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LET ME EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG. THIS IS AN OLD BLOG AND IT HAS GOT MANY USEFUL LINKS IN IT THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE, WHEN WE VISIT THE BLOG. BUT TODAY WE WANT TO USE IT MAINLY TO WRITE A DIARY OF THE LIFE OF A NEW BORN BABY, WHENEVER THERE ARE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT IT. BECAUSE BLOGS NEED TO BE ACTIVE TO ATRACT VISOTORS, WE WILL ALSO WRITE AN OLD MAN LIFE STORY, WHICH ONE DAY COULD BE USED TO COMPARE IT WITH THE NEW BORN BABY, YOU SEE TODAY THINGS CHANGE VERY QUICKLY AND IT COULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE THE GREAT DIFFERENCE LATER. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COLLECT OTHER LINKS LIKE BABY SONGS TO MAKE IT MORE BABY FRIENDLY.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My life missed opportunities

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, BABY RAFAEL STORY PLUS. While we are posting Baby Rafael story, we will also post some grandpa life story, because even an old-man life story could be compared to todays' way of life.
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Welcome to our blog, Baby Rafael story plus
and this post, my life missed opportunities
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My life missed opportunities
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-Life has its own opportunities, sometimes they are good, and sometimes not so good. We might have also our own destiny.
 There could be something called destiny, and we might have our own destiny.










My life missed opportunities

Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, my life story plus, where we were explaining that, I need to learn how to write my life story properly. Anyhow, here I am telling you about my life story, and all those life opportunities that I have missed during my life, which sometimes make me a bit sad. At the same time, I would like to continue to tell you my life story, because it makes me remember all the memories and those experiences that have shaped my life, so let me tell you my own special life story from the very beginning of my life, where I am going to tell you who I am, where have I been where I am now and how I got here, and here and now while I am writing my own life story in hub pages. I am writing this story hoping that one day my family and friends might read my story and understand a bit more about me, I know that this might be just a wishful thinking, because families and friends usually don’t read their stories.
So, as I have said, I have decided to tell you my own life story, because of something that has happened to me recently during my life; you see this something has pushed me to start writing many things including my own life story, so this is also the reason why I am writing now. You see, now that I am in my early sixties, and therefore I am in the later part of my life span. I have to say that although I am an old man, and therefore, experienced with life and with what life can throw at us, which sometimes it can be rather bad; one of my latest experience has made me feel so inadequate and frustrated lately, for not being able to reach out and make happen, what I wanted so desperately to happen. And this is one of the reasons, or perhaps the most important reason, why I have started to write my own life story here and also go public in Hub Pages.
I have to say here also, that to be able to write in Hub Pages and have my own article in a public place to be read from anybody, it makes me feel proud of myself, since in my younger part of my life I have never believed that I would be able to do that, even if I am doing it only in a small way; this makes me feel that I have fought back that feeling of being inadequate and now I feel more confident about myself, just because I am writing my story in Hub Pages, but let us go back to my life story.
Anyhow, I have also to say that I have felt so many other times that feeling of being inadequate during my life, which I believe that it has been all because; I was put in a disadvantaged position when I was young, and for that reason, I was not able to better myself to a satisfactory standard at that time, which otherwise I would have been able to achieve if I had the chance; so, these are my laments in this life story and these laments I am telling you here-under. But at the same time, I am not doing this for sympathy, so don’t feel sorry about me.  
For these lost chances, I can’t blame anybody, and I can’t even blame my mother for putting me in such disadvantaged position, when I was very young, because she was forced from disastrous and tragic events beyond her control. So, I have come to the conclusion that I can only blame Fate, because it struck a terrible blow to our family when I was very young.
Therefore, if in my younger years, if I had been in a position to go to high school at least for a few more years, or perhaps as long as my capacity to learn was used to the maximum; Then I could have learned whatever they teach at school, and at the same time, because I would have been in a more social environment, I would have been able to improve my social and communication skills while I were at school, those skills which are so important to communicate well with the rest of the community.
Therefore, if I had acquired those social skills when I was young, I would have been accepted better socially, and I would have felt happier with myself, instead of feeling sometimes left out from the mainstream, and feeling concerned and isolated.
You see; if I would have had a chance to learn more at high school, then I would have learned more at the time when I was young, and from that extra education I could have been more successful later on in my life, because I could have used my acquired knowledge, and those social skills which I never had the chance to learn then, because if I had, I could have achieved better things and ripped more and better rewards from within this society that we are living in today, which seems to me that it is more and more demanding about these social aspect.
This is one of those things that has made me feel sometimes inadequate, and it has followed me most of my life. You see, those social skills that I have been talking about must be learned when one is young, while frequenting high school and mixing with society around yourself, so that these social skills would become part of oneself and therefore one can use them to their own advantage all their lifelong. For me it was not like that at all and most of those skills that we require in life I had to learn bit by bit the hard way, the best way I could.
Anyhow, about this issue of feeling inadequate is going to be written in one of our hubs called, Hello my world, where I am going to sound like a rebel and break out of this life drawback in a drastic way, where I will try to change my own way of thinking; but now let us continue to follow our own ways, and our own destiny the way that we have always done. So, in our next post let us talk about that, perhaps we have our own destiny.
See you Soon.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

My life story plus

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, BABY RAFAEL STORY. While we are posting Baby Rafael story, we will also post some grandpa life story, because even an old-man life story could be compared to todays' way of life.
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Welcome to our blog, baby Rafael story plus
and this post, my life story plus
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My life story plus
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-Life is what one want it to be, because even when life is hard, we can always hope for better things to come. We can also try to make it better wherever possible, even when this is hard to achieve. Therefore, we need to think positive.   











My life story plus  
Sear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, these mistaken religious views, it is also part of an old man life story and the continuation of our previous hub, My life my struggles, (the link, you want to check it out).
Dear readers, even though here I am going to lament again about the life that I had to live when I was young, let me try to be positive where I can. One should keep in mind that life is what it is and most times we cannot change it at all, even if we try hard to change it. So, we should accept life the way it is and try to do the best with what we have, by using what one has learned from life itself, that is the only positive thing that we could do, we need to think positive all the time, and then nobody could take away that positive feeling from us, if we live that way and think positive life becomes a lot easier, so your life experience will always count for something positive, provided you can use whatever has been positive in your life.
Now, let me explain about this old man story, perhaps I should have called this article my life story plus, including my life missed opportunities and my destiny, plus other things that usually happen during life. Anyhow, you are all invited to read my article because this is my life story and nobody else and I invite anyone to read it, it does not matter for what reason you read it, perhaps you would read it to compare my life story to your own life story, or just for curiosity sake, because you would like to know how some other people have lived their own lives.
Here again dear readers I have to say that, we all try to live our lives the best way we can, and we all wonder at those things that have happened to us during our lives, some of which might be good and some not that good; but once we have lived those life happenings, they all seems to us as if they were a dream, they are like a sort of dream and distant memories that will come back to our minds when we try to remember them, sometimes we wonder at the amount of events that we have been through during our lives, and it seems almost unreal that we have gone through all those things, but nevertheless it has been our life that we have lived and our life is a story that could be told if we want to tell it, so, we would like to tell you our life story, perhaps just to compare our life story with other life stories, we would also like to tell our story hoping that there is somebody willing to read our life story, perhaps to compare it with his/her own life story, because our own lives could have been similar or very different from their story, but it is still is a story that could be told, because, as you know everybody of us has a story that could be told and so have I.
So, I have written my own life story that I would like to tell you here. Now, I don’t remember exactly how or when this idea of writing my own life story has started in my mind, perhaps I have written part of it down somewhere else for personal reasons, but I don’t remember now exactly why I wrote that article the first time. Perhaps I have written it down to find some positive events in my young live, when there seemed to be negative things around, but I wanted to find what positive things there are that I could use.
But anyhow, the reason why I started to write it does not matter much now, because as you know there are many people these days that write their own life story; so, I would like also to tell you my own life story for many reasons, and also to prove to myself that everyone of us as a story to tell, whether my story might or might not be as great as somebody else story it does not matter much, because here we are not competing who is telling the best story, we are only trying to tell our own life story, but every story has its own merits and could become interesting in different ways; sometimes a story could be interesting just because it is unique in its own ways; I am saying this because I believe that I have had a rather hard life when I was young, and it was unique in its own ways, and therefore when I am writing my life story, I might be going to lament about this hard life that I have lived, but that was the way that I have lived my life, and that is the way that I am going to tell it.
Because I am telling you about this hard life that I have lived, I feel a bit worried, because I guess that not many people enjoy reading or listening to somebody else story, when all they do in their story is to lament their bad luck, these sorts of stories are not much fun to read or listen to. But anyhow this is my real life story, and this is the reason why I have called this hub an old man story, because old men usually would be lamenting about things one way or another, so let us see what this old man (that is me) is going to tell about his life story, his observation and his missed life opportunities, while he is telling us his own life story and lamenting, but at the same time trying not to lament much for fear of being boring to the readers, as my life as not had anything exiting that would attract the attention of the readers, it was a very simple life and no unforeseen happy events happened; I have just said this because today while I am editing this article, in the news there are these refugees that are running away from their native land in search of a better and safer way of life in another country; one day these refugees could really have a story to tell; but that would be their story, so let me go back to my own life story.
Anyhow, even though I am writing my life story now, I believe that I have still a lot to learn how to write my own biography, but I am going to try writing it anyhow, while I am trying to learn a bit more from the Internet every day; Autobiography - How to Write Your Autobiography, but let us continue and tell you, my life missed opportunity.
Anyhow, I thing that I have said enough in this post, since today most people like to read only short articles, so, I will continue to write about my life missed opportunities in our next post.
See you soon.
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Baby Rafael story plus 
My life story plus
IS TO BE CONTINUED:
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mistaken religious views

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, BABY RAFAEL STORY PLUS. While we are posting Baby Rafael story, we will also post some grandpa life story, because even an old-man life story could be compared to todays' way of life.
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Welcome to our blog, Baby Rafael story plus
and this post, mistaken religious views
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Talk about this mistaken religious views
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When we look at our human history, we will find that people have always struggled during their lives. For instance, this photo here is about the Bible exodus, which is one of the great struggle of our human history. We could add here that this struggle of the Israelite has started nearly 4000 years ago, and even today it is still going on, if we think about all those things that are still happening in the Middle East, as we speak even today.



Let us talk about this mistaken religious views

Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, my life my straggles, where we were about to discuss why some people believe that we are born to suffer, when we believe only that we could be born to struggle and not to suffer. So, we would like to explain what we think about this mistaken views.
We believe that the beliefs that we are born to suffer has come from religious beliefs. Now, to prove that we need to state our own religious beliefs, which are as follow; we believe that we don’t see the need for the flesh to suffer, in order for the soul to become holy in the eyes of God. Therefore, we believe that religious people have made a mistake, when they say that we are born to suffer. We cannot believe that we are born to suffer, and therefore, their beliefs about suffering are wrong, and we back it up with the following explanation.
They are wrong, because if you are a believer and you believe in God; how could you ever think that we are born to suffer? How could you ever think that? Just think about it! How could God Our Heavenly Father, who is the perfect Father in every way do that to us. And also, for what reason should God make us just to make us suffer?
No! The whole thought of suffering here is absurd, because any good father loves his own children, and therefore he wishes that his own children live a good and happy life. Therefore, God who is the best father of us all must have made us to be free, so that we could choose our own way of living, and if during our lives there happens to be painful times, we have to rectify it ourselves in our own way, even if this will make us struggle to overcome the suffering part that goes with it.
Therefore we are sure that we are not born to suffer, but perhaps we are born to be free to do whatever comes our way and sometime we have to struggle to find our own way out of the problems that we are facing at that particular time.
Now, I would like to tell you, that I understand that life is not easy except for a few people that are born lucky. Therefore, for those people who think that life is easy, I am pretty sure that they are in the minority; and ether they are the very lucky few, which everything has been done for them, or they are fools and they cannot see what life is all about.
Indeed, it is a well-known and acknowledged fact of life, that there are several kinds of struggles within our present life; you see, even now, while I am writing this article I am struggling to write it the best way I can. We can also add here this as a matter of fact some great man have acknowledged of the existence of these struggles, and also of the existence of an inner struggle which we feel within ourselves most times.
Now, some of these men have even expressed their views in public, in a direct way or an indirect way. In my life time for instance, ‘The Right Honourable Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser,’ when the public was complaining that life was a struggle for them under his government policies; He used to say to them and I quote; ‘Life is not meant to be easy’.
Therefore, I feel so sure to admit that there are struggles in our lives, even if we don’t want them to be there, and I can assure you that even when we are not struggling, life is not meant to be easy for us, because, we will always be struggling as something somehow will bother us, one way or another.
Therefore, my own life being just like anybody else, or perhaps worse off in some respect, I would like to tell you to the extent of some very personal details, so that I will be able to show you and prove my point that in order to survive I had to struggle.
So, it seems to me that from here onward I am going to tell you ‘The struggles of my life.’ Or perhaps should I say the story of my life; since this is the only issue that I am sure to know better than anybody else, and also that there are some personal reasons to tell the story of my life.

Why tell the story

I would like to tell you the story of my life, just the way that I have lived it; with so many good chances that were partly wasted, owing to the fact that I was badly prepared when I was young, for that reason I wasn’t able to understand fully that they were good chances, and that, I could have done something about them. So, here I would like to comment about the anguish that those wasted chances brought with them, at the time when they happened and also later on during my life. So, when I think about the past with all its suffering that I have been through, I believe that I could have lived a better life, if I had been better prepared for it when I was young. And this is the most important aspect that I want to demonstrate here, and if you think that I am lamenting about my own life you are right. Anyhow one of the reasons for telling you my life story, it is that you could compare this life story to your own life story, or to the story of somebody else and hope it would help, because you will know then that you are not alone struggling, since most times we are all struggling during our lives.
Let me add here also other reasons that have made me write this post about my life struggles, even though here I am trying to tell you the story and struggles of my life, I would like to see some benefit flow to my readers, perhaps in the sense of looking at life in a more acceptable way when things go wrong and they have to struggle; then they may remember my life story and say to themselves, life is hard for me these days; but I am not alone, because lots of other people have struggled during their lives, and they are even struggling these days. Look at this life story that I have just read, which was talking about somebody else life struggles. You see, once you know that you are not the only one struggling in life, and you think about it, everything could look somehow better for you.
I believe that I might have said enough in this post about, my life my struggles. So, I would like to conclude by saying that I am going to write more in my next post called, my life story and laments, or perhaps, an old man story, or this is my life story plus, or something like that depending on what hub pages will accept for a title. See you later in our next article.
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Baby Rafael story plus 
Mistaken religious views 
IS TO BE CONTINUED:
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

My life my struggles

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, BABY RAFAEL STORY. While we are posting Baby Rafael story, we will also post some grandpa life story, because even an old-man life story could be compared to todays' way of life.
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Welcome to our blog, Baby Rafael story
and this post, my life my struggle
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My life my struggles
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Let me tell you some of the struggles of my life, as we all know during our lives there are times when we have to struggle. But I have to tell you that even though life was hard for me I still enjoyed it, because life is a beautiful struggle
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My life my struggles

Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, personal writing concerns, where I was lamenting that sometimes I have problems with what I have written, because the computer marks them as duplicate content. Anyhow I am going to continue to write my articles and hope for the best, so, let us continue.
So, here I would like to say, that you are all invited to browse this article of, my life my struggles  if you like, and then perhaps you might compare my life struggles with somebody else struggles, or with your own struggles, if you feel that you are struggling during your own life and you want company, but try to do all this with a smile, even if you would be feeling a bit run down sometimes.
So, let me begin my life my struggles story
This life story that we are telling you here, it is going to be just another article of a simple man life journey, that is being told from the old man himself and that old man is me. So, let me tell you about my own life journey, allow me to start with the memories of my life, whether these life memories are happy happenings or sad ones, today they might not make much difference, since they have happened in the past.  So, let me talk about the struggles of my life, since life may be said that is a beautiful struggle; (You see, we need to think that life is a beautiful struggle, even when there are times when it hurts, because that is the only way to enjoy life) I am saying all this because I feel that I have been struggling all my life long, in fact I feel that I am even struggling just now, while I am writing my life memories, so, let us talk about my life struggles
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My beautiful life struggle
Dear readers, let me tell you that these are the struggles of life of an ordinary and partly educated man, who had to struggle his own ways in his entire life, because this might have been his destiny, and even now is struggling in order to live his life in full; one could or would describe him as a born struggler, who kept battling on during his whole life so to speak and continues to struggle even now.
So, as it often happens to the best of us, sometimes he won his battles and sometimes he lost them. And although when he had a tough battle a scar or mark was left on him for life, he never thought to surrender to the adverse elements that life brought to him; but he kept battling on his whole life from his very tender age onward. And no matter how hard it became for himself he kept struggling on, in order to conquer those negative elements which sometimes make life miserable, as we all may know from our own life experiences.
He had to do it all by himself because; there is no other way that a person can live his own life, but one has got to keep fighting on and never give up, no matter how hard it might become during one’s own life, starting from the very beginning when we are born.
And this is the subject that I’d like to be talking to you just now, which is going to be never the less the very same story of my life, as I have already mentioned before.
So looking at what life usually bring us I have to say that, it seems to me that we are born to struggle, in order to find our own way in life, as there seems to be no other ways available to us and we have to look after ourselves the best way we can.
But here I would also like to point out to you, that there are lots of people throughout the world nowadays, who believe that we are born to suffer, as if suffering is necessary for living our lives in full. But I would not and could not agree with them at all on this suffering part, because I don’t believe for a single moment that we are born to suffer. The reasoning is that if we believe that we are born to suffer, then, when something goes wrong that would make me suffer, I would have to accept suffering as it was, and I would do nothing at all to improve my situation. To me this situation would be absurd, and therefore, I prefer to believe that it should always be possible to do something to improve my situation, even if is going to make me struggle hard for a long time.
So now, let us stop to think about what we have just said above, because we would like to discuss a bit more, about this subject of struggling or suffering. Since we would like to convince you including ourselves, that what we believe about our life struggling would be correct; so, we hope you don’t mind following what we have in mind to say now; which is that we would like to explain a bit more, what we have said about struggling and suffering for comparison sake.
So, let us talk about this comparison of struggling or suffering, just to see if what we have said above would make sense to all of us. So, let us make a general observation here; we have to say that generally speaking for a start, any parents would wish from the bottom of their hearts that their children will have an easy and happy life to live.
And if we were to ask any parent, or would be future parents: if they would like to have any children at all, knowing in advance that their children would have to suffer during their life time, we are sure that they would never agree to have children under such conditions. You see, there is no point to have children, if they have to suffer: We would like to have children only if they can live their life better than our own lives, or at least equal to our ways of life.
Having said that now we would like to explore the reasons why people think that we are born to suffer; we have to say that we don’t know exactly how and why, this belief that we are born to suffer came about, even though we see the reasons why we usually have to struggle during our lives, but let us try also to explain the suffering part that some people believe in.
We have reasons to believe, that this suffering beliefs could be part of some religious beliefs or cults, because for religious leaders telling people that life could be a struggle was not enough for them. Because usually they would like to control us somehow, and to do that they would try to scare us somehow, so that, we would do what we have been told to do. We are saying this because it is a well-known fact that religious people have had some influence in these suffering beliefs, you see, for a long time they have preached and believed that the flesh had to suffer, and only through suffering the soul would become holy in the eyes of God. Here we would like to ask this; is it really necessary that the body has to suffer, in order for the soul to become worthy in the eyes of God? Personally, speaking I don’t see the need for the body to suffer, so religious people have a mistaken view about this suffering of the body, having said that, now I believe that we need to explain better, what would be better to believe, so, let us talk about this religious mistaken view it in our next post, since this post is becoming too long.
See you soon.
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Baby Rafael story
My life my struggles
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Baby photo collection

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, BABY RAFAEL STORY. While we are posting Baby Rafael story, we will also post some grandpa life story, because even an old-man life story could be compared to todays' way of life.
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Welcome to our blog, Baby Rafael story
and this post, Baby photo collection
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Every now and then, we are going to collect some photos, and keep them in here for our record.



Best photo of Baby Rafael at 3 months old. We cannot believe it, he looks so cute.



mum and baby






















Rafael photo, and below Mum and baby.








a stroll in the park

I wish I knew that a photo was being taken, because I could have looked better if I had made myself ready for a photo.



















grandma and Rafael

















mum and baby













These are some photos of Baby Rafael. We have also another site, with a page dedicated to Rafael, where are some Baby Rafael photos and other things that could be more interesting than this post, to visit it click on this link below.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Some story concerns

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, BABY RAFAEL STORY. While we are posting Baby Rafael story, we will also post some grandpa life story, because even an old-man life story could be compared to todays' way of life.
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Welcome to our blog, baby Rafael story
and this post, some story concerns
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Whatever you do in life, brings with it concerns, when I was a kid I was looking after a small flock of sheep, and I was concerned. Today I am writing some posts on the internet, and I am concerned. In life there are always things that concerns us.
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Some personal writing concerns
Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, the story of my life. Today everything is changing very rapidly, because of all these changes, while I am trying to write my life story, I have become concerned how to set it up properly, but that is not all. Because I believe that I have missed to mention this small part of my life, which I believe that it is important to tell; as you might know most Italians are religious and most of them are Roman Catholic and so was also my family including myself, so I was born and baptized in a Roman Catholic Church just like everybody else in town of Genzano di Lucania, and this is how my life stared. I know that this is only the start of my life, which I have told you in this hub and I have a lot more to say, but unfortunately sometimes I am not allowed to do that, because of duplicate content in hub pages, just like what is following here under, that is why I am concerned about writing.
At this point of time I have become concerned that I am not going to be able to write my life story the way that I would have liked to write it, so let me explain the reasons why and the way that I feel. Now, since this hub is supposed to be mainly about my own life story, I would have liked to go back to talk about myself and my position in my family and those things that happen when one is born or just a toddler; but unfortunately again some of my life stories have been already published in blogger, therefore I cannot repeat them here because it will become duplicate content. So I say this to you, if you would like to know what I am talking about, you may have to read some of my blogs or my websites these are the links, http://menfranco.blogspot.com, http://frankmenchise.com and, http://manneedsgod.blogspot.com,
Of course, in this blogs there are many posts and pages, but what I am talking about here is the post called, my life struggles, which could be different from our next post, my life my struggles. You know I would like to tell you so many things and I will do that when I work out what I can publish here as I go on writing in blogger and Hub Pages. As you can see I am concerned about many things. Anyhow, I have to keep writing my posts, so, I say, see you soon in my next post, my life my struggles.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

The story of my life

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, OLD-MAN AND RAFAEL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE SOME OF OUR OWN LIFE STORY, BECAUSE EVEN AN OLD MAN LIFE STORY COULD BE COMPARED TO TODAY'S WAY OF LIFE. AT THE SAME TIME WE WILL TRY TO WRITE A DIARY ABOUT THIS NEW LIFE THAT HAS COME ALONG, AND NOW IS PART OF OUR FAMILY.
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Welcome to our blog, Old-man and Rafael
and this post, the story of my life
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This is the castle in the country that I used to see from a distance, from our family farm everyday of my life. It is a very solid somehow small castle compared to some other castles, but is has a very violent story of its own, as most of the castle do. 






The story of my life
Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, a man life journey. So let us continue and let me start telling you my life story. I was born in the late thirties that means that, I was born before World War 2, 1939- 1945, I was born in a rural town of southern Italy, as I have already mentioned at the beginning of this story, my family had a small farm and owned some farm land around the farm, but this farm land that we owned was not enough to earn a living, so we (my family) would also work the land of large land owners who would let us use their land for a price that had to be paid usually with an agreed amount of produce each year; to some of you this way of doing things might seem strange, but, that was normal practice in those days.
Perhaps I need to write this observation here, to understand better the situation about us small farmers, without going in too many details about the past, one has to think that in the past the entire countryside would usually belong to the landlord that the rulers of the day gave the right to run that part of the country, so even when I was young some of these way of living existed, the rich landowner that now replaced the government landlord or the master of that portion of the countryside, anyhow, they would let us use their land for a price. Anyhow talking about the old ways of how these things were done, and talking about the landlords or the masters of the castles that they used to run the countryside, there in Genzano is this castle of Monteserico and I remember that from my family farm I could see this castle far away every day of my life, of course there is also a history about this Monteserico castle, I have written about that in this hub, The castle of, as this castle of Monteserico has plenty of history of its own.
Anyhow, in order to understand how things were done then in the farms, and here I am talking about before and also during World war 2, I need to tell you this; to earn a living in those days was very hard, it was much harder than today, not only for us farmers who were then thought to be in a better position of the rest of the town community, because we were producing something useful for the rest of the community especially in war time when food was hard to come by, we could always find something to eat from the fields, so the rest of the town were influenced by us farmers, so if we were doing well the rest of the town would be doing well too, I believe that here I could add this observation to make you see what I mean; in the simple life of those times, the most important thing that people would aim for was to be able to eat wholesome and simple food every day, if you were able to do that then you were doing well, I hope I have made my point here, there were no luxurious food or things to be had, accept a few times each year, at Christmas and other important events.
Now I need to point out that there was no much money going around in those days and a lot of times we had to exchange produce or things to make ends meet. So, let me tell you a couple of examples how things were done in those days; for example if it happened that we needed a blacksmith to sharpen the tools during the year to work the fields, we would pay the blacksmith with an agreed amount of wheat, since wheat was our main crop and also most people needed wheat to make their own bread during the year; you see in those times, if you had wheat you could take it to the mill to make flour and then make your own bread; therefore by paying work done by wheat was convenient, as it was a two ways solution. It also was done like that because there was no much money around then; you see, even the barbers used to be paid in wheat or some other produce from the farmers. Of course there was some money to do other general smaller services or things, but all those services that would take a long time usually for years were done by these agreements of so much work in exchange of so much produce. Sometimes even small things could be bought by exchanging some produce with some other things.
I know dear readers that what I have said might seem ridiculous today, but this is how life was in those old days. So, I wonder how you the younger generation would feel to live in the old days that I have described above, and be a farmer’s youth working in the farm from a very tender age as I did. Here I would like to call on you my readers to compare what I have said above to today living and let me know if you feel like making a comment. I just wonder how you would feel like to be in a lonely place as I was, where there was not a single electronic device to play with or just listen to; I just wonder how you would feel like and what you would do.
I am saying this because today when I look at the young people most of them walk about with a mobile talking to their friends, or listening to music, or doing whatever they can do with their mobile, the difference in life style is so great that it is hard to believe that so many electronic devises have come out in the last fifty years or so, and they have changed our life style and we are better off today; therefore, I have to ask myself, what the youths of today could have done in my place? But anyhow let us continue to tell you the story of my life and my personal concern’s, in our next post, which we are going to call, some personal concerns.
See you soon.
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Old-man and Rafael 
The story of my life  
IS TO BE CONTINUED; 
Next time with, some personal concerns
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