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You’ve probably heard of Chinese New Year, but did you know that the more accurate terminology is Lunar New Year? The holiday is observed by many non-Chinese Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Lunar New Year kicks off on the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar and is based...
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Each year on the third Monday of January we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It’s observed on the third Monday of January rather than directly on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday because it follows the guidelines of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. King was an influential civil rights leader — well known for his...
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It’s this time of the year. We say goodbye to 2021 and welcome the New Year! We hope it will be happy and healthy. Let’s celebrate! Hats on, masks on! Our holiday collection has something festive for everyone… holiday entertaining, holiday movies and music, cookbooks and holiday stories to marvel at. We hope you have...
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Anne Rice, a well known American writer, died from complications of a stroke on December 11, 2021, at age 80. She was best known for her series of gothic novels “The Vampire Chronicles.”  Her bestseller “Interview with the Vampire” became a hit movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.  But Anne Rice was not a one-subject...
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Classic comes to mind when thinking about the Chanel brand and its most famous perfume, Chanel #5. When thinking about a new perfume to compliment her designs, Chanel tried a number of perfume versions, all numbered, but preferred number 5, and kept the number as a name. Chanel believed in the number’s talismanic powers and...
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Steven Sondheim, one of the most influential and venerated composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century, died on Friday, November 26th in his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He was 91. Feel free to browse our collection of his works. 
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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States. The history has it that the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast and it was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple that has become synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been...
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Despite its scary images, Halloween is one of the most entertaining and beloved holidays. The Halloween we know today traces its roots back to the ancient Celtic end-of-harvest festival of Samhain. During Samhain, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. If you are into spirits, witches, ghosts, or simply like...
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This October the eagerly awaited list of the Nobel Prize laureates have been announced. But the first Nobel Prize has been awarded many years ago, 120 years ago to be precise, in 1901. It all started when Swedish magnate Alfred Nobel has bequeathed almost all his vast fortune to reward those who confer the “greatest...
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October is Disability Awareness Month. One of every five Americans is a person with a disability and so many of these people are not someone using a wheelchair or a walker. They have so called invisible disabilities like a debilitating chronic illness and most non-disabled people don’t even think about how much sense of purpose,...
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