Four Score equals 80…Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."   --Abraham Lincoln, 1863 How is it that three short paragraphs—probably less than five minutes of speaking, unless Abraham Lincoln really liked to take his time—have…
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Florencia en el Amazonas: Magical Realism in Song

The most popular opera about Spaniards is in French. The list of "Spanish-Language Operas", depending on the source, ranges from 16 to 39. That's less than a tenth of the total number of operas ever written, dwarved by Italian, French, German, and even English language operas. These are two very big reasons Florencia en el Amazonas is such…
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Remember, Remember…

The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! --Traditional, circa 17th century Guy Fawkes Day may just be a day to wear funny masks and shout obscenities to The Man, but it's got a long history for people on both sides…
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October is Family History Month! Do you know yours?

We learn our family history in many ways. Sometimes, it’s hearing our great-great uncle tell the same ten stories every year from our youth. Sometimes, it’s through scrapbooks and other family items passed down the generations. Sometimes, it’s heirlooms and photos on the walls and surfaces in family homes. And sometimes, we just don’t know…
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