Category Archives: AtoZ Challenge 2014

Obdurate

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  You are Obdurate when you refuse to do what other people want. When you are unwilling to change your opinion, or the way you do things; when you are stubborn and persistent in what you want to do; you are Obdurate. When you cannot be persuaded and are resistant to a softening influence, you are Obdurate. Thank God for… Read more »

Nacre

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Nacre is also known as mother of pearl. It is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs. It is also what makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is strong, resilient, and lustrous. Nacre is secreted by molluscs. The nacre is continuously deposited onto the inner surface of the shell, turning it opalescent. The layers of nacre smooth… Read more »

Maverick

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  A Maverick is an unorthodox, non- conformist, free- spirit. To my surprise, I found that the word originates from a man called Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), a Texas rancher who did not brand his cattle. In his time, this defiance from established convention must have been considered not only eccentric but upsetting. And pointless to boot. Besides being inconvenient…. Read more »

Lighthouse

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A lighthouse spelled the difference between life and death for mariners of yore. Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs and safe entries to harbors. They can be a beacon of hope in an endless ocean, marking the end of a voyage. They can assure the traveler a brief respite, a place where he can rest, repair, regroup and refresh… Read more »

Kamikaze

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Kamikaze is a Japanese word which literally means Divine Wind (Kami: Divine; Kaze: Wind). The word came into being during WWII. A group of Japanese pilots were trained to deliberately crash their explosive- laden planes on enemy camps, ships etc., knowing they will be killed. Since then, Kamikaze has evolved to to mean a character trait attributed to those who… Read more »

Jinxed

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The dictionary defines Jinxed as: bring bad luck to; cast an evil spell on. Yes, there are plenty of Jinxed folk out there. I don’t mean that superstitiously. There is nothing paranormal about these folks. They are mundane and ordinary as you are. Don’t destroy yourself by allowing negative people add gibberish and debris to your character, reputation, and aspirations…. Read more »

Invictus

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  Invictus is a Latin word meaning Unconquered (Invictive (adj) undefeatable). The word has remained in current usage because of William Ernest Henley’s poem of the same name.  Since a thing of beauty is a joy forever, here it is for you to experience its magic again: Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from… Read more »

Heuristic

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 Heuristic involves or serves as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods. It also relates to exploratory problem-solving techniques that utilize self-educating techniques. The prefixed self in self- education is actually redundant, like it is in self- discipline. Discipline, like education, is meant to be self-directed and self-monitored. You can no longer discipline someone… Read more »

Grounded

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    The Earth (ground) is a leveler. It has the ability to absorb as well as to exude energy. It can absorb negative energy and exude positive energy. In that sense, the earth is also a dynamic, magical entity. When you are in touch with the earth, walking bare foot in the grass early in the morning with the… Read more »

Fabulist

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A Fabulist is a person who invents fables. You are a Fabulist, whether you realized it all this while, or not. Perhaps it is time for you to examine the kind of fables you have been inventing; to weed out those that don’t serve you and to deliberately invent and create those that empower and encourage. Each decision you take… Read more »