word of the day

Organzaor-GAN-zəPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, early 19th century
1A thin, stiff, transparent fabric made of silk or a synthetic yarn.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Twist of Plot Day? This day celebrates the birthday of William Sidney Porter, who was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1862. Also known as O. Henry, he was responsible for writing some of the greatest plot twists ever, perhaps the most important being The Gift of the Magi.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Failure is enriching. It’s also important to accept that you’ll make mistakes – it’s how you build your expertise. The trick is to learn a positive lesson from all of life’s negative moments.”

— Alain Ducasse

random acts of kindness

1. Compliment a stranger2. Donate musical instruments, sports equipment, and electronics you are no longer using.3. Offer to keep a friend’s kids so she and her husband can have some time alone.4. Pay it forward with books. When you’re done reading a great book, leave it in a public place for someone else to find with a note.5. Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal

would you rather….? 50 Questions

  1. Would you rather eat dog food or cat food with every meal?
  2. Would you rather lose all your keys or your wallet?
  3. Would you rather wear clothes that are a bit too small or wear clothes three times too big?
  4. Would you rather a best friend or five really good friends?
  5. Would you rather lose all your photos or lose all your mementos?
  6. Would you rather spend the rest of your life without music or without movies?
  7. Would you rather have a bad hair day or a bad clothes day?
  8. Would you rather never be able to eat cake or pie again?
  9. Would you rather invent time travel or perpetual motion machines?
  10. Would you rather date someone who always talks during movies or wears too much fragrance?
  11. Would you rather give up pizza or give up coffee forever?
  12. Would you rather only be able to drink coffee or never be able to drink it again?
  13. Would you rather have a free day off on Friday or Monday?
  14. Would you rather be bored all the time or too busy all the time?
  15. Would you rather have perfect skin but bad teeth or a perfect smile but bad skin?
  16. Would you rather live next to a graveyard or next to a haunted house?
  17. Would you rather be a God on an isolated island or an average person in the world?
  18. Would you rather read the book or watch the movie version of the book?
  19. Would you rather have a job where you sit all day or a job where you stand all day?
  20. Would you rather remember everything you see or remember everything you hear?
  21. Would you rather listen to only your three favorite songs or listen to only 100 randomly assigned songs for a year?
  22. Would you rather eat nothing but burnt food or nothing but leftovers from people you don’t know?
  23. Would you rather let ten people die and save your friend or save ten strangers and let your friend die?
  24. Would you rather watch a movie in a theater by yourself or with friends but as the third wheel?
  25. Would you rather eat ants on your ice-cream or worms in your soup?
  26. Would you rather be the first of your kind or the last of your kind?
  27. Would you rather get special discounts at your favorite restaurant or special discounts at your favorite store?
  28. Would you rather have carpet in your bathroom or carpet in your kitchen?
  29. Would you rather be famous now and forgotten when you die or unknown now and famous after your death?
  30. Would you rather get a terrible tattoo that’s visible or a terrible scar that’s semi-visible.
  31. Would you rather talk like Donald Trump or look like Donald Trump?
  32. Would you rather marry your perfect partner or achieve all of your dreams?
  33. Would you rather be able to taste color or see smell?
  34. Would you rather let a random stranger lick you or you lick a random stranger?
  35. Would you rather always have a slow Internet connection or always be in traffic jams when you drive?
  36. Would you rather know when you’re going to die or how you’re going to die?
  37. Would you rather get one wish granted today or wait five years to get three wished granted? (no wishing for more wishes)
  38. Would you rather have nine toes or eleven toes?
  39. Would you rather be well fed but homeless or have a home but little food for a month?
  40. Would you rather have a friend that always tells you the truth or a friend who always backs you up even when you’re wrong?
  41. Would you rather stuck in a cave for a day or stuck in an elevator for a day?
  42. Would you rather have a friend that types in all caps in texts or a friend that replies to all in emails?
  43. Would you rather sleep every night in a room with someone who snores or in a room with a fly buzzing?
  44. Would you rather have your perfect body but be poor or have a body your never satisfied with but be rich?
  45. Would you rather work for the rest of your life as a portable toilet cleaner or have all the garbage you produce going forward permanently stay at your house?
  46. Would you rather have a personal chef or a personal driver?
  47. Would you rather not get a birthday cake on your birthday or not get any gifts on your birthday?
  48. Would you rather spend eight hours listening to someone scratch a chalkboard with their nails or have a mosquito buzzing around your head as you try to sleep each night for a month?
  49. Would you rather have free coffee or free ice-cream for the rest of your life?
  50. Would you rather look and feel 20 years younger from the neck down or the neck up?

never have I ever…. ! 50

  1. Never have I ever have I been to Las Vegas.
  2. Never have I ever snuck candy into a movie theater.
  3. Never have I ever had my photo taken with a famous person.
  4. Never have I ever done a duck face selfie.
  5. Never have I ever laughed so hard I peed in my pants a little.
  6. Never have I ever “cleaned up” by shoving everything under the bed.
  7. Never have I ever gone skinny dipping.
  8. Never have I ever covered a wall with crayons when I was little.
  9. Never have I ever had a drink come out my nose.
  10. Never have I ever danced when I thought nobody was watching, but people were.
  11. Never have I ever subscribed to Netflix.
  12. Never have I ever watched a movie with subtitles.
  13. Never have I ever had popcorn at the movie theater.
  14. Never have I ever been to a movie on the first day of release.
  15. Never have I ever been to a comedy show.
  16. Never have I ever have I tripped for no apparent reason.
  17. Never have I ever walked into something.
  18. Never have I ever watched Game of Thrones
  19. Never have I ever watched Star Wars.
  20. Never have I ever gone out in my pajamas.
  21. Never have I ever have I high fived and nobody responded.
  22. Never have I ever been to Universal Studios.
  23. Never have I ever sung karaoke.
  24. Never have I ever told a joke and nobody laughed.
  25. Never have I ever laughed so hard I cried.
  26. Never have I ever been to a professional basketball game.
  27. Never have I ever been to Disney World.
  28. Never have I ever sung a song loudly in the shower.
  29. Never have I ever accidentally laughed out loud with earphones on.
  30. Never have I ever gotten a famous person’s signature.
  31. Never have I ever been to a professional baseball game
  32. Never have I ever created a Facebook account.
  33. Never have I ever eaten food that had already been thrown away.
  34. Never have I ever been to a Comic Con.
  35. Never have I ever walked out of a movie.
  36. Never have I ever watched a horror movie.
  37. Never have I ever laughed at my own jokes.
  38. Never have I ever gone on a famous person tour.
  39. Never have I ever been to Hollywood.
  40. Never have I ever been to see Cirque du Soleil.
  41. Never have I ever have I convinced someone that something utterly ridiculous is actually true.
  42. Never have I ever told a dad joke.
  43. Never have I ever tried to write an excuse note for myself.
  44. Never have I ever have I read an ebook.
  45. Never have I ever participated in a school prank.
  46. Never have I ever been to an amusement park.
  47. Never have I ever cried so hard I started laughing.
  48. Never have I ever famous singer.
  49. Never have I ever played a practical joke on my friends.
  50. Never have I ever a foreign film.

writing prompts

  • Magic PotionWho created it and what happens when it’s used?
  • Dear DiaryWhat secrets are hidden in a child’s diary?
  • Abandoned BeautyA place that became beautiful because it was abandoned.
  • Dirty LaundryWrite about the deep secrets of a character.
  • Alarm ClockWhat is the perfect sound to wake up to?

What you can tell about a person from the junk they leave behind | Aeon Videos


To Karl Jaspers, uncertainty is not to be overcome but understood | Psyche Ideas


random paragraph of the day

It was easy to spot her. All you needed to do was look at her socks. They were never a matching pair. One would be green while the other would be blue. One would reach her knee while the other barely touched her ankle. Every other part of her was perfect, but never the socks. They were her micro act of rebellion.

Vegan Italian Pasta Salad with Vegetables and Olives Recipe – Allrecipes.com

Ethical Alliance Daily News

Ethical Alliance Daily News

Brazil: Manager at Brazil’s Petrobras investigated in latest graft probe
Sep 11, 2020 06:00 pm
A Petrobras manager was among the subjects of search warrants issued to police on Thursday, part of a years-long investigation into alleged corruption at the Brazilian state-controlled oil firm, according to court documents seen by Reuters. Brazil’s federal police served 25 search warrants as part of the sweeping “Car Wash”
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Australia: Covid-19 pandemic masks risks of slavery in global supply chains
Sep 11, 2020 05:30 pm
The coronavirus pandemic is complicating the task of rooting out modern slavery by making it impossible for companies or investors to visit factory floors in many countries, adding to the challenges of addressing supply-chain risks. The economic shock caused by the coronavirus outbreak is also making people more vulnerable to
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United Kingdom: EU watchdog calls for streamlined rules to stop dirty money
Sep 11, 2020 05:00 pm
The European Union should create a single set of rules that are binding on member states to deal more effectively with money laundering and terrorist financing, the EU’s banking watchdog said on Thursday. The European Banking Authority (EBA) said strengthening EU laws would plug gaps and tackle divergent national approaches
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Russia: Russian Deputy Energy Minister Arrested for Alleged Corruption
Sep 11, 2020 04:30 pm
A Russian deputy energy minister has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than 600 million rubles worth of public money, investigators announced Wednesday. Anatoly Tikhonov, one of eight deputies to Energy Minister Alexander Novak, is accused of misusing public funds worth around $7.9 million which had been intended for
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Malaysia: Najib’s case ‘the worst kind’ of abuse of position, says trial judge
Sep 11, 2020 04:00 pm
The trial involving former Malaysian premier Najib Razak has been regarded as “the worst kind” of abuse of position, criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering by the High Court judge who convicted him. Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali remarked that Najib also did not express any remorse after
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China: Former Party chief of SW China’s Yunnan pleads guilty to graft
Sep 11, 2020 03:30 pm
Qin Guangrong, former Party chief of southwest China’s Yunnan Province and a former senior national legislator, on Thursday stood trial at the Chengdu Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province, southwest China, pleading guilty to charges of taking bribes while in public office. Prosecutors accused Qin of taking advantage of
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The honest mistake vs. the intentional act

Even though the harm may be the same, we’re much more likely to move on from an acknowledged accidental mistake.

Is it because we know that we’ve made honest mistakes ourselves, and the act of forgiving the other person is a way of forgiving ourselves? Or is it because it feels more random and less personal to be impacted by something that was a mistake?

Or perhaps, there’s some sort of reparation when the other person apologizes and works to improve… as if our suffering made a contribution for others who will follow.

In a third situation, a random accident, where there isn’t a perpetrator, it seems as though we’re the most likely to move on. If the cause is a fellow human, somehow we process misfortune differently. The intention is a double injury.

And yet, after the incident, when each of us is faced with the chance to acknowledge that we made an honest mistake, we often compound the problem and turn it into something more like an intentional act, simply because we’ve been taught to avoid taking personal responsibility.

Chapter 1, Verse 3 – Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God – Swami Mukundananda

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 1, Verse 3

पश्यैतां पाण्डुपुत्राणामाचार्य महतीं चमूम् ।
व्यूढां द्रुपदपुत्रेण तव शिष्येण धीमता ।। 3।।

paśhyaitāṁ pāṇḍu-putrāṇām āchārya mahatīṁ chamūm
vyūḍhāṁ drupada-putreṇa tava śhiṣhyeṇa dhīmatāpaśhya—behold; etām—this; pāṇḍu-putrāṇām—of the sons of Pandu; āchārya—respected teacher; mahatīm—mighty; chamūm—army; vyūḍhām—arrayed in a military formation; drupada-putreṇa—son of Drupad, Dhrishtadyumna; tava—by your; śhiṣhyeṇa—disciple; dhī-matā—intelligent


BG 1.3: Duryodhan said: Respected teacher! Behold the mighty army of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arrayed for battle by your own gifted disciple, the son of Drupad.


Duryodhana asked Dronacharya to look at the skillfully arranged military phalanx of the Pandava army led by their commander-in-chief Dhristadyumna, King Dhrupad’s son. He was also one of Dronacharya’s pupils. Duryodhana was subtly reminding his teacher of a mistake he had committed in the past.

Many years back, Dronacharya along with the Pandavas had defeated King Drupad in a battle and took away half his kingdom. To avenge his defeat, Drupad performed a sacrifice to beget a son. Dhristadyumna was born out of that sacrificial fire, with a boon that he would kill Dronacharya in the future. Even though Dronacharya was aware, when he was approached for Dhristadyumna’s military training, he very humbly accepted and imparted all his knowledge impartially to his pupil.

Duryodhana was reminding Dronacharya that even though Dhristadyumna was his pupil, he was also Drupad’s son, with a boon to kill him. He wanted to ensure that as in the past, Dhronacharya should not become lenient towards his pupils, now that, they were on the battlefield.