Monday, August 29, 2011

Boneset - This amazing herb is a flu and fever remedy

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Blooming along sunny riverbanks and wetlands in late summer, the white-flowering boneset grows where it gets its feet wet, and isn't choked out by an infiltration of invasive plant species



Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) is a perennial native ranging from Canada to Florida, and west to the Rocky Mountains that has a long medicinal history with Native Americans, early American settlers and early botanical doctors.
Once someone has seen the perennial boneset, it is very easy to remember how to identify it. Growing between 1- to 4-feet tall, boneset's tough and scratchy leaves are lance-shaped, and clasp opposite each other around the stem, making it look like the stem pierces through a very narrow diamond leaf. Its white flowers actually are called an inflorescence, meaning the larger looking flower is composed of minute flowers.
Traditionally boneset has been a premier herb in reducing the achy symptoms associated with fever. Based on its anti-inflammatory effect, the herb would figuratively "set" a person's bones in "break-bone fever," also known as dengue fever, which makes people feel like their bones are breaking.
Native Americans specifically employed boneset in intermittent fevers that come and go, that occur with illnesses such as malaria.
As a diaphoretic tea, the above-ground parts were boiled and sipped to break fevers through producing a sweat. This use was passed onto early American settlers as a home remedy.
During the 1918 influenza pandemic, boneset was one of the most used herbs to reduce the achy symptoms accompanying the flu. Obviously, with between 20 millions to 40 million influenza deaths, boneset was not a miracle cure against the flu, but it would have been mostly used in reducing the life-threatening physiological immune response to the virus, not as an anti-viral.
Due to its use in fevers and influenza, pharmaceutical researchers have experimented whether boneset has immune stimulating properties. Existing research has found that boneset doesn't necessarily work as an immunostimulant, but rather as a cytokine modulator, meaning it reduces the inflammatory chemicals in the body produced by the immune system in reaction to infection. Cytokines produce the unpleasant flu-like symptoms that make people want to stay in bed, and away from other people. Specific cytokines mediated by boneset are cytokines interleukin-1alpha, interleukin-1beta and tumor necrosis factor.
As an extremely bitter tea, boneset isn't very popular. Adding honey or elderberry syrup would help the flavor significantly.
Although many Native American tribes and traditional herbalists have used boneset as a tonic, taken over a few weeks, for debilitating conditions, safety concerns have been raised that boneset contains hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs appear in other medicinal plants, such as comfrey, which are presently used cautiously in short duration if at all.
Not only offering aid to people with fevers, boneset is found to be vital to a healthy ecosystem. According to Michigan State University research presented in the journal "Ecological Entomology," boneset offers a great benefit among native and exotic plants for decreasing agricultural pests when planted in an integrated agricultural system of crops and nonagricultural plants.
• Holli Richey has a master's degree in herbal medicine and lives in Athens. For more information, visit her blog hollirichey.com, or email her at herichey@gmail.com.

King Arthur leads Stonehenge ceremony

By Morwenna Blake


DRUIDS are holding a multi-faith ceremony atStonehenge today to mark the third anniversary of the removal of Human remains from the site.
King Arthur Pendragon is leading a ‘day of action’ at the site of the ancient stones just a week after losing a High Court bid to have the cremated bones reburied.
Mr Pendragon is fighting a Ministry of Justice decision made last year which enabled scientists at Sheffield University to analyse samples removed from the site for five more years.
Mr Pendragon, 57, wants the remains to be reburied immediately.
His bid was rejected at a High Court hearing in London on August 23 by Mr Justice Wyn Williams who ruled there was insufficient evidence to show that the Ministry of Justice had acted unreasonably.
The cremated remains of more than 40 bodies, thought to be at least 5,000 years old, were removed from a burial site at Stonehenge in 2008 and ministers gave permission for the bones to be examined at the university until 2015.
Mr Pendragon said: “These Human remains have lain there as the guardians of Stonehenge for more than 5,000 years and we believe they should be returned. We don’t believe they should be treated with such disrespect.
We’re holding a multi-faith picnic as we believe this is not just a Pagan issue – it’s about common decency.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ancient stone chamber unearthed in garden









An ancient underground chamber which could date back 2,000 years has been unearthed near Clonmany in Inishowen.

Discovered by Clonmany man Sean Devlin, the previously unrecorded structure appears to be an underground tunnel or souterrain.

Mr Devlin revealed yesterday that he first discovered the underground chamber several years ago while landscaping his front garden, but didn’t make much of a fuss about his amazing find at the time. The historic significance of the tunnel only became apparent recently after Mr Devlin showed it to amateur archaeologist friends.

“I knew it was an exciting find and I did show it to some people but never to any real experts,” Mr Devlin, owner of Devlin’s Fireplaces in Bridgend, told the ‘Journal’. “I had been doing my lawn and dug it out accidentally with a digger. It was a big round circle with a tiny dark tunnel leading off it which seems to go quite far.”

Souterrains are underground man-made drystone built structures roofed with large lintels, comprising of one or more chambers linked by tunnels called creepways. Their entrance is concealed at ground level. They are usually found in locations near to ringforts, cashels and early ecclesiastical sites. Interestingly, Clonmany means ‘the meadow of the monks’.

Mr Devlin says he may try to improve the underground chamber: “My children couldn’t believe it when we found it - it was great. And the tunnel seems structurally safe and dry so eventually I might do it up and maybe try and put some kind of lights in there to make going in there a bit easier.”

Derry man and long time amateur archaeologist Eddie Harkin, who visited and examined this fascinating structure with colleagues Tommy Gallagher and Brian MacNeachtain, confirmed that it has at least three chambers with a creepway linking each one.

In one chamber Mr Harkin says there is a quantity of bones - which may or may not be human - deposited in niches along one side of the souterrain wall. He also found part of a quern stone as well as a quantity of shells.

According to Mr Harkin, archaeologists believe that sounterrains were used as places of refuge, as many of them have defensive features such as low set lintels built into their roofs. They may have also been used for storing food. Indeed, it is possible that this souterrain continues and may be connected to the sixth century monastic site across the road.

A member of his local heritage group, Mr Devlin says he is delighted to have discovered this ancient monument in his garden and he hopes to learn more about it when an archaeologist from Dublin examines it some time soon.

Monday, August 8, 2011

First Pagan Pride Day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A beautiful Sunday afternoon brought hundreds of people to parks, but it wasn't all picnics and fishing. Many celebrated Fargo's first ever Pagan Pride Day.



A beautiful Sunday afternoon brought hundreds of people to parks, but it wasn't all picnics and fishing. Many celebrated Fargo's first ever Pagan Pride Day.


Joy Zeidan has been a practicing Pagan for years, and after months of work, today her dream of a Fargo Pagan Pride day became a reality.


Joy Zeidan – Pagan Pride Day Coordinator: “We're just here to educate the community about paganism and different avenues of paganism. We're pretty much everyday people and there's really nothing to be scared about.”


Paganism traditions are described as more earth based spiritualities, originating from old polytheistic religions.


Grant Ridgeway – Pagan, Fargo: “Paganism isn't something I personally define because it's something that I do in my everyday life. My morals, the way I interact with each person, how I conduct myself at work all have to roll into what that spiritual practice is.”


Joy Zeidan – Pagan Pride Coordinator: “We're not devil worshipers; we don't really have a heaven or a hell. It's more of being centered with the earth.”


With the constant sound of beating drums, dozens attended today’s festivities and participated in the worship ceremony. Some of whom weren't Pagan.


David Green – Christian, Fergus Falls: “Each of us must remain our humility before God and remember Christ's one commandment, "Love each other as I have loved you." You do that by opening and sharing with one another.”


The Lake Agassiz Pagan Community took donations for the Dorothy Day House and YWCA.


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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Not so lucky black cats


Black is not proving so lucky for these little cats.
Despite the age-old superstition about lucky black cats crossing your path, Doncaster woman Leanne Gleave is finding real life is a bit different.
She is a foster-carer for the Cat Action Trust and is having real problems finding new homes for these soot black kittens.
She has five of them at her three-bedroom home in Cantley but they may become long-term residents if their luck does not change soon.
Her friend and fellow-foster cat carer, Karen Beevers, is experiencing the same problems.
“A lot of people won’t take black cats,” said Leanne.
“Some people think they’re not so cuddly and one visitor said she thought they look evil.
“For some reason people aren’t really attracted to them, they seem to make up their minds before looking for a kitten to adopt that they want a tortoiseshell or a ginger one.
“But these ones I’ve got are really cute and cheeky and very friendly. When they’re all running round at the same time I can’t tell them apart but I can when I look into their faces.
“I think they don’t look so good on their website photographs but they look a lot different in the flesh.”
Maybe its the connotation of witches having black cats that puts people off and is why CAT in Doncaster currently has 14 black kittens they want to re-home.
They have pledged that no healthy cat will be put down even if there aren’t any takers for them.
“Eventually someone will come along and want a black cat.
“I don’t know what we can do to make people change their opinion of black kittens,” said Leanne, who has been a CAT foster carer for the past two years, despite having five pet cats of her own.
“They’re a bit lively at night so I put the foster kittens in the utility room but the rest have the run of the house,” she added.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

EARTH MAY HAVE HAD TWO MOONS


A new theory suggests the two moons then crashed together, forming our current moon.

THE GIST
  • A new theory suggests Earth may have once had two moons.
  • Eventually the moons crashed together to form one, say scientists.
  • The idea could explain why the near side of the moon is flat, while the far side is more mountainous.

A new hypothesis claims the Earth may once have had two moons, which eventually crashed together forming our current celestial partner.
This new idea, reported in the journal Nature, could explain a long standing puzzle about the differences between the near and far sides of the lunar surface.
The near side is relatively low and flat with many large dark basalt mare, while the far side is high and mountainous, with thicker crust.
The work, based on computer simulations undertaken by planetary scientists Erik Asphaug and Martin Jutzi from the University of California, Santa Cruz, claims the lunar far side highlands, are the solid remains of a collision with a smaller companion moon.
It builds on the giant impact model for the origin of the moon, in which a Mars-sized planet called Theia collided with the proto-Earth early in the solar system's history. The impact ejected debris into Earth orbit, which eventually coalesced to form the moon.
The new work by Asphaug and Jutzi suggests this giant impact also created another, smaller body, initially sharing an orbit with the moon. Eventually they collided, with the smaller one coating one side of the Moon with an extra layer of solid crust tens of miles thick.
They found a low-velocity collision wouldn't form an impact crater or cause much melting, but would instead pile onto the impacted hemisphere as a thick new layer of solid crust, forming a mountainous region like the lunar far side highlands.
"In this case, it requires an odd collision: being slow, it does not form a crater, but splats material onto one side," said Asphaug.
The researchers hypothesize that the companion moon was initially trapped in a gravitationally stable "Trojan point."
It became destabilized after the moon's orbit expanded away from the Earth, something it's still doing today at a rate of about three centimeters (1.8 inches) per year.
Asphaug and Jotzi believe the impact would have made the moon lopsided and reoriented so one side faces Earth.
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Their model also shows the impact squishing a molten subsurface layer over to the opposite (Earth-facing) side of the moon.
Sarah Maddison of Melbourne's Swinburne University said, "While it's not proof that this is what's happened, from their models, they seem to explain quite a few things including the dichotomy in the composition of the moon's crust."
Maddison says the Trojan orbit also makes the idea of a low-speed impact feasible.
"Because the two moons are both in the same orbit around Earth, they're traveling at similar speeds," she said.
According to Maddison, last week's discovery of the first Trojan asteroid orbiting with the Earth around the sun helps strengthen the idea.

World of Faeries flies back into Elgin

Fairies are cool.
Look at Sookie Stackhouse on the hit show “True Blood.” She may be a psychic waitress with a penchant for attracting vampires, but she’s also a fairy.
And then there’s Tinkerbell — she’s been rockin’ it fairy-style ever since she turned up in J. M. Barrie’s novel “Peter and Wendy” 100 years ago. Then there’s the Nickelodeon series “Winx Club,” an animated show about fairies.
Strap on your glitter wings and lace up your prettiest shoes — the World of Faeries Festival returns to Vasa Park in South Elgin. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7.
It’s here you will find music, food and frivolity for fairy lovers and fantasy lovers, young and old, in Vasa Park along the Fox River. This family-friendly event is also a vendor village showcasing fairy and fantasy crafts. There will be hair braiding, body glitter, and jewelry and clothing vendors.
Fest-goers are encouraged to dress to fit the fantasy them, and to leave their “grown up” at home, said found Gloria Yaeger of Crystal Lake. With her husband David, they founded the World of Faeries Festival in 2004, after traveling to the country’s oldest fairy festival at Spoutwood Farm, Glen Rock, Pa.
Shortly after that, the couple was bike riding around Vasa Park when they noticed a sign saying that the park was for rent.
“We decided to create our own Faerie Fest,” she said. “The first year, we had 300 people show up. Last year, we had nearly 1,200. This year, we have 80 percent of our vendors come back. The families come back, and it’s by word of mouth. They spread it to other families, and it grows bigger every year.”
This year’s theme is a Celebration of the Elven Star. The Elven star, or faerie star, has seven points, and this is the festival’s seventh year.
She encourages everyone to dress up in their best fairy costumes. In the beginning, people were hesitant to dress up, but now most people come in costume, she said.
“It’s nice to see that, people dressing up in costumes,” she said. “It’s gotten to be very festive. Everybody should have magic in their lives and be young at heart. We all need a little magic in our lives. And it’s a beautiful old park next to the Fox River; it’s a very magical setting.”
No costume? No problem. One vendor creates hand-made fairy wings.
There will be Celtic music, folk music and a Native American drummer from New Mexico, to name a few of the entertainers.
“We always try to encourage new entertainers and fantasy artists,” she said.
There will be a storyteller, a living statue, French braid hair braiding by Twisted Sisters, raptors, bubble juggler Geoff Akins and the group Swords of Valor.
“Swords of Valor are a very popular traveling Renaissance group,” she said. “It is un-choreographed (swordplay) with real swords.”
They bring along soft “Q-Tip”-like swords for kids to spar with.
Another highlight of the festival is the fairy tea parties. There are four or five each day for little girls, plus mother-daughter tea parties, since “moms wanted to get in on the act, too.”
Yaeger didn’t expect the festival to grow into what it’s become, although she hoped it would.
“I think it’s terrific. I’m pleasantly pleased it’s become so popular,” she said. “Fairies are not a fad. Magic has always been around. It has a life of its own that will continue. A little magic in your life goes a long ways. It helps you stay young. We’re all kids at heart.”

Are There Reasons to Fear the Paranormal?


 



When I was in my thirties, I used to visit a psychic that specialized in Tarot Card readings. She was a skilled reader and most of her readings were spot on. The last reading I had with her, at times weighs heavily on my mind. She predicted the divorce that followed and also told me that I would remarry and have 12 wonderful years with a new husband. She also mentioned that I would die before he at the age of 52.  In September, I will be 52. Am I frightened? Not really. Having read Tarot for many years myself, I know that the foretelling of death doesn’t always mean physical death. It can mean the death of an old existence or mode of living or thinking giving way to rebirth. That is how I choose to look at this now. At first, the idea that someone could divine my death left me feeling vulnerable and out of control, the victim of some inscrutable force . Later on I felt a giant wave of skepticism. From this experience I recognized why some people may be repelled by and fear the feelings of uneasiness brought about by the paranormal.
For some people the fear of the paranormal is the equivalent of the fear of the irrational. “Rationality” in our modern scientific world consists of rules invented to tame the wilderness of our reality. I think the paranormal adds some twists and turns to our very existence which at it’s core (cosmological theories aside) is irrational.
Some critics of the paranormal, have dismissed the ideas of parapsychology to be “essentially those of magic.” If magic means belief in the sheer power of mind over matter–then parapsychology does qualify as a science in quest of magic. J. B. Rhine’s dice-throwing experiments were attempts in a controlled, secure lab setting to demonstrate the power of what witches call “magick spells” or theists prayer. Magic, in short, is belief in the unmediated power of intention.  It’s a belief that might stir the fires of paranoia, for it would imply that we are vulnerable to the sheer intentions of others (including our enemies). One might reasonably prefer, not to believe in “magic” or not to believe in such strange powers. To some, the world of magic is a frightening world.
If there is indeed anything to the paranormal, all sorts of strange entities, thought to be dismissed from the world by science, would return to our midst, newly validated and certified by parapsychology. Talk of ghosts, angels, fairies, phantoms, demons, and aliens might be based on some of factoid paranormal reality. Instead of a tidy universe, we would have a “multiverse” with plenty of things “that go bump in the night”.
There is also the fear of life after death. The paranormal isn’t just implicated with magic, it’s full of reports that force us to reexamine our ideas of our own mortality. One could surmise that resistance to the paranormal is actually resistance to the idea of life after death, which is so entangled with religious ideas we thought we had outgrown with the rise of science and the European Enlightenment.  After all, if there is a psychic factor in nature that somehow escapes the confines of physical law, maybe that’s what makes an afterworld possible. In that afterworld, the heaven and hell that frightened us as children may very well be real. The disturbance to our world as we know it now from the mere implication of an afterworld would be monumental.
Another fear is the fear of gnostics or what I call mystic know-it-alls. There have always been people in history who claimed they knew what they knew–flat-out–by gnosis, inspiration, revelation. (Harold Camping comes to mind.) In short, by paranormal means. Fear of the paranormal is the praiseworthy fear of the mystifying dogmatist, the prophetic con-artist. Scientific certification of the paranormal might give this type of person more intellectual ammunition than might be desirable. It would be much tougher to weed out the charlatans who capitalize on the vulnerable.
The paranormal might also give rise to the fear of fatalism. Suppose we could really know the future? Would we be stripped of our free will? Not necessarily. Assuming the psychic Tarot Card reader saw my future, she would not then see what I must do but merely what I shall do. The former would impinge on my freedom; the latter wouldn’t. Still, logic seems defeated here; how could anyone see what has yet to occur? The fear now is that our sense of time gets disrupted. Suddenly, backward cause and effect becomes possible; the future casts shadows on the present. This upset in our idea of time leads to the last and most compelling reason that I think paranormal is feared.
The paranormal can significantly can take our world view by surprise Catastrophe theorists work on the “science of surprise”.Extreme surprise can cause a great deal of anxiety, especially when it involves shock to our basic sense of reality. A universe with minimal surprises is probably a lot easier on the nervous system. In a rapidly changing  world such as ours, the paranormal just adds to our general cognitive chaos, and to the instability of our collective mental health. As humans we gravitate toward what we know. In short, if the paranormal is real it would force us into overturning our paradigms of our entire existence on a monumental level.
There are reasons to fear the paranormal: loss of privacy, loss of control, the irrational, magic, strange entities, heaven and hell, mystic know-it-alls, fatalism, and anxiety-producing surprise. Commonly these reasons remain motives to disbelieve in the paranormal; but the fact remains–they are not arguments against its existence. I believe that Carl Sagan expressed it best:
“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Atlantis Code Uncovered - Incredible Must See Photos


Time to raise Atlantis back up from under the sea? Richard Cassaro’s forthcoming book, “Written In Stone: The Secret Masonic Religion Encoded In Gothic Cathedral Architecture," presents stunning new evidence that a series of parallel "Triptych" temples discovered on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean point to a common cultural ancestry among Old and New World peoples.


New York City (PRWEB) August 04, 2011
Time to raise Atlantis back up from under the sea?
Richard Cassaro’s forthcoming book, “Written In Stone: The Secret Masonic Religion Encoded In Gothic Cathedral Architecture," presents stunning new evidence that a series of parallel "Triptych" temples discovered on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean point to a common cultural ancestry among Old and New World peoples.
To see shocking visual evidence of this discovery, and to learn more about these parallel Triptych temples, visit: http://www.deepertruth.com/atlantis 

Most academics believe that the cultures facing each other across the Atlantic had no contact until 1492, and that any similarities these cultures displayed were due to convergent evolution. Cassaro, who has spent the past 30 years studying the development and use of symbolism in temple and church architecture, offers in his new book a compelling case that contradicts the conventional wisdom. According to Cassaro’s evidence, the cultures on either side of the Ocean are far more deeply connected than previously imagined, and these common features cannot be mere coincidence.
"The greatest cultural legacy of our distant ancestors is the treasure trove of architectural monuments they left behind, which dominate the hills and valleys of the sacred places of the earth.” Cassaro has learned to read buildings like a book, and to extract sophisticated information where others see just walls, doorways and columns.
Cassaro is equally at home among the ruins of Peru, India, China, Mexico and Egypt. Cassaro shows, through evidence taken from myriad sites around the world, that there was a common architectural vocabulary. Such a deep connection among all these cultures points strongly to a common ancestry.
However unlikely it may appear from our present knowledge of ancient seafaring and technological development, Cassaro’s compelling reading of the “stones” points to the likely existence of an "Atlantis" culture that was lost to the sea eons ago in Antiquity, an event lost to all save for Plato's account of it in the Crito.
For students of archaeology, history, architecture and comparative religion, “Written in Stone” is a tour de force of code-breaking and symbolic explication that has the potential to change completely the way these cultures and their interaction are perceived. The book also makes an important contribution to the debate about the true origin and meaning of religious traditions.
To learn more, Cassaro has made a free PDF report available on his website. Breaking The Cathedral Code can be accessed at http://www.deepertruth.com/atlantis    
About the Author
Richard Cassaro, a specialist on esoteric symbolism, is currently active as an author and speaker. He has worked as a U.S. correspondent for major Italian media outlets and as a magazine editor in New York City. Cassaro holds a degree from New York’s Pace University, where he studied Journalism and Philosophy.
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Indian Herb Is Loaded With Antioxidants

By Better Health Research News Desk 



Whether they take multivitamins or herbal supplements for their health, many Americans invest in dietary supplements in order to make sure they are getting plenty of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Recently, scientists at the Central Food Technological Research Institute said that a tasty source of antioxidants may be sitting on your spice rack.
It’s called bitter cumin, and it has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for stomach aches and balanced blood sugar. Now, a study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has stated that bitter cumin contains plant phenols, which are antioxidant compounds that can promote cellular health.
Many chemical reactions in the body involve the creation of charged ions called free radicals. These ions can cause damage to genetic material or cell parts, a process that degrades cellular health and can speed the aging process.
By consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants, health-conscious individuals may be able to reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress. Besides bitter cumin, other foods that contain antioxidants include blueberries, salmon, fresh greens, nuts and fruits rich in vitamin C.

Intersections: It's water over the head

By Liana Aghajanian



A curious event that kids worldwide can only dream of has been taking place in Armenia for thousands of years: a nationwide water fight where you have free rein to dump water on the nearest friend or stranger without any repercussions.
Known as Vartavar, this festival is a national tradition where the only way you can escape being drenched with homemade super soakers or full buckets from conspicuous balconies is staying cooped up indoors on a dry, hot summer day.
Although it has been somewhat absorbed into the Armenian Apostolic Church, Vartavar's pagan origins give some insight into the traditions Armenians observed before the country came to have its much-touted status as the first state to adopt Christianity as its religion.



The holiday was an homage to the goddess Astghik, who symbolized water, love and fertility. Roses were offered to her as gifts, which is how the holiday got its name — “Vart” in Armenian, meaning rose.
While the countries of the Caucasus, having coexisted for eons, share much in culture, dance and food, the festival has remained uniquely Armenian.
With water fights taking place all over the nation, a symbolic place where many gather to honor their pagan roots and, most importantly, see how many locals and tourists they can soak from head to toe, is the Garni Temple, a 3rd century BC complex built by King Tiridates I of Armenia with money received from the Roman emperor Nero.
The towering structure played host this year, as it does every year, to an afternoon water party where no one leaves its clutches even remotely dry.
As I watched young girls and boys in Garni run around and target anyone they could get their hands, or buckets on, I was envious of the nationwide freedom awarded to them to spend a day not having a care in the world except to make sure everyone they encountered received an informal water baptism. Growing up in Los Angeles meant the only people I could soak without fear of verbal or physical assault were immediate family members, and let's face it, that's never fun.
While they whizzed back and forth from the tap, dripping with water and enormous smiles, I realized how lovely it would be if all countries would take a day off from their problems and relieve some stress by way of a water fight. The pressure and anxiety would melt away with every splash, at least for a while.
In the West, letting go isn't something we do very often. Our problems and worries are carried with us, sometimes spilling over into areas of our life they have no business being in. As I stood in the chaos of Vartavar, trying hard to avoid a potential drenching and then realizing fighting it was futile, I became pretty convinced that a water fight is an enticing and even logical solution to relieving humans from the pressures of, well, being human.
And I'm sure that's a scenario we could all use from time to time, in between dealing with life, love and a complicated world with no shortage of dilemmas.
LIANA AGHAJANIAN is a writer and editor who has been covering arts, culture and news in print and online for a number of years.