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What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You?

When I was a child Thanksgiving was an “over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go” day.  There was no sleigh, but our family loaded up the car early on Thanksgiving morning to drive to my grandma’s house.  We usually got there in time to see the end of the Macy’s [&hellip

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The Enduring Success of The Kingston Trio

Today in 1958 marked a turning point in popular music when The Kingston Trio’s song Tom Dooley hit #1 on the pop music charts.  It is unknown who wrote the 100 year old Appalachian folk song about Tom Dula who was hanged on May 1st, 1868, for the murder of his fiancée, Laura Foster; but, [&hellip

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The Origin of Jack O’ Lanterns

As we carved a Jack O’ Lantern at our house this year, I started thinking about the history of this tradition.  I had some vague memory about why people started carving pumpkins, but the details were fuzzy so I decided to revisit the story behind this ritual.  From what I read it seems the custom, as [&hellip

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The Lasting Legacy of the Guggenheim Museum

October 21st, marks the anniversary of the opening of New York’s Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in 1959.  Opening day drew large crowds eager to see the controversial building, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as much as the art inside.  While visions for using the space and the art displayed within have changed over [&hellip

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Happy Earth Day.

Almost 45 years ago today in 1970 millions of people took to the streets in demonstrations and marches calling attention to the pollution issues in America. Earth Day was originally created to bring awareness to environmental concerns such as air and water pollution. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. I could overflow [&hellip

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