Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As we all work longer and longer hours in the epic pursuit of money and success, it’s bound to be having an effect on our long-term health. According to a study published last month involving 600,000 people, those of us who clock up a 55-hour week will have a 33 percent greater risk of having a stroke than those who maintain a 35- to 40-hour week. Ludicrous when you think about how many people work these sort of crazy hours.
In a bid to combat this worrying trend, Sweden  is moving towards a standard 6-hour work day to safeguard workers. Far from a pie-in-the-sky idea, businesses across the country have already signed up and implemented the change.
“I think the 8-hour work day is not as effective as one would think. To stay focused on a specific work task for 8 hours is a huge challenge. In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the work day more endurable.” Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus.
Filimundus switched to a 6-hour day last year, and it seems to be working. Productivity has remained the same, and office conflicts have decreased because people are happier and better rested. Win win.
It seems that some trailblazers in the country  have led the way. Several Toyota service centres in Gothenburg, which switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago, report happier staff, a lower turnover rate, and ease in enticing new employees to come on board.
Various studies have been done on working patterns, with differing conclusions. Expert Paul Kelley from Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute says that we are in the midst of a sleep-deprivation crisis. “Staff should start at 10am… Staff are usually sleep-deprived,” Kelley said. “Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to. We cannot change out 24-hour rhythms.”
With this in mind, are Sweden showing the rest of Europe exactly how to structure the working week? Happier, healthier and with better home lives, it seems that the Swedes have hit the nail on the head when it comes to finding that ideal work-life balance. Bra gjort Sverige!

Bernie Sanders 2016

SAVE THESE DATES: The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday released the schedule for next fall’s debates. As usual, the debates will take place on college campuses after an extensive bidding process from the schools.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Today's Haiku, March 13, 2013 (inspired by Mike Neal's photo of the Penstarr Comet over the island of Lana'i on 3-12-13)

Some stars have long lives,
Others are but a quick blur,
Memories that last

(Photo Credit: Mike Neal,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Amazing Divine Mercy Experience!


This is the first time I am making my Divine Mercy diary from the accounts of my special experience two years ago. This is the shortened version. In my book, I use a different name. Now, I want it to be known what actually transpired that v
ery day to me and I trust you will respect and pray the chaplet every day for the sick and the dead.


March 18, 2012 at Mater Dei Catholic Parish
My Awesome Divine Mercy Experience

As the 7am mass began and I lifted my arms to lead the choir in the entrance hymn, I began to feel a warming sensation in my chest. At first, I thought it was a heart attack coming on but I started to feel immense joy welling up within me, coming through my chest. I thought, "Hmmm, funny, I'm at a very low point in my life. Why am I feeling this overflowing feeling of joy?"

Suddenly, I could see extremely bright rays of light shooting out from my chest. The rays blanketed the choir in front of me, blessing them. I could feel God's presence behind me, pushing the rays gently and lovingly. As the rays reached the top of the choir, He told me he wanted to bless everyone in my family and those closest to me. Then, like fingers, the rays bent outwards as He said, "I bless this parish family and everyone associated with this parish." I looked at the choir and saw this calming smoke screen hovering over them and I felt at peace. The peace I felt was like being alive and in heaven. Just an awesome feeling.

He turned my head towards my best friends, Marvin and Helen Vistro. They looked like a beautiful portrait, full of love. God said, "This is Love."

I felt so much joy, peace and love that I felt like I was floating a foot above the conductor's box.

Then, He said this word, "Forgiveness." He could hear me question him, "Forgive who?" "Everyone," God said. I asked him, "What about those who kil other people?" He smiled, tilted his head and said, "Everyone is forgiven." "Hmmm, I guess I'll have to work on that one, Lord." He smiled again as if to understand us humans, "I understand, (my son)."

Then, he said, "Trust me. Everything will be okay in your life. And, don't try to take your life again. Your life is too precious."

Joy, Peace, Love, Forgiveness and Trust - These five words have a much deeper feeling for me. I feel it every day of my life. I know I am still human and He guides me, showing me the differences between a person who lives these words and one who doesn't. One day, about 3 eeks after my Divine Mercy, God placed me in an ugly mood. I was negative and I was begging him to let me feel joy, peace, love, forgivenes and trust again. He told me that he wanted me to experience a day without it. I never fought so hard to get the feeling back again. When the day was over, I was glad. I couldn't wait for the next day.

In the days and weeks that followed, I have heard Saint Faustina and Jesus tell me to share my experience with others. They kept telling me over and over to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. On March 28, my long lost brother, Roland Padua, called me out of the blue. He is the brother that my dad kept telling me about for 20+ years. I was overjoyed. On Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, after fetching a bowl of fresh water for my dog, Koa, I felt God's omnipotence approach me in my back yard in the form of an orb. I heard the sound of a train coming from the sky. Before I could develop fear, He said, "It's okay. It's just me." In a matter of only a few seconds, He said, "Steve, I just want you to know that I've never left you. I am here with you, always!" Then, he pulled away to watch me from afar. I felt secure and at peace.

My understanding now, is that I am to share God's Divine Mercy with everyone I meet. I am also to pray for the ill and those who have passed on from this life. Now, friends and family have been asking me to pray for a loved one who is ill or who has passed away. Everyday I receive 1-3 requests. So, I gladly pray for them. I also teach them the prayer so that they can do it as well.