Category Opinion

Attachment and Impermanence

In essence, nothing is permanent. Think of it: what is permanent? You can try to search repeatedly; you will always get the same answer: nothing. Our parents aren’t going to be here forever. Our lovers, dogs, homes, cars, and even our Earth is not permanent. Everything has a beginning and an end. Why? Because it is […]

Are Dreams Realizable?

“Anybody can be a halfway man, but the one who rises above this class is the one who keeps everlastingly pushing” – J. Ogden Armour Out of all things I enjoy, reading the biography of great men (and great women) gives me the best pleasure. Of all books I’ve read, books about those who had […]

Is your glass half-empty or half full?

Positivity – How it improves life How you answer this old but still reliable question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic – and it may even affect your health.  Gabriel Andrade from the National Library of Medicine “Positive thinking suggests that to […]

Stop dieting, start eating

I’m on a diet… always How many times someone told you ‘I need to go on a diet’?The probability that it was more than once in your lifetime it huge, am I right? And you’ve been there too? That’s great! Why? The reason why it’s great is not the fact that you’ve gotten to this […]

The art of haggling

Flea markets and garage sales. These two are the best places to buy some cheap, antique, or vintage gadgets and trinkets. Most of the time, the prices of the wares are way lower than in general. Primarily because of overuse, damage, manufacturing fault, or other circumstances. But often, merchants are aware of how much their […]

How does the consumption of recreational drugs feed violence in Latin America ?

Selected for a student exchange program, I stepped into Brazil for the first time in July 2012. I was a 19-year-old innocent girl very passionate about the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. My biggest culture shock was undoubtedly while entering a bank: security revolving doors equipped with a metal detector and the presence of armed […]

Why can’t we just listen?

We’re running, before we can walk, finishing before we’ve started and arriving at the end of things before we’ve even heard the beginning. Album song shuffling is here to stay, disrupting the musical journey, but the artists are pushing back. As a teenager growing up in 1970’s Great Britain, I listened to music on vinyl, […]

Beauty is inside of everyone

If the mirror would show what is inside of you, would you still be beautiful?  In times of social media, people start focusing on their appearance. Buy the makeup that will cover the circumorbital rings, put a filter on every picture and wear the most expensive and stylish clothes. The same things you do and […]

Learning by listening – How we “accidentally” learn languages

When I used to work in a shelter for underage refugees, literally somewhere in the central-German countryside, I made a pretty enlightening observation. The youngsters I was working with were all teenagers from countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and various African countries, that arrived in Germany during the events of 2015. Of course, one of their […]

THE FLICKER OF HAPPINESS

We often make the mistake of dividing the world into small and big moments. We look at everything that happens and we place it in a box. A box of moments that we view as insignificant and a box of moments, we are taught are going to determine our future. But what about the moments […]

Life & other businesses

The countless possible ways events can turn out in terms of scenarios, shifts and outcomes are wonderfully fascinating. I remember when I was at school, the probability chapter was my favorite one in my mathematic books. I find it actually quite inspiring to try understanding the diverse ins and out which could explain why you […]