Great Writers On The Power Of Music

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Article BY MARIA POPOVA

Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.

“Music is the best means we have of digesting time,” Igor Stravinsky once remarked (a remark often misattributed to W.H. Auden). “Music is the sound wave of the soul,” the wise and wonderful Morley observed. Psychologists have studied why playing music benefits your brain more than any other activity and how listening to music enraptures the brain. But, more than that, music works over the human spirit and stands as a supreme manifestation of our very humanity — something Carl Sagan knew when he sent the Golden Record into the cosmos as a representation of the most universal truths of our civilization.

Gathered here are uncommonly beautiful reflections on the singular power of music by some of humanity’s greatest writers, collected over years of reading — please enjoy.

Susan Sontag spent the majority of her adult life reading between eight and ten hours a day, and never fewer than four. Her intense love of literature was paralleled by a commensurate love of music. In a diary entry found in Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947–1963 (public library) — the spectacular volume that gave us young Sontag on personal growth, art, marriage, the four people a great writer must be, and her duties for being a twenty-something — she writes at age 15:

Music is at once the most wonderful, the most alive of all the arts — it is the most abstract, the most perfect, the most pure — and the most sensual. I listen with my body and it is my body that aches in response to the passion and pathos embodied in this music.

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How to Succeed At Interviews: An Invaluable Source Of Information For Job Hunters Preparing For Interviews, Tests And Assessments Paperback

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The new edition of this best-selling book tells you how to: Give impressive answers to over 200 interview questions Deal with interview nerves and project total confidence Pass psychometric tests, competency-based questions, and assessment centres Avoid the traps that interviewers lay for unwary job seekers Turn every interview question to your advantage.

The Author

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Dr Rob Yeung is a psychologist, keynote speaker and TV presenter who helps people to achieve their goals. As a psychologist and author of over 20 bestselling books, he is asked to consult, coach and speak on topics ranging from confidence and change to the psychology of leadership, sales success and high achievement.

A chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he has a First Class Honours degree in psychology (from the University of Bristol) and a PhD in psychology (from King’s College London). He was also formerly a consultant with top-flight strategic management consultants The Boston Consulting Group and is currently a director at leadership consulting firm Talentspace.

Over the last decade, he has specialised in research and consulting in the fields of high achievement and peak performance.  He works with executives, sports people, entertainers and public figures as well as lecturing to students at universities and business schools. He has written scientific papers in research journals and many of his 20+ books are available in dozens of languages worldwide.

He is also a qualified personal trainer and aerobics instructor. He has an ongoing personal interest in the psychology of health, fitness and nutrition. His 2013 book You Can Change Your Life covered the scientific evidence behind behaviour change and personal transformation. His 2014 book How To Win: The Argument, the Pitch, the Job, the Race is now available.

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Voice Of The Dead: The Dead Will No Longer Be Silenced

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Dr. Lauren Harris is a brilliant nationally respected forensic psychologist with a secret. She is an empath who can emotionally connect with the spirits of dead, seeing through their eyes, and giving them a voice. When she is called upon by the FBI to help track down and stop The Phantom, a hedonistic serial killer, she is confronted with the one thing she has always feared when she meets Agent Nicholas Bennette.

The two find it difficult to work with each other at first due to their differences and the sexual tension building like wild fire between them. As Lauren connects with The Phantom’s victims she finds herself trying to make sense of the visions feeling overwhelmed with the knowledge that so much has been left undone in their lives. She learns that the dead will no longer be silenced when they have a voice through her.

As the body count rises and a passionate romance begins with Nicholas, Lauren discovers that she has been targeted by The Phantom, and she is frightened to learn that she too has left much undone in her life as well.

The Author

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Tracee Ford has been telling stories her whole life. Tracee dreamed big and worked to make her dreams come true by becoming an award-winning novelist and now founder of Ozwind Publishing, LLC. Tracee is a member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her first novel, “The Fine Line,” won a Reader’s Choice Award in 2013 and her second novel, “Idolum: Visions of the Undone,” was nominated by PRG for Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense novel of 2013, and secured and won second place.
                 Tracee has walked many paths in her life as a playwright, director, and a puppeteer. She has also delved into the darkest parts of our society and culture with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Psychology which she earned from Shawnee State University and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Tracee’s interest in the paranormal, her life experience, and education has given her a keen insight into the shadows that haunt our society making her a brilliant author of thrillers and suspense.
                  Tracee is excited to expand her writing by exploring other genres inspired by her love of such classics as L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind.” Tracee Ford is ready to take your hand and lead you on fantastic and thrilling new adventures.

Once A Man, Twice A child: Making Wise Decisions Before Old Age

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Making Wise Decisions Before Old Age: life is beautiful even at old age

It’s great to be young since life is beautiful, wonderful and full of experiences. Many are born with silver spoon in their mouths, while others born on a bed of poverty. The latter has to run a mile for his daily bread. Surprisingly, there are stories of people who were born into great and wealthy families, whose lives ended with sad events and others born into poverty, but rose to be most industrious and respected people in the society.

While in school many dream of getting good jobs and probably the right partners to start a family. These are essential in life. Without planning one can’t make a good decision and future. When young many never think of old age, until it catches them by surprise. In fact, old age doesn’t mean suffering but at a ripe age we often find ourselves in various health problems, making life miserable sometimes. Many times at old age, there isn’t any more energy to feed on your own, thus; becoming a child once again, under the care of both good and bad people.

We do often hear people saying “Life is short, so let’s enjoy ourselves?” But we shouldn’t forget that what we do while young, determines our future.  According to psychologists and psychiatrists, the roots of our present day ailments can be traced to our homes. That means that we can plan a better life or abide by healthy rules to enjoy healthy lives, instead of misusing our bodies which speed up to ailments at old age.

After a wonderful life, we meet health problems, such as loss hearing, impair vision, urinary and prostate cancer and other old health problems.  Sometimes a doctor may even find a problem during a routine checkup and discover illness we weren’t aware of. One addicted to health hazard substance, can’t enjoy a perfect healthy life, like one free from drugs. Some health hazard addictions sometimes make one older and gaunt, even though the person may be in his or her thirties.

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Imagine at 100 years old, both Grayce and Clarence Dwyer, born to Irish immigrants still live.  According to the article written by Susan Donaldson James on February 14, 2012, via Good Morning America, “Until very recently they have been fiercely independent and still were able to cook and shop even if it meant returning to the local food market more than once a day so that they could prepare their own meals,” said couple’s daughter.

At certain time, old people in excruciating pain prefer to die, while those who are even older and enjoying happy life wish they could live longer. Life it’s like a journey before every one, if it’s well driven, you will achieve success at the end of the journey and when carelessly driven, you will end up in unpleasant situations.

There are many books about living a healthy life. One of them is ‘Living Healthy Life – The most effective and cutting edge health secretes of all time, by Randi Garber. After working very hard, the soul and body need satisfaction, yet too much of everything is bad. People smoke all their lives until diagnosed with cancer. That can be prevented. Life is precious, worth more than silver and gold; let’s take good care of ourselves, to avoid much suffering during old age.

Dr. Barbara Greenberg: The Clinical Psychologist With A Magic Touch

Thanks to the social media which has given us the opportunity to connect to the world within seconds and knowing great people that have made impact in their professions. Twitter has played a significant role helping me to discover great people from all walks of life. Just a day ago, one of my followers appeared to be Dr. Barbara Greenberg. I am very delighted to share the profile, career and experience of this wonderful lady on my blog.

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Dr. Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist.

Dr. Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is an expert on an impressive range of subjects related to parenting, teens, communication, love, family and lifestyle. Her approachable style and genuine interest in the people and the issues make her a sought after expert and speaker on a range of issues relating to teens and parenting.

Dr. Greenberg specializes in the treatment of adolescents and their well-intentioned parents. She maintains her full-time private practice in Fairfield County Connecticut. She is also the Adolescent Consultant at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Dr. Greenberg is the co-author of “Teenage as A Second Language-A Parents Guide to Becoming Bilingual” and the co-creator of the interactive website talkingteenage.com. She writes regularly for several publications including Psychology Today, The Huffington Post and Galtime. Dr. Greenberg frequently shares her advice on a variety of shows including Good Morning America, Nightline, Katie’s Take with Katie Couric, CNN, HLN and The Daily Buzz.

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