My Favorite Place

Richmond Beach was my spiritual hangout in my childhood. It is a rocky beach in the city of Richmond Beach, which can be accessed by a long downhill drive (by car or bicycle) from the city of Edmonds. Or, as I did often, took the 30-minute walk from my house to the calm waters through a tranquil stroll through the woods of Woodway. It used to be a place inhabited by Native Americans, but now it is occupied by mostly Caucasian people. However, a totem pole stands in tribute to the tribes that used to call the beach home. It has a vast property, with a beach, a playground, two upper lawns for the view and recreation, myriad “secret” trails along the clay hillsides, picnic areas, and a square where…
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April Fools’ Day

Possibly the funniest day of the year is April Fools’ Day. It happens on the first of April every year, and it comprises pranks and jokes on friends and family, and sometimes strangers. The phrase to use is “April Fools!” after you complete a prank or joke. But there is much more to this day than these common facts. There is a mysterious history of this celebration. There is no real consensus on when the holiday officially or unofficially began, but this essay will deal with all of the main theories. The earliest possible mention of April Fools’ Day is in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in 1392. In the story “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” it is mentioned that “Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.” This seems like a…
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Beyond Identity

We often think of ourselves as our body, mind, and emotions. We take these three elements and make an amalgamation. However, we also often talk about a person’s soul. Is there any scientific basis for the soul? Surprisingly, there is. Each unique personality a person has (even in circumstances of amnesia and other illnesses), the feeling and identity of the self beyond age (especially experienced as we grow older), and our inevitable subjective experience as an individual comprise a scientific foundation for the soul. Despite neuroplasticity, or the constant shift in the links between our brain cells, we remain essentially the same personality. This consistency is most stark in the case of mentally ill patients or people who have experienced memory loss. According to Scientific American: In his book The…
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Canada: The Beginning

Canada is a revered country in the North American continent for its friendly people, peaceful politics, spectacular wildlife, and much more. However, for people who live outside this country (second largest in terms of area), the history of this nation may not be known or understood. In order to understand how Canada became the country it is now, an overview will be given. Canada has gone through a long history before its Constitution was patriated in 1982. In fact, it begins with the pre-contact aboriginal timeline. According to Britannica.com, “North America’s first humans migrated from Asia, presumably over a now-submerged land bridge from Siberia to Alaska sometime about 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age; it has also been argued, however, that some people arrived earlier, possibly up to…
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The First Military Conflicts in History

For almost as long as civilizations have been around, warfare has been present. It is not so easy to trace the exact beginnings of war, but we have recorded history that tells us the facts, and also artifacts that hint at what kind of military action took place. From archeological digs, specialists can discern that the first military campaign was executed around 9000 BC in ancient Jericho. The following paragraphs will explain what took place in this region and the subsequent history of military conflict. Jericho is considered the first true city by many historians. Around 9000 BC, near the present-day West Bank, the Natufians settled. According to MilataryHistoryNow, “Made up of roughly 70 igloo-shaped mud brick dwellings that together housed up to 1,000 people, the city itself was surrounded…
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How to Get Rid of Hiccups

Some people get annoyed over hiccuping over and over. There are even people who have chronic hiccuping. In fact, “how to get rid of hiccups” is one of the most-searched queries on the internet. Well, there are many things you can do. In order to get rid of hiccups, you can complete breathing and posture techniques, use pressure points to your advantage, eat and drink certain things, and use some special remedies. All of these solutions will be discussed in the following paragraphs. Firstly, there are many breathing and posturing techniques you can use to get rid of hiccups. Most of the techniques are easy to do. According to Healthline, there are six physical methods of vanquishing your next hiccup: practicing slow breathing, holding your breath in for a while,…
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How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Having stretch marks can lower the self esteem of people. It is often seen as something ugly, or at least unaesthetic. That is why countless people type in “how to get rid of stretch marks” in internet search engines to discover how to solve this issue. In this essay, we will focus on practical ways of making stretch marks disappear by various methods: consuming more Vitamin A, using a sugar scrub, employing aloe vera, taking hyaluronic acid through capsules, and applying coconut oil. Getting stretch marks out by consuming vitamin A seems like a stretch, but it is a home remedy that is trusted. In fact, a lot of issues we have can be solved by the intake of more vitamins. According to Healthline, “Vitamin A is referred to as…
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LeBron James

Lebron James (LeBron Raymone James Sr.) is one of the most popular basketball players now, and sometimes considered the best basketball player in the world. He won the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player Award four times, three NBA Finals MVP Player awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James has also been in 15 NBA All-Star Games and was the MVP All-Star MVP three times. This is just a short list of his accomplishments, as he has dominated the sport since his teen years. Even though people know him as a phenomenal basketball player, this essay will divulge information about his private life and what journey he went on to become a professional basketball player. He was born in 1984, December 30, in Akron, Ohio. His mother, Gloria Marie…
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Measles

Measles is in the news again for a recent outbreak. In the U.S. about 300 cases have been reported as of late. However, measles is an old virus. The first emergence of measles was around 500 AD. Therefore, it has been around since early history, and continues to affect people, despite vaccinations. The virus produces a highly contagious disease, and that is one of the reasons it has lasted so long in the lives of humans. This essay will describe the signs and symptoms, causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of this highly infectious virus. Commonly, children are infected with the virus. Though it is not usually fatal for adults, it can be for children. The signs and symptoms of measles last around 10-14 days subsequent to being exposed to the…
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Missing Link Found

There has been discussion for decades about a missing link between early humans and their predecessors. It has been perhaps the most contentious issue in regards to human evolution in proving the theory of evolution as true and factual. Well, a missing link has been recently found. It does not give a complete picture of the progress from our predecessors to early humans, but it is a step in collecting more information to shape the entire canvas of our evolution. These transitional fossils are important to recover to chase away the questions of skeptics in the theory of evolution and to establish the complete trajectory of evolution. And despite new evidence being found, scientists remind the public that evolution is not linear. It is more complex than that: many branches…
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