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The Wrist Watch: A Timeless Timepiece
Other than humans, all animals exist in the now, with no feeling of past, present, or future. Our awareness of time is, therefore, one of the essential traits that distinguish humans from lesser creatures. The...
Understanding Aromatherapy: Why Smells Moderate Mood, and More
Many people may see aromatherapy as a mystical practice with little scientific basis. In fact, the use of aromatic plants dates back to antiquity, and is frequently mentioned in spiritual texts. People have been researching...
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Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of China’s First Emperor
Did you know that in 537 B.C., Duke Jing, the ruler of ancient China’s Qin state, upon his death was buried with virtually his entire imperial court? Yes, burial of 186 real-life humans under the...
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The Charm of Chinese Chopsticks
The Chinese-invented chopsticks have become one of the world's most popular and essential eating tools. Statistics estimate over 1.5 billion individuals worldwide use chopsticks daily. They are the most commonly used utensils in four Asian...
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Ye Xian – Ancient China’s Cinderella Story
Ye Xian, 葉限, is the story of a young Chinese girl living sometime between China’s Qin and Han Dynasties (221-206 BC and 206 -220 AD, respectively.) It is the earliest recorded Cinderella story and contains...
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How to Let Go of Unhealthy Attachments
It's no secret that nature, which includes our minds and bodies, follows well-defined patterns. All we have to do is go with the natural flow that already exists inside us. In order to let go...
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Unearthing the Mystery of the Arthurian Giant of Glastonbury Abbey
England has always been a host of numerous medieval legends, especially the tale of King Arthur, whose legend has continued to inspire heroism and hope to this day. The story has become so widely accepted...
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Pre-Raphaelites – Rebel Artists Clinging to Tradition as the Mainstream Approached Modernism
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was an art movement that appeared in 1848, after the industrial revolution. It was the same year that Marx’s Communist Manifesto was published in London, and revolutions...
Fall Foraging- Wild Edibles (Part 3)
As the traditional time for harvest, you might guess that autumn is ideal for foraging wild edibles. You’re not wrong. From fruits to roots, and nuts to fungi, fall offers a fantastic array of fun...