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nectary

Definition: (noun) A glandlike organ, located outside or within a flower, that secretes nectar.
Synonyms:honey gland
Usage:Deep in the Amazon, we came across a species of flower sporting a nectary larger than any we had ever seen. Discuss.

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Apple Cider

Apple cider is a non-alcoholic drink made from pressing apples, and differs from conventional apple juice in its tart taste and cloudy appearance. It is made from a blend of apples, and each mill keeps its blend secret. Especially popular in the US and Canada, cider is typically best in late autumn. In the US, fermented apple cider is known as hard cider. Hot, or mulled, cider is a popular cider variation, and consists of heated cider and spices. What is the risk of drinking unpasteurized cider? More... Discuss

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September Massacres Break Out in Paris (1792)

After an abortive insurrection in June 1792, French revolutionaries followed it with a decisive one in August. Under pressure from the insurrection, the Assembly suspended Louis XVI and ordered elections for a National Convention to draw up a new constitution. Mass arrests of royalist sympathizers were followed by the September massacres, in which frenzied mobs entered jails throughout Paris and killed approximately 2,000 prisoners, many in grisly fashion. Who was targeted during the massacres? More... Discuss

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Romare Bearden (1911)

Regarded as one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century, Bearden first achieved recognition for his complex, semiabstract collages of photographs and painted paper on canvas in Europe following WWII. By the 1960s, he was the preeminent collagist in the US. A prolific artist, he created some 2,000 works, many of which focus on aspects of African-American culture, including music and family. A Bearden mural in a subway station in what city was once valued at $15 million? More... Discuss

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The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace, only because I had not fathomed its deeper import.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

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Feast of San Estevan

The Feast of San Estevan (St. Stephen) is a harvest dance and annual feast day in the Native American pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. Acoma was established in the 12th century and is the oldest continuously inhabited community in America, though only about 50 people now live there year-round. A mass and procession begin the feast day. The statue of the patron saint is taken from the church to the plaza, where the dances are performed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are 15 or so different dances—Bear, Butterfly, and Rainbow are some of them. More... Discuss

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