Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz was perhaps the greatest composer of the Romantic era, and he knew it. His dossier rich in masterpiece compositions like the Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts, audiences revered him in life and death. 

crane lifting junk

In 1960, Americans recycled 5.6 million tons of waste. Fifty years later, that number had risen to 65 million tons. Clearly, we have gotten the message about being good stewards of the planet. Drive down any street in America on trash pickup day, and you’re sure to see those ubiquitous blue recycling bins alongside the residents’ regular garbage cans. 

Dr. John Pilley and his border collie Chaser

In 1973, Dr. Seuss published a playful children’s book entitled I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words. All humor aside, a new study by a retired psychology professor is proving that this, indeed, can be done—tenfold. 


Years ago, while on a family vacation, we happened upon the perfect radio station. It was as if that particular station understood each family member’s unique taste and mixed up the music just enough to keep all five of us happy.

Government Shutdown

October headlines touted the event as a calamitous end of days. Since then, the words government shutdown have been ringing ad nauseam in the minds of anyone within earshot of a radio or television or within arm s reach of a magazine or newspaper.

Founding Farmers

The movers and shakers of our nation s capital can be spotted at any number of fancy power restaurants, while the real folks of Washington, D.C., flock to Founding Farmers, a group of restaurants known for good, fresh American cooking.

A limousine racing through the street

The afternoon of March 30, 1981, seemed another uneventful day on the job for Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr.

President Ronald Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., after delivering a speech to members of the AFL-CIO. As always, Parr, who was head of the Presidential Protective Division, was by his side.

A can of food past its expiration date

The average American throws out almost $400 worth of uneaten food every year. Nationally, that adds up to an estimated $165 billion worth of food tossed into the garbage. Why so much waste? Look no further than the “sell by” or “use by” labels affixed to food packages.

C. S. Lewis

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when C.S. Lewis died? I ll bet you do. It was 50 years ago last month. November 22, 1963, to be exact, the day Lewis collapsed from kidney failure, and President Kennedy died tragically in Dallas. Now you remember!