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Think – Today: What Makes Something Alive?

by Anura Guruge


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animateNot the ‘meaning of life’ but ‘what is it that causes life’? Inanimate objects do not have life, animate objects do. What is that that creates that life? What makes something ‘ALIVE’?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “When Did Today’s Playing Cards Make An Appearance” — playing cards, though not resembling what we play with today, have been documented as having been present in China in the 9th century. Cards were known to have been in use in Europe five centuries later. Cards of the form we now know them are believed to have originated in 1693.


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Stunningly Divine, Converted Church, ‘Bed & Breakfast’ Cum Residence In Beautiful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Aug. 2, 2014.
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 Aug. 2, 2014.
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“Sleep Like An Angel In Church”
(Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Click to access Airbnb listing with a TON of interesting pictures.

Click to access Airbnb listing with a TON of interesting pictures.


This was serendipitous to say the least. We had an errand to run in Wolfeboro, N.H., “The Oldest Summer Resort in the US”, when Deanna, out of the corner of her eye, espied the front of this converted church with its hard-to-miss external decor. She made me turn around. Glad I did.

Deanna didn’t have her camera (for a change). Luckily I was trying out my brand new, less than 18 hours old, 10.2″ Le Pan Android Tablet. It does have a halfway decent front-facing camera (with a built-in, dual LED flash) and I had tried it out a few times last night. So we were outside taking pictures of this ‘church’, with the 10.2″ tablet, when we were approached by the owner — Kirk. He was extremely nice. He told us the ‘whole’ history. He is from Texas, Houston no less. Real genuine oil man — at least he is in the industry. They had moved in in October 2013. He very graciously offered to show us inside. We were BLOWN AWAY. It is like a blinking museum. Love what they have done. Our kind of taste. Kudos. Bravo etc. etc.

They are on Airbnb. IF NOT I would NOT have gushed so much and drawn attention to this unique beautiful property. Plus Kirk gave me permission. I respect people’s property and privacy.

Appears that we know people in common. NH is a small place.

We are going back — with a ‘proper’ camera (and that is a whole other post — since I just, on this very trip, returned a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L820 16MP DSLR that I had got on Friday).

IF you are looking for a B&B in always lovely Wolfeboro, N.H. you CANNOT do better than this! Trust me on that. I know Wolfeboro. This is divine. Stone’s throw to my favorite Cotton Valley Trail or Cate Park.

Brilliant. Made my day. Thanks Kirk.


‘Huggins Fair 2014’, Wolfeboro, N.H., Saturday, August 2, 2014 — No Rain. Spirit Prevails.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We, Devanee, Teischan and I scoped it out for about 70 minutes around ‘noon’. We had some time to kill before volunteering at ‘Great Waters‘. It was, by definition, fun. We like the fair. Didn’t seem very busy but it was not the greatest of days, though there was NO rain. Lot of the stalls also looked ‘picked over’ — and Devanee, always the optimist of sorts, speculated that it was possible that they had a bumper Friday. Yep, she could be right. We will be going back later in the evening. Devanee is doing Box Office at the Lori McKenna concert. All three of us did yeoman duty lugging at least 150 heavy chairs up or down stairs. More on that later.

The Fair is good. Still time to get there and savor it. Enjoy. Cheers.



Being Able to Text ‘Smell’! The Next BIG Thing. 21st Century ‘Scratch & Sniff’.

Click to buy, for $28.94, from Amazon.com.

Click to buy, for $28.94, from Amazon.com.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I happened to hear about this, as a ‘teaser’, on CNBC this morning, around 9:47, just as I was getting ready to go for my run. So I hit the record button so that I would be able to watch the ‘segment’ when I got back — while brushing my teeth. I couldn’t find the segment. So, I Google it instead and found the above.

While I appreciate smell, smell is not a big factor in my life and never has been. Plus, I do not, and never have, texted. Probably goes back to my lifelong aversion to pagers. Though I spent decades in high-profile, customer support roles I always managed to avoid having carry a pager. And as some know, I, though I have one, am NOT known to carry a cell phone around with me. The joke in the family is that I and my cell are rarely ever in the same place. I like my independence and I think, deep down, it is a reflection of what was my lifestyle for about 30 years. Anyhow … I do NOT see myself ever wanting to TEXT SML.

But, of course, I can see the possibilities. You can just see the headlines. ‘Weiners’ will no longer restrict themselves just to pictures. It would be pictures with an attachment of smell. OH, the poor ladies. I can just see demands that would be made of them. Oh, dear. Well, as many of you know, they sell …. used … for those that like the smell! Just think what the market would be when you can TXT SML. I can already get a whiff of the CraigsList ads!

I do remember when ‘scratch & sniff’ came out. I had to go look and, of course, given that I knew what words to type, found the first adult offering. 1977. That makes sense. I was 23 – 24. I was coming to the U.S. for visits — given that I was working for IBM. Of course I remember buying adult magazines that promised ‘scratch & sniff’. I was curious and was any new technology intrigued me. I know it was disappointing — but then again I am extremely tactile. So I was not a good target.

From what I can see the so called ‘oPhone’ technology is too complicated. Basically we need to digitize the “frequencies” (and that is NOT the right term, I know) of smell. Then as with voice or video we can ‘DAT’ it back — Digital-to-Analog transformation. What we then need, and I know they are already doing some of this with SIGHT, is to be able to transmit the ‘signals’, via probes, directly into the brain. So recreate the SENSATION of the smell, within your brain, rather than having to re-create the smell. I am sure that we are within 15 years of being able to do this effectively. Check around. Google. They do have the technology to directly interact with the brain. Exciting stuff.

But, LADIES. Please. Please, don’t indulge the pervs. Just tell them NO! Worst case agree to send them a WHIFF of the perfume you are wearing and FIRMLY draw the line at that.


‘Huggins Fair 2014’, Wolfeboro, N.H., ‘The Annual Ritual’, Is This Weekend, Fri. & Sat. August 1 & 2.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Though we should know that it is always, without fail, the first Friday & Saturday of each August, it tends to creep up on us. And that is a problem because we are loath to miss it. It is very much one of our ‘without fail’ annual events.

Well it is THIS weekend, Friday & Saturday, August 1 & 2, 2014. Remember: NO SUNDAY. Never on a Sunday!

Well we don’t put in the hours like we used to do. We don’t really need anything. We just go for the fun and to pickup things we really don’t need. Plus the kids do some rides.

We will have to juggle some stuff yet again. No biggie.

We will be there. See you around. I am the brown guy — usually with a big smile on my face.

Happy Huggins. 


What Is Happening To & At Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Notice anything strange
about this flyer we got from Huggins Hospital
on Saturday?

It was actually very timely. Deanna had had a physical at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Concord) on Thursday and had been told to get a mammogram. She was thinking about getting it done at Concord Hospital when this flyer came.

I have never forgiven Huggins Hospital for the grief it caused me through its FALSE PSA reporting.

But, Huggins is our nearest hospital and we use it when we have to.

Something is not right at Huggins — of late.

We were there, in the Emergency Room (ER), a few weeks ago, crack-of-dawn, i.e., 8:30 am, on a Monday. Over the weekend Teischan managed to fall off a stationary skateboard and hurt her foot. Though it was slightly swollen I was sure that there were no broken bones. That is one of the many advantages of having played rugby, in school, in Britain, in the early 1970s. IF you yourself didn’t break anything, you were still likely to see at least one broken bone injury a game. So you get fairly expert at spotting broken bones. I do have an enviable diagnostic record in this respect. But, despite my assurances Deanna was not convinced. So we took Teischan to Huggins ER on Monday.

The ER was deserted. No patients. Just one rather bemused volunteer and two frumpy receptionists pretending to be busy. Though we were the only ones there it took the receptionists 20 minutes to get around to calling us.

Yes, we had to get an X-ray. So we accompanied Teischan, through multiple automatic doors, to the X-ray room (to call it a department would be a joke). [I was right. Just a strain. Ace bandage, which I had already done.]

The hospital was deserted. Empty. I have seen more activity in Arizona ghosts towns than at Huggins, of late.

Eerily quiet. So there is now this pervasive air of morbidness though the place is SPOTLESSLY clean — probably because they have so few patients.

Yes, we all know that Huggins stopped delivering babies years ago. I can understand that.

But, I heard recently that Huggins no longer has full-time cardiologists! How is that possible?

Wolfeboro, NH, the Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S., outside of Florida, is the Old People’s Capital of the U.S.

And we are not talking just, hoi polloi old folks. We are talking Mittens Romney RICH, very rich old folks with Titanium health policies.

What gives.

The new building looks a million dollars — and I know it costs much, much more.

But, the place is empty.

And then this flyer. [I know. You thought I forgot.]

So did you spot the incongruity?

There is NO PHONE NUMBER.

Just the Web URL.

Yes, it tells you to call your primary care provider to schedule an appointment, BUT is Huggins that ashamed of itself, and I can understand if they were, after how they screwed up my PSA, that they are too embarrassed to give out their phone number?

There phone number is, in case you want it:
603-569-7500.

‘Huggins Fair’, Wolfeboro, NH, Saturday, August 3, 2013: Was Fun As Always.

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‘Huggins Fair’, like ‘Laconia Multicultural Day‘, is on our annual ‘must attend’ list. I first started attending way back in 1992.

Like the ‘Laconia Multicultural Day‘ it is by definition a load of fun. This year because the ‘Day’ got shortchanged by the Belknap Mill, ‘Multicultural Day’ and ‘Huggins Fair’ took place, as far as we were concerned (since we only go on the Saturday to ‘the fair’), on the same day — whereas they are usually exactly a month apart. But, it wasn’t an issue.

In years gone by, when I first moved to the Lakes Regions, my then neighbor, a confirmed devotee of ‘the fair’, would insist that we all go with her for the grand-opening at 10 am on Friday — and then hang around most of the day Friday and Saturday. That was decades ago.

Over the last few years we only go on Saturday — and late in the evening at that. Basically we don’t really need anything at ‘the fair’! We just go for the ‘sport’ so to speak. I am even done with going and spending 5 hours looking through the books. Now we just go for the end of show bargains — because we have all become pickers.

On Saturday we didn’t leave Laconia till past 4: 30. I also decided to take the scenic, around-the-lake route — mainly because we hadn’t done that loop in years and I knew that we didn’t really have to get there till 5:30 or so. Given that we stopped at McDonald’s in Meredith (which is a few orders of magnitude better than the slip-shod one we have at Alton) we didn’t get to Brewster till around 5:30. We know our way around Brewster. So parking was not an issue.

We were there till 9:30! We spent, I think, between 60 and 70 dollars. Yes, I did end up getting two huge bags of books for $4. They were all old, non-fiction books on religion, travel and art. Got a dandy of a book: the LIFE ‘The World’s Great Religions‘ published in 1957. Oversized, leather bound and in a sleeve. That nobody had picked it up for 2 days amazes me. I have been looking through it. Delightful. There are two copies on eBay, nowhere close to the condition of mine (which is pretty pristine), for $19.95. Given that I picked up about 20 books, paid 20 cents for it! That is the sport we love.

Picked up various objet d’art, over-the-top Christmas decorations and some odds-and-sods at the ‘Ladies White Elephant’ at the end. We love that ‘sale’. We, as is the norm of late, bought two ‘all you can stuff’ bags for $10/each — and we sure stuffed them. I also got a few hangings, two that I really like, at the art tent using a $1 ‘fill the bag till it is full‘ offer. Since we are out of wall space even spending a $1 to buy hangings was a bit of an indulgence. We actually had to take down a picture yesterday to put the one we bought at Laconia up. That is how bad things are getting.

We haven’t actually unpacked the van as yet! Deanna has relatives coming this week and she wants the house tidy. So the bags are staying in the van till they are gone. I extracted the religion book, one Italian wall-hanging imitation wine decanter and two hangings out — just to mess around.

So, all in all, we had one. The kids had ice cream again. We met a friend from Alton. The weather was delightful. Everybody was having fun. So Saturday, August 3, 2013 was a good day. Two favorite events in one day.

Buddha’s Sayings On Patience, Tolerance And Life.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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My father sent these to me. I am not sure whether the Buddha actually said these or he is credited with them because it is the kind of thing that he likely would have said, based on his other words. My father would know. I haven’t asked him. But, these saying don’t upset me and I realize that many will find them uplifting. So, I am posting them in that spirit. Again, I am not saying that these are actually words said by the Buddha.


Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, one of my favorites when I was a child.

When you feel insulted:
If you are right then there is no need to get angry,

And if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.

Patience with family is love,
Patience with others is respect,
Patience with self is confidence and
Patience with one’s religion is faith.

Never Think Hard about the PAST, It brings Tears…
Don’t Think more about the FUTURE, It brings Fear…
Live this Moment with a Smile, It brings Cheers.!!!!

Every test in our life makes us bitter or better,
Every problem comes to make us or break us,
Choice is our’s whether we become victims or victorious !!!

Search a beautiful heart not a beautiful face.
Beautiful things are not always good,
but good things are always beautiful.

Remember me like a pressed flower in your Notebook.
It may not be having any fragrance,
but will remind you of my existence forever in your life.