November 14, 2019

Commodore John Barry

In the Boston Commons is a commemorated plaque of Commodore John Barry. It lists all the accomplishments that he did to help win the American Revolution.

John Barry was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. He has been credited as being "The Father of the American Navy" and was appointed a captain in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775.

Commodore John Barry

Interesting Facts about John Barry and the Memorial.

  • John Barry was born on March 25, 1745 and Died on September 13, 1803.
  • The tablet was commissioned in 1949 by Boston’s Mayor James Michael Curley. The Mayor felt bad that there wasn't a memorial to John Barry - he wanted Bostonians to remember John Barry. The tablet was placed on the Boston Commons on October 16, 1949.
  • On April 5, 1975, the tablet was stolen allegedly by some college students. It was mysteriously returned a few years later. The original tablet is now hanging in the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • The original tablet was done by John Francis Paramino - who also did the Founders Memorial and the Declaration of Independence memorial and the John Endicott Resident Plaque among many others around the City of Boston.
  • The Henderson Foundation funded the granite reproduction in 1977.
  • President Kennedy displayed John Berry sword in the Oval Office - he admired John Barry. The sword is now in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Four United States Navy ships have been named in honor of him.
  • John Barry is buried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Text of the Memorial

Father of the American Navy
Commodore John Barry

Borm in Wexford Ireland 1745
Died in Philadelphia 1803
Received First Commission
From the Continental Congress
To Command the Lexington 1775
Sailed from Boston on the Raleigh 1778
Acclaimed in Boston in 1780
For Victories on the Alliance
Appointed in 1794 By President Washington
To Plan the Construction of And
Later to be in Command
Of First U.S. Navy
Launched 1798

Erected by the City of Boston
James M Curley Mayor

Tablet restored by the George B. Henderson Foundation, 1976


The Tablet is located on the Boston Commons on Tremont Street near Template Place.

November 13, 2019

Quicksilver string ranking

As I was looking through the BBEdit's User Manual, one thing that caught my eye is the mention of "Quicksilver string ranking." This is only mentioned once in the document - in the Copyrights section and no place else.

This got me curious - just what is the "QuickSilver String Ranking" and why did BBEdit choose to use that Library.

QuickSilver BBEdit

What is QuickSliver

Quicksilver is a launcher utility app for Mac OS X which gives you the ability to perform common, every-day tasks rapidly and without thought.

Introduced in BBEdit 11

I had some old BBEdit User Manual and found the first mention of the "QuickSilver String Ranking" was in BBEdit 11. One of the Release Note's "New Feature" in BBEdit 11 mentions this:

There's a new feature: "Highlight instances of selected text". When you select something (that doesn't consist entirely of whitespace or punctuation), all of the occurrences of the selection are underlined; and the new pair of commands on the Search menu ("Next Occurrence of ", "The previous Occurrence of ") can be used to navigate the occurrences. (This navigation is independent of the text searching UI, although the string is added to the search history for convenience of future use.)

I believe that this is the purpose of the "QuickSilver String Ranking."

QuickSilver Code in GitHub

There's is this code example on quicksilver_score.php on GitHub, which gives a lot more insight to how the QuickSilver string ranking.
November 12, 2019

Georgina's Italian restaurant

Last month we attended a function at Georgina's Italian restaurant in Berlin, Connecticut. This is the first time that we visited this restaurant, we were a bit nervous about their Gluten-Free options.


Three Things We Learned

The people hosting the party at Georgina let the catering team know ahead of time of the allergy. They said that they would provide a separate gluten-free penne for my daughter.

On the day of the event, they were very accommodating as to the gluten-free options. They explained to us which buffet items she could have. However, before the meal was served, there was a Vege and Cheese tray with crackers - lots of potential of cross-contamination.

My daughter loved the Panne and ate the whole thing. She did have some of the vegetables that was available in the buffet. She didn't feel left out of all the fun because she was eating a different meal. (I think she was very happy to have the penne dish.)

Definitely Recommended

We would recommend going here. They were very accommodating and their gluten-free pasta was very good.

In the general dining room, You can substitute gluten-free Penne for an extra $4.

November 11, 2019

Mandela Effect

Have you heard of the Mandela Effect?

Here's a brief description:

This is a "False Memory Phenomenon" where many people believe in a false memory. For example, Frona Broome had a false memory that Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s. That thought was shared by thousands of other people.

So how's does this relate to QA activities?

In release testing, people may have a false memory of features being tested before signing off on the current release. Everyone may assume that a feature was tested because it always is.

Note: This could also be true with automation. A feature that people may think is covered by automation is in fact still in development.

Value of Having a Checklist

This is why having a product-related checklist is critical to ensuring that all critical paths are tested. Don't just assume that someone else has tested it - find out by asking!

Reset the checklist for every release - that way you can ensure that critical features have been touched by manual or automation.

November 10, 2019

Things to do in France

Are you planning on visiting France soon? You probably have a list of things to see and do.

Janice from Your RV Lifestyle wrote an interesting article of 100 things to do in Paris. This is a wonderful list of places to visit in Europe most visited city.

Some of the items on the list are obvious - The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, etc. However, there's a lot of items that you may not be aware of in Paris.

RV Lifestyle

Things to Check out

Some places that you should think about adding to your list:

  • Paris Point Zero - The geographic center of Paris has a marker. Seems like a good treasure hunt!
  • I Love You Wall - Place where lovers meet
  • Museum of Optical Illusions (Musee de la Magie) - Cool place to see all sorts of unique optical illusions.
  • Paris Space Museum (Cite de l'Espace) - Check out the moon simulator

The list is great to use for trip planning.

November 9, 2019 is great place to go to get all your printable diagram templates. Then have templates for everything imaginable, there's Gable Roof Framing Plans, Deck & Floor Board Spacing & Gap Calculator, Angle Calculator, Posts and Rails - Spacing and Material and so much more.

Yes, they also have Graphic Paper and printable rulers.

Block Layer

There are 140 different designs to pick from. Lots of good choices, and certainly a good site to bookmark for when you need designs with calculated settings.

November 8, 2019

New 27-inch iMac

Last month I upgraded my iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) to the 2019 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

I spent a lot of time investigating the perfect computer, spent time researching different configurations and machines. Is the Mac Mini a better computer to get? How about a MacBook Pro?

After much research and talking with friends, I selected this configuration:

3.7GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz
8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
512GB SSD storage
Magic Mouse 2
Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - US English
Accessory Kit

i Mac2019 Desktop

Five Things I learned about the iMac

  1. I ordered the computer with an SSD drive and they had to customize it. It was scheduled to be delivered on October 14th, it actually arrived on October 4th.
  2. I gave up space for performance. As this computer has 1/2 the disk space than my old computer - this means that I have to manage my space on my hard drive better.
  3. Instead of having Apple install additional memory, I installed it myself. Doing it myself saved me about $450. It was incredibly easy to do, and it took about 3-minutes to install the memory cards.
  4. It's so nice to have a 27-inch screen vs the 21.5-inch screen. The extra screen space really makes a difference on multitasking various applications.
  5. Someone suggested that I upgrade to the wireless full-size keyboard - instead of the mini-keyboard. I do like the full-size board and found that it was a great idea. I like that it's wireless and that to charge it up, I just plug in a lightning cable.

Reference Page

I am actively updating my 27-inch iMac 2019 page on the ins and outs of using this computer. (Think of it as a mini-blog)

My goal is to update the site on my experiences using the new computer.

I have been a Macintosh user for a long time, and I have a lot of old gadgets and software - such as FireWire, and SCSI disks.

This this the first computer that I owned that doesn't have a built in CD/DVD drive. I already have an external USB DVD drive. (It supports both Firewire and USB2)

November 7, 2019

Palazzo Ducale Model in the North End

The Boston Public Library central branch in Copley Square is famous for its architecture and collection. There are 25 other libraries scattered around the city with each one offering something special and unique to visitors.

In the North End, the Boston Public Library branch is located on 25 Parmenter Street.

North End Library Branch2019
Entrance to the North End Branch.

Why Visit?

There are Three Reasons to visit the North End Library branch:

  • The building architecture is based on a Roman Villa. (There is a tiny courtyard in the center of the library that has plants.)
  • There's a scale model of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice constructed by Henrietta Macy and Louise Stimson.
  • There's a white marble bas-relief of Dante Alighieri in the center court.

The scale model of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice is a hidden treasure of Boston's North End and worth checking out!

Five Things I Learned About the Palazzo Ducale

The model isn't not visible to see when you walk in the Library. As you walk in, keep going straight. the model is located on the center wall facing away from the main entrance.

The model was put in the library in the 1930s. In 2013, the model underwent a complete restoration.

The model shows the scene of Venice from the 1500s, with political dignitaries and patricians.

There's a pamphlet that you can get that describes the model and people to look for in the model. Makes for a great treasure hunt for kids! (Can you find the begger wearing a black hood to hide his identity.)

There is a book all about the life and times of Miss Henrietta Gardner Macy. The Nun of the CA'Frollo: Life and Letters of Henrietta Gardner Macy (9781258057381): Clementine Bacheler, Jessie Orr White, Henrietta Gardner Macy: Books. Yes, you can get the book from the library!

Palazzo Ducale

The Story of the Model

An abbreviated version of the story behind the Palazzo Ducale model:

The model was requested to be built by a former kindergarten teacher (Miss Henrietta Gardner Macy) that taught in the North End. She wanted to live in Europe, and when the opportunity came she left and headed to Italy

Miss Macy kept contact with her Boston friends by writing. A couple of Boys visited her and helped her build a model of the Palace. The Boys had fun and promised to finish the project when they returned to Venice. The boys caught some bacterial infection and died.

Miss Macy was very sad to hear of the news. She decided to honor the boys by building a larger scale model. She worked hard on the model and the New York Metropolitan Museum showed interest in buying it. However, it was destroyed in a fire in England.

Miss Macy went back to the drawing board and made another model - this one to be bigger and better. Miss Macy died in 1927 without finishing the model.

Miss Nina C. Mitchell, one of her friends, decided to hire some craftmen to finish the job. Once completed, it was donated to the library for the enjoyment of the neighborhood.

November 6, 2019

BBEdit sFTP Client

BBEdit has a light FTP client included within the application. This is useful when you need to make modifications to a file, and don't want to install/buy a third-party tool.

If your going to do a lot of remote file manipulation, I would recommend Panic's Transmit. It's a good companion tool to use with BBEdit.

BBEdit FTP Sample

Five Things I have Learned

BBEdit only supports SFTP and FTP protocols. If you're using Amazon S3, Box, Microsoft Azure or other protocols you'll need a third-party solution. (Although most cloud providers do offer the ability to connect vis sftp.)

Option Clicking on a folder will open the folder in a new FTP Browser. You can't drag and drop files between FTP Browser windows.

Once you connect to a location, you can add the existing viewing directory as a Bookmark, simply use the pull-down menu on the top of the FTP Browser window and select "Add Bookmarks." Additionally, you can access the Bookmarks manage section by going under the BBEdit menu and select "Setup..." Then Select the Bookmarks and then click on the '+' to add a new Bookmark. (You can add Emojis to the name of the Bookmark so that it sands out.)

You can edit a Bookmark simply by going to the Bookmark manager and then Double Clicking on the name to edit it.

When working with Project Files, you can configure the Deployment to upload the files to your FTP server.

November 5, 2019

Burtons Grill & Bar in Framingham

We have been going to Burtons Grill & Bar in Framingham since it opened back in March. It's a great restaurant that has a lot of great foods on the menu.

Burtons Grill Framingham
Burton's Grill & Bar in Framingham

Gluten-Free Options

Burton's has a scratch kitchen - which means that they can change up any order to meet your needs.

Burton's has a very large Gluten-free menu that has a lot of options for every taste. Check out the menu online!

My daughter loves to get a cheeseburger and french fries - it's "not as good" as Smash Burger but she still loves it.

The General Tso's Fried Cauliflower is amazing and it's Gluten-Free! It's the go-to thing that we order every-time we come here. Sometimes we make it as part of our meal. (Ya, It's that good!)

Gluten Free Framingham Burtons
General Tso's Fried Cauliflower and the Cheese Burger

Make Reservations!

If your going to Burtons on a Friday or Saturday night - it's highly recommended to make reservations. They reserve a large number of tables for reservations. So if you walk-in you may see a lot of empty tables and expect a short wait - that won't be the case.

Early this summer the restaurant didn't get much traffic. However, the word is out and it's a very popular place now!

Reservation Number: (774) 540-6005

Finding Burtons

Burton's Grill & Bar is located opposite Shoppers World - next to Legal Seafood. The address is 30 Worcester Rd, Natick, MA 01760.

November 4, 2019

Best Screen Capture Tool for Chrome

When it comes to screen capture applications there are a lot of different options. You certainly don't need to buy one as all the major operating systems now have built-in screen capture tools.

If you constantly take screen shots of webpages in Google Chrome there's one tool that stands out above the rest. That's Snag-it.

A "Must Have" Tool for QA

What makes Snag-it the best screen capture tool for Chrome? Well, there are things that I can think of.:

  • Snag-it will automatically capture the inner window browser frame area. This means that you can capture the main webpage area. You don't need to play around guessing the window area.
  • Snag-it can capture the whole browser window. So if you need to show the URL in your screenshot you can.
  • Snag-it can scroll and capture the full webpage. This is useful when you need to capture the whole page in a bug report or for archive purposes.
  • You can select multiple regions. This is great when you have two Chrome browsers open and you're doing a comparison. You can also have shown the page against a product spec and highlight areas that are incorrect.
  • You can capture both images and video using the browser region functionality.
  • You can drag and drop a Bookmark icon to the Snagit Menu Bar icon, or to the Dock icon to quickly get a full website capture. Downside: If your site requires a login you would only see the login page. Still a neat way to capture a URL without having to load it in a browser.
  • When you capture the website the URL is saved as part of the MetaData. You can view the content using the "Capture Info" under Effect Styles. Not only will you get the URL, but Snagit will display the Google Chrome version and the date/time of capture. All useful information in any bug report.

Try it!

You can try out SnagiT for free for 15-days from TechSmith's website: Download Free Trial. After that the cost is $49.95.

What do you think?

Is there another tool that offers better screen capture functionality? Let me know what I am missing in the comments below.

November 3, 2019

Total Access Network

The latest scam that's going around is getting a text message that you "won" a new iPhone 11. The link takes you to a page where you fill in a brief survey and then you enter in a credit card information to claim your prize.

infinite Surveys
Screenshots of the Scam in Play.

Just a Marketing Scam

The whole thing is just a marketing scam to trick you into signing up to Total Access Network, which is also Savers and Coupons. You can goto the Savers and Coupons Website to get all the details of the "offering."

Legal Disclaimer for Total Access Network, I highlighted the part they hope people don't read:

AMAZING NEWS! You are a winner of the Total Access Network iPhone 11 Pro Sweepstakes Entry AND a vacation package. Keep an eye on your email as we will be sending full details of the prize and instructions on how to claim the Total Access Network Special Offer. You have qualified to have access to our Total Access Network which includes, Movie, Restaurant and Shopping Coupons plus 6 magazine subscriptions. You can change your magazine selections at any time. So, you will receive your favorite, high quality magazines for up to 12 months of service while maintaining the unique flexibility to switch and change your magazine selections without increasing your price. Total Access Network will automatically charge the credit card you provided today $19.73 per week (billed today then every 45 days for the following 6 weeks service) unless you choose to cancel at any time. You can cancel either or both portions of your membership and stop future billings at any time by calling toll free +1 (844) 340-3897 or contacting our 24/7 Service Center by email at before the start of each new billing period and receive a refund within 30 days of any charge. Please refer to the full Terms & Conditions for details of your membership agreement. By clicking the Next button you agree to the billing terms above as well as our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and authorization for Total Access Network to charge your credit card the recurring payments described above.

Might Be Good... but Remember...

This all started because I won an iPhone 11.

Which is wrong because in fact I won an Total Access Network iPhone 11 Pro Sweepstakes Entry. I have to pay to get a chance to win the iPhone.

Only for the iPhone

This whole promotion fails if I try to open the link on my computer. The site only loads if I click on it using a mobile device.

Clearly a scam.

November 2, 2019

Thanksgiving Menu Maker

Thanksgiving is coming up, and it's time to start the early planning the biggest meal of the year.

You may have a traditional meal planned out or you may want to experiment this year with something new.

Checkout the Food 52's Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker. It's a great place that breaks down all the main parts of the meal - Such as the Meat, Stuffing, Potatoes, drinks and so much more.

It's a good place to look for ideas on what to bring to a Thanksgiving invite. (The Perfect Cheese Ball looks good!)

Website Description

Answer a few questions, Select your own recipes, Come away with a custom Thanksgiving menu (plus all the tips you need to start.)

Food52 Thanksgiving

November 1, 2019

Luminar 2018

Luminar 2018 is a cool application that makes it super easy to stylize and image to the way you want it to look.

Sample Screenshot:


Things I Learned About Luminar 2018

There's a Sky Enhancer which allows you to get a better sky via artificial intelligence.

Out of the box, there are 60 one-click presets to quickly touch up the photos. You can always purchase more on website - there are some free presets while others cost between $10 - $20.

When you select a preset, you can change all the options - to one that works best for your image.

Luminar 2018 gives you a bit more power than what's in Photolemur 3. For example, with Luminar I can alter a photo to look.

Batch Processing is pretty cool. This is where you can apply Presets, Format and resize all that the same time. For example, you can apply the Sky Enhancer to a set of common images. For example, you can make a bunch of Black and White thumbnail version of images as previews.

Batch processing is great for those RAW images that you have. You can use the technology in Luminar to render the images and then back up to various cloud services such as Google Photos.

The Luminar 2018 document is 155 pages long. There is a lot of information about all the various configurations. The nice thing is that the PDF document is searchable. If reading manuals isn't your thing there's a large collection of video tutorials available.

Replacement for Photolemur 3?

Luminar 2018 doesn't replace the need for Photolemur 3 - it just another image enhancing tool in the toolbox. Photolemur is great when I want a quick touch up, but when I want to be fancy or have more control, I'll use Luminar 2018.

Photolemur and Luminar 2018 are both created by Skylum.

Getting Luminar 2018

The best way to get Luminar 2018 is via the BundleHunt collection. You can get it for about $4 - about a $60 savings. This is a good price for the value that you get using the software.

October 31, 2019

Mather Tomb

One of the legends about Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is that of Reverend Increase Mather. Some people that he appears to certain visitors in the cemetery, scaring them as they walk around the graves.

I did some research and couldn't find any information about the appearances other than it happens at night. Which is weird because Copp's Hill Burying Ground is closed at dusk.

Increase Mather is famous for saying in his “Case of Conscience” - “It is better that ten witches go free than the blood of a single innocent be shed.”

Mathers Tomb

Interesting Facts About the Mather’s Tomb

There once was an iron fence around the tomb. (If you look at the stones around the tomb you can see the fence pole markers.)

Near the Tomb is a weeping willow which was raised from a slip taken from a tree that grew over the tomb of Napoleon at the Island of St. Helena. The slip was brought over by Captain Joseph Leonard. It was planted in 1844.

There’s a rumor that the tomb itself was actually built by Cotton Mather. Some say the proof is in his diary writing: “The Lord gave me to see wondrous demonstrations of the love his and my people had for me. One was their building a costly tomb for the ashes of my lovely consort, and of my children, whereof there were five buried, with no more than common gravestones.”

The tomb contains the final remains of Cotton Mather’s children, his father, and several other relatives.

Cotton Mather was three times married; he had fifteen children from his first 2 wives.

The last time the tomb was open was in 1884 when a member of the Parker family was deposited into the tomb.

Top of the Tomb

On the top of the tomb is the following inscription, which is barely illegible today:

Mather Tomb.
The Reverend Doctors
& Samuel Mather
Were entered in this vault.
Tis the Tomb of our Fathers
Mather. Crockers.
I died Aug 27, 1723 AE 84
C died Feb. 13, 1727 AE 65.
S died June 27, 1785 AE 79.

Sign Near the Tomb

On the ground in front of the tomb is the following sign:

Mather Family Tomb

Several generations of great 17th and 18th century New England divines are buried here. Increase (1639-1723),. the father; Cotton (1663-1728) the son; and Samuel Mather (1706-1785) the grandson’s belonged to a remarkable family of ministers. At a time when the church wielded its own power and religious zeal translated into political influence, the Mather’s ecclesiastical attainments assured them secular authority.

Increase was the sixth son of Richard, who was first of the Mather dynasty and a minister in Dorchester. Increase graduated from Harvard in 1656 and within a decade began a 60-year ministry to the 2nd Church of Boston. Later, he was named the president of Harvard. As a powerful statesman, Increase represented Massachusetts at the British Court and tried to secure a new, beneficial charter for the Colony in the early 1690s/ This effort and his role as personal advisor to the new Royal Governor, Sir William Phips, attracted such resentment that he was forced to resign as Harvard president and lose his political power. Increase spent his last days in the North End where he had lived much of his life and had raised his 10 children.

October 30, 2019

Haunted Mansion Color Scheme

Wahoo! Halloween is tomorrow.

What better way to celebrate the season with a BBEdit Color scheme.

Dracula Theme

Zeno Rocha created a dark theme called Dracula for various editors - including BBEdit.

Dracula Theme

You can download the dark theme from the site.

Disney Haunted Mansion Theme

I created a Color scheme based on the colors of Disney's Haunted Mansion.

Haunted Mansion BBEdit

Some Notes: The background is Black, The Line Color is Dark Green, Highlight text is purple.

Download the BBEdit's Haunted Mansion Color Theme.

Installing the Theme

Simple instructions on how to install your Halloween inspired theme.

  • Download the files
  • Unzip the files
  • Find your Application Support/BBEdit/Color Schemes/ directory. The "easy way" is via the BBEdit Menu. Select BBEdit -> Folders -> Color Schemes
  • Copy the file bbColorScheme into the Color Schemes directory
October 29, 2019

2019 Halloween Candy

As Halloween is just around the corner, I asked my daughter what her favorite candy is. This is a unique list as only gluten-free candy can appear on here:

Top Seven Gluten-Free Candy of 2019

Halloween2019 List

Here's the printed list of the most popular candy for an eight-year-old with celiac:

  1. Three Musketeers Bar
  2. M&Ms Peanuts
  3. M&Ms plain
  4. Reese Peanut butter cups
  5. Hershey Bar
  6. Jelly Belly Beans
  7. Snickers Bar

The only candy that she really wants to get is the Three Musketeer bar.

October 28, 2019

Purpose of Smoke Testing

Smoke Testing is a critical part of Quality Assurance Testing. It's usually done to make sure that a deployment was done successfully. (Such as Code Freeze or Production Release)

When considering putting together a Smoke Test plan for you Software as a Service (SaS) application, here are some things to think about.

Five Things to Consider in Smoke Testing

  1. Critical path - Smoke test should focus on the critical path that customers will take to use your application.
  2. Focus on Making the Test Quick - The goal of smoke testing it to make sure they run fast. There shouldn't be complex steps to make sure the software works. Depending on the application, the smoke test should be completed in 20-minutes. Otherwise your simply running a modified version of a regression test.
  3. Logs should be open - Keep the Console logs open when running the test. (People do forget this!) This way you can catch errors as test are being run - such as tracking servers throwing 404s.
  4. Touch features that are most likely to break - Some Test should be testing complex part of the application that is likely to break - or have broken in the past. Examples might be the login process for existing users or uploading large files.
  5. Special Test for Production - In production smoke test, focus on features that are specific to production - such as load balance servers testing - as you may not have that in the test environment.

Test Early and Often

These are just some of the things that I think about when putting together an effective smoke test plan.

What are some of the things that you consider when forming a Smoke Test strategy?

October 27, 2019

Thought to live by

I found this piece of advice in my Evernote notebook. I am not exactly sure where I found it - I couldn't find another site online that had this.

The title of this story is "Thought to live by "

Dr. Howard Conley an Honored professor for Northern Arizona University, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. "Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can't push.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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