150 fewer farmer suicides in 2018 | Mumbai News – Times of India – for some it is just a number! Sadly.

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‘I am meant to be happy, to make others happy,’

Say to yourself, ‘I am meant to be happy, to make others happy,’ and gradually you do become happy yourself and make others so too.

Don’t suggest to your mind, ‘I am tired, haggard,depressed.’ That will make you feel worse. Always say, ‘all is well and beautiful. I will be happy.’ I will help you spiritually.


[ From :- Over The Years With Meher Baba by Bill Le Page ( Copyright: Avatar Meher Baba P.P.C. Trust. Ahmednagar M.S. India) ]

New Zealand Settlers Day

Did you know…

… that today is New Zealand Settlers Day? The first settlers from Great Britain came to New Zealand on January 22, 1840. Originally part of the Australian colony of New South Wales, New Zealand became a separate colony in 1841 and was made self-governing in 1852. Dominion status was attained in 1907, and full independence was granted in 1931 and ratified by New Zealand in 1947.

via: Medium Newsletter

Today’s highlights
Applause from Niklas Göke and 2 others
Real data collected from the SkillUp your Life program
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What it is that makes us “smart”?
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Have you ever stopped to consider what happiness means?
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There are two types of people in this world — those who get stuff done and those who can’t get anything done…
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“To thine own self be true”—Here’s how to find out how well you’re taking this advice.
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We funnel our smartest young people into consulting and finance — and it’s hurting all of us
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The next generation of computerized voices has to be human enough to connect with but not so human that we…
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The secret to getting more attention
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You get to rise up and save yourself.
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I’ve obtained loss,
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Octavia Butler on talent. (The Commonplace Book Project)
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Winemakers are working on unusual solutions to the problem of climate change
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Gendered expectations are rooted in our way of thinking, living and doing
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Online Toastmasters – If you want to be a True International/ Global Speaker.


TMI Online Witty Story tellers GE 22.1.19
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Very interesting Online Toastmasters meeting from Europe today with participants from Russia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, India (3), SriLanka, Germany and Cambodia. Svetlana Rakhimova kindly invited me to be the General Evaluator. It was a wonderful meeting, great table topics, prepared speeches and Evaluations. I did not feel much difference in off v/s online club of TMI as processes were same except I was taking the Zoom call in the privacy and comfort of my home. The only thing we miss is much use of Body language, gestures and also clearly listening to vocal variety due to Technological challenges.
God willing, Technology will improve things further while Toastmasters may continue to follow their prescribed formats and processes daily/ Universally.
A good point was when my daughter who was watching in between from a distance said, ” Dad, so this makes you a truly International? Global speaker  ”
What a great takeaway from this short interaction? Wonderful. So Thanks again Svetlana Rakhimova.

If you want to see me – Click the picture. 

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No writers block here…

Did you know: Hemingway took writing very seriously. Hence his quote: “Don’t get discouraged because there’s a lot of mechanical work to writing … I rewrote the first part of A Farewell to Arms at least fifty times.”


When not sharing links or articles I liked on the web – I take writing very seriously.

I use: “Apart from Word and Pages – Hemingway, Scrivener, Scraple.  I also check  plagiarism thrui browser extension.  I store in Google Keep and evernote.

‘Hollow People With No Ideology’: Yogendra Yadav Says Anti-BJP Front Lacks Vision – News18

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For the first time I tend to agree with this usually disagreeable creature.