The Mindful Artistry of Origami: Unveiling the Power of Folding Paper
Discover the Japanese Tradition that Transforms Paper into Expression, Education, and Serenity
Good Morning! ☀️,
Welcome to the eighth edition of our newsletter. In this issue, we are thrilled to unfold the captivating world of origami – the art of paper folding that goes beyond mere craftsmanship. Origami is a form of expression, a tool for education, and a practice for mindfulness. From its cultural origins to its practical applications, we'll explore the beauty and transformative potential of this ancient Japanese tradition.
But first, let's begin with our
In which American state was the first McDonald’s opened?
You'll find the answer at the end. But no peeking!
In this issue, we're focusing on the phrase:
"Hit the nail on the head."
Meaning: To be exactly right about something or to describe something accurately.
Origin: The phrase hit the nail on the head is believed to have originated from the simple act of carpentry. When hammering a nail, hitting the nail on the head drives it straight into the wood and gets the job done. Missing the head might bend the nail or leave the job unfinished. The phrase was first recorded in writing in the 14th century in The Book of Margery Kempe.
The Art of Origami: Unfolding Creativity and Mindfulness
Origami, the traditional Japanese art of folding paper, goes beyond being a craft. It's a form of expression, a tool for education, and a practice for mindfulness. But what is the story behind origami, and why is it so captivating?
The term "origami" comes from the Japanese words "ori," meaning "folding," and "kami," meaning "paper." While paper folding as a practice exists in various cultures, it is most closely associated with Japan, where it has been a part of the cultural fabric for centuries.
Origami is based on the idea of transforming a flat sheet of paper into a sculpture through folding techniques, without the use of cuts or glue. This transformation is not just physical but also symbolic, as many origami figures have cultural or spiritual significance. For example, the crane represents peace and longevity in Japanese culture.
But origami is not just about creating beautiful objects. It's also a way to engage with the world and learn from it. In education, origami is used to teach mathematical concepts like geometry and fractions. In science, it has inspired innovations in fields as diverse as space exploration, where origami-inspired designs are used to fold spacecraft, and medicine, where it has informed the design of stents and drug delivery systems.
Origami is also a form of mindfulness practice. The process of folding paper, with its focus on precision and sequence, can be meditative and calming. It encourages patience, concentration, and presence in the moment.
For a deeper dive into the world of origami, check out this TED Talk by origami artist and physicist Robert Lang. In his talk, Lang explores the intersection of origami, art, and science, showcasing the transformative potential of this ancient art form.
The art of origami is a testament to the power of simplicity. It's a reminder that from a simple sheet of paper, we can create beauty, discover knowledge, and find peace. As we fold each piece of paper, we unfold our potential for creativity and understanding.
Question of the Day
Have you ever tried origami, and if so, what was your experience like? If not, is there any particular art or craft that you find creatively fulfilling?
Quote of the Day
"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein
Einstein's quote reminds us that imagination thrives when we playfully explore ideas. It emphasizes that creativity is not limited to a select few but is accessible to everyone. By embracing curiosity and joy in our pursuits, we unlock our creative potential and uncover innovative solutions. Ultimately, creativity is a celebration of intelligence and a delightful adventure of the mind.
Puzzle Pursuit 🔍🧩
Welcome to Puzzle Pursuit! Dive into our crossword puzzle and challenge your mind. As always you can find the answers at the end of the newsletter.
Down: A sweet treat often used in candies and desserts
Across: The opposite of wrong
Across: The Japanese art of paper folding
Across: A creative skill or its application
Down: To begin or set going
Down: A popular social networking site
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Trivia Time 🎲
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter. But no peeking!
As we wrap up this issue, we present to you Bulletin Bytes, your concise roundup of the latest news headlines from around the globe.
Federal Reserve launches FedNow instant payment service that could bypass Venmo and PayPal - NBC
The U.S. Federal Reserve launched FedNow, a new service modernizing the country's payment system. It enables instant 24/7 fund transfers, eliminating typical cash transfer delays. With 41 banks and 15 service providers on board, FedNow differs from peer-to-peer services as it settles directly in central bank accounts. It's expected to benefit consumers and small businesses the most, despite concerns about possible fast outflows from financial institutions leading to a bank run, which the Federal Reserve has downplayed.
World's Passport Power for 2023 Revealed - Henley & Partners
Singapore's passport takes the crown as the world's most powerful in 2023, granting its citizens visa-free access to 193 out of 227 global destinations. Europe is making a comeback with Germany, Italy, and Spain securing the second spot. Japan, the long-standing leader, has been dethroned to third place. The UK is bouncing back to the fourth rank, while the US slips further to the eighth position. On the other end of the spectrum, Afghanistan holds the least powerful passport, offering visa-free access to only 27 destinations, followed by Iraq (29) and Syria (30).
Apple suggests iMessage and FaceTime could be withdrawn in UK over law change - The Guardian
Apple warns that proposed changes to UK surveillance laws may force it to remove security features, potentially leading to the closure of services like FaceTime and iMessage in the country. The company is concerned about the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which could grant the Home Office access to encrypted content and oversight of security changes, including iOS updates. The company affirms it won't create backdoors for governments and would rather withdraw security features from the UK market.
Taco Bell wins ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark dispute with rival Taco John’s - New York Post
Taco Bell has won a trademark dispute over the phrase "Taco Tuesday" against rival fast-food chain Taco John's. Taco Bell had asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in May to cancel the trademark, arguing that it was a common phrase that Taco John's had unfairly monopolized in the restaurant industry. Taco John's has now told the USPTO that it will abandon its federal "Taco Tuesday" trademark. Taco John's CEO, Jim Creel, stated that the company would instead donate $100 for each of its nearly 400 locations to a nonprofit for restaurant workers in crisis, and challenged Taco Bell to do the same.
$800,000 awarded to family of girl burned by McDonald's chicken nugget, Florida jury rules - USA Today
A Florida jury awards $800,000 in damages to a family whose 4-year-old daughter suffered severe burns from hot chicken nuggets served at a local McDonald's franchise. The lawsuit claimed the nuggets were unreasonably hot, causing second-degree burns on the child's thighs. McDonald's argued they follow food safety rules but cannot control what happens after the food leaves the drive-thru. The family initially sought $15 million in damages.
Lionel Messi’s brilliant free kick gives Inter Miami win in soccer legend’s debut with MLS club - CNN
Lionel Messi made a memorable debut for Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, scoring the game-winning goal in a match against Mexican team Cruz Azul. The match, part of the expanded Leagues Cup tournament, was held at a sold-out DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Among the spectators were celebrities like David Beckham, LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Kim Kardashian.
An unopened, first-generation iPhone from 2007 just sold for a record-breaking $190,000 at auction - Business Insider
The 4GB device, which was expected to fetch between $50,000 and $100,000, belonged to a member of the original engineering team at Apple. The sale surpassed the previous record set in February when an unopened first-generation 8GB iPhone sold at auction for $63,356.40. The 4GB model is considered rarer as it was discontinued soon after the iPhone's launch in favor of the more popular 8GB model.
NFL owners approve $6.05B sale of Commanders to Harris group - Espn
The NFL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Washington Commanders to a group led by Josh Harris for a record $6.05 billion. The Harris group includes Magic Johnson and Mitchell Rales, taking over from the Snyder family, who owned the team since 1999. The sale follows investigations into former owner Dan Snyder, with recent fines and scrutiny over workplace misconduct. Harris, also the owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and NHL's New Jersey Devils, aims to win championships and positively impact the community.
That concludes this edition of Bulletin Bytes. Stay informed and stay safe!
And finally, the moment you've been waiting for. The answers to our Quiz Quest, Puzzle Pursuit, and Trivia Time.
Quiz Quest Answer: California
Puzzle Pursuit Answer:
Trivia Time: 2004
Did you guess it right? We hope you enjoyed these little brain teasers.
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