Monthly Archives: May 2013

Near-Riot of Spring

Igor Stravinsky, as sketched by Picasso When Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral work The Rite of Spring was first performed, at the Theatre des Champs-Elysses in Paris exactly 100 years ago today, the music’s avant-garde nature caused a near-riot in the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Reflection

Photo Credit:  U. S. Army via Creative Commons On this Memorial Day, 2013, we pause for a few moments to honor the memory of all those who have risked their lives in the military service of our country — and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: The World Economy

Photo:  Stephen Driscoll/Catholic News Agency Pope Francis Last Thursday the Pope addressed new ambassadors to the Vatican and lectured them about fairness in the world economy.  The gist of his revolutionary message is contained in this puzzle.  

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Woody Herman: Happy 100th

Photo: jazz.com Woodrow Charles “Woody” Herman (1913-1987) Today would have been the 100th birthday of the jazz musician, singer and band leader.  To mark the occasion, we offer this two-diagram puzzle; the answer is something that Herman said about his vocation.  (The … Continue reading

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Stonewall Jackson: Last Words

Illustration: en.wikipedia.org Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863) One of the best-known Confederate generals, Jackson died 150 years ago today from gunshot wounds inflicted eight days earlier by his own troops during nighttime confusion following the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.  … Continue reading

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Dr. Benjamin Spock: Self-Knowledge

Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) The famous pediatrician and author of Baby and Child Care was born 110 years ago today.  The answer to this two-diagram puzzle is advice he gave about human potential. Diagram A: Diagram B:    

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