Clogsareshoes or sandalsthataremadeentirely of wood or havewoodensolesandleatheruppers.TheyareassociatedwiththeNetherlandsandSweden,wheretheyareconsideredpart of thenationaldress. In England,clogsweretraditionallymade of alderandwerecommonlyworn by allclassesthroughoutthe18thand19thcenturies.TheLancashirecottonmillworkershabituallyworeclogs to avoidslipping on thewetfloors in thecottonmills.Howareclogsused in somestyles of dance?More…Discuss
This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More…Discuss
The Thirteenth Amendment On February 1, 1865 Lincoln’s home state of Illinois became the first to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery throughout the United States. President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier, but it had not effectively abolished slavery in all of the states–it did not apply to slave-holding border states that had remained with the Union during the Civil War. After the war, the sentiment about blacks was mixed even among anti-slavery Americans: some considered Lincoln’s address too conservative and pushed for black suffrage, arguing that blacks would remain oppressed by their former owners if they did not have the power to vote. After the amendment was passed, the Freedmen’s Bureau was created to help blacks with the problems they would encounter while trying to acquire jobs, education and land of their own.
Baltic Youth Philharmonic debut at Berlin Philharmonie. January 22, 2014 .Kristjan Järvi conducting .
I was “caught” landing in Washington – headed back to Europe on the same flight to step in for indisposed Denis Matsuev. This video is a part of soon-to-be-coming-out DVD. You can find out when by visiting the orchestra website http://www.baltic-youth-philharmonic…. The complete program was: A German-Russian Voyage and a debut at Philharmonie Berlin Programme Feel the Energy – German-Russian Voyage 22 January 2014, 19:30 at the Philharmonie Berlin Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic
***D̶e̶n̶i̶s̶ ̶M̶a̶t̶s̶u̶e̶v̶ – piano ( Nope, it was me – stepping on a day’s notice :)))) Richard Strauss – Don Juan op. 20 Sergei Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op. 43 Johann Sebastian Bach – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra a-minor, BWV 1041 Alexander Scriabin – The Poem of Ecstasy op. 54
Debate, diplomacy, and dynamism: 2014 was a headline-generating year for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. The pope encouraged open debate about controversial topics, stepped up his diplomatic game on the world stage, and continued to shape the Church in his unpredictable yet wholly entertaining style.
The Synod of Bishops on the Family in October riveted the Catholic world, with cardinals battling one another in the media while taking on previously verboten topics such as divorce and homosexuality. The pope encouraged the back-and-forth, although the result had something of a roller-coaster feel as leaked documents made their way into the press before eventual retraction and clarification.
Jasmine—also known as jessamine—is a genus of shrubs and vines in the family Oleaceae. It has about 300 species native to all continents except North America. Jasmine is prized for its very fragrant white or yellow blossoms, which, when dried, can be used to flavor tea. Jasmine oil is popular for perfumes and aromatherapy, even though jasmine flowers are too delicate to be distilled in the same way as true essential oils. Jasmine is thus called an “absolute” oil. What is Sampaguita? More…Discuss
[youtube.com/watch?v=qHqz_AeiyEg] Gypsy Jazz with the right balance of vocals and hot instrumentals, and above all rock steady driving rhythm. Thanks to Charlie and Steve for bringing this group through Atlanta.
Sealed in a chamber on the grounds of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, is an elaborate time capsule called the Crypt of Civilization. Inspired by the lack of information about ancient civilizations, university President Thornwell Jacobs devised the crypt in 1935 and spent the next five years deciding what to put in it. Likely the world’s first time capsule, it was sealed in 1940 and is slated be reopened in the year 8113. What items were selected to be stored in the crypt? More…Discuss