ARTS

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Remembering Wilbur Smith
After spending the morning reading and writing with his wife Niso by his side, global bestselling author Wilbur Smith passed away suddenly on Nov. 13 in Cape Town, South Africa, according to a statement on...
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What Is Spirit of Advent?
During a season filled with shopping, lights, decorations, and joyful songs, Christians all across the globe are peacefully preparing themselves by following a pious custom known as "Advent." The four weeks leading up to the...
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Understanding I Ching or ‘Book of Changes’
While fresh and interesting subjects can inspire our creativity and provide new perspectives on alternative healthcare and holistic living, The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is a timeless source of knowledge and wisdom. One...
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Jolly Calle, A Swedish Tale of Being Happy Within and Without
Adapted from the Swedish Folktale written by Helena Nyblom. There was once a young man called Jolly Calle, who really couldn't help being happy. Although he was poor and orphaned, he did not want pity....
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The Common Starling: A Smart and Useful Songbird
In North America, the starling (Sturnus vulgaris), has become a common sight. Native to Europe, Asia and Africa, northern Australia and the tropical Pacific Islands, starlings are medium-sized birds with glossy black feathers that have...
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Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei: US Is Already an ‘Authoritarian State’
On Nov. 12, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei in discussion with  PBS’s Firing Line host, Margaret Hoover warned against too much political correctness in America, stating America is already an “authoritarian state” and probably not...
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An Ancient Chinese Story of a Good Deed Rewarded
Repaying a debt of gratitude, or bao en (報恩), is an important concept in traditional Chinese culture, and it is often demonstrated in legends and heroic stories of the past. In this story it manifests as...
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Imaginary World Mapping
When reading a book for the first time, finding a beautiful map among the pages is an exciting bonus that adds another dimension to the narrative. A map shows that everything is in order -...
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The True Story Behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
It takes a talented storyteller to weave together a fairytale that captivates, mystifies, and uplifts. To assist youngsters in better dealing with life's challenges and paradoxes, stories create lasting impressions that they may intuitively recall...