Is not returning a text or email, Rude?

The urgency of communication becomes greatly exaggerated. In a world where information is easily accessible and interpersonal relationships are always available, the urgency of communication begins to accelerate. Just because our cell phones allow us to be reached at any given point of the day (by voice or text) does not mean that an immediate response is necessary. Our lives continue. Unfortunately, because the world has collapsed around us, there is a growing sense that not giving an immediate response to texts/e-mails is rude. It is not." -Becoming Minimalist

Father & Son Trip of Lifetime…

“Got to go on adventure of lifetime with my son and his Boy Scout Troop 11. Canoing down the Colorado River over 25 miles from starting at the base of Hoover Dam. Oh yeah, no cell phones, tv, video games. Real conversation with your son and other parents! Amazing….”

From Father & Son 4-Day Canoe Weekend, posted by Carlos Samaniego on 2/20/2013 (54 items)

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Are you a family man? (Video)


Here we are in the middle of holiday season and on television every holiday movie that has come out is being played classics such as Charlie Brown Christmas, Frost The Snow Man, It’s Wonderful Life, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Preachers Wife, Polar Express, and the list goes on and on.

I think on our DVR has everyone of these movies recorded. But there is one movie that has hit home with me personally.

This movie for me, reminds me what my life is all about: “The Family Man” with Nicholas Cage it came out in 2000.

It’s great movie for all you husbands and fathers to watch, It’s about a man who thought he had everything and faith gives him a glimpse what he life could have been.

The trailer is below and highly suggest over the next couple weeks pick up this movie and enjoy.  

Veterans Day

Today Veterans Day was a day of recollecting those that have served our country and currently serve our country. It’s amazing how many people in my family have serve our country.

My Father George Samaniego, was a combat medic in Vietnam and it was his inspiration that wanted me to become a medic in the Army.
My Grandfather George Casanova Samaniego was a Infantryman in the Marines and serve in Guadalcanal during World War II

Then you have my Dad Juan Orona who I just met a few years ago, I found it he was a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam. Not to mention my Uncles Johnny Orona on my paternal side who serve in World War II.

Even my Paternal Grandfather Juan Orona, was a Veteran who serve both the Mexican Army and the Revolutionaries Pancho Villa as a messenger for both sides.

Will you look at your family history you be surprised how many have serve this great nation of ours.

Happy Veterans Day to all who have serve!


Do You Want To Be Happy

For the last 3 weeks, I have been attending a book study at Unity of Yucaipa. We been discussing the book, “The Untethered Soul: By Michael Singer. One of my favorate chapters so far is: The Path of Unconditional Happiness.

Read this excerpt that came from, it is eye opening.


The Path of Unconditional Happiness

The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience. But first you have to approach life properly, or it can be very confusing. To begin with, you have to realize that you really only have one choice in this life, and it’s not about your career, whom you want to marry, or whether you want to seek God. People tend to burden themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally clear.

Most people don’t dare give themselves that choice because they think it’s not under their control. Someone might say, “Well, of course I want to be happy, but my wife left me.” In other words, they want to be happy, but not if their wife leaves them. But that wasn’t the question. The question was, very simply, “Do you want to be happy or not?” If you keep it that simple, you will see that it really is under your control. It’s just that you have a deep-seated set of preferences that gets in the way.

Let’s say you’ve been lost and without food for days, and you finally find your way to a house. You can hardly make it to the doorstep, but you manage to pull yourself up and knock on the door. Somebody opens the door, looks at you and says, “Oh my God! You poor thing! Do you want something to eat? What would you like?” Now the truth is, you really don’t care what they give you. You don’t even want to think about it. You just utter the word “food.” And because you really mean it when you say you need food, it no longer has anything to do with your mental preferences. The same goes for the question about happiness. The question is simply “Do you want to be happy?” If the answer is really yes, then say it without qualifying it. After all, what the question really means is “Do you want to be happy from this point forward for the rest of your life, regardless of what happens?”