Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

timbre

Definition:(noun) The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
Synonyms:tone, quality
Usage: The timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely.
Article of the Day

American Craft

Witnessing the late-19th-century severance of American culture from its Colonial American and Native American craft roots, early proponents of the American craft movement began to advocate for well-designed and crafted objects in the American home. Today, independent studio artists continue that work by producing fine art using methods such as glass blowing, pottery, and weaving. What pioneer of the American craft movement is best known for the stained-glass pieces that bear his name? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Jargeau Begins (1429)

After helping break the English siege of Orléans during the Hundred Years' War, teenage heroine Joan of Arc set her sights on recapturing the Loire River valley, beginning with the town of Jargeau. Though the post was heavily fortified and well defended, the French soon gained the upper hand. After Jargeau, a number of other English strongholds fell in quick succession, paving the way for Charles VII's coronation at Rheims. What nearly killed Joan as she scaled a ladder during the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Warren (1741)

A Boston physician, Warren became a political leader in the American Revolution after the passage of the hated 1765 Stamp Act. In 1774, he drafted the Suffolk Resolves, which advocated forcible resistance to the British and were endorsed by the Continental Congress. In April of the following year, he dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere to warn fellow patriots that the British were marching on Concord. He was killed months later at Bunker Hill. Why was his body buried four times? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) going for (one)

To have something that is favorable, beneficial, or advantageous to one. More...
Today's Holiday

Trinity Sunday (2017)

Trinity Sunday is a day that celebrates the central dogma of Christian theology: that the One God exists as three persons with one substance—as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The idea of a festival in honor of the Trinity was first introduced by Stephen, bishop of Liège, Belgium, in the 10th century. But it wasn't until 1334 that it became a universal observance decreed by Pope John XXII. The day after Trinity is sometimes referred to as Trinity Monday. Tradition has it that St. Patrick of Ireland used a shamrock as a symbol of the "three-in-one," triune God. More...
In the News

What if PTSD Is More Physical than Psychological?

In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar in the wormlike squiggles and folds. It looked like brown dust; a distinctive pattern of tiny scars. Perl was intrigued. At ... More...
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