Daily Archives: August 9, 2015

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Saint of the Day for Sunday, August 9th, 2015: St. Edith Stein

Image of St. Edith Stein

St. Edith Stein

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)Virgin and Martyr Edith Stein, born in 1891 in Breslau, Poland, was the youngest child of a large Jewish family. She was an outstanding student and … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Hora at Prislop

Hora at Prislop

The Hora is a dancing festival held at Mount Prislop at the TransylvaniaMoldavia border in Romania. The dancers of the hora carry big rings that symbolize the friendship of the people of the regions of Moldavia, Maramures, and Transylvania. The top artistic groups gather at Prislop Pass to present a parade in colorful folk costumes and then a program of songs and dances, ending with the lively peasant horas. Typical food dishes of the area are served and folk art is on display. More… Discuss

quotation: He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and small. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He prayeth best who loveth best

All things both great and small.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

today’s birthday: Amedeo Avogadro (1776)

Amedeo Avogadro (1776)

In 1811, Avogadro, an Italian physicist, advanced the hypothesis that equal volumes of gases under identical conditions of pressure and temperature contain the same number of molecules. Now one of the fundamental concepts of the atomic theory of matter, his theory has become known as Avogadro’s law. Since then, physicists have determined the number of molecules in the gram-molecular weight and found that it is the same for all gases. This number, called Avogadro’s number, is how large? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Sharon Tate Murdered by Manson “Family” (1969)

Sharon Tate Murdered by Manson “Family” (1969)

Tate, an American actress, was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1968 for her performance in Valley of the Dolls. In 1969, Charles Manson, leader of a cult called the “Family,” sent his followers to Tate’s home with orders to “totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can.” Tate, 8 ½ months pregnant at the time, was murdered along with 5 friends. The “Family” committed several other murders before its members were caught and brought to trial in 1971. Who was Tate’s husband? More… Discuss

Wall Street

Wall Street

Wall Street is a narrow street in lower Manhattan, New York City, extending east from Broadway to the East River. It is the center of one of the greatest financial districts in the world. As the first permanent home of the New York Stock Exchange, the term “Wall Street” has come to denote US financial interests. Many New York financial firms, however, are no longer headquartered on Wall Street, but elsewhere in Manhattan, Connecticut, or New Jersey. Where did Wall Street get its name? More… Discuss

word: artifice


Definition: (noun) A deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture.
Synonyms: ruse
Usage: What could the bewildered scouts do, masters as they were of every war-like artifice save this one, but trot helplessly after him, exposing themselves fatally to view. Discuss.