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Am I writing to enjoy reading?

And “How I learned to read” by Agnes Desarthe

The initial process of a toddler to crying, weeping, throwing tantrum and shouting monosyllables… is meant to attract attention in order to relay a disenchantment, a complaint, a doleance, a grievance….

As the toddler learns a few words, the set of crying becomes a boring method to the kid and the people around: no one is paying attention or responses are no longer that fast and empathizing…

Mother tells me that when I was about 5 year-old, I used to cry my heart out, hiding under the bed, as I heard my parents and grown ups deciding to go to a movie, and I being excluded.  Occasionally, they had to cancel their projects. Mother tells me that my crying was not of the wet kind.

Once, in an open-air movie “theater” in Africa, I saw an airplane flying in the film, and I wanted the airplane. I kept pointing my finger toward the airplane, and never desisted till they dragged me out of the theater.

It is a fluke of the living that I survived in Africa: There was no inoculation and vaccination of any diseases at the time, and didn’t catch any until I lived in Lebanon. Mother tells me that she carried me to visit a relative of father in Sikasso (Mali), and the physician met her at the door and summoned her to take me back home: The daughter of the relative had just suffered polio

Have you ever heard a kid saying: “I am happy, satisfied, contended…?”

Most probably you heard the kid shouting: “I am hungry, thirsty, angry…”  The kid learned to talk in order to express his grievances and doleances.

The range of grievances in quality and a quantity increases with mastering the language.

All those invented new jargons by gang youth are symptoms of their inability to articulate their new grievances and sorrows to a community that does not share their life-styles

We learn to speak so that we can transmit our grievances in the language that a community understand, otherwise, our expressions turn physically violent due to our impotency to express ourselves “civilly”.

And writing is the best means of expressing our list of doleances, as we feel a lack of quick verbal intelligence for effective communication of our miseries, or inability to associate with people and feel comfortable in gathering…

Writing becomes a means to enjoy reading, and reading more seriously and assiduously: How else can we communicate intelligently our emotions and grievances through words?

I am certain that I would enjoy fuller the previous books that I read.

It is by the writing process that I started to comprehend the emotional reality, and appreciate the emotional world in the books.

Writing was my best means to bypass the world of rational thinking and discovering the wide set of emotional intelligence.

In my case, I read a lot since I was 12 and for 4 decades, until I began to write anything outside school homework.

I guess that I was too dumb socially, shy and inarticulate to feel comfortable discussing anything in gatherings.

And I was inarticulate for lack of exercising articulation due to tacit feeling of not having reasonable cause for valid complaints: I felt neutral and had no inclination to get engaged in any activity or project…

I must have been shoving under the rug of my consciousness all the unsuspected emotional discrepancies and grievances.

The perception by others of being arrogant in my silence and mutism, as if I knew more than the assembly and refused to share what I knew or felt, isolate me even further from being invited…

Actually, my mutism reflected my ignorance of what was going on in relationships among the group, and I could not participate in the conversation…

Where to start with the zillion of questions that are needed in order to untangle the web of relationships and interrelationship, and to begin the fitting process of engaging and appreciating the concerns of people around me?

It’s a daunting task if you lack conscious emotional intelligence and are unable to believe that all the expressed emotions are real and genuine…

Writing got me engaged in becoming an accomplice and a collaborator to authors I like.

I agree with the saying: “If you are interested in a topic, write about it…” It doesn’t lend to saying that what you wrote is correct: good or bad, at least you reached a position on the topic. 

Most probably, since you were interested in a topic, you must have read about it, and the more you write, the more you read on the topic. It is a refreshing feeling to feel that you nailed down one of the zillion of mysteries…

I realized that before writing I barely seriously asked “Why” of anything and tried to resolve it.

As for the “How”, your best bet is to “doing it”. The more bruises and injuries you suffer “doing it”, the more you appreciate the value of the “How”

Note: May I suggest to have a notebook and a pen handy when you read a book? You will realize that you are communicating much better with the book and yourself as you take notes of what impresses your emotions and imagination… And the environment of reading acquires a festive feeling and joy. And if you got the habit of writing, you’ll write a couple of articles just by reading and perusing a few book strewn around you…

Catholic Church property in E. Jerusalem: Leveled by Israel

The Catholic Church has lashed out at the Israeli government, after its property in East Jerusalem was bulldozed to the ground. Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinian flats were marked for demolition just before US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit.

Published in RT this Nov. 6, 2013:

‘massive demolition’ plan

Children look on as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (C) stands amongst the ruins of a Palestinian home, on November 5, 2013. (AFP Photo / Ahmad Gharabli)

Last week Israeli security forces arrived with bulldozers at a piece of property owned by the Catholic Church in east Jerusalem, close to the West Bank city of Bethlehem. They said it had been built without a permit and proceeded to destroy it.

This provoked a backlash from the head of the Catholic Church in Israel who said the demolition was carried out without any prior warning.

“This act is against the law, against justice and humanity, against any ideology upon which peace can be built and increases segregation and hate,” Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Faud Tawwal told AFP at the site of the demolition on Tuesday.

The property had been standing before Israel annexed the area after the 1967 Six-Day War.

This comes amid rumors of Israel mulling its biggest demolition plans in years, as over 15,000 Palestinian flats in east Jerusalem are under threat.

The demolition of flats in the Ras Hamis area, which is next to the Shuafat refugee camp, was announced by posters put up on the apartment buildings themselves last week.

Israel says the homes are illegal and were built without the correct permits.

“The municipality has a clear policy against building illegally whether done by Arabs or Jews in every part of Jerusalem,” said Brachie Sprung, a spokeswoman for the municipality.

She insisted that the destruction of the homes did not constitute a new policy and the timing of the announcement was purely to do with court rulings.

Sprung said that the proposed demolition was for 11 buildings, but the Palestinians said a far larger number were to be destroyed. The flats are located beyond Israel’s West Bank separation barrier but within an area annexed by Israel after the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.

Yehudit Oppenheimer, the director of the Ir Amin, a left wing Israeli non-profit organization, which promotes peace in Jerusalem between Jews and Arabs, said that construction had been severely restricted in other Arab areas of East Jerusalem and as a result the municipality had forced people to move into the high rises now threatened with demolition.

She added that it would be very difficult to demolish the flats “without causing a disaster” since they involved high-rise buildings that are very close together. She said she thought that the demolition order was meant to “threaten” residents.

If the buildings are destroyed then most of the people living in them won’t have anywhere else to go.

“People don’t have money for another home. If our home is destroyed we can only buy a tent,” Issam Mohammed Ali, a civil engineer, who lives in one the doomed buildings, told the Independent.

Ali said that it wasn’t the first time he had lost him home to the Israelis and that he was ready to die for his home.

Daoud Sabha, who used to be a maintenance worker at the Jerusalem Post, used all his redundancy pay and went into debt to buy his apartment.

An Israeli municipality worker uses a mechanical shovel to demolish a house, belonging to a Palestinian family, that was built without municipal permission in the Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina on October 29, 2013. (AFP Photo)
An Israeli municipality worker uses a mechanical shovel to demolish a house, belonging to a Palestinian family, that was built without municipal permission in the Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina on October 29, 2013. (AFP Photo)

“This is racism against poor people, who need their homes,” he said.

The demolition order is also casting a shadow over the peace negotiations, which began in July but in actuality, have so far achieved nothing and appear to have been completely fruitless.

To add insult to injury, Israel recently disclosed plans for thousands more settler homes to be built in East Jerusalem and on the occupied West Bank, which sends a clear message that there is one rule for them and another for the Palestinians.

The planned destruction of the Palestinian apartments also threatens to negatively affect a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in an attempt to kick start reconciliation between the two sides.

“Israel is destroying every chance for peacemaking. The demolition orders are a slap in the face for Kerry and go against all his efforts to revive the peace process,” said Abdullah Abdullah, the deputy commissioner for international relations in the moderate Fatah movement, to which president Abbas belongs.

Note 1: Palestinians Evicted from homes

Note 2: James Martin commented:

Israel is a paranoid country ruled by a pathologically narcissistic ethnic group/religion that believes itself superior to all others and destined to rule the world. The idea that they also possess nuclear(and probably biological and chemical) weapons with sophisticated delivery systems makes for an extremely alarming situation.

More Bike and biking invention: Same frame and look?

And the name of every element start with “Smart…”, even your behind gets smarter if you purchase this bike?

Posted Nov. 4, 2013

It may not be the prettiest product in the world, but this ground breaking invention may be about to revolutionise commuter cycling forever.

Essentially, it’s an electronic rear wheel with speeds of up to 20 miles per hour that can last for up to 30 miles on a single charge.

It fits into almost any bike: you can simply buy this rear wheel and slot it into your existing mount.

While those who cycle for fitness or racing would baulk at the idea of any assistance to get from A to B, this handy new invention will hugely extend the range of commuting to and from work by bike for cyclists who don’t get lots of training miles in.

It also has the benefit of not making the rider sweat, with the rear wheel doing most of the work.

And in increasingly car-choked cities, where the distance to one’s work place and the fear of sweating deter a lot of would-be cyclists, this baby would appear to solve those key problems.

It also comes with a number of nifty components based on the old-style dynamo device that allow cyclists charge their phone as they ride and power lights on the bike.

A smart phone can also be used to set the desired top speed the wheel will reach, once the relevant app has been downloaded.

The rider starts the wheel by pushing the pedals and the mechanism inside the wheel kicks into action. It stops when the rider brings the bike to a stop.

It recharges itself when the rider is going downhill and the pressure is taken off the wheel to push the bike and rider.

It can be fully recharged from a wall socket in two to three hours and is even fitted with a device that prevents the wheel from turning in the event the bike is stolen.

And even if it is nicked, a tracker in the wheel enables the owner track the bike on their phone app and even sends the owner a message to tell them the bike is on the move without them.

The app also warns the owner if the wheel is beginning to experience any problems; an early warning that the wheel may need attention.

The FlyKly Smart Wheel has been launched by a team of designers and entrepreneurs based in New York, with the team currently raising funds to bring their prototypes to full production. (Another team asking for fund and donation)

This FlyKly Smart Wheel weighs 4kg, generates 250 watts and is currently being offered for sale from $550. It will last for 1,000 charges; almost three years if you used it every day.

They say they want to make cities people-friendly and move away from car culture.

The team is currently raising funds via the kickstarter site, with $216,000 pledged by 756 backers, despite having 25 days remaining in the funding period at the time of writing.

Those behind the project had only been seeking $100,000 to bring the project to the stage by spring of next year of shipping out pre-ordered wheels to their new owners.

Smart Wheel comes in different sizes (26” or 29” wheel rim) and in 8 different colours (white, black, grey, blue, red, green, yellow, pink).

It’s iOS, Android and Pebble Watch compatible.  (What are those mysteries?)

It works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 3rd, 4th gen, iPod touch 5th gen and iPad mini. Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Pebble Watch.

Have a look at the video and see what you think. It’s brilliant!

Phone Holder

A sticky pad on the Smart Light tightly holds your smartphone in place. Additional safety straps work as an extra measure for rockier terrains or faster bikers.

Phone Charger

Smart Light connects to a dynamo generator. You simply connect your smartphone to the USB port and while you’re enjoying the ride your phone quickly recharges.

Bicycle Light

As the Smart Light name suggests, the dynamo also gives out just enough electricity to power a bright LED bulb which leads the way and never leaves you in the dark.

Locking and Tracking

You can lock the Smart Wheel with a simple touch of a button on your app. In case your bike gets stolen it can quickly be located and tracked via GPS.




November 2013

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