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  • (Airfare) A fare is the fee paid by a passenger allowing him or her to make use of a public transport system: rail, bus, taxi, etc. In the case of air transport, the term airfare is often used.
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    compare
  • Point out the resemblances to; liken to
  • comparison: qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
  • examine and note the similarities or differences of; "John compared his haircut to his friend's"; "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"
  • be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
  • Estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between
  • Draw an analogy between one thing and (another) for the purposes of explanation or clarification
    prices
  • (price) monetary value: the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold); "the fluctuating monetary value of gold and silver"; "he puts a high price on his services"; "he couldn't calculate the cost of the collection"
  • (price) the amount of money needed to purchase something; "the price of gasoline"; "he got his new car on excellent terms"; "how much is the damage?"
  • determine the price of; "The grocer priced his wares high"
  • Decide the amount required as payment for (something offered for sale)
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Beyond Compare: St. Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God
Beyond Compare: St. Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God
"Beyond Compare" is a remarkable work that offers a commentary on spiritual learning for the twenty-first century rooted in two classic texts from the Hindu and Christian traditions: the "Essence of the Three Auspicious Mysteries" by Sri Vedanta Desika and "Treatise on the Love of God" by St. Francis de Sales. In his commentary, Clooney achieves multiple goals - this book is a contribution to Christian spiritual theology, highlighting for today the beautiful insights into love by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1623), Doctor of the Church. At the same time it points out how even in our world of many religious paths, we can recover and deepen the ancient tradition of loving surrender into God's hands by opening ourselves to the wisdom of India and one of Hindu India's most famous traditions of loving God, explained to us by the south Indian Hindu theologian Sri Vedanta Desika (1268-1369). Clooney goes further, offering a comparative study of these classic works in which he self-consciously writes about the process of reading the two works and the impact this approach has on the reader. The good advice found through this deep engagement with these texts offers a deeper insight into how we can most fruitfully and spiritually think about religious pluralism in the 21st century, remaining open in heart and mind while loyal still to our own tradition. Not merely a book about loving surrender to God, "Beyond Compare" offers us the opportunity to advance along that path ourselves, learning from the wisdom of St. Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika, meditating on their two paths together, deepening our own love and willingness to surrender in love to God.

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Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world
Damascus is  the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world
Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and the Umayyad Mosque stands on a site that has been considered sacred ground for at least 3,000 years. It was 1000 BC at the latest when the Arameans built a temple here for Hadad, the god of storms and lightening. A basalt orthostat dating from this period, depicting a sphinx, has been discovered in the northeast corner of the mosque. In the early first century AD, the Romans arrived and built a massive temple to Jupiter over the Aramean temple. The Roman temple stood upon a rectangular platform (temenos) that measured about 385 meters by 305 meters, with square towers at each corner. Parts of the outer walls of the temenos still survive, but virtually nothing remains of the temple itself. In the late fourth century, the temple area became a Christian sacred site. The Temple of Jupiter was destroyed and a church dedicated to John the Baptist was built in its place. The church was (and is) believed to enshrine the head of the Baptist, and the site became an important pilgrimage destination in the Byzantine era. Initially, the Muslim conquest of Damascus in 636 did not affect the church, as the building was shared by Muslim and Christian worshippers. It remained a church and continued to draw Christian pilgrims; the Muslims built a mud-brick structure against the southern wall where they could pray. Under the Umayyad caliph Al-Walid, however, the church was demolished and the present mosque was built in its place between 706 and 715. An indemnity was paid to the Christians in compensation. According to legend, Al-Walid himself initiated the demolition by driving a golden spike into the church. At that time, Damascus was one of the most important cities in the Middle East and it would later become the capital of the Umayyad caliphate. The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus was accordingly a magnificent structure. The work of thousands of craftsmen of Coptic, Persian, Indian and Byzantine origin, the Umayyad mosque complex included a prayer hall, a vast courtyard and hundreds of rooms for visiting pilgrims. The layout was based on the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina. The triple-aisled prayer hall, 160 meters long, was covered with a tiled wooden roof and supported on reused columns taken from Roman temples in the region as well as the Church of Mary at Antioch. The facade of the courtyard and its arcades were covered in colored marble, glass mosaic and gold. The mosque may have had the largest golden mosaic in the world, at over 4,000 square meters. The minaret structures of the mosque developed out of the corner towers of the ancient Roman temenos. The Umayyad Mosque has been rebuilt several times due to fires in 1069, 1401 and 1893. The marble paneling dates from after the fire of 1893, which was especially damaging to the great mosaics. In 2001 Pope John Paul II visited the mosque, primarily to visit the relics of John the Baptist. It was the first time a pope paid a visit to a mosque. What to See The Umayyad Mosque is still one of the most impressive in the Islamic world, with a grand courtyard and spacious prayer hall. Some of the original 8th-century mosaics still remain: on the north outer face of the transept, under the gable; on the arcades and back of the west portico; and on the arches of the vestibule. The minarets date from the time of al-Walid with some reconstruction around 1340 and 1488. The minaret in the southeastern corner is called the Minaret of Jesus, because of a Muslim tradition that this is where Jesus will appear on the Day of Judgment. Sheltered inside the mosque is the small chapel and shrine of John the Baptist (Prophet Yahia to the Muslims) where tradition holds that the head of John is buried. One legend says that when the church was demolished, his head was found underneath, complete with skin and hair. This head is believed by some to possess magical powers and continues to be the focus of the Mandaeans' annual pilgrimage, when they press their foreheads against the metal grill of the shrine and reportedly experience prophetic visions. Adjacent to the prayer hall, along the eastern wall of the courtyard, is the entrance to a finely tiled shrine chamber. According to different traditions this shrine holds the head of Zechariah, the father of St. John the Baptist or the head of Hussein, the son of Imam Ali (the son-in-law of Muhammad and the forth of the ‘Rightly Guided Caliphs’). Quick Facts Site Information Names: Great Mosque of Damascus (Umayyad Mosque) Dedicated to: Jupiter (formerly); St. John the Baptist (formerly) Location: Damascus, Syria Categories: Mosques; Shrines; World Heritage Sites Faiths: Original/Primary: Islam Current/Secondary: Christianity Status: active Architecture: Ummayyad Features: Change of Religion; Relics Visitor Information Coordinates: 33.511585° N, 36.306322° E (view on Google Maps) Lodging: View hotels near this location Note: This info
The Moon compared to some Deep Sky Objects
The Moon compared to some Deep Sky Objects
Here's a collage of some common Deep Sky Objects and the Moon. All were taken using a Canon EOS 550D at prime focus of a 12" Goto Dobsonian and all are at the same scale. I thought it might be interesting to see just how large these objects appear when compared to the Moon. Exposures ranged from 1/500sec to 10 seconds. Clockwise from top left: Centaurus A galaxy, Keyhole Nebula in Carina, M22 globular cluster, Orion Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Trifid Nebula, Omega Centauri globular cluster.

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Compare and Contrast, Grades 5 - 6: Using Comparisons and Contrasts to Build Comprehension (Basic Skills)
The activities in Compare and Contrast, Grades 5-6 are designed to improve students' reading comprehension skills and to give them the skills necessary for finding similarities and differences in text. With a variety of fun and instructional formats,teachers can provide an introduction, reinforcement, or independent practice for this cornerstone skill. Lessons are linked to other areas of the curriculum such as math, science, social studies, and language arts. Use these selections forindependent practice or whole-group instruction, Have students work with partners or teams to complete the more challenging activities. Another idea is to place the activity sheets in a center and reproduce the answer key for self-checking.