HOW OFTEN DO PLAGUES HIT OUR WORLD? – Marilyn Armstrong

Epidemics happen and they happen regularly and surprisingly often. Humans have a funny way of forgetting anything that happened more than 10 years ago. Not studying history is bad enough, but not remembering what you actually lived through is pathetic. This is an article about plagues: when they occurred and where. We don't know much … Continue reading HOW OFTEN DO PLAGUES HIT OUR WORLD? – Marilyn Armstrong

CELEBRATING WW3 SINCE WE WON’T HAVE TIME LATER – Marilyn Armstrong

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD WEEK? LET'S START CELEBRATING WORLD WAR THREE TODAY SINCE WE WON 'T HAVE TIME, LATER. Way back in the dark ages, the third week in February (an otherwise dreary and neglected month) was designated National Brotherhood Week. As designated special weeks go, it was never a big hit with the … Continue reading CELEBRATING WW3 SINCE WE WON’T HAVE TIME LATER – Marilyn Armstrong

BRAIN SNOBS – Marilyn Armstrong

It isn't just culture that divides us into classes. What we watch on television, see in the movies, and read also puts us into a category, often unfairly by people who don't "get" why we like what we like. I read a post about how dreadful -- yet gripping -- romance novels can be. The not-so-subtle insinuation is that … Continue reading BRAIN SNOBS – Marilyn Armstrong

JEWELRY AS FAMILY HISTORY, PART 1 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Whenever my daughter, Sarah, comes to visit from LA, we always take a trip down memory lane together - in my jewelry drawers. I used to have all the jewelry I kept from my grandmother and my mom and my earlier years in shoe boxes and Tupperware containers that were stashed away in a closet. … Continue reading JEWELRY AS FAMILY HISTORY, PART 1 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

THE CONCERT: FEBRUARY 5, 2020 – DR. ANTON ARMSTRONG AND THE ST. OLAF CHOIR – Marilyn Armstrong

I wish I could play you the music and listen to Anton speak. But I took pictures of the performance at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was built in 1857 and has that beautiful sound that only halls built before we tried improving them have. I probably should mention that Anton is Garry's youngest … Continue reading THE CONCERT: FEBRUARY 5, 2020 – DR. ANTON ARMSTRONG AND THE ST. OLAF CHOIR – Marilyn Armstrong

MY TRIP TO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I recently took a trip to New York City with my visiting daughter, to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We only visited one part of the museum, the American Wing. We focused on the furniture and decorative arts section. My daughter is studying Interior Design so this was her dream day in the … Continue reading MY TRIP TO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM – BY ELLIN CURLEY