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A couple of months past the General Election, we look at our nation's spirit, both divided and hopeful for change. We are already into a New Year, turkey dinners and Christmas trees still fresh in our thoughts, while top news stories feature allies of the current Administration challenging the vote. Inauguration Day is but a stone's throw, as "tellers" in Congress attempt to read ballots and verify the election results. The nation awa...
Here on the floor of my room is the turning point of the sun,Beyond the edge of the rug, not far from the bookshelves.The movements of earth and sun in the vastness of spaceAre focused here, where the window looking south,Observing the universe, marks upon my floor,In this shaft of yellow light, the march of the seasons.The narrow oaken plank with the l...
It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.— Sense and SensibilityWidely acclaimed English novelist Jane Austen was born this day, December 16, 1775 to Reverend George and Cassandra (née Leigh) Austen in Steventon, Hampshire. She was the seventh of eight children and second daughter, living in a cohesive home that nurtured openness, creativit...
It's significant that we call it the Information Age. We don't talk about the Knowledge Age.-- James Billington, Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation BookA ...
Did you know that sometime around 1500 BC smallpox made its way from animal to human being somewhere in the Nile Valley? Known as the "Speckled Monster", the fatal virus was breathed in, and once inside, invaded the body to host its spread -- leading to fever, headache, back and muscle pain -- and then to pus-filled blisters that left deep external scars, but worse, in...
Did you know that American politician, educator, and author Shirley Anita Chisholm (nee St Hill) was also an alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University? Chisholm earned her MA in elementary education here in 1952, while serving as a teacher's aide in a Harlem nursery school. Following her degree she directed the Friends Day Nursery in Brownsville, Brooklyn -- becoming recognized for her work in early childhood education and welfar...
Published by John Murray of London, England, on November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin’s
Why find highly cited articles and authors? Is it helpful to see who has cited you or is writing on the same topic? Or are you just curious about the most cited scholarly journals with a view to publishing your own?A number of databases provide the means of determining where a particular work or ...
On November 17th, 1558, Elizabeth Tudor at the age of 25 years succeeded her half-sister Queen Mary, to the throne of England. Daughters to the exuberant King Henry VIII, Mary was brought up as Catholic and became known for her efforts to reverse the English Reformation, while Elizabeth, was raised as Protestant and lent wittiness and temper to her strong-willed personality. Nicknamed the "Virgin Queen" or "Good Queen Bess," ...
On November 11th, 1852, American writer Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832- March 6, 1888) published her first short story, The Rival Painters: A Story of Rome, in what many believe, The Saturday Evening Gazette; it tells of two painters who fall for the same woman. With love as a central theme in her work, Alcott would b...