is the battery box on the right of the motor at the back

He then told me that since I had rebooted, without saving my data, all the cars settings had reset themselves to the factory defaults… And before I could ask, he told me that since its a car there is no way to save the settings, it’s just too bad…

“Damn” I said “and I had just put in all of the radio stations… another wasted night reprogramming everything.”

I turned to the guy and said “Since when to Microsoft start making cars?”

“Yeah” he replied “you just got the blue screen of death, I suppose, except there is no computer screen”

The dreaded ‘Blue Screen of Death”, I used to have this kind of issue all the time with my Windows 95 computer, I just never thought I’d have it with my car…

Ok, so I’ll admit it, the honeymoon period with my new car is now officially over…

Capt. Savage

(Now knows how to reboot a car, what will I have to reboot next?)

Teenage Depression and Signs of Teenage Depression

Reblogged from Teenage Depression and Signs of Teenage Depression.

What is Depression in Teenagers?

Have you ever experienced teenage depression? Do you know the signs of teenage depression?

Almost without exception, teenagers go through periods of being moody and antisocial. You may think that life sucks.

Is Your Teenage Life an Exception?

I was not an exception. I was sometimes really stupid. Sometimes up and sometimes down. No, it was not a teen depression, it was an ordinary teenage life. I loved my parents but sometimes I hated them. Sometimes I felt that nobody could understand me. Sometimes I was alone. Sometimes I thought that life sucks. Sometimes I was convinced that nobody could understand me.

Signs of teenage depression

Teenage Depression

Frankly to say, it is very difficult to spot the difference between what is normal teen mood and what is teenage depression. The most recent statistics show that about 20 percent of teens (every fifth) will experience teen depression and about 5 percent of teenagers are suffering from major depression.

In addition, a considerable percent of you have a false belief about having depression. See some examples among the teenage posts.

How can we describe a Teenager of healthy Psyche?

  • Having ideals, paragons who are worth to follow
  • Having plans to change the world
  • Having dreams about the future
  • Being in love
  • Having problem with the parents
  • Having problem with authorities
  • Being interested in music and dance
  • Open-minded
  • having a lot of conversations about the great questions
  • Wishing to know everything
  • Feeling that life is a challenge
  • Being sometimes up and sometimes down
  • Take the Mental Health Test to see your mental wellbeing

“The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.” – Victor Hugo

Why are you reblogging this Capt? 

A concerned parent, we’ve all been there…

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine. She is really concerned about her daughter who is having some trouble at school. I think she (her daughter) is a lovely girl, intelligent, witty, beautiful (just like her mum). What this friend said to me made me reflect on my own teenage years, made me think about what it’s like to be a teenager, and I came across this blog which I thought had lots of very useful advice.

The main thing that I began to realise from my little bit of research (and common sense) is that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ or ‘model’ teenager. We unfortunately have a tendency to stereotype, to pigeonhole, to classify, often based on incorrect information from well-meaning (but unqualified or biased individuals). This free advice is typically from school counsellors or chaplains (with little or no formal training in mental health related issues), from relatives, friends, and worst of all frustrated ex-husbands or former or current boyfriends.

Do I think my friend’s daughter has a problem?

Well maybe, but it’s not life threatening, it’s growing up, its dealing with life’s challenges, it can be hard, but I think the trouble with what my friend is being told is (mostly by staff at her school and do-gooder’s with their own problems), just as Victor Hugo said “The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.”

I think all too often we strive for the ideal, but we forget about what is real, we forget that we are all human, we expect conformity when in reality its our lack of conformity that makes as individuals, makes us special, makes us who we are.

So my advice to my friend?

I think she should stick with it, persist and continue to give support, give hugs, and recognise (as she does) that her daughter is going through a challenging phase (I won’t say just, that would be patronising).  From what I can see she may be just a bit more mentally mature than her peers, perhaps not interested in what they are interested in, and that this may come from my friend, because she treats her daughter as she is, a brilliant little rough cut diamond just waiting to be polished.

Capt. Savage

A roughcut diamond just waiting to be cut and polished

Help catch despicable person… and Caution the picture is a bit graphic

CRUEL DEATH: Lilibeth Warby’s much-loved cat was killed with a bow and arrow.

Why are you writing about the killing of an innocent and much-loved family pet Capt?

I drove over and visited my mum today, and after doing some chores for mum (there are always chores with my mum), I sat down and had lunch with her. After lunch I picked up the local paper, the Central Western Daily, and came across this very gruesome picture and the story below which really disgusted me. Regardless of what you may think of cats, this one was someone’s (Lilibeth’s) cherished pet, and no animal deserves to be slaughtered like this.

The attack also happened in a town that I used to live in, and loved living in, Orange, a beautiful leafy city surrounded by orchards and vinyards. To think that there are sick little cruel bastards running around there now, hunting pets with bows and arrows… And I apologise for my language, but this article got under my skin a bit.

Help catch despicable person

By NICOLE KUTER
Aug. 11, 2012, 4 a.m.
RSPCA chief inspector David O’Shannessy said without information from the public they have little hope of catching the people responsible for shooting a cat with an arrow last week. The cat was shot at 9.30am on Wednesday, August 1 by people in a silver four-wheel-drive. Mr O’Shannessy said the crime was premeditated and could carry a jail term of up to five years. “It’s concerning there are individuals out there capable of doing this,” he said, “There’s that element of premeditation where they have called the cat over and shot it,” he said. Mr O’Shannessy said the RSPCA was working closely with Orange police to find the people responsible.

Sergeant Brenden Turner of Orange police said they would conduct forensic tests on the arrow. “We’ll be testing to see if there are any fingerprints on the arrow and if there are we’ll try and match them,” he said. “It could take up to a month before an outcome.” Sergeant Turner said police had viewed the CCTV footage of the incident but were unable to get a number plate. “We can’t enhance the footage anymore to see the rego registration number,” he said.

Mr O’Shannessy said the incident was high on their list of priorities. However he said without witnesses there isn’t much they can do. “We are heavily reliant on someone who knows something to come forward,” he said. “With situations like this it’s common that the person who did it would tell someone about it.” Mr O’Shannessy said crimes of this nature were not uncommon. “It does happen from time to time,” he said. “This is a crime of serious animal cruelty.”

Story sourced from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/

I hope they catch the sick idiots who did this and that there is a bit of justice for this senseless attack. I also hope that Lilibeth is offered a new cat, there are plenty on offer, my little Tabitha came from the RSPCA, and she has settled in and become a valuable member of the Capt. Savage family. I also think it’s reassuring that the Police are involved and that they are actively seeking the bastards who did this.

What do you think of this sort of cruelty, is a 5 year prison term enough?

Capt. Savage

(Totally against animal cruelty)

20 weeks of Karma – Yippee or is that Gold, Gold, Gold

I just had to get one shot in of an Australian winning a gold medal… I am an Aussie… And we haven’t won that many…

THE CHALLENGE. A man (Captain Savage). A woman (Rose). A quest. To earn enough karmic points by Christmas to be reincarnated as Something Nice. An Australian Olympian winning GOLD maybe? (adapted this from Rose’s blog, or maybe I stole it…)


“My Brain and My Heart are my Temples. My true Religion is Kindness.”

Dalai Lama

So How did Rose and the Capt. Do in week 20 of the challenge?

This week has been spent in search of a new car, my quest began with my blog about the beast, see https://captsavage.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/looking-for-a-new-beast/. My current car is a hangover from when I was still a complete family man, i.e. me, the wife, and the three kids. If I was American it would be an ok car, I think you call them SUVs, over here we call them gas guzzling monsters, and because mine was a fake 4WD, it’s sometimes known as mum’s taxi… Not very glamorous for a hunky sexy stud like me (look in mirror and check, yep ok)…

So what type of car did I actually end up ordering, it was going to be red, but actually its ‘platinum grey metallic’, it a really manly 2litre diesel family wagon, it’s a Volkswagen too, yep practicality and fuel economy, green agenda and etc., finally got to me…

Here is the new beast… Not exactly a chic magnet, but I’ve reached that stage that I don’t care J

The Capt Efforts

I have an errant worker who has now been off work for nearly 4 weeks. Now this is proving to be a right pain in the arse, not his fault as he has been very sick. I feel for the guy, but he is also possibly the most unreliable person as far as telling me that he is sick. He just doesn’t always remember that people are concerned about the fact that he hasn’t come to work. I am madly trying to protect his job as my manic meany manager wants to start the balls rolling on his sacking.

So I think I deserve 10 points for that, but Rose (the generous one) gave me … = 15 points

The other night I slaved over a hot stove creating (from a recipe) a faux Indian creation (Vegetable Korma) for the beautiful Rose and her even more beautiful daughter the divine Miss M. I have to admit that even I went back for second helpings and that nobody went running for the exits either.

You can get the recipe for this wonderful dish at … https://captsavage.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/vegetarian-korma-tonights-dinner-from-the-capt/ (that’s me, shameless self promoter)


Now I have to admit that it didn’t actually look exactly like this picture, but isn’t food about the taste?

How about 5 points per plateful = 10 points?

Ok there was on blemish on my week. I may have had a possible road rage incident going to work the other day, just maybe. This little twit in a hotted up Japanese buzzbox tried to drag me off at the lights, and just maybe I raced him, and just maybe he got pissed off with me as I may have accidentally cut him off in the traffic. You know these SUVs have HUGE blind spots, at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it…

So I think fairs fair = Minus 5 points?

Rose’s Efforts

After last week’s heroic efforts where Rose reckoned she’d scored at least 5 points for not decking Mr. L, the ex-ANZAC pensioner she has been visiting, see http://butimbeautiful.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/the-karmic-challenge-week-19s-bloodthirsty-pensioner-strikes-again/

But this week Rose claims that she hasn’t done much. She is going to see Mr. L again, so I think that shows persistence, considering the number of times he has been telling Rose about the war, and her being a left-wing anti-violence new aged cougar, it must be driving her mad.

I Reckon the fact that Mr. L is still on her Christmas card list = 5 Points

Here you go, stock shot of a typical old ANZAC, chest covered in medals and all… Not sure if Mr. L looks anything like this, but…

Then Rose is off to a fundraiser event… as per usual the ever modest Rose asked me “does that count?”

Well YES Rose it does, especially as it’s bound to be for some very worthy animal cause or perhaps a rabid leftist feminist cause, but regardless, very worthy… It’s better than becoming an axe murderer or perhaps being possessed by the devil.

So Rose I’m in a generous mood = 5 Points

The Week 20 Tally, any comments Rose?

   

Rose

The Capt.

Week No. Week Ending Rose’s Weekly Tally Rose’s Running Total Capt’s Weekly Tally Capt’s Running Total
10

30/05/2012

5

151

15

90

11

6/06/2012

10

161

10

100

12

13/06/2012

0

161

10

110

13

20/06/2012

20

181

20

130

14

27/06/2012

25

206

25

155

15

4/07/2012

200

406

50

205

16

11/07/2012

10

416

15

220

17

18/07/2012

10

426

20

240

18

25/07/2012

5

431

25

265

19

1/08/2012

5

436

20

285

20

8/08/2012

10

446

25

310

 Onwards to Week 21, which I will be doing in my NEW CAR… Yippee…

Capt. Savage

(Now driving a bloody German Car, who’d have thunk that, and we thought we won the War? dear Mr. L…)

The Curse of Shyness

Shy by Kristen

Timid eyes
Seeking out an answer
A lump in the throat
Attacking like a cancer
Small dull emotion
All that can be shown
Hear a faint cry
As you lie there all alone
Envious of ideal
Images to be
The solemn, barren face
Is all that they can see
Reflections in the mirror
Are as good as it can get
Loneliness is no lost
Stranger to be met
Sadness is the base
For strength that you will gain
For now throw on a smile
And dry up all the rain

http://www.shyunited.com/id99.html

So Why this talk of Shyness Capt.?

Tonight I went out for a coffee date with someone who I had met over the Internet. It very soon became apparent that I shared something in common with her, and it was shyness. In her case her shyness was so painful that she struggled to talk to me. But for me it was almost as if I was looking in a mirror, although these days I’ve learnt to hide my shyness by talking about my work and things I am confident in, and covering under a mask of being the ‘good listener’. So often I have in the past walked away from someone without saying what I really wanted to say, expressed how I really felt, all for a fear of rejection. I could sense that she was going through; I felt so much empathy for her.

Could I break through to her?

No, in the end I just couldn’t, I really tried as I felt such sympathy for her situation due to my own struggle with the curse of shyness, but she was just too painfully shy. It made me realise that sometimes you have to take a risk, to reach out to someone, if you want to be with someone.

Have you ever found yourself unable to get your message across because of the barrier of shyness?

If you have you may be able to get some help from this site, it helped me.

http://au.reachout.com/find/articles/shyness

Capt. Savage

kArMiC ChAlLeNgE wEeK 18, and now for something completely different!!!

If only I could do or arrange something as good as this…

But this week as has been dominated by myself, re-prioritisation, decisions, changes, mostly all to do with me. So how the heck does this help with my Karma quest?

Well it is kind of like a new beginning, a metaphorical wiping of the slate clean. And this journey has only just begun, and yes I know you shouldn’t start a sentence with And!!! But my days of drone like conformity are coming to an end. Gone is my tie (except when I really really have to), gone are commitments entered into because I thought they would make someone else happy. Not that this means that Capt. Savage has turned into a self-centred misogynist, egotist, elitist, narcissist (only when I’m looking in a mirror), pragmatist (ok this one is partly me), separatist, or even leftist lunatic (well maybe just a little bit), but I have decided that I am going to be less of a PleaseSomeoneElseTist.

And Yes, sometimes I was a shameless apologist…

NO MORE… I want to break free!!!

Maybe I’ll do it without cross-dressing, just maybe…

So now that my journey of change has begun, my hope is that wherever I end up at least one person will be happy, yep it’ll be me, and maybe my new pussycat.

Now what does the Dalai Lama have to say about gaining Karma? And I am fair dinkum Rose (excuse my Aussie), I am going to try to fit a fair few of these in from now on.

Instructions for Life by the Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    – Respect for self,
    – Respect for others and
    – Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Ask The Dalai Lama a Question

So Week 18 in Karma

Well the only good deed I really did for anyone else was rescuing my new pussycat ‘Tabitha’ from the RSPCA animal adoption centre. That included a very generous donation, joining the RSPCA, and a heap of accessories for Tabitha.

Girl on the right was the lovely person who sealed the deal between me and Tabitha

So according to Rose I deserve some points, maybe 5, because in Karmic terms this has been a pretty mediocre one. But I think for rescuing Tabitha, maybe this is fairer. Plus I made you and Miss M a lovely soup…

25 points, sound fair enough?

Over to you Rose, how did you do?

Capt. Savage

(Makes a mean vegetable soup, even if it’s straight from my mum’s cooking on a budget cookbook)