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

Liliuokalani Becomes Hawaii's Last Monarch (1891)

Liliuokalani ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt, fostered largely by sugar planters—mostly American residents of Hawaii—that led to her dethronement early in 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Failing in an attempt to regain the throne in 1895, she formally renounced her royal claims. What well-known song was composed by Liliuokalani? More...
Today's Birthday

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688)

Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. He studied almost every field of scientific investigation and wrote copiously, publishing Sweden's first scientific journal and anticipating many discoveries and inventions. However, his writing gradually shifted toward philosophy and metaphysics. In 1744, he claimed to have had a divine vision. He spent the rest of his career interpreting the Bible and relating what he had seen in his visions, and he called himself a servant of whom? 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

be hounded (by someone or something)

To be pursued, chased, badgered, or pestered (by someone or something), especially persistently or relentlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Zora! Festival (2017)

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (also known as the Zora! Festival) is an eight-day, multi-disciplinary event held every year in late January in Eatonville, Florida. The Zora! Festival was launched in 1990 to showcase her life and work, as well as to celebrate her hometown and the cultural contributions of people of African descent. It features a three-day street festival of the arts, art exhibits, literary readings, and academic presentations, conferences, and lectures devoted to Hurston and African-American arts in general. 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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