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Peace, Prosperity, Health and Happiness...


...via Education, Respect for Others, Shared Value and Continuous Improvement

I created this site as a means of sharing ideas and resources that have helped me on my quest toward greater peace, prosperity, health and happiness. I have learned so much from the sharing of others and hope that what you find here will in some way be of use to you.

My newest project: EWABI an electric bamboo bike company that I founded in 2016. It is an E-CORP (Earth Corporation).
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...and here's a quick summary of the sites contents:
Bali Recommendations - We have lived in Bali for over twenty-three years and am frequently asked for recommendations. Please share this link with anyone that is interested.
Wooden Ships - The knitwear fashion brand that my wife Paola and I founded in 1992
Lean - Wooden Ships has been built based upon the principles of this philosophy. It is extremely powerful and worth serious study. It is the best path I have found so far toward sustainability and long-term mutual prosperity. In addition to my page here I have written a few posts on the Lean Blog.
Health - I explain the nutrition and fitness improvements that have resulted in dramatic changes in my energy level and well being.
Ideas - A place where I jot down ideas knowing that I can only act on a few but sharing may stimulate or support someone else in their own exploration.
Meditation - Vipassana is my daily meditation practice and I have shared a bit about my experience. I believe meditation is as important as good nutrition and regular exercise for our well being.
Music - I love music and have shared some of my favorites. Did I say, I love music!!
Operational Excellence Internship in Bali - An experiential learning opportunity focused on Lean principles on the beautiful island of Bali.
Resources - This is a list of resources that I find useful.
The Bamboo Yarn Project - Bamboo yarn has the potential to be the world's most sustainable yarn.

It is easiest to contact me at mark@wooden-ships.com.

Peace & Love,
Mark

Quotes I like:

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. -The Dalai Lama (1935-)

Count your age by friends not years. Count your life by smiles not tears. -John Lennon (1940-1980)

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the old masters, seek instead what these masters sought. -Matsu Basho, poet (1644-1694)

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. -Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian (1643-1727)

You know you have achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer and aviator (1900-1944)

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the united states, abolitionist (1809-1865)

Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come, And I believe it could be, something good has begun; Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one...And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come; Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train; Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again; Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come; And I believe it could be, something good has begun. -Cat Stevens, musician, educator, philanthropist, prominent convert to islam

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. -Helen Keller (1880-1968)

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. -Seneca, stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist (c 4 BC - AD 65)

Give someone a fish and you have fed them for a day, teach them how to fish and you have fed them for a lifetime. Lau Tzu - Chinese philosopher,(604 BC - 531 BC)

My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness. -The Dalai Lama

Prosperity without freedom is just another form of poverty. - Barack Obama

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer and aviator (1900-1944)
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. -Goethe, writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. (1749-1832)
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain, American author and humorist (1835-1910)
This training takes the patience of someone trying to empty the sea with a teacup. - Gandhi (1869–1948) political and ideological leader of India during the independence movement.

The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet. - Lau tzu - Chineses philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)
Nothing speaks louder than success. Jim Womack - founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute
If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over? - John Wooden, American basketball player, coach and inspirational leader

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness... Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), American author and humorist
“You are a fool if you do what I say. You are a greater fool if you don’t do as I say. You should think for yourself and come up with better ideas than mine.” - Taichi Ohno, considered to be the father of the Toyota Production System (1912 - 1990)

“For a man of honor, dishonor is worse than death.” - The Bhagavad Gita

"Everyday I expand in creativity, love, kindness, generosity and abundance as I inspire those around me to do the same." Gay Hendricks inspired affirmation learned on Brian Johnson's Philosophers Notes

"The secret to happiness is happiness itself." Thich Nhat Nanh, humble Buddhist monk
“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.“ Epictetus, Greek stoic philosopher (55AD -135AD)
"It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty." Albert Einstein,
German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science (1879-1955)


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist (1384 BC-1322 BC)

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