JAPAN: Dog rescues a pal & 7th chapter of Kun Lun - Footprints of a servant

By: LakeWorthFinn , 9:05 AM GMT on February 22, 2011

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Watching the aftermath of the horrors in Japan, this story warmed my heart like no other. Many have sent money to Japan and I'm so glad humans have proven to be as loyal to others as this dog in the two videos below. Because of my love for animals I Paypaled through the ANIMAL RESCUE SITE .

HERE IS THE FIRST VIDEO
AND HERE IS A SHORT UPDATE FROM CBS

And then back to my old book blog...


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Since I joined WU in 2005 I have contemplated the idea of giving this wonderful community “the first dibs” of my internationally published book “KUN LUN – Footprints of a Servant” - before it comes out for the general public in English. Well, that day is today in honor of my late father’s birthday (2/22/22)

UPDATE!
Way Too Happy
IT IS NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON'S KINDLE E-BOOKS AND THIS PAGE HAS A LOT OF INFO ABOUT THE STORY OF THE BOOK, ABOUT THE AUTHOR ETC.
I HOPE THE PAPER BOOK VERSION WILL BE OUT SOON - WILL LET YOU KNOW.


HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP ACROSS THE HIMALAYAS :)


KUN LUN – FOOTPRINTS OF A SERVANT
(© Author has all rights)

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power -
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.

Sanskrit proverb

~~~~~CHAPTER 1~~~~~

Master Li Wang stepped into the beautiful garden of his house. The Year of the Tiger had begun two moons earlier, and the cherry tree was in full blossom. A flock of sparrows was singing around the pink flowers, resting their tiny wings. They had flown in from the small holes especially designed to welcome them. The sun was shining through the glass roof, which Master Li had decorated with paintings by his own hand. The little birds chirped merrily when they found the heap of seeds he had placed in a large marble bowl.
The garden was Master Li Wang’s most cherished work of art and he knew it well; he had spent twenty years creating and perfecting it. It was constructed inside his house, at the heart of the large mansion he had inherited from his parents. A wooden door with a heavy lock separated it from the rest of the house.
He breathed in the soft perfume of the flowers and bowed in deep emotion.
It was time to leave.
He closed his eyes but the image of the garden stayed unaltered in his mind. He could have painted it from memory and neither one single plant, nor one small pebble, or any of the detailed carvings in the wooden bridge over the pond, would be missing. He smiled and gently touched the leaves of a huge square bamboo tree, which was reflecting its silhouette on the surface of the water.
The garden silently shared his mixed feelings of sorrow and excitement.
As he bent down to caress the smooth head of a goldfish, the crystal clear water of the pond reflected an image of a slim middle-aged man with a thin white beard and a long ash-gray braid. The straight line of his nose, his thin lips, and his ivory pale skin, revealed he was a nobleman and from distinguished origin.
Master Li Wang was a renowned artist, but his heart was heavy with years of loneliness and a fame that left him indifferent. He longed for the peace his garden so naturally possessed. He sat down on a flat rock without opening his eyes. The wide sleeves of his cobalt blue silk gown were hanging flat on both sides and the golden dragon embroidery on his back was shining in the sun.
The garden slowly faded away, changed shape, and was transformed into the image of his beautiful wife TaiTai, who had been his inspiration for creating the garden. She smiled at him and he felt loved. Suddenly everything started to tremble and TaiTai’s loving expression turned into terror and desperation. He felt her hand cling to his sleeve before she fell into the deep crack, which the Great Earthquake tore between them. He could hear her hopeless screams as he watched, in horror and with powerless outstretched arms, how she was buried under the rubble.
Master Li opened his eyes to stop the painful memories from pouring into his mind, but the pond had changed into a dusty bottom of a crack, the fatal tomb of his beloved. In a few tragic moments the cruel Quake had buried his joy of living and left him alone in the world. To maintain his love alive and TaiTai’s beauty always present, he never remarried. During his endless mourning he built, within the walls of his mansion, a private sanctuary for his beloved. No one but the sparrows and his servant had ever seen it.
Master Li was brought back to the present by loud, pounding steps. Another image appeared next to his on the surface of the water; a tall, stout man with a sun burnt face, lively brown eyes and a black ponytail, had entered the garden. It was I, Yu, his servant. In the mirror of the pond my smile looked much wider and my lips thicker than they were, but I was as strong and healthy as the image.
Master Li Wang and I seemed to have nothing in common, but we had lived together in perfect harmony since the Great Quake. He was of royal blood and a highly learned man. He spoke many languages and one of his paintings decorated the Imperial Palace. His poems were widely read, and Wan-Li - the 13th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty - had them recited at the Palace during visits from abroad. Some of his works had been sold overseas and translated to other languages. Master was a wise man, so he never got involved in the political affairs of China, though he did not agree with the general belief that the goods brought by foreign merchants were neither needed nor welcome. Mongolian, Japanese and Korean attacks were weakening the powerful Ming Dynasty but, due to Master Li’s discretion over state issues, even the enemies of Wan-Li respected him and his art. His education included a three-year retreat in a Buddhist monastery in Beijing, where he had also received the Sword of Honor. He was a talented musician and I loved to sit at his feet when he played the flute. I admired him more than any other man, even more than the Emperor, but I’d never admit that to anyone - I might find myself in a prison cave.
In contrast, my origin was humble. I believed in the Great Tao, though I knew little of my religion. I tried to be honest and hardworking, for I was sure my parents were keeping an eye on me from the secret land only dead ancestors inhabit. I survived the Great Quake, but had no memories of what happened. I was told I had knocked on Master Li’s door five days after the Quake, hungry, naked, and unable to utter a word. I knew my name was Tang Chi, but I was mute and had no way of letting others know my name. My Master started to call me Yu.
After the Quake we moved to Guilin, for there was not much left in Shaanxi due to the magnitude of the disaster. Besides, Master Li thought Guilin was the most beautiful spot on earth. During the years that followed, he developed a sign language to help me express myself. However, I kept the name he had given me because I felt I had been reborn.
Master Li made me swear I would never show his garden to anyone. He even invented a special sign for it: he put his palms together, crossed the middle fingers and moved them up and down like wings of a little bird. We used the sign only when the garden had to be mentioned in the presence of others, but only we two new what it referred to. He taught me how to read, write and count, so I was able to communicate with the villagers by drawing characters in the air or on my palm with my finger. There are many dialects in China and it is a common way to understand each other, because most dialects were written with same characters. I also learned how to use some of the healing plants of the garden.
Without my Master’s kindness I would have died of hunger and cold, or succumbed to the terrible diseases, which had spread out over the Shaanxi province, wiping out entire villages. But most of all I learned to trust and feel safe. Master resolved all problems with calm perfectionism. I sometimes tried to copy his manners, but I was hot-blooded and had no patience.
“Horses ready, Master need more things?” I asked him with our sign language. He shook his head and returned his gaze back to the pond.
The preparations for our journey had begun years before we left Guilin. They started with Master Li’s growing restlessness and with his braid slowly turning gray. His thoughts were no longer in his art; he just sat in silence in the garden with his eyes fixed in the depths of the pond. Over and over again, he kept reading a Sanskrit proverb, which a friend of his had given him long ago. It was a beautiful piece of advice on how to find a better way to live. It was a poem called ‘Look to this day’. One day Master called me to his garden and said:
“Yu, an old Chinese man has said that if you want to be happy for one night, get drunk; if you want to be happy for one moon, get married; if you want to be happy for the rest of your life, become a gardener’. I have done all those things, but I am not a happy man. Buddha says that I must let go of all attachments if I wish to be free from sorrow. This Sanskrit poem urges me to find happiness in today, but my heart is in yesterday and tomorrow. I can not rest until I shall be reunited with my long gone wife. I miss her very much.”
His eyes lit up when he continued:
“According to an old legend somewhere in the heart of Asia stands a mountain so high that it reaches up to heaven. If you climb up to its peak, you’ll be blessed with all you long for. It is the Mountain of Light - the great Kun Lun. Many men have drawn maps to find it or tried to explain how to get there, but the road leading to it is different for every man. I believe that anyone who seeks it shall find it. My wife TaiTai came to me in a dream saying she was waiting for me at Kun Lun. I must leave Guilin and go to her, even if it means I shall never return. You can stay here and take care of my house. If you want to follow me, we will leave next spring.”
I listened to Master bewildered, remembering the tales my grandfather used to tell me when I was a child. He had heard stories of men who had found the mysterious mountain on a high plane behind the Himalayas. They had all come back wholly changed. One of them had had a shining golden light around his head, one had reached a peace of mind beyond all understanding, and one was known to levitate after sunset. But many had gone and never returned. My grandfather had said there were seven iron gates on the road to the peak, guarded by man-eating monsters and dragons spitting fire. The horror-stories of what happened to those who attempted to go there had made my grandfather’s lips tremble and my teeth chatter.
In spite of my fear I agreed to accompany my Master. It was my duty as his servant. He changed all his possessions for gold, except the house, which he decided to leave under the care of his nephew Jei-ming, who lived on his own in the house next to Master’s mansion.
Jei-ming had been my first and best friend when I came to live at Master’s house. We were nearly the same age and, in spite of him being short and skinny, he was a worthy opponent in our childhood wrestling matches. Due to his wonderful sense of humor, which was a contrast to Master’s seriousness, he was great fun to be with. I was always happy to welcome him at the mansion and he was the only person - apart from Master Li - who had learned my sign language. Though he was a frequent visitor and a trustworthy man, he had never been allowed to see the garden or the secret sign referring to it.
I was getting impatient. Everything was prepared for the journey; three horses were ready in front of the mansion. One was loaded with provisions and two were waiting with empty backs, but Master Li just sat and played with the goldfish.
“Master needs something else?” I repeated with stronger gestures.
“No, the less we carry, the lighter we will travel. We have all we need, the rest will be provided along the way. Please ask my nephew to come in.”
I ran to fetch Jei-ming.
When he entered the garden, he stopped with his mouth wide open, startled by the beauty surrounding us.
“Oh! Oh! How… how is this possible?” He staggered. “I have visited you since I… since I was a child and never seen this!”
Then Jei-ming realized that he was to be in charge of the house. He flung his hands across his chest and cried out in anguish:
“I have no means to keep this beauty intact till you come back!”
“Just feed the fish and water the garden. You know I may not return,” said Master Li calmly.
“But uncle…!”
“Do not worry about the future, just do every day what you think is best. That is enough. If the garden dies, it has served its purpose.”
Then Master asked us to leave and wait for him outside.
I walked backward nodding my head several times as a sign of respect. Before I turned away, I saw him stroke the flat rock he was sitting on and I heard him whisper:
“How difficult it is to part from things you love, even if they tie you to sorrow and pain.”
Then he walked out of the mansion and bowed to the statue of Buddha at the front garden. He united his palms on his forehead and prayed:
“Buddha of all times, may your wisdom accompany our journey and guide us to Kun Lun, where I shall be united with my beloved wife.”
I looked up to the sky and asked also the great Tao to protect us on the way, just in case his prayers were not heard.
The mansion got smaller and smaller as we advanced, until it slowly disappeared from sight.


~~~~~~Hope you enjoyed the sneak peak :)~~~~~~~~

For those who want to get this electronic book version online, please, please do it through www.GoodSearch.com/Goodshop and look for the Amazon link (then type my full name on the Amazon book search window). It won't cost you a penny more, but will give money to the charity of your choice - if you add that charity on the above GoodShop link I provided. I support Abandoned Pet Rescue - APR (Fort Lauderdale, FL), but there are hundreds of charities to choose from. Also the paper book, when it comes out hopefully by the end of this month, you can do it through GoodShop the same way :)


For those of you who have written to me asking for the paper version, I'll let you know when it comes out. Many people working on it here in USA, in Finland and Sweden, but it should be available in a few weeks :)

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104. LakeWorthFinn
3:23 AM GMT on June 04, 2011
Back from a wonderful vacation in Madrid to see my dau and some of the old friends I had not seen in 20-30 years!
But always good to be home surrounded with wagging tails ;)

Looks like we'll have an interesting cane season this year, so my only wish is for all to be safe.

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103. LakeWorthFinn
4:35 AM GMT on May 14, 2011
Thanks Gams (that was a good one LOL) and Hyper, how good to see you too my friend - come to 716 Lake Ave some day, we have moved :)!
I'm off to Madrid to spend time with my daughter and some old friends, will be back June 1st.

Have a great rest of the month :)
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102. Hypersport
10:29 AM GMT on May 08, 2011
Happy Mothers day!
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101. seflagamma
4:35 PM GMT on May 07, 2011
Hello Finn,

Hope all is well in your world and your writing is coming along wonderfully!!!

and Happy Mother's Day to you!

I saw this someplace else and then ran across it while looking for a Mother's Day Graphic.
I think it says it all!



Happy Mother's Day from Gams and Family


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100. LakeWorthFinn
9:48 PM GMT on April 25, 2011
{{{Gams}}} thank you, hope you had a great time with your family during Easter :)

Still waiting for graphics for the paper version, teaches me patience, which is OK because I do want to remain teachable!
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99. seflagamma
4:36 PM GMT on April 23, 2011
Hello Finn,

Wishing you a Happy Easter. Enjoy your weekend.

Hope your writing is coming a long well..

Please let me know when the book is published so I can go buy a copy!

Hallelujah Egg images
Easter Christian Graphics
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98. LakeWorthFinn
3:05 AM GMT on April 09, 2011
OH HAPPY RAIN WE GOT THIS WEEK! NOW OFF TO SEE IF MORE ON THE WAY...

I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL, JOYOUS WEEKEND :)
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97. LakeWorthFinn
1:51 PM GMT on April 02, 2011
Yes Patti, when midnight strikes and all the busy, stressing and hassle-filled worldly vibes calm down, my higher self awakens and connects with the creative sources of the universe and mind expands to a higher level of consciousness. Some give it simpler descriptions: night owl - or vampire... lol.
I hate waking up to an alarm clock, though hubby gave me for Xmas a wonderful one, called ZEN alarm. It starts with one soft chime and then continues every few minutes. A delight!
I'll be working at the Lake Worth store all day and really looking forward to it, cause I've been at home like a cave bear for a two weeks and hardly spoken to anybody!
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96. seflagamma
1:31 PM GMT on April 02, 2011
Good morning Finn, Happy "writing" to you!

graphic art
Weekend graphics comment
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95. seflagamma
4:16 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
Thanks Finn, keep me updated!!!!

too funny... so you are a night time writer??

I am more of a nighttime person also.
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94. LakeWorthFinn
7:33 AM GMT on March 31, 2011
Thanks {{{Gams}}} (see below about the book)

{{{BF}}} the paper version is delayed, because my Finnish publisher's office is making the PDF/HTML docs so it will come out exactly as the second print in Finnish, but he is abroad and we just have to wait till he returns. I was planning to have the paper version out by the end of this month, but as the old saying goes; "If you wanna hear god laugh, tell him YOUR plans"...
Hope April will bring the good news :) I will let you know about the publishing event, some WU friends/neighbors may decide to come (wink wink) so I'll post it here.

Now I'm writing most nights until hubby wakes up, and it's fun to say "good morning" to him and he replies "good night".
I do go to the stores to work a few hours late afternoons, but my mind is in the story I'm writing, so I'm no good at anything I do, except at cooking when I don't have to talk with anybody. Hubby's happy, I almost fit in the role of an 'ideal wife': "F**k me, feed me, and shut the f**k up" - LMAO
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93. Barefootontherocks
2:15 AM GMT on March 29, 2011
Hi ((Finn)),
I am reading chapter 7 now. Is it a paper book yet? When the date for the publishing ceremony is set, I hope you'll let us know.
:)

Quoting LakeWorthFinn:
Fox, forgot to say that people have been asking me for signed copies. When the paper book comes out there will be a publishing event and press conference in our store in Lake Worth with 500 copies available so you can buy it from me as well, just drop me a WU-mail. And for my neighbors who want to come to the publishing ceremony, you are most welcome. I was sooo hoping it would be this month, but... patience :)
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92. seflagamma
2:30 PM GMT on March 26, 2011
Good morning Finn,

I just finished Chapter 7 and it is great.
Now I really hope the "book" version comes out soon.. I want to read it all!!

Thank you so much for the sneek previews you are giving us here.. Thank you.

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!

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91. LakeWorthFinn
7:46 AM GMT on March 26, 2011
Gosh, I make so many typos it's horrible... Thank god for editors :) I just uploaded the 7th and last chapter that will be up for reading here on WU. Thanks to all who enjoyed it and for the heart warming comments :)

Have a happy and safe weekend!
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90. LakeWorthFinn
6:56 AM GMT on March 21, 2011
Hi Gams, glad you're enjoying the story :) The moon was beautiful last night, hubby and I were admiring it for a long time. Have a wonderful week!
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89. seflagamma
2:17 PM GMT on March 19, 2011
Finn,

Image my delight I came here to wish you a happy Saturday and found Chapter 6!!!!
And it was great, thank you so much!!!


Now, tonight do we "Howl at the Super Full Moon" and go "Dancing in the Moonlight"????


Happy Weekend!

wolf howl Pictures, Images and Photos

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88. seflagamma
1:24 PM GMT on March 18, 2011
Finn,

Thank you so much ... it was nice to get a break from reality and read chapter 5 of your wonderful story... I find myself trying to practice the teaching of the Master...

Cannot wait until the paper version comes out.. hopefully soon!!!
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87. LakeWorthFinn
6:31 AM GMT on March 16, 2011
{{{BF}}} Metta and candles - good combination.
Good night colleague :)
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86. Barefootontherocks
4:28 AM GMT on March 16, 2011
Goodnight, Finn.
and "Metta," Japan.
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85. LakeWorthFinn
4:21 AM GMT on March 16, 2011
Finland got the worst of Chernobyl (not counting Ukraine and Russia). All our food products were banned from consummation for FIVE years, and that long a period takes a severe toll on any country's economy. I hope Japan will be saved from a fate like that, people are suffering already enough with the terrible human tragedy that's unfolding there.
Candles lit at Finn's house...
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84. Barefootontherocks
3:58 AM GMT on March 16, 2011
Not tonight. lol
Please check your wumail, wunderwoman.
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83. Skyepony (Mod)
3:57 AM GMT on March 16, 2011
Thanks for the break!
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82. LakeWorthFinn
4:23 AM GMT on March 15, 2011
Hi BF!
Wanna call me? I'm eyes wide open here...
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81. LakeWorthFinn
4:22 AM GMT on March 15, 2011
Fox, forgot to say that people have been asking me for signed copies. When the paper book comes out there will be a publishing event and press conference in our store in Lake Worth with 500 copies available so you can buy it from me as well, just drop me a WU-mail. And for my neighbors who want to come to the publishing ceremony, you are most welcome. I was sooo hoping it would be this month, but... patience :)
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80. Barefootontherocks
4:05 AM GMT on March 15, 2011
Hi, Finn.
:)
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79. LakeWorthFinn
4:00 AM GMT on March 15, 2011
{{{Huri}}} - since ancient times, knowledge and wisdom have been passed on in forms of stories, I have just followed the tradition :)
Glad you like it. And yes, it can't be named, that was the greatest challenge in writing about it :)

{{{Fox}}} For those who have an e-book reading device, be it Kindle, Mac, iPad or any other book size screen, this version is great. Not good for cellphones, at least for us old half blind bats!
I'm also a paper book person, but that's because I have never tried any e-book readers. My friends swear by it, specially when they travel, and airports are filled with travelers who read on trips and say that those e-book reading devices are more eye-friendly than paper books.
I'm now waiting for my Finnish publisher to get the HTML text and pic coordinated for the paper book version - impatiently too! LOL
Many readers tell me they have wanted to read Kun Lun a few times to have it all really sink in...
I'll let you know when it comes out, don't worry. We all just need a little MORE patience. I get no free copies, even for myself, so to buy the paper book online directly from Amazon will be the best. But please read on the blog entry how you can benefit a charity when you buy something online ;)
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78. Beachfoxx
1:47 AM GMT on March 15, 2011
O.K. I'm not reading any more on WU --- I want the book! LOL

So...... I'm waiting. Should I order a copy from you or do you know if Kindle is compatible with the Ipad?
No, I think I'd rather have YOUR book in a hard copy. So, when & where can I buy?? : )
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77. hurigo
12:27 AM GMT on March 15, 2011
Hello Friend Finn,
Thank you so much (again) for sharing your work of art with us and it is more than that, though it not have to be. I do love how you have woven some of the precious teachings into your ...adventure story. (... representing a drifting thought or perhaps a lapse into that which cannot be named).
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76. LakeWorthFinn
8:36 AM GMT on March 13, 2011
With all the horrors in the news, take a break m'friends and rest a while to follow the footsteps of Yu in the 5th chapter I just added to the main blog entry.

Metta, Love and Peace to all ♥
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75. LakeWorthFinn
8:53 AM GMT on March 12, 2011
JAPAN AND WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE GLOBE:
THIS IS A GOOD LINK FOR ALL KINDS OF HAPPENINGS ON PLANET EARTH.

(It's always on the right side of my blog in the links list)

A candle is lit at Finn's house for the disaster in Japan :(
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74. Barefootontherocks
6:58 PM GMT on March 11, 2011
FinnOne,
LOL and thanks.
Creating I love.
:)

Need. Phone. uh-oh. Mail.
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73. LakeWorthFinn
6:14 PM GMT on March 11, 2011
Yes Patti, I'm writing the life story of one of the characters in the book - Zeenath, the jolly merchant from Kashmir, hoping to finish it by the end of the year :)
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72. seflagamma
3:17 PM GMT on March 11, 2011
Yes I prefer the Hold in your Hand type of books also...

So you are going to follow this one with two more for a Triology? Love it!
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71. LakeWorthFinn
5:56 AM GMT on March 11, 2011
{{{BF}}} Yep, it's all Foxxes fault, she got all riled up and now will want herself even more after reading the 4th chapter lmao

Backathya for your own creations :) I need to call you, which time zone are you in during this week?
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70. Barefootontherocks
2:07 AM GMT on March 11, 2011
Hi Finn!
Enjoying the story and I will be looking for the hold it in your hands book when it is out. Thanks for putting this much out for wu to see. You would have to quit just when things got hot. (j/k) wumbahoof!

Best wishes with the next two in the trilogy.
:)
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69. LakeWorthFinn
7:45 PM GMT on March 10, 2011
Gams, phone is really not a good device for reading! I personally like to hold a book in my hands, but many people I know have e-book reading devices, I see them also a lot at airports and on trains, and they all are raving about how great those devices are, because they're light weight, you can adjust the font (for us old blind bats:) and the screens are very eye-friendly - according to them more than paper books with bad light and eye-glasses.
Maybe I'll get all the way into the 21st century and buy one, sure could travel more lightly! I got a smartphone (Android) for Xmas from Jamie and LOVE it!
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68. seflagamma
6:50 PM GMT on March 10, 2011
I have a personal computer at home but not sure how to read e-books on it.. never have... and my blackberry screen is too tiny...

I figured you would have to stop putting each chapter here...

Please let me know as soon as it becomes available and I will order it on line...at where ever it is!!!
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67. LakeWorthFinn
6:22 PM GMT on March 10, 2011
{{{Gams}}} Happy Anniversary! If you don't have a PC, Kindle, Mac, iPhone, IPad, Blackberry, Android phone to read e-books, you can wait for the paper version.
I won't publish the whole book here, could be a spoiler :)
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66. seflagamma
1:51 PM GMT on March 10, 2011
Finn that was wonderful... Now I am really addicted to this story!!!

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65. seflagamma
1:18 PM GMT on March 10, 2011
Finn,

so happy to see th is!!!

I will be back during my morning break to read Chapter 4! I am hooked on this story.
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64. LakeWorthFinn
5:34 PM GMT on March 09, 2011
~~~~~~~♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥~~~~~~
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63. LakeWorthFinn
9:08 PM GMT on March 05, 2011
{{{Gams}}}} I'm thrilled you like it - chapter 4 coming next week :)

{{{Skye}}} - my pleasure, though You have enough beauty, art and talent in you already to make miracles :)

...and {{{iyou}}}, I know you're luwkin', my wocking biker gal :)
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62. Skyepony (Mod)
6:05 PM GMT on March 05, 2011
Thanks for filling me with inspiration before I head out to plant!
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61. seflagamma
5:50 PM GMT on March 05, 2011
FIRST!!!!


{{{Liisa}}}}

I loved it.. just so happened to be here at the right time to enjoy Chapter 3...Now I want Chapter 4!!!

What a wonderful story!!!
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60. LakeWorthFinn
5:18 PM GMT on March 05, 2011
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59. LakeWorthFinn
5:16 PM GMT on March 05, 2011
{{{{{{{TO ALL}}}}}}}

I added "the 3rd chapter" of Kun Lun on the main blog for for those who like it, want more (Foxx, pun intended LOL:) and find time to read this weekend :)
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58. Barefootontherocks
4:51 AM GMT on March 02, 2011
OMGosh, FinnOne.
Oh. How exciting. The singing made my eyes have tears.
:)

Thanks for posting the videos. Neat to be able to see the Oath and Pledge of Allegiance of many new citizens of all shapes, sizes and colors. Wonderful to see your joy, and theirs.

Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations.
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57. LakeWorthFinn
4:34 AM GMT on March 02, 2011
YESTERDAY

US citizenship oath 2-28-2011

Singing, hugging and passing Kleenexes :)
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56. LakeWorthFinn
12:30 AM GMT on March 01, 2011
Mine too {{{gams}}} After passing the Kleenex to the Malaysian girl on my right (second video), I needed them too and REALLY got it going when we sang the National Anthem, which wasn't recorded because hubby was so teary eyed he couldn't find the tiny red record-button on the camera. That woulda been a cool shot on a human waterfall - LOL

Thanks to EVERYBODY for such a warm welcome. I'll never forget this day...
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55. seflagamma
12:22 AM GMT on March 01, 2011
Finn, I've been on Facebook looking at those videos and they bring tears to my eyes!!!
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54. LakeWorthFinn
12:17 AM GMT on March 01, 2011
Was a good day, my grandfather's birthday...
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