I’m Maria, a storyteller, Serbian-English translator, content creator, kids’ author, and mom.
I write about everything that makes life worth living: our souls, the past, and how we communicate. My column No-fluff Self talks about everyday life without productivity hacks and quick happiness tips because life doesn’t work that way.
If it weren’t for Tesla Motors, the world still wouldn’t know about the man who gave us electricity (AC).
He also predicted inventions a whole century into the future. According to BigThink,
“Tesla is (…) responsible for a variety of ahead-of-their-time inventions that have stoked the public’s fancy. We are talking about wireless technology, including wireless transmission of electricity, early cellphones, self-driving, and flying vehicles, as well as thought machines and death rays.”
Nikola Tesla is the author of more than 700 patents and innovations. Here are some of them:
The sexy red-haired woman from the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) really existed. Some think the inspiration for Jessica was actress Veronica Lake but that isn’t true. The seductive cartoon character was created after Vikki Dougan, a 1950s actress from New York.
Vikki was a stunner: 5' 7", beautiful eyes and cheekbones, long legs, rounded bum, and breasts you’d like to say Hello to. She was well aware of her physical appearance. Why not use it to get into the movie industry? Funnily enough, she didn’t become a new Marilyn Monroe.
76 years after World War II ended, Germany is prosecuting 100-year-olds for Nazi crimes. With the rise of the new far-right, the officials are determined to finish with their dreadful past for good.
This year a 94-year-old woman faced a charge of accessory to murder and complicity in attempted murders in the 1940s. Thing is, she was a secretary at the Stutthof concentration camp as a teenager. Also, they have accused a 100-year-old former guard of assisting in the murder of 3,518 in Sachsenhausen.
According to a new German model of personal responsibility, both of them supported the Nazi killing…
Ok, I’m officially too old to ever be fit again. I’m only 42 but I’ll never get rid of medications. I’m too inert and don’t eat like normal people. And I’ll never put myself first.
I didn’t do anything physical for five years. And COVID-19 made me sluggish and regular with McDonald’s. My hair was falling off in handfuls and I still didn’t have time to exercise or plan meals ahead.
But when my period started going wild like a blister in the sun, I remembered all those exotic women’s diseases and panicked. …
Long before he came to a monastery in Thailand, Nick Keomahavong was a young guy from West Coast who was into psychology and dancing. He had a busy social life but also suffered from a constant sense of heaviness. While he watched his friends become the heart of the party, he felt like a frustrated little wallflower.
And so he found a CBT therapist — a kind woman with an eclectic approach. As she built a rapport with him, the therapist gave Nick tools on what to do in large crowded places: Don’t try to be the center of the…
Socrates and Plato pretty much defined Western civilization two and a half millennia ago. But how much do we know about them without Google?
Socrates is the father of Western philosophy. He questioned everything and everyone including himself.
His famous quote: “I know that I know nothing” (Latin — “Scio me nihil scire”) denotes that the more you know, the more you realize how much you still don’t know. This is something only wise people are aware of. The arrogant think they know everything.
Socrates believed people’s primary motivation is happiness and the ultimate wisdom comes from knowing yourself well…
The disaster always looks real. While I was translating content for an eye clinic website, I found myself in every other illness. My eyes were often dry. I couldn’t see subtitles in a movie anymore. A cataract? Macular degeneration? I had something in the white of the eye that didn’t look like a capillary. An eye cancer? My father had it.
I hadn’t been to the optometrist for five years, so I booked a medical check immediately. Turns out I’m fine, she just changed my diopter.
As you can see, I tend to catastrophize.
Catastrophizing is a thinking habit when…
Nick Keomahavong was just another guy from San Diego when he decided to do something big with his life. He was already a practicing psychotherapist, a YouTuber, and a hip-hop dancer but it wasn’t enough for him.
He wanted to boost his healing process and help others even more. And so after eight years of practice, he moved to Thailand and became a Buddhist monk.
But he didn’t lose touch with the Western world. Nick is active on YouTube and writes books. He talks without any fluff about mental health from the aspect of Buddhism. …
Few people were born for asceticism. Some folks decide to abstain from marriage and sex when they are just teenagers. But you can’t reach such decisions for life when you’re barely 13. Other people can’t decide it for you either.
Often you don’t know yourself so much that your own wishes and urges surprise you later in life. It happens to us all. But when it happens to someone devoted to God, they’re in big trouble.
Sister Virginia Maria was a 17th-century Italian nun who’d be controversial even today. She broke her vow of chastity and gave birth to two…