Have you ever heard a 9 year old talking so convincingly about the importance of reading?
No wonder that his little speech was turned into a TEDx Talk!
Books about war … some people like to read them, others don't.
But … even though I belong to the latter group, the graphic novel Four-Fisted Tales by Ben Towle approached the subject from such an original angle that it kept me totally hooked from beginning to end!
Especially in coronatimes like these - when travelling is not an easy feat - reading books about special places all around the world really inspires me.
Thanks to Atlas of Improbable Places by Travis Elborough I visited some that were totally unknown to me.
If you want to discover a few of them, just read on!
It's time for a major clean-up!
Both at home and at work I'm going through all my stuff.
At home there are two big piles: one with things that are still great and that I'll give away (mostly to a friend who does yard sales) and one with things I'm going to throw away.
Although I might rethink that last option …
"There are places in the world that feel alive."
All places have their own personalities.
The Romans believed
that the spirit of the land - also known as 'genius loci' - protected his own
Nowadays some people might dismiss this as mythology.
But have you ever had that strange feeling that you can sense a landscape's atmosphere?
This is the reason
why you didn't hear me the past few weeks.
At the end of February I discovered 'Book Bingo'.
The goal is to read at least 25 SFF-books (in which SFF stands for Science-Fiction & Fantasy) and to fill up your bingo card with different categories.
If you manage to make a row - be it horizontal, vertical or diagonal - you can win a prize.
And if you manage to fill your whole card, you get a 'Reading Champion'-flair.
Although I first thought this probably wasn't my cup of tea, I soon became kind of addicted to it!
Today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year.
In 2005 British
psychologist Cliff Arnall calculated that the third Monday of January was the
day on which most people feel down.
They struggle with keeping resolutions, the holidays are still a long way off, it's very dark and usually gloomy outside, for many people it's also the first day of the workweek, ...
Later it turned out that all of this was a PR stunt by a travel agency and that they had recruited an academic to promote their idea and thus give it more credibility.