Samuel Pepys' diary is considered the best first-person record of Restoration London.


The diary has existed in some form for millennia. From the caveman’s wall drawings of a successful hunt to the Internet blogger's opinions on the recent presidential election, people throughout time have readily indulged their inherent need to spill their guts about everyday occurrences.

Anonymous oil portrait of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, about age 45.

If ever there was a composer who met the definition of a virtuoso it was Antonio Lucio Vivaldi. His compositions are no doubt timeless musical works, and his technical skill with a violin was practically peerless.

Born in Venice, Italy, in 1678, Vivaldi was one of nine children. His father Giovanni was a professional violinist who recognized his son’s talent for music.

Comfort animals on commercial flights.

Travelers boarding a recent Delta Airlines flight were taken aback by the presence of an unusual passenger. Seated in economy class, in a dreaded middle seat, was a turkey. Yes, an actual turkey.

Jimmy Stewart on a 1976 visit to his old base of operations in England during WWII.

When we think of movie stars today, we usually imagine paparazzi photographers, glamorous red-carpet events, Hollywood mansions, handsome leading men, and beautiful starlets. But after reading author Robert Matzen’s latest book, your view may change—at least, when it comes to one star in particular.

Illustration of people sitting around a table talking.

What should senior living look like in the future? Who knows better than potential future residents—2, 10, or 20 years from moving?

A great way for prospective residents to shape the future of senior living is by joining the Senior Living Advisory Board, Erickson Living’s online research panel.

Robert Wittman (right), receiving his official FBI credentials in 1988. Throughout his twenty-year career, he helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen art and historical documents.

To grasp the scope of Robert Wittman’s career, you first have to visualize an empty room. Now begin filling it with history’s most valuable cultural objects: the world’s second largest crystal ball once belonging to the Chinese Dowager Empress Cixi; an ancient Peruvian king’s golden body armor; Civil War Gen.

Hand holding a hearing aid

Over 37 million American adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Not surprisingly, the older you are, the more likely you are to have trouble hearing. Twenty-five percent of adults 60–69 years of age, half of those 70–79 years, and almost 80% of those older than 80 have difficulty hearing. 

As an artist, Pierre Matisse developed a style based on a blend of influences, including his grandfather’s work and his experiences during World War II.

To say that he’s related to someone famous is an understatement; and the second you learn his name, you know why. 

In 1955, 60-year-old Jack LaLanne swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf for the second time, handcuffed, shackled, and towing a 1,000-pound boat.

At the age of 41, Jack LaLanne swam through the frigid shark-infested water from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf...while handcuffed.