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Modern Language.

Here's a list of "universal language" emoticons, created before emoji they can impart meaning and context to the written text.

It's easy to be misinterpreted in writing alone especially during brief messaging, but the emoticons along with the emoji can be misinterpreted too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emoticons

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The Impact Of Music On A Child's Brain

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      On the subject of STEAM - as Dajuan Candle mentioned earlier- (it's a great acronym, one new to me.)

      Science technology engineering art and math.

      Deborah Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., discusses why art and music are critical parts of childhood education.

      https://www.axios.com/the-impact-of-music-on-a-childs-brain-1513388214-e8e9b4be-f875-4a56-8279-56db46746f6b.html

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      Pump Up The Volume 1987

      Best electronic hit ever?

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      Is Easter Really A Pagan Festival?

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          Tomorrow is a really big Christian Holiday for many people; But history tells us that Easter actually began as a pagan holiday (as did Christmas) which was originally meant to celebrate birth and/or rebirth - the end of winter, and the beginning of spring.


          JudyMolland gives us the historical perspective of the origination of Easter, and even how it got its name!


          Personally, I love the Spring, and memories of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow filled chocolate eggs are not lost on me either - - in fact I've had to revive that tradition, even though my children are all grown up now. Mmmmm


          Happy Easter/Spring/Sunday everyone.


          This year Easter falls on April 1, but what exactly does the holiday celebrate?

          While it is true that Christians have celebrated Easter Sunday for centuries as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the roots of the holiday’s traditions can be traced back to pagan celebrations. In fact, the word Easter appears only once in some versions of the Bible — and even then it is actually a mistranslation of the Greek word for Passover, the festival that Jesus would have celebrated.

          WHERE DOES THE WORD “EASTER” ORIGINATE?

          During the 2nd century, early Christians attempting to convert pagan worshippers called their Christian celebration “Ostara,” which later became “Easter.”

          WHAT ABOUT THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST?

          Here too, Christians made the pragmatic decision to incorporate ancient pagan practices into their religion. The general symbolic story of the death of the son (sun) on a cross (the constellation of the Southern Cross) and his rebirth appears in many myths throughout the ancient world.

          CELEBRATING THE SPRING EQUINOX

          For millennia, people have celebrated the spring equinox – possibly the oldest holiday in human culture. In a world tied to the rhythms of nature, the end of winter and the beginning of spring, with the rebirth of life, must have been a truly joyful time.

          The early Christians used the spring equinox to determine the Easter date. In 325, the Council of Nicaea decided that Easter would be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox. (Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on a different date.)

          ALL THINGS EASTER: BUNNIES, EGGS AND HOT CROSS BUNS

          Easter has so many fun traditions! The origin of bunnies as an Easter motif goes back to Eostre, whose symbol was a rabbit or a hare. According to ancient myth, she owned a magic hare that hibernated all winter underground and bounded to life every spring, giving out presents to good children.

          Exchange of eggs is an ancient custom, celebrated by many cultures. The egg has represented fertility and restoration for a long time, probably long before our ancestors had any knowledge of sperm and ova. Eggs are perfect symbols of the regeneration that comes with spring.

          Hot cross buns are very ancient too. In the Old Testament we see the Israelites baking sweet buns for an idol, and religious leaders trying to put a stop to it. The early church clergy also tried to put a stop to sacred cakes being baked at Easter. In the end, in the face of defiant cake-baking pagan women, they gave up and blessed the cake instead.

          https://www.care2.com/causes/is-easter-really-a-pagan-festival.html

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          Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The MOVE Bombing?

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              [Modern History]

              Excerpt--- "What gives? It's seems incredible that so many people had never heard about the time American law enforcement bombed U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, which, on top of the deaths, left dozens of bystanders' homes destroyed in an uncontrolled fire that the police commissioner told firefighters not to put out right away. The details are so extreme, so over-the-top. How have we forgotten this?"

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              The Death Of Humanities. Tick The Right Ones Among The Following Causes

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                  0. Social Media

                  1. Money/Commerce/Corporates
                  2. Politics/Lust for Power
                  3. Scientism
                  4. Cultural degeneracy
                  5. Organized Religion
                  6. Fate+Karma
                  7. Climate Change
                  8. Evolution+Pollution
                  9. Entertainment/Sports
                  10. War+Arms Industry
                  11. Obesity+ Procrastination
                  12. Mana Level 0/10
                  13. American Presidents
                  14. Intellgence Agencies
                  15. All of the Above

                  https://www.chronicle.com/article/There-Is-No-Case...

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                  Two Museum Directors Say It’s Time To Tell The Unvarnished History Of The U.S.

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                      'History matters because it has contemporary consequence,” declared historian Jennifer Guiliano, explaining to an audience how stereotypes affect children of all races. “In fact, what psychological studies have found, is when you take a small child out to a game and let them look at racist images for two hours at a time they then begin to have racist thoughts.”

                      'The assistant professor affiliated with American Indian Programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis went on to explain what that means to parents who have taken their kid for a family-oriented excursion to a sporting event with a racist mascot.

                      '“We’re taking children who are very young, exposing them to racist symbology and then saying ‘But don’t be a racist when you grow up,’” Guiliano says. “This is the irony of sort of how we train and educate children. When we think about these issues of bringing children up, of thinking about the impact of these things, this is why history matters.”

                      'Guiliano was among the speakers at a day-long symposium, “Mascots, Myths, Monuments and Memory,” examining racist mascots, the fate of Confederate statues and the politics of memory. The program was held in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian.

                      '“It’s all about white supremacy and racism. The notion of people, that you’re concerned about African-American and Native people, reducing them so they are no longer human,” Bunch explains. “So for African-Americans these monuments were really created as examples of white supremacy—to remind people of that status where African-Americans should be—not where African-Americans wanted to be. For Native people, rather than see them as humans to grapple with, reduce the'm to mascots, so therefore you can make them caricatures and they fall outside of the narrative of history.”'

                      https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institu...

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