Two years ago today …. it suddenly hit me!!


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~February 22, 2015~~ 

I’m originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. I currently live in Florida – since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979.

I worked for Puerto Rico’s health system until 1985. At this time, I’m happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I also worked for the government of Puerto Rico from 1979 through 1985 …. for a total of almost 40 years as a physician.

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I JUST REALIZED A FEW MINUTES AGO THAT IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS

… and this is why I’m here!!

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Visit Mars & the Moon with Google Maps

~~Published on Aug 5, 2014~~

While you pretty much have to be a rocket scientist to make a trip to outer space, you don’t have to be an astronaut to explore Mars or the Moon – now you can take a virtual tour from your desktop on Google Maps.

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Natalie …. the piano player from Melbourne, Australia!!


~~November 5, 2014~~ 

You’d Never Notice This Old Woman On The Street, But Hearing Her Play Is Magical

80-year-old Natalie Trayling has been been soothing the weary hearts and souls of Melbourne with her piano playing for years now.

Once homeless, Natalie’s life has been marked by tragedy, including the deaths of two daughters, a son’s battle with depression, and a scholarship to London’s Royal Academy of Music that she had to turn down at 15 because her family didn’t have the money, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

She now plays on the streets of Melbourne, chauffeured by her son Matthew, who captured this amazing performance of a piece she wrote when she was just 13.

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~Natalie: Iconic Melbourne Piano Street Performer~

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~Published on Jan 21, 2014~

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This musical piece was composed between the age of 13 and 14 and finished some years later. Another insight into the mind of this musical genius. Enjoy. I made a comment 12 days ago after observing the dramatically increasing views on YouTube of this video I filmed an uploaded of Natalie (my mum) that reaching 100,000 views would be a wonderful gift for her 80th Birthday being tomorrow. Well  …. it seems at this stage (884,272 views) that it might just make “ONE MILLION” at some stage during the day. This is not just phenomenal.. It’s rightly earned by her. The world is listening, and not just listening to an old lady playing piano on the street, but listening to musical genius.

(This morning when I checked: 2,412,612 YouTube views)

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Stories of Normandy …. Sgt. Jim “Pee Wee” Martin!!


~~June 6, 2014~~ 

Seventy years ago, Jim “Pee Wee” Martin parachuted into France, behind German enemy lines, in the dark of night ahead of the D-Day invasion.

Today at the age of 93, the World War ll veteran jumped into Normandy again, in a full military kit, to mark the anniversary of the June 6th landings by Allied troops.

Before jumping he said, “They are worried about me getting hurt. I said, ‘Don’t worry about it. If I get hurt or I get killed, what is the difference? I’ve lived 93 years. I’ve had a good life.'”

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings.

The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault — the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France starting at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: UtahOmahaGoldJuno and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha.

The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialised tanks.

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The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day. CarentanSt. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June.

However, the operation gained a foothold that the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 12,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year.

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https://www.facebook.com/GrowingBolder?fref=photo

http://www.army.mil/d-day/

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http://www.french-news-online.com/wordpress/?p=35580#axzz33uWa6FZl

~~Veterans Of D-Day Landings Make Pilgrimage To Normandy~~

~~Published on Jun 5, 2014~~

Veterans of the D-Day landings have made a pilgrimage back to the beaches of Normandy in France, to pay tribute to comrades killed on that fateful ‘Longest Day’ in 1944.

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It’s been one year today …. retirement!!!


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~~February 22, 2014~~ 

A year ago today, a Friday, I was sitting in my office doing my job.

I had a regular, full schedule of patients to see that day. Neither my co-workers nor my patients knew what I was up to. I didn’t say goodbye to many. I sent an email at 3:30 PM informing administration that February 22, 2013 was my last day. I wasn’t coming back!! 

A friend of mine had prepared some graphics for me which I used as my cover picture on Facebook.

These depicted a countdown …. my countdown to freedom!!! 

I had a fulfilling career with the Veterans Administration as a Primary Care Provider for almost 28 years. Prior to that I had worked as a physician in Puerto Rico, my home country.

I was drawn into a healing profession since I was young. I wanted to help people. I wanted to make a difference. Once I became a federal employee, it was a great honor to be caring for those who had served our country. I had to give back to those who had given to me. I had to “pay it forward”.

I still felt that there was more in me to give, I still felt that I could go on. However, the working environment at my last post had really become toxic. It was sad to see how the “system” can get to you. How you feel you are being persecuted, in a sense. How you felt that some who you thought were friends really weren’t. Many things were not what you thought they were. And that … can be a heart-braker.

The worse part was the direct supervisor that I had, another Puerto Rican like me. One, who I thought, was my “friend” … wasn’t what I thought he was.

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This was his picture for his numbers on my cell phone.

But that would be another story! Or … another $20, like we say in my country. 

~~My patients always came first~~

I wrote a letter to give to all the patients who had been assigned to me. I wanted to let them know how much I appreciated their involvement with me and how much I had learned from them.

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TO ALL MY PATIENTS ….

~~February 21, 2013 at 7:56 AM~~

My dear patient, 

After almost 28 years of working with the VA, and having the honor to be your health care provider, the time has come for me to move on.

But before I do that, I need to let you know how important this journey has been for me. I started working for the VA in 1985 while living in Puerto Rico. All these years have been a learning process that has brought me to where I am today. This includes personal, mental, spiritual and significant growth. These years in my life have been marked by your presence. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today, in many different ways. You have allowed me to come into your life … allowed me to get to know you … in your good times and your bad times. You have allowed me to enter into your innermost and personal emotions and feelings.

For this, I feel honored. We have worked together to try to get you better …. to manage your medical and emotional conditions. I consider all of our interactions very special and unique.  For this …. I thank you!  

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I thank you for all that you have taught me. I have become a better person, a better doctor, a better listener because of you. I thank you for every little detail that you’ve had for me ….. when you show me your appreciation. This is a bittersweet moment. I know I need to move on; life never stands still. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I’m at a crossroad now ….. Part of me wants to stay … but another part of me says that it’s time to move on.

I want you to know, from me, that you have been instrumental in the growth that I’ve experienced throughout all of these years. I appreciate each and every lesson that I have learned from you.You know what our interaction has been. I will remember of you for the rest of my life. There will always be a warm spot in my heart that has your name on it. I carry you with me. It has been an honor to take care of you ….. thank you for letting me in. I will keep our relationship in my heart and my memory forever. 

Thank you, my friend,

Dr. Rex 

~~Happy times while working in my chosen field~~

Would you believe that they didn’t allow my letter to be distributed to my patients?

But, again, that would be another story.

I was totally freed from the daily routine of an 8 hour job, under an ingrate system. Now, what was I to do? Initially, it felt like I was on vacation. And it felt good. I was looking for options of what to do … go back to school, teach medical/biology topics at local schools, find a part-time job, do some research, be a WalMart greeter?

Retirement ..... my goodbye letter to my patients!!!

The same friend who did my graphics told me: “Why don’t you star writing about the way they treated you and the way they treat the patients at the VA? I know the perfect platform you can use to do that.”

And that, my dear visitors, is how “It Is What It Is” was born!! 

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I have found a true calling. I still sit at my computer like I did at work. I took over our main computer in such a way that we had to get another one for general use.

I must say that I’m enjoying this much more than I did when working. I feel that I still educate myself, I share the knowledge that I have, I educate some who ready what I post. I still research topics to post about … similar to my research at work. I still talk to people … through technology now. 

It has made a difference in my life. I have made great friends who I haven’t seen. I have made great connections. Some that I think will be lasting and enduring.

~~I AM VERY HAPPY~~

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Today I celebrate a very personal achievement.

I’m very proud of my professional career. I’m very proud of what I did with it. I celebrate an accomplishment as well as a liberation. I’m heading now into a new direction … into a new stage of my life. 

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Forever Young – Retirement Song – By Bryan Claasz

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