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Truth behind Annabelle (The Haunted Doll)

According to claims originating from Ed and Lorraine Warren, a student nurse was given the Raggedy Ann doll in 1970, but after the doll behaved strangely, a psychic medium told the student the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a dead girl named “Annabelle Higgins”. Supposedly, the student nurse and her roommate first tried to accept and nurture the spirit-possessed doll, but eventually became frightened by the doll’s malicious behavior and contacted the Warrens, who removed the doll to their museum after pronouncing it “demonically possessed”.

Texas State University assistant professor of religious studies Joseph Laycock says most skeptics have dismissed the Warrens’ museum as “full of off-the-shelf Halloween junk, dolls and toys, books you could buy at any bookstore”. Laycock calls the Annabelle legend an “interesting case study in the relationship between pop culture and paranormal folklore” and speculates that the demonic doll trope popularized by films such as Child’s Play and The Conjuring likely emerged from early legends surrounding Robert the Doll as well as a Twilight Zone episode entitled “Living Doll”. Laycock suggests that “the idea of demonically-possessed dolls allows modern demonologists to find supernatural evil in the most banal and domestic of places.”

Commenting on publicity for the Warrens’ occult museum coinciding with the film release of The Conjuring, science writer Sharon A. Hill said that many of the myths and legends surrounding the Warrens have “seemingly been of their own doing” and that many people may have difficulty “separating the Warrens from their Hollywood portrayal”. Hill criticized sensational press coverage of the Warrens’ occult museum and its Annabelle doll. She said, “Like real-life Ed Warren, real-life Annabelle is actually far less impressive.” Of the supernatural claims made about Annabelle by Ed Warren, Hill said, “We have nothing but Ed’s word for this, and also for the history and origins of the objects in the museum.”

Happy Mother’s Day

We all love our mother. We have our own ways to call our mother. Some say, ‘Aama (Nepali)’ or even ‘Budi Mau (Nepali)’, ‘Mom’, ‘Mommy’ and various other ways with love. They are our first friend, a guardian angel who always look for different ways to protect us from any difficulties in life. Mothers hold a special place in our heart and stir our emotions when their name is mentioned or remembered. Our friends and family play a large role in who we are today, and who we will be in the future. However, the biggest influence may come from our family, specially from our mother. Mothers have always been the ones who understand the things you say and do. Who always overlook your faults and sees the best in you. They have that special love and care for you to inspires you day by day.

Thus, on this mother’s day lets all appreciate the value of our guardian angel and respect what she has done from the day you started living in her womb till this very day. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents

A newborn’s feeding schedule can be unpredictable. Here’s what, when and how to feed your baby. – By Mayo Clinic

Feeding a newborn is a round-the-clock commitment. It’s also an opportunity to begin forming a bond with the newest member of your family. Consider these tips for feeding a newborn.

Stick with breast milk or formula

Breast milk is the ideal food for babies with rare exceptions. If breast-feeding isn’t possible, use infant formula. Healthy newborns don’t need water, juice or other fluids.

Feed your newborn on demand

Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day about one feeding every two to three hours. Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues. The sooner you begin each feeding, the less likely you’ll need to soothe a frantic baby. When your baby stops sucking, closes his or her mouth, or turns away from the nipple or bottle, he or she might be full or simply taking a break. Try burping your baby or waiting a minute before offering your breast or the bottle again. As your baby gets older, he or she will take in more milk in less time at each feeding.

Consider vitamin D supplements

Ask your baby’s doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you’re breast-feeding. Breast milk might not provide enough vitamin D, which helps your baby absorb calcium and phosphorus nutrients necessary for strong bones.

Expect variations in your newborn’s eating patterns

Your newborn won’t necessarily eat the same amount every day. During growth spurts often at two to three weeks after birth and again at six weeks after birth your newborn might take more at each feeding or want to be fed more often. Respond to early signs of hunger, rather than keeping a strict eye on the clock.

Trust your instincts and your newborn’s

You might worry that your newborn isn’t eating enough, but babies usually know just how much they need. Don’t focus on how much, how often or how regularly your newborn eats. Instead, look for:

  1. Steady weight gain
  2. Contentment between feedings
  3. By the fifth day after birth, at least six wet diapers and three or more bowel movements a day
  4. Contact the doctor if your newborn isn’t gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings.

Consider each feeding a time to bond with your newborn

Hold your newborn close during each feeding. Look him or her in the eye. Speak with a gentle voice. Use each feeding as an opportunity to build your newborn’s sense of security, trust and comfort.

Know when to ask for help

If you’re having trouble breast-feeding, ask a lactation consultant or your baby’s doctor for help especially if every feeding is painful or your baby isn’t gaining weight. If you haven’t worked with a lactation consultant, ask your baby’s doctor for a referral or check with the obstetrics department at a local hospital.

Feeding Tips for Babies

Homemade Baby Food Purees

First bites are a big milestone in baby’s life. Here’s a step-by-step guide to introducing solid foods.

1. Pick a single-grain infant cereal, such as rice, or a single-fruit or vegetable puree (see recipes in this slideshow), and prepare it. Cereals should be prepared with breast milk or formula.
2. Serve the same food to baby for at least four days, watching for any signs of allergy or intolerance.
3. Move on to a new food, and start the process over until baby has tried a variety of single foods.
Looking for the perfect first purees? We recommend Carrots, Bananas, Avocado, Green Peas, or Butternut Squash. These purees tend to be popular with baby because they are smooth, mild-flavored, and slightly sweet. Remember to thin them down to an almost liquid consistency for baby’s first few meals.

Source: Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Every year on February 14th, people all around the world share candies, flowers and gifts with their loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? So let’s find out about the history of this centuries old day of romance – Valentine’s Day.

The history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint are shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly romantic figure.

Why do we dream?

Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you’ve often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you’ve wondered why you dream at all.

But first, lets talk about What dreams really are?

Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.

Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable. (Source: Wikipedia)

Since the earliest of recorded histories, people have theorized about the function and meaning of dreams. Answers came largely from the spirit world until Aristotle and Plato developed the drive related hypothesis that was later expanded on by the European psychoanalysts of the 19th and 20th centuries. This hypothesis defines dreaming as a way to act out unconscious desires in a safe or “unreal” setting, presumably because to do so in reality would be unacceptable or even detrimental. But even in the 21st century we still are not sure why we dream. The only way to study dreams is to ask the dreamer. However, one thing we know for sure is that dreaming is something that the vast majority of humans do every night of their lives.

Futsal banned in Kathmandu Valley

Futsal, which literally means ‘room football,’ originated in the inner cities of South American states and was first played indoors in Uruguay in around 1930 AD. An Argentinean named Juan Carlos Ceriani had invented the game to practice football indoors and was enthusiastically adopted across South America. Futsal is played between two teams of five players each and the court has a minimum dimension of 25×16 square meters or a maximum of 42×25 sq m.

The ban has drawn strong criticism in social networking cites with the demand to lift the prohibition at the earliest.

According to the Metropolitan Police Range Office, Teku, the police were compelled to clamp down on futsal after repeated complaints from all quarters of society. The police said most of the complaints were filed by concerned guardians who were worried about illegal betting in futsal venues, bunking of schools and colleges by their wards and increasing intake of drugs and alcohols among the youths. Operating matches till late nights have also been disturbing the locals.

“Majority of futsal entrepreneurs were found not to have registered their company at respective government offices. In addition to that, there is no regulatory body to systematize, regulate and monitor futsal activities,” said SSP Bikram Singh Thapa, chief of Metropolitan Police Range Office, Kathmandu.

SSP Thapa also said that majority of over 200 futsals in Kathmandu Valley have not fulfilled the basic criteria of installing futsal courts.

“There should be a referee or some instructors while operating futsal matches but this has been missing,” said SSP Thapa. The police said they made repeated attempts to regulate futsal but failed to do so.

Following the ban on futsal, a group of futsal entrepreneurs led a delegation to the Kathmandu District Administration Office requesting it to withdraw its decision to ban futsal activities.

Former national football team captain Hari Khadka, who also operates futsal club in Kathmandu, said that it was unjust to ban all the futsals for the faults of a few of them.

“We are ready to come under a regulatory mechanism but the sudden ban is not a solution,” Khadka said.

Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Ram Krishna Subedi, said that he would soon hold a comprehensive meeting with all stakeholders of futsal and lift the ban after formulating a regulatory mechanism to systematize the growing business.

Earlier, a committee to deal with and regulate futsal-related activities was formed by All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) but the procedure was disrupted due to the devastating earthquake of April.

“None of the futsal entrepreneurs are affiliated to ANFA,” said the football governing body’s General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan, stressing on the need of a regulatory mechanism to bring the futsal clubs on track.

Source: My Republica