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Strengths and Weaknesses

“Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.” This quote resonated with me during quarantine as it applied to both my personal life and work. It’s easy to approach challenges and focus on identifying what you can improve upon; humility is a great trait! But, please do not forget that…

Recycled newspapers!

In Japan, when you finish reading The Mainichi newspaper, you can plant it. Its pages consist of recycled paper, water, and the seeds of flowers and herbs. It’s one of the most widely read papers in the country, selling over 5 million copies a day.

Brain-computer interface helps paralyzed patient write text messages

“Mindwriting” may sound like science fiction, but the future is here. I’ve learned recently that a patient who is paralyzed from neck down, was able to communicate in real-time — forming complete sentences — simply by using his mind! Through new developments in brain computer interfaces (BCI), scientists implanted two tiny sensors on the outer…

Sea Otters!

A few facts: They will cover their eyes with their cute paws to help them sleep (video below).They hold hands when they sleep so the other doesn’t float away.The sea otter can live its entire life without leaving the water.The sea otter is one of the few mammal species on Earth to use a tool…

A library from trash

I love libraries. This particular library however, is a pretty special one: the books are collected from people’s trash! When Durson Ipek, a sanitation worker in Turkey, found a pile of discarded books in the garbage, he started gathering them along with other books he found on the streets. Other garbage men joined him too…

Apps I like: Khan Academy Kids

On some days, I still cannot believe that Khan Academy Kids is 100% free. It has one of the best educational content that I’ve seen out there (and I’ve gone through SO MUCH), it’s a whole lot of fun, and it hasn’t even asked me to subscribe once. Most recently, they launched sixty new books…

My goal is to make you smile today

I’m not claiming to be the merriest person alive, but I like happy things. Maybe a bit more than others because I look for them online and I like to share them through images, timeless words, uplifting news that tug at heartstrings, trigger fond memories, and touch your soul. Because I like smiling. And I…

Flower frogs

When I hear the word “cute,” I don’t immediately think of frogs. But this image of two frogs taking shelter from the rain with a reassuring arm on the other’s back, made me pause and smile. This looks like a love song. Let’s take care of each other.

Let’s dance!

I love this!! As someone who strongly believes in the cathartic power that a spontaneous dance party can bring, I’m so happy for them! I can feel the joy from thousands of miles away. 🥰 More of this in 2021 please. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Commonsense (@commonsenseorganics)

Paying with Post-its

A cafe in Queensland created the ‘pay with a Post-it’ system last May and it’s still going! ❤️ Thank you for setting a great example on how to be humans, Bean N Loaf! We all should do this more often. You’re an inspiration. From the Bean n Loaf Instagram post: Hey Fam🙌We are not sure if…

A sonnet a day

One of my favorite things about studying literature in college was seeing the passion emanate from my professors. Some are so fiercely flamboyant in their deep love, while some have a quiet reverence that is almost transcendent. In both situations, when they read a passage, you feel it in your soul. Sir Patrick Stewart reminds…


This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. – Dalai Lama


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