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When Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons Broke Down Race Barriers on a Historic Episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1969)

Last year’s Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, propelled François Clemmons—better known to generations of Mister Rogers Neighborhood viewers as Officer Clemmons—back into the international spotlight. One of the most striking anecdotes in the doc concerns a 1969 episode in which Mister Rogers, who was white, invited Officer Clemmons, who is black, to join him in soaking his bare feet in a backyard baby pool on a hot summer’s day. It was one of those giant leaps for ma...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Life, New York City, History, Pbs, Vanity Fair, Rogers, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Fred, Fred Rogers, Electric Company, Roger, Middlebury College


Neil Gaiman Reads His Manifesto on Making Art: Features the 10 Things He Wish He Knew As a Young Artist

I think you're absolutely allowed several minutes, possibly even half a day to feel very, very sorry for yourself indeed. And then just start making art. - Neil Gaiman It’s a bit early in the year for commencement speeches, but fortunately for lifelong learners who rely on a steady drip of inspiration and encouragement, author Neil Gaiman excels at putting old wine in new bottles. He repurposed his keynote address to Philadelphia's University of the Arts’ Class of 2012 for Art Matter...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Life, New York City, Neil Gaiman, Literature, Philadelphia, Hackney, Ursula K Le Guin, Alice, East London, Waterstones, Facebook Twitter, Chris Riddell


Hijab Fixation: Deciding Our Heaven And Hell

            One day my 18-year-old son, messaged me: Then the next day, he sent me screen shots of a conversation that took place between him and his friends on Twitter. Before I share those tweets, I just want the readers to know that these young men’s ages range between 18-21. They are raised in practicing Muslim families by parents whose second home is the masjid. They are well-mannered, polite and the kind of boys you would want your son to be friends with. A few more c...
Tags: Education, Parenting, Life, Relationships, Religion, Women, Qatar, Hell, Spirituality, Middle East, Islam, Men, Manners, Heaven, Worship, Muslims


Hear Neil Gaiman Read a Beautiful, Profound Poem by Ursula K. Le Guin to His Cousin on Her 100th Birthday

It’s quite profound, isn’t it? - Helen Fagin, aged 100 Every time I open my laptop to discover a friend posting a vintage photo of their parent as a beaming bride or saucy sailor boy in lush black and white or gold-tinged Kodachrome, I know the deal. Another elder has left the building. With luck, I’ll have at least two or three decades before my kids start sniffing around in my shoe boxes of old snapshots. In the meantime, I’ll wonder how much of the emotion that’s packed into those memoria...
Tags: Google, College, Life, New York City, Poetry, Neil Gaiman, Palmer, Literature, Amanda Palmer, Ursula K Le Guin, Helen, Facebook Twitter, Gaiman, Popova, Helen Fagin, Palmer Helen


Get ready for the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” … or not

There is, however, a legitimately interesting lunar event coming: a total eclipse.
Tags: Outdoors, Science, News, Education, Life, Lifestyle, Local News, Puget Sound


How the Inventor of Dynamite, Alfred Nobel, Read an Obituary That Called Him “The Merchant of Death” and Made Amends by Creating the Nobel Prize

No one can ever fully predict the consequences of their actions. Still, some warning bells should be hard to ignore. Take Alfred Nobel, for instance, the founder of the Nobel Prize. For most of his life, he had a different reputation—as the inventor of dynamite, one of the most destructive technologies of the age. Though he maintained his motives were pure, Nobel had no shortage of signs telling him his creation might do at least as much harm as good. He persevered and lived to regret it...
Tags: Google, Europe, Sweden, College, France, Life, History, Italy, Toni Morrison, Albert Camus, Nobel, Grant, Alfred, Preet Bharara, Wharton School, Facebook Twitter


The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions Read by Bob Dylan

From 2006 to 2009, Bob Dylan hosted the Theme Time Radio Hour on Sirius Satellite Radio. Each show featured "an eclectic mix of songs, from a wide variety of musical genres, ... along with Dylan’s on-air thoughts and commentary interspersed with phone calls, email readings, contributions from special guests and an array of classic radio IDs, jingles and promos from the past." That eclectic mix also gave us this: Dylan reading, in his distinctive, quirky way, a list of the most oft-cited ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Music, College, Life, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Facebook Twitter, Dylan


Listen to a Heartfelt Musical Retelling of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” with Hanky in Hand

It’s that time of year when certain songs conspire with certain moods to hit you right in the ol’ brisket. The feeling is voluptuous, and not necessarily unpleasant, provided there’s a bathroom stall or spare bedroom should you need to flee a party like Cinderella, as some old chestnut threatens to turn you into a blubbering mess. Let the kiddies deck the halls, jingle bells, and prance about with Rudolph and Frosty. The best secular songs for grown ups are the ones with a thick current of long...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Taylor Swift, College, Life, New York City, Christopher Lee, Gold, James Brown, Paul Mccartney, Literature, Coldplay, Cinderella, Joni Mitchell, Romeo


A Beautiful Short Documentary Takes You Inside New York City’s Last Great Chess Store

Chess Forum in Greenwich Village is, like Gramercy Typewriter and the Upper East Side’s Tender Buttons, the sort of shop New Yorkers feel protective of, even if they’ve never actually crossed the threshold. “How can it still exist?” is a question left unanswered by "King of the Night," Lonely Leap’s lovely short profile of Chess Forum’s owner, Imad Khachan, above, but no matter. We're just glad it does. The store, located a block and a half south of Washington Square, looks older than it...
Tags: Travel, Google, Games, New York, College, Life, New York City, Harvard, Philosophy, Upper East Side, Kubrick, Lebanon, Nyu, Facebook Twitter, Greenwich Village, Leningrad


Bertrand Russell’s Advice For How (Not) to Grow Old: “Make Your Interests Gradually Wider and More Impersonal”

Advice on how to grow old frequently comes from such banal or bloodless sources that we can be forgiven for ignoring it. Public health officials who dispense wisdom may have good intentions; pharmaceutical companies who do the same may not. In either case, the messages arrive in a form that can bring on the despair they seek to avert. Elderly people in well-lit photographs stroll down garden paths, ballroom dance, do yoga. Bulleted lists punctuated by dry citations issue gently-worded guideline...
Tags: Google, College, Life, Philosophy, Facebook Twitter, Russell, Josh Jones, Grace Paley, Bertrand Russell, Donne, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, John G Messerly, Henry Miller André Gide Ursula K Le Guin, Bertrand Russell Authority


John Lennon’s Report Card at Age 15: “He Has Too Many Wrong Ambitions and His Energy Is Too Often Misplaced”

In September 1956, a young John Lennon took home a dismal report card--the kind that many smart, wayward kids can probably relate to. French teacher: "An intelligent boy who could be very much better with a little concentration in class." Math teacher: "He is certainly on the road to failure if this goes on." Physics teacher: "His work always lacks effort. He is content to 'drift' instead of using his abilities." Religion teacher: "Attitude in class most unsatisfactory." Head master: “He has to...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Education, College, Life, John Lennon, Lennon, Facebook Twitter, John Lennon Sketchbook, Elvis Yoko Howard Cosell


Celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 188th Birthday with Her Own Cake Recipes: Coconut Cake, Gingerbread, Doughnuts & More

Happy Emily Dickinson Day! What are you doing to celebrate the poet’s 188th birthday? The Emily Dickinson Museum took advantage of the weekend to celebrate the occasion a couple of days early with Victorian crafts, readings, festive piano music, a display exploring the Dickinson family's gift-giving tradition, and slices of coconut cake, baked from the birthday girl’s own recipe. Given the Belle’s penchant for home-baked goodies, we’re dispensing with the more high-minded endeavors to conce...
Tags: Google, Cook, College, Life, New York City, Poetry, Food & Drink, Kate, Belle, Emily Dickinson, Facebook Twitter, Dickinson, Emily Dickinson Museum, Greg Kotis, Black Cake, Truth About Santa


How Music Can Awaken Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

In the late 1950’s, pioneering free jazz bandleader Sun Ra played a gig at a Chicago mental hospital, booked there by his manager Alton Abraham, who had an interest in alternative medicine. The experiment in musical therapy worked wonders. One patient who had not moved or spoken in years reportedly got up, walked over to the piano, and yelled out, “you call that music!” The anecdote illustrates just one experience among untold millions in which a person suffering from a debilitating neur...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Utah, Music, Science, College, Life, Chicago, Norman Foster, Henry, Boston University, Facebook Twitter, University of Utah, Giuseppe Verdi, Josh Jones


Movie Accent Expert Analyzes 31 Actors Playing Other Famous People: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, and More

Well-known figures' voices are often as distinctive as their thousand-watt smiles and influential hairdos. While there is some evidence as to the accents and idiosyncratic speech patterns of such historical heavy hitters as Thomas Edison, Florence Nightingale, and Harry Houdini, technological improvements have really upped the ante for those charged with impersonating real life people from the mid 20th-century onward. Natalie Portman had to sustain her Jackie Kennedy impersonation fo...
Tags: Google, London, Film, College, Life, White House, New York City, Bob Dylan, Jamie Foxx, Charles, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Portman, Jackie, Kennedy, Ray Charles, Harry Houdini


Hunter S. Thompson, Existentialist Life Coach, Presents Tips for Finding Meaning in Life

Image by Steve Anderson, via Wikimedia Commons At first blush, Hunter S. Thompson might be the last person you would want to ask for advice. After all, his daily routine involved copious amounts of cocaine, LSD and Chivas Regal. He once raked a neighbor’s house with gunfire. And he once almost accidentally blew up Johnny Depp. Yet beneath his gonzo persona lay a man who thought deeply and often about the meaning of it all. He was someone who spent a lifetime staring into the abyss. So in 1958, ...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, College, Kentucky, Life, Los Angeles, Philosophy, Johnny Depp, Shakespeare, Thompson, Hunter, Facebook Twitter, Sartre, Hollywood Reporter, Dostoyevsky, Wikimedia Commons


The Thoughtful Note That George H.W. Bush Left on Bill Clinton’s Desk Before Leaving the White House (1993)

With the passing of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton reflected on the life and legacy of his political predecessor, and particularly the thoughtful note that Bush 41 left on his desk, right before leaving the White House. Dated January 20, 1993, it read: Dear Bill, When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too. I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, College, Washington, Life, White House, America, Bill Clinton, Clinton, Trump, Bush, Nixon, Facebook Twitter, George H W Bush


‘I knew he could learn, and that gave me hope’: Seattle-area parents find help at Kindering

Donations, such as those to the Fund For The Needy, allow Kindering to ensure that no child with special needs in King County is turned away because of family finances.
Tags: Health, News, Education, Life, Seattle, Local News, Eastside, King County, Kindering


Two Cats Keep Trying to Get Into a Japanese Art Museum … and Keep Getting Turned Away: Meet the Thwarted Felines, Ken-chan and Go-chan

Paging director Hayao Miyazaki. A compelling subject for a feature length animation is hanging around the sliding glass doors of Hiroshima Prefecture’s Onomichi City Museum of Art. In June of 2016, a black tomcat started showing up at the museum on the regular, for reasons unknown. Those open to the sort of narrative whimsy at which Miyazaki excels might choose to believe that the beast was drawn by a cat-themed exhibit of work by noted wildlife photographer and filmmaker Mitsuaki Iw...
Tags: Google, Art, Comedy, NYC, College, Life, Boston, Museums, New York Public Library, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Public Garden, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture


A New Christmas Commercial Takes You on a Sentimental Journey Through Elton John’s Rich Musical Life

The Bitch is Back…or is he? Yes, Elton John is spending the next couple of years bidding adieu to fans on his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road world tour. And yes, there’s a soon-to-be released biopic, Rocketman. On the other hand, there’s the ridiculously pneumatic two-minute television commercial above, upscale department store John Lewis’s attempt to best rivals Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer in the unofficial British holiday advert bowl. These annual productions are as hotly anticipate...
Tags: Google, Music, John Lewis, Television, NYC, College, Life, Elton John, Sainsbury, Madonna, Raf, Dick Cavett, Henrik Ibsen, Elton, Facebook Twitter, Stuart Heritage


British Doctors To Prescribe Arts & Culture to Patients: “The Arts Are Essential to our Health and Wellbeing”

Photo by Adam Jones, via Wikimedia Commons The arts and humanities are afterthoughts in many American schools, rarely given priority as part of a comprehensive education, though they formed the basis of one for thousands of years elsewhere. One might say something similar of preventative medicine in the U.S. healthcare system. It’s tempting to idealize the priorities of other wealthy countries. The Japanese investment in “forest bathing,” for example, comes to mind, or Finnish public schools an...
Tags: Health, Google, Art, UK, College, France, Life, Canada, NHS, Smithsonian, Baltimore, Facebook Twitter, Adam Jones, Rolling Stones, Hancock, Royal Philharmonic


The Indecisive Girl's Guide to Decision Making

Here are 5 steps to overcome daily indecisiveness! Should I go out with my girlfriends or my boyfriend tonight? Who should I ask to be my project partner? What should I make for dinner? Which pair of shoes should I wear out tonight? How should I tackle my problem? First of all: your girlfriends > anyone else.Second of all, does this sound like you? Drowning in your own indecision and struggling to make even simple choices?Making a decision can sometimes get you feeling all broken up inside, esp...
Tags: College, Life, Relationships, Friendships, Don, Individuality, College Life


Bette Davis Divorced: “She Read Too Much,” Says Husband (1938)

On December 7, 1938, The New York Times reported on the dissolution of Bette Davis' marriage with Harmon “Oscar” Nelson. The stated reason for the divorce? The actress read too much. The report goes on to say: Harmon "usually just sat there while his wife read 'to an unnecessary degree." "She thought her work was more important than her marriage." "She even insisted on reading books or manuscripts when [Harmon] had guests. It was all very upsetting." Davis later discussed the emotional gulf tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, College, Life, Bette Davis, New York Times, Davis, Albert Einstein, Nelson, Facebook Twitter, Howard Hughes, Frida Kahlo, Harmon


36 Artists Give Advice to Young Creators: Wim Wenders, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Umberto Eco & More

"Whatever you do, nobody else can do that better than you. You have to find what you can do better than anyone else, what you have in yourself that nobody else has in them. Don't do anything that you know, deep in your heart, that somebody else can do better, but do what nobody else can do except for you." That sounds like fine advice, but when receiving advice we should always consider the source. In this case we could hardly do better: the source is Wim Wenders, director of Alice in th...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Education, College, Life, Creativity, Davis, Denmark, Ed Ruscha, Akira Kurosawa, Jonathan Franzen, Brian Eno, Seoul, Alice, Don


RIP Todd Bol, Founder of the Little Free Library Movement: He Leaves Behind 75,000 Small Libraries That Promote Reading Worldwide

"The Little Free Library: Billions and billions read." In the 2013 Ted-X talk above, Todd Bol, founder of the Little Free Library movement, expressed the desire that one day, he might be able to boast that his labor of love had surpassed McDonalds with regard to the number of customers’ served. It's closing in... ( = || []).push({}); Bol, who passed away earlier this month, was inspired by Andrew Carnegie's mission of repaying his own good fortune...
Tags: Google, Books, Bruce Springsteen, College, Life, America, Indianapolis, K-12, Libraries, Literature, Mcdonalds, Matt Groening, Detroit, New York Public Library, Alexandria, Facebook Twitter


The CIA’s Former Chief of Disguise Show How Spies Use Costumes in Undercover Operations

Think on this as you ready your Halloween finery. Sometimes its not a case of winning a costume contest, or impressing your friends with your witty take on current events or pop culture. Sometimes, masquerade is a thin line between life and death. The CIAs former Chief of Disguise, Jonna Mendez, rose up through the ranks, having signed on as receptionist shortly after her fiancé revealedthree days before the weddingthat he was actually an undercover agent. ( = window...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Life, Wikipedia, Theatre, Ben Franklin, New York Times, Moscow, Cia, Argo, George Hw Bush, KGB, Facebook Twitter, Mendez, Ayun Halliday


Guard Your Heart Bible Study for Teens & Families

I can’t remember what it was that triggered my desire to put this scripture word study together but I know I put it together to use with my boys. I want them to understand that they need to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Life, How To, Homeschooling


Our ASTC membership got us in free: South Florida Science Center & Aquarium – Part 4

Last month we had the opportunity to take off for a week of travel to the east coast of Florida – only our second trip to Florida as a family! Our very first trip to Florida was on the west... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Florida, Life, Homeschooling, South Florida Science Center


How Do You Help a Grieving Friend? Acknowledge Their Pain and Skip the Platitudes & Facile Advice

“What does it mean to protest suffering, as distinct from acknowledging it?” writes Susan Sontag in Regarding the Pain of Others. Acknowledgment, the recognition of unimaginable pain and loss, is central, it turns out, to healing. Grief expert Alan Wolfelt lists “acknowledging the full reality of the loss” as the first in his “Six Needs of Mourning.” But he also notes what so many in his field are quick to point out about contemporary culture: “Normal thoughts and feelings connected to l...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Life, New York Times, Stephen Fry, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Devine, Durham NC Follow, Megan Devine, Jane Brody, Alan Wolfelt


Visiting the McLarty Treasure Museum in Vero Beach, Florida – Part 3

One of the top highlights of our trip to Hutchinson Island, Florida was being so near an area where a treasure carrying fleet of Spanish ships (about 11) sunk due to a hurricane. To my knowledge,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Florida, Life, Homeschooling, Vero Beach Florida, McLarty Treasure Museum, Hutchinson Island Florida


Fall from glory: Prof Pithawala holds up a mirror to India’s oldest law college

Prof. Pithawalla, who has been teaching at the GLC for 46 years, says lax attendance, poorly-paid teachers are among its sore spots Prof. Homiar Pithawalla has been witness to the peaks and troughs at one of Mumbai’s iconic institutions, the Government Law College (GLC). As a teacher at the GLC, Asia’s oldest law school, for over four decades — 46 years to be precise — Prof. Pithawalla (72), says the most heartening thing for him is that many of his students have become High Court and Supreme...
Tags: Supreme Court, Education, Opinion, Life, India, Mumbai, New Delhi, State, GLC, Kalina, Government Law College, Bar Council of India, Prof Pithawala, Prof Pithawalla, Homiar Pithawalla, Government Law College GLC



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