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About Holly Jahangiri

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; and A New Leaf for Lyle. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young at heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.

Dear Followers…

This blog has been inactive since Quora unhooked WordPress blogs and no longer posts answers to it automatically.

Please come visit my main blog at ( if the redirect doesn’t take you straight there).

I’d be honored if you would follow or subscribe to that one, since I don’t really have the energy to do multiple blogs justice, at the moment!

Thanks in advance.

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Posted by on July 27, 2018 in just stuff


My comment on an answer to Does this sound like a good introduction? Dirk Cadelmour’s dagger was positively dripping with the blood of th…

I had way too much fun (re)writing this:
My comment on an answer to Does this sound like a good introduction? Dirk Cadelmour’s dagger was positively dripping with the blood of th…

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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in just stuff


Why do women eventually “become their mothers”? What does that even mean

Answer by Holly Jahangiri:

Our mothers are our first, strongest female role models. I imagine women raised by their grandmothers would "become their grandmothers" or women raised by she-wolves might "become she-wolves." It means that despite the very normal phase of teenage rebellion and nascent independence, wherein we distance ourselves quite purposely from such role models, we're unlikely to escape them – and may even come (more often than not) to appreciate their better qualities, and stop trying to fight their influence, eventually "becoming" them. That this sometimes includes their flaws and foibles is also unavoidable without concerted effort; those early, formative years leave lasting impressions on our developing brains and habits.

Why do women eventually "become their mothers"? What does that even mean

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in just stuff


Is love “instinct” or “rational”?

Answer by Holly Jahangiri:

It is both, and it's best when instinct and passion are tempered by rational thought. It sounds as though you have complementary interests; you want to be a successful entrepreneur, he wants to save the world. You will likely be the breadwinner, should anything come of this… 🙂 But seriously, the main thing is to appreciate and respect and support those different dreams and aspirations, so that you enable each other to succeed, rather than either of you "sacrificing" important parts of who you are in the name of love. Real love doesn't demand that.

Real love isn't self-centered, but neither is it self-negating. It wants what's best for the other person, but recognizes that both people need to live fulfilled lives – we are only certain of the one we're living right here and now. If you both feel that way, it could work out beautifully.

Is love "instinct" or "rational"?

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in just stuff


At what time in history did man become aware of the existence of the dinosaurs and the extent to which they populated the planet?

This is a really entertaining site, if you're into dinosaurs!

Answer by Quora Moderation:

I found a site that you should really enjoy exploring: History of Dinosaur Hunting. The first discovery appears to have been in 1676, but the person who illustrated it did not know what it was or understand its significance. William Buckland made the first scientific description of Megalosaurus:… The name "Dinosaur" came about in 1841, with the recognition that these "terrible lizards" were in a class by themselves.…

At what time in history did man become aware of the existence of the dinosaurs and the extent to which they populated the planet?

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in just stuff


Picking Nits

quora-content-reviewIf you’re going to edit my work, please do it well. This morning, on Quora, I asked: “Why, when I share an answer I’ve written here, to my own blog, does Quora post with attribution to “A Quora admin”? I don’t believe I’ve been made an admin, here.”

That was before coffee. As I sat there, pondering, sipping my coffee, I thought of many ways I could have written that question.

I noticed that the hard-working Quora Content Review helpfully provided their idea of the perfect rewrite, editing mine to state: “Why when I share an answer I’ve written here to my own blog does Quora post with an attribution to “A Quora admin”?”

I bristled over their editing out perfectly good commas, but leaving the one a talented editor should have omitted – which is the one between “admin” and “here.” They really need to brush up on their independent vs. dependent clauses.

Apparently, several other people want answers to the same question, so I’m glad I asked. The excessive commas may be blamed on the fact that I was trying to rephrase a grammatically correct, but (arguably) overly combative, and much more straightforward, question: Why is “A Quora admin” trying to steal credit for my answers?”

I like a good grammar/copyright flamewar as much as any writer who has ever stood up for the lowly, under-rated passive voice, but I really did think it was just a technical glitch and wanted to know if there was a fix for it.

[UPDATE: I am happy to report that the fearless programmers – the deadly, silent, behind-the-scenes bug-killers of Quora – appear to have fixed the attribution error! Thank you, whoever you are.]

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in quora


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How can one have an opinion and separate it from their ego? Are all opinions connected with our ego?

Answer by A Quora admin: (Ed. note: I have no idea why Quora gives “A Quora admin” attribution for my answers there, when I share one to this blog – but I’ve asked my very first question there to find out! I’ll let you know.)

In psychoanalysis, the term “ego” refers to “he part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.” This is different from the unmediated, childish, self-centered notion many people have in mind when they talk about someone (else’s) “ego.” In philosophy, it refers to a “a conscious thinking subject.”

By those definitions of the word, no – one absolutely cannot have an opinion separate from their ego. An “opinion” is defined as “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.” Thus, an opinion is uniquely your own (even if similar opinions are held by many others), and is inextricably tied to your ego.

How can one have an opinion and separate it from their ego? Are all opinions connected with our ego?

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in just stuff


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