Friday, October 20, 2017

Five Ways to Have Fun Together

Life often gets in the way of living, and loving, and having fun with loved ones. When that happens, here are a few ideas to add oodles of fun into your day.  

  • Create a paracosm (new word learned this week). Wikipedia says 'paracosm is a detailed imaginary world. Paracosms are thought generally to originate in childhood and to have one or numerous creators. ....which may incorporate real-world or imaginary characters and conventions. ......having its own geography, history, and language, ........ that can last into adulthood.'
    • Building a detailed, imaginary world with your loved ones makes it a unique bonding experience and might help you discover something about them you did not know before! I know that having the kids tell stories or even retell stories I made up for them has made me marvel at how they viewed the story I told them.  
    • You could then draw and illustrate the imaginary worlds you come up with and have fun activity #2 below! Some famous examples of paracosms – Narnia, Middle Earth, Wonderland, and so many more.

  • Pick up a pencil and lay it down to paper: Let your imagination loose and draw your ideas - you can doodle, zentangle, or illustrate your dreams (keeping a dream diary will aid this!). You can find other cool ideas for drawing with imagination in this wonderful book – Keys to Drawing with Imagination by Bert Dodson -I am totally in love with this book currently (and need to renew it once more). Or you could simply color in one of the many available coloring books that are the rage today.
    • How to make this a family activity? Each of you could color in the same page (print copies of the page) and see how each one turns out – not a competition but more to see the differences! Or let your imagination loose together! 
    • Below are zentangles made by me and my daughter sometime back. 

  • Step outside
    • You could take a hike together – at different times of the day maybe, a new moon night without a torch (have one just in case) and let your eyes adjust to the darkness – it will be fun (we enjoyed it when we did it a while ago!); 
    • You could play hopscotch together – have the kids teach you their versions and teach them your childhood versions of hopscotch;
    • Play some other outdoor games or go to the neighborhood park and play there (when was the last time you climbed on the play structure or went down a slide) 

  • Create new traditions – I started watching Seinfeld when I moved to the US, and Kramer was pretty soon my favorite character. His over the top goofiness seems just, well, normal and when I saw the first episode where Festivus was mentioned, I immediately thought – that is truly cool! 
    • So go ahead and create your own Festivus – new traditions that are attached to something important to your family, or even to random events (maybe do a specific thing everytime a specific event occurs, regardless of when it does -eg: great success for anyone in the family – grades/work/contests etc – have a picnic with food choices from all in the family); and name that tradition to make it more fun! 

  • You name it and we will do it - Have any one person (maybe the birthday boy or girl/or pick randomly) suggest an activity they would love to do and do it together (minus any devices if possible).  Whenever I ask my DD, we will invariably end up with a new dish (most likely, some baked goodies) after an hour or so! And with my son, we might end up reading a book together or building some new DIY thingama jigger he is building.  If left to me, we might wind up with paper and pencil, or on our feet – dancing.Dance to fun songs while singing them out loud (I wonder how stars perform on stage while singing and dancing... doing both together has definitely left me breathless halfway through itself! and I am not even performing, just doing some random moves following JustDance or exercise dance videos on YouTube)
What are some unique ways you have fun with family/friends/loved ones? Do let me know - always looking for new fun things to do...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things to know about Mr. Subramanyan Chandrasekhar
Image courtesy: Google Doodle - Oct 18-19 2017

1. He was the first astrophysicist to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1983 along with William Fowler on their theory of the evolution of stars.
2. His was the second Nobel Prize in his family - his uncle, Sir. C. V. Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930.
3. The Chandrasekhar limit is named after him (it is the maximum mass of a white dwarf star)
4. NASA named one of it's four 'Great Observatories' after him - the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The other three are the Hubble Space Telescope, the Comptom Gamma Ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
5. American astronomer Carl Sagan studied mathematics under him at the University of Chicago.
6. The Government of India awarded a scholarship so he could pursue studies at the University of Cambridge. The Chandrasekhar Limit was born during his journey from India to Cambridge!
7. He was admitted to the prestigious Born's Institute in Gottingen, Germany (where other famous physicists such as Niels Bohr, Heisenberg have studied).
8. His range of fields is wide and his love for learning and teaching led him to everything from study stellar structure to white dwarf stars. 
9. Chandrasekhar wrote a readable and condensed version of Isaac Newton's Principia to make it accessible to common readers
10. Systematization - Chandrasekhar's underlying prime motive for his work was systematization and his desire to participate in the progress of different fields of science to the best of his ability. About this, he wrote - "What a scientist tries to do essentially is to select a certain domain, a certain aspect, or a certain detail, and see if that takes its appropriate place in a general scheme which has form and coherence; and, if not, to seek further information which would help him to do that."
According to the freedictionary - Systematize means - To put into a system; arrange according to a plan or scheme: "The aim of science is surely to amass and systematize knowledge" (V. Gordon Childe)
11. He was invited to join the Manhattan Project that built the atom bomb but delays from FBI to give him security clearance  for the same stalled his inclusion.
12. Family - He was one of ten children, his family pursued learning and encouraged him to follow his dreams. His mother, for example, translated into Tamil, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House.
13. The Google doodle is honoring him on the occasion of his 107th birthday on the 19th of October 2017 with an illustration of him and the Chandrasekhar Limit  in 28 countries. - image above

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

O is for October Festivities

A few days have slipped past without me realizing it at all. Spending time with family and friends during this wonderful, warmth filled festival of lights, Diwali, makes time go by so fast :) Here is my post for day 18 of UBC  (should I play catch up on posts?, will definitely try to catch up on commenting on other posts though) and for ABC Wednesday's letter O as well as an attempt to work on the dVerse prompt (will try once more!)

October Festivities
Nature seems to celebrate
with colors of fall so bright
Dressed in autumnal glory
All around a visual delight

Homes across too celebrate
with twinkling lights, candles too
As festivities warm the hearts
We say
         - Happy Diwali to You

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Saturday went by in a blur.

Photo taken by me at the local high school Marching Band Expo last week, my son is in his school's marching band and plays the trumpet. This was part of the performance of another high school in the expo. Each performance was amazing and unique, and it was wonderful to watch our young ones be a part of something so beautiful!

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

on Friday
scare people so much?

-@Vidya Tiru (@LadyInReadVT)
A Fibonacci poem for my Day 13 post..  (on Saturday, Day 14, barely that too!)
Image Courtesy: dogonews