Ancient Greek Philosopher's Personal Library
Classical Greek poet and philosopher, Philodemus of Gadara had a library of written work that was discovered when an ancient villa in Herculaneum, Italy was excavated. The excavation which began in the 18th Century did not shed light on these scrolls until 2008.
In the eve of the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, Herculaneum was a holiday home for Rome’s richest families to spend...
Chinese Lantern Festival
After 2,000 years, the festivities and tradition continue: it is time to light the Chinese lanterns.
A sea of color, light and dance surround this day of feast. Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, (2/14/14 this year) the Lantern Festival is the first significant feast after the Spring Festival and culmination of the 21 days of New Year celebrations. The rousing activities start...
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., A Success Story
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D. was a February folk heroine. Not only was she the first woman to receive her medical degree in the United States, she was also the first woman to have her name on the British medical register.
Born February 3, 1821, she had never thought of a career in medicine until a dear friend of hers who was terminally ill suggested that a woman doctor might’ve made a...
Bookshelves for the Likes of Shakespeare Himself
As William Shakespeare once said, “How well he’s read, to reason against reading!”
As correct as Shakespeare was, we would like to amend that quote to state there is no reason to reason against incredible bookshelves.
These three innovative and crafty bookshelves are plainly bookshelves for the ages, found in the midst of the Huffington Post's online column, one would have to respect...
Zora's Triumphs and a Very Happy Birthday
‘Striding into the room--jammed with writers and arts patrons, black and white—she flung a long, richly colored scarf around her neck with dramatic flourish as she bellowed a reminder of the title of her winning play: "Colooooooor Struuckkkk!"’ Zora Neale Hurston sure knew how to make an entrance.
On May 1, 1925, at a literary awards dinner sponsored by Opportunity magazine, this Harlem...
Each day of Pancha Ganapati is different. After the first day there is a puja calling the spirit of Panacha Ganapati into the home. The family then beings a daily sadhana to create vibrations of love and harmony..Pancha Ganapati is a 5-day Hindu festival full of rich culture and celebration. The festivities begin December 21st and conclude on December 25th. During this time, people honor Lord...
Pumpkin A la Mode
They are the models of their season. They like to show off on front door steps when they are lit up, they come in all shapes and sizes, they can be sweet, salty or spicy and we eat them every Thanksgiving. The pumpkin is the ultimate “food candy” of fall and we can all appreciate a good slice of pumpkin pie, a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin seeds, or at least the carving of one.
Having Fun with Vampires
Everyone knows that vampires suck your blood, but what is it that makes us spellbound to study them? It can’t be their thirst for our blood, at least I hope not, but it could be because they have a cultural background around the world that we are fascinated by. Especially in the month of October, we are all in the mood for a good fright and vampires have the ability to suck us in even more...
Fall Weather Lore's Magic
For eons weather lore – folk wisdom about weather – has been
the guiding force for people around the world. Passed from generation to
generation and based upon first hand experience, this knowledge has shaped they
way people plant, care for and harvest their agricultural and livestock
Weather lore helped people make sense of their natural
surroundings. This not only helped...
Free To Read A Good Book
Readers enjoy a good story. Better yet, a great story that
tells them something they didn’t already know. That’s true for me. I read
because I enjoy stories and the more they shed light on our humanity, the
Like all art, writing is supposed to ‘entertain’ and ‘inform’
us. But what happens when we don’t have access to books because someone else
thinks they aren’t...