Here’s a story about a young girl living a hard life, who finds hope in books:
The best line:
“The more you know about something the less you will fear it.”
This isn’t a new story, but it’s a good one. Here’s more to read and listen to: “Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker” from NPR.
Something more enjoyable for today: a movie trailer for “Isle of Dogs”.
Can’t wait to see this. Opening in March in the US. Hope it doesn’t take another 6 months to hit the theaters here.
Directed by Wes Anderson. And look at the voice actors! Bill Murray … of course he’s in it.
This is a moving story about a musician, how he used his music to help him deal with the physical and emotional pain of losing a limb, and why he named a song “Mr. Higgins”. The short film makes us think about what success in life means. And the artwork in the video is unusual.
I like the idea that he had only learned two chords before he started writing songs. It makes me think about students who worry that they don’t have enough vocabulary to speak in English. It may not be easy and it may not be an eloquent speech, but you can express what you want to say with a very small vocabulary … and people who listen.
There are tons of articles and videos and books that tell us how we can be happier, and regular lists of the “happiest countries in the world”. But as I heard someone say the other day, it’s often easier to avoid things that make us unhappy than it is to pursue things that supposedly make us happy.
So here’s a video from CGP Gray about how you can be miserable. How many can you avoid?
- “Be the equivalent of a human pile of laundry.”
A good acronym / mnemonic device:
- VAPID goals vs. SMART goals