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Macaroons vs. Makaroni (in eng: pasta)

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Not All Words Count

Isn’t it magical that others still understand my message even when I use the wrong words or sometimes when I leave some of them out?

My Favorite Lullaby

Recently I discovered Latvian children lullabies, which are performed by popular artists. I thought I should share my favorite song “You were small”. The artist Margita Zālīte has got one of the sweetest voices, even if you don’t understand the meaning behind the words, the music of this song is captivating.

Why Stories?

If people stopped doing whatever they do and took a brief look at the things going around the world they would end up with the feeling that they live in crazy times. Humans do not bring peace on the earth and neither does the nature. The problems people have to face are challenging and sometimes even life-threatening, starting from hurricanes and the global economic crises till their own personal crises. Once someone has gone through the stage of suffering the values of life are revaluated. At this point stories come in human lives and speak about those values, which have survived wars and will be the human driving force for the next centuries. This is one of the reasons why stories are so important and powerful. The stories aim to satisfy one significant human need – they help to see the real values and/or virtues of life.

Like the ship needs an anchor human need virtues. Not everyone can grasp the concept of honesty, honor, value of family and the art of survival. Stories help to perceive those concepts easier as they give them feeling of reality. Especially now, when the world has become so chaotic more than ever people need to have faith in the things that may exist longer than banks. The film “Erin Brockovich” brought its own message for the world. It reveals the unfairness of the world – ordinary people who don’t have access to high ranking members of government are often being deceived. Their rights needed to be protected. The protagonist of the film Erin gets involved in the huge lawsuit against rich and powerful company; she risks with her love and family only because she believes in the righteousness. Erin Brockovich’s story speaks about those values, such as honesty and honor, which no matter of what will be important for all human races for many years.

When people pick up the book or film they voluntary agree to go on the adventures that particular story offers. Those who stand in the never ending lines waiting for the newest book of the Harry Potter know what it is to feel hungry after the stories. As they take people much further than their own imagination ever could. Stories give the audience a possibility to identify themselves with the amazing characters, like Alice in Wonderland, Indiana Jones or Superman. They can question themselves if they would ever have enough courage to do the same things as their heroes do. For example, could I build a school in Afghanistan? Greg Mortenson by telling his own story in the book “Three Cups Of Tea” is promoting a greater peace in the regions of Central Asia than American troops with military tools could do. The world needs more such inspirational stories about the real life heroes that may build the common ground for life.

Thought of the Day

Has there been done a research how people actually find things they need in the internet? My personal experience has proved that accidental surfing wins over motivated search.

The Last First Post

It is Sunday. The third day of the year. The beginning of new year is a perfect time to start something new. In my case, I will start to blog again.

For me blog is not a comfort space and it makes writing of it very hard. But the stars say that this is a good day for writing entries in the personal diary. Who would ever dear to ignore the stars? Not me.

Face the Fear and Applause Yourself Later

I know that I don’t have a much talent for languages. I don’t excel in either of Russian or English and it’s frustrating as I have been learning both of them for more than ten years. However, few weeks ago I took Spanish language course. I like this language so much that I can watch Spanish movies without subtitles. Por que? It could be an influence of Mexican soup operas I used to watch when I was little (soaps used to dominate in Latvian TV channels).

But today I accidentally found, like it happens in the internet, in the one of my favorite pages TED.com the video about getting over the fears and succeeding. The ideas of Tim Ferriss are inspiring and entertaining as well. I’m terribly afraid of jumping in water on the head, so the next thing on my list is to go to swimming pool and to try it out. Also I will continue to search for the language learning method that fits me the best.

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It takes courage to begin!It takes courage to begin!