Daily Archives: June 8, 2015

today’s holiday: St. Columba’s Day

St. Columba’s Day

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More… Discuss

quotation: Fools make researches and wise men exploit them. H.G. Wells

Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

today’s birthday: Bertha von Suttner (1843)

Bertha von Suttner (1843)

Baroness Bertha von Suttner was an Austrian novelist who was known chiefly as an ardent pacifist. Her 1889 pacifist novel Die Waffen nieder—translated into English in 1892 as Lay Down Your Arms—had great social impact. Through her subsequent friendship with Swedish Chemist Alfred Nobel, she influenced him to establish the Nobel Prizes. In 1905, she became the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She met Nobel after answering an advertisement for what? More… Discuss

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Completes First Transpacific Flight (1928)

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Completes First Transpacific Flight (1928)

The first successful transpacific flight was carried out by Australian aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith and his crew, who piloted the trimotor monoplane Southern Cross from Oakland, California, to Brisbane, Australia. During the 7,250-mi (11,668-km) journey, the Southern Cross stopped to refuel in Hawaii, then flew on to Fiji—where it was the first aircraft ever to land on the island—and then embarked on the final leg of its trip. How many days did the entire crossing take? More… Discuss

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy about the tragedy of a woman’s faith in romantic love, first published as a book in 1877. Tolstoy’s style, praised by Nabokov and Dostoevsky, is considered by many critics to represent a bridge between the realist and modernist novels. Its seventh section is, in particular, one of the earliest examples of stream-of-consciousness literature. Many critics believe that which character reflects Tolstoy’s own beliefs and struggles? More… Discuss

word: crass


Definition: (adjective) So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
Synonyms: unrefined
Usage: Jenny’s mother was horrified by the crass behavior of the young man whom her daughter had befriended. Discuss.

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From the Hill : Wild Mustard seeds


From NPR News

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law In Jerusalem Passport Dispute



Apple reveals its Spotify rival

Apple reveals its Spotify rival



From CNN : Pool party video raises questions

Pool party video raises questions



From France 24 : Jimmy Carter

Video: Jimmy Carter and the fight for women’s rights


From France 24 : Mexico Vote

Protesters burn ballots in bid to hijack Mexico vote