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The Amish: Shunned and Misunderstood


The Amish (/ˈɑːmɪʃ/; Pennsylvania Dutch: Amisch, German: Amische) are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships, closely related to but distinct from Mennonite churches, with whom they share Swiss Anabaptist origins.   The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a … Continue reading The Amish: Shunned and Misunderstood

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Social Networking and the Importance of Netiquette


Internet Source: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/internet.html Definition A means of connecting a computer to any other computer anywhere in the world via dedicated routers and servers. When two computers are connected over the Internet, they can send and receive all kinds of information such as text, graphics, voice, video, and computer programs. No one owns Internet, although several organizations the world over collaborate in its functioning and development. The high-speed, fiber-optic cables (called backbones) through which the bulk of the … Continue reading Social Networking and the Importance of Netiquette

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Paid in Full With A Glass of Milk


Howard Kelly – Paid In Full With A Glass of Milk Source: http://www.inspiredlivingaffirmations.com/howard-kelly-paid-in-full-with-a-glass-of-milk/ “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia This is … Continue reading Paid in Full With A Glass of Milk

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The Enigma That Was Rasputin: The Notoriety; The Debauchery and The Manipulation


Grigory Rasputin Source: http://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/rasputin.htm Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1872-1916) was the infamous 'holy man' whose ability to heal the Tsar and Tsarina's son Alexis led to his being adopted as a supreme mystic at court.  Growing in influence to the point where he effectively dictated policy he was eventually assassinated by a group of court conspirators in December 1916. Born … Continue reading The Enigma That Was Rasputin: The Notoriety; The Debauchery and The Manipulation

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“The Little House:” Probing Into The Darkest Corners of the Manipulative Mindset


“The Little House” (Novel) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 'The Little House' is a 1996 psychological thriller novel by British author Philippa Gregory. Synopsis After four years of marriage, Ruth and Patrick Cleary, a young English couple, visit Patrick's parents in Bath. Having been orphaned as a child, Ruth feels isolated and alone in the oppressive, close-knit Cleary family, and … Continue reading “The Little House:” Probing Into The Darkest Corners of the Manipulative Mindset

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“The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind


"The House of Stairs" By Ruth Rendell (Writing as Barbara Vine) (Source: http://www.penguinreaders.com/pdf/downloads/pr/teachers-notes/9781405879620.pdf) About the author ‘Barbara Vine’ is the pen name of the world-famous crime writer Ruth Barbara Rendell. Rendell was born in 1930 in London, the only child of an English mother and a Swedish father. She spent many holidays in Scandinavia and … Continue reading “The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind

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The Magnificent Pearl


"THE PEARL" John Steinbeck Context (Source: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pearl/context.html) John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. He was the third of four children and the only son of John Steinbeck, Sr. and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. Growing up in a rural valley near the Pacific coast, Steinbeck was an intense reader, and both his father, a … Continue reading The Magnificent Pearl

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Falling Leaves and a Chinese Cinderella


ALL THE FACTS MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG ARE ALL BASED UPON TRUE AND ACTUAL EVENTS. “Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter” By Adeline Yen Mah (Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54529.Falling_Leaves) Born in 1937 in a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai, Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family … Continue reading Falling Leaves and a Chinese Cinderella

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“Angels and Demons:” Pride Comes Before a Fall


Angels & Demons From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Angels & Demons is a 2000 bestselling mystery-thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published by Pocket Books and then by Corgi Books. The novel introduces the character Robert Langdon, who is also the protagonist of Brown's subsequent 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code; his 2009 novel, The Lost Symbol; and the 2013 novel Inferno. Angels and Demons shares many stylistic literary elements with … Continue reading “Angels and Demons:” Pride Comes Before a Fall

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Cause for Celebration! “Hooked on Inspiration’s Blog” hits its First Century!


Hooked on Inspiration's Blog proudly announces to the world that it has published its 100th blog on 9 August 2015. Ever since its inception in October 2012, this blog site has strongly endeavoured to ensure maximum public awareness and it aims to provide maximum exposure in its serious attempt to promote a Better Tomorrow; Better … Continue reading Cause for Celebration! “Hooked on Inspiration’s Blog” hits its First Century!

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It’s Now or Never


"It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley It's now or never, come hold me tight Kiss me my darling, be mine tonight Tomorrow will be too late, it's now or never My love won't wait. When I first saw you with your smile so tender My heart was captured, my soul surrendered I'd spend a … Continue reading It’s Now or Never

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Paper Roses


"Paper Roses" – The Ray Conniff Singers Paper roses, paper roses I realize the way your eyes deceived me with tender looks that I mistook for love So take away the flowers that you gave me and send the kind that you remind me of Paper roses, paper roses, oh how real those roses seem … Continue reading Paper Roses

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I Dreamed a Dream


"I Dreamed a Dream" (from “Les Miserables”) There was a time when men were kind When their voices were soft And their words inviting There was a time when love was blind And the world was a song And the song was exciting There was a time Then it all went wrong I dreamed a … Continue reading I Dreamed a Dream

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Life for Rent


"Life For Rent" - Dido I haven't ever really found a place that I call home I never stick around quite long enough to make it I apologize once again I'm not in love But it's not as if I mind that your heart ain't exactly breaking It's just a thought, only a thought But … Continue reading Life for Rent

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My Amazon.com Review of “Dido’s Greatest Hits – Deluxe Edition”


Hitting the high notes.........though not high enough!, June 4, 2015 By Sherna Bhumgara (Mumbai, India) This review is from: Greatest Hits: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD) As I write this review, I'm listening to this very same CD - I find that doing so is highly inspirational. It seems to me that such an activity tends to … Continue reading My Amazon.com Review of “Dido’s Greatest Hits – Deluxe Edition”

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Love is Blue When Jealousy is Green


“Jealousy is a Green-Eyed Monster” – Quote “Othello – William Shakespeare - ACT 3, SCENE 3, PAGE 8 Source: http://nfs.sparknotes.com/othello/page_142.html   ORIGINAL TEXT  MODERN TEXT Nor for my manhood, honesty, and wisdom To let you know my thoughts. It wouldn’t be wise, honest, or responsible for me to tell them. OTHELLO What dost thou mean? … Continue reading Love is Blue When Jealousy is Green

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Viva la Diva: A Tribute to the “Israeli Cher”


“Diva” – Dana International She is all you'll ever dream to find On her stage she sings her story Pain and hurt will steal her heart alight Like a queen in all her glory And when she cries Diva is an angel When she laughs she's a devil She is all beauty and love Viva … Continue reading Viva la Diva: A Tribute to the “Israeli Cher”

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Suspicion Torments the Heart; Suspicion Keeps Us Apart; Suspicion, Why Torture Me?


"Suspicion" by Elvis Presley Ev'rytime you kiss me I'm still not certain that you love me Ev'ry time you hold me I'm still not certain that you care Though you keep on saying you really, really, really love me do you speak the same words To someone else when I'm not there Suspicion torments my … Continue reading Suspicion Torments the Heart; Suspicion Keeps Us Apart; Suspicion, Why Torture Me?

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Dust in the Wind


"Dust in the Wind" by Kansas I close my eyes only for a moment, and the moment's gone All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea All we do crumbles to the ground, though we … Continue reading Dust in the Wind

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Queen Lear: The Celebrity; The Enigma; The Living Legend!


“The Sphinx” – Amanda Lear I wish I could be like the king who said to his people: my friends this is now the end if we lose the battle we shall live forever. The people of the sun will remember this day and give us immortality long after I've gone long after the sun. … Continue reading Queen Lear: The Celebrity; The Enigma; The Living Legend!

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Deceptions


“Deception” (2008 film) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Deception is a 2008 drama/thriller film, directed by Marcel Langenegger and written by Mark Bomback. It stars Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, and Michelle Williams. The film was released on April 25, 2008 in the United States. Plot Timid accountant Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is an auditor working out of New York. One night while working late in … Continue reading Deceptions

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My ‘Amazon.com’ Customer Review of “Disco Megamix” – Performed by Enigma


As a potential customer on Amazon, let me advise you that it is always a good idea to be open-minded about one's purchases. Go in with an open mind and with the least of expectations regarding the product and you're less likely to be disappointed, in the long run. When I perused this item on … Continue reading My ‘Amazon.com’ Customer Review of “Disco Megamix” – Performed by Enigma

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Just Another New Day; Just Another New Year


“Happy New Year” – Abba No more champagne And the fireworks are through Here we are, me and you Feeling lost and feeling blue It's the end of the party And the morning seems so grey So unlike yesterday Now's the time for us to say... Happy new year Happy new year May we all … Continue reading Just Another New Day; Just Another New Year

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" – Josh Groban It came upon a midnight clear That glorious song of old From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled And still the heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world Peace … Continue reading It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Atlantis – End of a World; Birth of a Legend


Atlantis (docudrama) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Atlantis (also titled Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend) is a 2011 BBC docudrama which depicts a re-enactment of the events surrounding the volcanic eruption which destroyed the island of Thera, an incident believed to have inspired the legend of Atlantis. The hour-long programme is based on the work of … Continue reading Atlantis – End of a World; Birth of a Legend

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A Horse with No Name


“A Horse with No Name” by America   On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand and hills and rings The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz And the sky with no clouds … Continue reading A Horse with No Name

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The Temple and the Mosque


Munshi Premchand (Source: http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/munshi-premchand-101.php) Dhanpat Rai, better known by his pseudonym Munshi Premchand, was a famous Indian author and poet who ushered into the Modern Hindi and Urdu literature with his writings. His first novella, Asrar e Ma'abid was first published in Awaz-e-Khalq, an Urdu Weekly, after which he became associated with an Urdu magazine … Continue reading The Temple and the Mosque

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In the Throes of Intoxication


Premchand From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia     Premchand (pronounced [mʊnʃi preːm t͡ʃənd̪] (31 July 1880 – 8 October 1936), better known as Munshi Premchand, Munshi being an honorary prefix, was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindustani writers of the early twentieth … Continue reading In the Throes of Intoxication

Night Fever, Night Fever!


  "Night Fever" – BEE GEES Listen to the ground: there is movement all around. There is something goin' down and I can feel it. On the waves of the air, there is dancin' out there. If it's somethin' we can share, we can steal it. And that sweet city woman, she moves through the … Continue reading Night Fever, Night Fever!

A Dark-Adapted Eye


  “A Dark-Adapted Eye” (1986) is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award.   Plot Summary: Largely set during World War II, the story is told by Faith Severn, who at the prompting of a true-crime writer recounts her memories of her … Continue reading A Dark-Adapted Eye