One Sentence to Start the Week

Sometimes you feel like you want to say something, like you are almost bursting with true desire to share with the world, to let your creativity out there. And yet, sometimes you just keep hitting against a mental wall. The words have not yet come to you. You wish you had them, knew them, found …

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Spreading the Word: Discussing Homer’s Iliad

This Friday I share with you a podcast episode where BBC's Melvyn Bragg talks about the epic poem Iliad with his guests, scholars and historians. It is both an informative and also highly enjoyable discussion. Expect emotions, knowledge, passion, good storytelling, and humour. After this, you are likely to want to read it yourself. Enjoy! …

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Ancient Tale of Happiness

Human longing for a happy life is probably as old as the humanity itself. However, happiness is one of those fleeting concepts that receives new meaning with the change of time, shifts in values, developments in culture. In other words, happiness is a moving target. What has been our track record so far in trying …

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Spreading the Word: Rome – Story of the Eternal City

This Friday I share with you a video on the history of Ancient Rome. It is not only interesting but also highly entertaining. And isn't that a sure sign of a good storyteller? So here you go - the first episode of a BBC documentary mini series titled "Meet the Romans with Mary Beard". It …

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Revolutions, Omelettes, and Philosophy

What on Earth can revolutions, omelettes, and philosophy have in common? A lot, as it turns out! At least if you think about it from the perspective of Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997). He was a philosopher, a thinker, a historian of ideas, and, according to many (I agree with them), one of the most fascinating, capturing, and creative …

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Spreading the Word: New Theory of Why We Dream

This Friday is the first day of the new year. January 1st of the freshly-out-of-the-oven 2021. Happy New Year everyone! And Happy approaching New Year to all those who celebrate later! Isn't this a perfect time to once again ponder the question of why do we dream? Here, I share a very interesting article with …

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New Year – Why January 1?

As it happens with many long-lasting traditions, with time we tend to forget their origin stories. Across many countries of the world, we celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1 with a lot of fun, anticipation and, sometimes, a bit of sadness. But why do we stick to this date? What is …

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Spreading the Word: Inspiring Quotes for 2021

This Friday is the last 'Spreading the Word' post in 2020. Next time I write in this series - next Friday - it will be January 1st, it will be the first day of the fresh new year, 2021... I don't know what the new year will bring. We all have our ideas. But, I …

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Let’s Talk Miracles – What Are They?

Last year around this time I wrote about miracles. More specifically, the 18th century Scottish philosopher's David Hume's views on them. It is that season again when my thoughts, at least sometimes, turn to the topic of miracles. Perhaps especially this year. Wouldn't the world really need a few good miracles now! It turns out, …

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Spreading the Word: On Being Yourself

This Friday, I share with you two short videos. Something inspiring for the weekend. And perhaps something to think about. I've decided that Fridays are good days to post my 'Spreading the Word' pieces. So, from now on, they will appear on Fridays instead of Thursdays. It is a somewhat striking and very sad truth …

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