Roz Townsend

Freuden freude

Hello Everyone So many news items grab our attention with bad news, so it is inspiring to experience good stories. Regarding good news, I was delighted to read that some new words are coming into our language which will promote a more empowered and gracious society. The first word comes from German and is ‘freudenfreude’. You are probably aware of its unpleasant opposite schadenfreude – the pleasure taken in someone’s failure or misfortune. Freudenfreude is the often unrecognized pleasure we feel when someone we know...

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Roz

Roz

Hello Everyone, Have you ever eaten spam? It is leading the way in creating a new food form called ‘fossil’ food. Spam is a tinned precooked meat first introduced in 1937 in the US. It gained popularity during World War II and is unique for its incredibly long shelf life. The expiry date on the tin is usually two years but this is only to keep the product turning over rather than a true reflection of its use-by date. Evidently its real shelf life is 12 to 15 years. The philosophy behind the long life of Spam is behind this new...

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Roz Musings – Happiness and Kindness

Roz Musings – Happiness and Kindness

Hello Everyone Some interesting research in Australia makes one think about the causes of happiness. The Di Marzio Research group asked participants to rate seven things that made them happy or fulfilled.  Of all the items listed the highest ranking on 36% was “an act of kindness to benefit another”.  This was followed by having a cuddle and third was walking in nature – 12%. The other things that make people happy but not to the same extent as those listed above are ‘buying something for someone” and ‘volunteering for a charity or community...

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Roz’s Musings – Drinking and thinking

Roz’s Musings – Drinking and thinking

Hello Everyone There used to be a funny phrase from the controversial English comedy TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It was I drink therefore I am! It was a send up of Descartes’ famous I think therefore I am. It was in part a comment on the amount of alcohol people drank and its impact on their lives. But drink and the types of beverages we consume have played an exceptionally important role in the history of humanity. Richard Glover points out that the popularity of tea drinking in the 17th century was a crucial factor in the...

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Roz’s Musings

Roz’s Musings

Hello and welcome book club members to my little corner of the world. I will be writing to you regularly and my goal is to give you food for thought. My writing style is deliberately non-academic. You might even find it a little casual. But my goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible and demystify the written word. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a published author of several books in India. I have visited India and in particular Chennai. I’ve spoken about communication skills in schools, universities and in the corporate...

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Roz’s Musings – Poetise the Planet

Roz’s Musings – Poetise the Planet

Hello and welcome readers to my little corner of the world. As fellow lovers of words and their power I would like to introduce you to the work of Drew Dellinger. He is an ecological and cosmological poet. His great skill is to challenge our thinking with the words he writes. I first came across his work when I attended a Pachamama conference. Pachamama is an Inca word meaning Mother Earth. At this conference we were given enough facts about the disastrous direction in which the world is heading that our own heads were starting to spin....

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ROZ’S MUSINGS – Noah’s Ark

Hello and welcome readers to my little corner of the world. I suppose many of you are familiar with the famous story of Noah’s Ark. It was a gigantic wooden vessel in which Noah supposedly saved every kind of animal of the Earth from the ‘great flood’. The story is part of the Torah, the Bible and the Qur’an. I love the power of story-telling to get us thinking about our lives and Noah’s Ark is no exception. According to the story – Noah saved every animal. He didn’t have to choose which animals would have a place aboard his ark....

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Roz’s Musings – What Is Beauty?

Roz’s Musings – What Is Beauty?

Hello and welcome readers to my little corner of the world. Recently I watched a TED show on ‘what is beauty’?  TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading.  It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Now it’s medium is the internet where great ideas get incredibly quick global exposure. In the presentation I am referring to, designer Richard Seymour asked ‘how do we tell that something is beautiful?’  And ‘Why does it matter so much to us?’ To me...

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Roz’s Musings – Boredom and Creativity

Hello and welcome readers to my little corner of the world. Is it possible that boredom can really help our creativity? Jonathan Field’s book on Uncertainty points out from his research that most successful and creative people have a different attitude to boredom. In fact they embrace it and ritualise many of their banal activities. I was immediately reminded of Steve Jobs whose clothing was always so boring and predictable. As most people are aware, Steve Jobs’ wardrobe since 1998, after he returned to Apple, was Levi’s, New...

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Roz’s Musings – Narcissim

Roz’s Musings – Narcissim

Hello and welcome readers to my little corner of the world. Do you or someone you know have an inflated or grandiose sense of themselves? Do you, or others you know, think perhaps that you are special, unique, and entitled to better treatment than others? Then perhaps you are part of the narcissism epidemic. According to Twenge and Campbell in The Narcissism Epidemic. The narcissism epidemic is happening at both the individual and cultural levels all around the developed world. Narcissism is increasing and the book points out that there are...

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