Yolanda Charles, Religion for Atheists, Andre Anderson & Swearing Makes You Stronger (B+A Bulletin #84)

Happy hump day folks. ‘Woah there a bit tardy’ I sense you thinking – well, technically it is still Wednesday here in PDX where Andrew and I are compiling this little bit of B+A goodness for y’allllll. We hope you’re out and about, being inspired and a source of inspiration along the way.

Welcome to issue 84 of B+A Bulletin – let’s get it, let’s get it…

B+A Brilliance

[click the pic to see the talent in action]

In a world of increasing instant gratification + shortcuts, it is oh so refreshing to read about the long winding journey of success. This week’s brilliance comes in the form of a Facebook post from Yolanda Charles who is one of the world’s wickedest bass players. She’s performed live and recorded with greats such as BB King, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger. You can’t knock (or sidestep) the hustle.

B+A Books etc.  

This week’s book recco comes live and direct from Powell’s World of Books in the form of the writer/ provocateur/ philosopher Alain de Botton’s ‘Religion for Atheists.’ Alain reckons that the secular world is not missing out on God’s omnipotent love – far from it, but is missing crucial learning about community, rituals and life by dismissing religion altogether. Churches, temples, mosques and synagogues have learned a thing or two about the human race, which have been perfected over centuries. Stay woke.

B+A Big Up 

Team B+A want to big up the man, the myth, the legend – Mr Andre Anderson. He’s reached a quarter century and in true ‘Andre style’ to celebrate his day he had an arts and crafts session & showed buckets of gratitude to those around him. We rate him tons, so should you. Happy birthday Sir!

B+A Babble

Harvard professor Steven Pinker, author of ‘The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature’  says that you can use swear words to ‘ping’ the emotional centres in the brains of those listening to you, but when swearwords are overused the words then shift from taboo to normal, which is bloody useless right!? However, it seems cussing can make you stronger when exercising, according to psychologist Richard Stephens. Hurrah.

B+A Bye…

Bye for now gang. See you next Wednesday. Our unsolicited advice of the week: take a moment to remember time is merely a manmade concept, so chill, be present and smell the roses (if you fancy).

Love, Team B+A