Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Well, well, well I have no idea whether this is my first blog post this year as I sometimes pre program posting things here. However, this is the first time I type a post with my smartphone horizontally and I am literally typing using my both thumbs. To make it even more especial, I am typing by with sore joints as I have not mastered yet on the art of thumbing posting. Vacation has been meh suck apart from gaining weight ( kuddos to Ms.Laila as I have been way too below my expected weight, not like that youtuber Cooney, but my shoulder blades were too sharp). Another good thing is that I have been reading, letting my hair grow, and unboxing. I am about to turn 42 and that is satisfying though as I am a sober vegan and that has made me look even younger than my baby sis ( we have a 10-year gap). I love blogging and I do wish to blog more often this year which I do not want to grow huge expectation as just before new year's, I have received a fifth job proposal. Can I cope with 5 jobs? Did I tell you that I am a rotarian now? YAY to fight against Polio. 2018 was not even a thing and I am already packed with ideas. LIFE IS CRAZY and Laila is the lifest of all. I must have that written down on a Tee. Today we have gotten a new washing machine. This is worst sign for a new year. Peace y'all.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
- Come to class and pay attention. This one should be a no-brainer. If you must miss class, e-mail your professor in advance and explain your situation. And when you’re in class, be visibly attentive; let your professor know you’re in the room.
- Learn to balance your studies and your job. Your job is not an end in itself but a means for you to go to university. To confuse those priorities is to defeat the very purpose of being here.
- Be prepared in advance for all of your assignments. This is called “studying.” Get used to doing it; it will be your primary activity for the next four years.
- Read sitting up (not in bed), with a pencil to mark up the text. A clean text is an unread one. And whenever the professor reads a passage out loud, mark it if you haven’t done so already. It may be on the next test.
- Find a quiet, regular place to study. This is your special sanctum, for that purpose only. Don’t eat, listen to music, or entertain your friends there.
- Study in sessions of no more than an hour, then take a break. Three sessions of fifty minutes each week is better than three hours at one sitting. A general rule is two hours of study time for each hour of class.
- Finish your papers several days early so you’ll have time to revise them. Go to the Writing Center if you need help. Read your paper out loud to a friend; you‘ll be surprised how many mistakes you catch.
- Know your professors’ office hours and take advantage of them. Talk to these people. They have an interest in helping you succeed--and get lonely during their office hours if no one comes.
- Go regularly to the library; knowledge is in books, not on Wikipedia. Consider your college education a bibliography for the rest of your life.
- Find an appropriate social outlet. The best students are well-rounded. A social outlet is not, however, a wild night on the town. Join campus organizations or watch free on-campus movies. Check the school newspaper for events happening both on campus and in the community.
- Begin studying for an exam a week early. And learn proper test-taking skills, e.g.: write identifications in complete sentences; make sure your essays have thesis and topic sentences; if you have a choice of topics, choose the one(s) that will show the breadth (not just depth) of your knowledge; and proofread your exam papers before submitting them.
Enjoy yourself. This should be, literally, the time of your life.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Was ist wirklich?
Die Geschichte vom Holzpferd
„Manchmal“, antwortete das Holzpferd, denn es sagte immer die Wahrheit. „Wenn du wirklich bist, dann hast du nichts dagegen, dass es weh tut.“
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This is a good time to take the initiative and start a new project. It will go very well, because you will have the insight as well as the energy to follow it through to the conclusion. During this time you will be most strongly motivated toward tasks that bring credit to you and express you as an individual. Greater self-confidence usually accompanies this influence, so if you have to present a project to someone, you will be able to do it much more effectively. Everything you do now will give you greater self-assurance and the extra drive and confidence that you will need in the future, when things may not run as smoothly. Probably the worst way to handle this influence is to do nothing, for you will lose an opportunity to prove your own worth to yourself.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
It all started as a place to post my US college papers and whatever came about in the English language to keep up my writing skills. Back in 2000s, little did I know about paid webblogs. I was not familiar with the idea of sharing credit card info on the website just to maintain a virtual diary. Back in those days there were no laptops at home. I had no home per se. Hubby and I lived in the back of a language school and blogging was too strange for me. I had MySpace though and an Orkut profile. Messaging through MSN was the most natural and the coolest thing to do at that moment.
George Orwell, Leszek Kolakowski, Voltaire, Baruch Spinoza, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Eliot, Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, John Stuart Mill, Joseph Heller, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Edward Said, Salman Rushdie, Vladimir Nabokov, Richard Llewellyn, Aldous Huxley, PG Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, Richard Hofstadter, Paul Mark Scott, James Joyce, Albert Camus, Oscar Wilde, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Martin Amis, Kingsley Amis, James Fenton, Jessica Mitford, Ian McEwan, Colm Tóibín, Bertrand Russell, Wilfred Owen, Israel Shahak, Isaiah Berlin, W. H. Auden, Susan Sontag
Through the influence of thinkers, emotional turmoils, and a strong desire to get a poetry book published , I started writing like a freak. I'd carry notepads and pens everywhere I went. I got two or three digital cameras, got laptops and stablishing this blog seemed the only way out for depression, overwhelmed thoughts, and body pain. We were still living in the back of the school, but at least I had cable TV. It is a crazy thought looking back and knowing that we survived weekends and holidays without Netflix or YouTubers. Yeah. True. Youtube was a real then, but YouTube users had not figure out their potential to turn their pages into channels, with shows, edited, with promos, sponsors, and fans. If I only knew...
We bought our condo. We quit drinking, eating red and white meat. Years later we would become vegan and libertarian. WiFi was playing a major role in our lives. Wireless printers, wireless everything. Smartphones and tablets were the cherry on top of these years. We traveled abrod three times, another unlikely thing that happened. We were in the midst of heaven surrounded by demons. Evil took over my unconscious and I truly believed I was insane. This blogspot was my safety harbor, my lighthouse, my anchor, whatever metaphor related to sailors... I was lost in tormented deep sea waters with lightings and stormy skies. I went after professional help: psychologists, numerologists, astrologists, psychiatrists, religion... Where, where? College. I started taking psychology and had we not had national financial crisis, I could've graduated. Love learning all about deep issues on human brains and their consequences and built-up mental disorders.
2013 - 2017
5 semesters have passed and I became a college drop-out, neither a proud nor a shameful one, however dropping out of college was a reasonable decision to make. After getting married in Vegas and taking students to train English in Dublin and in Florida, we began taking baby steps to the end of the rope. Crisis, unnemployment, high crime rates, lack of hope, and so many negativity took over Brazilians and the only thing left to do was to shut down our school and make a 180° degree move: going back home was the best solution. We moved back to São Paulo due to my sister moving and leaving one of our family's business... That would be the end of 20 years of family strength and dedication. On March 3rd 2018 will be 2 years we are back in São Paulo state. I don't wanna seem shallow or infantile or even nonsense, but coming back home was one of the worst and the best restarts in my life. Here, I have being doing more things that I would not have probably done, had I stayed in the south: I founded a magazine, I teach high schoolers and preschoolers as well, here I have gotten pregnant and have miscarriage... I have got a car accident. I have got my own drum kit and bass guitar. I have changed my hair color 19 times in less than two years. I've broken my nose by falling from bed. Hubby has got free diabetis treatment. Unthinkable and unsinkable things have touched us and it is true... almost none of these things are being registered in this blogsphere. I have neglected my blog. I wish I had more time for it.
I cross my heart that I will take better care of My Pawnshop.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
A bit of imagination
I can’t push the knife in
I can’t make the cut
I can’t turn the wheel
I can’t step off the kerb
I can’t take the pills
All I can do is imagine
I picture the knife going in
I imagine the lorry hitting
I see the wall racing towards me
I dream of drifting away
Escaping the empty days
Not enduring the lonely nights
Not having to deal with this
Or cope with them
Or struggle with that
No more thinking
No more worry
No more envy
No more hating myself
No more anger
But there’s no coming back.
By Sudhakar Patel
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Word/Expression of the Day:
A slippery slope argument (SSA), in logic, critical thinking, political rhetoric, and caselaw, is a consequentialist logical device in which a party asserts that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant (usually negative) effect.
PS: Every Sunday I will pick an expression or word in any language, and I will help my blog readers break it to you. It is going to bring discipline to my blogging activities and it will for sure add to our vocabulary background. Quoting a controversial documentary I saw many years ago: "It is time to get wise".
The docudrama is entitled:
"What the "bleep" do we know?".
This influence normally indicates a few hours of unusually intense feelings. This morning you will have a strong desire to know yourself and to experience life largely through the emotion.
This is probably not the best time for work that requires a completely clear and dispassionate state of consciousness, but you will not feel like doing that kind of work anyway.
You will want to engage your emotions in whatever you do, and you will experience a richness of feeling and inner life that is satisfying in itself.
This influence is good for any business matters concerning the general public or for any situation in which you have to appear before the public or a large group.
Otherwise it is not an influence that stimulates drive and ambition.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
No doubts about it, but wishing to die is not on my list anylonger. As simple as that: the end was too close and I am not in the mood to say that I am scared of dying, because I am not. Never been. Never will. I even have a eulogy already written and published on the my side screen posts here on this blog... However, it is not fair to wish to pass away. I am just way overwhelmed on this messy life of mine, but it has always been messy, so who cares?
Dunno where I belong to.
Dunno if I am doing a good job in life. I just know that in a country where there are more than 14 Million unemployed, I find myself holding five jobs, and apparently I have to consider that as a blessing. In the world where you pray to die and let the psychological pain disappear, God sends you the chance to go, but you actually stay, that is another kind of signal. Dunno.
I am getting closer to have my poetry book manuscript getting done and I will soon (not so soon) be able to have it for real, that is another signal that things are walking straight and head for the right place, wherever there might be.
____________________ The good memories are vague The painful ones stay Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep...
Word/Expression of the Day: A slippery slope argument (SSA), in logic, critical thinking, political rhetoric, and caselaw, is a consequen...