Why children are ready to shift toward more independence around age 4

My earliest clear memories of events I experienced, which are not simply memories of stories told to me about my childhood, are from when I was 4 years old. I know, because those memories are clearly situated at and near the apartment in Minneapolis where we lived when I was 4, from which we moved about the time I turned 5. One of those memories, which would have occurred when I was about 4 years and 4 months, is the following. On a hot summer day, my grandmother told me that it was time for me to take an adventure by myself. We lived on a busy street with traffic lights, and I'm sure that my grandmother had already explained to me how to cross streets at lights as we took walks together. But this day, she told me, I...

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Former vegan converts to carnivore diet after spider bite-bourne infection

An ex-vegan who suffered an infection after being bitten by a spider now ONLY eats meat. Sylwia Tabor from Sacramento, California, was out camping in July 2017 when she was bitten on the ankle, which caused her to come out in small pimples on her body and her flesh began to rot away. She said: "I didn't think much of it at first. It was only a small bite on my ankle. "But in late August, I developed this pimple in my groin area, which over the next days grew and grew until it was about the size of my hand." ...

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The scents of heaven: Frankincense and myrrh

Frankincense and myrrh have long links to the sacred. Why has Christianity viewed them with both fascination and suspicion? In the traditional Christmas narrative, wise men from the East brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold for the infant Christ. Many explanations exist for the choice of these three items. Most centre on the idea that frankincense was for the birth of a divinity, myrrh was for his embalmment after death, and gold was a recognition of his status as king. I find the plant extracts - frankincense and myrrh - to be particularly interesting. How is it that they existed as both medicinal and ritual substances, and endured as such despite the profound shifts in culture and science over the ensuing centuries? What is it about frankincense and myrrh that caught the imagination of early Christians, and how have...

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