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Believe: It is Half the Magic or More

To believe that something will happen, or in someone, is half the magic. On the flip side (at least for those who lie), to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, “the liar’s punishment is not that no one believes him, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

I believe in the power of words for sure, be it written or said. When they are the right words, they can inspire, empower, and make things happen, make it magical. And when not, well, then .. so better stick to the right words always (or if we are being human, then as often as we can, right?)

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Believe it or Not: The Bb-Buzzwords Edition

Buzzwords are terms and phrases that are trendy or fashionable used to impress or persuade others. They can be valuable or be without much substance or meaning. 🙃

Here are some bbbuzzwords for you (some, unbelievably so!)

  • Babymoon: A pre-baby vacation for expecting parents, serving as their final escape before diving into diaper duty! 🌴
  • Bandwidth: Used differently from its original meaning in the corporate world. It is often used to ask if someone has the “bandwidth” or time to work on a project (or even to talk). 🕰️ (though this one also makes it in a list of annoying, overused buzzwords!)
  • Bare minimum Mondays: A trending practice encouraging minimal work on Mondays to alleviate weekend anxiety and Monday morning overwhelm. 😴
  • Biohacking: Enhancing human performance through biology, like with wearable tech. 💪
  • Blockchain: The technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but it’s also revolutionizing various industries beyond finance. 🌐
  • Boujee: Slang term meaning rich and luxurious. As in, “I’m feeling boujee enough today to treat myself to that fancy coffee!” Comes from the word “bourgeois,” which makes sense! 💰
  • Blenders: Refers to the habit of ordering a mix of alcoholic 🍸 and non-alcoholic 🥤 drinks during happy hour.
  • Bleeding Edge: The very forefront of technological development. While it has been there since the 1980s, it seems to be trending now. 🚀
  • Bioinformatics: The merging of biology and computer science to analyze biological data. 🧬💻
  • Botnet: A network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners’ knowledge, e.g., to send spam messages. 🖥️
  • Boreout: A state of disengagement and purposelessness in tasks, stemming sometimes from repetitive tasks or meaningless ones, leading to outcomes similar to burnout. 😔
  • Bussin’:Slang for exceptionally delicious or enjoyable, like, “this pizza is bussin’!” 🍕

Sources: Various including Inc, Promo, Restobiz, Shorelight, TechTarget,

‘B’ Books: Believing in the Magic!


Like yesterday, I am picking poetry books once again – both of these were Cybils award Poetry finalists in the years they were published. Books are magic, and it is so easy for me to believe in their magic, always! And when books are as beautifully written as these, then even more reasons to believe in the magic.


Bookspeak: Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Josée Bisaillon (Poetry | 4 – 7 years, and up)

Description: A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain.

My Brief Bulletin: Blissfully bright book about books!


Bull: A Novel by David Elliott (Teen & Young Adult Novels in Verse)

Description: David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur into a darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse.

My Brief Bulletin: Beautifully boisterously brilliant!!

Believe: Buckets of It

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, the theme is April showers. I thought of ‘it is raining buckets’ and so here is a bucketful of books

  1. There’s a Hole in the Bucket adapted by John M. Feierabend and illustrated by Marissa Madonna (Picture books | 5 – 7 years, and up). We performed this song for a show at school when I was 9 or 10 maybe and I have not forgotten it to this day! This book is so sweet in its artwork and of course, I love the song.
  2. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud  and David Messing (picture books | 3 – 6 years, and up). Have you read these books? They are inspiring, sweet, and so very heartwarming.
  3. How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer with illustrations by Maurie J. Manning (3 – 7 years, and up). Fill yourself up with everything good as you read this book.
  4. ABC Fill a Bucket With Me by Danielle Evaland (2 – 7 years, and up). Kindness is what this one is about.
  5. The Bucket List Journal: Write Your Own Adventure by Kath Stathers (Guided journals). As the title says, a journal to help you write your own adventures with ideas, tips, and more. There are many more such journals there (for families, couples, friends, etcs)
  6. The Bucket List by Rachel Hanna (Women’s Fiction). A heartwarming read full of soul and wit.
  7. Someone Else’s Bucket List by Amy T. Matthews (Women’s Fiction). Tissues out for this one.
  8. Life in a Bucket of Soil by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia Silverstein (Dover Children’s Science Books | 8 – 14 years, and up). A cool, fascinating read about all the life that you can find in soil! Go out and explore your backyard.
  9. 1000+ of the Best Bucket List Ideas by Summer Parks (Travel Guides). So much inspiration within this book and not just travel related ones.
  10. The Book Lover’s Bucket List by Caroline Taggart (Literary Travel Guide). If you ever wanted to take a literary tour of places, then this one is for you.

Believe in the Randomly Magical!


Our name is one of the important aspects of our branding, right?

Since I added a name for the letter A, here is another beautiful Indian name, this time from ‘B’, with its meaning.

The name: Bhagya which means good fortune. Also refers to destiny or fate. Do you believe in good luck?

Bollywood Beats

Do you believe in coincidences? Like I mentioned yesterday, as I was thinking about the A to Z challenge on my way to pick up my daughter, I heard two songs back to back on the local Indian radio station, one starting with the letter ‘A’ and the other, with, yes, the letter ‘B’!


The day 2 prompt at NaPoWriMo is to write a platonic love poem. In other words, a poem not about a romantic partner, but some other kind of love – your love for your sister, or a friend, or even your love for a really good Chicago deep dish pizza. The poem should be written directly to the object of your affections (like a letter is written to “you”), and should describe at least three memories of you engaging with that person/thing.

I picked this hummingbird I always see perched upon a tree in my backyard, and I have realized over time that it guards the hummingbird feeder we have outside my kitchen window! This poem is based on real events (more about the events linked in the words of the poem).

Dear Hummingbird
Each day, you perch upon your fav tree,
And you brighten my day effortlessly!
A flash of emerald, so vibrant and small.
You stand sentinel, silent through it all.

There are days I don’t see you there
And as I wonder about where you fare
Somehow, in the next moment, you appear
Could it be we have some telepathy, my dear?

(I recall the day of the grand battle
Believe me, this is not idle prattle.)

I watched you, hummingbird, with wings a blur,
And that bee, buzzing, a persistent whir.
But in the end, it was you who won,
Guardian of nectar ‘neath the sun.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, which of these books featured /listed appeals to you? And do let me know your favorite ‘B’ books – poetry or otherwise.

I am linking up to A-ZBlogchatterUBCNaPoWriMo.

And you can find all my A-Z posts (this year and previous years’ as well) here:

A to Z Challenge Posts


17 thoughts on “Believe: It is Half the Magic or More

  1. I love this “Bhagya which means good fortune. Also refers to destiny or fate.” Also, I did not know a lot of your B words… I had heard “Bandwidth” only recently. I actually like that and did not know that it is overused, since I only just heard of that use of the word a few months ago!! Thank you for so much work that you have put into your blog post!! Diana

  2. “Believe then Become” – I love that! And I agree that believing is half the magic or more. I’m going back to your bucket list of bucket list books – I see some I might have to get.

  3. Ooh, I never would have thought of this topic for TTT. aM obsessed w/ the idea of bucket lists — my own, ideas for them, novels about it — so taking allll the recs here.

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