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An aria is a self-contained piece for one voice usually with orchestral accompaniment, having opera as its most common context. Italian for air, its original definition was an expressive melody. Enter Augustine Sasso, tenor, and Daniel Licardo, guitarist, also known as Aria who began pl...
I truly believed that people subsisted on bread and water and slept on a concrete bed. Jail was one of my worst childhood fears; the mere thought of it was enough to keep me awake at night and out of trouble during the day. For 99.9% of the time, that is. It happened when a neighbor, two years older, entertained an urge she had tried on her own already, in...
I never visited the Philadelphia Zoo, lodged on a Victorian 42 acre site as the first U.S. Zoo, but I made countless trips to the Lincoln Park Zoo -- one of the nation’s oldest, including a July birthday celebration in which a goat nibbled a hole in my mother’s hand sewn lettuce gr...
This weekend on beautiful artificial turf we played with a mini green frisbee that by chance listed all the common kinds of pollen.  The top of the flying disc pictured a yellow leaf within a circle of  named pollens,  stretching my knowledge and associations in ways I hadn’t anticipated; I learned that Kentucky bluegrass is a common lawn grass found i...
Late at night I thumbed through The New York Times Book of World War 1 (Arno Press, 1980), a compilation of headlines in a home resource of fine books on military history. I knew that these stories were easily accessible through Proquest Historical Newspapers, but it was somehow more imm...
A tiny guitar-like instrument,  the ukulele may have as little as four strings or as many as eight. It can be shaped like a figure 8, an oval – commonly known as a “pineapple,” or it can resemble a boat paddle or square. Coming in four sizes, the smallest one is a soprano, and the largest, a baritone, with a concert and tenor in between. We dream of the Hawaiian islands, t...