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Daily Happiness Journal #72 October 22nd 2020
15th October 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Learning languages
  • Picture of the day: Hot air balloon
  • Daily Funny: One Day at a Time
  • Daily Happiness: Clean Desk
  • Daily Quote by Albert Einstein
  • Writing Blog:  The First Crusade

    I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. (I will post these during weekdays between Monday-Friday when I have to time to write them from my MA studies and day job)

    Food for Thought

    Learning Languages

    With languages you are at home anywhere.

    - Edmund de Waal

    I have always been interested in learning new languages.

    Some of the languages I have studied I have already forgotten for lack of use (Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic - all of which I studied for a year). 

    The "active" foreign languages I use by reading texts/books in these languages (German, French) and speaking with those I am more fluent with (English, Swedish). 

    During the summer I found a fun app I can use to learn the basics of other languages. It only takes a few minutes per day and it is amazing how much fun it can be. Gone are the days at school when you were afraid of making a mistake in class (from which probably comes the saying that Finns are quiet in five languages). Now you can literally have fun with an app, and no one is shaking their head if you make a mistake. 

    The app I use is Duolingo, and I am sure there are plenty of similar apps. It is surprising how fast you can learn by repetition and small steps.

    If only that would apply to Egyptian hieroglyphs as well... Gah... Must be the hardest language there is. (If you don't count Finnish, from what I have heard... But thankfully I was born in Finland so I already know that one LOL :D)

      Picture of the day
      Hot air balloon

      We live on top of a hill and we have a good view of the sky. Hot air balloons often glide by and over our house. I took this picture one day when I saw that tiny bit of a rainbow in the clouds beside the balloon searching for a place to land. 

      One of my dreams is to get back to Egypt and see the Valley of the Kings in Luxor from a hot air balloon at sunrise. Maybe one day, when it is safer to travel again.

      Daily Funny
      One Day at a Time

      People say "I am taking it one day at a time." 

      You know what - so does everybody else. That's how time works.

      - Hannibal Buress

      Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email 

      (I especially love the funny things children say!). 

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      Today's Happiness

      Clean desk

      Ok. So here is a picture of the ideal work desk. Or so I am told. Empty, clean...

      This is a pic I took when working remotely from home. I was having a lunch break, and took my iPad and notebook and listened to a lecture (Egyptology studies), taking notes in my favourite notebook (WIlliam Hannah nothebook with leather covers, disc bound. Love it.) 

      I'll let your eyes feast on this for a while. 

      Ok, done? 

      Nor look above the Daily Quote. That is the truth. That picture is my actual work desk - the previous one is our dinner table. The book pile contains only a part of the material I need to go through for my two essays and dissertation... (One by one they disappear from the floor as I mark the pages I need for my studies, take pics of the pages, turn them into pdf's and then work on them with LiquidText app)

      I find comfort in Einstein's comment which you find as the Daily Quote.


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      Daily Quote

      "If a cluttered desk is a sign of cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

      - Albert Einstein

      Writing Blog / The First Crusade

      Nephilim Quest 4 / The Book of the Dead is traveling into an interesting direction. Right now I am researching the First Crusade for it. 

      I have read about the crusades before, but there is so much more to learn before I can tweak the story to that time (if I will do that). 

      The horrible things people have done under the cloak of religion never ceases to surprise me... When most of the horrors are nothing but things done to gain more power by those already in power.  And ordinary people who are are used for this end, suffer (referring to the People's Crusade here).

      If only we would learn from our past mistakes, the world would be a much more peaceful place. 

      Below is an illustration showing the defeat of the People's Crusade, from Sébastien Mamerot's Livre des Passages d'Outre-mer (Jean Colombe, c. 1472–75, BNF Fr. 5594)

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