Buchu: the Ancient ‘Miracle Herb’ of South Africa
South Africa's "miracle herb,” Agathosma Betulina, or Buchu, is a natural plant resource. Sometimes referred to as "The Cape's First Doctor," Buchu is found solely in South Africa's Western Cape area.  The flowering herb is...
Forgiveness Brings Good Fortune
Who in this world is without fault? Along with the very wicked people who intentionally kill and harm others, there are also those of us who make mistakes due to misunderstandings or confusing circumstances. Dealing...
The Feast of the Tassels–An Ancient Chinese Story of Forgiveness
King Zhuang of Chu (楚莊王) was one of the Five Hegemons of the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋五霸, 770-476 B.C.), and the most accomplished monarch of Chu. At a celebration after the suppression of a...
July Fourth at Mount Vernon: an All American Celebration
On this hot and sunny Fourth of July, a crowd gathered on the lawn of Mount Vernon to view an actor in a chestnut brown frock coat and white stockings. Unfolding a large document while...
Confucius: A Superior Man Treats People With Benevolence and Respect
The principle of “Benevolence,” as advocated by Confucius, is not only a social and political ideal but also an ethical and moral standard. The object of benevolence is to care for others. Based on the...
The Rich Tradition of Frankincense and Myrrh
Frankincense and myrrh, at one time considered as valuable as gold, are still highly popular today in the form of incense and essential oils. These twin aromatic resins are harvested from the spindly Boswellia trees...
The Divine Governing Philosophy of Ancient Chinese Rulers
Believing that Chinese culture was divinely bestowed on the Three Kings and Five Emperors (三皇五帝Sān huáng wǔ dì), Chinese people consider themselves to be the descendants of Emperors Yan and Huang (炎黃子孫 Yánhuáng zǐsūn). Ruling...
Qu Yuan, the Tragic Patriot Behind the Dragon Boat Festival
Every year, on the fifth day on the fifth lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar, people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, called Duan Wu (端午節). Falling on June 14 in the Western calendar this...
Fashion: Apply Ancient Wisdom to Dress for Success
Everything has an electromagnetic field, even the prints, and patterns on material and clothing. The magnetic fields interact and influence each other, bringing different outcomes.  Images carry an aura, just like humans do, be it...