Dwayne & # 39; The Rock & # 39; Johnson def. The Avengers in the list of highest paid actors | entertainment — Archy news nety

We saw that Dwayne & # 39; The Rock & # 39; Johnson has done a lot of crazy things in his film, but he’s probably done the craziest thing in his life: he defeated The Avengers single-handedly. Well, not literally, but we will not be surprised if he has muscles there. According to a…

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Cultivating Joy

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Like a plant without enough water, when you forget to feed your soul and your life with joy, your cheeks aren’t as rosy and your whole being isn’t as vibrant. 

The good news is that joy can be cultivated over time. It’s within your reach and you have the key to bring it forward. If you’re not sure where to start with cultivating joy, here are three ideas to help you get started.

Keep it simple

Some days, moments, weeks are going to feel like crap and that’s okay. If life was perfect all the time, you wouldn’t recognize the good stuff. Give yourself permission to feel the sadness, anger, and frustration. When you’re ready to move forward, call in your joy.

Joy doesn’t have to be expensive, like a 12-day excursion through the Mediterranean. That may be a goal to work towards but the truth is, joy shows up…

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Skeleton Lake Mysteries Deepen

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Every year Skeleton Lake reveals a little more of her secrets. The lake remains frozen most of the year; however, during a brief warm period, the ice melts, leaving skeletal remains behind. An unpublished study based on research conducted on 5 skeletons found that the remains were 1,200 years old.

A new study, however, widened the research. DNA testing was performed on 38 skeletons. Researchers from India, the United States, and Germany, isolated three geographic regions of origins: 1. South Asian, 7th-10th centuries; 2. East Asian; and Mediterranean, both 17th-20th centuries. This supported the theory of several mass dumpings over 1,000 years. Moreover, none of the skeletons were related. This warrants more research. In the meantime, read the article in The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/science/skeleton-lake-archaeology-roopkund.html

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60– Framing the Shot

The World Is A Book...

“If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we’d see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.”

–Conor Oberst

This week, we will explore different ways of framing images.

Many photographers agree on one thing about framing – that it can help direct the viewers eyes to where you want them to look.

Here is a cool example. This giant frame at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park enables visitors to imagine what and how they can explore the park. I’m not sure the display is still there since it was captured ten years ago.

“If you have a positive frame of mind, you can manifest positive things in your life.”

— Alesha Dixon

One of the common framing elements in photography is foliage such as trees, branches, and leaves, which are easy to find. There are many ways to photograph…

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FOWC with Fandango — Snide

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FOWCWelcome to August 25, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “snide.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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We have all been someplace. We all went someplace else. Maybe we returned to the original point of departure. Maybe we departed for a new place. Where did we all go?

The Sunday Ragtag Daily Prompt is EXCURSION.

Use the word to inspire your creation be it word or picture or other medium. Post it and set a pingback to this post. Remember to tag your post with the words ‘RDP’, ‘Ragtag Daily Prompt’, and ‘Excursion’.

Then read the posts from your fellow bloggers. That is the fun of it!

Happy SUnday!

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Word of the Day Challenge


Today’s Word of the Day is Friendship.

If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Please note that for the prompts that I publish, the comment box will now remain open for people who experience trouble with pingbacks. However, I won’t guarantee a quick response to actual comments, that would be left here. If you have questions, or ideas you’d like to submit, please use our “contact” page.


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NES Gets A Slick Acrylic Casemod — Hackaday

Those alive during the 1990s will remember the clear or “crystal” versions of various home consoles. Made with the usual injection molding processes, they usually came out somewhere closer to a smoky translucency and didn’t reveal much of the insides. [BitHead1000] likes to do things right though, and has busted out an awesome acrylic case…

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Healthy Eating Tips

While there is a ton of emphasis on exercising to stay fit you should not overlook your eating habits either. Healthy eating is just about one of the most important things you can do if you want to stay healthy and avoid illnesses. If fact, if you were to talk to an expert, they will tell you that a combination of exercise and eating correctly are the two best things you can do for your body. 

There’s a common example of this, which you may have already heard: 

You would never think about putting the wrong type of gas into your car. You know that you won’t get too far before you run into a slew of problems. 

This exact way of thinking is what you need to apply to your own body. Only put in foods that will fuel your body and provide you with strength and energy to live life to the fullest. 

Actually most people do know what the right kinds of foods are. They also admit that they should lose weight and get more exercise if they are overweight. It just seems so hard to put these actions into place for some reason. It is so much easier to avoid going to an exercise class or to grab fast food instead of cooking your own meals at home. 

But, you need to think of the consequences and the long term effects this will have on your body, and on your life. Do you want to risk developing diabetes or having a heart attack at an early age? 

Let’s compare some food choices: 

What is healthier? Having a couple of doughnuts for breakfast or sitting down to a bowl of oatmeal and fresh fruit? This one seems quite obvious. 

Which of these is a better option? 

A salad with fat free dressing or natural peanut butter on a slice of whole grain bread? 

Before making your choice you need to keep in mind what you are planning on eating for the rest of the day. 

Your body requires good fats so the natural peanut butter is not that bad of a choice. It also contains protein, which will give you energy. The bread is a carbohydrate which will help to fill you up. This is a good choice if you are going to be active for the rest of the day. 

On the other hand if you are planning a higher fat dinner and will be sitting in the office for the afternoon – the salad may be a better choice for you. 

By thinking and planning ahead there is no reason why you cannot have a few foods that you might consider a treat, such as the peanut butter. If you balance out your meals to include healthy fats, lean proteins and lots of fruits and veggies you will be on the right track to eating a healthy diet. 

Now let’s talk about exercise. It is important to exercise for many reasons. First it helps to keep your joints and limbs moving. As you age, or if you sit all day, you will notice that your joints become stiff. Over time your range of motion will steadily decline and you will have trouble doing simple, everyday tasks. Of course exercising helps your body burn off calories and keeps your weight within a healthy range. 

If you do eat a higher fat meal then plan on exercising a little more the next day to counteract the calories and avoid gaining a pound or two. Remember too that the more active you are the more calories you can eat. If you sit all day, you won’t require as many calories. 

As you can see it is not that complicated to make healthy food choices. Stick to natural foods as much as possible, avoid fast foods and pre-packaged ones. Instead choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lean cuts of protein. Make a point of reading the ingredient list and not buying any foods that have labels with items you cannot read. 

It’s never too late to improve your lifestyle. Begin today by making a commitment to eat healthy and increase your activity level.

Homeopathic Herbs and How to Use Them

There are many different uses for herbs especially when it comes to medicinal uses, especially homeopathic uses. Millions of people are now looking for more natural ways to provide relief for their ailments. Let’s take a look at some ways you can use herbs for homeopathic use. 

What Is Homeopathy?

You may or may not have heard of homeopathic medicine? If not, here is a basic overview of what it is. It is based on the body learning to heal itself – “like treating like.” When an invading germ or bacteria enters the body, its defenses create antibodies to fight it. Now that invader is recognized if it ever appears again.

Homeopathy uses a highly diluted form of the substance that is causing the symptoms in the body to trigger the natural defenses within to begin healing. An example would be to expose allergy sufferers to a small dose of pollen, ragweed or dust mites to help their bodies become desensitized to it. The repeated dilutions are to render the substance non-toxic. This works in a very similar way to allergy shots with the main difference being the substance that is used. 

Homeopathic Herbs and Their Uses

There is more to homeopathy than what we described above. You can learn more about this type of medicine to get a better understanding of the mechanisms at work here. Next, let’s discuss some of the herbs used as a part of that type of treatment. 

Homeopathic medicines can be given in pill or liquid form depending on what is prescribed by the natural pharmacy. They can also instruct you on dosage and frequency of use. They are recommended for treatment of minor ailments.

Arnica – This is also called “mountain daisy.” It is used to relieve pain after injury like in sports and exercise.

Allium – Onion is a part of this family of plants. A common use for it is to help with common cold symptoms. As anyone who has cut an onion knows, it causes eye tearing and a runny nose.


Chamomile – It is soothing when steeped as a tea but also for relieving teething pain in children. It’s used with colicky babies as well.

St. John’s wort – Known to help improve mood, it can also be used for injuries and cuts that are accompanied by lots of sharp pains.

Nux vomica – It’s also known as “poison nut.” Works to relieve nausea and stomach complaints brought on by too much food and alcohol or a stomach bug.

Sepia – Assists with female menstrual issues.

Aconite – Used for treating shock, fever and maybe insomnia.

Apis – Used to treat insect stings on the body and resulting rashes and/or hives.

Herbs have been a part of medical treatment even before recorded history began. 

Using Herbs for Medicinal Purposes 

As we mentioned earlier more and more people are looking at herbal remedies, ones that can be used to improve their health and their homes. 

Herbs for medicinal purposes are sometimes looked down on by members of the medical community.  However, there is more of a relationship between herbs and modern medicine than people know. People all over the world have used herbs as well as berries, seeds, roots, leaves, bark and flowers to treat everything from a cold to indigestion to abdominal pain. 

Scientists aren’t sure exactly how herbs work. There are a variety of compounds found in plants and it can be hard to separate the active ingredients. However, research is showing that there is value to using them for preventative maintenance as well as treating some conditions. 

Once scientists learned to extract certain compounds from plants and create similar ones, plant use dropped off. The herb remedies fell into hearsay but have been making resurgence within the medical community. People want to return to their roots – literally.


Popular Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses

Peppermint – It is great for candy but has several medicinal purposes as well. Leaves can be steeped in tea as a muscle relaxant, antispasmodic and antacid. Use leaves on the chest as an expectorant. 

Calendula – This flower is used as a healing cream to fight inflammation. Use it to find relief from poison ivy.

Garlic – Tastes great on meats and in stews. Eat fresh cloves to help boost the immune system naturally as well as lowering blood cholesterol. Garlic is also an antibiotic.

Yarrow – This root can be used to stop bleeding externally. Also used as an antibiotic when ingested. Combine with lavender to repel insects.

Lavender – The purple flowers smell great. Used in essential oils to relieve headaches and stress. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used topically without burning or damaging the skin. Use as an antibiotic and antifungal.

Chamomile – Steep the leaves in a tea as a sedative to help you sleep better. Also used as an anti-inflammatory.

Ginkgo biloba – We’ve all heard of this one for improving memory. Used as a supplement to help fight the effects of free radicals in the body. 

Echinacea – Known as the “immune booster,” it is used to help fight off the effects of a cold or sore throat. When taking Echinacea, the duration of the cold is less. 

Ginseng – Used to boost the immune system.

Ginger – Eating fresh ginger root can help fight upset stomach and digestive problems. Use also in tea with a bit of honey.

Tea tree oil – Used as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory. 

Nettle – Used to fight muscle spasms like menstrual cramps. 


When using herbs for medicinal purposes make sure to check proper dosages used by herbalists for best results. Also, check with your doctor for any interactions with prescription meds.