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  • 3 Times Environmental Action Worked in the Past
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    3 Times Environmental Action Worked in the Past

    7 weeks ago

    Global warming and climate change are quite the buzzwords these days. Just mention the subjects and more likely than not you will find yourself in the middle of a lively discussion. Despite all the hype, environmental action is nothing new; it has been with us before, just under a different name.

  • Russian Volcanoes on the Ring of Fire
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    Russian Volcanoes on the Ring of Fire

    2 months ago

    The Bolshaya Udina volcano in Siberia is coming back to life. This Russian volcano situated along the dangerous Ring of Fire has shown so much seismic activity over the past few years that its classification has changed from extinct to active. Some scientists think that it could erupt at any time.

  • Dr. John Done Gone On
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    Dr. John Done Gone On

    2 months ago

    On June 6, 2019, Mac Rebennack, better known by his stage name, Dr. John, passed away at age 77. A New Orleans musical fixture for many years, Dr, John and his Night Trippers helped define a whole new genre of swamp rock, blues, jazz, funk originating from the Creole City.

  • The Greenest President?
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    The Greenest President?

    3 months ago

    Of the 45 presidents who have held the highest office in the land, two stand out in the creation of park space and the protection of the environment. One, Theodore Roosevelt, may come as no surprise, but the other, Richard Nixon, is a most unlikely candidate.

  • Ten Songs About Banana Republics
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    Ten Songs About Banana Republics

    2 months ago

    Banana Republic is a vernacular phrase that is often applied to Caribbean and Latin American countries, where one major export crop dominates the economic reality of the region. Following are some musical adventures into the Banana Republics of the Americas.

  • The Black Cowboys
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    The Black Cowboys

    8 days ago

    By some estimates, as many as one in four of the working cowhands in the Old West were of African-American descent. Yet somehow today, the black cowboy has been slowly, etched out of our history books, movies and Western literature.

  • Summer Heat: Ten Songs for the Summertime
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    Summer Heat: Ten Songs for the Summertime

    5 weeks ago

    Come July and August, when those solar doldrums start rolling in, there is only one way to survive the summer heat. Stay cool. A nice shade tree, a lawn chair and a fresh pina colada might help, but no matter.what you do, don't forget cool music.

  • Bananas, A Musical Tribute
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    Bananas, A Musical Tribute

    5 weeks ago

    Bananas are a common fruit, enjoyed by many Americans. They are filling, full of vitamins and naturally sweet, making them a popular food item for both young and old. Furthermore. their odd colorful shape and nutritional value have made them a popular item for singers and songwriters.

  • Just Another Lousy Day in Paradise: Ten Songs of Misfortune From the Caribbean
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    Just Another Lousy Day in Paradise: Ten Songs of Misfortune From the Caribbean

    4 months ago

    Like many places in world, the Caribbean has a lovely facade that hides a more sinister reality in everyday life.

  • 10 Songs From the Desert Southwest
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    10 Songs From the Desert Southwest

    5 weeks ago

    The Southwestern deserts, which stretch from southern California to West Texas have been much immortalized in both word and song. Following are ten tunes that in some way capture life in this most unique American region.

  • 10 Songs About the Mississippi River
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    10 Songs About the Mississippi River

    2 days ago

    No matter how you look at it, the Mississippi River defines the American experience better than any other waterway within the United States. Notwithstanding, there exist a whole slurry of songs and stories that further describe life on the mighty river. These songs express the power of this river.

  • Krakatoa, the Monster Volcano
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    Krakatoa, the Monster Volcano

    6 months ago

    On August 27th 1883, after a long period of relative quiet, the Krakatoa volcano located between Java and Sumatra, roared to live. During the eruption, the island mountain blew itself apart, killing over 30,000 people in the process. Today, Krakatoa is back, but in a much smaller way.

  • The Art of Samuel Bak
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    The Art of Samuel Bak

    7 months ago

    Samuel Bak is a Holocaust survivor, whose canvas paintings encompass the artist's life history. Though not a household name, the paintings of Bak are represented in many important collections around the world.

  • 10 Songs With Sci-Fi Lyrics
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    10 Songs With Sci-Fi Lyrics

    7 months ago

    Science fiction stories can really captivate our imagination, especially when they are accompanied by inspiring music.

  • Einstein's Mistakes
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    Einstein's Mistakes

    3 months ago

    It is important to note that science is not a perfect endeavor, for scientists on occasion do get things wrong. Even Einstein did not always get it right every time, suggesting that Einstein wasn't always an Einstein.

  • Ten Songs About Death and the Eternal Journey
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    Ten Songs About Death and the Eternal Journey

    7 months ago

    What lies on the other side of living? Really, nobody knows for sure, but here are a few musicians, who have pondered the question, and then put some of their reflections to music. The results are as varied as the many speculations that surround the subject at hand.

  • Landslide Tsunamis: Are They Dangerous?
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    Landslide Tsunamis: Are They Dangerous?

    8 months ago

    A landslide tsunami, also called a megatsunami, can be created when large amounts of earthen material slides into a body of water, creating a tsunami type wave. These waves can be much taller than a normal tsunami that usually occurs when an underwater earthquake shakes up the sea floor.

  • Ten Songs Celebrating Hemingway, Havana and Cuba
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    Ten Songs Celebrating Hemingway, Havana and Cuba

    7 months ago

    From Country to Trop-Rock to Pop to Latin Salsa, Havana has captured the imagination of songwriters from both the U.S. and Cuba.

  • Who Was King Wenceslas?
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    Who Was King Wenceslas?

    8 months ago

    Made famous by the popular Christmas carol, King Wenceslas was a real-life tenth-century, Bohemian Duke, who died at the hands of his younger brother. Since that time he has been crowned a king, immortalized as a Christian Saint and also as the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

  • Christmas Spiders
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    Christmas Spiders

    8 months ago

    Spiders are not exactly something that you would expect to see on a Christmas tree. Yet in places like Poland, the Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany that's just what you could find.

  • Supervolcanoes: Past, Present and Future
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    Supervolcanoes: Past, Present and Future

    9 months ago

    Scientific use of the term "super" is rather rare, as it tends to be a superlative more often found in our common vernacular than in the annals of science. Nonetheless, geologists have assigned a set value of parameters to define the monstrous geologic events, better known as supervolcanoes.

  • Anti-War Songs Through the Ages
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    Anti-War Songs Through the Ages

    10 months ago

    The Vietnam War is well-known for stirring up intense anti-war sentiments. Nowhere is this more evident than within the wide array of protest songs that went down in the late '60s. Still, many people might be interested to learn that protest songs were quite popular during the Civil War and WWI.

  • Seven West Coast Volcanoes Worth Watching
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    Seven West Coast Volcanoes Worth Watching

    10 months ago

    West Coast volcanoes have been relatively quiet since 1980, when Mt. St. Helens exploded and killed over 50 people. Nonetheless, the West Coast has, at the very least, another half dozen active volcanoes that could erupt in the near future and create a dangerous situation for anyone living nearby.

  • A Musical Journey Through Latin America
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    A Musical Journey Through Latin America

    5 months ago

    Latin America encompasses much of the Western Hemisphere, even including parts of the United States. Venturing out and finding good music can be a lifelong adventure, but nowadays, armchair travelers can also enjoy the richness of Latin music right from the comfort of their own living room.

  • The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus
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    The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus

    6 months ago

    Christopher is best known for his maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. Just as important are the subsequent three trips that Columbus made to the New World in the decade that followed his first journey.

  • Halloween Dogs
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    Halloween Dogs

    11 months ago

    Traditionally, the black cat has been the domestic animal, most closely associated with Halloween. However, in recent years, the feline's cultural dominance has been successfully, challenged by a spunky upstart, the family dog.

  • Hawaii's Volcanoes: Ring of Fire or Geothermal Hotspots??
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    Hawaii's Volcanoes: Ring of Fire or Geothermal Hotspots??

    13 months ago

    Originally, the active volcanoes on Hawai'i Island were thought to be part of the infamous "Ring of Fire". Current scientific opinion and research suggests that a geothermal hot spot sitting underneath the "Big Island" is responsible for the high amount of geothermal activity.

  • Volcanoes 101
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    Volcanoes 101

    10 months ago

    Volcanoes are fascinating and sometimes terrifying natural events that occur at many places around the world. Understanding the science behind the creation and eruption of a volcano can better help us comprehend both the detrimental and beneficial effects that volcanic activity can bring.

  • The History of the Belmont Stakes
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    The History of the Belmont Stakes

    5 months ago

    Held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown and may determine the Triple Crown winner if that prestigious racing honor is still in contention.

  • Pimlico Race Course, the Preakness Stakes, and Maryland Equestrian Culture
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    Pimlico Race Course, the Preakness Stakes, and Maryland Equestrian Culture

    2 days ago

    Every May, two weeks after "The Run for the Roses," the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland hosts the Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg of the prestigious Triple Crown.

  • 12 Dangerous Volcanoes Along the Ring of Fire
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    12 Dangerous Volcanoes Along the Ring of Fire

    2 days ago

    The notorious Ring of Fire, which runs all the way from New Zealand to Chile by way of the Aleutian Islands, is home to many of the most potentially destructive volcanoes on the planet.

  • Where Is the White City? And Why Is It Important Today?
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    Where Is the White City? And Why Is It Important Today?

    16 months ago

    Today, the White City is a trendy section of Tel Aviv, Israel and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Originally, parts of the large urban area were built by German-Jewish architecture students after they had fled Nazi Germany.

  • 7 Artists from Native America
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    7 Artists from Native America

    16 months ago

    Beginning in the sixties, Native American music experienced a renaissance. Though not quite mainstream, this expression of an unique way of life, still made its mark on American culture.

  • 10 Songs About Horses
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    10 Songs About Horses

    13 months ago

    Whether running wild or harnessed to carry a rider, a horse is a powerful and graceful animal that has been admired by numerous writers, artists and musicians. Following are ten songs that celebrate this magnificent creature.

  • Mint Julep History
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    Mint Julep History

    16 months ago

    The Mint Julep has its origins in the Arabic speaking world, where thirsty residents mixed rose petals with water to make a drink, called a gul-ab.

  • Kentucky Derby History and Trivia
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    Kentucky Derby History and Trivia

    5 months ago

    The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This premier horse race culminates two weeks of races, parties, and many other special events.

  • 10 Cowboy Songs From the Old West
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    10 Cowboy Songs From the Old West

    5 months ago

    The Old West is a much fabled part of our national culture. Selected here are ten songs and ballads that reflect the richness and adversity of those who ventured into the region, as it was being settled.

  • La Ciudad Blanca: The White City of Honduras
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    La Ciudad Blanca: The White City of Honduras

    4 months ago

    The recent discovery of a series of Meso-American archaeological sites in the rain forest of Honduras has provided scientists with reason to re-examine their understanding of pre-Columbian history.

  • George Washington and His Runaway Slaves
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    George Washington and His Runaway Slaves

    17 months ago

    Though Washington was generous enough to free his slaves (after his death), our first president could be quite vengeful on anyone who tried to end their servitude at an earlier date.

  • Billy Graham and Richard Nixon
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    Billy Graham and Richard Nixon

    5 months ago

    When Billy Graham passed away, regrets and due respect poured in from all segments of society. One often overlooked aspect of the preacher's life, was his long term relationship with Richard Nixon.

  • Barack Obama: The Writer Who Became President
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    Barack Obama: The Writer Who Became President

    18 months ago

    In 1995, as Barack Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate, he put out, a memoir, Dreams from My Father. Like many politicians, Obama's success has been fueled by a popular book title.

  • 10 Ghost Stories Put To Music
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    10 Ghost Stories Put To Music

    16 months ago

    Everybody loves a good ghost story and everybody loves a good song. Combine the two and now you have something extra special that just might tingle your spine on a dark, chilly night.

  • A Few Facts About the Ring of Fire
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    A Few Facts About the Ring of Fire

    5 weeks ago

    Ring of Fire is a common expression applied to a geographical area bordering the Pacific Ocean. Within this "Ring of Fire" earthquakes and volcanoes are more common than any other place on the planet.

  • The Underground Railroad: Many Paths to Freedom
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    The Underground Railroad: Many Paths to Freedom

    18 months ago

    The Underground Railroad was a secret network that developed in the U.S. before the Civil War. The purpose of the "railroad" was to guide runaway American slaves to safe havens in Canada.

  • John Hancock's Tragedy
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    John Hancock's Tragedy

    19 months ago

    John Hancock was first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately, his life after the Revolution was sometimes accompanied by personal tragedy.

  • Who Was Sam Adams?
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    Who Was Sam Adams?

    19 months ago

    Samuel Adams was a Colonial merchant, tax collector, malter, and writer who almost never made a profit from his economic activities. He is best remembered for fiery editorials opposing British rule.

  • Thomas Jefferson's Legacy
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    Thomas Jefferson's Legacy

    19 months ago

    Thomas Jefferson, our third president is memorized on Mount Rushmore, along with Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt. His vision, quite radical for 1700s help define the government for the new nation.

  • A Few Facts About Abraham Lincoln
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    A Few Facts About Abraham Lincoln

    19 months ago

    Abraham Lincoln held the White House during what may have been the American nation's darkest hour. A divided nation cut short Lincoln's second term by three years, yet still the country survived.

  • The European Origin of Groundhog Day
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    The European Origin of Groundhog Day

    19 months ago

    Groundhog Day defies description. Basically, the February holiday involves long term weather forecasting, features a groundhog and is probably related to the Candlemas celebration in parts of Europe.

  • 10 Mardi Gras Songs to Enjoy on Shrove Tuesday
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    10 Mardi Gras Songs to Enjoy on Shrove Tuesday

    19 months ago

    New Orleans lives for Mardi Gras. Combine this popular, outdoor celebration with the rich music of the city and the result is a lively, collection of upbeat songs that captures the spirit of the day.

  • Near Earth Objects: All About Asteroids, Meteors, and Comets
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    Near Earth Objects: All About Asteroids, Meteors, and Comets

    5 weeks ago

    Recently, scientists have become concerned about the celestial movements of asteroids and comets—so much so that they have set up several observatories around the planet to track these objects.

  • 10 Songs About London Town, for When You Can't Afford a Trip Across the Atlantic
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    10 Songs About London Town, for When You Can't Afford a Trip Across the Atlantic

    6 months ago

    There's no place quite like London. There are no castles, palaces, or royal families in the states. Perhaps this gives English songwriters more to sing about. Here are 10 songs about London.

  • The Heathen Roots of Christmas
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    The Heathen Roots of Christmas

    10 months ago

    Though Christmas is designed to honor the birth of Christ, much of the winter holiday is heavily rooted in the pagan customs of Europe.

  • 10 Overlooked Christmas Songs
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    10 Overlooked Christmas Songs

    10 months ago

    Every year we get exposed to a few new Christmas songs. Most pass by without fanfare, while every now and then, one catchy tune succeeds. Following are ten tunes that ought to receive more airplay.

  • 10 Tropical Songs for When You Can't Afford a Caribbean Vacation
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    10 Tropical Songs for When You Can't Afford a Caribbean Vacation

    21 months ago

    Nothing beats a vacation in the Caribbean, but if you can't afford a visit to the tropical islands, you might get by with a comfortable lawn chair, a boat drink, and a long listen to these songs.

  • 10 Fun Facts About Christmas
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    10 Fun Facts About Christmas

    9 months ago

    Whether you just celebrate Christmas day or all twelve days, you might want to know about more about this most popular holiday.

  • The Healthy Rutabaga
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    The Healthy Rutabaga

    9 months ago

    The rutabaga was originally developed in Europe as a cross between a cabbage and a turnip that was fed to dairy cattle to increase milk production is now a popular table fare in the U.S. and Canada.

  • A Brief History of New Orleans Music
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    A Brief History of New Orleans Music

    21 months ago

    New Orleans music lives in its own world. Going back to the Creole Jazz bands that pre-dated Louis Armstrong, music from the Big Easy has continually evolved into the multi-cultural mix of today.

  • The House of Seven Gables
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    The House of Seven Gables

    22 months ago

    The House of Seven Gables is the title of a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is also a place in Salem, Massachusetts that can be visited and admired. Learn about the real house and the fictional one.

  • The Day of the Dead vs. Halloween
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    The Day of the Dead vs. Halloween

    11 months ago

    The Day of the Dead and Halloween are two distinct holidays that fall two days apart on the calendar. Despite their similarities they are celebrated in different places and in different ways.

  • Ten Fun Facts About Halloween
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    Ten Fun Facts About Halloween

    22 months ago

    Halloween in its various forms has been around for many centuries, especially in Northern Europe, where it originated. Here are ten fun facts that you might not know about the popular fall holiday.

  • The Celtic Origins of Halloween
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    The Celtic Origins of Halloween

    22 months ago

    Though the word is Christian, the celebration of Halloween appears to be related to the Celtic holiday of Samhain, which traditionally occurred near the old Celtic New Year in early November.

  • 13 Songs and Stories for Halloween
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    13 Songs and Stories for Halloween

    6 months ago

    Halloween has changed as it crossed the Atlantic from Europe and is now fervently celebrated in North America. Following are 13 modern 20th-century songs that delve into the dark but festive holiday.

  • 10 Bands From the Late '60s That Almost Made It
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    10 Bands From the Late '60s That Almost Made It

    2 months ago

    The late '60s witnessed a musical explosion of music that people still listen to today. As a result of the fierce competition, many excellent performers never received wide recognition.

  • The Columbus Quiz
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    The Columbus Quiz

    22 months ago

    No doubt about it, Christopher Columbus rode the Trade Winds to the Caribbean, and chanced upon a whole new world. Here are ten fun questions to see how much you know about the great explorer.

  • George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion
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    George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion

    22 months ago

    George Washington played a role in two whiskey rebellions. The first occurred, when Yankee distillers began making whiskey from grain, while the second was the actual revolt of whiskey makers in PA.

  • 10 Bands From the '70s That Almost Made It
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    10 Bands From the '70s That Almost Made It

    21 months ago

    The late '60s and early '70s witnessed a musical explosion, first in Britain, then in America. As a result, there were many talented bands that just couldn't nail down the big break.

  • A Few Things About the Vikings That You Might Want to Know
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    A Few Things About the Vikings That You Might Want to Know

    7 months ago

    According to historians, the Vikings came out of Northern Europe to terrorize and plunder more peaceable kingdoms. Included here, are a few bits of Norse history that modern readers might enjoy.

  • The Nordic Roots Musical Tradition
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    The Nordic Roots Musical Tradition

    5 months ago

    In the latter part of the 20th century, Scandinavian music experienced a musical renaissance that still continues today. Here is a look at the music and the people who make it.

  • The 10 Most Deadly Late Season Hurricanes
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    The 10 Most Deadly Late Season Hurricanes

    21 months ago

    Hurricane season officially lasts until late November. Though the last six weeks are not overly abundant with these storms, deadly hurricanes can still occur in October, November, and even December.

  • Christopher Columbus Trivia for the 21st Century
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    Christopher Columbus Trivia for the 21st Century

    15 months ago

    Over time, views of history and historical figures often change. The legacy of Christopher Columbus is no exception as our 21st-century view of the Great Mariner differs from that of the 20th century.

  • The History of the Mayo Clinic
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    The History of the Mayo Clinic

    21 months ago

    It all started with a tornado. The date was August 21, the year was 1883, the location was Rochester, MN, the death toll was 37, and the result was the Mayo Clinic.

  • Hurricane Songs and Stories
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    Hurricane Songs and Stories

    23 months ago

    Songs about storms and the damage that their wind and rain causes on people's lives.

  • Little Hollywood in Kanab, Utah
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    Little Hollywood in Kanab, Utah

    24 months ago

    Kanab, Utah's long association with Hollywood westerns began in 1924, when portions of "Deadwood Coach", starring Tom Mix, were filmed in this picturesque Utah town.

  • Visiting Maynard Dixon's Home and Studio in Mount Carmel, Utah
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    Visiting Maynard Dixon's Home and Studio in Mount Carmel, Utah

    2 years ago

    As Maynard Dixon prospered with his desert landscapes, he was able to buy a place in Mount Carmel, Utah. Here, he built a home, studio and bunkhouse, all of which are open for touring.

  • Hiking Trails in Kanab, Utah
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    Hiking Trails in Kanab, Utah

    2 years ago

    Kanab is situated in southern Utah, just north of the Arizona state line. This high desert town is nestled next to some beautiful red rock cliffs, which can easily be explored on foot.

  • Some Little Known Facts and Trivia Concerning George Washington
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    Some Little Known Facts and Trivia Concerning George Washington

    18 months ago

    Though George Washington may be the most revered of presidents, there are many things that might surprise you about our very first Commander-in-Chief.

  • The Myth and Reality of Eclipses
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    The Myth and Reality of Eclipses

    2 years ago

    A solar eclipse occurs about once every 18 months somewhere on Earth. Because of the dark shadow that is cast across our planet, much myth and superstition surrounds these naturally occurring events.

  • All About Those Gigantic Antarctic Icebergs
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    All About Those Gigantic Antarctic Icebergs

    7 weeks ago

    The recent creation of a huge iceberg at the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica is a scientific event worth noting. Following is some info about Antarctic icebergs that will help put this in perspective.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park in a Day
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    Bryce Canyon National Park in a Day

    2 years ago

    Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah has a spectacular red rock amphitheater that can easily be explored on foot in less than a day.

  • Rum Facts and Trivia
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    Rum Facts and Trivia

    2 months ago

    Rum was first made in the 1600s by Caribbean slaves, who fermented molasses and then distilled the dark liquid to create a palatable liquor.

  • Desert Hiking Advice
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    Desert Hiking Advice

    2 years ago

    The American Southwest requires some special precautions for day hikers, especially during those hot summer months, when temperatures can soar above 100 degrees.

  • Shiprock: Like a Ship Out On the Sea
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    Shiprock: Like a Ship Out On the Sea

    2 years ago

    Shiprock, a large natural rock formation near the town of Shiprock, NM, represents different things to different people.

  • All About Angels Landing Hiking Trail
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    All About Angels Landing Hiking Trail

    17 months ago

    The Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park is one of the most challenging and popular hiking trails in the U.S . Here is some info that might benefit anyone attempting this spectacular climb.

  • Zion Canyon Best Hikes
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    Zion Canyon Best Hikes

    2 years ago

    Zion Canyon in Zion NP is an inspirational natural wonder that offers the hiker many excellent choices. Hiking trails vary from easy to difficult and provide visitors with many outstanding views.

  • The Deadly Storm That Saved Our Nation's Capitol
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    The Deadly Storm That Saved Our Nation's Capitol

    2 years ago

    In August 1814, the US was at war with Great Britain, as the British were ransacking and burning our nation's capitol. What saved Washington from vast destruction is just a little short of miraculous.

  • A Few Good Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah
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    A Few Good Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah

    2 years ago

    In the southwest corner of the Beehive State, Saint George is bordered by the Red Hills Reserve and thus offers some excellent opportunities for enjoyable day hikes.

  • The Bloody Reality Behind the Star-Spangled Banner
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    The Bloody Reality Behind the Star-Spangled Banner

    2 years ago

    During the British attack of Fort McHenry in 1814, Francis Scott Key witnessed the event from the safety of a British warship. For those brave men at the fort, the night was a long and deadly affair.

  • Living the Cowboy Way: The Life and Times of Will James
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    Living the Cowboy Way: The Life and Times of Will James

    2 years ago

    Not only was Will James a gifted storyteller, who created many fascinating Western tales, but he was also a talented painter, who created some unforgettable scenes of the Cowboy at work.

  • Caribbean Musical Influences in Nashville
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    Caribbean Musical Influences in Nashville

    2 years ago

    Over the past several decades, there have been a few, successful Nashville musicians, who have been influenced by the sounds of the Caribbean islands.

  • The History of Caribbean Calypso Music
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    The History of Caribbean Calypso Music

    2 days ago

    Calypso music is a Caribbean art form that flourished in the middle years of the 20th century, but is less popular today.

  • Hiking Trails in and Around Durango, Colorado
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    Hiking Trails in and Around Durango, Colorado

    19 months ago

    Durango, Colorado sits in a picturesque river valley, surrounded by high land, which provides some excellent hiking opportunities for the day hiker.

  • Who are the richest writers in the world?
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    Who are the richest writers in the world?

    24 months ago

    Tax time is upon us and so for all you aspiring writers (and casual observers) this might be a good time to pause and see who in the literary world has accumulated the most wealth.

  • A Freshwater Mariner's Guide to Colonial Slang
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    A Freshwater Mariner's Guide to Colonial Slang

    2 years ago

    Contrary to popular belief the American colonists were not very puritanical, not even the Puritans. In reality, they fought a lot, drank too much, and exhibited a very colorful use of colonial slang.

  • He Could Play a Guitar Like Ringing a Bell—What Did Chuck Berry Do for American Music?
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    He Could Play a Guitar Like Ringing a Bell—What Did Chuck Berry Do for American Music?

    2 years ago

    Chuck Berry passed away last week, leaving behind a musical legacy matched by few.

  • Art School Dropouts Who Became Successful Musicians
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    Art School Dropouts Who Became Successful Musicians

    10 months ago

    To the casual observer, art school would not seem like a good training ground for rock performers. Yet, many singers like Joni Mitchell and John Lennon first studied art before they became musicians.

  • The Literary World of Patti Smith
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    The Literary World of Patti Smith

    18 months ago

    With another book in the bookstores and a singing appearance at the upcoming Nobel Prize gala, Patti Smith is maturing as a writer

  • Leonard's Legacy: A Look at the Life and Times of Leonard Cohen
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    Leonard's Legacy: A Look at the Life and Times of Leonard Cohen

    22 months ago

    Just after releasing an album, titled You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen passed away in his Los Angeles home at age 82. Following is an candid look at the popular singer's life.

  • Supermoons and Earthquakes: Is There a Connection?
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    Supermoons and Earthquakes: Is There a Connection?

    5 months ago

    Over the past several decades there has been increased speculation that a supermoon may in some way effect the onset of an earthquake. Recent events in New Zealand have only added to this speculation.

  • Does Bob Dylan Deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?
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    Does Bob Dylan Deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

    2 years ago

    In December (2016) Bob Dylan will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, even though he is known primarily for his recorded music and searing lyrics.

  • Tracing Georgia O'Keefe Across the Southwest
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    Tracing Georgia O'Keefe Across the Southwest

    2 years ago

    Georgia O'Keefe's sojourn began in Amarillo, Texas and ended at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. By visiting some of her western haunts, visitors to the Southwest can better understand the artist.

  • The Problem With Ansel Adams
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    The Problem With Ansel Adams

    3 years ago

    To many art lovers Ansel Adams is the quinessential fine art photographer. However, there are others in the art community, who consider Ansel to be strong on technique yet weak on artistic vision.

  • Ten Things About the Lewis and Clark Epedition That You Probably Didn't Know
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    Ten Things About the Lewis and Clark Epedition That You Probably Didn't Know

    3 years ago

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