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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 …

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 …

The best position for reading

You can read in almost any position, but there are some rules that serious readers should adhere in order to avoid neck strain or arm fatigue.   I recently overheard a conversation in a library (yes, I go to library regularly; and yes, I …

How to write well

You may not be consumed (yet) by the burning ambition to write the next great South African novel. Still, you need decent writing skills in order to:   Put together an email message that’s easy to understand; Compose a social media post …

Let’s talk poetry

I am not going to claim that the sale of poetry books on bidorbuy rose significantly since it was announced that the poet-singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.   However, I do want to make it known that week in, …