Monthly Archives: June 2019

Horoscope ♉: 06/30/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/30/2019

You’re feeling rather sensitive today, Taurus. You may want to rescue every injured animal from the side of the road. Combine this nurturing, loving instinct with a warrior drive that will take charge and lead the fight. This powerful energy duo is very action oriented. Send your loving, internal instincts out into the world to do good.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Zambia Heroes Day


Today’s Holiday:
Zambia Heroes Day

In 1964, Zambia won its freedom from England and became an independent nation. Those who fought in that freedom struggle are honored each year on Heroes Day. The somber day is a public holiday and all Zambians take the day off work. In 1974, then-president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda presented a gift to the nation to honor its heroes: a statue of a man with no shirt or shoes and defiantly raising a chained hand into the air. Erected in the capital city of Lusaka, the one-and-a-half-ton bronze statue has become the rallying point for any holiday, march, or remembrance in which freedom plays a role. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Ignaz Philipp Semmelweiss (1818)


Today’s Birthday:
Ignaz Philipp Semmelweiss (1818)

Semmelweiss was a Hungarian physician who pioneered the use of antiseptics in obstetrical clinics. While working at a Vienna hospital, he became convinced that physicians were transmitting puerperal fever, also called childbed fever, to patients and began insisting that doctors thoroughly cleanse their hands. Though this greatly reduced the mortality rate from infection in childbirth, he was widely ridiculed by his colleagues and left Vienna. When was the value of his work finally recognized? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Russian State Library Founded (1862)


This Day in History:
Russian State Library Founded (1862)

The Russian State Library in Moscow is the largest library in Europe and the second largest in the world, behind the Library of Congress. Its collection of more than 43 million items in 248 languages includes more than 17 million books, brochures, and serials; 13 million journals; and 650,000 newspapers. Its specialized collections feature maps, art publications, printed music, and manuscripts. The library was named after what Russian revolutionary before being given its current name in 1992? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Neurogenesis


Quote of the Day:
George Bernard Shaw

You think that you are Ann’s suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked-down quarry, the destined prey. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Neurogenesis


Article of the Day:
Neurogenesis

The human nervous system is composed of some 200 billion cells called neurons, about half of which are found in the brain. Neurogenesis, the process through which neurons are formed, is most active during prenatal development. Though early neuroanatomists believed that the adult nervous system is fixed and incapable of regeneration, neurogenesis actually continues throughout life. Studies have shown that lack of sleep reduces neurogenesis and exercise increases it. How is it affected by stress? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: fire hose


Idiom of the Day:
fire hose

A strong, heavy stream of something. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: befuddle


Word of the Day:
befuddle

Definition: (verb) Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly.

Synonyms: confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, throw

Usage: The question befuddled even the teacher, who promised to research the subject that night and have an answer for her students the next day in class.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Horoscope ♉: 06/29/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/29/2019

Something about silence doesn’t seem right to you today, Taurus. Keep talking. Eventually someone will say something meaningful. Latch on to lucrative ideas and keep your ears open for new opportunities. The stranger you pass on the street while going for coffee could be your new best friend. Strike up a conversation with the person standing next to you in line.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Gioco del Ponte


Today’s Holiday:
Gioco del Ponte

The Gioco del Ponte, or “Battle for the Bridge,” in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, goes back to the 13th century. Following a medieval procession, two teams in full medieval costume take part in a traditional competition which involves a reversal of the usual tug-of-war: about 20 or 30 men from each team line up behind a mechanism on rails and push. The first team to make a “goal” on the opposing side wins; the winner is determined by the best of six matches, or a draw match if both teams win three. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Robert Ballard (1942)


Today’s Birthday:
Robert Ballard (1942)

Ballard is an American oceanographer and marine geologist. While working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Institution, he pioneered the use of deep-diving submersibles, took part in the first manned exploration of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and discovered warm water springs and the unusual animal communities that grow up around them in the Galápagos Rift. He is best known for his dramatic discovery of the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. What other notable wrecks has Ballard located? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Charles Julius Guiteau, Assassin of US President James A. Garfield, Hanged (1882)


This Day in History:
Charles Julius Guiteau, Assassin of US President James A. Garfield, Hanged (1882)

At the deadlocked 1880 Republican national convention, Garfield was nominated as a compromise candidate for president, with Chester A. Arthur chosen for vice president to appease the “Stalwart” faction of the party. However, after Garfield became president, he passed over the Stalwarts in his appointments, creating a bitter rivalry. Guiteau, who unreasonably expected to be offered a diplomatic post, shot Garfield and said, “I am a Stalwart and Arthur is president now!” When did Garfield die? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Christopher Marlowe


Quote of the Day:
Christopher Marlowe

Accursed be he that first invented war. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Parachute


Article of the Day:
The Parachute

The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France. The first successful parachute descent from a great height occurred in 1797, when André-Jacques Garnerin made a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon. In 1802, he made an 8,000-ft (2,400-m) jump. Early parachutes were made of canvas, but this was later replaced by silk and then nylon and Kevlar. What is the world record for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: fine print


Idiom of the Day:
fine print

The details of a contract or other document that are important but easily overlooked (often due to very small size of the text.) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: low-key


Word of the Day:
low-key

Definition: (adjective) Restrained in style or quality.

Synonyms: subdued

Usage: After the wild party she had last year, Elena was looking forward to finally having a low-key birthday celebration.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

The Pressure Point That Might Help You Have a Bowel Movement | The Doctors TV Show


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The Pressure Point That Might Help You Have a Bowel Movement


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If you’ve ever struggled with going number two, then you’ll be excited to know that there’s a “poop button” that just might help move things along.

According to acupressureexperts the “poop spot” is known as “conception vessel 6” or “sea of energy” and is the motherboard for many parts of the body.

So how do you find it & how does it work?

It’s located three finger-widths below your navel. Experts recommend you firmly apply pressure to the spot with your fingers for about a minute while focusing on taking deep breaths.

Let us know if using this method works for you!

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Horoscope ♉: 06/28/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/28/2019

Your flexible nature may get you in trouble today, Taurus. Personalities may clash when no one is willing to lead. Be aggressive without being manipulative. Keep it light. Don’t try to pin anyone down. Your nature is open and expansive. Give other people the freedom they want. Unexpected events may dramatically change the course of the day, so don’t be upset if things don’t go as planned.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Central City Opera Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Central City Opera Festival

Central City Opera Festival is a festival of opera, operetta, and cabaret in the town of Central City, Colorado. Performances are staged in the Old Opera House, built in 1878 and since restored to its original Victorian elegance. On opening night, “flower girls” present the audience with fresh flowers, which are thrown on stage to the cast at the end of the performance. Inaugurated in 1932, the Opera Festival was not only the first summer opera festival in the country but also the first to espouse singing opera in English, a tradition that continues. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893)


Today’s Birthday:
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893)

Mahalanobis was an Indian scientist and applied statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure he used in his pioneering studies in anthropometry—the study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute and contributed to the design of large scale sample surveys. His survey methods have been used to study things like tea-drinking habits, crop acreage, and what else? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Two Car Bombs Discovered in London (2007)


This Day in History:
Two Car Bombs Discovered in London (2007)

In 2007, a potential tragedy was averted in London when two car bombs were disabled before they could be detonated in a busy district of the city. The cars and devices were recovered intact for forensic examination and both were found to contain gasoline canisters, nails, and a mobile phone-based trigger. The next day, two men drove a car laden with propane into a terminal at Glasgow International Airport and set it ablaze. The surviving conspirator was jailed for both incidents. Who was he? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Daniel Defoe


Quote of the Day:
Daniel Defoe

We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Coin Flipping


Article of the Day:
Coin Flipping

Coin flipping is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives, sometimes to resolve a dispute between two parties. It is a form of sortition that inherently has only two possible and equally likely outcomes. Coin tosses are often used in sporting events to determine certain factors, such as which team will receive the ball first in American football. How did Sigmund Freud say a coin toss could help to clarify one’s feelings about a particular decision? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: drop (one) a line


Idiom of the Day:
drop (one) a line

To contact someone, usually with a letter, note, or phone call. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: ferocious


Word of the Day:
ferocious

Definition: (adjective) Extremely aggressive or violent.

Synonyms: fierce, furious, savage

Usage: There were rumors that Miller’s guard dog was as feriocious as they come, but in reality he was just a docile hound.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Yoga for back strengthening


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8 yoga poses for strong arms and core


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8 yoga poses for strong arms and core

Yoga: A life choice


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Target your inner thigh!


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Watch “The Beatles Yesterday” on YouTube


Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly
I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly
Why she had to go, I don’t know
She wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday
Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Why she had to go, I don’t know
She wouldn’t say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday
Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday
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Songwriters: JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY
Yesterday lyrics © Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Sony Atv Tunes LLC, Sony Atv Music Publishing France, SONY/ATV TUNES LLC DBA ATV OBO ATV (NORTHERN SONGS CATALOG)

Watch “Michelle (Remastered 2009)” on YouTube


Michelle, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Michelle
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I love you, I love you, I love you
That’s all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that
You’ll understand
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I need to, I need to, I need to
I need to make you see
Oh, what you mean to me
Until I do I’m hoping you will
Know what I mean
I love you
I want you, I want you, I want you
I think you know by now
I’ll get to you somehow
Until I do I’m telling you so
You’ll understand
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I will say the only words I know
That you’ll understand, my Michelle
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Songwriters: LENNON JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY PAUL JAMES

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Michelle” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. It was composed principally by Paul McCartney, with the middle eight co-written with John Lennon.[2][3] The song is a love balladwith part of its lyrics sung in French.

“Michelle”
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Picture sleeve for the 1966 Norwegian single release, backed with “Girl

Song by the Beatles
from the album Rubber Soul
Published Northern Songs
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 3 November 1965
Studio EMI Studios, London
Genre Pop[1]
Length 2:40
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

Following its inclusion on Rubber Soul, the song was released as a single in some European countries and in New Zealand, and on an EP in France, in early 1966. It was a number 1 hit for the Beatles in Belgium, France, Norway, the Netherlands and New Zealand, while concurrent recordings of the song by David and Jonathanand the Overlanders were similarly successful in Canada and Britain, respectively. “Michelle” won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1967 and has since become one of the most often recorded of all Beatles songs.

CompositionEdit

The instrumental music of “Michelle” originated separately from the lyrical concept. According to McCartney:

“Michelle” was a tune that I’d written in Chet Atkins‘ finger-picking style. There is a song he did called “Trambone” with a repetitive top line, and he played a bass line while playing a melody. This was an innovation for us; even though classical guitarists had played it, no rock’n’roll guitarists had played it. The first person we knew to use finger-picking style was Chet Atkins … I never learned it. But based on Atkins’ “Trambone”, I wanted to write something with a melody and a bass line in it, so I did. I just had it as an instrumental in C.[4]

The words and style of “Michelle” have their origins in the popularity of Parisian Left Bank culture during McCartney’s Liverpool days. In his description, “it was at the time of people like Juliette Greco, the French bohemian thing.”[5] McCartney had gone to a party of art students where a student with a goatee and a striped T-shirt was singing a French song. He soon wrote a farcical imitation to entertain his friends that involved French-sounding groaning instead of real words. The song remained a party piece until 1965, when John Lennon suggested he rework it into a proper song for inclusion on Rubber Soul.[2]

McCartney asked Jan Vaughan, a French teacher and the wife of his old friend Ivan Vaughan, to come up with a French name and a phrase that rhymed with it. McCartney said: “It was because I’d always thought that the song sounded French that I stuck with it. I can’t speak French properly so that’s why I needed help in sorting out the actual words.”[2]

Vaughan came up with “Michelle, ma belle”, and a few days later McCartney asked for a translation of “these are words that go together well” – sont les mots qui vont très bien ensemble.[2]When McCartney played the song for Lennon, Lennon suggested the “I love you” bridge. Lennon was inspired by a song he heard the previous evening, Nina Simone‘s version of “I Put a Spell on You“, which used the same phrase but with the emphasis on the last word, “I love you“.[2][3]

Each version of this song has a different length. The UK mono mix is 2:33 whereas the stereo version extends to 2:40 and the US mono is 2:43.[6] The version available in The Beatles: Rock Band has a running time of 2:50.

Musical structureEdit

The song was initially composed in C, but was played in F on Rubber Soul(with a capo on the fifth fret). The verse opens with an F major chord (“Michelle” – melody note C) then the second chord (on “ma belle” – melody note D) is a B79 (on the original demo in C, the second chord is a F79). McCartney called this second chord a “great ham-fisted jazz chord” that was taught to them by Jim Gretty who worked at Hessey’s music shop in Whitechapel, central Liverpool and which George Harrison uses (as a G79) (see Dominant seventh sharp ninth chord) as the penultimate chord of his solo on “Till There Was You“.[7] After the E6 (of “these are words”) there follows an ascent involving different inversions of the D dim chord. These progress from Adim on “go” – melody note F, bass note D; to Bdim (Cdim) on “to” – melody note A, bass note D; to Ddim on “ge …” – melody note B (C) bass note B; to Bdim on … ‘ther …” – melody note A bass note B, till the dominant (V) chord (C major) is reached on “well” – melody note G bass note C.[8]

George Martin, the Beatles’ producer, recalled that he composed the melody of the guitar solo,[9] which is heard midway through the song and again during the fadeout.[10] He showed Harrison the notes during the recording session[11] and then accompanied the guitarist (on piano, out of microphone range) when the solos were overdubbed.[9] In terms of its complementary role to the main melody, musicologist Walter Everettlikens this guitar part to two musical passages that Martin had arranged for singer Cilla Black the previous year: a bassoon–English horn combination on “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and the baritone electric guitar on “You’re My World“.[11]

Release and receptionEdit

EMI’s Parlophone label released Rubber Soul on 3 December 1965 in Britain,[12] with “Michelle” sequenced as the final track on side one of the LP.[13] The album was widely viewed as marking a significant progression within the Beatles’ work and in the scope of pop music generally.[14]Recalling the album’s release for Mojomagazine in 2002, Richard Williamssaid “Michelle” represented “the biggest shock of all” to a contemporary pop audience, as McCartney conveyed “all his nostalgia for a safe childhood in the 1950s, itself a decade suffused with nostalgia for the inter-war security of the ’20s and ’30s, the era to which this song specifically refers.”[15]

In a contemporary review for the NME, Allen Evans described “Michelle” as a “memorable track” with a “bluesy French sound” in which McCartney’s vocal was supported by “[the] others using voices as instruments”.[16][17]Record Mirrors reviewer admired the lyrics and said that the song was “just remotely, faintly, slightly similar to ‘Yesterday’ in the general approach” and “another stand-out performance”.[18] Jazz critic and broadcaster Steve Race admitted to being “astonished” by the album and added: “When I heard ‘Michelle’ I couldn’t believe my ears. The second chord is an A-chord, while the note in the melody above is A-flat. This is an unforgivable clash, something no one brought up knowing older music could ever have done. It is entirely unique, a stroke of genius … I suppose it was sheer musical ignorance that allowed John and Paul to do it, but it took incredible daring.”[19] By contrast, Bob Dylan, whose work was especially influential on Lennon and Harrison’s songwriting on Rubber Soul, was dismissive of McCartney’s ballad style. In March 1966, Dylan said: “A song like ‘Yesterday’ or ‘Michelle’ … it’s such a cop-out, man … if you go to the Library of Congress you can find a lot better than that. There are millions of songs like ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Michelle’ written in Tin Pan Alley.”[20]

Although no single from Rubber Soulwas issued in Britain or America, “Michelle” was the most popular Rubber Soul track on US radio.[21][nb 1]The song was released as a commercial single in several other countries. In May 1966, Billboards Hits of the World listed it at number 1 in Argentina, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand and Norway.[23] As the lead track on an EP release, it was number 1 in France, which continued to resist the single format in favour of extended-plays.[24] At the 1967 Ivor Novello Awards, “Michelle” won in the category of “the Most Performed Work” of 1966, ahead of “Yesterday”.[25] “Michelle” won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1967,[26] against competition from “Born Free“, “The Impossible Dream“, “Somewhere My Love” and “Strangers in the Night“.[20] In 1999, BMI named “Michelle” as the 42nd most performed song of the 20th century.[27]

Cover versionsEdit

“Michelle” was the most successful track from Rubber Soul for other recording artists.[28] The song was a UK hit in 1966 for the Overlanders,[29]whose version topped the Record Retailer chart. It also reached number 2 in Australia. Signed to Pye Records, the Overlanders issued their recording after the Beatles had declined to release it as a single themselves in the United Kingdom and the United States. According to author Steve Turner, Pye and the Overlanders were given the Beatles’ blessing because the record label had recently acquiesced to Brian Epstein‘s request that they withdraw a single by Alfred Lennon (Lennon’s estranged father).[30] “Michelle” was also covered by David and Jonathan, whose version was produced by Martin.[31] This recording went to number 1 in Canada[32] and was a top 20 hit in Britain and the US.[33] American singer Billy Vaughn was another artist who recorded the song soon after its release. In his comments on the Lennon–McCartney composition, Steve Race remarked that Vaughn’s arranger had altered the second chord to incorporate an A note, thereby “taking all the sting out” of the unorthodox change. Race said this was indicative of how a formally trained arranger “was so attended to the conventional way of thinking he didn’t even hear what the boys had done”.[19]

Andy Williams covered the song on his 1966 album

Horoscope ♉: 06/27/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/27/2019

Pay close attention to your friends today, Taurus. One of them may be going through a tough time and need a little extra support and attention. If you can, gather several buddies together and organize an impromptu lunch or dinner or any other activity that allows you to laugh, bond, and share. Your friendships are a treasure to be cherished and nurtured.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Zurich Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Zurich Festival

This international music, dance, and theater festival in Switzerland was founded in 1909 by Alfred Reucker, director at the time of the Zurich Opera House. It was patterned after the Bayreuth Festival, with the primary emphasis on opera, but since that time it has expanded to include orchestral and chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, ballet, and art exhibits. Exhibits in city museums are set up to coincide with the festival, and there are master classes for young musicians. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)


Today’s Birthday:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)


This Day in History:
Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the region of Bessarabia declared its independence and voted to unite with Romania. The Soviet Union never recognized Romania’s right to the province and, in 1940, demanded that it cede Bessarabia. When Romania complied, the USSR set up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and incorporated the northern region into the Ukrainian SSR. Bessarabia remained divided after Ukraine and Moldavia declared independence in 1991. Where did the region get its name? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Daniel Defoe


Quote of the Day:
Daniel Defoe

Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices


Article of the Day:
Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices

The Book of Ingenious Devices was a large, illustrated work on mechanical devices, including automata, published in the 9th century by three brothers. The work was completed at the Bayt al-Hikma—House of Wisdom—in Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate. Translated into English in 1979, the book describes approximately 100 devices and how to use them. Although some of the devices were inspired by earlier Greek inventions, many were newly conceived, including what unusual contraptions? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: drive (one’s) pigs to market


Idiom of the Day:
drive (one’s) pigs to market

To snore. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: charmer


Word of the Day:
charmer

Definition: (noun) Someone with an assured and ingratiating manner.

Synonyms: smoothie, sweet talker

Usage: Joseph was such a charmer that he was able to convince Hannah to give him the last of her mother’s homemade cookies.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 1972” on YouTube


The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command my love
And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love
The first time ever I saw your face
Your face, your face
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Songwriters: Ewan Mccoll
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face lyrics © The Royalty Network Inc.

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Watch “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma” on YouTube


Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Well, it’s the only thing I could do half right
And it’s turning out all wrong, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song

Look what they’ve done to my brain, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my brain
Yeah, they picked it like a chicken bone
And they think I’m half insane, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Wish I could find a good book (good book) to live in (to live in)
Wish I could find a good book
Because if I could find a real good book
I’d never have to come out and look at
What they’ve done to my song
Now, ils ont changé ma chanson, Ma
Ils ont changé ma chanson
Ils ont changé ma chanson, Ma
C’est la seule chose que je peux faire
Et ce n’est pas bon, Ma
Ils ont changé ma chanson
*That’s the only thing I say in French you know*
But maybe I’ll be alright, Ma
Yeah maybe I’ll be okay
Cause if the people are buying tears
I’m gonna be rich someday, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Yeah, they tied it in a plastic bag
And they sme upside down, Ma
Look what they’ve done to my song
Look what they’ve done to my song, yeah!
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: SAFKA MELANIE
Look What They’ve Done to My Song (The Backyard Sessions) lyrics © Bienstock Publishing Company, Quartet Music

Watch “Eric Carmen – All by Myself (Audio)” on YouTube


When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone
Livin’ alone
I think of all the friends I’ve known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody’s home

All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself
Anymore
Hard to be sure
Sometimes I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure
All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself
Anymore
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
All by myself
Anymore
When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone
All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself
Anymore
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
Oh
Don’t wanna live
By myself, by myself
Anymore
By myself
Anymore
Oh
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
I never, never, never
Needed anyone
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Eric Carmen / Sergei Rachmaninoff
All by Myself lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

A Yoga Sequence for Your Solar Plexus Chakra


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A Yoga Sequence for Your Solar Plexus Chakra

Yoga sequence for your solar plexus chakra

Here is a yoga sequence for your solar plexus chakra. This is the third post in a series of yoga sequences for the chakras.

The solar plexus chakra, Manipura, the ‘jewel city’ is associated with emotions, confidence, will power, decisions, personal opinions, purpose. This chakra governs the emotional body and it is your power and transformation centre.

It is the third chakra located between the navel and the diaphragm.

Its element is fire and the corresponding endocrine gland is the pancreas.

Its colour is yellow and its mantra is RAM.

Yoga Sequence for solar plexus chakra

The ruler of the solar plexus chakra is the sun. It is often associated with absorbing prana (life force) from the sun and food. It is also linked to digestion, the digestive fire (agni in Ayurveda) and is related to how we process (digest) life events and our emotions. It is also related to the psyche and to our gut feelings, our intuition.

Manipura is sometimes called the ‘cosmic door’ as this chakra is of great help on our spiritual development journey.

The animal totem of this chakra is the ram. This male sheep is the symbol of conquest, personal power and new beginnings. The ram leaps and hops effortlessly in a difficult terrain where no one else dares going. Very proud when he succeeds, the ram holds his horns majestically, like a crown.

Unbalanced solar plexus chakra

An unbalanced Manipura can result in:

  • Need for external validation
  • Lack of self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem
  • Lethargy, passivity, inactivity, depression
  • Sluggishness in digestion and/or binge eating
  • Dogmatic conformity
  • Over confidence

Balanced solar plexus chakra

A balanced Manipura will result in:

  • clear sense of direction
  • determination, will power, taking action
  • great self-belief and self-esteem
  • feeling confident in yourself and your abilities
  • considerable amount of physical and mental energy (dynamic but not overactive)
  • choices and decisions made are in alignment with your essence

Affirmations to balance this chakra could be

  • I am empowered/ strong/ powerful/ courageous/ confident
  • I am worthy of success/ happiness/ love…
  • I take responsibility for my actions, choices, thoughts, emotions and feelings
  • I allow myself to shine – I am more than enough
  • I assert my boundaries – It’s ok for me to say ‘no’
  • I trust and believe in myself- I can do it
  • I have the power to manifest my dreams

Mudra for Manipura chakra

Solar Plexus mudra

Mudra for opening your solar plexus

Bring your fingertips together, thumbs against each other, forming a triangle.

To learn more about mudras and how you can use them for healing, read the post on ‘Mudras for Healing and Transformation’.

Essential oils to balance the solar plexus

Chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, rosemary to soothe the solar plexus.

Ginger, cinnamon, lemon, clove, black pepper to open this chakra.

A meditation for your solar plexus chakra

Light a candle and some incense for this fire meditation. Weather permitting, you could also meditate in the sun, as fire is the element of this chakra.

Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with your spine straight, or lie down in Savasana, Corpse Pose.

Take a few deep breaths through the nose to center yourself and to start calming the mind.

Bring your awareness to the present moment and to the rising and falling of your breath in the abdominal region.

Imagine a little flame or a small ball of fire in your solar plexus. Visualise it grow a little more with each inhale. Watch it expand and radiate its warm energy and glow outwards, as you keep breathing deeply and steadily.

Feel the warmth in the solar plexus area and observe it spread throughout your entire being.

Enjoy this positive, warm, strong, wise and confident radiance as it emanates from your power centre to every single cell in your body. Bathe yourself in this cosmic and nourishing energy for as long as you need to support your growth, self-acceptance, confidence, power and transformation.

After the meditation, inhale lift the arms above head, interlace the fingers, release the index fingers and stretch up towards the sky. Exhale sweep the arms down with a loud sound ‘Aaaahhhh’. Repeat 3 times. Close your eyes and notice what has been stirred or release.

Solar plexus meditation

Journaling prompts to support your Manipura

  • What are my favourite things/qualities/traits about myself?
  • Am I in control of my personal power? What can I do to increase my personal power?
  • When was the time I felt most courageous in my life?
  • What scares me most? Why does it scare me? How can I overcome this fear?
  • Do my intentions and choices make me feel confident and empowered?
  • What new things, poses, languages, skills can I learn?
  • I feel most confident when….

Music for Manipura


A Yoga Sequence for your solar plexus chakra

Before doing this sequence, make sure to do a few Cat Cow pose to warm up your spine and do a few rounds of Sun Salutations to generate heat throughout the whole body and start activating the solar plexus.

Yoga Sequence Solar Plexus Chakra (Click to access pdf)

Yoga Sequence Solar Plexus Chakra pic post

What are your favourite twisting asanas to stimulate your solar plexus chakra? How did you feel after this sequence? What came up for you?

Share your thoughts and sensations in the comments. I love hearing from you!

Catch up on the previous sequences

#1 Yoga to balance your root chakra

#2 Yoga to balance your sacral chakra

Next chakras

#4 Yoga to open the heart chakra

#5 Yoga for self expression: the throat chakra

#6 Yoga to open your third eye chakra

#7 Yoga for a higher state of consciousness: the crown chakra

Extra tips to balance Manipura

I would also recommend making and drinking golden milk to soothe the digestive system, find comfort and self-care in a warm (remember this chakra is associated with fire) and healthy drink. Check out my recipe here.

Spend time in the sun to recharge your solar plexus.

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Remember (poetic thought by George-B) – SoundCloud


Listen to Remember (poetic thought by George-B) by georgebost on #SoundCloud

Watch “WILD – All My Life (Lyrics)” on YouTube


We’re holding on through all the years
Looking back brings me to tears
Oh, I
Wanna see this through
All I know is how I feel
And all I want is what is real
Oh, I’m
Gonna stand by you
Even on your darkest days
You know that I will never change
Oh, I
Will love you the same
Oh, I
Will keep you safe for all my life
And you
Will have my heart for all the time
Even on your darkest days
You know that I will never change
Oh, I
Will love you the same
Oh, I
Will love you the same
Tell me how the tables turned
How I’ve grown from lessons learned
Oh, I’ll
Keep my faith in you
Even on my darkest days
I know that you will never change
Oh, I
Will love you the same
Oh, I
Will keep you safe for all my life
And you
Will have my heart for all the time
Even on your darkest days
You know that I will never change
Oh, I
Will love you the same
Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh
Even on your darkest days
You know that I will never change
Oh, I
Will keep you safe for all my life
And you
Will have my heart for all the time
Even on your darkest days
You know that I will never change
Oh, I
Will love you the same
Oh, I
Will love you the same

Source: Musixmatch

Horoscope ♉: 06/26/2019


Horoscope ♉:
06/26/2019

Today is a day of reckoning in some ways, Taurus. Attention to detail is important, but make sure it doesn’t become your only focus. Situations are likely to crop up in which you’ve analyzed and considered every single detail but failed to see the big picture. This is a wonderful day to remedy such situations. Take care of anything that needs a broader perspective.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Tajikistan Day of National Unity


Today’s Holiday:
Tajikistan Day of National Unity

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch