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S. 4 - 5 LOVE- Simple as that
S. 6 - 7 FA L L - Better then summer
S. 8 - 9 S WEET Mornings
S. 10 - 11 C I T Y L I F E - How to survive
S. 12 -- 13 HAPPINES S
S. 14 - 15 E Q UA L I T Y - Politcal equality
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How I wish I could be six or seven or eight years old, I miss my childhood dearly. Those are the days where one can be themselves no matter what people think about you, mostly they wouldn’t bother you much as we do not fall into their radar.
Four five six The two of us a perfect fit You?re all mine all mine And all i can say Is you blow me away
Like a shell upon a beach Just another pretty piece It was difficult to see But you picked me Yeah you picked me”
You know what I miss most about being a kid? Laughing at the top of my lungs, running without any inhibitions, falling without embarrassment, eating anything I wanted, having meals ready on the table without me having to think about it, digging grass and hunting for bugs and worms, collecting marbles and shells by the shore, getting pampered when I fell sick, mom’s fingers running through my hair to put me to sleep, waking up excited about a new day, exploring just about wwnything, having fights for many petty things and not worrying about wearing a white tee-shirt and getting soaked, fighting over a toy, chair, TV (the only thing that has not changed is the fight for the TV, opponent now is my son) and then getting bored of it and sharing cookies, loving going to school (that am not sure about, because I used to detest going) using my imagination, thinking love was a funny word more than ‘funny’ something which can’t be uttered as it is supposed to be sinful and not being afraid of anything in life!
“One two three Counting out the signs we see The tall buildings Fading in the distance Only dots on a map
Like an apple on a tree Hiding out behind the leaves I was difficult to reach But you picked me
- A Fine Frenzy
The love yo u give t o y our Te d d y m a y be the purest love you ever gi ve.
Better then summer?
It’s that wonderful time of year again when I just want to snuggle up in a blanket, eat some stew, grab a glass of hot tea, and watch movies while flipping through the pages of lifestyle magazines. This is the season in which I don’t want to do anything at all but eagerly await and prepare for the holiday season and count down to the days of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I get this fall feeling every year, but even more so now that I’m married, own a house instead of rent an apartment, and as a result have my very own piece of the world to create to my
So now here I am, finding my peace in the fall season and slowing dipping back into my pond of what I call “soulitude.” And what I am discovering as a result is that I tend to keep my thoughts, ideas, and activities close to my chest and drift every so slightly away from my writing on my blog. This isn’t the first time this has happened, it happened before when this blog was more “personal” than it is now. But I always come back though, more inspired, more thoughtful, more creative, and more frequent than before.
“Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last wake me up when September ends
like my father’s come to pass seven years has gone so fast wake me up when September ends
here comes the rain again falling from the stars drenched in my pain again becoming who we are
as my memory rests but never forgets what I lost wake me up when September ends
summer has come and passed the innocent can never last wake me up when September ends
ring out the bells again like we did when spring began wake me up when September ends
here comes the rain again falling from the stars drenched in my pain again becoming who we are
mforts of o c e th y jo n e to “I simply want .”
as my memory rests but never forgets what I lost wake me up when September ends Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last wake me up when September ends” - Green Day
“And if I manage it well and drink it two or three times a day, half and half, I’m not too crazed.” With this description, it sounds as if Warwinsky is referring to a drug habit. And in fact, he is. “Caffeine is a drug that can affect our central nervous system and affect some pretty important areas of our lives,” says American University caffeine researcher Laura Juliano. And it’s a drug with pros and cons. Caffeine can help put us in a good mood in the morning or help us focus on a task at hand. But it can also make us anxious and interfere with sleep. Juliano is trying to figure out exactly how much she can tolerate. She drinks a little bit of caffeine from coffee first thing in the morning. During a late-morning break at a campus cafe, she ordered decaf.
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“Even having it now may have an effect on my being able to fall asleep tonight,” she says. “There’s research to show that people who have caffeine in the morning can take longer to fall asleep that evening.” Sensitivity to caffeine varies widely from one person to the next. Researchers believe part of the equation is genetic makeup, part is body weight. Also, eating a meal just before consuming caffeine can slow down the stimulant’s effect. Smokers can often tolerate more caffeine because nicotine is thought to stimulate the enzymes that break caffeine down. Juliano says age is another factor.
People who love coffee consider it more than just a drink. It’s part ritual, part pick-me-up, part habit. “It sort of gives me a lift,” says long-long-longtime coffee drinker Rich Warwinsky.
2 medium eggs. Zest of 2 oranges, minced. 1 ¼ cups of unbleached flour. 1 cup of half and half. ¾ cup of chocolate, chopped finely. ¾ cup of sour cream. ¾ cup of cake flour. ½ cup of cocoa powder. ¼ cup of brown sugar. 6 tablespoons of butter softened. 1 tablespoon of baking powder. 1 tablespoon of finely ground coffee. Pinch of salt.
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Sift together all of the dry ingredients. Mix together the eggs, butter, half and half and sour cream until smooth. Fold in the dry ingredients, orange zest and chopped chocolate, until just moistened. Fill 12 muffin cups.
“People become more sensitve to caffeine as they get older. We require liver enzymes to break down caffeine. And as one ages, there are just changes in our metabolism.” As a general rule of thumb, most caffeine users need a surprisingly small amount of the stimulant to enjoy its pleasant effects. Studies show that 100 milligrams — just a 6-ounce cup of a typical automatic-drip coffee — produces a lift. “People report increased well-being, better mood,” Juliano says. “They become more sociable and talkative.” 9
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“I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque I love to see everybody in short skirts, shorts and shades I like it in the city when two worlds collide You get the people and the government Everybody taking different sides
Shows that we ain’t gonna stand it Shows that we are united Shows that we ain’t gonna take it Shows that we ain’t gonna stand it Shows that we are united “
Adele – Hometown glory
These rules can be god to have for your everyday life to!
1. STICK WITH FRIENDS But not too many. “When venturing outside, make sure you go with one other person you can trust. If you try to go with three, it can get hard to keep track of each other, or the other two could gang up and turn on you or leave you behind.” —Shinji Mikami
2. DEFEND YOUR TURF But don’t waste ammo. “There is no point in fighting zombies unless you want to cleanse a specific area. Otherwise you’ll waste ammo and they will come back. Pick a defensible location: Consider a pier, assuming the zombies are of the nonaquatic variety. Otherwise, try a thick-walled apartment building with some space around it to set up lanes of fire or access routes.” —Adrian Ciszewski, game producer, Dead Island
3. DON’T GET BIT But if you do, don’t deny it. “If you’re not sick but are what we call the ‘worried well,’ stay off the phone and out of the ER. But if you’re bitten by a zombie, don’t hide it! That’s always the guy who screws everything up—he doesn’t tell anyone he’s been bitten, and then in the middle of this trusted team of people suddenly you have a zombie. Of course, I’m working under the assumption that we can help the bitten. But even if that’s not the case, even if you’re doomed, owning up to the infection is another way of being a hero.”—Rear 10
By Dan Kois.
True happiness is such a rare commodity that the whole of the world is continuously seeking it and failing to find it.
All the people, who we consider to be the best in their fields, are seeking it too and failing to acquire it. The most brilliant of the scientists, the most gifted of artists, the most talented of poets and authors, the wealthiest businessmen, the most powerful rulers, the greatest achievers in any field - all of them have been striving for it all their lives and failed to have it. Why is happiness such an elusive thing? Is it that it cannot simply be achieved? Or is it that it is not where all of us have been looking for it?
If you pause to give it a thought it is very easy to see that somehow we have all been missing the point. It is either that we have all been looking for happiness at the wrong places or that it is simply not possible to achieve happiness. The answer is not very easy. But it is obvious that if the whole of the humanity has been trying to find something throughout the history and failing to acquire it then something must be very wrong about the concept we have of happiness. Let us try to delve a bit deeper. What is it that we consider happiness? This is how I see it:
at you want
hen wh w l e fe u o y t a wh â€œHappiness is to ensâ€? happen happ And if this definition of happiness is correct then we can conclude that unhappiness is what we feel when what we want to happen does not happen.
These definitions look obvious enough but for the most of the people they are not. At least not so clearly defined in their minds. It would therefore be better if we stop to ponder over these definitions. 13
Political Equality: Equality of Power? Equality in Judgment? Equality of Exposure? Equality of Voice? As it was in the democracy of ancient Athens, the key pretension of modern democracy is its claim to authorize and legitimate rule by establishing and preserving political equality. Each citizen must recognize the authority of the laws and their authorized interpreters and enforcers because each citizen is equally their source and the basis of their authority over any. That claim has proved astonishingly potent across the world over the last century, but it remains very hard to pin down quite what it means. What has made it so powerful? What can it coherently mean? What has to be true for it to apply to a political order?
“Human beings acr oss time and space have interacted with one another” The quality of every human political system depends on a relation between judgment and power: on the accuracy and balance with which it assesses practical causality and on the steadiness and precision with which it transforms that assessment into effectively binding and focused public action. (This is a necessary condition for a polity to have merit, of course, not a sufficient condi 14
tion. A polity might be effective and pursue abominable purposes with flair and tenacity. But even if every one of its ascertainable purposes was beyond reproach, it would still not have much merit unless it could convert these purposes into effective action.) Human beings across time and space have interacted with one another, and continue to interact, in many other sorts of ways besides the political, and in many other types of setting besides that of a sovereign political unit: pre-politically, sub-politically, perhaps even post-politically, socially, culturally, imaginatively, intellectually, economically, even medically. None of these ways is insulated from politics: guaranteed either to be unaffected by, or to be inconsequential for, politics. But it is still right, well over two thousand years after Aristotle somewhat inadvertently coined the term, to think of politics as a distinctive domain of activity, which poses its own problems of understanding, and its own challenges to the practical wisdom of the wildly ingenious but prudentially all too erratic species to which we belong (Dunn 2000).
Democracy, another pregnant Greek word, coined well before Aristotle, though for distinctly less theoretical purposes, and far more recent than politics in its global impact upon speech and action (Dunn 1992; Dunn 2005; cf. Keane 2009), raises the question of the relationship between judgment and power in a peculiarly blatant manner, and was seen to do so from early on in its known political and semantic history. For admirers of most forms of political regime—from serenely inegalitarian aristocracy, through sacred monarchy or theocracy, to the most belligerently secular and supposedly egalitarian socialism—the relationship between power and judgment is pre-certified all but tautologically in the charter (or even name) of the regime itself (the rule of the best [ aristoi ‘the noble’], Le Roi Tres Catholique , the Slave of the Slaves of God, the rule of the collective good of society itself).  In democracy, however, what notionally rules is not something predesignated as good or capable, let alone something splendid or sacred. It is simply all the full citizens, all who are eligible in the first place to do so (Dunn 1993:1–28) on grounds of birth and age (along with those from elsewhere whom they graciously permit to join their ranks), and who do not subsequently disqualify themselves in some way or other from the privilege in the eyes of enough of their fellow citizens.
Democracy is indiscriminate on principle in the empirical qualities which it anticipates or will tolerate in the constituents of its sovereignty. It may take away political rights with alacrity and some arbitrariness (consider the classical Greek practice of ostracism, or the dynamics of the Terror in Jacobin France, or Stalinist Russia). But it distributes such rights in the first place as unfastidiously, and even inattentively, as any political regime there has ever been. Moreover its extraordinary powers of geographical absorption and cultural adaptation, so conspicuously proven in what Samuel Huntington christened the Third Wave of its historical expansion (Huntington 1991), stem directly from this resolute lack of fastidiousness: from the promiscuousness with which it welcomes, and recognizes the political standing of, any more or less adult human population within reach. If you tell the historical story of its expansion, and do so in terms of its own criteria, the criteria which now dominate the normative political speech of most of the world, what is likely to strike you is the slow, faltering, endlessly obstructed character of its human extension, and the sullen existential bad faith which dogs its overt lack of fastidiousness every inch of the way. But this is a massive perspectival misjudgment. It misconceives both the basis of democracy’s dynamism and the source of its power.
I AM IMPORTANT Survive life, like a boss.