Thursday 11 May 2023

Using of Liquid Soap in American Households

We are using both liquid and bar soaps to wash our hands or other purposes with some reasons.



Image 01- The same brand of Liquid hand soap

First, we believe that liquid and bar soaps have equally effective to combat virus, bacteria and any other “dangerous” germs.

Second, in term of prices or affordable:

- bar soap is more affordable to clean our hand or body
- however, it is cheaper to use liquid soap to wash dishes.

In fact, the liquid soap is quite last longer to clean bowls and plates. The cleaning be easier and straightforward, no need to do multiple washes like using bar soaps.



Image 2- The bar soap at Walmart store

Trending of using liquid soaps is increasing year by year. As reported by Statista (2022) that number of people use liquid soap much more than who use bar soaps.



Image 03- People at the small market

The different number are following:

- about 273.23.71 million Americans used bar soap in 2020.
- about 301.87 million Americans used liquid hand soaps in 2020



Image 04- Two liquid hand soaps

Which ones do you love: liquid or bar soaps?

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Tuesday 9 May 2023

Painting Mentors for High School Students – Art 14

Paintings of students from primary and secondary school have been discussed at two previous posts.



Image 1- Painting by Ala Alhendi, a high school student

You may read the previous postings of student’s paintings:

Moreover, the high school students, especially for talented ones will be introduced to a kind of mentors if they join summer programs, sponsored by our city school system, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.



Image 2- Painting by a high school student

The mentors are professional artists both with local and national achievements, and even exhibit their paintings at international galleries.

Students will engage in theory and practice of advance paintings. Then, they have opportunities to create own work with supervised by mentors.

The student artworks will be displayed in the exhibitions.



Image 3- Anna Zuber, painting of a high school student

What do you think?

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Sunday 7 May 2023

The Best Coffeehouse in My City, Baton Rouge – Part 2

You may read the previous post (Part 1):

- The Rainbow Before Evening : The Best Coffeehouse in My City, Baton Rouge – Part 1



Image 1- The Coffee Call coffeehouse, Baton Rouge

The best local coffee is the main reason to come to Coffee Call. It is a kind of traditional coffee shops in Baton Rouge, where we may see kids, young and old sit and chat together.

Sometimes, we could have a new friend, at least a “temporary friend” when we sit at the same table.

Two of my favorite hot drinks are cafe au lit and chocolate milk. Interestingly, by buying one cup, and then refill for free. We find this kind of serving is happen in America only.



Image 2- Cafe au lit , my favorite one.

The shop also serves:

- finger beignet
- sandwiches
- soup
- salad
- biscuit



Image 3- Zinnia flower, illustration only

The coffee shop is opened more than 30 years ago. The shop is handled by son and grand daughter now.

453 reviewers gave 4.8 of 5 stars for Coffee Call. An excellent coffee shop in the city.



Image 4- A coffee cup, illustration

What is the best coffee shop in your city?

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Friday 5 May 2023

A Hummingbird on my Blueberry Tree – Nature 70

We have two posted about hummingbirds from our areas. The Winter and Spring hummingbirds.



Image 01- A hummingbird eats nectar.

You may read two previous posts of hummingbirds:

We might wonder what hummingbirds do on a blueberry tree?

Actually, hummingbirds sip nectar from tree’s flowers, and amazing for me that this bird may visit about 1,500 flowers a day.



Image 2- Blueberries, just illustration

Hummingbirds love to consume tiny critters as well, include “small insects, beetles, ants, aphids, gnats, mosquitoes, and wasp” (Lisa M. Genie, 2018: 10 Facts About Hummingbirds – And other interesting tidbits).

As reported by Melissa Mayntz (2022: What Foods do Hummingbirds Eat?) that “Hummingbirds have been known to discreetly sip the juices from berries, apples, pears, and oranges if they are peeled, cut open, or if the flesh is otherwise exposed.”



Image 3- Magnolia flowers, illustration only

What species of hummingbirds in your areas?

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Thursday 4 May 2023

The Mother Duck Brings her Duckling to Swim – Nature 69

We describe a part of life cycles of a Muscovy duck, from eggs to hatching. This is a final part of series.



Image 1- A mother and 6 ducklings

You may read the previous 5 series of life cycle for a Muscovy duck based on our observation:

We may wonder do ducklings go when they are first outing? Can you guess?



Image 2- Ducklings, just hatching

Yes, your prediction might true. A mother duck will lead her babies to water, nearby ponds or rivers.

Finding water as soon as possible will increase the chances for babies to survive.



Image 3- The mother and duckling are swimming.

Have you seen eggs hatching in nature?

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Tuesday 2 May 2023

The Flower of White African Iris – Nature 68

We talked about Daylily at previous post, but corrected by Yvonne (a blogger) that the flowers are Iris instead of Daylily.



Image 1- A white African Iris

You may read the previous posted:

Moreover, we have blooming of White African Iris at our neighborhood. The scientific name is Dietes iridioides.

As its name, the origin of this flower was from Africa, especially from South Africa. Perennial flower like many other Irises.

What make this flower pretty for me that it looks like a fan (fan shaped) with 3 colors combines: white, yellow and purple-blue (as marking).



Image 2- A white Daylilly, just illustration and comparison

A neighbor said that a white African Iris is a drought tolerant, but to have good flowers and growth, we shoul:

- watering its weekly or regularly
- put under the sun about 7 hours, and with partial shades



Image 3- Just blooming, a White African Iris

What do you think about a White African Iris?

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Sunday 30 April 2023

Brain Plasticity and Care Offspring – Part 1 - Brain Plasticity 4

Stress is one of important experiences for parents to have a baby. But, parenting provides other opportunities such as learning and enrichment.



Image 1- Maternal and brain plasticity 
(credit to Semanticscholar).

These experiences would change the parent’s brain significantly. Hormonal changes have impacted on the brain region that relates to mood and cognitive adjustment or adaptation.

During pregnancy, parturition and lactation, then followed by mother and infant contact will influence female hormones.

During these important periods, hormones were regulated by decreasing estrogen, but increasing prolactin and oxytocin. The expression of parenting was indicated by present of prolactin and oxytocin in substantial amount.



Image 2- Crowd of people on the street

Prolactin and oxytocin hormones collaborate to maintain feeling and milk production during care offspring.

In specific, hormone of prolactin is to elevate lactation activity. The lactation is processing to produce milk, where milk is pivotal for a baby to develop immune system.



Image 3- Colorful flowers, illustration

# To be continued to Part 2

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