Mark Wirkkala

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50 African proverbs to get you thinking

As 6-year-olds in Zimbabwe, we were taught proverbs before we were taught how to navigate the nuts and bolts of Shona (the most common language in …

Old Testament

The Strange Arrows That Point the Way Across America

Ever wandered across a giant concrete arrow in the desert? You’re not hallucinating. In the early days of airmail, a system of coast-to-coast arrows …

5 Festive Ciders to Spice up Your Holidays

If you haven't eaten at least two dozen cookies by New Year's Day then you are doing something wrong this holiday season. My family starts baking cookies at the first sign of frost and blanket our table with at least a dozen for each person sleeping off a food coma on the couch.<p>Along with all that …

The Last Minute Scotch Whisky Gift Guide: 12 Great Bottles Under $150 (OK, 11 Under and One Over)

As the Christmas shopping days dwindle down to a precious few, you may find yourself confronted by the age-old dilemma: lots of gifts still to be purchased but not a lot of loot to spend. Let's say, hypothetically of course, that your friends like whisky, Scotch in particular. (Crazy, I know, but …