LIFE

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Plants Can Count and Communicate
Do plants have brains? Well, not in the way we think of a brain, but they do seem to be capable of thought; in fact, some plants can count! Do plants move? Anyone who has...
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Indoor Gardening: How to Care for Your Houseplants Through the Winter
Just because there’s snow covering your garden doesn’t mean you have to forgo the quiet company of plants. Whether you’ve brought some potted plants in from the garden, or have a number of regular house...
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The Spiritual Benefits of Physical Labor
Spirituality may mean many things to many people, but generally, one who is on a spiritual path is seeking a more noble or meaningful existence; wishing to be a better person and have a closer...
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Fates Reversed Instantly When Kindness Prevails
Sometimes, one may suddenly and unexpectedly recover from a serious illness, and we think of it as a chance occurrence; but in traditional Chinese culture, nothing happens “by chance” — there is always a reason...
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Xi’an Sets Up Makeshift Hospitals to Contain Outbreak; Residents Complain of Food Shortages Under Lockdown
The COVID-19 outbreak in Xi'an city has become increasingly severe. According to videos and photos posted on Twitter, Xi'an constructed the "Fang Cang (mobile Cabin) Hospital" practically overnight.  These are quarantine buildings like those that...
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Reflection, Gratitude, and a Happy New Year
Welcome to Tea with Erping. Confucius once said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ...
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Opium Poppy: The Flower That Revolutionized Medicine, But Fueled the Opioid Epidemic
Recognizable by their delicate, vivid blossoms, poppies are a flowering plant of the Papaveraceae subfamily. Poppies grow all over the world, from the freezing tundra to scorching hot deserts. They can be found in fields,...
China Bans National Soccer Players From Getting Tattoos
The Chinese government has announced that soccer players will be banned from getting tattoos and ordered those with existing ones to remove or cover them up in order to “set a good example for society,"...
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Walking for Wellness: How You Can Benefit From Regular Walks
Besides being the most straightforward and least expensive form of travel, walking serves as one of the most effective types of exercise to improve and preserve one's fitness. Walking is often referred to as "a...