The Vince Guaraldi Trio.

When you hear the music of Vince Guaraldi, any number of thoughts, emotions, and reactions follow. You may experience a flood of memories from Christmases past; you’ll probably feel happy and playful; and you’ll almost certainly smile and snap your fingers.

Eagle's Trace
Nicole Williams’ townhome flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Williams, left, pictured with Eagle’s Trace resident Jane Weaver, works as a home support aide and is among the community’s 220-plus employees impacted by the storm.

The floodwaters were steadily rising in Nicole Williams’ townhome when she called the Texas National Guard for help.

“The water was up to my waist,” says Williams, a home support aide who works at Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston. “I knew we needed to evacuate.”

Cars in a flood.

Cities and towns across the South are still cleaning up from the devastating impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Residents are working hard to rebuild their homes and their communities. Their vehicles, however, will have to be replaced, not rebuilt.

Seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Before the start of World War II, the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in Leningrad, Russia (now called St. Petersburg), was the world’s largest seed bank. It held over 250,000 samples of seeds, roots, and berries. 

A "glampsite" in Africa.

Camping can be great fun—a chance to get away and enjoy the great outdoors. It can also be a lot of work. And while some people relish the experience of living in a tent or a rustic cabin, others prefer creature comforts rather than actual creatures in their vacation experience. 

Detective Joseph Petrosino (far right) leads a Black Hand suspect to court.

Writer Stephan Talty first encountered the name Joseph Petrosino in a book about the Mafia. Although covered in just a handful of terse sentences, this little-known character in U.S. law enforcement history intrigued him.

Statue of Gustav Holst.

When listeners hear the music of Gustav Holst, there is no mistaking it. To call it distinctive is an understatement.

The more expressive words that come to mind include grand, explosive, adventurous, even other-worldly. And as it turns out, Holst grew up in a world of music.

A fleece jacket with microfibers.

One of the biggest fashion trends of the past decade is the “athleisure” movement. High-tech performance fabrics originally created for athletes and outdoor adventurers are now the garments of choice for just about everyone. 

Photo montage of Charlton Heston on movie sets and with family.

Charlton Heston is one of history’s most recognizable Hollywood figures. His starring roles in such films as The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), and Planet of the Apes (1968) made him a household name and face.