This week, without straying far from home, I have been riding a roller-coaster. Caught in the maelstrom of sleepless nights, misinformation and trying to keep worry at bay, I have done a lot of web surfing to keep myself sane. And maybe laugh a little. Here are some tidbits I came across that you might find equally delightful.
One. There might a shortage of water in California but certainly not one of yoga studios. As a 20 year veteran practitioner I have frequented very many of them and, while I still relish the experience of practicing with someone else’s butt in front of my nose, sometimes I can’t be bothered to drive myself anywhere. I have been checking out for years various yoga apps but never found anything I even remotely liked. Yogaglow, on the other hand, is a site that offers over 2,000 classes in different styles (including meditation) by renowned teachers, some of whom I have practiced with. There all levels and lengths, from 10 to 120 minutes. The search engine allows you to look for whatever you are in the mood for. All for $18.00 a month.
Two. Now that President Obama is in his final stretch, all of us liberals are appreciating him like never before, especially against the ridiculous backdrop of some of the current Presidential hopefuls. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld invited President Obama to participate in his web program “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. You might argue Obama is not strictly a comedian but he is a kool kat nonetheless. And funny. 16 worthy minutes.
Three. Making lists makes you smarter. Best news of the week. Really.
Four. George Orwell was concerned with the opacity of political writing and wrote an article on the topic, from which this excerpt could benefit just about everyone.
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Five. And on the topic of language, have you ever asked yourself why English can be so persnickety? (did I just break one of Orwell’s rules?) Why some rules make no sense and seem totally random? The Vikings have something to do with it. If you love language, this is for you.