Category Archives: Word of the Week

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SACRIFICE

It is the 101st Anniversary of Anzac Day today and I am reposting one of my most meaningful words of the week. Sacrifice means to give something of value, often altruistically, with the hope of gaining something in return or to avoid greater loss. And from this comes supreme sacrifice: to give your life in the belief...

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We are such stuff as dreams

Today is the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on the 23rd April 1616 (it is also the 452nd anniversary of his birth). William Shakespeare is considered the greatest of all writers in the English language. He wrote 37 plays that created some of literatures’ most famous characters and introduced hundreds of words into English that...
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A long time ago in a galaxy …

We live in the Milky Way Galaxy, which according to the best estimates of astronomers, contains a hundred billion stars. Our galaxy is one of at least one hundred and twenty five billion galaxies in the universe. You might have heard that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on a beach...
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Understanding schadenfreude

When you respond to other people’s emotions there are four very distinct ways of doing so: Sympathy is when you are unhappy at the unhappiness of others; Joy is when you are happy at the happiness of others; Envy is when you are unhappy at the happiness of others; And schadenfreude is when you are happy at the unhappiness...
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