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Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to Detect Lies

I'm working on the sequel to my first novel (not yet published) and in it I have a character named Phoenix Sheldon, a detective who is an expert at reading people. This guy helps solves cases because he is better than average at picking up on the tiniest clues (often non-verbal) that most people miss and weaving together the story of who the suspect is, or anyone he meets for that matter.

While researching for this character I looked up information on how to detect if someone is lying. It was actually fun gathering this info and I plan on using some of these methods of observation for use in my real life. Illusionists and supposed psychics use these small clues and devices in their work. Here's the link

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Spanish Word a Week--My Self-Improvement Goal.

In high school I learned basic French. Although French isn't something I have needed to use frequently, it has come in handy from time to time -- mostly while reading books. Spanish seems to be the secondary language most in demand in America since there are more and more Spanish speaking people in our country. I have wanted to learn Spanish for some time because it seems like I would actually be able to use it. So when I stumbled across a Spanish/English dictionary in a thrift store for 50 cents I decided to purchase it. My goal is to learn one Spanish word a week. That sounds manageable. So I use a highlighter to color the word in my dictionary (so I remember I've already focused on that word) and will post the word and its meaning on my blog.

If any of you have a Spanish word and meaning you'd like to share as a word of the week, feel free to send it to me.

The word for this week is lindo, which means pretty.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Find Your Life's Purpose

I have written briefly  on finding your life's purpose in a previous blog post, but I have also written a series of books and resources on discovering your spiritual gifts which tie into this theme. These can be used by individuals or groups.  Here's the link, spiritual gifts resources.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Myrthil Ink's Illinois Smith Features a New Take on Indiana Jones

I always like to feature new writers and wanted to share with my readers an innovative writing site called Mythril Ink. Jordan Stewart, my son, manages this blog and the short stories are his creations. He invites readers to give feedback on his short fiction. This week's post is a fun take off on the Indiana Jones stories and it's a very enjoyable read.

Here's the link.  When you click on the link to his stories be sure to choose the latest  one, #5 entitled Reclamation. Jordan loves feedback so if you have time to give him some input on the story, be sure to do so.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Spanish Word of the Week, Escuchar

Here's the Spanish word of the week, escuchar, which means listen. If anyone wants to comment with the phonetic pronunciation, that would help. This dictionary doesn't do that.

Friday, August 3, 2012

What the Olympics Is Teaching Me About Excellence

I've been watching the summer Olympics and am amazed at not only the abilities these young people have, but at the sacrifices they and their parents have made -- from financial contributions that sometimes require working extra jobs, getting up at the crack of dawn, driving long distances, and even being separated from them -- in order to train and qualify them for the Olympics. They are the cream of the crop. Sadly, sports broadcasters only focus on the top contenders. Some who aspire and sacrifice to make the Olympic team never make the cut. Those who do may never medal.

Everyone wants a gold medal. Though silver and bronze are still something to reach for, they do not hold the same sense of achievement as the lesser medals. Often, on a daily level, I am disappointed with my own performance. I want everything I do to produce gold medal results, but I have seen, that even the best Olympic contenders can lose--even the phenominal Michael Phelps. It is impossible to always be at the top of your game. What I have learned is that in order to attain a gold medal, or close to it, it takes a concentrated effort of learning what you need to know, practice, and finally, application. As we we do this, we come closer to excellence. If perfection is our goal, we will frequently be disappointed, but excellence is reachable.

However, we shouldn't let our quest for excellence eclipse our  life. Don't make achievement your only reason for exisitng. Take time along the way to ease back and enjoy yourself, in the end, it's not so much the end results that matter, but the journey of who you meet and what you learn along the way.

Teena Stewart is author of The Treasure Seeker: Finding Love and Value in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father