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The Isle of Sark Is Really As Majestic As It Sounds

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

You're right off the coast of Normandy, a speck of land in the cold waters of the Channel between France and England. A mere 25 miles west of the Cherbourg Peninsula of France, and 80 miles south of the British coast. A steep-sided and car-free paradise.

Halloween Dreams and Visions

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

What is it about October? When the balmy days of summer yield to the crisp, colorful days of autumn; when the warm breezes give way to brisk, howling ...

Apologies and Their Complexities

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To acknowledge imperfections, some of us have to confront our idealized image, a narcissistic view of the self that dictates we must be perfect. In this case, a mistake and the need to apologize, can be experienced as like a blemish that needs to be hidden.

Historian Finds Oldest Use Of F-Word Hidden In Medieval Court Papers

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.14.2015 | Weird News

A researcher has found what is believed to be the earliest written example of the f-word.  (Caution: a certain four-letter word is used ahea...

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

No One Knows How Medieval Nuns Used This Mysterious Prayer Wheel

Religion News Service | David Van Biema | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Order Of The Diagram Written Here Teaches The Return Home.” Think Parch...

'Yoda' Spotted In Medieval Manuscript

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.23.2015 | Science

Maybe Yoda really did make it to the ripe old age of 900. After all, a drawing of a monster in the margins of a 14th-century manuscript bears a str...

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Talk About Finance

Nourish International | Posted 05.13.2015 | Money
Nourish International

Many who look to understand the incredible wealth gap are quickly lost in the exclusive language of finance. When it comes to the inner workings of financial institutions, the rise and fall of markets, the tangled web of international debt, or even just our own personal finances, most of us are lost. In short, we are financially illiterate.

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

Electrifying the Folk

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've always loved European-style folk-rock, also known as electric folk: the application of electric instruments and rock techniques to traditional songs. It's a style you can find here in North America, as well as in Britain and Europe.

The Cloisters: Escape the City in the City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art given over to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. With a collection of over 2,000 medieval pieces, the museum's structure is itself part of the exhibit.

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

Simulations Suggest Surprising Benefit Of Warfare

natureheader | Laura Spinney | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

War drove the formation of complex social institutions such as religions and bureaucracies, a study suggests. The institutions would have helped to ma...

Game of Thrones Meets Fine Wine at Napa Valley's Medieval Castle

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.19.2013 | Travel
Xaque Gruber

California native Dario Sattui's passion for European architecture of the Middle Ages is only rivaled by his passion for fine wine. he's built a full-scale medieval castle on U.S. soil. It's a wine country wonder, and a magnificently delicious reason to visit California's Napa Valley.

Crusaders' Poop Puts Medieval Life In Unflattering Light

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.19.2013 | Science

Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings p...

Deadly Microbe Linked To Demise Of Ancient Empire

Posted 05.12.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/10/2013 09:48 AM EDT on LiveScience Plague may have helped finish off the Roman Empire, ...

Chick-fil-A's Mother-Son Date 'Knight'

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 04.25.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Hear ye, hear ye, fair residents of Ye Olde Towne (and the entire realm of Washington): gentlemen, you are cordially invited to night of...

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

The Wyld Olde Souls Merge Psychedelic Folk, Indian Ragas, and Renaissance Madrigals

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Dreamy, trippy, with a lyrical guitar solo, lush orchestral arrangements and Vale's stunning alto, "Leave Her" begins where Lee Hazlewood's "Some Velvet Morning" left off.

Akin and the Medieval Worldview of the Right

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Debold

Todd Akin's views are positively medieval. I mean this literally. Medieval means prerational. And the problem is that rationality, the capacity to exercise reason, happens to be foundational to our form of democracy.

PHOTOS: Is This The Smartest Cruise Line Ever?

Jeanine Barone | Posted 10.12.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Swathed in a SmartWool sweater, a Cintamani polar fleece jacket, a pair of Mountain Hardware pants and other high-tech adventure gear, I'm fairly sure I fit right in with the Zegrahm uniform. But, alas, even though our ship, the Clipper Odyssey, is only 335 feet long with a mere seven decks, I'm often lost -- a dead giveaway that I'm a first timer.

Andrea Stone

Priceless Stolen Book Found In Garage | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.05.2012 | Books

A priceless 12th-century illuminated manuscript stolen from the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and considered one of Spain's most treasured cult...

Medieval Times: Not So Different From Modern Times

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Wilborn Hampton

In Medieval Play, Kenneth Lonergan's zany and erudite account of that turbulent era, the follies of the late 14th century are not all that unfamiliar from those of the early 21st.

What Medieval Times Teach Us About Respecting the Dead

Bridget Whearty | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Bridget Whearty

The phrase "no man is an island" gets tossed around pretty lightly these days, but at its core, it's about the same thing. When the funeral bells toll, don't ask who they are for. We're all in this together.