Podcasts have really taken off over the last few years as many people's media of choice. Easily accessible, they are a saviour for commuters as these short audio pieces can be downloaded to listen on the go. Not just that, but they are an easy way to let experts enlighten you about all kinds of interesting subjects. Pick something, plug in, and you can almost forget that you are shoulder to shoulder with pushy businessmen on the early morning intercity express. Here at Euronews Living, we are definitely converts. With over half a million podcasts currently being made, there's bound to be something to pique everyone's interest in this ever evolving format. This seemingly endless choice can be pretty overwhelming, though, and the wrong choice could put a bad spin on the rest of your day. To help you out we've put together a by no means exhaustive list of some things we think you should listen to. Unsurprisingly, our go to morning listening is often about sustainability so here's a list … [Read more...] about 5 of our favourite thought provoking sustainability podcasts
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Anna Bauman Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Aug 2, 2019 She sits on her bedroom floor in front of an altar doubling as a dresser that holds an assortment of crystals and candles. Incense burns. Soft music plays. Let the healing begin. Eryn Z. casts a circle spell for protection. She breathes in deeply and envisions a ball of gold light swell in her chest. It seeps into the floor, reconnecting with the energy of the universe, before traveling up her spine and back into her body. “It cleanses and chases out anything dark, anything negative,” says the 21-year-old University of Detroit graduate student. She asked that her full name not be used, worried that it could affect hiring prospects in her chosen field of intelligence analysis. The Canton woman identifies as a witch. To be exact: A solitary practitioner of Celtic witchcraft. Replace the fictional lore of witches with grotesque features wearing black … [Read more...] about Michigan witches drawn to paganism for its acceptance, feminism
Julianne Ponan's "dreams came true" last week when she received an email from Forbes revealing its latest 30 Under 30 for Europe – a list of the region's brightest and best innovators, leaders and stars. "I was so glad to see [singer] Jess Glynne and [actor] Daniel Radcliffe's names, as I'm a huge fan of theirs, but then I noticed mine," recalls the entrepreneur. "It felt incredible; I've wanted to be on it for as long as I can remember." The 29-year-old is recognised for her enterprise, Creative Nature, which sells baking mixes, bars and other allergy-safe food products. Ponan herself suffers from anaphylaxis to all nuts and some seeds. It made eating healthy difficult, as she could never find a safe snack that wasn't packed with additives, so she had to create her own at home. Ponan became a business owner much earlier than she planned. "I was already working for Creative Nature when it sold incense, candles and Buddhist statues," she explains. But with "significant" losses, … [Read more...] about ‘In a start-up, no one’s job is more important than the others’
Viet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular holiday in Việt Nam. The word … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
Viet Nam News HCM CITY – With the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday fast approaching, it’s all hands on deck in an incense village in HCM City’s outskirt district of Bình Chánh. More than 350 families in Lê Minh Tâm Commune have been making incense for almost a century, and Tết is their busiest time of year, according to online newspaper baotintuc.vn. The village, 30km west of central HCM City is painted with yellow and red incense sticks being sun-dried along the roads, and their fragrance is everywhere. Every year, January is the most frantic time of year for the villagers because of the huge demand for incense sticks for Tết, the most important holiday for Vietnamese people. During this time, hordes of people go to temples and pagodas to light incense or burn the sticks at ancestral altars at home. Huỳnh Văn Tính, whose family has one of the longest incense traditions in the village, told the outlet … [Read more...] about Smell of Tết fast approaching