Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 29, 2014)
Word of the Day

locomote

Definition:(verb) To move from one place to another.
Synonyms:go, travel
Usage: Unlike most other fish, seahorses maintain an upright position when they locomote.
Article of the Day

The Cloud of Unknowing

The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the 14th century. This spiritual guide on contemplative prayer counsels a young student to seek God not through knowledge but through intense contemplation motivated by love and stripped of all thought. According to the author, through this method God's true nature will be revealed. "The Cloud of Unknowing" has remained a popular concept, even appearing in what famous 1961 fictional work? More...
This Day in History

Bear River Massacre (1863)

The Bear River Massacre took place in 1863 when the US Army attacked Shoshone gathered at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in what is now Idaho. The incident began when Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led a detachment of approximately 200 US Army soldiers as part of the an expedition against Shoshone Chief Bear Hunter, who had strongly resisted colonization of tribal areas. Some 250 Shoshone were killed in the attack, including Bear Hunter. What became of Connor? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860)

Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer, dramatist, and physician who earned enduring international acclaim for his stories and plays. His early works were broad humorous sketches and tales published under a pseudonym, written to support himself and his family while he studied for his medical degree in Moscow. His first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced while he was practicing as a doctor. Why was a statue of Chekhov in the town of Tomsk modeled on the perspective of a drunkard? More...
Quotation of the Day
All honor and reverence to the divine beauty of form! Let us cultivate it to the utmost in men, women, and children—in our gardens and in our houses. But let us love that other beauty too, which lies in no secret of proportion, but in the secret of deep human sympathy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a feast for the eyes

An especially attractive, pleasing, and/or remarkable sight or visual experience. More...
Today's Holiday

Thomas Paine Day (2016)

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a propagandist and humanitarian whose influential pamphlet, Common Sense, is credited with persuading the American colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain. On January 29, Paine's birthday, he is honored by members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle, New York. They lay a wreath at his monument in the Thomas Paine Memorial Museum, which houses some of his letters and personal effects. The cottage in which Paine lived is only a short walk away. More...
In the News

Gun Access Raises Risk of Murder and Suicide

The saying, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people," has been a favorite of gun proponents for some time, and while this may be true from a literal standpoint, the data also show that people who own or have access to a gun are at a greater risk of dying from suicide or murder. The lethality of guns is part of the reason for this; picking up a gun in a moment of anger or depression has a high risk of leading to irreversible results. Storing guns unloaded and outside of the home seems to mitigate these risks. More...
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