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February 2017 New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces: Discovering What’s At the Bottom of the Sea

The February 2017 New Moon Solar Eclipse takes place on Feb 26, 2017.It will fall in the sign of Pisces & deliver an important new beginning.

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Reboot Your Life: 20 Mental Barriers You Should Let Go Of

Source: http://www.myscienceacademy.org | Original Post Date: December 16, 2014 – You are in an imaginary hot air balloon. It’s just you and all of your belongings in the wicker basket. Something went wrong and you are losing altitude fast. You will hit the ground in less than ten minutes if you don

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Feng Shui – Tarragon

Feng Shui – Tarragon

While you may think of tarragon as a spice you use when preparing a meal, it’s also a wonderful essential oil capable of many healing applications. It’s primarily used to stimulate the appetite and digestive system, but can also ease menstruation pain and improve the circulatory system. Placing a few drops on the skin to inhale or using a diffuser to send it into the air will have you feeling better in no time….

February/March 2017 Writing Contests

Writing Contests

Rachel Poli

february-march-2017-writing-contestsFebruary 2017

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry
Theme: Sentence starter – use the first line given
Website: The First Line
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $25-$50 for fiction, $5-$10 for poetry, and $25 for nonfiction

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Love
Website: Don’t Talk To Me About Love
Deadline: February 14, 2017
Entry Fee: $20 for 1-3 poems
Prize: First place – $1,000

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 28, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First place – $2,500

Genre: Flash Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: WOW! Women On Writing
Deadline: February 28, 2017
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First place – $350

March 2017

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 for up 6 poems or $15 for up to 12 poems
Prize: First place – $500

Genre: Fiction and Nonfiction
Theme: None
Website: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Medieval Monday: Labors of February

Medieval Monday

Allison D. Reid

B.11.4, ff.i verso-ii rectoFebruary’s labors varied depending on where in Europe one lived. In the northernmost regions, where the ground was still frozen and additional snow and frost was anticipated, tasks continued to focus basic necessities like chopping wood and anything that could be done indoors. A common image in medieval art for February showed people warming themselves by the fire, or spending time in church.

feb-labors-spreading-manureHowever, in European regions further south, it was already time to start field work. Manure and marl (a soil mixture of clay and lime) could be spread on fields, and furrowing and planting would begin for early growing grains like barley. Larger fields would be turned and furrowed with plows pulled by horses or oxen. Households with smaller fields and gardens did the same back-breaking work by hand with spades. These were made of wood, with just the tip of the spade fitted with an iron piece…

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Feng Shui – Juniper Berries

juniper-1008467_640 Feng Shui – Juniper Berries

Juniper berries, and branches grown from this coniferous tree, have been used for healing purposes since ancient times. Among their many uses are purification of the air and killing airborne germs, especially when distilled in steam. Juniper has also been used as an insect repellent. When diluted and used in skincare preparations, it can be used to heal acne. However, avoid it if you are pregnant or have kidney disease. …

Mental Health Help from the Federal Government

Free Mental Health Resources

Government Book Talk

The Federal government has a variety of mental health resources for people who suffer with some form of mental illness. Mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia as well as other mental illnesses can adversely affect the way a person thinks, feels, or acts. To help individuals suffering with depression or schizophrenia, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Mental Health recently released two new eBooks covering these important mental health topics.

9780160934421Depression: What You Need to Know (ePub)

If you have a loved one you think is suffering with depression, this comprehensive eBook provides helpful information on the signs and symptoms of depression. It methodically discusses what factors play a role in depression, as well as the types of depression and how it affects people in different ways.  It also discusses treatment and support options, and a listing of additional resources for more help.

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