The Chicken or The Egg? What You Believe Is How You Live

Of course we know the age old question. “What came first?” they say, “The chicken or the egg?” Of course the chicken came first, it’s the only way. Without any chickens there would be no eggs. Without any chickens, any eggs wouldn’t survive to become chickens. The created always comes from the creator, yet somehow
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Shaping YOU: The Significance of the People in Your Life

Are your friends and associates keeping you from achieving your goals, dreams, and potential? There is a common saying among many highly successful circles: You are the average of the five people you are around the most. There are of course some variations, as in this article for entrepreneurs which says six people instead of
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Create A Storm & Dance In The Rain! The Value of Brainstorming & Mind-Mapping

It has been a couple weeks since I started on my first draft of my first novel. It’s a very intimidating project because I’ve never written a book before. I’ve also never considered myself a writer before, so this new title taking some getting used to. Yet, in going through the process, I am learning a lot about different
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The Reluctant Writer: My Solution to Keeping A Journal When I Don’t Feel Like Writing One

First, why even bother keeping a journal? Not that I’m such an expert, but I have been around enough successful and insightful people, including my mom, who have told me that keeping a daily journal is really valuable. For one thing, it brings a level of clarity and relief mentally and emotionally. There is something
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The Reluctant Writer: I Can Barely Keep A Blog, How Could I Write A Book?

The development of my writing career definitely seems weird, at least to me. Maybe other writers can affirm that strange routes to becoming a writer is normal, but I’m still too green of a writer to know that. I find this picture to be exactly right, though.   All the way up through high school,
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Japan Attraction: Disaster Prevention Park

Useful Japanese words: Saigai 災害 / さいがい (Disaster) Jishin 地震 / じしん (Earthquake) Tsunami 津波  / つなみ (Tidal Wave) Abunai 危ない / あぶない (Dangerous) Anzen-sei 安全性 / あんぜんせい (Safety) Japan is very prone to earthquakes. The Tōkyō Rinkai Kōiki Bōsai Kōen (東京臨海広域防災公園), or Disaster Prevention Park in English, is right on the edge of Tokyo Bay in
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Japan Culture Corner: Sumo!

Useful Japanese words: Rikishi 力士 / りきし (Professional Sumo Wrestler) Gyōji 行司 / ぎょうじ (Sumo Referee) Yokozuna 横綱 / よこづな (Grand Champion) Ryōgoku Kokugikan 両国国技館 / りょうごくこくぎかん (Sumo Hall (arena)) Dohyo-iri 土俵入り / どひょういり (Ring-entering Ceremony) The Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) was buzzing with excitement as spectators entered the building. Some of the locals were
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Japan Daily Life: Tokyo Densha 東京電車

Useful Japanese words: Densha / 電車 / でんしゃ (Train) Basu / バス (Bus) Eki / 駅 / えき (Station) Doko / どこ (Where) Upon arriving in Tokyo, one of the first things I needed to do was figure out the train system and public transportation options. Now that I’ve had a little time to figure
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