I’m Maria, a storyteller, Serbian-English translator, content creator, kids’ author, and a mom.
I write about everything that makes life worth living: our souls, the past, and how we communicate. The only things I don’t write about are productivity and self-improvement hacks because life doesn’t work that way.
My column in the Big Self is called The No-fluff Self. It talks about everyday life by…
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:
How much do you worry about your existence? Would you take $1,200 a month if the government gave it to you for free? What about $1,400? It’s not a loan, you don’t have to do anything, and it’s up to you what you do with the pay. There’s no catch. It’s a German study that tracks how little it takes you to be happier, healthier, and more adaptable to change. After all, everyone is afraid of it.
The only reason you want money is to feel secure. By his nature, a man wants consistency and stability. Money gives you a…
Queen Victoria ruled half the world including Australia, Canada, and India. They tried to assassinate her at least seven times. During 63 years of her reign, Britain went through industrialization and urbanization. The British Empire doubled in size. Also, the wise Queen managed to keep the peace as her children married into royal families across Europe.
But at the time she was born, no one thought Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent would become a queen. There were three uncles and five cousins in line for the throne before her. Also, her mother imposed many restraints on her.
Victoria was the…
In the 1930s she was among the top actresses in Hollywood. She filmed blockbusters that earned millions.
But no role was as interesting as her life. This femme fatale got married six times. The press followed her around for juicy gossip. And no one managed to see through the facade of “the most beautiful woman in the world”.
We didn’t even know how big her invention was until 50 years after the patent. Hedy Lamarr was a woman too beautiful and too self-sufficient for the beginning of the 20th century.
She was born in November 1914 in Vienna, Austria as…
Maybe Francis Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t such an original writer after all. And according to biographers, his “crazy” wife Zelda seems to be his victim, not the other way round.
We see Fitzgerald as one of the greatest American authors ever. His muse Zelda led a socialite life until she ended up in a psychiatric ward. Zelda’s condition and medical bills ruined Scott financially and mentally. By the mid-1930s, he was already a heavy drinker who didn’t write anything original anymore. At only 44, he died.
At least that’s what they have taught us. But history always has more pieces to…
Rehydration makes you more hopeful and optimistic, they say. But drinking 100 ounces of water a day somehow didn’t get me through the bombing easily. I’d start at the sound of an explosion and was apprehensive despite my water intake. Later on, psychological tricks and morning mantras didn't make my mobbing less awful. My nerves were on edge all the time.
Content about happiness often comes from those who have little life experience. But they know how to write about a scientific experiment on 300 people in 1,300 words. Or from those whose life is easier than yours. These articles…
We create an enigma out of happiness. We think it needs to be stunning and shiny like JLo’s sparkly concert outfits. That we need special tools to reach it from far away. But happiness is a habit, a set of thoughts. Life is not an easy ride and we need this ability to spot beauty along the way.
Children have it.
At five, you are happier than ever. But you want to grow up because you can’t enjoy that magical life the way you want. …
Our past is full of people who never got into textbooks. Of the anonymous killed in battles, but we remember the generals who led them. Of millions who died of infections while their kings ate cookies in court. And of artists who perished unknown because they didn’t play their cards right.
All of them make fragments of the past like pieces of a cubist painting. One of those people was Dora Maar.
She was a talented photographer, painter, and poetess. But most of us have never heard of her art thanks to Picasso. …
During the Holocaust, Schindler saved 1,200 souls. Diana Budisavljević rescued 10 times as many. Still, this remarkable heroine died unappreciated.
As the wife of a highly respected Clinical Professor of Medicine, she could have minded her own business during the war. Instead of looking the other way to Nazi crimes, our rich girl took the biggest humanitarian action in World War II.
This Austrian didn’t intend to do such a big deed. But she felt she had to.
She was born in 1891 in Innsbruck, Austria as Diana Obexer. …