Babies Recognize Familiar Rhyme in the Womb | Psych Central News

It was already known that learning ability and recognition of the sounds of the mother’s language begin long before birth, but this shows that even more sophisticated learning is happening.

Remember that gestational age is counted from about two weeks before conception, so the ability to pick up a rhyme begins by the middle of the third trimester, possibly earlier.

Babies Recognize Familiar Rhyme in the Womb | Psych Central News.

Fascinating, isn’t it?

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Sts. Joachim and Anne — How to Celebrate?

Today is the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary, grandparents of Jesus. Tradition says that they were another of many childless couples in the Lord’s family history, and they prayed for a child. While walking in the desert, they met an angel, who told them they would have a daughter.

Mary, or Miriam, meaning “bitter like brackish water; from the River Mara”, was the most common girl’s name in their culture by far already, being an old name, the name of a prophetess at the time of the Exodus, and also sounding something like the unrelated Roman name Maria, which meant “from the sea”. The couple gave their daughter this common name.

Joachim and Anne are patrons of marriage and of grandparents. Anne is also a patron of cabinetmakers, textile artists, and homemakers.

So, how do you celebrate this feast?

In France, especially Brittany, people eat shellfish, and especially in Alscae, Gateau Ste. Anne. And here is a custard called St. Anne’s Cream.

Girls named Anne (or Ann, Anya, Hannah, Hanna, or names containing Anne such as Luann, Roseanne, Maryanne etc.) wear red and green hair ribbons on this day.

It’s also a good day to call your grandparents, naturally, or get together with them.




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The ugly side of fashion!


This is a month old, but still relevant.

Originally posted on STOP THE TRAFFIK blog spot:

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The fashion industry is big business. Most of us are on the lookout for the perfect summer outfit. However, weaved throughout the fashion supply chain there is the exploitation of the most vulnerable. STOP THE TRAFFIK has been campaigning to raise awareness of this exploitation and give a voice to those who go unheard.

STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Make Fashion #TraffikFree campaign is concentrating on the beginning stages of the fashion supply chain, with a focus on the Tamil Nadu region in India. This region accounts for over 65% of India’s spinning units and 60% of India’s knitted products.  Many young women and girls end up working within the Tamil Nadu region as they are employed under the Sumangali Scheme.  This is an attractive scheme for those in rural communities, and struggle to cope with the oppression of poverty and the practice of dowry.

The Sumangali scheme exploits the poorest and…

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Brother Guy Consolmagno: Carl Sagan Medal Winner and Role Model : The Integrated Catholic Life™

While I work on my perfect political party series, I appreciate your patience. Meanwhile, a little something about the relationship of religion and science. It has been fashionable for some time now among atheists to treat it as a given that “religion” and “science” are opposites, and to claim that whereas we have religion, they have science, and thus there is some debate as to which is “better”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Religion and science go together and support one another.


Brother Guy Consolmagno: Carl Sagan Medal Winner and Role Model : The Integrated Catholic Life™.

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My Dream Political Party

If a political party existed that I could truly believe in, what would its platform be?

I’ll call it the Dream Party.

Let’s start writing up some position papers.

There are so many issues, it will need an outline.

Here are the headers:

  1. Economics, Taxes, Spending and Import/Export Policies
  2. Life Issues
  3. Security
  4. Education
  5. Vice and Lifestyle Issues
  6. Environment and Animal Issues
  7. Foreign Policy
  8. Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Justice and Corrections
  9. Miscellaneous

I’ll be working on this series for some time, and input is welcome.

Next: Part I: Economics, Taxes etc. Part A: How Taxes and Tax Breaks Affect the Economy, and What Should be Done?



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Resume for a Homemaker — Just an Idea

Though I have never succeeded in the occupation of homemaker, I have lived in homes where I could see that profession in action, and I think I understand much of what it entails. It has come to my attention that it is still challenging for a homemaker, however successful to put her experience into words that make a compelling resume when the time comes for her to seek other employment.

Here are some examples of ways I think the experience of homemaking could be conveyed:

1990-1992 Residential Communications Liaison

Initiated, provided inspiration, feedback, coordinated integenerational and interfamilial communications in targeted residential cooperation project.

1992-2003 Human Development Director

Oversaw all functions in complex human development and life skills training project; delegated responsibilities, supervised community relations, education, nutrition, transportation, responsible on all shifts for health, safety, sanitation of environment for vulnerable local individuals.

2003-2013 Career Preparation Support Generalist

Counseled youth cohort through all stages of early career preparation including review of educational options, travel, coordination of training and interviewing, self-presentation and accountability.

Has anyone tried similar descriptions? How did it turn out? Any other ideas?





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World Cup Beats Out Super Bowl for Most Tweets

According to Associated Press, Twitter has named this year’s World Cup semifinal as the sports event about which people tweeted most, more so than the most recent Super Bowl.

What happened? Well, Germany only stomped Brazil to the tune of 7-1. I don’t follow soccer, as I said earlier, but I dimly remember my only season playing on a notoriously useless team and possibly being one of the wost parts of that team, back in grade school, and I do believe that’s considered a big win. I guess it surprised lots of folk around the world.

35,600,000 or so tweets went out around the globe when Germany demolished Brazil’s soccer team yesterday. That’s half-again as many as the 24 million and change that were tweeted about the Super Bowl back in February.

The game stunned many fans because Brazil was hosting the games and had home field advantage and a great record. Some analysts, according to Yahoo Sports, even say it may affect the upcoming Presidential election in Brazil, where the hosting of the games had been boosting President Dilma Roussef’s ratings.

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