By Esin Yagel
“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well” Hippocrates once said.
Medicine was not so advanced in my childhood, and psychology was a rising star. No wonder, most medical doctors who could not come up with a proper and meaningful diagnosis would end up saying: “It is probably psychological!” Continue reading →
The mass demonstrations across Turkey has started with a peaceful sit-in in Gezi Park, next to Taksim Square in central Istanbul (see my analysis piece describing the chronology of events). While violent clashes are still reported from all around the country, the situation in Istanbul is one of relative peace (as of June 6, 2013), Continue reading →
Silver coin commemorating Ladino
In all likelihood, you are lucky enough that you will never have to know the feeling one gets after reading his father’s mother tongue now being listed under the Seriously Endangered Languages List of UNESCO, the most authoritative index on all endangered languages in the world. Continue reading →
This quote from a Joe Rogan podcast captures my philosophy for coping with life very well…
by Esin Yagel
“Me he Obruni. Ya fre me Esin.
Me pow chow, e te sen?”
In the Twi language spoken in the southern region of Ghana, these words translate as: “I am a white person/foreigner. My name is Esin. Please, how are you?” Continue reading →
by Elizabeth Amisu
Shaken, Stirred, Sexist: Is there room for modern women in Bond?
Fifty years ago, James Bond, code named ‘007‘, first came to public consciousness with the novel Casino Royale. Continue reading →
Conformity is one of the biggest evils known to mankind. The more I study and observe human interactions, the more I feel convinced of this conclusion.
Conformity is the reason why many potential geniuses’ creativity never finds an outlet, why many “misfits,” in a constant effort to conform, end up Continue reading →
It has been only a few days since I moved to Germany and I quickly had my first cultural disorientation. Even though I should have known it from living in Belgium, Continue reading →
I want to have good weather friends. Not bad, not fair, but really, really good! I first realized this after a conversation with my mother—a clinical psychologist and life coach—some years back. Continue reading →
I like the visual representation of data in this chart, reproduced from Nicolas Rapp’s quite interesting Information Design blog. I find the data both counterintuitive and yet very intuitive at the same time: Continue reading →
© 2008 RSC – Noughts and Crosses
by Elizabeth Amisu
Imagine, if you will, a fifteen year-old bookworm: part person, part-novel, always captivated by great quests, flights of fancy and adventure.
That was me, ten years ago. Continue reading →
Onto a more sensitive topic… As a serial monogamist, I spent almost all of my teenage and young adult years in a relationship, be it over short or long distances. Only recently have I finally had the chance to really experience what it entails to be literally single. Continue reading →
The on-and-off rumors about the possibility of a rapprochement between some of the Gulf countries and Israel reminded me of a recent anecdote that I would like to share. Continue reading →
I’ve already been to, worked, studied, or lived in parts of every colored “line” on this map.† I certainly enjoy being a global citizen Continue reading →