A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – Z

For Letter Z, my choice is ZZZZZ

Yes, you’ve guessed it right my sleep.

So this might be cheating because sleep and sleeping starts with S but I feel to end this challenge, stressing on getting good quality and quantity of ZZZZZZZ is very important.

The day I get my 7 hours of beauty sleep, I feel so wonderful and energetic. My mood is elevated and I feel I can tackle any obstacle with panache!

Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. A good night’s sleep helps us not only be active during the day but also is vital for maintaining good health and weight.

Lack of restful sleep results in lower immunity and we are prone to fall sick. It also effects our ability to handle stress of life.

A few helpful tips for a good night’s sleep;

• Avoid caffeine in the late evening and night time.

• Hydrate yourself well during the day.

• A light stroll or walk after dinner helps in going to sleep.

• Avoid screen time before bedtime, as it’s glare/ light can wake up or agitate the brain.

• Lie in bed only when sleeping, it helps condition the mind to recognize it as sleep time.

• If sleep is hard to come by, half a glass of warm milk or a banana can do the trick.

Hope these tips can help those struggling with sleep.

Sweet dream.

Thank you everyone for reading and commenting on my A to Z challenge. I enjoyed myself this year.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – Y

For Letter Y, my choice is Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

It’s considered to be the first national park in the world, located in the US states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

The park is known for its many geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular attractions.

The first time I visited the USA, I stayed with my younger brother and his family in Idaho.

As a treat for me, they planned a three-day trip to Yellowstone Park. It was a wonderful experience. I took lots of pictures, trekked the trails, and enjoyed the sights. We stayed two nights in the motels which dot the different locations in the park. I still have my stuffed Bison and black bear which I bought from the souvenir shop.

These images are from Wikipedia as all my photos are in old fashioned paper form.

It was a marvelous trip. Highly recommend visiting there if you’re nearby.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – X

For Letter X, my choice is X-Ray

Most of us have had an X-ray done for something or the other.

On November 8, 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible.

Röntgen’s discovery was labeled a medical miracle and X-rays soon became an important diagnostic tool in medicine, allowing doctors to see inside the human body for the first time without surgery. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield, during the Balkan War, to find bullets and broken bones inside patients. Though X-rays are very helpful in many diagnostic procedures, they carry the risk of skin damage, burns, and cancer.

Science has progressed a lot since those early days, and many new procedures are now in practice for diagnosis, but a simple X-ray is still the most simple and useful tool in diagnosing bone fractures, deformities, and other abnormalities. As a med student, I realize how vital this tool is even now.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – W

For Letter W, my choice is Noah Webster

Facts about Noah Webster

Noah Webster died at 84 years old
Born: October 16, 1758
Died: May 28, 1843
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Best known as: The man behind 1828’s An American Dictionary of the English Language
     

Noah Webster Biography

Lexicographer, Writer 

Noah Webster was a Connecticut writer and educator whose greatest achievement was An American Dictionary of the English Language, first published in 1828. Webster graduated from Yale in 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. He was staunchly anti-British and considered the new American nation to be morally superior to Europe. Webster taught school and practiced law, but his real talent lay in writing, and he spent his career advocating for a distinct American identity by way of language. He published several textbooks, including 1783’s A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, a spelling book popularly known as the Blue-Back Speller and used in schools throughout the United States for the next century. Webster was an outspoken Federalist, and during the 1790s published hundreds of essays, books, and articles on politics and education. His dictionary, like his spelling book, altered several spellings from the British, Americanizing words like “colour” to “color” and “defence” to “defense.” The second volume of Webster’s dictionary was published in two volumes in 1840.

Lexicon, or dictionary holds a special fascination for me. I liked, as a child to look up words and their different meaning in an actual dictionary. We used to have Webster’s dictionary at home which I needed often, as I am pretty bad at spellings. Webster simplified the spellings of many words which used to confuse me by their British spellings.

An inspiring writer and a pioneer who took the first step in making language and grammar easy for children.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – V

For Letter V, my choice is Jules Verne

Jules Verne Biography

Writer 

Jules Verne was a French novelist whose many popular novels include the classics A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). While studying law, Verne wrote plays and librettos, but soon turned to writing novels full-time. He wrote dozens of books in his career and became the world-famous and wealthy author of adventures that are still in print today, including In Search of the Castaways (1868), The Mysterious Island (1874), and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870). Many of Verne’s works became familiar to movie audiences, thanks to movie versions produced by Walt Disney‘s studios. Much like novelist H. G. Wells, Verne is considered a founding father of science fiction, thanks to his remarkably prophetic details of scientific inventions.

Verne’s influence extends beyond literature and film into the world of science and technology, where he inspired generations of scientists, inventors, and explorers. In 1954 the United States Navy launched the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, named for Verne’s Nautilus. And for more than 130 years, adventurers such as Nellie Bly (1890), Wiley Post (1933), and Steve Fossett (2005) have followed in the footsteps of Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg by attempting to circumnavigate the globe in record-breaking times. Verne and his enduringly popular Voyages extraordinaires continue to remind us that “What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve.”

It was with deep fascination that I read Verne’s Twenty thousand leagues under the sea when I was around ten. It sparked a curiosity for science and science fiction in the young me. I have read almost all of his books and admire him as a true pioneer who not only imagined the unimaginable in his times but also laid the groundwork for things that became reality a century later.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – U

For Letter U, my choice is The uniqueness of each and every human being.

Genetically we all are the same. 23 pairs of 46 chromosomes in each cell. Our appearance has the same basic features, two eyes, one nose, and two lips on our faces. We all have the same red blood running through our bodies and we all require food to sustain ourselves.

What is then, the difference between you and me?

We all are endowed with a unique brain, that sets us apart from the rest of the crowd. Our personalities develop differently even when living in the same home.

Our thoughts set us apart from each other. Our unique gifts and our aptitudes and skills. Our likes and dislikes determine who we select as our friends. And our choices determine our way of life.

Let’s celebrate the uniqueness of the human spirit and rejoice in our diversity

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – T

For Letter T, my choice is Tigger


Tigger’s personality in the cartoons is much like his personality in the book. He is always filled with great energy and optimism, and though always well-meaning, he can also be mischievous, and his actions have sometimes led to chaos and trouble for himself and his friends.

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Okay, so I must admit that Tigger is a fictional character and not a great role model in the ordinary sense. But I’ve loved this whacky and bouncy character since I become familiar with Winnie the Pooh and his gang.

I see many of my character traits in Tigger. He is always cheerful, optimistic, and chaotic. Just like me.

Here a clip of how Tigger introduced himself to Winnie the Pooh.

https://youtu.be/RbKxfdn3GWE

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – S

For Letter S, my choice is Carl Sagan

Facts about Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan died at 62 years old
Born: November 9, 1934
Died: December 20, 1996
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Best known as  The astronomer who did the TV series Cosmos
     

Carl Sagan Biography

Astronomer TV Personality 

Astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan was best known for his 1980 documentary TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The highly successful program, on public television, spawned a bestselling companion book that helped make Sagan one of the most famous faces in American science. He did his studies at the University of Chicago in the 1950s, earning his doctorate there in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 1960. He lectured at Harvard in the late 1960s, and after 1968 Sagan had a career-long relationship with New York’s Cornell University as a lecturer and researcher. An advisor to NASA since the early 1970s, Sagan had a role in robotic space programs such as Pioneer and Voyager — he was instrumental in designing interplanetary messages to whatever-might-be-out-there. His most visible role, however, was as a celebrity scientist who championed space exploration and studies into the origin of life. The recipient of numerous international awards, Sagan was a co-editor of Icarus, a journal of astronomy and planetary research, a co-founder of The Planetary Society, and a best-selling author of several books on science. He also wrote the 1985 science fiction novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 Jodie Foster movie. Sagan died in 1996 after a bout with pneumonia, brought on by his battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder.

I remember watching Cosmos and being fascinated with it. Sagan had that charismatic personality that pulled people towards him. He made science, astrophysics, and the topic of exploration of space popular. Sagan has inspired countless people to venture into the field of science and astrophysics

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – R

For Letter R, my choice is Nora Roberts

Facts about Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is 70 years old
Born: October 10, 1950
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
     

Nora Roberts Biography

Writer 
Name at birth: Eleanor Marie Robertson

Nora Roberts is a prolific American writer of romance and crime novels whose books have topped the bestseller lists since the mid-1990s.

As a child, Roberts was an avid reader and frequently formulated her own stories. After graduating from high school, she married and later had two sons. Confined to her home with her young children during a blizzard in 1979, she penned her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred (1981). Following that debut, Roberts enjoyed phenomenal success with dozens of enthralling romance novels. Atypical of the genre, her works did not focus on glamour and money but instead featured characters that were relatable to readers. In 1995 she began writing romance-crime novels, which were released under the pseudonym J.D. Robb; her first book in the genre was Naked in Death.

Roberts followed a very disciplined schedule of writing up to eight hours, five days per week. She sometimes finished a dozen publications annually, and in 2012 she released her 200th book, The Witness. Roberts’s novels were translated into more than 25 languages and consistently topped the best-seller lists. By the early 21st century, more than 400 million copies of her books were in print. Many, such as Sanctuary (1997), The Reef (1998), and Midnight Bayou (2001), were adapted as made-for-television movies.

Roberts was the first inductee (1986) into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame and, for her 100th novel, Montana Sky (1996), the first recipient of its Centennial Award. Roberts also received lifetime achievement awards from the Romance Writers of America

( Sources; Who2.com & Britannica.com)

My first introduction to Roberts was almost a decade ago when I stumbled upon one of her books in a used book store. It was part of a trilogy, and of course, I had to buy the other two books of the series. From then on I was hooked on her writing. She writes romances, but with a touch of mystery, murder, and magic. People usually look down on romance in literature but I think romance novels are a great way to pass time and also be entertained. I have read countless books from Nora Roberts. Her story is also very inspiring and shows us that what can be done if one has the talent and will to make it in the world.

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A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – Q

For Letter Q, my choice is Quotes

Inspirational words spoken or written by people with great wisdom and experience have always been a source of inspiration for me.

Some golden quotes to live by are;

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernhard Shaw

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.”

Mother Theresa

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”

Corazon Aquino

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Albert Einstein

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

Helen Keller

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