30 Day Poetry Challenge:

  • Day 3- Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.
  • Day 4- Write a haiku. They’re often about nature, but yours can be about anything.
  • Day 7- Take a walk until you find a tree you identify with, then write a poem using the tree as a metaphor for yourself or your life.
  • Day 13- Write a short poem that a child would like.
  • Day 27- Begin with the title “The Poem I’d Never Write.” Then, write that po...
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mar 26 2012 ∞
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Louis Theroux

  • A Place for Pedophiles
  • The Most Hated Family in America
  • America's Most Hated Family in Crisis
  • Born Again Christians

Nat Geo

  • Life in a Day
  • Too Young to Wed


  • Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
  • Inside North Korea


  • Buddhist Monk Levitation
    • see also: African Shaman Performing Levitation
jun 24 2013 ∞
jul 7 2013 +
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  • The time for praying Salatul-Layl is from midnight (midnight is reckoned as the time which is exactly half the time between sunset and the actual dawn) to the time of Adhan for Fajr prayers. However, it can be prayed at anytime after Isha prayers but it is better to pray during the last part of the night near to the time of Fajr prayers.
  • If it is not possible to pray after midnight or before Fajr, then it can be prayed in the morning or any part of the day with the niyyah (intention) of Qadha. If one has missed Namaz-e-Shab there is great merit in performing its Qaza.
  • Salatul-Layl is made up of eleven Rak’ats.
  • The first eight Rak’ats are prayed as normal in pairs of two Rak’ats each with the niyyah of Nawafilatul-Layl.
  • The next two Rak’ats are prayed with the Niyyah of Salatul Shaf’a.
  • The remaining one Rak’at is prayed with the Niyyah of Salatul Witr.
jul 27 2010 ∞
jul 27 2018 +

Qualities of Ideal Location

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Pleasant weather
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Peaceful
  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Limited socioeconomic stratification
  • Decent/high ranking on Global Peace Index
  • Decent air quality
  • Moderate/friendly populace
  • Politically sound/relatively non-corrupt government
  • Steady population
  • Masajid nearby

Costa Rica

  • environmentally sustainable
  • clean air & energy
  • stunning scenery
  • extremely biodiverse
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Analyses Pertaining to Specific Ahadith

Foundational ahadith agreed upon by Sunni & Shi'a (see citations)

mar 15 2012 ∞
jan 29 2013 +
  • Iron Man
  • Crazy, Stupid Love
  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Bridesmaids
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Concentration of Media Ownership

Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.

Media consolidation infographic: http://static2.businessinsider.com/image...

Narcotizing Dysfunction

Narcotizing dysfunction is a theory that as mass media inundates people on a particular issue they become apathetic to it, substituting knowledge for action. It is suggested that the vast supply of communications Americans receive may elicit only a superficial concern with the problems of society, while importance of real action is neglected, and this superficiality may cover up mass apathy. Thus, it is termed "dysfunctional" as it assumed it is not in the best interests of the people who compose modern complex society to form a social mass that is politically apathetic and inert. The term narcotizin...

oct 15 2016 ∞
jul 27 2018 +
  • And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead. {Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort, suicide note}
  • I must go in, the fog is rising. {Emily Dickinson}
  • I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. {Thomas Hobbes}
  • Now comes the mystery. {Henry Ward Beecher}
  • I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. {Leonardo Da Vinci}
  • I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man. {Che Guevara to his assassin}
  • Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough. -{Karl Marx to his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity}
  • God will pardon me, that's his line of wo...
nov 5 2010 ∞
oct 1 2016 +
  • Dark Dining: you go to a restaurant that's completely dark, so you can't see your food or the people around you. This heightens the sensory experience of taste while also making people likelier to be vulnerable and open with complete strangers.
jul 13 2018 ∞
jul 13 2018 +
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  • My God, though my stores for travelling to Thee are few, my confidence in Thee has given me a good opinion.
  • Though my sin has made me fear Thy punishment, my hope has let me feel secure from Thy vengeance.
  • Though my misdeed has exposed me to Thy penalty, my excellent trust has apprised me of Thy reward.
  • Though heedlessness has put to sleep my readiness to meet Thee, knowledge has awakened me to Thy generosity and boons.
  • Though excessive disobedience and rebellion have estranged me from Thee, the glad tidings of forgiveness and good pleasure have made me feel intimate with Thee.
  • I ask Thee by the splendours of Thy face and the lights of Thy holiness, and I implore Thee by the tenderness of Thy mercy and the gentleness of Thy goodness, to verify my opinion in expecting Thy great ge...
jul 11 2010 ∞
jun 3 2011 +
  • People praise you for what they suppose is in you, but you must blame your soul for what you know is in you. {Ibn Atallah}
  • My dear heart never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don't harbour bad thoughts do not gossip and don't teach what you do not know. {Maulana Rumi}
  • Who's to show no fear, then cast the first stone at the mirror? Break the spell you put on yourself and crack your shell wide open again {Kurt Baumann}
nov 5 2010 ∞
jun 3 2011 +
  • Stoicism
  • Neo-Marxism
  • Anthropic principle
  • Fine-tuned Universe
  • Aesthetic realism
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  • "All our fears are lies."
  • "Believe more in Me than in the limitations of the world." (Two Listeners)
  • The greatest prayer is patience. (ttbha)
  • Practice Right Speech and Right Action. Live with honesty and integrity. Ask: Is what I am about to say or do beneficial to anyone? (ttbha)
  • Do everything with a mind that lets go. (ttbha)
  • "What other people think of you is none of your business."
  • Quaker meetings are completely silent, unless someone feels moved to express themselves, in speech or in song. Quakers believe that this silence helps them discover the "still, small voice" of their conscience or soul. (ttbha)
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