They are seemingly ordinary places in our everyday lives: a Rite Aid drugstore in downtown Baltimore; a Hilton Hotel in the middle of Manhattan; a Jersey City station stop on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson commuter line. 

Clara Schumann

Only a handful of women joined the ranks of nineteenth-century Romantic composers, and Clara Schumann was foremost among them. To this day, her works are favorites with keyboard enthusiasts and staples on the playlists of classical music radio.

From the very beginning, she was destined for artistic greatness.

Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st. Lt. Shaye Haver

History was made on August 21, 2015, when, for the first time, the graduating class of the U.S. Army Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Ga., included two women soldiers. Of the 381 men and 19 women who started Ranger school, only 94 men and 2 women made it through to graduation. (At press time, a third woman was close to completing the requirements for Ranger school.) 


Every few years, there seems to be a new food villain. The American consumer has witnessed a war on artificial colors, a quick but mean battle over “pink slime” meat, and an all-out attack on trans fat. More recently, a number of health-related organizations have put sugar—particularly “added sugar”—in their crosshairs.

Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek’s name isn’t exactly front-and-center in the records of American invention, but it should be. Few technological innovators throughout history could lay claim to saving so many lives.

Windsor Run

Erickson Living is welcoming a new member to its family of communities. Located in North Carolina, the Windsor Run campus will occupy some 60 acres of a 105-acre tract in Matthews, part of Mecklenburg County.

Erickson Living residents

Pushy salespeople. We’ve all endured them. They descend on you while you’re innocently shopping for a sweater, appear at your elbow as you’re examining a new appliance, or interrupt your dinner with an unwelcome phone solicitation. Their motives are clear. They want to sell you something. And they’re not going to leave you alone until they close the deal.

compost pile

Anyone who grew up in tough times understands the lost art of frugality. Plates are cleaned. Leftovers are reheated and consumed. Less desirable cuts of meat are made into broth or used in homemade sausage. During the Great Depression, for example, home cooks used whatever they had on hand to prepare family meals.  

Wright brothers plane

By appearance alone, they hardly seemed like the men who would conquer the age-old challenge of human flight. 

Wilbur, for one, was lanky, balding, and rarely if ever smiled in photographs. His brother Orville also wore a serious, even stoic, expression but distinguished himself most notably with his bushy yet neatly groomed mustache.