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Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.

A sacred symbol of direction, guardianship, and prophecy.

Bighorn Medicine Wheel, sacred Native American site, 75 feet in diameter, in Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming, is a National historic monument. Photograph from U.S. Forest Service Photo / Public domain

The medicine wheel is a well-known symbol.

European Americans, not native people, gave the medicine wheel its name. Each native nation has their own name for this symbol. The image is sacred and so is their name for it, so they keep that name secret.

Each indigenous group represents the…

Hindu Festival Celebrated Around the World

Stick Dance from Globaltimes.cn-CFP Published: 2016/10/10 14:41:37

Today or tomorrow, depending on which calendar you use, the most important nine-night festival of the Goddess takes place in Hinduism around the world. In each season, people celebrate Navarati. MahaNavaratri, starting October 7 this year, happens at the beginning of winter, rainy season, in India.

Thus people wear colorful…

A match for the greatest challenge

Thomas House, also known as Edgewood, is the oldest surviving residence in Montgomery, Alabama. On the National Register of Historic Places

Lower middle-class parents from Jersey
Father in the Army Air Corps
Stationed in Montgomery — -
That’s Alabama, not New Jersey —
And mother, pregnant with me,
Still up north, not liking it,
Not liking being so far away,
Decided to join him.

Patriotic Harriet Thomas
Mistress then of Thomas House,
Historic…

When you best use your greatest talent in your working style

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Yesterday we had a discussion about the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness can depend on a present condition or event that comes and will go. Joy doesn’t start, end, or depend on circumstances. Some say it is a quality of God. …

Written in a workshop by Emmanuel Williams, riddle writer and poet

Photo by Jachan DeVol on Unsplash

Redwood, teach me to stand straight.
Teach me to grow another
To support me when I lean
And envision, from root and cones
A community, a grove, of several more.

I don’t remember my first fascination,
Lover of beautiful wood that I am:
Columns establishing foggy majesty,
Above a red brown needle floor,
Reaching…

Make and model, environmental impact, and price

2020 Mazda with red interior, posted on the J.D. Power website.

Life can present a sign that a better time starts now. My prayer partner has had two months of challenges and disasters. …

Supplements, food, and exercise to avoid fractures

Author’s right hand in a cast. Photograph by Aikya Param.

One year after a woman’s last period, we consider her post-menopausal.

Women can have hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, depression, vaginal dryness, and loss of libido. Bones lose density. The chance of fracture increases.

To prevent severe weakness and breaks, women took hormone replacement therapy until science realized that HRT…

Help from the virulent virus and worldwide pandemic

Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash

The 2020 World Happiness Report tells us that the happiest people are those who value relationships with others most highly, more than income, status, and possessions. Inequality of well-being is more important than income inequality. A trusting social environment raises the happiness level of those in distress.

The report includes…

Can’t Wait to Change Available on Amazon

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I’ve worked in prison outreach for twenty years. Shaunta Grimes encouraged me to write about it and, more recently, to produce a nonfiction book sharing the experience. Can’t Wait to Change: D.I.Y. Rehabilitation, the result, reached number 1 in biography/autobiography short reads on Amazon Kindle. …

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