Indian Taxpayers Subsidising Rich Farmers: How Much Is Too Much?


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For My Weird Sea


A Love Poem by Anonymous

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
My thing is weird,
And so are you.

Orchids are white,
Ghost ones are rare,
My bombshell is blonde,
And so is your hair.

Magnolia grows,
With buds like eggs,
A pad is fat,
And so are your legs.

Sunflowers reach,
Up to the skies,
Faces are pale,
And so are your eyes.

Foxgloves in hedges,
Surround the farms,
Faces are tanned,
And so are your arms.

Daisies are pretty,
Daffies have style,
An account is illuminating,
And so is your smile.

A sea is beautiful,
Just like you.

The Lawyer and the Girl


Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the sleeping of the lawyer,
I think he’s angry at the donmoyer.

He finds it hard to see the net,
Overshadowed by the weird cornet.

Who is that hiding near the house?
I think she’d like to eat the pocket mouse.

She is but an empty girl,
Admired as she sits upon a leg curl.

Her major car is just a lake,
It needs no gas, it runs on rattlesnake.

She’s not alone she brings a zombie,
a pet giraffe, and lots of combi.

The giraffe likes to chase a snail,
Especially one that’s in the bail.

The lawyer shudders at the neat camel
He want to leave but she wants the scammell.

The Lawyer and the Girl

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the sleeping of the lawyer,
I think he’s angry at the donmoyer.

He finds it hard to see the net,
Overshadowed by the weird cornet.

Who is that hiding near the house?
I think she’d like to eat the pocket mouse.

She is but an empty girl,
Admired as she sits upon a leg curl.

Her major car is just a lake,
It needs no gas, it runs on rattlesnake.

She’s not alone she brings a zombie,
a pet giraffe, and lots of combi.

The giraffe likes to chase a snail,
Especially one that’s in the bail.

The lawyer shudders at the neat camel
He want to leave but she wants the scammell.

All We Control Is The Beginning of Things


Clearly the Stoics were doers. They ran for public office. They fought in the army. They started business ventures. They created artistic works. How can this fit, though, with what Marcus called “the art of acquiescence?” Isn’t this resignation a contradiction? If you believe in a kind of predetermination, why bother?

Perhaps the way through this puzzle is best captured in a quote from Democritus, a pre-Socratic philosopher admired by the Stoics (Seneca most of all). Democritus said that “Boldness is the beginning of action. But fortune controls how it ends.”

What that means is that the Stoic believes in their power to, say, write a book, but not in their power to determine whether people will like it or buy a lot of copies of it. A Stoic will fight bravely in battle but know that the outcome is determined by so many other things. They will run for office, they will start a business, they will compete in an athletic event—but whether they win? That’s not up to them. Whether they give it their best, boldest, and hardest effort? Well, that is. 

That’s the message for today–in fact, it’s the perfect message for today, as we begin a new year and a new decade. All we control are the beginnings of things. We control how we start. We control our first move. Whether we say hello to a pretty stranger, but not whether they reciprocate. We can make the pitch, or the apology, but fortune controls whether its accepted. We can plan the trip, but not when or if we arrive. We control this first minute of the long year ahead.

It’s not a lot…but it’s enough, so let’s do it right. Let’s do it boldly.

“The way we’ve always done it” BY Seth Godin


“The way we’ve always done it”

There’s a lot to be said for tradition, for stability and for the foundation that the status quo gives us to move forward.

But, if we were on the spot to analyze our day, our processes and our assumptions, how many things do we do simply because we are in the habit?

It’s impossible to try every option, to explore every alternative and examine how every culture or competitor does things, but…

If we don’t even know we’re doing things by rote, when will we be restless enough to try to make them better?

Wisdom Quotes


Those who love you will come back to you even if you let them go.
If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. (Richard Bach)
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It is not the absence of fear that is courage, but the mastery over it.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)

WORD OF THE DAY – SODALITY


WORD OF THE DAY
Sodalitysoh-DAL-ih-teePart of speech: nounOrigin: French, early 17th century
1A confraternity or association, especially a Roman Catholic religious guild or brotherhood.
 
Examples of Sodality in a sentence “The sodality ran a toy drive with the local elementary school every December.” “Many of the traditions started by the sodality 200 years ago are still in practice.”

Spanish Love Proverbs


SPANISH LOVE PROVERBS

The following is a list of our favorite old-time Spanish love proverbs, we hope you find some advice about love while you read them. 

  • Chancla que yo tiro, no la vuelvo a levantar. – If I throw my sandal, I am never picking it up. 

Meaning/Usage: Once I let you go, I will never want you back.

  • Frente al amor y la muerte no sirve de nada ser fuerte. – Face love head on because death has no strength. 

Meaning/Usage: Fight for love with your whole might. 

  •  Agua que no has de beber, déjala correr. – Water that isn’t drinkable, let it run. 

Meaning/Usage:  If it’s not working, let it go.

  • Amor loco, yo por tí y tú por otro. – Crazy love, I for you and you for another. 

Meaning/Usage:  It’s crazy to love someone who doesn’t love you, but loves another instead. 

  • Amor de niño, agua en cestillo. – Love of child, water in basket.

Meaning/Usage:  Young love is fickle.

Indite : W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
Inditein-DITEPart of speech: verbOrigin: Middle English, unknown
1Write; compose.
 
Examples of Indite in a sentence “I try to indite a brief message in every Christmas card I send.” “My grandfather kept a journal in which he would indite a few thoughts at the end of every day.”

WHAT’S YOUR GAME – by Seth Godin


via Seth Godin’s Newsletter

What’s your game?

Someone who plays Monopoly every week, and always uses the little silver hat as their playing piece and always buys Boardwalk if he can–he may think that this is his game.

That’s way too literal.

Someone who trades pork bellies on the floor of the commodities exchange might believe that she has a particular affinity to pork bellies, and that the specific is the game.

Still too literal.

In the first case, the ‘game’ isn’t the silver hat, the properties or even the Monopoly set. The game is the way it feels to engage with the regular group and the thrill of trading and perhaps winning. It would be possible to replicate or even surpass this game by playing Othello instead, or scouring garage sales to sell hidden treasures on eBay…

In the second case, the ‘game’ might actually be the thrill of the trade. Or it might be the satisfaction the trader gets from having an easily measured indicator (wealth) go up. Or it might be the status that comes from being richer than the folks you went to high school with…

We invent all sorts of trappings and decide that the trappings are our work. They’re not. There are only a handful of games that most people decide to play… games that have boundaries, other players, connections and outcomes. You can switch from one set of trappings to another much more easily than you imagine, particularly if you focus on the basic building blocks of your game instead of the outward appearance.

If someone takes away your playing piece, don’t fall into the trap of deciding you can’t play a game any longer.

If someone tries to persuade you that the game is to make as much money as possible, realize that they need more insight and imagination.

Whenever you can, it might pay to seek to create a game that works for you and for those you seek to serve. Because those games are the sustainable ones and the ones that you can play for a long time to come.

NEW DECISION – by Seth Godin


via Seth Godin Newsletter


New decisions

“I was wrong,” isn’t something you hear very often. Particularly from people in power, or folks who have gone out on a limb espousing a belief.

It’s far easier to persuade someone to make a new decision based on new information.

That way, they can be right now, and they can also believe that they were right before.

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
JanissaryJAN-ə-ser-eePart of speech: nounOrigin: French, early 16th century
1(Historical) A member of the Turkish infantry forming the Sultan’s guard between the 14th and 19th centuries.2A devoted follower or supporter.
 
Examples of Janissary in a sentence “The janissary faithfully protected the Sultan from attacks posed by other nations.” “Ryan had been a faithful janissary of the punk band since he was a teenager.”

International Human Solidarity Day – 20 December


International Human Solidarity Day – 20 December

This day celebrates unity in diversity and raises awareness about the importance of solidarity and poverty eradication.

Content marketing ideas

  • Listicle idea:  Ways to practice solidarity while enforcing social distancing
  • Infographic idea: Examples of peaceful protests around the world
  • Video idea: X Movements that went international
  • Podcast idea: How does social media unite people around the world?

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