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Royal Ascot 2021: Guests stun in bold hats for day four – giant flower hat leads

Royal Ascot 2021: Guests stun in bold hats for day four - giant flower hat leads

Royal Ascot guests showed up with umbrellas at the track today with some matching their hats to them. The five-day event has seen thousands of guests walk through its doors as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Another memorable piece of headwear was worn by a guest carrying a matching umbrella.

The black headwear sat on the guest’s head on a slight slant with mesh fabric creating the design of the hat.

Black wiring sat on top of the hat in oval shapes, creating an eye catching look.

One racegoer wore a bright pink boater hat with pieces of mesh fabric coming out from either side of the hat to create a beautiful shape.

It matched the umbrella and dress perfectly.

Royal Family members have also made several appearances over the course of the event.

Yesterday, Sophie, Countess of Wessex stunned fans in a palm print green dress with nude accessories.

It featured a pleated skirt, fitted bodice and the royal added a belt to cinch in her waist.

Zara Tindall also made an appearance for Ladies Day wearing a gorgeous floral dress and a unique dusty pink fascinator.

Her dress had long sleeves and a pleated skirt, reaching just above her knee.

She added a nude pair of block heels to complete the look along with a matching coloured clutch bag.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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How to watch the rare 'Super Flower Blood Moon' lunar eclipse Tuesday night

How to watch the rare 'Super Flower Blood Moon' lunar eclipse Tuesday night

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Those who may have missed out on the Super Pink Moon in April are in for a treat tonight.

The path of the moon’s orbit around Earth isn’t circular, but rather elliptical. A supermoon gets its name for being a full moon on it’s closest passage to Earth and can look anywhere from 14 to 30 percent brighter than non-supermoons.

Tuesday’s supermoon gets its specific name, the “Super Flower Blood Moon”, in reference to the numerous flowers blooming across North America attributed from Native Americans sources.

The reason why it’s also a “blood moon” is because on Wednesday morning, the supermoon will have a reddish hue to it as it aligns with the sun and Earth in the first lunar eclipse since 2019. The red hue will be a result of the light refracting through Earth’s atmosphere according to NASA.

The biggest draw to this particular celestial event will be the combination of a super blood moon and lunar eclipse.

The full moon will be visible to the whole planet Tuesday night (depending on cloud cover). However, the best time to view the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse will be primarily from Texas up to Montana, and out west towards the entire West Coast in the early morning hours of Wednesday, around 6 a.m.

While the sun is out in many places this afternoon across Central Texas, the forecast does call for increasing clouds by late tonight, and will not be the best conditions to clearly see the supermoon lunar eclipse tonight.

Thankfully, our friends out in Los Angeles at the Griffith Observatory will be live streaming the event starting at 3:45 through 8 a.m., shortly after the last partial phase of the eclipse has ended. 

Author: Mark Peña
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time

Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time

It is one of the oldest religious symbols: the lotus flower, blooming out of muddy waters.

The mud represents our suffering, pain and delusions, said Duncan Ryuken Williams, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest, retelling the ancient lesson. And the purpose of Buddhism is to rise above.

But there’s an even deeper metaphor: In pure water, a lotus flower will not grow.

It is in the mud that the nutrients are found.

“And so our liberation is actually not about transcending or distancing ourselves from trauma or pain and suffering, but it is to acknowledge how we can transform ourselves, our communities, our nation, our world, from all that pain,” he said.

This was the symbol at the heart of a national memorial ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday, offered by 49 Buddhist monastics, priests and lay leaders for healing amid recent anti-Asian violence across America.

They gathered 49 days after a gunman killed eight people including six Asian women at spas in the Atlanta area, to mark the moment many Buddhists believe the deceased transition to another realm. They met at a place of pain, a temple in Little Tokyo that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

“We join today to repair the racial karma of this nation, because our destinies and freedoms are intertwined,” said Dr. Williams, the chair of the University of Southern California’s School of Religion, who helped to organize the ceremony.

“And though the mountain of suffering is high and the tears of pain fill the deepest oceans, our path compels us to rise up like a lotus flower above muddy waters,” he said.

Together the ordained sangha, or clerics, chanted and offered mending rituals to heal what has been broken. Some 350 Buddhist temples and hundreds of individuals participated via livestream, from Hawaii to Nebraska to North Carolina.

It was a uniquely American, and uniquely modern, moment. The sangha represented the vast range of Buddhist lineages and ethnicities, including Chinese, Khmer, Korean and Vietnamese traditions, coming together as one spiritual community. A Mexican-American monk serving a Buddhist temple for the Thai community in North Hollywood shared a message in Spanish. About two-thirds of U.S. Buddhists are Asian-American, and many temples are increasingly multiracial.

In the 2,500-year history of Buddhism, ceremonies with such diverse participants across traditions are rare. Laotian Buddhists do not typically practice alongside Japanese Buddhists, or predominantly African-American or white Zen centers alongside immigrant Buddhist communities.

Buddhist philosophy has something to offer in this moment of fear, said Sister Kinh Nghiem, 38, a Vietnamese-American Buddhist nun who came to participate from Deer Park Monastery near Escondido, Calif.

“It is about bringing the human inside of us. Your suffering is also my suffering, and my suffering is no different than your suffering,” she said before the service. “If we are openhearted, we are in nirvana.”

The leaders lit candles in front of memorials, honoring ancestors. For Yong Ae Yue, 63, a Korean Buddhist mother killed in Atlanta. For Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, an immigrant from Thailand who was fatally assaulted while taking a walk in San Francisco. For Chinese immigrant coal miners shot and killed in Wyoming in 1885.

For all beings who have lost their lives through racial or religious hatred. The Sikh victims in Indianapolis. The prayerful in synagogues. George Floyd.

They took a ceramic lotus blossom, cracked and broken. Instead of discarding it, they used thin paintbrushes to fill the fractures with liquid gold leaf, following the Japanese artistic practice of kintsugi. The golden lines record the broken history, and adorn it, Dr. Williams explained.

“The notion of repair has to do with acknowledgment,” he said. “You can’t become free if we do not acknowledge who we are in all of our hurt, in all of our imperfections, in all of our fractures.”

The final rite was a ritual of protection, found in Southeast Asian Buddhist traditions. The sangha took long thread, empowered with sacred intentions and emanating from the Buddha as represented on the altar. They connected it to one another and then processed outside to tie it to lanterns that had been broken and burned, binding all as one.

True repair goes beyond legislation, Dr. Williams explained. Trauma is in all of us, in our psyches and our bones, he said, some of it inherited and some of it our own.

“It is less about atoning for sin, and more about trying to take some responsibility based on awakening to the fact that we are multiple, we are interconnected, we are interlinked, and our destinies are very much intertwined, because that is how karma works,” he said.

Each of us is a like a precious mirror, a polished jewel, he said, cut in ways that teach and reflect.

Gathering like this, and moving forward, gets to the heart of what Buddhism is all about.

“What is Buddhism?” Dr. Williams asked. “Wisdom times compassion equals freedom.”

Wisdom: seeing things clearly, he said.

Compassion: suffering together, feeling one another’s difficulties, he said.

And then, freedom.

“Our liberation is actually not done alone,” he said.

Author: Elizabeth Dias and Rozette Rago
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Random: Someone Turned A Nintendo GameCube Into A Flower Pot

Random: Someone Turned A Nintendo GameCube Into A Flower Pot

We’ve seen a lot of weird and wonderful GameCube conversions over the years, and the latest design that’s got the attention of social media is one that’s been transformed into a flower pot.

Yes, YouTuber NitroRad – a guy who has been putting out some excellent videos about retro and indie games for many years now, recently showed off the GameCube flower pot he helped his girlfriend make.

Before anyone gets angry, it’s worth noting that this is the shell of an old “busted” GameCube. You can also see some of the damage on the side of the unit in the photos above.

What do you think of this creation? Has it inspired you to make your own Nintendo-themed flower pot, or would you prefer to restore a system like this? Leave a comment down below.

This article originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News