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The Book of Miracles: Rare Medieval Illustrations of Magical Thinking

In 1552, a curious and lavishly illustrated manuscript titled <i>Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs</i> appeared in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Germany. It exorcised, in remarkable detail and wildly imaginative artwork, Medieval …

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills

The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or …

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine

After David Ogilvy’s wildly popular 10 tips on writing and a selection of advice from modernity’s greatest writers, here comes some from the prolific writer and painter <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980)<p>In 1932-1933, while working on what would become his first published novel, <i>Tropic of</i> …

Virginia Woolf on the Language of Film and the Evils of Cinematic Adaptations of Literature

<i>“Cinema, to be creative, must do more than record,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in 1946 in the forth volume of her diaries. But the question of what this elusive, quintessential creative duty of cinema might be long predates Nin’s observation.<p>In the spring of 1926, when film was still young and silent, …

How to Make Your Own Luck

<i>“You are what you settle for,”</i> Janis Joplin admonished in her final interview. <i>“You are ONLY as much as you settle for.”</i> In <b>Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career</b> (<i>public library</i>), which comes on the heels of their indispensable guide to mastering …

400-Year-Old Playing Cards Reveal Royal Secret

1 / 2<p>Among a set of playing cards from 400 years ago was this king of swords, with the ruler dressed as a Holy Roman Emperor. [See more photos of the …

The Historical Roots of Today's Diet and Exercise Fads

Long before the Atkins diet, Shaun T's Insanity Workout, and <i>The Biggest Loser</i>, people have been fascinated by what we eat and how to exercise, for …

Fitness

Somme Mud

• <b>Author:</b> E.P.F. Lynch<p><b>Written with dignity, candour and surprising wit, this soldier's story of the horror of the Western Front trenches is a testament to the power of the human spirit.</b><p>It's the end of the 1916 winter and the conditions are almost unbelievable. We live in a world of Somme mud. We …

Shamed

• <b>Author:</b> Sarbjit Kaur Athwal<p><i>In 1998, Sarbjit Athwal was called by her husband to attend a family meeting. It looked like just another family gathering. An attractive house in west London, a large dining room, two brothers, their mother, one wife. But the subject they were discussing was anything but</i> …