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Home-cooked meals not so 'joyful' for working moms (16)
Never in my life have I felt so understood, so accepted, so heard, as I do reading "The Joy of Cooking?" Note the question mark. Three North Carolina State University sociologists spent 250 hours interviewing and observing 150 mothers to present a realistic picture of the Herculean effort and so-tiny-as-to-be-indiscernible payoff of creating and serving home-cooked meals for a family. "The Joy of Cooking?" is their report, published on the American Sociological Association's website. "(T)ime pressures, trade-offs to save money, and the burden of pleasing others make it difficult for mothers to enact the idealized v...
Some meditation sparks better brain performance (15)
Whereas the Vajrayana style of Buddhist meditation produces an arousal response, the Theravada style produces a relaxation response. In particular, the research team found that Vajrayana meditation, which is associated with Tibetan Buddhism, can lead to enhancements in cognitive performance. Previous studies had defined meditation as a relaxation response and had attempted to categorize meditation as either involving focused or distributed attentional systems. Neither of these hypotheses received strong empirical support, and most of the studies focused on Theravada meditative practices. Four kinds of meditation Associate Professor Maria Kozhevnikov and D...
Shinto shrine offerings sparkle with beauty, veneration for nature (15)
It features invaluable treasures that were offered to Munakata Taisha, a Shinto shrine complex comprising three separate shrines located in Fukuoka Prefecture. Okitsugu, one of the three shrines, is dedicated to a goddess of maritime transportation. The shrine is located on the isolated island of Okinoshima in the Genkai Sea. The island was an important port of call for ships sailing between Japan and the Korean Peninsula and China, and was worshipped by travelers of the seas. The exhibition brings together a dazzling array of artifacts unearthed at a ritual site of the shrine. Among the relics is a pure golden ring believed to have...
Eagles beat Redskins 37-34 in a thriller marred by 4th-quarter brawl, ejections (15)
Jordan Matthews, the draft pick who replaced DeSean Jackson, and veteran Jeremy Maclin lifted the Eagles past the star receiver's new team Sunday. Philadelphia again stormed from behind to win, beating the Washington Redskins 37-34 as Mathews caught two touchdown passes and Maclin had one. The Eagles are the first NFL team to start a season 3-0 after trailing by 10-plus points in each game. "Man, that was an emotional one," said Matthews, who scored his first NFL touchdowns. "They are close (games), so I know that coach (Chip) Kelly is losing some hair." The nasty game was marred by a fourth-quarter brawl near the Washington sideline after Eagles quarterback Nick Fole...
Practice ergonomic prinicipals at computer workstations (14)
How many of you would like more energy throughout your workday? How about less joint stiffness or pain in your lower back, neck, shoulders, wrists or knees?If you answered yes to these questions, stay tuned because this article will empower you, your co-workers, and family how to set up a computer workstation following WorkingSmart ergonomic principles. At the same time, this article will help you stay away from the most common mistakes leading to many of the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.Workers who received an ergonomic adjustable chair and office ergonomics training had significantly reduced musculoskeletal pain and discomfort over the workday an...
Royal Taoist temple to open after renovation (1/5) (12)
The photo taken on August 13, 2014 shows the main hall in Dagaoxuan Palace, a royal Taoist temple complex under renovation in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Founded in 1542, during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the complex covers an area of 13,000 square meters. It is the only imperial Taoist abbey dating the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) in China, and constitutes an important part of the Forbidden City. The ancient structure, sealed up for nearly 60 years, will be open to the public after repair work is done. After the renovation, the palace will become a cultural center where exhibitions and cultural activities will be held. [Photo: China News Service/ Liu Gua...
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