“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – Anonymous, Holy Bible: The New King James Version
by Richard Wright
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by Elizabeth Kostova
I was lethargic due to Lockdown1.0 to 4.0 in the most vulnerable category of 65+, Baby boomer, Cardiac and Diabetic issues with occasional bouts of cough. I was confined to home.
At the core was a feeling, I must share what I learn with the needy – with no monetary expectation – as a give back to society. It would create more space in my mind, to learn more and fill my never quenching thirst for knowledge.
WordPress team guided me along the way and I even took their Business Plan but I did not wish to monetise – No, I wanted the content. to be free. Uncopyrighted. Well… mostly.. Only a few parts I put the © mark as my copyright and that’s letss than 1% of my content.
But, I am an early riser. I like to wake up at 2 am, 3 am, 4 am or latest by 5 am. My body clock takes care of it, no need for alarm clock.
Recently, I gifted over 3000 amateur paintings I painted in water color from 2014 till March 2020 to an Eyecare charitble NGO I advise.
4) I write HAIKU, Poems, Quick Poetry and pubish rather irregularly.
4) I share news items, commentaries on geopolitical, political, strategic and business management topics.
If ever he could talk – he would simply say, I love you and wish to be back with you.
Arthur Hailey, Harold Robins, Harvey Mackay, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Norman Vincent Peale. MunshiPrem Chand, Many in HIndi, Marathi.
Rules for the award
Let’s look at questions asked to me byblogs
1. What or who is the person you think you will be devastated without?
My Family, Phones and Macbook
2. How did you start blogging?
First to learn 8 years ago, Did it intermittently. Regularly after 13th May last year with a LMA message which I took to heart.
3. favourite food?
Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai
4. Besides blogging what work you do ( student/job))? 5. Do you believe that Ghosts exist?
Retired Director. Author, Mentor, Speaker, Educator, Advisor to NGOs to fulfill my social obligations.
6. How many members you have in your family?
4 My wife and my daughters and extended family – Son in Law and a lovely Granddaughter
7. Do you practice meditation?
Every morning. One hour. Followed by Voice and Breathing exercises.
8. Are you concerned about the water crisis? If yes then what measures you are taking to save water? It may be a very small step.
Yes. Conserve water. As it is on medical advice I . am allowed only 1 litre of water daily.
9. Do you think moral education should be taught along with academic in our schools?
If the Culture (This is how we do things here) is not set at home and children are adaptable to learn it in School – Pre-School and upto Primary education. Yes.
1 0. If you become the prime minister or president of your country for a day, what changes will you bring?
Uniform Civil Code. Bridge Income Gap. Tax Rich and Agriculture income alike. Change the way Chartered accountants, Consultants, Bankers and lawyers help people make black money by evading taxes. Better Health care policies especially for Veterans, Seniors and depraved kids. I have many many thoughts -practical and impractical.
11. favourite song?
You are the Sun, I am the Moon Play me – Neil Diamonds
Here are my nominees in no particular order
And here are my questions:
Thanks for reading this 🙂
How good are you at Google Sheets?
Can you write a query? A filter? Do you know how to install add-on tools to trim extra cells or create a mail merge? If you wanted to learn those things, do you know how to find out how?
It’s an interesting litmus test.
Sheets is free. It’s not particularly difficult to use. You can explore it in private, with no fear of screwing up. And it’s widely applicable to just about any career or community work you might choose to do.
The teenager across the street is far better off teaching herself Sheets than she is doing whatever busywork they’re handing her during the day.
If you get good at a type of technology, you’ll find yourself using it often. On the other hand, if you decide that you’re somehow untalented at it (which is nonsense) or don’t take the time, then you’ll have sacrificed leverage and confidence that were offered to you.
Of course, it’s not just Sheets, or the web, or even computers. It’s a posture of possibility when it comes to the tools we’re able to use.
We can ignore the tools that we have access to. We can fear them. We can understand them.
(And, after we understand them, we’re able to hire someone else to use them on our behalf.)
We can even master them.
via Breaking News
… that today is Sunscreen Day? Today is the perfect time to educate and bring awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful UV rays from the sun. Ultraviolet rays are a serious risk to your health so use an SPF of 15 or more when you head outside. The higher the SPF value, the better the lotion is at protecting you. Now get out and celebrate Sunscreen Day in the sun… with your sunscreen!
“Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life.”
— Ziad K. Abdelnour
I haven’t coined any quotes of my own even in my 67 years of life. I never felt a need. On the contrary, I felt I should read more quotes, more wisdom and relate them to my situation at that moment and L E A R N. Learning never ends.
I read a Quote
“Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.” by Kevin Kelly.
I like to be direct. I like to read, speak, write DEFINITIVE – no perhaps, may be for me and hence I liked Nik.
Nik of “Nik’s Summaries” fame whose newsletter I subscribe sent me this 5 day course, and I am quite impressed . ”
My name is Nik. For the past six years, I have been a professional writer.
I’ve published over 1,000 pieces to date. My work reaches over 500,000 people each month. And I make a full-time income from my writing.
To me, that’s what “professional” means. You publish frequently, are read widely, and benefit financially. But right now, I only have one goal:
I want to improve your writing.
After this email, I want your writing to be slightly better than it was two minutes ago. That’s all I’m asking for.
Here are 4 tips that will make all of your future writing better – forever. No BS. Just pure, specific writing advice. These tips took me four years to collect but will take you only 2 minutes to learn.
1. Refuse to use the word “thing”
Each thing we can describe in more detail. When we don’t, we’re just being lazy. It’s like hiding your screwed up cake under a pile of frosting to avoid baking a new one. Don’t.
Let a device be a device, a trait be a trait, a feeling be a feeling.
“This is the greatest thing my parents taught me.”
“This is the greatest lesson my parents taught me.”
2. Ditch the parentheses
Like “thing,” parentheses only weaken what you want to say. If you want to say it, say it. If not, don’t.
Whether it’s the brackets that are unnecessary or what’s in them is for you to decide. But one of the two is. At least 99% of the time.
Whichever one you choose to abandon, probability will always be on your side.
“You must pass a (ridiculously) hard course.”
“You must pass a hard course.”
3. Use fewer prepositions
Many of us need to free up time these days. But time doesn’t go anywhere on its own. Not up. Not down. It has no location.
Don’t free up time. Make time. Don’t move out. Just move. And if you can’t make time, don’t miss out on dinner. Just miss it.
Sometimes, we even add two unnecessary prepositions to one verb.
“He wants to meet up with Sarah in the morning.”
“He wants to meet Sarah in the morning.”
4. Eliminate redundant references
The reader arrived from your last sentence. She’ll remember it. Don’t begin the next one with a preposition or injection.
“So” doesn’t say so much, “as before” breaks my flow, “or” repeats the obvious alternative. “Well” means you’re not done thinking, well, take more time to write. We want to know what you think, not that you think.
Never reference the end of your previous sentence at the beginning of the next one.
“Writing improves your thinking. With this in mind, I suggest you write daily.”
“Writing improves your thinking. Write daily.”
We’ve known what makes good writing for almost 2,000 years. Often, it takes just a few seconds to improve a sentence. If you want to write a book, that’s still a lot of seconds.
Maya Angelou once said:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Whatever story you’d like to tell the world, with these tips you’ll hit the ground running. Just like we did with this free course.
Alright, that’s it for the warm-up. Tomorrow, we’ll start with your first lesson. If you want to take a sneak peek at the curriculum, you can do that here.
Talk to you then!”
I subscribe to many newsletters. One of my favorites is Seth Godin, This is what I got yesterday and liked.
My Old Friend Jitendra Jog. An Avid Reader; is recovering after being donated a Kidney and in Self Quarantine in Mumbai the worst affected city in India with COVID. He sent me this wonderful message – in the hope that the Lockdown 4.0 will end as announced on 31st May 2020.
Going back to what Kevin Kelly said “Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.”
I thought, I could say as my own Quote:
I am trying to limit my daily shares of links and articles, newsletters to just ONE like this.
If the regular readers and my friend commentators can share what they think about this, I shall be grateful.
Star Wars Day – 4th May
International No-Diet Day – 6th May
Chocolate Chip Day – 15th May
World Whiskey Day – 16th May
Sunscreen Protection Day – 27th May
International Hamburger Day – 28th May
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