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By Cathy Carter
Most Texans tend to get nostalgic and emotional when they plan to Buy Texas Flag because of the sense of patriotism it creates in them. The joy of hoisting the esteemed flag in their premises imbibes an inexplicable feeling.
Brief History of Texas Flag
Delving into a bit of Texas’s history will tell you that Texas has had no less than six flags flying over its territory. The most popular and recognized one is the Lone Star Flag, which is the state’s current flag that flies proudly today.
Although it is believed that Senator William H. Wharton designed the Texas flag, there seems to be some confusion. According to Charles Spain, an attorney based in Houston, a vexillologist (an expert in flags), no one knows who designed the iconic Texas flag. What is established is that the flag came into existence after the Texas Revolution, as Texas needed a ‘national standard’ as it was still a fledgling nation.
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The Revolution and its Effects
The revolution leaders congregated and designed an official flag for Texas while drafting the constitution and declaration of Independence in Washington. Simultaneously, there were many designs put forward, including one that sported a lengthy quote of George Washington and yet another that reminded folks of Mexico the red, white, and green colors in it. Not many people were happy with these designs until someone else came up with the ‘lone star’ design that unanimously won everybody’s likes.
The Original Designer of Texas Flag
Another strong theory is that a lawmaker Charles B. Stewart, who was a signatory to the Texas Declaration of Independence, and a founding father of the state, designed the flag. This reason alone is probably enough for the locals to be proud of this version of the flag, to which they have an emotional connection. That’s perhaps the main reason why people want to buy a Texas flag even today.
The Varied Claims Behind the Design of the Texas Flag
Let’s explore some more about the history of the Texas flag. Pat Spackey, an important citizen of the City of Conroe in Montgomery County, is a direct descendent of Charles B. Stewart. Spackey claims that a committee was not responsible for handling the Texas flag project and her ancestor designed the Lone Star flag. Hence, the theory that the designer of the flag is not known is not true.
The City of Conroe organized a park project in 2011 to honor Stewart as the sole designer of the Texas flag, which again prompts Montgomery’s proud residents to buy a Texas flag and fly it proudly in their offices and homes.
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There is a library to commemorate Stewart’s memory, since the park, where a bust of Stewart was installed has a reference as a mark of respect to Texas flag’s sole designer. The inscription under Stewart’s bust reads, “Charles Bellinger Stewart designed the world-famous Lone Star Flag of Texas, which was adopted in 1839.
However, as a dampener to Montgomery’s proud residents, Spain claims that Stewart did not design the Texas flag all by himself. A committee designed the flag, and there are no records to support the claim of Spackey that Stewart was the sole designer of the Texas flag.
Despite the controversy, people still flock to flag stores a few days before June 14 (Flag Day) to buy this iconic flag as they are proud of its history.
More Facts about the Texas Flag
The Texas flag is similar to the American flag as far as the narratives and aesthetics are concerned. Spain draws a comparison between Betsy Ross’s story (a claim that her ancestors designed the American flag) and Spackey’s story and claims that the descendants of both have created similar stories about the origins of both the flags.
Spackey claims vehemently that Charles Stewart’s story has been a subject of discussion in her family, which has been passed down as a fiercely guarded legacy. A prized family possession was a piece of linen with Mirabeau B. Lamar’s signature appended. Spackey’s family donated this heirloom to the state in 1966.
However, records at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission indicate that the Texas flag was most probably designed by Peter Krag, an Austin based artist, for $200.
Summing it Up
There’s a raging debate on Stewart and Ross’s stories ever since the flags came into being, as there is no written record to prove either claim. However, this is no dampener for people who still love to buy a flag for the sake of hoisting it, as it is more a matter of pride than anything to do with historical evidence.
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Well, if you'll notice then the moon takes twenty-nine days to complete its lunar cycle, whereas women's menstrual cycle is generally 28 days! Coincidence? I think, not.
It is believed that when a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, she goes through the different lunar energies. In fact, in ancient times it was said that the natural rhythm of women was to menstruate under a new moon and ovulate under a full moon.
At the same time, it is also believed that the cycle and its stages are connected to different seasons, namely, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Let us see how the lunar cycle is related to a woman's menstrual cycle!
It must be noted that the menstruation period is during the new moon period and also during the winter season. It is said that this is a reflective phase; a phase of silence, introspection, and solitude. During this phase, a woman's body is more sensitive, and so they're able to connect with it and hear the messages it gives. Interestingly, this is also the time when a woman naturally recycles energy as she menstruates, and hence, it's also the for their rest and recovery.
The Crescent moon represents the pre-ovulation period. This is also the season of spring, and so the time corresponds to an increase in physical energy. During this period, a woman's mental strength is at its peak and their thoughts are much clearer. At the same time, emotions are more stable during this period, and because of which women tend to be more social and outgoing.
This phase of the moon represents ovulation, and the season associated with this phase is summer. It must be noted that this period is full of energy and vitality. At the same time, this period plays a significant role in the lives of women because it's actually a fertile phase in all aspects of their life, be it personal or professional. During this period, the self-confidence and self-esteem in women tend to rise, and along with this, an increase in their sex drive can be seen very well.
This phase of the moon represents pre-menstruation, which is also associated with the autumn season. During this period, a woman's physical energy starts to decline. Metaphorically, just like a tree sheds its leaves, a woman, too, feels the need to let go of anything that is not benefiting her. At the same time, memory and the ability to concentrate decrease in this period.
I hope, now you will not think of the moon just as a celestial body, but as a companion in the lives of women!
Keywords: Women pre-Menstruation, Feminine, women Health Fitness, the moon represents the pre-ovulation period, period and moon cycle.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed Pak TV channels to stop airing what it calls indecency and intimacy in dramas, Samaa TV reported.
A notification issued by the authority states that it has been receiving numerous complaints from viewers who believe that the content being depicted in dramas does not represent the "true picture of Pakistani society".
"PEMRA finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn't 'true depiction of Pakistani society and must not be 'glamourized'. Our 'culture' is control, abuse, and violence, which we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values," said Reema Omer, Legal Advisor, South Asia, International Commission of Jurists.
"Hugs, caress scenes, extramarital affairs, vulgar and bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society," PEMRA stated, as per the report.
The authority added that it has directed channels time and again to review content with "indecent dressing, controversial and objectionable plots, bed scenes and unnecessary detailing of events".
Most complaints received by the PEMRA Call Centre during September concern drama serial "Juda Huay Kuch is Tarah", which created quite a storm on social media for showing an unwitting married couple as foster siblings in a teaser for an upcoming episode. However, it only turned out to be a family scheme after the full episode aired, but by that time criticism had mounted on HUM TV for using the themes of incest to drive the plot, the report said. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Pakistan, Islam, Serials, Dramas, Culture, Teachings.
Dozens of female high school and university students in Afghanistan have joined vocational centers to learn tailoring and cosmetology as the women and girls have been banned from school and university since the Taliban took over the country, Tolo News reported.
According to these girls, sitting at home is very difficult for them, therefore they are willing to learn a profession.
"It has been a couple of months that we are at home since schools and universities were closed. We have to learn a profession or a job because we can't sit like this at home," said Samira Sharifi, a student.
"I want to learn a profession for my future to help my family, we want our schools to be opened so that we can carry on with our education," said Mahnaz Ghulami, a student.
Most of the trainees in the vocational centres are students of high schools and universities.
After the closure of high schools and universities across Afghanistan, Herat female students have started gaining vocational training in the province.
"We have decided to learn tailoring along with our education," said Shaqaiq Ganji, a student.
"It's necessary for every woman to learn tailoring to help her family and her husband, especially in this bad economic situation," said Laili Sofizada, a teacher.
Due to the closure of schools and universities, the number of students in vocational centers doubled compared to recent years, the report added.
"Our classes had the capacity of 20 to 25 students but we increased it to 45 students, because most of the students have lost their spirit, and their schools and universities have closed," said Fatima Tokhi, director of technical and professional affairs at the Herat department of labour and social affairs.
The Labour and Social Affairs department of Herat said the department is working to provide more opportunities for Herat girls and women to learn vocational training.
"The art and professional sector and the kindergarten departments have started their activities, we support them and supervise their activities," said Mulla Mohammad Sabit, head of the labour and social affairs of Herat.
During the past two months, most of the women and girls who worked in state and private institutions lost their jobs and are trying to learn handicrafts and vocational training. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Afghanistan- Taliban Women, Vocational Arts, Handicrafts, Herat female students