Heroes of Ancient China: The Great Spiritual Teacher Lao Zi
As the founder of Daoism and the author of Dao De Ching (道德經), Lao Zi helped shape traditional Chinese culture. The following conversations with his disciples offer some insight into his spiritual achievements.   Confucius learns...
Turquoise has a rich history rooted in ancient Egypt, Persia, the Aztecs, and Native American folklore.
Turquoise: A Cultural Symbol of Life
Turquoise has been one of the most revered gemstones throughout history and in many parts of the world for its aesthetic and cultural significance. This beautiful bluish-green gemstone is a hydrous phosphate that consists of...
All You Ought to Know About Fireflies
One of the most magical sights of summer is the rural landscape lit up by fireflies at dusk. Reminiscent of twinkling stars come to Earth, or even fairy lights, they transport you to another world...
Why Traditional Faiths Believe Every Encounter Is Meaningful
In ancient China, and according to Buddhist principles, people believed that everything in this world was a result of cause and effect. The seeds sown in the past, become the fruit of one’s future. When...
Wieliczka’s Prestigious Underground Salt Mine
Salt is not just a flavorful friend in the kitchen; it is one of history’s greatest resources. The mineral’s ability to preserve food was a contributing factor in early civilization, allowing people to transport their...
Heroes of Ancient China: Guan Yu, Warrior of Loyalty, Justice, and Righteousness
Guan Yu (關羽, 160 – 220 AD) was a well-known warrior in Chinese history. Known for his bravery and loyalty, he helped his blood-oath brother to the throne in the Three Kingdoms era (200 –...
Seven Decades Before it Was Recognized, Einstein Proposed a Physics-Biology Connection
Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein's previously undisclosed letter to researcher Glyn Davys, written over 70 years ago, recently came to light on the internet. The letter penned by the German-born mathematician and scientist discusses both bees...
Children’s Books – They’re Not What They Used to Be
While many parents are happy to see their children reading anything at all, most books available today are not much better than television and video games, as far as instilling good morals and behavior. If...
The Ancient Chinese Secret to Assessing Character
The Records of the Grand Historian (史記) relate the following story: The Lord Wen of Wei (魏文侯, reign 445-424 B.C.) wanted to appoint a prime minister. While he understood the importance of choosing a person...