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I greatly appreciate the following message from our friends and the well-loved and renowned Macrobiotic teachers. Their thoughts added depth and meaning to my article, The Reality of Decision-making and Unpredictable Consequences with reflection on my mother's wise advice, the tragic news of an adventure vacation to see the Titanic wreckage in a submersible that imploded, my reflection on the nature of decision-making, and close calls of my own when choosing an adventurist trip. See the full article at: https://www.inmindwise.com/p/the-reality-of-decision-making-and including the last added reference: I Know What Drives People to the Depths of the Ocean, The New York Times article, July 1, 2023: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/01/opinion/ocean-exploration.html?smid=nytcore-android-share.

Jane and Lino Stanchich wrote:

"We always learn new things about you, Ron, and Jan when you tell the stories of your life and adventures. You are a courageous fellow! Lino used to scuba dive in Sicily to catch fish and octopus to eat and sell while in the refugee camp. An octopus almost pulled him down below the surface of the water - his brother Freddie saved his life. Lino and Freddie also scuba dove to locate a US airplane that had been shot down and was resting at the bottom of the bay in his town. Many tales of scavenging metals and also the brass from German guns submerged under the water, sunk with their defeat. It brought the boys much money!

Your stores are more harrowing due to the depth of the dives and the French instructor! Mon Dieu! You are lucky to be alive! Our dear friend, Francisco Varatojo from Portugal, the sweetest guy in the world, a macro counselor and center head, died in a scuba accident. His instructor swam away, not realizing "Chico" needed assistance. It broke our hearts and the hearts of thousands of European students and friends. He and his wife ran the Lisbon Macrobiotic Center and she still does with her many children. Lino went there twice.

So, you survived. It is the ultimate consideration of Life and Death, Adventure and Survival. Staying Safe and Being Brave. Eternal questions.

Much love,

Jane and Lino

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