Why Things Are Not Always What They Seem

"Why things are not always what they seem; first appearance deceive many, the intelligence of a few perceive what has been carefully hidden" Phaedrus, c. 444 – 393 BC "The mind is strange in the way that it picks and chooses what it wants to see. The way people let their emotions, conditions, and state … Continue reading Why Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Don’t Worry Be Happy – The Benefits of Music

'Don’t Worry Be Happy’ is a popular song by Bobby McFerrin; its lyrics go like this: “Here is a little song I wrote.You might want to sing it note for note.Don’t worry, be happy.In every life we have some trouble.But when you worry you make it double.Don’t worry, be happy.‘Cause when you worry your face will … Continue reading Don’t Worry Be Happy – The Benefits of Music

Being in a State of Flow. The Key to Happiness?

A ‘best moment’ describes an optimal state of consciousness where we feel and perform at our best. If you have experienced such moments, you will be in ‘a state of flow’ otherwise known as ‘being in the zone.’ Studies show that we are more creative, productive and happy when we are in a state of … Continue reading Being in a State of Flow. The Key to Happiness?

A Compass to a Meaningful Life

For a writer, book reviews can open doors to new and bigger audiences; writers know it, readers know it, publishers know it. What people are saying about your book can be a huge factor in its success, and you must know how to spot a good review when you see it. Author Joanne Reed, Double … Continue reading A Compass to a Meaningful Life

Positivity vs. Negativity – Battle of the Fittest

Art takes many forms; as an author I consider myself an artist. In my free time, I am also a ‘martial artist’. The term ‘martial arts’ is closely associated with the fighting arts of East Asia; the term is however derived from Latin and means ‘arts of Mars,’ the Roman god of war. I practice … Continue reading Positivity vs. Negativity – Battle of the Fittest

How to Have Superpowers and Remain Resolutely Human.

Galileo said: “Books are our sole means of having superhuman powers while remaining resolutely human. The power of traversing the abysses of space, time, and misunderstanding that gap between our own life, our own self, our own subjective experience and another's.” Happy National Book Lovers Day Yesterday (9th August) was National Book Lovers Day. This … Continue reading How to Have Superpowers and Remain Resolutely Human.

#1 Spot! Sweet! Thank you to my French readers for keeping me there!

The American Poet and writer James Baldwin said, "you don't decide to become a writer, you discover you are one.'' This is exactly what happened to me! Thank you to all my readers! Baldwin also said, "the importance of a writer is to describe things which other people are too busy to describe." I became … Continue reading #1 Spot! Sweet! Thank you to my French readers for keeping me there!

20/20 Vision and the Psychology of Willful Blindness

20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. Visual acuity is measured by your ability to identify letters or numbers on a standardized eye chart from a given distance. About 35% of the adult population have 20/20 vision and … Continue reading 20/20 Vision and the Psychology of Willful Blindness