Category Archives: discovery

Writing is pleasantly fragrant

As a student I spend hours writing, reflecting, discerning and then, more writing. I often come up with foolish, odd, and often bizarrely phrased statements, one of which I share here for you. “When listening I use a combination of … Continue reading

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Resiliency

  What does it mean to be resilient? Bounce back, bounce off of, withstand, remain standing. Is it a part of our hereditary, our inborn temperament? Perhaps it’s a positive self concept.  An ability to remember the past, live in … Continue reading

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Popular fairy tales and folk stories are ancient

They have been told as bedtime stories by generations of parents, but fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood may be even older than was previously thought. Dr Jamie Tehrani, a cultural anthropologist at Durham University, studied 35 versions … Continue reading

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sailing stones of Death Valley

The sailing stones of the Racetrack Playa, a dry lakebed in Death Valley, have been the subject of a mystery since the 1940s. The playa is dotted with stones, some as large as 700 pounds (320kg), with long tracks behind … Continue reading

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End of the road for Jeepneys

London has the red double-decker bus, New York the yellow taxi, and the Philippines has the Jeepney. The country’s most popular means of public transport zipping by adds a flash of vibrancy in the often frustrating, gridlocked streets of metropolitan … Continue reading

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the beginning

“From the beginning, the followers of Jesus of Nazareth comprised a movement that was extreme, counter-cultural—a revolution that embraced both men and women, even social outcasts and slaves. In those first centuries, while the religion was still defining itself as … Continue reading

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Fairy tales started long ago

They have been told as bedtime stories by generations of parents, but fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood may be even older than was previously thought. Dr Jamie Tehrani, a cultural anthropologist at Durham University, studied 35 versions … Continue reading

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Where is the Ox

The Ten Ox Herding Pictures is, in the tradition of Zen Buddhism, a series of short poems and accompanying pictures that are intended to illustrate the stages of a practitioner’s progression towards enlightenment, as well as his or her subsequent … Continue reading

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Icelandic elves

From the BBC:  Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found. From his … Continue reading

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Global military spending

The presentation Monday at the United Nations North Lawn building presented statistics gathered by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) about spending on armaments and militarism. The report declared that in 2013 over 1,747 billion dollars were spent on … Continue reading

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