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A strange shape barrels through the forest.

The creepy, crawling, prowling creatures may be walking or swimming among us. We know them as Sasquatch, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, even shape-shifters. 

Are they fiction or reality? That depends on how deeply you believe in cryptozoology.

A tenuous bridge between science and folklore, the field is far more cultural than it is clinical. But it’s also fascinating.

All the food groups are represented on this plate.

When I was growing up in the 1960s, my best friend’s mother believed she had proper nutrition all figured out—it boiled down to…boiled eggs. 

Every day without fail, Mrs. Quigley fed each of her four children a soft-boiled egg. She would place the cooked egg in a special cup, carefully tap the shell with a spoon, then shear off the top.

Topgun founder Dan Pedersen leans against a yellow plane wearing a grey fighter pilot uniform in 1956, at Whiting Field in Florida, where he entered primary flight training to become a naval aviator.

It’s perhaps the world’s most elite fighter pilot training program, and it became a household name with the 1986 release of the Tom Cruise movie classic Top Gun. A highly advanced Naval aviator graduate school, Topgun (in its proper spelling) is the home for the best of the best fighter pilots.

Helen Frankenthaler in her New York City studio, circa 1961.

Can you name five artists? Okay, now, can you name five women artists?

Even those who answer the first question with ease find themselves stumped by the second question.

A headshot of a young Kay Starr

She had a voice that could belt out any tune from any musical genre. Whether pop, blues, jazz, or country, Kay Starr’s vocals poured honey into the ears of television-watching, record-buying audiences for decades.

Starting from early childhood, she was a gifted singer. Born Katherine Laverne Starks in Oklahoma in 1922, Starr grew up in a humble, middle-American family.

Milicent Patrick working on the design of the creature from the black lagoon in her home studio in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Earlier this year, actress Julie Adams passed away at the age of 92. Adams enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood, appearing in 50 films and even more television programs.

An old-style television features a swirling black and white hypnosis pattern, against a wall with the same pattern.

Not a week goes by without someone calling a report or headline they object to “fake news.” Defined as the willful spreading of false or malicious information in order to damage a person or institution, fake news is a centuries-old tactic. 

Anyone who’s walked through a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium tunnel remembers the feeling the first time they did it. 

At the end of that dark cement enclosure was a rectangle of light. On the other side, you met with the most exquisite vision: A diamond and field the likes of which you had never seen.

A portrait of George Washington Carver wearing a suit.

In order to fully appreciate the contributions of George Washington Carver, you have to understand something about agriculture. While I’m no farmer, my father-in-law is, and one thing he constantly warns about is the danger of soil depletion.

He does so with good reason, for this can make or break a crop.