By Ayn Rand…1936 This was the author’s first foray into writing a novel. It almost never made it to the light of day as various editors summarily rejected it. This is not exactly a love story as romance does bloom, but the plot does take us into post-revolutionary Russia while the bourgeois are “put in […]
Adidas Train & Run Who else uses this app for running? Cold weather running – what I’ve learned You want to be warm without sweating so much you get a chill. The rule of thumb is to dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer. You should be slightly cool when you start.Think layers of […]
In general, more people have found themselves feeling bad or depressed when using Instagram, compared to other social media websites or apps. Interestingly, using the telephone or video-calling apps like Facetime generally makes people feel happier. Having genuine human interaction and conversation can benefit your mental health greatly. Readers, what do you think: How much […]
Saw this interesting flower while in Greece, and indeed is very impressive 🙂 The Passion Flower (Passiflora), a fast-growing perennial vine, with showy white and purple-blue scented flowers. The corona in the flower is blue or with violet filaments. Passion flowers have five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas. Passion flowers are known to have […]
I guess each of us, at some time, finds one person with whom we are compelled toward absolute honesty, one person whose good opinion of us becomes a substitute for the broader opinion of the world.
In 1916 women’s-rights activist and nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. The Brownsville, Brooklyn center was closed soon after its opening; New York City police officers raided the clinic on the grounds of the 1873 Comstock law, which made it illegal to disseminate contraceptive information. However, the state […]
Sometimes when it rains I remember this phrase written by Gustave Flaubert in one of his books… “When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”
The most important thing you will ever do in your life is learn to embrace your unique, honest self. A boundless, infinitely populated universe and there is nothing else here quite like you. This is your power. All those things that make you strange and different are what make you irreplaceable.
Few religious leaders have proactively tried to bring science and theology together like the Dalai Lama. As open minded as he is eloquent, it’s clear that the Dalai Lama is both self assured and accepting of the limitations of human understanding. On this basis he explains why he has spent a lifetime trying to merge […]
Fooled by Randomness delves into the often overlooked significance of chance in everyday life. Taleb covers the issue of widespread innumeracy as well as society’s general unwillingness to accept randomness as a major influence in success. As Taleb suggests, “Past events will always look less random than they were” As a result, the scope of […]
Calorimeters measure the energy a particle loses as it passes through the detector. It is usually designed to stop entire or “absorb” most of the particles coming from a collision, forcing them to deposit all of their energy within the detector. Calorimeters typically consist of layers of “passive” or “absorbing” high-density material – for example, […]
The moment I start to feel underappreciated I distance myself. I don’t care to be anything to anyone who doesn’t crave me. I don’t want to be anywhere that I am not missed every time my presence is missing.
I am currently reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot.” This a rich and complex novel giving us insights into Russian life before the revolution of 1917. The character of “the idiot” is not stupid or unrefined. Rather he is the last prince of his dynasty who as a youth had “fits” and “spells.” The reality is […]
Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you – sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, […]
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shap eless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it […]
9th June is reserved to Phoebe Snetsinger Celebrating the birthday of American birder Phoebe Snetsinger (1931-1999). Phoebe documented 8,398 different species of birds, more than any other researcher or hobbyist. And she did all that after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Absolutely amazing! Article: http://www.vox.com/2016/6/9/11889356/phoebe-snetsinger
Atlantic Puffin From 2017 Audubon Photography Awards, one of 21 photos. Great bird photography: Winners and runners-up from the 8th annual competition. Atlantic puffins have penguin-like coloring but they sport a colorful beak that has led some to dub them the “sea parrot.” The beak fades to a drab gray during the winter and blooms […]
Educated By Tara Westover, 2018 Ph.D. Cambridge University, England I had spied this piece of non-fiction on the New York Times best sellers list and was intrigued. It is a mémoire of a young Mormon girl who comes of age in the hinterland of Idaho in our current era of the millennials. We are immersed […]