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Emily Levine had stage IV lung cancer. But instead of fearing the inevitable, she decided to embrace her new reality, and face death with humor and gratitude.

In her own words: “I love being in sync with the cyclical rhythms of the universe. That’s what’s so extraordinary about life — it’s a cycle of generation, degeneration, regeneration. ’I’ am just a collection of particles that is arranged into this pattern, then will decompose and be available, all of its constituent parts, to nature, to reorganize into another pattern. To me, that is so exciting, and it makes me even more grateful to be part of that process.”

She died on February, 3 2019. Please watch this clip from her TED talk a few months before her death.



Research suggests that trees don’t just compete for survival, but also cooperate and share resources using underground fungi networks. A forest has an amazing ability to communicate and behave like a single organism — an ecosystem.

The fungi and the trees are in a mutually beneficial relationship: the fungi cannot photosynthesize, as they have no access to light and no chlorophyll. So they get a type of sugar produced in photosynthesis and carbon from the trees. In return for sugar and carbon, fungi release nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, as well as water, to the trees. Furthermore, the fungi will connect one tree to another through their network, which allows them to defend themselves more effectively.

Trees that get attacked by bugs, for instance, release chemical signals into the fungi. Neighboring trees pick up these signals and increase their own resistance to the threat.

In this ecosystem the older trees, also called “hub trees”, play a crucial role. They are better connected through the fungi network and their excess carbon helps the development of seedlings. These hub trees also help forests adapt to climate change. They’ve lived for a long time and lived through fluctuations in climate. They curate that memory in the DNA. The DNA is encoded and has adapted through mutations to this environment. So that genetic code carries the code for variable climates coming up.

We must slow the rate of deforestation, preserve older trees and maintain diversity instead of going for “simplified plantations” of only one or two species. Forests are huge carbon storers, they’re our biggest assets against climate change.

Please watch this brief 3½ minutes video.

Lyrics in Tamil

படம்: அன்னை
பாடியவர்: சந்திரபாபு
பாடல் வரிகள்: கண்ணதாசன்

புத்தியுள்ள மனிதரெல்லாம் வெற்றி காண்பதில்லை
வெற்றி பெற்ற மனிதரெல்லாம் புத்திசாலி இல்லை

பணம் இருக்கும் மனிதரிடம் மனம் இருப்பதில்லை
மனம் இருக்கும் மனிதரிடம் பணம் இருப்பதில்லை

பணம் படைத்த வீட்டினிலே வந்ததெல்லாம் சொந்தம்
பணம் இல்லாத மனிதருக்கு சொந்தமெல்லாம் துன்பம்

புத்தியுள்ள மனிதரெல்லாம் வெற்றி காண்பதில்லை
வெற்றி பெற்ற மனிதரெல்லாம் புத்திசாலி இல்லை

பருவம் வந்த அனைவருமே காதல் கொள்வதில்லை
காதல் கொண்ட அனைவருமே மணம் முடிப்பதில்லை

மணம் முடித்த அனைவருமே சேர்ந்து வாழ்வதில்லை
சேர்ந்த வாழும் அனைவருமே சேர்ந்து போவதில்லை

புத்தியுள்ள மனிதரெல்லாம் வெற்றி காண்பதில்லை
வெற்றி பெற்ற மனிதரெல்லாம் புத்திசாலி இல்லை

கனவு காணும் மனிதனுக்கு நினைப்பதெல்லாம் கனவு
அவன் காணுகின்ற கனவினிலே வருவதெல்லாம் உறவு

அவன் கனவில் அவள் வருவாள், அவனை பார்த்து சிரிப்பாள்
அவள் கனவில் யார் வருவார்? யாரை பார்த்து அணைப்பாள்?

புத்தியுள்ள மனிதரெல்லாம் வெற்றி காண்பதில்லை
வெற்றி பெற்ற மனிதரெல்லாம் புத்திசாலி இல்லை


Why do we sometimes fall into black holes of depression, anxiety and self-doubt? And can we change the way we feel?

Dr. David Burns MD, Stanford University School of Medicine and a clinical psychiatrist, is the author of the best selling book ‘Feeling Good’. He says that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other black holes of depression can be cured without drugs. He talks about scientifically proven techniques that immediately lift our spirits and help us develop a positive outlook on life. His book has helped people who were on the verge of suicide. His book talks about the many options available for coming out of depression and look forward to living.

– Recognize what causes our mood swings
– Nip negative feelings in the bud
– Deal with guilt
– Handle hostility and criticism
– Overcome addiction to love and approval
– Build self-esteem, and
– Feel good everyday

Please watch the 17-minutes video. You will like the entertaining way he talks, And, like me if you liked what he says, get this book.

Disclaimer: I am not promoting this book. Hence, not posting a link. I bought this book from Amazon for a little less than $4.00.


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