Top 10 Recently Discovered Mayan Mysteries And Facts – Listverse

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Fords By Z-Jay’s Band – I’d singh thish song if I had a band some day :)

An Original Song

by Z-Jay

She gets on with life as a professor,
She’s a stupid kinda gal.
She likes snappy emails on Sundays,
She likes lying and hiding truth in the week.
She likes to contemplate Fords.
But when she starts to daydream,
Her mind turns straight to BMWs.

Five six seven eight…

Sometimes I look at her and I look into her eyes,
I notice the way she thinks about BMWs with a smile,
Curved lips she just can’t disguise.
But she thinks it’s Fords making her life worthwhile.
Why is it so hard for her to decide which she loves more?
Fords or…

She likes to use words like ‘macho,’
She likes to use words like ‘awesome.’
She likes to use words about Fords.
But when she stops her talking,
Her mind turns straight to BMWs.

Five six seven eight…

Sometimes I look at her and I look into her eyes,
I notice the way she thinks about BMWs with a smile,
Curved lips she just can’t disguise.
But she thinks it’s Fords making her life worthwhile.
Why is it so hard for her to decide which she loves more?
Fords or…

She likes to hang out with G’s,
She likes to kick back with Sg’s,
But when left alone,
Her mind turns straight to BMWs.

Five six seven eight…

Sometimes I look at her and I look into her eyes,
I notice the way she thinks about BMWs with a smile,
Curved lips she just can’t disguise.
But she thinks it’s Fords making her life worthwhile.
Why is it so hard for her to decide which she loves more?
Fords or…

She’s not too fond of pigeons,
She really hates SUVs,
But she just thinks back to BMWs,
And she’s happy once again.

Five six seven eight…

Auto Praise for Fords

“Fords or BMWs – it’s the age-old question. This music is deep, man.”

– DJ Smooth, Awesome Tunes Magazine

“‘Five six seven eight…’ – I just can’t get it out of my head. Such a catchy song.”

– Little Max, The Pop Pop Channel

“I’m a a stupid kinda gal too, so this song really resonates with me.”

– A Web User With Lots of Opinions

“This song deserves to be in the charts, perhaps with a music video depicting a professor dancing on the moon.”

– Dan Gloop Jr, Facebook

Jay’s week day Fun poetry and lyrics and songs 🙂

Our Rude Onion Love

By Z-Jay’s Band A Love Song For Edie – Funny Song 🙂

This one’s for you Lord Pondicherry!

My love for you is like the most rude onion,
Your face reminds me of intelligent spiders,
Together, we are like muffins and pepper.

Oh darling Edie,
My rude onion,
My intelligent carrot,
The perfect companion to my muffins soul.

Roses are red,
Oceans are blue,
I like sand beneath her feet,
But not as much as I love acting with you!

Oh darling Edie,
Your hairs are like funny petals on a autumn day,
You’re like the most brave politician to ever walk The High Street.

Your intelligent spider face,
Your pepper soul,
Your funny hairs,
Your brave politician being…

How could I look at another when our rude onion love is so strong?

I love you Lord Pondicherry!

Auto Praise for Our Rude Onion Love

“Can you feel the love tonight? I certainly can. Edie is so lucky to feature in a song like this.”
– DJ Smooth, Awesome Tunes Magazine
“‘Comparing love to a rude onion is beautiful – just beautiful!”
– Little Max, The Pop Pop Channel
“Intelligent spiders? Seriously? Pass me a bucket. I can’t deal with this level of blurgh.”
– A Web User With Lots of Opinions
“This song talks to me. I too have a pepper soul.”
– Dan Gloop Jr, Facebook

Our Tall Sprout Love By jay A Love Song For Pheobe :)

This one’s for you Professor Rivercross!

My love for you is like the most tall sprout,
Your face reminds me of stupid tigers,
Together, we are like bread rolls and ketchup.

Oh darling Pheobe,
My tall sprout,
My stupid pepper,
The perfect companion to my bread rolls soul.

Poppies are red,
Kingfishers are blue,
I like getting presents,
But not as much as I love drinking with you!

Oh darling Pheobe,
Your pursed lips are like slender forks on a spring day,
You’re like the most fragrant academic to ever walk Scotland.

Your stupid tiger face,
Your ketchup soul,
Your slender pursed lips,
Your fragrant academic being…

How could I look at another when our tall sprout love is so strong?

I love you Professor Rivercross!


Auto Praise for Our Tall Sprout Love  🙂

“Can you feel the love tonight? I certainly can. Pheobe is so lucky to feature in a song like this.”
– DJ Smooth, Awesome Tunes Magazine
“‘Comparing love to a tall sprout is beautiful – just beautiful!”
– Little Max, The Pop Pop Channel
“Stupid tigers? Seriously? Pass me a bucket. I can’t deal with this level of blurgh.”
– A Web User With Lots of Opinions
“This song talks to me. I too have a ketchup soul.”
– Dan Gloop Jr, Facebook
Enjoy 🙂

Did you know… And a Magnificent story

Did you know…

… that today is the Home Improvement Birthday? In 1991, the TV comedy “Home Improvement” premiered on ABC-TV. Celebrate Tim the Toolman Taylor as you do some work on your own house!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author. And everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.”

— Mark Houlahan

Random Phrases today. Creativity. Progress.

I did two Udemy courses today. One on Impromptu speaking – most wonderful experience. Another on Humourous speeches. Not great.

  1. Shot In the Dark Meaning: An attempt that has little chance for success. Waiting for the proverbial Godot. A friend offered something big, then began playing unavailable, then asked concept note. Sent it in all earnest. Let’s see. 
  2. Quick and Dirty Meaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well. Hmmmm….. I have that fear about this proposal to be something I am really not. I wish to give it a try, just because opportunity comes my way. Not my type of thinking really! 
  3. Flea Market Meaning: A type of bazaar where inexpensive goods are sold or bartered.  Wonder what that means.  An article of over 3500 words is liked and then I am told to cut it short to 750 word. No. Not gonna do it! WTH are there Editors for? Why can’t they set the word limit while giving the offer to write.  And above all, it is probono work not even paid. I am seriously going to stop all FREE, probono work. ENUFFFF!!!!
  4. Par For the Course Meaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common. CONVERSATION on Linkedin this morning with a Cartoonist turned to Golf and we used many terms about the game but in the end I gave up. Not my cup of tea – this free advice game has to stop forthwith…. Getting Bored to death! 
  5. Two Down, One to Go Meaning: Two things have been completed, but there is one more that has yet to be finished.  Going slow this week on writing articles.  Reflecting. Going slow on Speech learnings – pausing… No progress on Painting…. WTH am I doing?
  6. Under Your Nose Meaning: Missing something that should be really obvious.  I sincerely hope nothing is missing. These Astrologers… they always scare me with Sade Saati of Shani Maharaj and tell me nasty things.  
  7. Happy as a Clam Meaning: The state of being happy; feeling delighted.  The morning audio course on the Impromptu speaking on Udemy was a delight. I shall repeat this and practice this.  The trainer was a Toastmaster too and wonderful to hear. 
  8. Yada Yada Meaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring.  Hmmm… Almost said this to couple of people but restrained this morning. 
  9. Goody Two-Shoes Meaning: A smugly virtuous person.  I thin. k, I know who by now
  10. Let Her Rip Meaning: Permission to start, or it could mean ‘go faster!’ Whenever I go on full speed, I come across emotional, sentimental, tangential barriers. God knows why but I carry on till either I find a Counter so that I have a number chase and something that is notable, worthy or I slip down and wait for my own Let Her Rip permission that my brain gives. 


RAK MOVEMENT – Random Acts of Kindness today.

  1. Be someone’s shoulder to cry on
  2. Fight climate change – go vegetarian for today!
  3. Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them
  4. Bake something for your family/friends
  5. Feed a stray animal if you spot one
  6. Go out of your way to thank someone today!
  7. Say good morning/afternoon/evening to a stranger
  8. Lend a friend a book you think they’d like
  9. Is that litter on the floor? Pick it up and bin it
  10. Smile at 3 people today

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New Delhi-based Imagismart Solutions, which runs an educational subscription activity box for children under the brand name Xplorabox, has raised an undisclosed amount in a Seed funding round. Z Nations Lab, Sridham Enterprises, and US-based investment fund Metaform Ventures.
Media reports have surfaced that Flipkart has held talks to buy a stake in Star India’s video streaming service Hotstar to bet big on video content and attract more Internet consumers and shoppers. Even though the talks have not reached an advanced stage, the deal may or may materialize.
The talks with BigBasket are at a nascent stage and Grofers continues to scout for new investors, and it’s unclear who will run the merged entity if the deal is finalised. However, reports further claim that Grofers has a term-sheet from a strategic investor, which is conducting a due diligence.
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In this edition of Startup 101, we bring to you the answer to this all-important question — where can I find angel investors? The decision is largely based on who suits the needs of your business better.
There are no signs of Hike trying to monetise its offerings. At the same time, the company’s active user base is also falling. Thus, Inc42 Datalabs decided to delve into Hike’s financials and brainstorm the reasons for its failings as part of Inc42’s ongoing series What The Financials [WTF].
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For the Model 3, the more affordable, backlogged sedan, a red “multi-coat” paint job went up to $2,500 this weekend. It used to be $2,000 for the red color. As Electrek pointed out, when the Model 3 was first produced red cars were available for $1,000.
Snap’s stock price hit an all-time low as a public company this week, closing last Friday under $10 per share — more than 60 percent below the company’s first day of trading 18 months ago.

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Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers – Brain Pickings

via Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers – Brain Pickings


Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.

By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt VonnegutSusan SontagHenry MillerStephen KingF. Scott FitzgeraldSusan OrleanErnest HemingwayZadie Smith, and more.

Please enjoy.

  1. Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers
    “You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”
  2. The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytelling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention
    “In the wholeheartedness of concentration, world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.”
  3. Ted Hughes on How to Be a Writer: A Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Daughter
    “The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light.”
  4. Colette on Writing, the Blissful Obsessive-Compulsiveness of Creative Work, and Withstanding Naysayers
    “A lack of money, if it be relative, and a lack of comfort can be endured if one is sustained by pride. But not the need to be astounded.”
  5. Auden on Writing, Originality, Self-Criticism, and How to Be a Good Reader
    “It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men.”
  6. Stephen King: Writing and the Art of “Creative Sleep”:
    “In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”
  7. Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing
    “If it sounds like writing … rewrite it.”
  8. Michael Lewis: Writing, Money, and the Necessary Self-Delusion of Creativity
    “When you’re trying to create a career as a writer, a little delusional thinking goes a long way.”
  9. Annie Dillard on Writing
    “At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — it is handed to you.”
  10. Susan Sontag on Writing
    “There is a great deal that either has to be given up or be taken away from you if you are going to succeed in writing a body of work.”
  11. Ray Bradbury: How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity
    How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.
  12. Anne Lamott: Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity
    “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”
  13. Italo Calvino on Writing: Insights from 40+ Years of His Letters
    “To write well about the elegant world you have to know it and experience it to the depths of your being… what matters is not whether you love it or hate it, but only to be quite clear about your position regarding it.”
  14. Ernest Hemingway : Writing, Knowledge, and the Danger of Ego
    “All bad writers are in love with the epic.”
  15. David Foster Wallace: Writing, Death, and Redemption
    “You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.”
  16. Isabel Allende: Writing Brings Order to the Chaos of Life
    “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
  17. Stephen King: The Adverb Is Not Your Friend
    “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”
  18. Malcolm Cowley: The Four Stages of Writing
    “The germ of a story is a new and simple element introduced into an existing situation or mood.”
  19. Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing
    “Work on one thing at a time until finished.”
  20. Advice on Writing: Collected Wisdom from Modernity’s Greatest Writers
    “Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.”
  21. Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Rules for a Great Story
    “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”
  22. Susan Orlean on Writing
    “You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it.”
  23. Zadie Smith: 10 Rules of Writing
    “Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.”
  24. John Steinbeck: 6 Tips on Writing, and a Disclaimer
    “Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.”
  25. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Secret of Great Writing (1938)
    “Nothing any good isn’t hard.”
  26. E. B. White: Egoism and the Art of the Essay
    “Only a person who is congenially self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays”
  27. E. B. White: Why Brevity Is Not the Gold Standard for Style
    “Writing is not an exercise in excision, it’s a journey into sound.”
  28. Ray Bradbury: Creative Purpose in the Face of Rejection
    “The blizzard doesn’t last forever; it just seems so.”
  29. Mary Karr: The Magnetism and Madness of the Written Word
    “Be willing to be a child and be the Lilliputian in the world of Gulliver.”
  30. Kurt Vonnegut: How to Write With Style and the 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word (1985)
    “The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.”
  31. Ann Patchett: What Now?
    “Coming back is the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected.”
  32. Mary Gordon: The Joy of Notebooks and Writing by Hand as a Creative Catalyst
    “However thoroughly we lose ourselves in the vortex of our invention, we inhabit a corporeal world.”
  33. H. P. Lovecraft: Advice to Aspiring Writers (1920)
    “A page of Addison or of Irving will teach more of style than a whole manual of rules, whilst a story of Poe’s will impress upon the mind a more vivid notion of powerful and correct description and narration than will ten dry chapters of a bulky textbook.”
  34. Henry Miller: Reflections on Writing
    “Understanding is not a piercing of the mystery, but an acceptance of it, a living blissfully with it, in it, through and by it.”
  35. Margaret Atwood: 10 Rules of Writing
    “­Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.”
  36. David Foster Wallace: The Nature of the Fun and Why Writers Write
    “Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable.”
  37. Joy Williams: Why Writers Write
    “A writer loves the dark, loves it, but is always fumbling around in the light.”
  38. Joan Didion: Ego, Grammar, and the Impetus to Write
    “Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write.”
  39. David Ogilvy: 10 No-Bullshit Tips on Writing
    “Never write more than two pages on any subject.”
  40. George Orwell: The Four Motives for Writing (1946)
    “Sheer egoism… Writers share this characteristic with scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers, soldiers, successful businessmen — in short, with the whole top crust of humanity.”
  41. Ezra Pound: A Few Don’ts for Those Beginning to Write Verse (1913)
    “Consider the way of the scientists rather than the way of an advertising agent for a new soap.”
  42. Ray Bradbury: Storytelling and Human Nature (1963)
    “Man has always been half-monster, half-dreamer.”
  43. Joseph Conrad: Writing and the Role of the Artist (1897)
    “Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off.”
  44. Helen Dunmore: 9 Rules of Writing
    “A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”
  45. E. B. White: The Role and Responsibility of the Writer (1969)
    “Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”
  46. Jack Kerouac: 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life
    “No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge.”
  47. Raymond Chandler on Writing
    “The test of a writer is whether you want to read him again years after he should by the rules be dated.”
  48. Walter Benjamin: The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses
    “The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.”
  49. 28-Year-Old Susan Sontag on the Four People a Great Writer Must Be
    “A great writer has all 4 — but you can still be a good writer with only 1 and 2.”
  50. 10 Tips on Writing from Joyce Carol Oates
    “Don’t try to anticipate an ideal reader — or any reader. He/she might exist — but is reading someone else.”
  51. Neil Gaiman: 8 Rules of Writing
    “Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.”
  52. Anaïs Nin: Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity
    “Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
  53. Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers
    “You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”
  54. Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews
    “A writer’s work is the product of laziness.”
  55. Herbert Spencer: The Philosophy of Style, the Economy of Attention, and the Ideal Writer (1852)
    “To have a specific style is to be poor in speech.”
  56. Charles Bukowski on Writing and His Insane Daily Routine
    “Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money.”
  57. Samuel Johnson on Writing and Creative Doggedness
    “Composition is for the most part an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.”
  58. Edgar Allan Poe: The Joy of Marginalia and What Handwriting Reveals about Character
    “In the marginalia … we talk only to ourselves; we therefore talk freshly — boldly — originally — with abandonment — without conceit.”
  59. Kurt Vonnegut: The Writer’s Responsibility, the Limitations of the Brain, and Why the Universe Exists: A Rare 1974 WNYC Interview
    “We have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.”
  60. Ernest Hemingway on Not Writing for Free and How to Run a First-Rate Publication
    Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs.
  61. How to Be a Writer: Ernest Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors
    “As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.”
  62. Eudora Welty: The Poetics of Place and Writing as an Explorer’s Map of the Unknown
    “No art ever came out of not risking your neck.”
  63. Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling
    “I want my stories to move people … to feel some kind of reward from the writing.”
  64. Samuel Delany: Good Writing vs. Talented Writing
    “Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind — vividly, forcefully — that good writing, which stops with clarity and logic, doesn’t.”
  65. William Faulkner: Writing, the Purpose of Art, Working in a Brothel, and the Meaning of Life
    “The only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost.”
  66. Anaïs Nin: Writing, the Future of the Novel, and How Keeping a Diary Enhances Creativity: Wisdom from a Rare 1947 Chapbook
    “It is in the movements of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately.”
  67. John Updike: Writing and Death
    “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?”
  68. Charles Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity
    “unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it.”
  69. Mary Gaitskill: Why Writers Write and The Six Motives of Creativity
    The art of integrating the ego and the impulse for empathy in a dynamic call and response.
  70. Vladimir Nabokov: Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have
    “Between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between. That go-between, that prism, is the art of literature.”
  71. Joan Didion: Telling Stories, the Economy of Words, Starting Out as a Writer, and Facing Rejection
    “Short stories demand a certain awareness of one’s own intentions, a certain narrowing of the focus.”
  72. Herman Melville’s Daily Routine and Thoughts on the Writing Life
    “A book in a man’s brain is better off than a book bound in calf — at any rate it is safer from criticism.”
  73. William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech: The Writer as a Booster of the Human Heart
    “The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is … to help man endure by lifting his heart.”
  74. John Updike: Making Money, How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things for Aspiring Writers to Know
    “In a country this large and a language even larger … there ought to be a living for somebody who cares and wants to entertain and instruct a reader.”
  75. Susan Sontag : Writing, Routines, Education, and Elitism in a 1992 Recording from the 92Y Archives
    “To make your life being a writer, it’s an auto-slavery … you are both the slave and the task-master.”
  76. Chinua Achebe: The Meaning of Life and the Writer’s Responsibility in Society
    The difference between blind optimism and the urge to improve the world’s imperfection.
  77. Leonard Cohen: Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting
    “The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.”
  78. Ray Bradbury: What Failure Really Means, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors
    How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure.
  79. Joyce Carol Oates: What Hemingway’s Early Stories Can Teach Us About Writing and the Defining Quality of Great Art
    On the elusive gift of blending austerity of craft with elasticity of allure.
  80. Willa Cather: Writing Through Troubled Times
    “The test of one’s decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring, and after one has found out that one can never please the people they wanted to please.”
  81. Anthony Trollope: Witty and Wise Advice on How to Be a Successful Writer
    “My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best.”
  82. William Styron: Why Formal Education Is a Waste of Time for Writers
    “For a person whose sole burning ambition is to write — like myself — college is useless beyond the Sophomore year.”
  83. Madeleine L’Engle: Creativity, Censorship, Writing, and the Duty of Children’s Books
    “We find what we are looking for. If we are looking for life and love and openness and growth, we are likely to find them. If we are looking for witchcraft and evil, we’ll likely find them, and we may get taken over by them.”
  84. Saul Bellow: How Writers and Artists Save Us from the “Moronic Inferno” of Our Time
    “The writer cannot make the seas of distraction stand still, but he [or she] can at times come between the madly distracted and the distractions.”
  85. Mary Oliver: The Mystery of the Human Psyche, the Secret of Great Poetry, and How Rhythm Makes Us Come Alive
    “Rhythm is one of the most powerful of pleasures, and when we feel a pleasurable rhythm we hope it will continue. When it does, it grows sweeter.”
  86. Schopenhauer on Style
    “Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes.”
  87. Flannery O’Connor: Why the Grotesque Appeals to Us, Plus a Rare Recording of Her Reading
    “There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.”
  88. Annie Dillard: The Art of the Essay and Narrative Nonfiction vs. Poetry and Short Stories
    “Writers serve as the memory of a people. They chew over our public past.”
  89. C.S. Lewis: The 3 Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing
    “The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author’s mind.”
  90. Nietzsche: 10 Rules for Writers
    “Style ought to prove that one believes in an idea; not only that one thinks it but also feels it.”
  91. William Faulkner: Writing, the Human Dilemma, and Why We Create
    “It’s the most satisfying occupation man has discovered yet, because you never can quite do it as well as you want to, so there’s always something to wake up tomorrow morning to do.”
  92. David Foster Wallace: The Redemptive Power of Reading and the Future of Writing in the Age of Information
    The fun of reading as “an exchange between consciousnesses, a way for human beings to talk to each other about stuff we can’t normally talk about.”
  93. Zadie Smith: The Psychology of the Two Types of Writers
    “It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives. I think sometimes that the best reason for writing novels is to experience those four and a half hours after you write the final word.”
  94. George Orwell: Writing, How to Counter the Mindless Momentum of Language, and the Four Questions a Great Writer Must Ask Herself
    “By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.”
  95. Italo Calvino: The Art of Quickness, Digression as a Hedge Against Death, and the Key to Great Writing
    “Success consists in felicity of verbal expression, which every so often may result from a quick flash of inspiration but as a rule involves a patient search… for the sentence in which every word is unalterable.”
  96. Ursula K. Le Guin: Where Ideas Come From, the “Secret” of Great Writing, and the Trap of Marketing Your Work
    “All makers must leave room for the acts of the spirit. But they have to work hard and carefully, and wait patiently, to deserve them.”
  97. Gabriel García Márquez on His Unlikely Beginnings as a Writer
    “If you’re going to be a writer you have to be one of the great ones… After all, there are better ways to starve to death.”
  98. Roald Dahl: How Illness Emboldens Creativity: A Moving Letter to His Bedridden Mentor
    “I doubt I would have written a line … unless some minor tragedy had sort of twisted my mind out of the normal rut.”
  99. Robert Frost: How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay
    “The sidelong glance is what you depend on.”
  100. Lewis Carroll: How to Work Through Difficulty and His Three Tips for Overcoming Creative Block
    “When you have made a thorough and reasonably long effort, to understand a thing, and still feel puzzled by it, stop, you will only hurt yourself by going on.”
  101. Mark Strand: The Heartbeat of Creative Work and the Artist’s Task to Bear Witness to the Universe
    “It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.”
  102. John Steinbeck: The Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work
    “Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does.”
  103. E.B. White: How to Write for Children and the Writer’s Responsibility to All Audiences
    “Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”
  104. Virginia Woolf: Writing and Self-Doubt
    Consolation for those moments when you can’t tell whether you’re “the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world.”
  105. Cheryl Strayed: Faith, Humility, and the Art of Motherfuckitude
    “Writing is hard for every last one of us… Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”
  106. Ann Patchett: Writing and Why Self-Forgiveness Is the Most Important Ingredient of Great Art
    “The ability to forgive oneself … is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.”
  107. Umberto Eco’s Advice to Writers
    “If we think that our reader is an idiot, we should not use rhetorical figures, but if we use them and feel the need to explain them, we are essentially calling the reader an idiot. In turn, he will…
  108. Grace Paley: The Value of Not Understanding Everything
    “Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.”
  109. Jane Kenyon: Some of the Wisest Words to Create and Live By
    “Be a good steward of your gifts.”
  110. Joseph Conrad on Art and What Makes a Great Writer, in a Beautiful Tribute to Henry James
    “All creative art is magic, is evocation of the unseen in forms persuasive, enlightening, familiar and surprising, for the edification of mankind.”
  111. How to Save Your Soul: Willa Cather on Productivity vs. Creativity, Selling Out, and the Life-Changing Advice That Made Her a Writer
    “It’s so foolish to live (which is always trouble enough) and not to save your soul. It’s so foolish to lose your real pleasures for the supposed pleasures of the chase — or the stock exchange.”
  112. Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers
    “In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”
  113. James Baldwin’s Advice on Writing
    “Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”
  114. Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience
    “It’s by writing… by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present.”
  115. Elizabeth Alexander on Writing, the Ethic of Love, Language as a Vehicle for the Self, and the Inherent Poetry of Personhood
    “You have to tell your own story simultaneously as you hear and respond to the stories of others.”
  116. Can Goodness Win? George Saunders on Writing, the Artist’s Task, and the Importance of Living with Opposing Truths
    “See how long you can stay in that space, where both things are true… That’s a great place to try to be.”

10 Uplifting Stories To Get You Through The Week (9/16/18) – Listverse

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10 Uplifting Stories To Get You Through The Week (9/16/18)



We thought that Listverse could use a bit more positivity and show that not everything has to be doom and gloom. In this list, we take a look at 10 news items meant to lift your spirits and inspire. Of course, if you prefer peculiar to positive, check out the offbeat list here.

We have a few feel-good stories about different communities (not all of them human) coming together to help those in need. We also look at some positive medical news and learn about exciting new discoveries made by archaeologists. Lastly, we cover some long-overdue recognition for Jocelyn Bell Burnell, one of the most important female scientists of the 20th century.

10Largest Ocean Cleanup Project Gets Underway

One of the most ambitious environmental ventures in history began this week as members of The Ocean Cleanup deployed their first system designed to collect floating trash. It is destined for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and project leaders are hopeful that they will be able to collect 50 percent of the rubbish every five years.

All the plastic and other garbage floating in the waters gets carried by currents to ocean gyres. There are five major gyres in the world—two in the Pacific, two in the Atlantic, and one in the Indian Ocean. They all have large garbage patches. Eventually, The Ocean Cleanup plans to target all of them, but for now, they are concentrating on the biggest one. Located between Hawaii and California, it is also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The device used for cleanup is a 600-meter-long (2,000 ft) floating barrier that looks like a giant pool noodle. It has a 3-meter-long (10 ft) skirt hanging beneath it underwater. When it is deployed, it will form a U-shape as it is carried by the winds and waves. The device will trap plastic and other trash floating on the surface but, crucially, allow fish and other sea life to swim underneath it. Boats will then collect the garbage and take it to be recycled.

The system was deployed last Saturday off the coast of San Francisco for a two-week test run. Afterward, it will be towed 1,000 nautical miles to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch where it should be able to recover around 50 tons of plastic per year. If it works, The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy 60 more systems, even larger than this one.[1]

9Sports Team Gets New Canine Mascot

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A stray dog has found an interesting new home as the “assistant coach” of a Paraguayan football team.

It all began when the animal started hanging around the grounds of Monumental Rio Parapiti, a stadium in Pedro Juan Caballero where second-tier side Club Sportivo 2 de Mayo plays. One day, she approached head coach Carlos Saguier while he was eating and he gave her a piece of his empanada. She has been by his side ever since.[2]

The team named the animal Tesapara. She now lives at the stadium and serves as the “guardian of the club.” She accompanies Saguier on the pitch, in the corridors, and in his office. She watches all the action on the sidelines and even takes part during training.

8Promising New Drug For Diabetes

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Trials for a new diabetes drug hailed as “groundbreaking” have started in Wales. The medication helps people with type 1 diabetes regrow cells that produce insulin.

It is far too early to come to a definitive conclusion about the drug, but the first human tests have proven to be promising. Two people who suffer from the condition have been dosed and monitored. They experienced no side effects over a period of 72 hours.[3]

Currently, around 90 percent of the 19,000 Welsh people with type 1 diabetes have less than 5 percent of insulin-making cells left. They need regular insulin shots because their bodies can no longer produce the hormone.

Now, researchers from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board want to expand the trial to 10 people and are searching for eight more volunteers. It is important that they have had diabetes for more than two years. In that time, the disease would have stopped the pancreas from producing beta cells that make insulin. That way, it is easier to observe if the drug is truly helping with cell regrowth.

7Dog Helps Overturn 50-Year Conviction

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An Oregon man sentenced to 50 years in jail in 2017 for child sexual abuse walked away free after a dog he allegedly killed turned up alive and well.

Joshua Horner was convicted last year. However, the Oregon Innocence Project took on his case after detecting “several red flags” in the evidence presented at trial.

One piece of testimony from the accuser said that Horner threatened to kill her animals if she went to the police. He then shot her Labrador in front of her to show that he was serious. However, investigators from the nonprofit legal organization tracked the dog down and found Lucy the black Lab alive and well with a new owner in Gearhart.[4]

The Oregon Court of Appeals freed Horner in August pending a new trial. However, the second trial was canceled and the judge dismissed the case. Since Lucy was found, the complainant has avoided meetings with the district attorney’s office.

6Necropolis Unearthed In Egypt

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Over 800 ancient tombs have been discovered in a necropolis buried under the sands for thousands of years near the village of Lisht south of Cairo.

The existence of the cemetery was known, mostly because it is marked by two pyramids at the northern and southern ends. However, most of the tombs remained a mystery to scientists until now.

A joint venture between the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Alabama–Birmingham led to the discovery of 802 tombs in a single field season. They are roughly 4,000 years old, dating to the Middle Kingdom.[5]

Unfortunately, looters got to most of the tombs before archaeologists. In fact, it was satellite images of looting pits that originally turned the scientific team on to the exact location of the necropolis.

Even so, Egyptologists are confident that there is still plenty of information left to uncover about the health, economic, and social statuses and mortuary practices of the ancient Egyptians. More importantly, the people buried there were likely once residents of Itjtawy, the as-yet-undiscovered city which served as capital of the kingdom for almost 300 years (some sources say over 400 years).

5Lost Narwhal Adopted By Beluga Whales

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There are several species of whale which are a common sight in the Saint Lawrence River, but narwhals are not one of them. And yet researchers from the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) have reported multiple instances of the same narwhal swimming in the river over the past three years. He is not alone. In fact, it seems that the narwhal has integrated into a pod of beluga whales.

Based on the size of its tusk, the cetacean appears to be a juvenile male. It is not uncommon for young whales to venture into strange habitats. Being social creatures, they try to make friends with boats or swimmers, sometimes with fatal consequences. This time, it seems the narwhal has found a group which is accepting of his peculiar appearance.

The latest drone footage shows that the wandering juvenile is part of a pod of approximately 10 belugas. The animals swim closely together, often rolling and rubbing against each other.

They appear to interact the same way with the narwhal as they do with each other, suggesting that he has been adopted as a member of the group. In turn, the narwhal has started displaying behavior typical of belugas such as blowing bubbles.[6]

4Boy Makes Astounding Recovery From Skewer Through Head

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Last Saturday afternoon, 10-year-old Xavier Cunningham was playing in his tree house at his home in Harrisonville, Missouri, when he was attacked by yellow jacket wasps. Trying to get away, he fell out of the tree and landed face-first on a meat skewer, which went straight through his head. Incredibly, the sharp spike missed all vital components, and following successful surgery, Xavier is expected to make a full recovery.

The boy was taken to Kansas University Hospital where a team of doctors managed to remove the rod after several hours. The skewer had avoided the eyes, brain stem, spinal cord, and blood vessels despite penetrating 15 centimeters (6 in) into the skull. This gave hospital staff the time necessary to call in expert surgeons for the procedure.[7]

One additional obstacle was the fact that the rod was square instead of rounded, thus requiring extra attention toward the sharp edges. Endovascular neurosurgeon Koji Ebersole described the event as “one in a million.”

3Community Comes Together For Keryluke Family

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Brent Keryluke from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, refurbished a 1973 Pontiac Parisienne in the hopes of one day passing it down to his children, Arielle and Liam. Unfortunately, Brent and his wife, Nicole, died in a motorcycle accident back in May, leaving the kids in the care of his parents, Ben and Marilyn. The elderly couple was struggling to make ends meet, so they made a tough decision—they had to sell the car at auction.

The sad story of the Kerylukes was heavily covered in local media, and the community came to the auction in full force. Ben was hoping to get $14,000 for the car, but it sold for $29,000 to Rod McWilliams of Red Deer Motors. He then immediately donated it back to be sold again.

Danny Fayad of Edmonton paid $30,000 for the Pontiac the second time around and then donated it once more. It was sold for $20,000 the third time to Bob Bevins of Bulldog Metals who gave the car back to the Keryluke family.[8]

Besides the bids for the cars, other community members pledged their own donations. They topped $100,000, and the Kerylukes got to keep the Pontiac. The auction went viral on social media, and more donations are still pouring in.

2Archaeologists Discover Oldest-Known Human Drawing

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Archaeologists found what they believe to be the earliest-known drawing made by Homo sapiens on a stone flake in a cave in South Africa. After seven years of study, they concluded that the markings were made by a human with an ocher crayon roughly 73,000 years ago.

The piece of stone was found by chance in Blombos Cave in 2011 by Luca Pollarolo, a researcher from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was cleaning dirt and ash off other artifacts when he noticed the rock.

It had curious markings which appeared too odd to be natural. They were six straight, almost parallel lines intersected by three curved lines. He contacted colleagues from Norway and France to help establish the origins of the strange illustration.

Using an electron microscope, they were able to determine that the lines were drawn on the stone with a natural pigment called red ocher. They made multiple recreations using primitive brushes and crayons and found that the markings matched an ocher crayon tip 1–3 millimeters (0.04–0.12 in) thick.[9]

Current debate rages over whether the drawing was intentional or not. The smooth surface of the flake suggests that it was once part of a larger rock, perhaps a grindstone. If this is the case, other archaeologists argue that the markings could have been created unintentionally during the grinding process.

1Recognition For Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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Fifty years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a student learning astrophysics at Cambridge. Under the guidance of her thesis supervisor, Antony Hewish, she discovered the first radio pulsars. For this, Hewish won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974. Bell Burnell didn’t win anything because she was a research student.

This year, she received the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in recognition of her achievement. It came with a $3 million cash prize which Bell then donated to help minority students become physics researchers.

Bell Burnell’s snub by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has been criticized over the decades by many scientists, but the organization remained steadfast in its decision. The Breakthrough Prizes are awarded by a not-for-profit organization founded by Russian physicist and entrepreneur Yuri Milner. The chair of the organization’s committee, Edward Witten, described Bell Burnell’s discovery as “one of the great surprises in the history of astronomy.”[10]

The Northern Irish astrophysicist was presented with a check for $3 million, but she said she is donating it to the UK’s Institute of Physics. Specifically, it will be used to provide scholarships for groups which are underrepresented in the field.

As far as Bell Burnell is concerned, she is fine with being snubbed 50 years ago. According to her, once you win a Nobel Prize, you don’t get anything else ever again. This way, she has a party almost every year for another award or distinction she has received.

Pure Heart – Chitta Shuddhi

To completely surrender to My Will, your heart must be pure and your mind empty of all thoughts.

All those who surrender themselves in love to Me will see, adore and realize the reality behind My form.

Source Meher Baba Calling 
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Quotes of the week 

The meaning of faith is that one is not shaken by anything.

The aspirant should have un-severing faith in the Master.

When you put whole faith in Me you get the relief.

When faith becomes love, there is no use of faith.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]



The divine love consumes all our limited desires; but this “burning” [in love] should be smokeless. Kabir puts this in one line: “Lift the veil of seven colors!” He does not say “remove” the curtain, but uses the word khole [lift, open].

In fact, this veil is so subtle that even the finest and highest thought cannot pierce or tear it. This veil has seven layers and seven knots. The seven layers are of different colors, and of seven kinds of sanskaras. These impressions are of the phenomenal illusory life. To make it more clear; this world that we see, hear and experience through the senses is an illusion, and is based on seven illusory desires.

On these seven desires is based the entire working of the gross life, and that is why both “descent” and “ascent” of the soul is in seven stages.

The real seat of the Brahma is in the head, and so you find seven doors to these illusions — two eyes, two ears, two nostrils and one mouth. When an advanced soul enters the Path with the inner eye open, he is said to “open” the first knot. And when the first knot is open, one layer out of the seven drops down, corresponding to the mouth. When the first knot is opened, the pilgrim is said to have crushed one desire and to have entered the first plane.

When the second knot is opened, corresponding to the right nostril, the second layer falls down, and the pilgrim is said to have entered the second plane. Here he sees wonderful things. Although all these things are illusory, if he gets lost in them he is gone! The third knot is the left nostril. Here the pilgrim sees more enchantments. He can now read the thoughts of all. After this third knot, the pilgrim enters what is called by Jesus the dark, spiritual night of the soul.

The fourth and fifth knots are opened simultaneously, corresponding to the right and left ears. These desires are crushed, and the pilgrim enters the fourth plane. Now he becomes all powerful. He can even raise the dead, and here it is possible that he can fall to the lowest depth. He falls if he misuses his powers.

If he resists the temptation of using his powers, then he opens the sixth and seventh knots simultaneously, corresponding to the two eyes, and crushes the sixth and seventh types of desires. He has entered the fifth plane now. But the veil is still there and he cannot see God. Only God’s grace or the Master’s help can throw away or tear this veil.

Then the pilgrim enters the sixth plane, which is represented by the middle of the forehead, that is, the third eye. Now he sees God face-to-face everywhere.

Very few can enter the seventh plane, represented by the top of the head. Here one becomes God. But this can be done only with the Master’s help. Only rare ones get down from the top of the head to the heart. The Master can, in the twinkling of an eye or even quicker, remove all these veils and everything at once, because all is illusory.

This, in the end, means that only God is real and all else is an illusion. We are all permanently lodged in this, our Beloved God. So we are all one.

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No use of Faith !🙏🌹🌷💙❤️💜❤️💕💖💗💝

The meaning of faith is that one is not shaken by anything.

The aspirant should have un-severing faith in the Master.

When you put whole faith in Me you get the relief.

When faith becomes love, there is no use of faith.



[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]