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4 Ways to See the World Cheaply

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If you’re an adventurous soul and you’re dying to see the world but you can’t afford it – these suggestions are for you. You really can see the world if you’re savvy and thoughtful about the way that you travel. Here are a few ideas:

1. Watch a stranger’s home: This is a really creative way to see the world. If you look at a site like TrustedHousesitters.com, you’ll see that you can find ways to watch other people’s homes while they are away.

2. Cruise around the world: You can work on a cruise ship and get paid while you travel. You could be a singer, a waiter, a photographer, a musician and more. Now, while this may sound romantic, many people find the hours grueling and the work isolating as you’re on the ship for so many weeks at a time.

3. Make it count: You can see parts of the world by helping others. You can do the Peace Corps. You can look into World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms where hosts provide the accommodations and food and you work on their farms. You could also teach English abroad.

4. Be a snow bunny: Here is a creative idea. Check out a ski resort that offers seasonal work. They might be looking for hotel staff, ski instructors, bartenders and cooks.

These are just a few of the ways that you can set sail on your next adventure without breaking the bank.

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Understanding the Origins of Schisms

BuddhismToday, not only are there many different religions, but within those there are breakaways, schisms and sects. In this article we will take a look at one from three different practices and their leaders: Judaism (Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld), Buddhism (the Therras) and Tianshidao (Zhang Daoling).

Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld was the founder of Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community during the time of the British Mandate of Palestine. Although he passed away in 1932, his legacy still lives on. In his time, Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld worked alongside Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, helping in community activities, including the founding of many schools as well as the Diskin Orphanage. Today, this work continues, from his legacy, via his descendants.

One of the branches of Buddhism is Theraveda. Based on Pali Canon (Buddhist texts) teachings, this features a large array of customs which have emerged over its interactions – historically – with other cultures and communities. Today it is practiced by small groups in Bangladesh, China and Vietnam. Its credibility hails in that it was the only one of the 18 schools of early Buddhism that survived the eras following the Buddha’s death. Originated by the Theras (which means Elders) it is the ‘Doctrine of the Elders,’ as opposed to being established by one individual. However, others have said that it was Anawrahta – who founded the Pagan Empire – who introduced this type of Buddhism.

Moving on to Taoism, around a century after his passing, Zhang Daoling earned the name Celestial Master. He was the founder and patriarch of Tianshidao (Way of the Celestial Masters) movement. He studied Taosim in the Scihuan area during the Han dynasty and reign of Shundi. He said he had received a revelation from Laozi, a great Sage and thus begun his prophesizing on the coming era of a time called Taiping (Great Peace). Today there remains a Celestial Master who claims he is a direct descendant of Zhang Daoling. Most non-Monastic Taoist priests from China and the Chinese diaspora are identified with this tradition now.

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Earth Day Is Coming: Get Ready

Do you know what you’re doing for Earth Day? Learn about Earth Day and get great ideas for yourself and your children.

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Record that Special Moment with Ringcam

ring-503503__180It’s an adorable idea. You want to capture your romantic wedding proposal on film, but you can’t always have a videographer hiding in the woods when you’re ready to propose. You can, however, have the ringcam. This device has a built in wide angle lens and a hidden microphone and it can be plugged into a computer to download the adorable footage.

The box looks like a regular jewelry box. The camera is hidden on the lid and there is a button on the top of the box that starts and stops the video recording. There is a USB port on the side of the box for charging the camera and transferring the film.

The box can be rented for three weeks so that people can plan their big proposal and have their camera ready.

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Buy Your Own Wild West Town

You, too, could feel like you live in the Wild West and own your own little town. The town in Valley Center, San Diego was created for advertising and movies. It’s now up for grabs for a family that wants to enjoy their own two bedroom house, general store, saloon and jail.

They are asking for $900,000 for the purchase of the entire area which also includes a blacksmith and a barbershop. The house is decked out in country Western items and includes a stone fireplace and two wood burning stoves.

The town loves its country theme. Once a year, they close down the town for an event known as Valley Center Western Days. Typically held over Memorial Day weekend, the even includes a community parade, a festival and a stampede rodeo.

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Sleep Changes Lead to Weight Gain in Teenagers

popcorn-155602_640Can a lack of sleep really make you fat? Well, it in itself may not make you pile on the pounds, but it can have a direct influence on your desire to eat more. Sleeping for even an hour less a day can cause people to eat more.

Researchers at Penn State University College of Medicine looked at the sleep patterns of 342 teenagers and found that, on average, they slept seven hours a night. When this amount of sleep varied, however, they ate about 201 extra calories a day.

Now, what may be even more surprising than this is that it wasn’t only when they slept less that they ate more – if they slept more they also ate more.

Lead author Fan He explained, “According to the data from our study, it’s not how long you sleep that matters. It’s about day-to-day variations in how long you sleep.’

This study could have earth-shattering implications. It’s the first to objectively measure teenager sleeping patterns and physical activity in conjunction with eating habits in the real world, rather than under laboratory conditions.

One explanation that researchers offered is that when teenagers get less sleep, they are more sedentary the next day. And this can lead to snacking. Another idea is that shifts in sleep patterns result in hormonal imbalances which can cause teenagers to eat more.

Another important point is that Leptin works to decrease the appetite, but a lack of sleep causes these levels to go down and to signal to the brain to eat.

Dr Fe said “These findings could help us better understand how obesity develops among young people.”

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