cultural article excerpt: "The Future of Anglo-Indians"

A look at the history of Anglo-Indians, where they are from, and how society plays a role in their future.

Who Are They?

By definition, Anglo-Indians or "Eurasians" are mixed with Indian and some other nationality.  Back in Colonial India, during the British rule, vast groups of missionaries and soldiers from Europe, the Americas, and other parts of Asia made their homes in India and intermarried with the locals, particularly from the 1700's through the mid-half of 20th century.  It was not uncommon for the non-Indian males to fall in love with the exotic Indian women, or vice-versa, and thus their children were of mixed descent.  In most cases, these children were raised anglican and as Christians, though there were also those who were raised in the Hindu traditions or Muslim ways.  As more Indians migrated to other countries (such as Britain), they intermarried with caucasians or other nationalities and produced another sort of Anglo-Indian generation, where other traditions were merged.

In the past several decades, however, there has been another group coined Anglo-Indians, not to be confused with who this article is about.  They are people who were born in India to Anglican parents who were not of Indian ancestry.  Some were then raised in India, while others were merely born there but schooled in Europe and other countries.

Because of the Anglican communities and Anglo-Indian communities by birth being in the minority in India, the Anglo-Indians there banded together, socializing and intermarrying within their circles, resulting in Anglo-Indians with more than two heritages.  The British (and other European groups) depended on their "half-white" counterparts to help teach Anglican customs to the natives; thus Anglo-Indians were favored by the Brits, Persians, Portuguese, French, Chinese, and other nations and held good jobs, yet were despised by many Indians because they did not quite fit in.  Accordingly, life for Anglo-Indians who did not choose to emigrate to other nations was challenging at times, because jobs became harder to find for those who were unwilling to give up their Anglican ways. 

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The Cheerful Givers newsletter article: "Famous People Born in March"

It’s that time of year again where March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb (or vice versa)…making you think of the returning Spring, warmer days and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day and college basketball’s March Madness.  But that’s not all!  There are also a fair number of notable birthdays that have helped to shape our global culture today.

Sports stars from Bobby Jones, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jennifer Capriati, to reporter Bob Costas have helped make sports exciting for people of all ages and encouraged the love of competition.  No matter what has happened in our economy, sports have always been a major way of drawing the public together, boosting morale and providing entertainment.

What would the world be like without the acting/performing talents and humor from people like Ron Howard, Desi Arnaz, Rob Reiner, Jerry Lewis, or Fred Rogers (known to children as the infamous “Mr. Rogers”)?  Both Jerry Lewis and Fred Rogers have held a special place in their hearts for children from all over the world.  Jerry Lewis is closely tied to his telethon efforts for children with muscular dystrophy, while the imaginative mind of Fred Rogers has reached out to young minds everywhere in helping them learn about life, themselves, and interacting with others.

From contemporary singers to classical composers, Jon Bon Jovi, Karen Carpenter, David Gilmour, Antonio Vivaldi, Johan Sebastian Bach, and Joseph Haydn used music as their means to express their emotions and convey universal sentiments.  With their contributions, secular and non-secular music alike has reached new heights.

Then there are great writers – among them, poets, authors, inventors, geniuses, and thinkers like Dr. Seuss, Jack Kerouac, Rene Descartes, Harry Houdini, Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein.  These men gave the world something to ponder and to explore.  Dr. Seuss helped children everywhere learn how to read with confidence; Alexander Graham Bell enabled widespread communication by inventing the telephone; Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was instrumental in advancing the field of physics; and Houdini pioneered the mastery of illusions, which has spurred generations since to expand on that realm so that it is now a popular entertaining venue for children’s birthday parties.

Visionary artists Michelangelo Buonarroti and Vincent Van Gogh portrayed life in their paintings.  They appealed to the senses, told stories with their work, and have continued to inspire artistic minds everywhere as being among the most studied.

The public has also revered leaders Mikhail Gorbachev, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland; valued the opinions by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Chairman of the U.S. Reserve, Alan Greenspan; and envied entrepreneur Sam Walton for his success in founding Walmart and Sam’s Club.

The world as we know it will never be the same, because of the work of all these remarkable people who have left their marks on our hearts and minds. Happy Birthday to them all!

View the newsletter. health article excerpt: "Ear Infection Symptoms and Treatment"

This article was written as a response to the question on "How do you know when you have an ear infection, and how to you treat it?"

Learn how to identify the signs of an ear infection and how to treat it.

Having an ear infection doesn't take long to manifest itself. The infection itself can be caused by a virus or bacteria that affects the respiratory system, or as part of a sinus infection, or head cold. If there is ever any fluid (or water) in the ears that is not able to properly drain - due to the amount or presence of excess ear wax - that fluid will allow bacteria to grow and cause infection. Once you have an infection, you will be able to tell within hours.  Click here to learn more and read about symptoms and treatment in the rest of this article.

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