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Brace Yourself

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There is a new way to afford braces without having to go into a doctor’s office. There are companies that will actually send a kit to your house. If you are self-conscious about your smile or have been considered braces without the ability to afford traditional ones, this may be the solution for you! SnapCorrect and YourSmileDirect are two examples of the “DIY” braces and can offer a solution for people with moderate misalignment. It’s a little bit involved as you bite into several clay moldings and embark on what looks to be a home science experience. Then you send back the product in order to receive clear braces in the mail. They promise to straighten your teeth without a doctor’s visit within 16 weeks. It can save you up to 75% than traditional braces especially if you are short on cash, the gap can be filled with insurance plans. Or if you need us, Fast Cash Title Loans is here to assist you with the money you need today!   Call today to see how much you qualify for at Fast Cash Title Loans, 21615 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, Va 20166 – 703-444-3840 or 6526 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, Va 22042…

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Boy Scouts

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February 8th marks the birthday of Scouting in America. Did you know the American organization was started in D.C. back in 1910? Now Scouting groups across the country will serve sweets and camp out to celebrate. According to the Boy Scouts Association website, there were about 3.1 million boys in the program and 1.1 million leaders. Originally the organization began 3 years before the American one in Britain. There is a lesson to be learned from their motto “Be Prepared”. They do more than camp out in the woods and sell goods. Their mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over the course of their lifetime by swearing by the Scout Oath and Law. They train young ones in responsible character development as well as how to be self-reliant. It is through the medium of outdoor activities and bonding retreats that these principles are able to be instilled at a young age. Though it started out as an organization strictly for boys, there are now a number of girls in the organization between the ages of 11 and 17. The founding of the Boy Scouts of America is quite a warm story. There was a…

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Laundry Savings

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According to the makers of Tide, American families wash 300-390 loads of laundry a year—that’s nearly a load a day! If you’re single that number is probably drastically lower, but all the same, there are ways to save on the costs it take to wash your clothing. If you’re like many Americans, you don’t have much say in the appliances responsible for doing your laundry—many homes and rentals are already accompanied by their washer and dryer. There are a number of eco-friendly washers and dryers that promise to save you money on your utility bills by using water and electricity more efficiently. There are also soap concentrates you can dilute at home. Those options are called High-efficiency washer and are well accompanied by using less detergent. By hanging up your clothes immediately you can save on the amount of time and energy you spend ironing. Always be sure to clean the dyer’s lint filter, this was ensure a safer flow of air (thus preventing fires) and will dry clothes more efficiently. You can invest in a drying rack or dry your clothes without heat by using clothespins (this is a great tactic for the summer time!). Over half of the…

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Bill Gate’s Favorite Books

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Bill Gates let us into his favorite list from 2016 and I have reproduced that list here courtesy of CNBC. According to this article Gates goes though fifty books a year as they are his favorite way to learn about a new topic. This makes sense as there are a number of levels (beginner, intermediate, expert) in order to learn something. You can start from the bottom, with the basics and work your way up. In Gates’ blog there are four of his favorite books from 2016 as well as an honorable mention. The books are “String Theory” by Foster Wallace which he gives a detailed review of. There is also the memoir by Phil Knight who is the co-founder of Nike and serves a detailed description of his experience in the business world. Another is The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee who is a cancer physician and assistant professor at Columbia—despite his credentials Gates says it is written in layman’s terms because genes affect everyone. “The Myth of the Strong Leader” by Archie Brown is next on the list because in the midst of the 2016 elections, Gates wanted to explore the history and misconceptions of political leadership. No one…

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Chinese New Year

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The largest annual human migration is due to millions of people going to celebrate the advent of a new year—not to New York, but to China! The date of the Chinese New Year varies, because it goes with the lunar calendar. It is a fifteen day celebration that is recognized around the world—not just in China! It starts on the new moon and ends with the full moon on the last day for the Lantern Festival. 2019 represents the Year of the of and celebrations will officially begin  on February 5th. For Chinese astrology, each year is symbolized by one of twelve animals and rotates continually. In contemporary China, the New Year is referred to as the Spring Festival, but is just one of several lunar new years in Asia annually. And often represents the start of a new animal’s zodiac year. One sixth of the globe celebrates the Chinese New Year. Most employees have 7-12 days off of work and students have one month of winter vacation. The number of people travelling by bus, plane, or train can be as high as 3 billion to unite with loved ones. Similar to the large number of people who tune in…

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Black History Month

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Black History month Is February of every year and serves as a 28-day long commemoration of the contribution of African Americans and their history to civilization. It began in the twentieth century when activists on the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) held their first “Negro History Week “in February of 1926. This organization was founded by Carter G. Woodson, who was a Harvard historian and believed that truth and reason would prevail in the face of prejudice. When he died twenty four years later, this week was a central part of the lives of African Americans and there were many people who came to appreciate the progress made in acknowledging the contributions and achievements Black people had in America. By the time the 1960’s rolled around and the Civil Rights movement ensued, people of all races and statues (even mayors) began celebrating Black history and culture. It wasn’t until 1976 that this celebration was expanded to a month when President Gerald R. Ford told Americans to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor…

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an organization that is aimed at maintaining healthy living environment for all the inhabitants of the bay and its surrounding marshy areas. This depends on the work of many volunteers who go out to the field and screen the soil as well as take samples of the water. This area is important as it is the area where the mainland fresh waters meet the ocean. As you can see this involves a network of rivers that flow into their area amounting to a watershed region of about 64,000 square feet! That reaches all the way from southern Virginia to New York and as westward as West Virginia and Pennsylvania. According to their website, this region is home to approximately eighteen million people. If nothing else, it’s important to keep this region clean for selfish reason as every year about 500 million pounds of seafood is produced from the Bay. There are a number of issues associated with the efforts being made to keep this area healthy. There is not only water pollution but air pollution as well. Land usage, deforestation, climate change, and chemical contamination are just a few of the issues mentioned on their…

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Sign Language

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Like obtaining any new skills, learning sign language can prove to be a lucrative for you in the job market. The other day I was able to make a connection simply by knowing how to say thank you silently. Employers everywhere are looking people that are bilingual so don’t overlook American Sign Language as a valuable asset to your portfolio! You can learn on YouTube or via the National Association of the Deaf website. According to an article written back in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the need for Sign Language Interpreters to rise 46% in the 10 year span from 2012 to 2022. It’s no surprise as corporations everywhere are aiming towards a more inclusive and accessible global community. And you don’t’ even have to go as far as enrolling in formal training or courses. Just look up some useful and basic phrase and you’re bound to separate yourself from the masses!   Call today to see how much you qualify for at Fast Cash Title Loans, 21615 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, Va 20166 – 703-444-3840 or 6526 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, Va 22042 – 702-237-5626 When you call in to get a loan, let us know that…

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Matriarchy

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Far more people are familiar with the term and concept of patriarchy than they are matriarchy and its due to modern widespread of patriarchy in practice. However, there is archaeological evidence (such as statues of Venus for example) that matriarchies existed for centuries and women were praised for their ability to bear children. It’s a concept that is not strictly concerned with the dynamics of power, although that is a layer of it. A matriarchal society is not only one that is governed by women, but one where lineage or heritage is traced through women (also known as matrilineal societies). In some matrilineal societies, upon marriage, the wife’s brother holds jurisdiction over domestic matters. International Women’s Day falls on March 8th every year. To commemorate it’s 2018 celebration, A British online newspaper called The Independent, published an article describing several examples of contemporary matriarchies around the world. That’s right, they don’t just exist in the myths of the Amazonians and Wonder Woman! Places such as Mosuo, China actually don’t have words that translate to “father” or “husband.” The largest known matriarchal society is in Minangkabau, Indonesia where the population is over four million. There are actually micro-societies within the United…

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Vocabulary

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Having a good vocabulary isn’t just for authors or people trying to ace standardized tests. Having the ability to accurately articulate your thoughts and emotions is a skill set with utility beyond measure. Words are not arbitrary. They are specific and used to match sachems and concepts in our brains. They can pinpoint ideas and fabricate the most elaborate tales. They can mold entire cultures and separate civilizations. Adjectives especially, I find, are some of the most specific words in the English language and the vivid imagery that accompanies their usage is the basis on which story telling withstands the test of time. It’s how history is shared generationally. You also have to understand that people may assign meaning to words in a way that is not necessarily consistent with the dictionary or “textbook definition.” That is the difference between a word’s connotation and its denotation. A common example of this duality of words includes house vs. home or childish vs. childlike or youthful. The words share the same denotation (dictionary definition, which I remember because dictionary and denotation both start with “d”) but have different connotations (or social understandings/concepts, which I am able to remember because connotation and concept…

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