Category Archives: History

Heavenly Bookshop

Many years ago, while visiting the ancient walled town of Óbidos on the central coast of Portugal I was intrigued by a padlocked church in the heart of the old Roman town. Being the nosy tourist that I am, I … Continue reading

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Van Gogh on parade

The folks in Zundert, Netherlands are crazy about flowers, Vincent Van Gogh and parades. On the first Sunday of every September they put on a wildly colorful festival to celebrate all three. The event honors the region’s horticultural industry, which specializes … Continue reading

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Los Angeles-based artist Charlotte Price created this engaging short film for the renowned Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Here’s what she had to say about the project: As a filmmaker, I spend many hours examining the world through a … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

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A Card With A History

Most people think of American Express as a credit card company, but the firm—which is celebrating its centennial this month—began as a full service travel provider. Along with organizing trips, tours and cruises, American Express sold all sorts of travel … Continue reading

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The Mind Is Like An Iceberg

One hundred years ago Sigmund Freud published his groundbreaking paper titled “The Unconscious”, which revolutionized thinking about the mind. To mark this centenary, this week the Freud Museum London is launching a three-month long celebration to demonstrate how the unconscious … Continue reading

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Seventy-one Square Miles Seeded With Hustle

The just launched Brooklyn from the Wildsam Field Guide Series describes the New York Borough as “…seventy-one square miles seeded with hustle and grit and leaps of faith”. As the product of more than a century of Brooklynites on both … Continue reading

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War is not an adventure…

“War is not an adventure. It is a disease.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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It’s International Dylan Day

No, not Bob; it’s Dylan Thomas Day. Literature Wales has inaugurated the first annual International Dylan Day to honor Wales’ favorite son Dylan Thomas. May 14th was chosen to commemorate the premiere of Thomas’ play “Under the Milk Wood”. Celebrations … Continue reading

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What’s in a name

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