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7Aug/13Off

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

This might very well be my final blog post on HIVLongevity.com...

Don't panic! I'm not dying or anything like that. I'm a thriver. I'm a survivor. I can't die... Yet.

Nay, I am merely changing over to my new fulltime blog HealthyWealthyTribe.com

You see, I have been inspiring and motivating on this blog for nearly five years now. And, folks have been very receptive and kind. However, I sort of niche'd myself into a select group with my blog name. This is actually okay, considering that I first created this blog with one intention - I wanted to help others dealing with HIV and AIDS by showing them how I've successfully managed to live this long. I created "The Secret" for this very reason. The whole idea was to have a website where I could publish articles on my trials and tribulations. And, how I've survived despite having HIV. Here we are nearly five years later (I started this blog on Friday the 13th in February of 2009) and I have not only accomplished my goal, but created a wonderful timeline of life events and stories at the same time.

It is with mixed emotions that I officially close down this blog and transfer over to my new one. But, I promise to give you every bit as much inspiration and motivation at my new one (perhaps more!)

I will continue to keep this blog up and available, because it is jam packed with useful information and stories. And, I will continue to monitor it for comments and be responsive. However, I'm not planning on posting any major articles. If something changes with my HIV or with HIV in general I will be sure to put it up here.

Also, I am compiling all of the "secret" articles from here and building a free ebook that I will publish in PDF format.

Please drop by my new blog Healthy Wealthy Tribe and chime-in on my inspirational posts there. You can also subscribe to be on my email list at my new blog and make sure you never miss one of my diatribes!

Love you all,
Vaughn Ripley

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4Jul/13Off

Independence Day 2013

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

HaPpY BiRtHDaY to the United States of America

Independence Day, also known as "National Day," is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of the United States of America. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from the oppressing Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776. On that day the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. After voting for independence, Congress worked on the Declaration of Independence. Congress debated and revised [...]

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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As I've said in plenty of previous posts, kaizen is a Japanese philosophy that essentially [...]

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Is that the question?? Before you guys attack me for such a blatantly ugly question, allow myself to explain ... myself. Steve Jobs was fond of calling people heroes or shitheads. Walter Isaacson points out numerous "hero" and/or "shithead" occasions in his biography, "Steve Jobs." Jobs rarely found a middle ground. As a matter-of-fact, it seems like people were black and white to Jobs. Most of us mere mortals see people in shades of grey. Jobs had a knack and perhaps even a gift of calling it exactly the way he saw it. His brutal honesty would often make people feel like kings or tear them down into shreds of flesh.

I grew up knowing about Steve Jobs because my dad [...]

8Nov/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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21Oct/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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My mom, Diana, mentioned the other day that she remembers Xander looking up at the sky, pointing, and asking her, “Grandma, which cloud is Grandpa?”

These are the moments that bring tears to your eyes and at the same time [...]

7Oct/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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In a decreasing-radius curve, the curvature gets [...]

23Aug/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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5Feb/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

As you all know, I refer to kaizen on a regular basis. Kaizen is a Japanese word that means daily improvement. I strive on a daily basis to improve myself. Today, I'd like to introduce you to another Japanese word ... Kotowaza. Essentially, kotowaza translates to "proverb." I am fascinated with Japanese philosophy and one of the main things I gain from the Japanese is [...]

26Jan/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I think about this question from time-to-time and have come to the conclusion that sometimes a joke is a form of bullying. Obviously mental bullying can be harder on a person than physical at times. I mean come on … We all know that some jokes can and do hurt feelings. With that in mind, doesn’t it become a [...]

17Jan/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I know that this topic has been covered by most inspirational authors and in hundreds of books and magazine articles. Alas, I have my own take on it, and I wanted to share my belief about one of the strongest subjects I know about [...]

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

For better or for worse, ALL of the things we do have results or an outcome. Wouldn’t it be cool to shape your life to provide positive and desired/wanted results?

This post is related to one of my passions [...]

3Jan/12Off

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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But ... more importantly ... [...]

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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Wow do I digress!!

Anyway … I have been doing some [...]

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Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Okay... So that's a very broad question... But I can answer one piece of it.

Most of us (me included) don't know what we want. Before you say, [...]