the little frida

I have often spoken of death.

Sometimes it comes as a loud scream, a big deliberate bang, but sometimes it’s eerily quiet, like royalty in their element. And then there is the earth in which we physically fold our bodies, throw dust on it and pay our respects or the ash that we hold in our hands. And then when the family gets together to eat, to dine together, to break the bread, there are many things that I suppose they deliver, that they release or not. My head underwater is the only place where I can drop all these things. Here there is no echo, nothing to distract me, I evaporate like smoke. And it’s the only place where I find God. It is not the falling rain, the serotonin threads, the dopamine, the electrolytes that grow in my head, the nightmares that come to me in the middle of the night that worry me so much and the disease.

His skin was red, orange and green, it tasted like butter. A mango is delicious from the first time she tastes it. I tasted my first mango in Swaziland (all that goodness came with its warmth, that sweetness on my breath, juice on my clothes, sticky fingers, but shadows must meet somewhere and all I wanted to see was London). I remember the mangoes you kept for me until I came home from school (you put them in the fridge until they cool, the orange flesh strips). We had avocado on toast, or French toast with fresh coriander leaves fried in creamy butter or hot dogs and fries the way only you could make them where Swaziland was my home for a year. You died before your time, my second mother. Your pale hands, your dark hair and as you got sicker with more weight you lost but you were still beautiful to me. The leaves tremble and rot in autumn, they go round and round. You were my shining star among all souls. I miss you epic every day. There is a loss that comes with the breath. But the stranger in the ghost house has no voice. It does not speak of self-help, of useful life. A double life, red dust, dead parakeets, sweat running down his wife’s back, Liberace’s madness and despair. Something is not anchored but it still works wonderfully, it is productive. It’s called family and the awareness of coming home, a flag was planted here in the southern wasteland where a genocide occurred, there’s whiskey in a glass, an afternoon cocktail. Books that are a sanctuary. An Eric Clapton record is playing. The red dust in this county doesn’t talk about self-help. There is a suicide. A death in a river. And the police have come. This is August: Osage County.

The police arrive in the middle of the night. Like the plainclothes detectives who came to my house in the middle of the night when my brother took a knife and stabbed my father. Nothing romantic about it. About the attack of death, about it reaching you like a thief in the night, a cat thief, a cat drowning in a bag with its kittens, that’s how I felt like a drowning visitor. I saw weapons that night I led a double life. I pretended that I didn’t see or hear anything and inside I was numb. When I saw my father’s blood. He had an oppressive quality like everything in my life so far. The drugs refused to work. So I took more and more of them and slept all day and all night.

The double life of romantic jasmine. Live, die and live and die like people. I can talk and talk and no one will be listening in on my conversations, eavesdropping. On the winter road I met men staring at the goats. Men who were good dancers or American soldiers who took German lovers during the war. Men who were good actors, some were heavy drinkers in my mind and philanthropists. The knife was sharp. It hit the air over and over and over again. And then it was anchored in the skin. I didn’t scream. I was a Scout knot. I ran in my sandals to the neighbor’s house as fast as my feet would carry me. Outside, the air felt cool as rain. How I wish it had rained? But it didn’t rain that night and they called the police.

There is no romance in death. Hair and meat are released. And yet Dad stayed on his feet, unafraid. My brother was prancing around all of us, grinning, grinning slyly, tall, he was eating his cake and eating it too. He pinned daddy to the bed with his arms like shark teeth. My mother had run away in the dark. I was left with grievance notes, a stem, and a route to follow. A blossoming bleeding heart making waves, beating fast. It was Christmas. But there were no presents, just a wintry path to follow.

To hell with that if I never fall in love. It’s a case of much ado about nothing. I have lost my mind and have recovered in hospitals. Once again anchoring to reality in recovery. I don’t have a brother and I don’t have a sister. I have no mother and I have no father. They live their own lives, so they have fun, selfish people all over the world. While they keep me safe in Pandora’s Box. It’s a box full of romantic villagers of my own creation. What a comfort they are to me. I am an orphan on the family path of Okri. I am Nabokov and Kubrick’s Lolita. And soon I’ll be forgotten like the breath. The furniture a party of sex, romance and death. Damaged, damaged, damaged but I mustn’t talk about it.

It will be death for me and I must live without the disease, the stain of trauma a while longer, sit on my throne, pick up bones like arrows falling from the sky. Curiosity has killed me. Men have killed me extraordinarily. But I have nine extraordinary lives and I am left smiling like the Cheshire cat.

This is the brother I’m supposed to love. I no longer admire him. I feel nothing for him when I remember that night from hell. Hunger House. House of hell, madness and despair. If I had a gun, we’d all be dead. I cut the onion, seduced by its layers. And I cry for the lost, gems each. There are diamonds in my eyes and I blink back. My youth, my youth, my youth and there is no ring. No ring on my finger, all those wasted chronic years. Now he is Lucifer handling the gate to the wards of hell. My beautiful and dear child, what has become of you?

The secrets we keep are committed to memory. They are lessons about the needs of the people around us, a lesson in obedience, sometimes even wisdom. And it takes some bold work for us to realize that the future is bright when we are sometimes challenged, when we have to brag. And make it a ceremony. There are deep ingredients that go into making a spaghetti bolognese. Family is of course the first priority. Then the butcher, mint from the garden and limes for the cocktails. Footsteps on the stairs and laughter scribbling in the air.

Perhaps avocados were the first fruits (food for thought) in the Garden of Eden even before Eve was made from Adam’s rib through the maturation of a human soul and a flowing vortex. Sun and moon. They are miraculous angelic beginners every day. Daughters nicknamed after Jasmine and yesterday, today and tomorrow. And then, as if waking up from a dream, the day begins.

Head underwater. Pushing himself silently from the pool wall, turning around after turning. This is where I find my sanctuary, my second home, and solace from the outside world. I’m not like the other girls. They’re all younger, slimmer, and confident even though they’re still flat-chested and flirting from where I’m standing. Head underwater again. I pray that tonight won’t be the house of hell again. I’m watching movies, reading books, wiping my father’s ass (there are no secrets between us). We talk about our past lives, our nine lives, love and its measure, how the devil made work for idle hands during apartheid, during the Group Areas Act, Nazi warlords, the Rwanda Hotel. We talk about the women in his life, past and present, the first woman he loved and lost, and the extent of it. I get distracted. He gets distracted and I get up to make cups of coffee, lukewarm coffee. We are talking about Valkenburg (the mental institution in Cape Town where he lived for a few months).

The first social worker she met. This is all for the book I’m writing. Walking in her footsteps. Night after night I make a casserole and we both sit down to eat at the kitchen table. Walk, drag, walk and drag. Sometimes he sits outside with Misty the dog in the sun. He’s forgetful, he stutters, he has a short attention span, but I guess memory loss comes with age. Last night he wet the bed. Some people would scoff at this but when you’re knee deep in someone you love, intimacy is nothing, acknowledging that they’re getting older is everything. I have become an old woman overnight. Suddenly I have gray hair, the wisdom of a lake, a slight tremor in my hands, I suffer from anxiety and I can’t sleep at night. She calls me in the middle of the night. He needs me and that teaches me that I’m not cruel. I am a woman now. Something has replaced the darkness in my life. I have discovered the stem of meditation.

His face, his journey, the journey of my life in this house full of people and tears. My mother does the laundry. She’s not such a terrible woman after all. I wish all women could be like her. Difficult. Made of sacred entrails, an insatiable instinct, almost a clairvoyant instinct. She lives like a nun and she eats like one these days. She eats like a bird making soup after soup after soup that only the three of us eat. As an adult, I fell in love with the excellent goodness of barley and the healthy protein of lentils. Split peas remind me of eating a home-cooked meal at my paternal grandmother’s house in the evenings. My paternal grandmother’s hands were beautiful. She withered because she suffered from arthritis, dark brown. Warm with the texture of the sun and with freckles. She was my moon, my moonlight and graceful. She offered us bowls of soup with home-baked bread that tasted more nutritious and filling than the expensive ones she bought from the store. My mother promises us all a long life if we drink herbal mixtures.

Dried rosemary, tinctures, tonics, homemade green smoothies with parsley, spinach from our garden and coconut milk. With my head under water I reflect, meditate, breathe easy. I swim with the fish, schools of them in this pool. Light a candle in my heart when I drink water. My brother makes stews with his homegrown carrots and corn. All I can do is spaghetti. Frieda’s spaghetti. It’s so cold now. The world feels so cold. I feel as if Iraq has descended into my thoughts again. Sarajevo. Rwanda and the children of northern Uganda. I am a young woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I must be strong to carry on, stay brave, act brave. Sometimes I can listen to Tchaikovsky. My father has taken to his bed. He has depression again (à la William Styron). I wonder if John Updike ever suffered from depression. I know that Hemingway certainly did. What about JM Coetzee, Radclyffe Hall, Vladimir Nabokov, Kubrick? And the filmmakers, the writers, the poets who were heavy drinkers?

But I leave that in the hands of God for your comment, all those signs. I am old before my time. I am an old soul. Complicated, empty vessel, envious of beauty like any woman, of youth, of the girl, of children in childhood. My babies are my books.

And sometimes I feel dead inside (not numb or cold). As if he had a subconscious mind crossed. Like he’s lame, pathetic, stupid, and has one blue eye. Blue like the sky of a wild Saturday and the other green. As green as a mocking sea, a mocking school of fish going on, surfing, swimming on their own survival skills with their world occurring in horrible dead blue silence.

With the fingers of heaven so far from them.

The 5 best Children’s Day gifts for girls

International Children’s Day is just around the corner. And I know that many parents are preparing gifts for their children. If you are still not sure what to choose as a gift. Then you can read our following recommendation and maybe you will find the right item for your girls.

1. new dress

Girls are like new clothes, little boys are no exception. So take her a new dress as a present. I guess you will be very happy to wear such a new dress on that special day.

2. Children’s swimsuits

Another good idea for the best gift is children’s swimsuits. Since we are in the middle of summer, this is the best time to go swimming. That will be a lot of fun if you spent the time with your kids in the pool. You teach them to swim and share joy and laughter together.

3. Toys

All children love toys. And for girls, her favorite toy may be a Barbie doll. From past to present, Barbie doll acts as a girl’s playmate when she was a child. And because of the Barbie doll’s companions, girls have a good memory of their childhood. So choose a Barbie doll for your lovely daughter and leave her a good memory.

4. A series of animated films.

if you ask me what was my favorite thing to do in my childhood; the answer should be watching cartoons. It is difficult for me to rethink the question of why children love to watch cartoons so much. But the idea of ​​giving your children a series of cartoon movies will be foolproof. Choose what she likes the most and put it in front of her. You will receive your baby’s cry of surprise.

5. Books

Last but not least, we recommend sending your children a book. As we all know, in modern society knowledge is power. It is definitely a good idea to help your child develop the habit of loving reading when he is very young. Choose books that are age-appropriate for her. You can let her read the book alone. Or choose to read the book with her and share the ideas or thoughts with each other after finishing the book.

Sending children a gift is just one way of expressing our love to them. And the way to express your love is never limited to this. Anything you do for your children are gifts and contain love.

House Training Puppies – Foolproof Tips for House Train Puppies

House training puppies can be a daunting and difficult task, but it is definitely not impossible. Dogs are considered one of the most intelligent animals and can be easily trained, especially if you know how to do it. If you have a puppy, one of the smartest things you can do is train it to maintain a clean environment inside the house for both you and your pet.

Puppies make adorable and beloved pets, but it comes with a lot of responsibilities if you have one. In addition to making sure your pet is getting enough nutrients, you also need to provide a loving home environment for your pet to grow up healthy and happy. For this reason, it is important that you carry out the essential house training of the puppies, especially in their first months.

The Basics of Puppy House Training

– Potty Training: This is one of the most important home workouts you should do. This is important so that your puppy knows the right place to relieve herself, and this will also be very beneficial for your house. You don’t want your pup to soil your carpets or furniture, so it’s essential that you teach him this rule the first day you bring him home. Before your pup learns where to relieve herself, it’s wise to keep her away from carpets or sofas. Potty training your puppy takes time and effort, so you must be very consistent and patient.

– Train your pet to socialize: So that your puppy is not aggressive, you need to teach him to socialize. How can you do this? Take him out for a few walks often, as this will give him a chance to socialize with people and other animals in the neighborhood. Some dogs behave aggressively towards neighbors because they don’t have the essential training exercises that teach them to socialize. However, if you feel you are having difficulty housetraining puppies, you should consider seeking professional help from a qualified trainer.

– Teach your puppy not to misbehave when alone: ​​There will be times when your pet will be home alone. Therefore, it is also essential to do some house training so that your puppy will behave while he is alone in your house. Start by confining your pup to an isolated location, locking him in a crate is definitely not a good idea. You have to train him in an isolated place that has enough space to move. Pen up your pup for a short period of time and then slowly build it up to longer hours. You can give him toys so that he does not get bored. By doing this for a while, your pup will definitely know how to behave while he’s home alone, but make sure he’s already potty trained.

If you are bringing home a new puppy, it is essential that you know the basics of house training a puppy. This will prove to be very beneficial in the near future as your pup grows into a mature dog.

The most memorable gift ideas for Mother’s Day

On this special day, people worship at religious places to honor mothers, while some give gifts to express their love. Some have a special gathering at home with the family. Since it is a holiday, some prefer to go on a picnic to celebrate. In schools before the holiday, children dedicate poems to their mothers and perform various skits and plays. Some family members take care of all the household chores that Mom would normally handle.

Mothers are the essence of love, care and sacrifice for your children Mother’s Day is an occasion for children to express their love and respect for their mother. Thank your mother for her unsacrificing love and her incomparable affection: may she pamper her for all she has done for you over the years.

A special gift

There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Make this day memorable with heartwarming messages, quotes and poems. It is time to tell her that she will always be important to you throughout your life and that you will continue to love her forever. Here are some special gift ideas for her mother on Mother’s Day.

Flowers, jewelry, watches, small and large appliances, and chocolates are the most popular. A day out is also a great option – plan a trip. Surprise her with a destination of your choice, or go to a destination of her choice, such as a nearby town, park, or beach. Bring other family members and let her enjoy time with her loved ones. Or give her the gift of relaxation by taking her to the spa: a good massage or a manicure or pedicure might be just what your mom is craving.

Personalized And Homemade Gifts

You can also prepare some homemade gifts for your mom like candles or baked goods. Beautifying your home is a beautiful option. Surprise her by preparing her favorite dish and serving it by candlelight with good music. Create a Photo album full of photos of your childhood.

Or try a trendy option that’s available online: customizable silicone bands. Wristbands are available in various styles and types and can be personalized in any way you want, including color, artwork, and even glitter. You can also add any message you want. For example, you can add the names of the children your mother has had and their dates of birth. Or you can add a line of poetry that is meaningful to you or her. Or go simple with “I love you momWhatever you do, it will be a personal touch to show the important woman in your life how much you care about her.

Now you have something to think about. When considering what to get your mom this Mother’s Day, remember: “The best Mother’s Day gift anyone can give is time with family.” So, to make the day memorable, plan her day to spend with her MOM. Surprise her and brighten her day with adorable gifts. Happy Mother’s Day!

Potty Training Readiness Cues: Cues to Help You Decide When to Potty Train Your Child

More and more parents want to know when to potty train their children, especially as the economy weakens and they are looking for ways to cut unnecessary expenses like diapers. And frankly, in addition to the other benefits you and your family will receive, quickly going diaper-free is a great way to save money!

However, before you start potty training your child, you need to make sure they are physically and mentally (mentally, emotionally, socially, etc.) ready, otherwise it is likely to frustrate you and your little one. . So let’s start here…

First, there is no exact age at which all toddlers are ready to be potty trained. However, most pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that normal, healthy children between the ages of 18 and 27 months are ready to be potty trained. And after three decades of potty training boys and girls, I agree; however, there are exceptions to this rule on both counts. I have personally potty-trained children from 15 months to 29 months. If I had to draw a “safe” line in the sand, I would say that the vast majority of children are more than ready by the time they are two years old.

With that being said, however, keep in mind that experts agree that developmental skills are a much better predictor of potty training readiness than chronological age. What are these signs? Luckily, I’ve included some of the most common potty training readiness signs in the list below.

Children are most likely at the right age for potty training if…

1. Have sufficient cognitive and/or language skills. If so, they…

o Understand simple explanations, commands and/or instructions and respond appropriately, either verbally or otherwise.

o Understand simple words and phrases such as “pee pee”, “poop”, “potty”, etc.

o Demonstrate that they are aware of their body parts (especially genitals, their own and others)

o Imitate mom, dad, siblings or friends

o Demonstrate a basic understanding of cause and effect (eg, they will have to make the connection between urinating and the potty)

Keep in mind that young children’s language skills, that is, how well they speak or how many words they say, are not the important factors, but how well they understand simple speech.

2. Have fully mature sphincter muscles. If so, could they…

o Squatting, grunting, or showing other signs of awareness when having a bowel movement

o Pull on their diapers when urinating

o Urinating less often, but more at a time

o Having more regular bowel movements

o Stay dry for hours, especially at night (you may also notice that night stools are the first to go)

Keep in mind: Parents may still wake up with wet diapers even if their children are ready to be potty trained, if they are in the habit of drinking just before bed or bringing a cup or bottle to bed. In this case, I advise parents to try this experiment: reduce fluid intake two to three hours before bedtime, and change your children just before bedtime. (Yes, this means no bottle.) Do this for several nights and see what happens. Most of the time, this makes it much easier for young children to stay dry all night and provides an opportunity for parents to make a more accurate assessment. Oh, one other thing… if you try this, make sure you change your son or daughter’s diaper as soon as she wakes up; otherwise, if the diaper is wet, you won’t know when he peed!

3. Exhibit mature development of motor skills. If so, can they…

o Raise or lower pants

o Undressing or dressing themselves

o Put on shoes or socks, or at least try to

4. Have advanced emotional and social skills. If so, can they…

o Getting angry when things are not in their usual place. For example, you might hear something like, “No, Mommy, that cup goes here!”

o It means they are proud of their achievements. For example, they can say, “Dad, look what I did!”

o Insist on doing things themselves. For example, I was sure my granddaughter, Sevy, was more than ready to be potty-trained when every other sentence she uttered was, “No, Granny. Sevy can do it!” (She said it so often for a while that I thought her name was Sevy-Can-Do-It :>)

I hope these tips have been helpful in helping you decide when to potty train your child. As you’ve guessed, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, and while it’s never a good idea to push toddlers before they’re ready, you certainly don’t want to wait until your son or daughter asks to go potty (if that’s the case). so, hunker down for the long haul and stock up on Pampers) or put it off until your stubborn streak wears off (ditto). If this were true, many of us would still be looking forward to potty training our 30 year olds!

In the end, use these guidelines and your own instincts and you’ll do just fine.

Controlling Canine Dominance Behavior: Approach — Part A

Dominant dogs require special training, but so do their owners. Too often, an exasperated dog owner will yell or hit in sheer frustration when the dog pushes the owner beyond bearable limits. Or the overwhelmed Owner will treat the dog as Helen Keller’s parents treated her, turning her into “an animal” until Annie appeared on the scene. In the words of Captain Keller to Annie Sullivan: “…Give him whatever he wants…” Backfire!

So let’s start with you, the dog owner. Understand that your own attitude and timing are critical to a successful outcome.

One of the most important things to remember when working with a dominant dog is Keep your humor. Yelling is counterproductive and only drives away a difficult animal. Yelling intensifies the problem. You cannot fight fire with fire.

Instead, remember that: “Iron sharpens iron.”

Focus. It is up to you to be consistent, firm and consistent, and to make sure you are calm when you begin your daily work with your dog. This approach is not incompatible with love, for those who love their children and dogs will teach, guide, and discipline them with a steady, fair, and steady hand, so that they can be the best they can be. That is your goal with your dog.

Take the control. To do this, it is very important that you establish and maintain eye contact by taking authority over your Dominant Dog. While the submissive dog will look away, the dominant will keep their gaze.

Eye contact is also critical to keeping the dog’s attention and keeping it in an obedient posture. In dog language, the first to look away “loses” and submits. Let his eyes send the focused message of “control” and “authority.”

In addition, YOU must “claim” all the things that the dominant dog considers “his possessions”. be it toys, rugs, bones, or whatever. You must present yourself as the dominant one, and all things in the house as yours. Only then do you “invite” him in and “share” these things with him.

You cannot allow the dog to claim or take possession of anything. You don’t want to encourage the development of more dominant, possessive, or aggressive behaviors. In fact, aggressive dog dominance naturally evolves from an incorrect dominance posture. Instead, break the cycle.

Another key to breaking dog dominance behavior: DO NOT let the dog have what he wants “for free.” Make him earn it!

Earn it, don’t own it!

For example, a dominant dog should be given a good walk or strenuous exercise before being fed, such as a brisk 30-minute walk, followed by a “cool down” time (or he’ll get sick). He must be required to abide by the rules and respond obediently to his leadership so that he feels that he is “working” with “purpose” and “value.”

It’s exciting to see a once out of control dog stand proud with a happy twinkle in his eye because he knows he has a job and limits, that he isn’t burdened with controlling things and that he can trust you, and that he has! achieved something of perceived value and it has pleased you! The dog then enjoys obedience!

So you have earned the right to something you want. . . not as a training tool or snippet, but removed from the actual training time. . . not as something that belongs to him, but as a gift from you. . . an expression of your general pleasure and affection. . . and only when YOU choose to give it. . . only in YOUR time. YOU are in control. Don’t give it up!

There is an explicit dog training technique to use on a dominant dog. Contains a little known technique on YOUR FOCUS so that the dog will actually SMELL AND FEEL your authority and control!

It also applies the canine communication system of “silence, submission and leadership”. . . dog whisperer behavior approach, in family terms. After all, to communicate effectively with your dog, to command and control his attention and focus in a positive and constructive way, you need to speak HIS language.

. . . And that requires YOU to have a quiet way of establishing and maintaining your OWN focus and sense of power and authority cool, calm, and collected. Part B of this free article details a little-known secret, a dog training tip to help you do just that! (It’s also effective for commanding respect in the workplace.)

Don’t give dominance room, and it won’t scale.

Give it an inch, and it’ll take a mile . . .

In the Royal Palace of America? Hawaii Big Island Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua Kona

Closed for repairs after the October 16, 2006 earthquake, Hulihe’e Palace, the jewel of Kailua Kona, will reopen to the public soon. So what is the history of this unique Royal Palace, one of only two, in America?

Introduction: It is said that the ghosts of Hawaiian monarchs still haunt this palace, running up and down the grand staircase and around the grounds. Built by Governor James Kuakini in 1838 as a home, it was used for many years by Hawaiian royalty as a summer getaway palace, venue for grand galas and parties. Abandoned to ruin in 1914, since 1928 the Palace has been operated as a museum by the Daughters of Hawaii.

Also on the Palace grounds are the Pohaku Likanaka, a ceremonial execution stone, a fish pond, and the Palace Gift Shop, which has many fine art items and hard-to-find books on Hawai’iana.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm Friendly and knowledgeable docents offer free tours, which last about 45 minutes. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for students; Photography inside the museum is prohibited.

History: One of the most interesting things about the Palace is the derivation of its name, Hulihe’e. Huli means “to turn or turn” and comes from the same root as “hula” the “twirling dance”. He’e is a generic term for cephalopods (octopi and squid). The term “spinning octopus” does not refer to an aquatic species, but to a form of tactical defense employed by the Hawaiians when defending the coast against superior attacking forces. Defenders are spread out on arms, or tentacles, that rotate from area to area as waves of attackers come ashore.

Hulihe’e Palace was built by High Chief (later Governor) James Kuakini in 1838 as a home. After her death, Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani lived in a grass house (hale pili) on the grounds, the foundation of which is still visible. The Palace then again became a summer party palace for Hawaiian royalty, then residing in Honolulu, especially King Kalakaua, Monarch Merrie, until it became an abandoned ruin in 1914. Prince Kuhio, the first A delegate to the Hawaiian Congress, he inherited the Palace from his father and in the 1920s decided to auction off all the furnishings. Palace staff numbered each room and noted who the buyers were.

Around the turn of the century, the Palace fell into disrepair, providing a discreet place for men to gather in the evenings, play poker and drink by the light of kerosene lamps. When the Daughters of Hawaii learned in 1920 that the Inter Island Steamship Company planned to acquire and tear down the Palace in order to build a luxury resort on the royal grounds, they salvaged the Palace and have operated it as a museum ever since. The Daughters of Hawaii found the old buyers list for the furniture Prince Kuhio had auctioned off and persuaded many of the owners to return, resell, or permanently loan these priceless pieces to the Museum.

Today, the museum contains an impressive array of Native Hawaiian artifacts, from fishhooks to clubs to combs. The walls are hung with many Ali’i and Western portraits important to Hawaiian history. There’s also intricately carved furniture by local and European masters like Wilhelm Fisher, including massive beds, impressive armoires, and a 6-foot-diameter table carved from a single koa trunk.

Amazing Traditional Bad Breath Remedies: The Secrets Are Finally Eased

But thanks to all the guardians of the traditional heritage we can still benefit from it. Many of them are kept secret only from the noble circle and members of the king’s family. Some of them are even on the verge of extinction due to a lack of historians and practitioners. With the dawn of the Internet age, all cultures can exchange some traditional remedies and obtain advantages for all.

Starting from the east, the Chinese have their own way of curing bad breath. They believe that bad breath is caused by unbalanced body pressure and therefore needs to be evened out with some pin at certain points on our body, which is why the West called it ‘acupuncture’. To stop the bad smell from the mouth, they also have traditional green tea and herbs that cure sore throat and help in the metabolism of the stomach. Its natural antiseptics clean your mouth of germs and keep your breath fresh.

Africa has its own path for bad breath remedies. Possessing rich regional plants and herbs, African shamans use bitter kola as a treatment for many ailments. It has even been reported to be used in the Ebola healing process. The antibacterial feature is helpful in killing unwanted germs in multiple regions of the body. Extract various bitter kola nuts and brew them into tea, it can also be used as a mouthwash and aphrodisiac. It is effective in stopping bad breath and brightening up our mind and body.

You can find many more traditional remedies in all parts of the world. You can mention the use of parsley, sage, caraway and eucalyptus (does that ring a bell?). Native Americans also used traditional medicine, such as bloodroot. Now we inherit their tradition with extracted natural herbs such as peppermint and green tea oil. Modern packaged remedies like mouthwash and toothpaste contain some of this traditional extraction, such as menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Hopefully with the invention of more modern remedies we won’t forget our traditional heritage in stopping bad breath.

Paper Crafting In Schools: Scrapbooking Concepts Used in the Educational System

Scrapbooking lovers have a few benefits they can experience during and after their scrapbooking and paper crafting activities. The first of them is included in the artistic hobbies themselves; they give them the opportunity to flow through emotions and experiences, which improves emotional health over time. The second gift is that they can hone a certain set of skills through practice. And a third gift that scrapbooking provides can be seen as collecting: the ability to incorporate new lessons, new concepts, and new and innovative thinking into other parts of their lives as a result of what happened during scrapbooking.

For a practical example of the first concept, consider making an apparent scrapbook of a collection of family photos for hours, immersing yourself deeply in the moments of flux where new thoughts enter and time stands still, and come to the conclusion that it is a “lightbulb” moment. so to speak. Those insightful revelations that are likely to take place when the logical mind takes a break and the creative mind leads the wheel can go a long way in improving our lives, especially in the realm of things we end up incorporating into our album-making practices. of clippings: Family moments, individual goals and treasures and concepts that make us feel more alive.

Papermaking in schools generally takes one of two forms. The second is similar to the first benefit above, where the creative mind leads scrapbookers to commemorate emotional events and the result generates a sense of satisfaction. Examples of this are the handmade Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards, which many children are encouraged to make early on in their education.

The second way that scrapbooking concepts are traditionally used in schools is for learning purposes. Learning to spell through crafts is a practice used in schools by teachers who instruct children to cut letters from paper, add them, make sounds, and rearrange the collection of words. Somewhere in the country there is a teacher with several sheets of paper representing different animals and letters and a class is directed at interpreting them into words. Although we often see preschoolers using scissors, cut-out words, and photo-letter collage to match new concepts with mindful creative work, the idea of ​​crafting to solidify “left brain” concepts is not it is set aside strictly for early childhood education.

How middle school students are encouraged to explore the meaning of collages through group projects that require poster board and symbolic representations of the main points of the material they have been studying, and how middle and high school students are encouraged to do Annual science projects that combine a multitude of images, graphs, and words to express thoughts, the major elements of scrapbooking in educational systems become increasingly clear.

The reason we don’t stop scrapbooking at any age is simply what many in the education system have discovered; we do not think simply in terms of sentences. We think in terms of symbols and pieces that go together. And it is also easier for us to remember information when we advance in a project that allows us to play with these symbols and collect them as unifying concepts that reinforce the same idea.

Why babies can (and should) learn to read

Early learning and baby brain development

A baby’s body develops at an incredible rate during the first few years of life, but one of the most amazing aspects of this process is how the brain grows and develops. Between birth and 3 years, the human brain goes from a highly underdeveloped form, weighing only a quarter of its final size, to an incredibly complex state through the dramatic growth and development of billions of neurons and hundreds of thousands of neurons. of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these neural cells. This period of active neural growth is when parents and caregivers can best help their children get off to a great start and lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

The basic neural connections are created before birth.

The basic structure of the brain is still being formed during pregnancy. Here the main components of the brain develop and take shape and the most basic brain functions begin to be organized. However, the vast majority of synapses have not yet formed, so the brain is not capable of the increased complexity that characterizes human cognition, learning, and reasoning. These connections emerge during the first three to four years, and the architecture of the complex networks of synapses depends to some extent on the child’s interactions with, and experiences with, the environment.

The ability to learn languages ​​is programmed into the baby’s brain

Language is a basic human characteristic, and a baby’s brain is ready to develop language early on. Studies have shown that babies can be stimulated by the sound of their mother’s voice. As soon as they are born and begin to interact with their family, the first patterns of the mother tongue are established by establishing millions of synaptic connections between specific groups of neurons. At the same time, the brain continues to grow, and the highest density of neural connections is reached at 3 years of age. This is very important, since after this age, many of these synapses begin to disappear through a process of elimination that brings density. of synapses to the level found in a typical adult brain. Taking all this into account, the conclusion is that the first three to four years after birth are the most critical times for brain development and, consequently, the period during which the brain has the greatest power to acquire and fix skills. especially those related to language.

Now, in our society, the language acquisition process is clearly separated between speech development (learning to speak) and literacy (learning to read and write). The first arises naturally, almost spontaneously between the first and third year, but the second is relegated after the age of five, when most children go to kindergarten or primary school. Being the ability to speak and read both sides of the same process (language), the natural way to develop it would be at the same time, when the brain is naturally formed to acquire language.

The consequence of this is that for decades, billions of children have not enjoyed their prime time to learn to read. In fact, children can learn to read from childhood, and the benefits of this remain forever. Children who read before kindergarten do better in virtually every way, both academically and socially, and are more likely to be successful in life than their peers who were illiterate at age five.

Psychologists and early childhood education experts have developed effective methods for parents and caregivers to train their children to read while they are still babies. These programs are usually based on books, word cards, and also multimedia components such as DVDs and songs, and parents should look for those supported by professionals with experience in Early Education and Child Development.