Remembering Beethoven – a Genius with a Disability By Heike Kuhn

BONN, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) – Do you recognize this man? You do, of course. It is the silhouette of Beethoven, the famous composer and pianist‎, well known all over the world. The year 2020 marks his 250th anniversary and the UN city of Bonn, Germany is very proud of its famous son, born here, next to the river Rhine. The...

THE ROAD TO KINDNESS: ENCOURAGING GREATER GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT IN AN OVERLY COMPETITIVE WORLD

The habit of comparing ourselves (and being compared) to others is not restricted to the world of music. Starting shortly after birth, our physical attributes, talents, and achievements are constantly compared to those of our peers. The age at which first words are spoken and first steps are taken can be a tremendous source of pride for parents, but often only...

Films and Society

The American film industry is known as Hollywood. Its films, actors, directors are famous all over the world. Hindi films from India are also are appreciated in many countries. Some of its songs for example Aawara Hoon (Being a vagabond) were sung world wide. Copying from the well known American name, the Hindi film industry became known as Bollywood. There are other language films being produced in...

DÉJÀ VU – In tragic vein: Wole Soyinka on Nigeria’s unrest By Wole Soyinka

To the affected governors all over the nation, there is one immediate step to take: demand the withdrawal of those soldiers. Convoke Town Hall meetings as a matter of urgency. 24-hr Curfews are not the solution. Take over the security of your people with whatever resources you can rummage. Substitute community self-policing based on Local Councils, to curb hooligan infiltration...

Why children, as well as adults, need stories about solutions

Jodie Jackson, author and expert on the psychological impact of the news, has now released a children’s book. She explains how, and why, it is grounded in the principles of positive psychology If adults get down and depressed when watching the news, what impact does it have on children? I had just become a mother around the time I wrote...

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