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How could one not go to the opera in Vienna to hear Mozart? Although I am no buff in this field, I couldn't pass up the opportunity many years ago to see the Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa in four acts, at the very Bergtheater where it premiered on May 1st, 1786. Prior to the performance one sunny Spring day, we visited librarians at the University of Vienna, intent on setting up a book exchange program with our respe...
Since I didn't mustard up the courage to actually cut my hair, I opted for a blonde wig while filming the final scene in Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in the Saturday Evening Post in May of 1920. That simple decision undoubtedly cost me the price of popularity; long hair intact, I ...
A protest against socio-economic inequality, Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square (aka Zuccotti Park), located in Manhattan's Financial District. With the call to protest initiated by Kalle Lasn and Micah White of the Canadian anti-consumer, pro-environment magazine,
"If the aim of educational leaders is to bring about a greater realization of the ideals of democracy in the schools of this country, then the searchlight of inquiry needs to be focused upon those areas where conditions are such as to threaten the negation of efforts in that direction." --Marion Manola Thompson Wright, Foreword,
"Nature is such an indefatigable teacher!"-- Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle MarxAs I stroll through Kensington Gardens on a recent trip to London, I can't help but think how mu...
September 3rd, 1976 marks the day when Viking 2 landed on Mars; part of the American Viking Program to Mars, its mission was to search for evidence of life on the Red Planet. The lander operated on its surface for 1316 days and returned about 16,000 image...
The 1619 Project is an event organized by The New York Times that challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking the year 1619 as the foundation of the nation, alongside the 400th anniversary of a Portuguese slave ship arriving at Port Comfort in the British Colony of Virginia. The project coincides with a special
DEAR SIR: I do not intrude to tell you--for you must know already--that a great proportion of those who triumphed in you election, and of all who desire the unqualified suppression of the Rebellion now desolating our country, are sorely disappointed and deeply pained by the policy yo...