Monthly Archives: January 2020

Horoscope♉: 01/31/2020


Information that you receive from others and from within your own heart could compel you to participate in some ambitious projects, Taurus. They may be work related, connected with a group, or your own. Whatever they are, you’re likely to find them interesting, challenging, and personally gratifying. New opportunities for advancement and self-expression could be opening up for you. It’s best to move ahead now; otherwise, they might pass you by.:

Today’s Holiday: Black History Month

Today’s Holiday:
Black History Month

Black History Month grew out of Negro History Week, which was established in February 1926 by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Initially designed to encompass the birthday of the abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass on February 14 as well as Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, it was expanded in 1976 to a month-long observance. The event is widely observed by schools, churches, libraries, clubs, and organizations wishing to draw attention to the contributions of African Americans. More…:

Today’s Birthday: William Clark Gable (1901)

Today’s Birthday:
William Clark Gable (1901)

Despite having such large ears that some doubted he could become a romantic lead, Gable had a rugged masculinity and lighthearted charm that proved popular with audiences. The actor debuted on Broadway in 1928 and went to Hollywood in 1930. There he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, and It Happened One Night, for which he won an Academy Award. What tragedy prompted him to give up show business and become a bomber pilot during World War II? More…:

This Day in History: First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary Is Published (1884)

This Day in History:
First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary Is Published (1884)

Though the first volume, A–Ant, was published in 1884, the first complete edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was not published until 1928. Planned as a 10-year project, the 44-year undertaking resulted in a comprehensive, historical dictionary of English—the longest in the world today. It required more than 800 volunteers to compile material, including one who, it was later learned, turned out to be working from an asylum for the criminally insane. Why was he there? More…:

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great. More…:

Article of the Day: Masks

Article of the Day:

Masks have been worn since the Stone Age, chiefly to impersonate supernatural beings or animals in ceremonies but also for theatrical and practical purposes. In ancient Egypt, Asia, and the Inca civilization, death masks were used to facilitate the spirit’s journey in the afterlife. In ancient Greece, masks were used in the theater to represent specific characters, portray emotion, and amplify the speaker’s voice. Why did some doctors in the Middle Ages wear beaked masks? More…:

Idiom of the Day: get the green light

Idiom of the Day:
get the green light

To receive permission to proceed with some action or task. Likened to the green light of a traffic signal. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: self-worth

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Respect for or a favorable opinion of oneself.

Synonyms: dignity, self-regard

Usage: This is the third time Luke has been fired in the past year, and I can only imagine the damage that it is doing to his self-worth.:




Horoscope♉: 01/30/2020


Love and romance are first and foremost on your agenda for today, Taurus. You and your romantic partner may leave a gathering of friends to be alone together and talk. You communicate well, and the intense feelings between you could be obvious to both of you, and embarrassingly, to everyone who knows you. If you’ve been together for a while, talk of commitment or a wedding could come up. Enjoy your day.:

Today’s Holiday: Nauru Independence Day

Today’s Holiday:
Nauru Independence Day

This island in the Pacific Ocean gained independence from Great Britain on January 31, 1968. It had been governed by Australia. Independence Day is a national holiday in Nauru. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (1919)

Today’s Birthday:
Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (1919)

Robinson, a vocal member of the Civil Rights movement, was the first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues and the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1949, he led the National League in both stolen bases and batting average and was named its most valuable player. In recognition of his accomplishments both on and off the field, Major League Baseball retired Robinson’s number in 1997. How many times did he “steal home” during his career? More…:

This Day in History: United States Launches Explorer I (1958)

This Day in History:
United States Launches Explorer I (1958)

Explorer I was the first American satellite. It was launched four months after the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, was put into orbit by the Soviet Union, beginning the so-called space race. Although it carried a number of instruments, Explorer I was relatively small, weighing just 30 lbs (13 kg). It stopped transmission of data later in 1958, when its batteries died, but remained in orbit for more than 12 years. Where did it make its fiery reentry? More…:

Quote of the Day: Charles Dickens

Quote of the Day:
Charles Dickens

He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favor of two. More…:

Article of the Day: Aerogel

Article of the Day:

An aerogel is a highly porous solid formed from a gel, such as silica gel, in which the liquid is replaced with a gas. The lightest is less than four times as dense as dry air. Silica-based aerogels are among the lightest, and some, nicknamed “solid smoke” or “frozen smoke,” are nearly transparent. Heavier aerogels were first developed in 1931 and have been used to detect high-energy particles emitted by particle accelerators. What are some other applications of aerogels in everyday products? More…:

Idiom of the Day: get the gist

Idiom of the Day:
get the gist

To understand the central, essential, or general matter of something, such as an argument, speech, concept, process, etc., without being proficient in the more specific details. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: lineal

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child.

Synonyms: direct

Usage: Du Bois, the present librarian of Ardis, is a lineal descendant of this revolutionary pair.:

Mustard field in spring (013020)

Mustard field in spring (013020)

Mustard field in spring (013020)

My vase with flowers today (013020)

My vase with flowers today (013020)

My vase with flowers today (013020)

Forest neighbors (013020)

Forest neighbors (013020)

Forest neighbors (013020)

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Horoscope♉: 01/29/2020


Share more of your passion, love, and happiness with the people around you, Taurus. Put your energy toward a group project and work to co-create something much more magical and meaningful than anything you could create on your own. You aren’t alone in this world, and you will find that you have a great deal to learn from working in close relationship with other people who share similar ideals.:

Today’s Holiday: St. Charles’s Day

Today’s Holiday:
St. Charles’s Day

Charles I, crowned king of England in 1625, was illegally executed on Jan. 30, 1649, primarily for defending the Anglican Church. His body was secretly buried in Windsor Castle, and he was widely acclaimed as a martyr. A royal decree ordered a special service on this day to be in the Book of Common Prayer from 1662 to 1859. It also ordered it to be a day of national fasting. The anniversary of this event is commemorated by the Society of Charles the Martyr with an annual service at the site of his execution in Whitehall, London. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Shirley Hazzard (1931)

Today’s Birthday:
Shirley Hazzard (1931)

Hazzard is an Australian novelist and short-story writer who has lived in the US since 1951. She and her husband, writer Francis Steegmuller, were both frequent contributors to The New Yorker magazine. Noted for her lyrical style, she achieved early success with her first story collection, Cliffs of Fall. Her 1980 novel, The Transit of Venus, brought her literary acclaim and a greatly expanded readership. Hazzard did not publish her next novel until 2003. What was it? More…:

This Day in History: First Anglo-Japanese Alliance

This Day in History:
First Anglo-Japanese Alliance

Signed in London, England (1902)
The First Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed to protect the respective interests of Britain and Japan in China and Korea. Directed against Russian expansionism, the alliance helped Japan by discouraging France from entering the Russo-Japanese War on the Russian side. The alliance later prompted Japan to join the Allies in World War I. Britain allowed the alliance to lapse after the war, when it no longer feared Russian encroachment in China. What were the cultural effects of the alliance? More…:

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

Of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution. More…:

Article of the Day: Clothing in the Ancient World

Article of the Day:
Clothing in the Ancient World

Clothing in the ancient world served more than just a protective function; it reflected climatic necessity, class distinctions, and religious beliefs. Ornamentation was an important part of ancient clothing, and charms, trophies, and other valuables were worn to enhance attractiveness and signify one’s social position. In ancient Egypt, for example, jewelry was used to symbolize power and religious standing. What was the purpose of wearing a cone of ox tallow and myrrh on top of the head? More…:

Idiom of the Day:
Elysian Fields

A place or time of perfect, happy contentment, likened to the paradisiacal afterlife of Greek mythology. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: poultice

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A soft moist mass of bread, meal, clay, or other adhesive substance, usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body.

Synonyms: cataplasm, plaster

Usage: I heard from the ship’s doctor that he had been obliged to put a large mustard poultice on this very gentleman’s stomach.:

My bird on the wire today 013020

My bird on the wire today 013020

My bird on the wire today 013020

Yerba Mate: Vintage Yerba Mate Gourd and Bombilla

Yerba mate: Vintage Yerba Mate Gourd and Bombilla,

Yerba mate: Vintage Yerba Mate Gourd and Bombilla,

Quote: He who dares not offend cannot be honest. (THOMAS PAINE)

Quote: He who dares not offend cannot be honest. (THOMAS PAINE)

Quote: He who dares not offend cannot be honest. (THOMAS PAINE)

Quote: Those who are able to see…(Plato)

Quote: Those who are able to see...(Plato)

Quote: Those who are able to see…(Plato)

Scoville Pepper Scale

Scoville Pepper Scale

Scoville Pepper Scale

Health benefits: Apple Cider Vinegar

Health benefits: Apple Cider Vinegar

Health benefits: Apple Cider Vinegar

The 9 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Dr. Eric Berg

January 12, 2019

Our Educational Content is Not Meant or Intended for Medical Advice or Treatment

Discover the many benefits of apple cider vinegar to the body’s overall health here.

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In this article:

  1. How Apple Cider Vinegar Is Made
  2. Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
  4. How to Take Apple Cider Vinegar

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Health

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How Apple Cider Vinegar Is Made

Before delving into the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, let’s find out where it comes from. Basically, the sugar from the apple juice is extracted. Then, certain microbes, bacteria, and yeast turn that sugar into alcohol and eventually into vinegar. At the end of this whole fermentation process, the apple juice is left with the main component, acetic acid (commonly known as vinegar). It also contains lactic, citric, and malic acids.

If you grind up apples into apple juice, then allow them to ferment naturally, you will have apple flavored cider. This is basically apple juice with some alcohol in it. If the apple juice is not pasteurized or heated, it goes through fermentation and it eventually turns into vinegar with the help of microbes.

Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar glass apples background | The 9 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many different types of vinegar. The one I recommend is the raw, organic, unpasteurized version. This kind of ACV still has residue of some fiber pectin, bacteria, and yeast. The fact that the apple cider vinegar is raw means that it’s rich in enzymes. This can actually help aid digestion.

Because it’s organic, there are no added pesticides or chemicals. The pH level of apple cider vinegar is between 3.3 and 3.5 which is acidic enough to help your stomach function well. Aside from the many apple cider vinegar uses, you also don’t have to worry about it going bad. Even when left outside of the refrigerator it can last for about 5 years.

Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits

1. Aids Digestion

Apple cider vinegar speeds up digestion and activates gastrointestinal enzymes. There are a lot of enzymes in the stomach, in the pancreas, and other places in the body that are dormant. These enzymes can only be activated by certain things. Acid is one of the activators for the enzymes in the stomach to help you break down protein. This is the process that helps the stomach digest food faster.

2. Controls Pathogens

If you think about it, you have pickles and other fermented vegetables that are acidic. The acid they are kept in preserves the food and prevents bacterial growth. When you consume apple cider vinegar, it helps prevent the overgrowth of microbes, especially if you have a condition called SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Definition: This is a condition where you have bacteria growing in the wrong place, e.g. in the small intestine instead of the large intestine.

3. Helps Absorb Minerals

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Calcium, magnesium, and iron all need a certain pH to be absorbed. If your stomach is too alkaline, you won’t be able to absorb as many minerals. Vitamins K, C, and even B12 need acid to be absorbed.

4. Can Decrease Gas and Bloating

The last thing you want is undigested food in your digestive tract. Apple cider vinegar speeds up the breakdown of food to aid in complete protein digestion.

5. Decreases Acid Reflux

Normally, your stomach needs to be very acidic to be able to close the valve at the top of your stomach. This valve prevents your stomach acid from coming up your esophagus. When your stomach acid levels are low, the valve doesn’t close and the acid can reflux up your esophagus. The term for this condition is GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

To feel better, you take in any acid. Yet the next time you eat, it becomes worse. Why? Because you’re making that acid less acidic. So over time, that valve just stays open and you’ll have constant reflux, making you dependent on medication. If you consume apple cider vinegar, it helps the valve close fully, improving the symptoms of acid reflux and GERD.

6. Helps Release Bile

Your liver needs a specific amount of acid to produce bile, which then gets released to the gallbladder. Apple cider vinegar can help serve as a trigger and release the bile that’s congested in the liver. You, then, feel less bloated. Acid also helps release enzymes from the pancreas for a more complete digestion.

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7. Breaks Down Protein

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Protein breaks down into amino acids when metabolized. You need acids, like apple cider vinegar, to activate the enzymes to do this.

8. Improves Blood Sugar Levels

Apple cider vinegar can help you make glucose more sensitive so you’ll have less insulin resistance. Less insulin being produced can help you with your weight loss efforts.

9. Improves Immune System

Lastly, it can help boost your immune system with its antibacterial properties. It can stimulate white blood cells to speed up function and fight infection.

How to Take Apple Cider Vinegar

Since it’s acidic, you can take apple cider vinegar in small doses through drinking the liquid, or swallowing it in tablet form. Take If you are drinking it, take between 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in 8-16 ounces. I like to mix in lemon juice and honey to give it more flavor.

The acid can weaken your teeth so it’s best to use a straw so it doesn’t affect your teeth. You can drink it before or after a meal. I drink mine in the evening at 6 o’clock and take my wheatgrass juice in the morning.

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Infographic | Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits | The 9 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can aid in multiple metabolic processes in the body, especially in the digestive system. You can drink it, take tablets and even add it to your keto diet recipes! It can work wonders for your gut health and may even improve overall feelings of wellness.

Have you tried drinking apple cider vinegar? Share your experience in the comments section below!

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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted on January 12, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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    Horoscope♉: 01/28/2020


    Long-distance phone calls from people living in distant states could bring some rather disconcerting news your way. This might arouse some anger within you, and you might be tempted to take it out on the caller. Don’t do this! The person is probably only the messenger. Some short trips in your neighborhood could find you confronted with impossible traffic. If you have to go out today, Taurus, you might get there more quickly by walking!:

    Today’s Holiday: Vasant Panchami

    Today’s Holiday:
    Vasant Panchami

    Vasant Panchami is a festival of spring, celebrated throughout India among Hindus and Sikhs at the end of January or in early February. People wear bright yellow clothes, the color of the mustard flower that heralds the onset of spring, and mark the day with music, dancing, and kite-flying. In Shantiniketan, West Bengal, the festival is celebrated with special lavishness in honor of Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of learning and the arts. Her images are taken in procession to rivers to be bathed, and books and pens are placed at her shrine. More…:

    Today’s Birthday: Emanuel Swedenborg (1688)

    Today’s Birthday:
    Emanuel Swedenborg (1688)

    Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. He studied almost every field of scientific investigation and wrote copiously, publishing Sweden’s first scientific journal and anticipating many discoveries and inventions. However, his writing gradually shifted toward philosophy and metaphysics, and in 1744 he claimed to have had a divine vision. He spent the rest of his career interpreting the Bible and relating what he had seen in his visions. What sect is based on his beliefs? More…:

    This Day in History: Liliuokalani Becomes Hawaii’s Last Monarch (1891)

    This Day in History:
    Liliuokalani Becomes Hawaii’s Last Monarch (1891)

    Liliuokalani ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt, fostered largely by sugar planters—mostly American residents of Hawaii—that led to her dethronement early in 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Failing in an attempt to regain the throne in 1895, she formally renounced her royal claims. What well-known song was composed by Liliuokalani? More…:

    Quote of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

    Quote of the Day:
    Hans Christian Andersen

    It is the power of thought which gives man the mastery over nature. More…:

    Article of the Day: Sanctuary Lamps

    Article of the Day:
    Sanctuary Lamps

    In Christianity, a sanctuary lamp is a flame or lamp, usually red, placed in a prominent position in the sanctuary of a church. When lit, it indicates the presence of the Blessed Sacrament—the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. In Judaism, the sanctuary lamp is known by its Hebrew name, ner tamid, which means “eternal light” or “eternal flame.” In a synagogue or temple, the ner tamid hangs above the ark containing the Torah scrolls and is never allowed to go out. How is this achieved? More…:

    Idiom of the Day: a sobering thought

    Idiom of the Day:
    a sobering thought

    A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. Watch the video…:

    Word of the Day: callow

    Word of the Day:

    Definition: (adjective) Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature.

    Synonyms: unfledged

    Usage: Although he is 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.:

    My vase with flower today (01/29/20)

    My vase with flower today (01/29/20)

    My vase with flower today (01/29/20)

    My vase with flower today (01/28/20)

    My vase with flower today (01/28/20)

    My vase with flower today (01/28/20)

    Horoscope♉: 01/27/2020


    Let the genius within you come out and play, Taurus. You may feel like some sort of inventor who has wild ideas that could help to revolutionize the future. Bring these ideas into the open and see what kind of response you get from the people around you. Cutting-edge concepts are likely to appeal to you the most. These are the ones that you should pursue and follow through on if you can.:

    Today’s Holiday: St. Charlemagne’s Day

    Today’s Holiday:
    St. Charlemagne’s Day

    Charlemagne wasn’t actually a saint at all; he was an emperor and the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, crowned in 800 by Pope Leo III. Although he was never able to read and write himself, Charlemagne, whose name means “Charles the Great,” founded the University of Paris. In fact, his reign was marked by a huge cultural revival, including significant advances in scholarship, literature, and philosophy. He died on January 28, 814. More…:

    Today’s Birthday: Arthur Rubinstein (1887)

    Today’s Birthday:
    Arthur Rubinstein (1887)

    Rubinstein was a Polish-American pianist whose enormous popularity spanned many decades. He debuted in 1900 and performed with moderate success until the 1930s, when he stopped performing for five years to improve his technique and reemerged as a giant of 20th-century music, active into his 80s. In the US, he was equally noted as soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire ranged from Bach to 20th-century Spanish composers, but he was particularly noted for his interpretation of what composer? More…:

    This Day in History: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice First Published (1813)

    This Day in History:
    Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice First Published (1813)

    Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice while living at “Steventon,” her father’s Hampshire vicarage where she spent the first 25 years of her life. However, the book was not published until much later—in 1813, four years before her death. Like Austen’s other novels, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners that depicts the self-contained world of provincial ladies and gentlemen. In 2003, the novel placed second in a BBC poll for the “UK’s Best-Loved Book.” What book came first? More…: