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This Man's Beautiful Memorial Museum to His Late Wife Is the Definition of True Love

"It was love at first sight. We actually had 59 years and 11 months."<p>A new music video going viral features the jaw-dropping home of a widower who created a museum filled with thousands of mementos and photos dedicated to his beloved late wife.<p>The band Mutemath turned Charles "LaLa" Evans's …

Science and Mysticism

<i>"We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are between stories."</i> -- <b>Father Thomas Berry</b><p>Our species -- <i>Homo sapiens</i> -- is endangered.<p>Never has humankind faced simultaneous crises on so many fronts: over-population; a rapidly deteriorating biosphere; competition for oil, water, …

The Myth About All Those Inuit Words for Snow

There are not actually 100 different Inuit words for snow.<p>*<p>Be careful when you grab that shovel and head out to move some snow. This article explains …

What I Learned From Falling In Love With A Single Father

I was never against the idea of having children eventually, but I wasn’t determined to do it either. I’d never considered that, one day, I would take …

The Four Elements Of ‘True Love’ According To The Teaching Of The Buddha

<b>“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” –</b> Thich Nhat HanhWhat is love? What is ‘true’ love? Can it even be defined? Our …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Was Engaged to A Christian Extremist

I was 17 and he was 23. He hung around with my friend Elizabeth and her older sisters Mary and Leah. It was a family of girls I went to church with and he was sort of the cool adopted brother.<p>He was attractive, tall, and athletic with dark deep-set eyes, full lips, and a terrible buzzed haircut. In …

Walker Evans: images from the father of American documentary photography

Best known for capturing the Great Depression in the 1930s, Walker Evans photographed American life for nearly 70 years. Depth of Field published by Prestel is the most comprehensive study of his work ever published, covering his early shots of New York and his lesser-known Polaroids

Photography

Pew: White Christians no longer a majority

White Christians now make up less than half of the U.S. population, largely receding from the majorities of most demographic groups, with one notable exception: the Republican Party.<p>According to the latest results from Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape survey published Monday by National …

Pew Research Center

How Playing Music Can Rewire Your Brain

Music is truly one of the most amazing things the human mind has come up with! There is not a single person in the world who doesn’t like some piece …

The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

Sam Phillips, founder of the label Sun Records, didn't care much about making flawless recordings. Instead, the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison and a host of others rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and …

Our stuff is burying us alive: Hoarding and the mountains of garbage we call “collections”

<b>(AP/Eric Risberg)</b><p>Would you want to inherit your friends’ stuff? Your valuables might mean just as little<p>Brian Thill<p>November 8, 2015 12:30am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Waste”<p>Look around the homes of loved ones whose objects you might at some future date have the opportunity to inherit or be saddled with …

'Binge-watch', 'clean eating' and 'manspreading' among 2015 Words of the Year

The healthy-living new generation turn to clean eating and nights in, according to Collins<p>It is enough to leave you yearning for sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.<p>The sensible lives of a new generation has led to a dramatic rise in phrases such as <b>'binge-watch</b>', <b>'clean eating'</b> and online 'shaming', it …

James Corden

Why experts say a $2 photo from a California junk shop is the ‘holy grail of Western Americana’

As legend has it, Billy the Kid was a cold-blooded outlaw and cattle rustler who lived hard and died young.<p>Less legendary, it turns out, is the fact that the kid — a.k.a. William Bonney — was a player of the popular 19th century British pastime known as croquet.<p>That’s according to only the second …

ScrapYard Portraits by John Hicks

Thobes & Creps (Sneakers in the mosque)

The man who warned us about Donald Trump, Fox News and the rise of the idiocracy

With a new biography out and a recent documentary still making waves, it’s time to consider Gore Vidal’s legacy<p>Gore Vidal, one of America’s greatest literary renaissance men and the master of the acerbic witticism, once said to an interviewer near the end of his life, “Anyone stupid enough to worry …

Bernie Sanders claims a debate win, with cash as evidence

Sanders’ team is touting the debate as a victory expected to expand his audience.<p>LAS VEGAS -- It’s an odd debate when the top two candidates fighting for their party’s nomination claim the same moment as a victory.<p>But that’s what happened in Las Vegas, after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders interrupted …

What Famous Historical Leaders Would Look Like as Hipsters

Ever wondered what Hillary Clinton would look like with purple hair, or whether the Dalai Lama could rock a pair of horn-rimmed glasses? Probably …

Literature

Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

I have often thought about when that moment came in which my working class sensibility turned into a form of critical class consciousness. For most …

Bernie Sanders exclusive: “I never wanted to be a part of such a soulless politics”

Democracy is been rendered dysfunctional, Sanders writes, when billionaires buy elections and voting is restricted<p>When people say I am too serious, I take it as a compliment. I have always understood politics as a serious endeavor, involving the fates of nations, ideals and human beings who cannot …

Bob Dylan, bizarre computer salesman: “He’s being played as a genial grandpa, rather than as a rebel”

Dylan’s strange IBM ad makes one thing clear — any line between commercialism and rock artistry has evaporated<p>The once reclusive, still-baffling Bob Dylan has shown up on a commercial for IBM’s Watson. Dylan has made commercials in the past, but this is the one is strange for all kinds of reasons; …

A Point of View: Can your name shape your personality?

<b>Does what we're called have any bearing on who we are? Writer Will Self echoes Juliet's famous question, and attempts an examination of self (and Self).</b><p>When Juliet desires her lover Romeo to abandon his patrimony so as to take possession of her, she utters these immortal lines: "What's in a name? …

9 least known religions of the world

1/20<p>1<p>Since The Beginning Of Time<p>If religions have existed since man’s first thoughts about where he has come from, they are sure to remain and be …

Top ten facts about Buddhism

• The term ‘Buddhism’ was coined by Western scholars in the 1830s. Buddhists don’t actually refer to their religion as “Buddhism”.<br>• Buddhism originated …

Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher who died Tuesday at age 90:<p>On his …

Bernie Sanders questions drug price spike

He demands an explanation for a leap from $13.50 per tablet to $750.<p>Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is calling on a drug company to justify a dramatic spike in the price of a 62-year-old drug that was reported Sunday.<p>One day before rival Hillary Clinton is set to propose a plan to …

The Donald is a disgrace: Trump’s nativism defies our national ethos

His behavior transcends partisan politics. Republicans and Democrats alike must denounce this racist clown, loudly<p>It has so far annoyed but not really surprised me that Donald Trump, despite being an obnoxious bully, has defied expectations with a steady rise in the public opinion polls. It may be …

The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive Into the Collection

Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no …