Each year, cigarette smoking causes more deaths than AIDS, alcohol, illegal drug use, homicide, suicide, and motor vehicle crashes combined for adults over the age of 35. It is the primary cause of 163,700 deaths from cancer, 160,600 deaths from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and 113,100 deaths from pulmonary diseases.

They are amongst the most powerful natural forces on the face of the Earth. Tornadoes have long been at the center of fact and fiction and, understandably, a source of fear and awe.

Portrait of composer Joseph Haydn, circa 1791. Haydn’s work has prompted musicologists to dub him the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the String Quartet.”

His contributions to classical music have prompted some musicologists to dub him the “Father of the Symphony.” While not a household name in the manner of Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms, Joseph Haydn was an artistic luminary worthy of equal respect. 

Dr. Maurice Hilleman, who developed 9 of the 14 recommended childhood vaccines.

In the wee hours of March 21, 1963, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a single father who lived outside of Philadelphia, awoke to find his five-year-old daughter Jeryl Lynn by his bedside complaining of a sore throat. Touching his daughter’s face and neck, Dr. Hilleman instantly recognized the telltale symptoms of mumps.

If you’ve always dreamed of having a Porsche but can’t decide which one you like best, Porsche Passport may be the answer.

Before you drive your new vehicle off the dealership lot, you have some decisions to make. First, you have to decide on the size, color, and model of your vehicle. Do you want a brand new car or a used car? And perhaps the biggest decision, will you purchase or lease the vehicle? 

Since the average American holds on to the same vehicle for about 6.5 years, these decisions matter.

The Drunkards Progress,  N. Currier,  1846.

In its various forms, alcohol is perhaps the oldest drink in human history. For thousands of years, it has served in many capacities, from nutritional source and culinary complement to social lubricant and psychological escape.

Today, alcoholic drinks arguably comprise the best-selling beverages globally. In 2014 alone, they brought in a staggering $1 trillion in sales.

two seemingly identical cats sit together outside on an autumn day

Earlier this year, Barbara Streisand wrote a moving editorial in The New York Times. It was an account of the profound grief she had felt when her dog Samantha died. As Streisand put it in the editorial, “I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way.”

Dolores Andrew (pictured here with her husband Hugh) is a self-employed artist, instructor, and jurist at art shows. The couple lives at Oak Crest, a senior living community in Maryland.

When Sandra Schipul moved to Linden Ponds, a senior living community in Hingham, Mass., she had no plans to retire from the job she loved. For ten years, Schipul has worked as a sales associate at Pink Tulip Clothes & Accessories, a fashionable women’s boutique in Cohasset.

Alcatraz, known as "the rock", is an island off the coast of California

In the dark hours of June 11-12, 1962, three men left an infamous mark in history. Between 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Frank Morris, along with brothers John and Clarence Anglin, broke out of a San Francisco island prison once thought to be escape-proof.

Its name was Alcatraz.