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Jul
7
2014

As the wedding ring seems to have eclipsed the traditional mangalsutra for many modern Hindus, this trend begs the question: on which hand do you wear your ring?

Western tradition (except for a few European and South American countries) dictates the wedding ring be worn on the left hand – a tradition that most likely stemmed from the belief that the left ring finger contained a vein that ran directly to the heart.

Indian traditions seem to vary by region and/or family (surprise), but in many parts of India the left hand is considered “unclean,” ergo not a suitable place for a wedding ring. ┬áPersonally, my husband and I are “righties” – in our traditional South Indian wedding, our priest directed the wedding rings be placed on the right hand, and that’s where they stayed (and my engagement ring moved over to make the pair).

What’s your tradition?

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Jul
4
2014
Happy 4th of July
Author: Gnaana

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Jul
2
2014

I do a course on Logic with my son (great for mathematical reasoning and for writing skills – more on that later) and we were working with Venn diagrams. My daughter wanted to join in – all those circles were very bewitching – so I had her put together this geography project.

It looks deceptively simple – but it took us about 3 hours to do properly. You will need 11 concentric circles (cut out using cardstock and a compass – with the smallest circle at 3.5″ in diameter and adding +1.25″ for the next largest circle – and you’ll need a giant sheet of black cardstock if want to go out into “my galaxy” and “my universe”). ┬áMy daughter insisted on drawing on most of the circles, but I also had her use computer printouts to cut and paste some things (e.g. for “my country,” I printed a map of the United States and then she drew a US flag – printing out the right scale for each circle was a trial/error process).

A fun summer project incorporating math, geography and science!

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