How to Enjoy Enriching Your Vocabulary

VOCABULARY BUILDER. Honestly, I didn’t know how to speak in English when I was in grade school. All my friends got high grades in English while I got failing marks. In fact, I was the laughing stock among my friends. Everything about my grammar, spelling and pronunciation was wrong. That went on until high school. In…

How to Keep Love Intact

LOVE BUILDER. Your love for writing, reading, books, career, hobby, people, spouse, and especially for God is challenged daily, almost each moment, if you haven’t noticed. Television and online movies, for instance, can ruin your schedule for writing and reading for the day. Or, instead of buying a really good book to add to your…

Reading Makes You Look Smarter

I sometimes face the mirror longer than usual just to study how I look on certain moods–casual, contented, pleased, irked, angry, happy, sad, moody, meditative, etc. I want to check if I look smarter in anyone of them. And often, I check if I look smart regardless of mood. How you naturally project yourself is…

Reading Books Improves Brain Health say Experts

BRAIN HEALTH BUILDER. Reading improves brain health, says experts. It saves you from dementia, like Alzheimer’s. If you make it a habit to read daily, you empower your brain as you age. And the trick is to read about new things you haven’t come across before and try to figure it out. Keep you brain…

How Readers Can Read Your Mind

A study actually says readers can read people’s minds. One look and avid readers can tell what’s in the back of your mind–even if you feign facial expressions to the contrary. This amazing conclusion was done by David Kidd and Emanuele Castano published in Science. The two are social scientists of New School for Social…

Why People are Intrigued by Ghost Stories

Today is the last day of October here in Manila, which means tomorrow is All Saints Day–a day when people visit their dead in cemeteries. It’s also a time for clan reunions (right there in the graveyard), prayer, sharing, laughter, fun, and lots of food and music. And most of all, it’s a time for hearing…

LEFT BEHIND: Just One Thing About It

Being expert builders in the Spirit, I and my wife determined to see the movie, Left Behind. We weren’t disappointed with what we saw and in fact were almost teary-eyed by the time it ended. There were right amounts of almost everything–suspense, action, romance, thriller, the works. The Christian end-time message in it was clear.…

Notebook Buried in Ice Found After 100 Years

Sometime between 1910 and 1913 an expedition to reach the South Pole was started by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team. It was a race to Antarctica, specifically of who was going to reach the South Pole first. Dr George Murray Levick, a surgeon, was among those in the team and he owned the notebook…