During trying times we can use words to soothe our souls and relieve pain

I believe the national day for poetry has come and gone without me posting anything – mostly because I’ve been in a mad rush to stock up on DIY materials before all the stores are shut down. And with each day, my sense of dread and doom increases as I see no escape from theContinue reading “During trying times we can use words to soothe our souls and relieve pain”

Understand a novelette by Ted Chiang (Full Excerpt)

Ted Chiang writes… The initial impulse to write “Understand” arose from an offhand remark made by my roommate in college; he was reading Sartre’s Nausea at the time, whose protagonist finds only meaninglessness in everything he sees. But what would it be like, my roommate wondered, to find meaning and order in everything you saw? To meContinue reading “Understand a novelette by Ted Chiang (Full Excerpt)”

Surprised by Joy BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind I turned to share the transport—Oh! with whom But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb, That spot which no vicissitude can find? Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind— But how could I forget thee?—Through what power, Even for the least division of an hour, Have IContinue reading “Surprised by Joy BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH”

The synonyms that showcase a well-read mind

If you don’t suffer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (Fear of long words), you might find yourself at a loss of words, literally, during a writing assignment. Nothing sounds worse than a sentence like this one: I wanted to buy the next iPhone. Now try saying it with one of the synonyms below. In the mean time, I’ll goContinue reading “The synonyms that showcase a well-read mind”

What the Vikings taught us (Part 2)

The Old Norse noun víking meant an overseas expedition, and a vikingr was someone who went on one of these expeditions. In the popular imagination, the Vikings were essentially pirates from the fjords of Denmark and Norway who descended on medieval England like a bloodthirsty frat party; they raped, pillaged, murdered, razed villages and thenContinue reading “What the Vikings taught us (Part 2)”

100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

Ailurophile A cat-lover. Assemblage A gathering. Becoming Attractive. Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks. Brood To think alone. Bucolic In a lovely rural setting. Bungalow A small, cozy cottage. Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye. Comely Attractive. Conflate To blend together. Cynosure A focal point of admiration. Dalliance A brief love affair. Demesne Dominion, territory. Demure Shy and reserved. Denouement The resolution of a mystery. Desuetude Disuse. Desultory Slow, sluggish. Diaphanous Filmy. Dissemble Deceive. Dulcet Sweet, sugary.Continue reading “100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language”

Hypnosis for Beginners – Day 1 – Words and Images

In which we explore some basic facts about the way in which the brain and body work. Specifically we see how words and images can activate other systems in the brain which relate to feelings, muscles, senses, sense of balance etc. These are compared with “tests of hypnotisability” and “hypnotic inductions”   ENTERTAINMENT hypnotists love to make hypnosisContinue reading “Hypnosis for Beginners – Day 1 – Words and Images”