Dictionary and thesaurus for brain power

We all know that learning a new language makes you smarter. But did you know that using a dictionary and a thesaurus to explore your own mother tongue also develops your brain power? Once our formal education is done and dusted, most of us abandon the …

Poems on… war

War. War never changes. - Fallout War is as old as man. In the deep forests we slew one another with stone and spear. The Bible at times makes a celebration of war: This is what the Lord Almighty says... "Now go and strike Amalek and devote to …

Poems on… Love

Love is perceived as the traditional muse of poetry. The experience of love is otherworldly; a rich, almost intoxicating emotion that makes one feel something like a god. Anne Sexton sums it up well in this stanza of her poem "When Man Enters …

How music affects your brain

Most of us listen to music, even though it might be different kinds of music. Some genres we love, some leave us indifferent  and some we hate. We can’t all like the same music. This blog post is designed to look into the effects of music on your brain and …

Poems on… suicide

What Schopenhauer called will to live is the cornerstone of the human condition. Shockingly,  this will is sometimes defeated by a longing for death. The most poignant expression of this longing is suicide. And the conjunct for suicide is perfect …

Defining generations

Millennials, Baby Boomers, Generation X… these are some of the terms you may have come across, books have been written about it too. You might have heard people say “millennials are the worst”. But what exactly is a millennial? You might also be interested …

Poems on… old age

Age is just a number, but what a number it is! An integer that holds mortality in summary. A value that walks hand in hand with life and death. No wonder then, that senescence has been a subject of debate among philosophers for ages. "What kind of road it …

Great opening lines of great novels

The first line of a novel is important. It introduces the theme, sets the tone, prepares the stage for the story to unfold and invites the reader to participate in the adventure. There are many novels with good or even great opening lines. Here are some …

Why you should watch old classic movies

Have you ever watched a movie that was made before you were born? A black-and-white one? How about a non-English black and white movie with subtitles? The most likely answer to all of the above is “no”. Many people write off classic cinema without even …

Seashell crafts

Craft projects that involve seashells are really and truly for everyone, because you can make them as simple or as complex as you wish. So, get ready to gather some seaside treasures during your next trip to the shore and turn them into keepsakes and …