Weddings (and More) Across the World 

Completely different cultures all around the world celebrate some of the same major life events, such as weddings, births, funerals. It’s amazing to take a look at the different and similar ways people around the world. honor these events. Cultures-Weddings-and-More-Across-The-World

Marriage

Rwanda: Whereas in the US it’s popular to hire out high-end wedding venues, in the East African country of Rwanda, the wedding ceremony takes place at an aunt’s house. After the heads of households consult among each other, the groom is introduced to the congregation and the bride’s family presents her dowry: cows. The number of cows signifies the bride’s worth. After this comes the bridal procession, which is a collection of dancers and women and of all sorts of ages carrying gourds of milk. The bride wears a mushanana, a long, silk wrap dress with a sash. After the wedding, the bride is traditionally carried on the shoulders of strong men to the groom’s house, where a banquet is held in their honor. Rather than embarking on a rejuvenating honeymoon, the wife moves into her house, where she presents her first meal to her husband’s family.

Pakistan:

The many rituals surrounding a Pakistani wedding may take place over days to months! Weddings are extremely colorful and elaborate. The bride is presented to her groom with her face completely covered, and he ceremoniously removes the view. Over the next few days, lots of other ceremonies follow, such as covering the bride and groom in henna and oil, dancing, music, sweets, and presenting scarves to family members. Then there’s a ceremony called the Baraat, which is a processional walk the groom and his party takes to the bride’s home, where they are met by the bride’s family. The final ceremony takes place after the bride and groom have, um, consummated their vows. Rather than wear white, Pakistani brides often don the royal colors: red and purple.

Death

Indonesia: In Tana Toraja, funerals are a raucous community-wide event, and can last for days. Families save up to afford a lavish funeral–which means the funeral may take years after the person actually passes away. Until the funeral, the deceased is simply referred to as “one who is asleep” or as a “person who is sick.” Whereas in the US we send the body immediately to our chosen funeral home, the deceased in this part of Indonesia are laid out in the family home and symbolically cared for until the funeral.

Mongolia and Tibet: In these strongly (Vajrayana) Buddhist countries, the body’s oneness with nature is emphasized in the way the deceased are disposed of. Once the spirit departs, the body is an empty vessel and must be returned to the earth. Traditionally, bodies are dissected and cut up into pieces. They are placed on a mountaintop, fully exposed to the elements and to animals–often, the bodies are simply fed to the vultures. This form of burial is called a sky burial. Other believers choose to return their bodies to the earth via cremation or water burial. About 80 percent of Tibetans still choose sky burial, because it aligns with their sensibilities of compassion.
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Mistakes, Errors, and Goofs: How to Address and Avoid Them

There are so many mistakes out in the world just waiting to be made, and so many unwitting people ready to make them. Some mistakes are little (“I called the mailman by the wrong name”), some are big (“I called the mailman by the wrong name, then I made out with him to try and fix it”), and some are catastrophic (“I’m having an affair with the mailman, and I’m not sure what his name is”). stress-anxious-wrong-mistake-failure-stupid-frustrated-blunder-burn out

Per the dictionary, a mistake is something a person does that is “misguided or wrong.” There are cases where “It was an accident” can be a legitimate defense, but there are some cases where that just isn’t going to fly (see the aforementioned affair with the postal carrier). Generally, we judge people more harshly if we think they did something bad and wrong “on purpose.”

The first and biggest step you can take towards fixing a goof-up is by acknowledging it. That’s true in the world of application coding as well, where there are two kinds of errors that occur during execution: the ones that are expected to happen, known as exceptions, and the ones that aren’t expected, which are known as simply errors. Those definitions can work for our personal lives as well: sometimes you expect to screw up, whereas other times it catches you by surprise. Either way, you can’t do much of anything until you accept that it’s either happened or, in some cases, is still happening.

Once you do that, you have to try and make amends. Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” will work. Sometimes “I’m really, really sorry” will get the job done. Those generally work better if you admit the error as soon as possible. That way the wronged party doesn’t have time to let whatever happened build up in their head. One common piece of advice given to couples is “Don’t go to bed angry.” That’s because the anger can fester and grow while you’re asleep, which makes the whole problem harder to resolve.

We’ve all seen cases where public figures screw up and try to paper over it with a weak apology. In cases like that, they’ve either got a bad publicist, or they’ve got no publicist at all. Any publicist worth their salt has a sixth sense for figuring out just how bad a scandal their client is dealing with, and will be able to guide their client towards making the proper response.

Speaking of proper responses, never say, “I’m sorry to anyone who was offended.” That suggests that you don’t really think you did anything wrong, and you just want people to get off your back about it. That suggests you’re not sorry you did it, but only sorry that you got caught. Something like, “I sincerely apologize to those people who were hurt by my actions” is better. That way, the hurt you caused isn’t just hypothetical.

With that in mind, consider the following suggestion: your workplace has just started using video conferencing by Polycom, and you’re told to take part in a big meeting with a client who lives three time zones away. Maybe you forgot to drink enough coffee this morning, or maybe you just had a brain spasm and forgot where you were, but somehow, the client pops up on video and you immediately say, “Wow, you look terrible.” You’ll likely be tempted to run out of the office, leave town, and start a new life in South America. Instead, though, you should stay where you are and apologize immediately. You may or may not be able to save your job at this point, but since the client almost definitely heard you, covering it up isn’t going to work. You have to own it, and that means owning the consequences as well.
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10 Accessories Every Dog Needs

10-Accessories-Every-Dog-NeedsDogs are more than just pets — they serve as best friends, even children, to their human companions. It is totally understandable why you want to give your canine friend toys and accessories that will keep him safe and entertained. The list below includes some of the products that your dog will need. From safety gear to cute furnishings, you are sure to find cool new stuff that your dog will love.

  1. GPS tracker clips

Losing track of a pet is a dog-lover’s nightmare. It can be unnerving and panic-inducing if you fail to find your dog after a few minutes of searching. You can avoid unnecessary grief by attaching a GPS tracker clip to your dog’s collar. This device shows the location of your dog through your smartphone, allowing you to quickly and easily locate his whereabouts.

  1. Martingale collar

It is advised that you use Martingale dog collars if you need to train your dog to walk with a leash. This particular collar design features 2 loops of webbing that tighten and apply equal pressure on the neck when pulled. It trains your dog not to pull, but it also does not choke the dog or damage its trachea — unlike traditional collars.

  1. Water fountain

This simple device ensures your dog is hydrated any time of the day. Place it in your garden or backyard or anywhere your dog loves to play in. When your dog is thirsty, he’ll just come to the pedal and press it to drink — fresh water on demand!

  1. Dog umbrella

Don’t let rain get in the way of an exhilarating walk with your pet. Make sure he’s ready to hit the streets regardless of the weather by giving him a dog umbrella. This cute umbrella is attached to the leash, allowing your dog to walk in the rain without getting soaked.

  1. Dog treadmill

You may be intent on walking your dog every day, but the season can prevent you from doing that. If it’s too hot or too cold for a walk, you can exercise your dog using a dog treadmill. This device is made for dogs of all sizes and it can keep your dog busy and entertained without ever needing to step outside your house.

  1. Litter box

No, a litter box is not only for cats. This patch of grass can be used by your dog anywhere around your house. It lasts for a week and it can be thrown out easily, thanks to its cardboard box bottom.

  1. Lights or reflectors

Keep your dog safe when you walk or run at night by using reflective collars or vests. Alternatively, you can purchase a LED light clip-on and attach it to your dog’s collar. This way, you and the people you share the road or park with can easily spot your dog in the dark.

  1. Paw wax

Show your dog some love and massage his paws using a paw wax. This product is not just for relaxation, though! The wax adds another layer of protection for the feet, acting like a pair of booties that keep your dog comfortable when walking on ice, sand, salt, or concrete.

  1. Dog mansion

Your dog can live the high life inside a luxury dog house. These high-end mansions are made to order and built using really tough wood and glass. Imagine all the cute photos that you can take with your dog in his grandiose home.

  1. Bamboo hammock dog bed

Give your dog a nice hammock dog bed to retire and relax into after hours of running and playing. This high quality bamboo hammock is comfortable and comes with a stain resistant suede cushion that’s guaranteed to give your pet unlimited hours of good sleep.

There are a lot of options in the market today if you feel like indulging your dog. Adding these items to your home will not only give your dog a one-of-a-kind experience, it will also make the time you spend with your pet more memorable. Which of these items will your furry companion enjoy best?

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Dealing with Hearing Issues

Dealing-With-Hearing-LossSociety doesn’t like to talk about the hearing loss that comes with age. It’s a reminder that we’re getting older, which is in turn a reminder of our own mortality. We rationalize it and tell ourselves that it’s fine, and we’ll just lean in closer when someone is talking, and surely no one will really notice anything is wrong, right? Unfortunately, people notice. It’s one thing if you have trouble making out certain words and phrases in the middle of a loud, crowded party. It’s another thing if you struggle to hear something being said to you in the middle of a quiet library.

Hearing loss can be embarrassing and inconvenient, but it can also be dangerous. Most states have laws requiring drivers to move over if there’s an ambulance or emergency vehicle coming through. If you can’t hear the wail of an ambulance siren, then you won’t know to move over. That’s putting yourself and others in a perilous situation. The best-case scenario in that situation is that a cop pulls you over and gives you a ticket. You’ll probably be shaken up by such an experience, but it won’t do you much good if you don’t use that lesson to start searching for a solution to your hearing loss.

Hearing aids and beyond

People with bad hearing can often be afraid of hearing aids. They think they’re bulky and unattractive, but the truth is, hearing aids have come a long way in recent years. An experienced audiologist can evaluate your hearing and talk to you about what sort of hearing aids might work best for your particular needs. Cosmetic concerns play a part, just like they do when you visit the dentist or go to the eye doctor. Communication style and financial considerations will also have a role in this process, since there’s no one-size fits all solution to helping patients hear better. Some people prefer in-the-ear hearing aids, or ITE, while others like behind-the-ear devices, or BTE. There are even accessories that work with Bluetooth to stream phone calls directly to your hearing aid.

Not everyone goes to a hearing clinic for the same issue, of course. Tinnitus is a poorly-misunderstood condition that can cause a lot of misery if it’s not treated properly. Hearing roaring, buzzing, clicking, and hissing noises with no apparent source can make you feel like you’re losing your sanity. Tinnitus can be caused by age-related hearing loss, or it can be caused by things like medication prescribed by your doctor. It may even be related to impacted earwax buildup, a condition that’s just as fun as it sounds.

Sometimes people blame themselves for their hearing loss. They think things like “I went to too many death metal concerts in college” or “I really should have worn earplugs when I was mowing the lawn.” Some experiences can certainly be more damaging to your eardrums than others (ask war veterans who spent time in combat zones), but to some degree or another, hearing loss happens to us all. If you’re experiencing it, then it’s not going to do you much good to worry about the past. The past is gone, and now it’s time to focus on creating a brighter future, one where you no longer have to say, “Sorry, I can’t hear you.”

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