Wedding Differences

Weddings are an extremely cultural thing. Every religion has its shtick, and every country also has its own customs. Now, American weddings are normal for me, but obviously to someone from India or Morocco it’s quite different. And especially it’s different than someone in Israel. Add to that the fact that I’m from New York, a place that’s even fancier than a typical American wedding somewhere else in the world. So, coming to Israel and going to Israeli weddings was a big shock for me.

I’ll tell you about the differences, in no particular order. Now, for most of them it might sound like I’m complaining or being hard on Israeli weddings. That’s not my intention at all, but honestly, it’s hard to adjust from something that you’ve spent your whole life getting used to. So, one of the main differences is that at Israeli weddings it’s common for people to wear jeans. Now, I would NEVER ever even consider wearing jeans to any sort of wedding ever ever. Can you even imagine?? Well, if you’re Israeli then you probably can! I mean, it sounds kind of crazy and ridiculous to me, but that’s what they do. Smoking is also a lot more common in Israeli culture than it is in American culture. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself at an Israeli wedding and the person next to you is smoking up a storm. I personally hate this phenomenon, as t he smell takes over and can get sensitive people sick. Go outside if you must, but even this seems to be not classy. But alas, it is an Israeli wedding you’re at, so prepare yourself ahead of time.

Israeli weddings also don’t have bridesmaids. This is a strictly American phenomenon, and honestly I wouldn’t mind doing without bridesmaids a little more often. They take forever to walk down the aisle, and everyone is obligated to buy a fancy dress. As long as you have good friends there with you on your wedding day and you have someone to host a bridal shower and bachelorette party for you, you don’t need the official titles. Which brings me to bridal showers. They’re not a thing in Israel! Some people do something called a mitpachat party, where guests bring the bride scarves and other head coverings to wear once she’s married. They’ll practice tying their hair and making pretty designs, but that’s about it. I feel that brides lose out with this type of party, as a bridal shower usually yields more expensive gifts for the couple. And speaking of gifts, registries are much less of a thing here. There are a couple of stores that offer them, but essentially it’s nonexistent. That’s because in Israeli culture it’s much more common for couples to cover their own wedding expenses instead of having their parents pay for the wedding. So, people tend to give money at the wedding as a gift in order to cover their own plate and reimburse the bride and groom as they begin their life together.

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Protecting Your Home From Wildfires

Is it important to investigate whether a neighborhood is prone to wildfire before you buy a home there? It’s imperative that you investigate all potential dangers and risks in the area of your potential home. Find out if the neighborhood is prone to wildfire, and if so, find out what kind of risks are really at play and what kind of precautions you could take. Do your due diligence before determining whether or not this is a deal-breaker. Speak to neighbors and local fire departments. Look up historical records of the area, facts and history of the neighborhood on Google. Do whatever you can. It’s your potential future home, and no stone should be left un-turned when you’re attempting to determine whether or not it is safe. It’s important to make sure you have adequate homeowners insurance because you always want to be covered in the event of a worst-case scenario.

Find out which insurance agencies cover your neighborhood in the event of a fire and select a plan that covers your home and all of its content. Creating a defensible space is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner who lives in a fire-prone area. You do this through a number of different steps, but primarily by making sure that flammable and dangerous materials are as far away from the perimeter of your home as possible. This means that, – Combustible outdoor furniture, – Tall grass, – Firewood, – Fire-prone plants, – Fallen leaves, – Gasoline tanks, ….and similar objects shouldn’t be around your home’s perimeter.

Trim your grass to a 4-inch maximum height, create space between shrubbery and plants, and create a concrete or otherwise non-flammable walkway around the immediate perimeter of your home. It’s important to create a wildfire evacuation plan because when disaster strikes, “winging it” isn’t good enough. You need a plan where each family member knows exactly what they should do in the event of a wildfire. This ensures that the family is taking safe measures and steps towards avoiding danger. There are a number of steps to take before evacuation to ensure a safe escape. This includes: – Shutting and unlocking windows, doors and entryways, – Removing flammable objects or relocating them away from windows and entrances, – Shutting off the house gas, – Leaving all lights on, –  and Turning off the A/C. Once this is completed, there are two steps.

First, make sure each family member is present or otherwise accounted for. Step two: Proceed to evacuation. When dealing with wildfire, there’s no time for other steps. The family must evacuate asap. Thanks to climate change, in some areas, wildfires have become a year-round concern. The reality of an unpredictable climate is such that the risk associated with wildfire is omnipresent. We don’t know when they will strike or why, but we do know that increased dryness has contributed to this heightened risk. The risk of wildfire doesn’t exist in urban areas, but it’s a risk all the time in places like California.

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Master and Commander

Russel Crow in one of his finest works. He plays a naval captain during the times of the Napoleonic Wars. He is a British Naval Captain hunting a French Ship, which is out of his ships class. Ships in the time were classed by size and number of guns. The French ship was vastly larger than the British ship and had way more cannons. They took a lot of time to portray what life was really like on a ship during the period. They showed what food was eaten by sailors and what their daily routine was. There was even a lot of small amazing details, in one scene they show a sailor pooping on the front of the ship where sailors would poop. It was a short clip passing the sailor very quickly. It was just impressive to see the small details they demonstrated. The life of a sailor was very and carefully demonstrated in the film. It showed the split between sailors and officers. What they ate and drank was very interesting. Sailors drank rum and ate simple grool. The officers drank wine and ate well cooked food and ate from fine silver and dined at a table. The sailors ate their food in their bunks off of wooden plates and wooden spoons. It was necessary for all of them to drink alcohol because water would go bad and would make everyone sick if they drank only water.

They also showed the way battles were fought out in the open ocean. Ships had to utilize naval navigation was more important than anything else during battles. Where a ship was position in respect to the other ship. It is strategically vital to be behind the other ship. The film demonstrates the difficulty and skill involved in naval navigation and warfare. The main theme of the film is the difficulties of being a leader of a ship on the ocean. It was vital to choose the lesser of two evils. In one scene the captain must kill one of his own crew to save the entire ship. Thus, having to choose the lesser of two evils, one sailor for the life of everyone on the ship. Choosing the lesser of two evils is prevalent throughout the entire film.

In another scene one of the sailors is drunk and disrespects one of the officers and has to be punished. Having the sailors drunk was necessary for moral. If he didn’t allow the sailors to drink they would not have been able to deal with life out in the ocean. Thus the lesser of two evils to have the men drunk and occasionally disrespectful rather than having them sober and completely revolting against the officers. In one scene the captain asked one of his friends to choose between two weevils, two small bugs. His friend chooses the bigger weevil, the captain responds with no, one must always choose the lesser of two weevils. It is an homage to the theme which is the lesser of two evils since weevils is close to evil.

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Aveeno Review

My skin gets so dry, especially in the winter. A lot of people have the same problem. Since the air is way more dry in the winter it makes everyone’s skin way more dry. I read a Aveeno review online that helped me figure out what I should use. Picking the right moisturizer is important. Everyone’s skin is really different. If you are pale or darker complexion you should pick a moisturizer accordingly. You should also be aware of any allergies you may have against certain chemicals. You don’t want to have an allergic reaction to something.

Allergic reactions are really uncomfortable. I had one on my face the other day. My face was so swollen that I could barely even open my eyes. My lips were also really swollen I looked like one of the kardashians. Not in a good way. All of them have their lips done but they pretend like they don’t get plastic surgery, like everyone doesn’t know. Everyone thinks their lip gloss will give you bigger lips the only thing that will do that is plastic surgery. I checked a lot of reviews for their lip gloss and none of them said you’ll actually get bigger lips from it. The one Aveeno review I read was pretty accurate though. It said that it help moisturize their skin. Which is what lotion is supposed to do. Not like those lying Kardashians’ who aren’t even talented at anything. Why are they even famous. Why would anyone watch their show it is terrible. Exemplifying everything that is wrong with America. Another example of what is wrong with society today. All the fake news out there is another problem. It’s hard to find any information that is legitimate. I always try and double or triple check anything that I am reading. When looking at reviews I will look at several different review sites.

When I was looking for a moisturizer I looked at like 5 different Aveeno reviews to make sure they were legitimate. I do that before I buy anything. I also research the company to make sure they are environmentally friendly and are good to their employees. If I am giving my money to a company I want to make sure that my money is going somewhere that holds the same morals that I hold. I don’t want any of my money going to a company that is making the world a worse place. It is difficult to know for sure the review you are reading is the right one. You may think that a review is solid but you really won’t be sure that a product works until you use it. I am waiting to find out if the aveeno review I read is real until I try the product myself. I am in desperate need of a good moisturizer since my skin is so dry from the winter air. If this aveeno stuff doesn’t work well I will just try another one.

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That’s The Power Of Tea Tree Baby!

Over the course of time, man has made significant advances in the practice of medicine and healing through the constant trial and error of utilizing different techniques, natural products or approaches that have either worked better than others or not worked – medicine is basically a process of elimination as far as I can tell. None have proved to be as effective a tool in terms of healing topical skin related disorders as well as internal bacterial infections as Tea Tree Oil. The healing properties of this oil have been known to us for well over a century and was discovered in the late 19th century by an Australian chemist when he came across a lumberjack who had nearly severed his finger off in a log cutting accident (chopping logs is dangerous work). He was amazed by by the stunning results that Tea Tree sap had shown in terms of keeping the wound free of bacteria and infection as well as speeding up the healing process. If you’d like to try what tea tree can do for you check this amazing Tea Tree Oil Conditioner by Maple Holistics.

This lead him to begin experiments with distilling the oil from the bark, leaves and twigs of the Melaleuca tree as a means of creating a medicinal treatment out of them which could be used for general application to help heal wounds and skin related issues. He patented the first form of raw Tea Tree essential oil and made a huge leap in terms of understanding the immense healing properties and capabilities that this natural product had and decided to make his discovery known to the world. This lead to the growth of an entire industry in later years, which he did not see happen, but is something that is still growing and evolving today as the desire for alternative forms of medicine becomes more of a need in general society. The problem with conventional forms of medicine is that while they may be highly effective in treating the symptoms of any given disease or topical skin related issue, they are often loaded with chemically synthesized ingredients that come with a wide variety of side effects which can ultimately lead to a worsening of your health in general and cause more problems than they solve.

On top of this, most of the products we use on a regular basis contain chemically enhanced forms of natural products (the same applies to medication) and this ultimately diminishes the efficacy and usefulness of the of the natural product, as they are most effective in their natural form. The closer you get a natural product to their raw form, the better they are and this applies to nearly every consumable product that you buy. Nowhere is this more important than in the hair care and beauty sector, as many of the products in this industry contain a wide variety of unhealthy chemical additives that are included to make the product cheaper to manufacture and more efficient, but come with the downside of side effects. Personally, I try to use as many natural products as possible and herbal shampoos containing nothing but raw natural products, such as Tea Tree oil are always the best choice you can make for building strong, lasting hair and leading a healthier life in general.

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A Rifles Paradise

I’m a huge hunting rifle enthusiast and prefer shooting country music lovers with a good, reliable hunting rifle as I assume a clean kill is always better than simply spraying bullets everywhere with a semi-automatic. The best way to get a high-score is to silence your weapon, stay concealed and pick your shots wisely before you take them. Try your best to look the poor, drunk bastard in the eye before you pull the trigger as that way you can reserve a spot in the smoking section of hell’s deepest bowels, rather than some lofty demonic antechamber. Location location location!

As far as hunting rifles go, nothing says top quality more than the Ruger stamp of approval and while they may be famed now for their automatic series, they really made their claim to fame with their hunting rifles. When it came to firearms, Bill Ruger had a keen eye for guns of classic form and functional design. And judging from the number of so-called International, or Mannlicher-stocked, models that have appeared under the Ruger banner throughout the years, the rotary-magazine-fed Mannlicher-Schoenauer was one of those.

So it isn’t surprising that when Ruger set out to design a .22 rimfire he incorporated the rotary magazine. It helped make the little 10/22, introduced in 1964, trim and easy to carry and provided just as many shots as guns whose tubular magazines were awkward to reload or those whose clip magazines protruded from their stocks’ bottoms and made carrying at the balance point uncomfortable. As firearms accessorizing became more of a home-gunsmithing proposition, another one of the 10/22’s clever design features gave it a huge leg up on the competition: Its barrel could be switched out for a more accurate, target-profile type by anyone with only an Allen wrench and a few minutes to spare. From such modularity sprang a huge cottage industry of aftermarket 10/22 parts and accessories occupying dozens of pages in gun parts suppliers’ catalogs.

According to Ruger, the 10/22’s production totals are well on their way to the 6 million mark-a remarkable figure for any commercial firearm. Today it is available from the factory in a variety of configurations, including a “compact” version and a competition-ready heavy-barreled model with a wildly configured laminated thumbhole stock. Ruger has even reinvented the basic design in a pistol configuration called the Charger. So even though you can no longer buy the 10/22 from the factory with a Mannlicher stock-yes, Ruger made them in walnut, birch and laminated wood-the gun’s current factory and unlimited home-brewed manifestations, along with its unfailing reliability, accuracy potential and low initial cost, have lent it a timeless appeal.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a series of guns that shoots as well as Ruger’s do – especially for the competitive price that they’re offered at in general. Everything about these guns is carefully chosen and honed in to ensure that they shoot perfectly every time and give you results that even a professional shooter couldn’t argue with.

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Treating Ourselves With Essential Oils

At this point, we were following her line of thinking by analysing the cell structure of various natural products such as the essential oil of the Tea Tree (or Melaleuca tree)  and trying to establish any similarities between how the cells interacted with antibodies in our system. Our hopes, much like Tim Burton’s, were that in understanding how the cells interacted with one another, we could try and establish a way to predict how they would interact with diseases and harmful bacteria. Perhaps by understanding the relation between these molecules, we could isolate the factors that made them harmful in the first place and neutralise the effects before they could do any real damage to our systems. It was pretty abstract thinking, and our lecturer informed us about this when we originally broached the topic to him as a possible thesis topic.

Basically, we found ourselves in the same situation as Harold in that our ideas were too abstract for many to conceive, and even if we did manage to prove that we were onto something, the revelation would disrupt the world of modern medicine so much that we would either become rich, or get killed. While that may sound too drastic, pharmaceutical corporations aren’t exactly the kind of institutions that play softball. The reality of the matter is that we were both in way over our heads – but that’s what motivated us. At least, to us, the point of medicine and understanding biology was to evolve or progress the way we approach modern treatments and improve our ability to heal people. Tea tree oil shampoo by maple holistics

With regards to cancer, nothing could be more controversial and this was the first thing our lecturer pointed out. Much like the electric car, natural alternatives to current cancer treatments have been a subject of great debate for sometime now and anyone working for one of these companies would be more likely to tear your suggestions to shreds long before actually evaluating the value of what a natural treatment could mean for cancer patients in future. Our research into the subject started when Terry showed me an article on a group of people who had managed to treat the thyroid cancer with natural products only. They had no experience with chemotherapy or drug-related treatments whatsoever and yet had a 100% recovery rate.

There was definitely something here worth looking into – even our professor agreed. But as I mentioned, even if you managed to create a foolproof, 100% safe and tested treatment, you’d still have to deal with the realities of the market place and the pressure not to publish your findings etc. For example, a simple recipe on a homemade DIY treatment for alopecia that worked, would be relegated to the realm of the internet – a place filled with unidentifiable ghost writers and untrustworthy sources – rather than the hallowed halls of serious academia. Tea Tree Oil Conditioner by Maple Holistics on Amazon

Here lies the problem at hand for anyone serious about this topic.  But in due time, the gradual awareness of the marketplace and consumers who have either been or have become more informed about the nature of the products they are using will hopefully result in a gradual, but nonetheless inevitable change.

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Wash Your Hair

I started slow. I didn’t want to get rid of everything at once. That would be too big a change. This wasn’t something I was doing on a whim, but I knew for sure I wanted to get some of the items in my bathroom replaced. I was looking to go ‘no poo’, and start making my own hair care products – shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask.

After that, I planned to get rid or replace some of my body care products – washes, scrumbs, serums, what have you. I wanted to go all natural, and I had a plan. A month of transitioning for everything. Every item category. After the body products, came the “lesser” body products – mouth wash, toothpaste, hand soap, etc.

This was a period of about six months, and by the time I was done, my bathroom and cabinet under the sink were all natural. The products did cost a bit more overall, but I decided it would be worth it. There was a vibe I was getting from those other products, and it wasn’t good. I started with ‘no poo’, but I decided to continue with the rest of my body, and eventually the rest of the house. And just to be clear, this is not about saving the planet. This is about saving myself. It is a very egocentric move, and it is all mine. I want to grow up in a place, in a body, which is as natural as can be. And even if I am not all natural all the time – and I am not – I can say without a doubt that the things I put into my body: food, drink, cosmetics, hygiene products, and others are as natural as can be. This is a major change for me. has the best articles/ reviews and products out there you should definitely check them out.

I knew it was going to be a less than smooth transition on some things, which is why I decided to give each category a month for putting it into action. I knew from experience that some products take some time to grow on a person, and that some products are not suitable, and will require me to go and look for a different product in that same category. Since I knew this going in, it was not a problem. It is a good thing I wasn’t doing this on a whim, or else I don’t think I would’ve handled the hair transition properly.

When it comes to my hair, I am especially particular. I wasn’t about to let anything and everything touch my scalp, even if it does say ‘natural’ on it. I know from experience that some companies like to put ‘natural’ on anything which has a couple of drops of essential oils. Not exactly my kind of marketing technique, but I am sure it makes them plenty of money. Regardless, I wanted something which was vegan, cruelty-free, and actually natural. I ended up making my own shampoo and conditioner, and buying a mask from my health food store. All great decisions!

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Guns, Guns, Guns

Guns. Guns, guns, they seem to be everywhere and nowhere when you need one. In the United States we have a love affair with our firearms. It is a connection that is like peanut and jelly and that is classic. When you talk about America it is all fast food and football. The main point of course is guns and shotguns to be exact. These long range powerful pistol punches animals at distances that are far. The key to gun ownership is gun education because when you know what you’re doing you are more prone to be careful about it. What do all anti-gun activists shout? Gun safety and gun control. This to me seems simple. When you take a class on something and know how it works you can better apply it to real life. This is the same with medicine and art as well as guns. We all have to be a bit more motivated to get to where we are going.


The problem I see in America is this lack of gun education. Much like sex education, the lack of either leads to misinformation and kids doing things because they think it’s cool. This is by far the most irresponsible reason to do anything. It is okay to be immature but when it comes to guns it is a bad idea. Violence is a necessary evil but

only in small amounts. I like my firearms mainly because I use them as a sense of defense and also for hunting. I like to hunt for fun but even though it is fun I still hunt for food. Wasting a life is not something I am into so you know I don’t do that. You can have a symbiotic relationship with nature and animals even if you are a hunter. There is no doubt the animals lived there first but let’s be honest we humans are the top of the food chain especially when we are armed with a shotgun. For info on everything guns check out Gunivore.

Most people are pretty shocked when they hear I hunt. I am pretty much a pacifist. People tend to equate one with the other. I feel life is a bit more complex than that and therefore it makes perfect sense that I hunt and yet am anti-violence. It is all about how you feel about it and view it. Perspective is reality whether you like it or not. I didn’t always like guns or shotguns but I spent some time on a Indian reservation where hunting was one of the main ways they got food. They taught me that even though you are taking a life if you have the proper motivation and appreciation it can be a positive moment. Ever since then I have been trying to cultivate that mindset and try to enlighten people to this wave of thinking. Gun control is something we need to strive for but it has to be done with no corruption. That is usually what keeps change from happening, corruption, but hey we are doing the best we can.

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