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WISHING TREES: WHERE MONEY GROWS IN THE BRANCHES
BY ALLISON MEIER / 30 JUL 2014
In some places people toss coins into fountains begging for a wish, but in parts of the United Kingdom coins are pressed into trees for the same purpose. These “wishing trees” or “money trees” are a strange fusion of nature and manufactured metal, and represent a tradition dating back centuries.
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WISHING TREES: WHERE MONEY GROWS IN THE BRANCHES

BY ALLISON MEIER / 30 JUL 2014
In some places people toss coins into fountains begging for a wish, but in parts of the United Kingdom coins are pressed into trees for the same purpose. These “wishing trees” or “money trees” are a strange fusion of nature and manufactured metal, and represent a tradition dating back centuries.
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pure-blood vs. muggle
[pyoor-bluhd] vs. [muhg-uhl]

In honor of J.K. Rowling’s birthday today, July 31, we are delving into the world of wizards by dedicating the word of the day to our beloved Potterheads and Hogwarts fans. 

pure-blood: (noun) This is a term for wizards and witches who have a purely or approximately pure magical heritage. 

muggle: (noun) A muggle is a person who is born into a non-magical family and is incapable of performing magic. 

  • If you are a proud Potterhead, a new study suggests there is more reason to be proud! In fact, reading Harry potter has helped to reduce prejudice. “That’s the conclusion of research just published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. It finds that, among young people, reading J.K. Rowling’s book series—and, crucially, identifying with the lead character—can reduce bias toward stigmatized minority groups. Bigotry, the researchers note, is a continuing theme in the series of phenomenally popular young-adult novels. Voldemort, who represents pure evil…believes all power should reside in pure-blood witches and wizards, as opposed to those born of one magical parent and one non-magical muggle. In addition, Harry and his friends interact with various sub-human species such as elves and goblins, who regularly complain about being forced into subservient roles, not unlike blacks in apartheid South Africa. Harry ‘tries to understand them and appreciate their difficulties…’” So there you go, reading Harry Potter isn’t only fun but educational for life! Read the full article here. 

According to Rowling, The wizards represent all that the true muggle most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!”

Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling

Happy 34th Birthday, Harry James Potter.

 

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A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. "It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you."

The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, "Which wolf will win?"

The old man replied simply, "The one you feed."

Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (via wordsnquotes)
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RICHAT STRUCTURE
-OUADÂNE, MAURITANIA
In the midst of the vast, vacant Sahara desert, just outside of Ouadane, Mauritania, lies a 30-mile wide geological oddity known the Richat Structure, or the “Eye of Africa.” From space, this natural curiosity forms a distinct and unmistakable bull’s-eye that once served as a geographical landmark for early astronauts as they passed over the Sahara.
To learn more about what is believed to have caused such an unique formation visit atlas obscura

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RICHAT STRUCTURE

-OUADÂNE, MAURITANIA

In the midst of the vast, vacant Sahara desert, just outside of Ouadane, Mauritania, lies a 30-mile wide geological oddity known the Richat Structure, or the “Eye of Africa.” From space, this natural curiosity forms a distinct and unmistakable bull’s-eye that once served as a geographical landmark for early astronauts as they passed over the Sahara.

To learn more about what is believed to have caused such an unique formation visit atlas obscura

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findmomo:

When I’m on the road and staying in the van a lot, one thing I miss the most is staying someplace with a hot shower. There’s something about it that reaches maximum comfort levels. After some time without one, finding a hot shower makes me feel like I’m pretty much home.
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findmomo:

When I’m on the road and staying in the van a lot, one thing I miss the most is staying someplace with a hot shower. There’s something about it that reaches maximum comfort levels. After some time without one, finding a hot shower makes me feel like I’m pretty much home.
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You are what you believe yourself to be.
Don’t be like those people who believe in positive thinking and tell themselves that they’re loved and strong and capable. You don’t need to do that because you know it already. And when you doubt it — which happens, I think, quite often at this stage of evolution — do as I suggested. Instead of trying to prove that you’re better than you think, just laugh. Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor. It will be difficult at first, but you’ll gradually get used to it. Now go back and meet all those people who think you know everything. Convince yourself that they’re right, because we all know everything, it’s merely a question of believing.
Believe.
Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello  (via wordsnquotes)