Post Script posted after I finished this post : I sat down an hour or so ago with absolutely no idea of what on this good earth I was going to write. My mind was screaming into my right ear that : “No one cares and no one is reading this. So just skip writing a Post today!”.. and ker-powie! 

Julia Cameron wrote the following thoughts on Page 223 of her amazing book .. ‘The Right To Write’ .. Thank You once again Brad 49885 for the gift to me of her book ..

“When we start to write, we prime the pump and the flow of ideas begins to move. It is the act of writing that calls ideas forth, not ideas that call forward writing.”

So I told my mind : “Just shut (expletive or two or three) up!” and began to write the Post you are about to read..

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Earlier today, our good friend ‘Zilla left the below comment :

Monday, March 4, 2019 – noon

Hi Cap,
I think your daily posts are just great! You always have something of interest; and of course your photos really put a “face” on your travels! Super duper – keep up the great trip and stories which I certainly find very interesting and entertaining! Besides, as you say, you and I are getting a bit older each day, so keep up with your great stories!

I just replied as follows :

In reply to zilla.

As always, thanks so much ‘Zilla for your ongoing support of this, my / our latest adventure here in Russia. One snap-of-the-fingers and it could instantly come crashing down. A slip / a fall / a disease from one microscopic microbe and KER-POWIE. Things are suddenly up-side-down and sideways and we’re in a crisis! November 25th 2018, in the Dubai International Airport, I slip and I fall and I break my left hip. My trip / my life RADICALLY and INSTANTLY changed. An earthquake. A Tornado. We’re all so vulnerable. Yes Sir the clock-of-life keeps relentlessly ticking away. Smiles from me and Hugs from Patti.

God and the King James Bible.

God is not going to just step into our life and save us from the events (of nature / of man and of mankind) of life. Really Bad Things Happen to Really Good People.

One of the most profound books that I have ever read is the above book by Rabbi Harold Kushner.

Deuteronomy 30:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

therefore choose life

God has set before us life itself. God has set before us the gifts and the tools that can assist us. The entire plethora of medical gifts (doctors/nurses/pharmacists/hospitals/etc). God has given most of us a functional brain that can make decisions and then take actions based thereupon.

therefore choose life

Just this past Thursday the 28th of February, God suddenly set smack/dab right before and in front of Patti and me two incredible human beings here in Irkutsk.

God’s Will? With discernment do what is in front of you to be done.

“What to do God?”


I asked each of these two incredible human beings IF they would be willing to give to Patti and me the names of their Doctors and Dentists here in Irkutsk?

So it looks like Patti and I are now going to have our own Doctor(s) and Dentist(s) here in Irkutsk.

As in : The time to find a Doctor / Dentist is BEFORE  you need them.

We are both feeling just fine (given our ages and all that goes with this aging process).

Earlier today Patti and I were out for a long, somewhat arduous / difficult walk to go to my library here in Irkutsk to get some information printed from my thumb drive / flash drive to prepare for a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) night. You know : plan ahead (and actually take the actions you need to take.)

Patti desperately needed to sit down and rest. Based upon my actual experience here in Russia, I took Patti into a pharmacy to rest. Many (not all but many ) have seating for customers. In we walked. No seat. The Pharmacist dashed off and got Patti a chair.

(quick aside )

Heartless Theft / Heartless Pickpocket. I fell victim to a crime against me last Thursday out at the Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University.

Last October in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, I purchased a four-footed cane.

This has turned out to have been a positive life-changing purchase. I love it.

Patti herself now loves her very own four-footed cane.

Now we have his and hers four-footed canes. Ah-h-h isn’t aging some adventure?

While innocently out at the Botanic Garden Zoo last Thursday, one of its foot-pads was stolen from me!

How sad to have lost one of its foot-pads. NO! It did not fall off! It was taken from / it was stolen from my cane by an act of crime against me.


I knew it was about to happen and I did NOT take protective action against the dastardly criminal  who took-a-fancy to its foot-pad and removed it.

True Story I swear to God of Abraham on the Holy Bible.

Back to the pharmacy.

So I asked the pharmacist IF he knew where I could get a new foot-pad for my cane. He researched it and it looks like help is coming. I also asked him other pharmaceutical questions ..


I have his name and a new English Speaking Ally who is also a pharmacist!

So it certainly appears to the two of us that we are getting some (call it ) perhaps Divine Support that has been set before us all for the choosing on our parts.

Smiles from Cap and Hugs from Patti.


  1. Greg De Young

    Dear Cap and Patti, I was relieved to see that Beagle
    boy thief is behind bars. Keep writing and sending the photos. I follow every couple of days. Yes, starting to write sends forth the march of ideas and thoughts out of rumination. Tomorrow begins Lent,so heres acouple lines of scriptures, Colossians 1:15, 19 & 20. Love the meeting pictures, seeing people fighting for life. Appreciate your thoughts on how fragile our life is and to live with those thoughts. Later, Greg

  2. Gullible

    Well, at least it was a masked bandit that got the cane’s pad and not one of the sneaky kind that does its scurrilous deed and sneaks off. Funny. BTW, at the Safeway in Seward, those canes are for sale next to the pharmacy as well as replacement parts.

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