The Lifesaving Power of Gratitude (Or, Why You Should Write That Thank You Note)

Culture 08/26/18, 03:22

Gratitude may be more beneficial than we commonly suppose. One recent study asked subjects to write a note of thanks to someone and then estimate how surprised and happy the recipient would feel—an impact that they consistently underestimated. Another study assessed the health benefits of writing thank you notes. The researchers found that writing ...

Family Vacation Packing: 11 Items You Don’t Want to Forget

Culture 08/26/18, 03:21

If you’re about to pack up and hit the road with your family, you’re likely packing toothbrushes and the kids’ favorite stuffed animals or blanket. Don’t forget a few miscellaneous items that are commonly forgotten but so helpful to have on hand. 

Make sure you’ve got these in your suitcase ...

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Chicharrones

Culture 08/26/18, 03:13

Peter Sherman, owner and head chef of BarBacon in New York City, finds versatile uses for crispy chicharrones. Secret Ingredient: Chicharrones, fried pig skin. They are supremely crunchy and light while maintaining a clear pork flavor. How To Use It: As a chef, being able to introduce flavor without having to add a lot ...

Not Your Childhood Grilled Cheese

Culture 08/26/18, 03:12

What could be better than a classic grilled cheese sandwich, buttered and toasted to crispy, gooey perfection? Eric Greenspan has a few ideas. The LA-based chef’s new cookbook, “The Great Grilled Cheese Book,” is full of them. Greenspan draws upon his experiences working at Michelin-starred restaurants to turn the humble sandwich ...

A Star-Studded Pizza Party is Coming to Little Italy in the Bronx

Culture 08/26/18, 03:09

Tickets are now on sale for the first annual New York Pizza Festival, held Oct. 6–7 in Little Italy, in the Bronx. The event will bring together some of the top pizzaioli from the five boroughs and across the country, as well as a special consortium from Naples, Italy. The 25-plus ...

Olive Oil Jones: ‘Killer Olive Oil,’ Bottled to Order

Culture 08/26/18, 03:08

Steven Jenkins is serious about “killer olive oil.” That’s how the renowned cheesemonger and specialty food authority describes the extra virgin olive oils offered by Olive Oil Jones, his recently launched online business with his wife, Michelle Sims. The oils are sourced from around the world and shipped across the ...

Sun-Kissed Peaches From California to Your Door

Culture 08/26/18, 03:05

Few things embody the joy of summer better than biting into a fresh peach so perfectly ripe that the sweet juice dribbles down your chin. Frog Hollow Farm’s legendary peaches have earned a reputation for creating those moments. Their signature sweet and juicy Cal Red peaches—dubbed the “Oh my God” ...

Shen Yun Booth at Fremont Festival of the Arts

Legend 08/14/18, 09:23

The Fremont Festival of the Arts was held August 4–5 and featured various artisan booths and entertainment for people to enjoy. One of the booths present at the festival was the Shen Yun Performing Arts ticket sales booth. The booth had pictures and informational fliers for people to look at, along with origami lotus ...

Ancient Chinese Stories: A Kind Heart Leads to Immortality

Culture 08/14/18, 09:19

There was a rich man in Changzhou County of what was at that time called Suzhou Province. His name was Long Heng. He was born with a very kind heart and always gave of himself to other people. Long Heng opened a pawnshop and, because of his sense of fairness and ...

Two Ancient Chinese Stories: King Wen and King Wu

Culture 08/14/18, 09:16

A basic tenet of ancient Chinese beliefs was that of filial piety, or caring for one’s parents. Both King Wen and his son King Wu were excellent examples of this ideal. King Wen of the Zhou Dynastry (1152–1056 B.C.). (Public Domain) King Wen of Zhou’s Filial Piety King Wen of the Zhou Dynasty, ...

Alabama School Board to Post ‘In God We Trust’ in Schools

Culture 08/14/18, 09:07

The Blount County school board in Alabama is poised to allow the motto “In God We Trust,” which is printed on U.S. currency, to appear in its schools, following action by the state legislature last month approving the maxim for government buildings. When the school board does act, it will have ...

Trendy Habit Can Put Your Heart at Risk

Natural healing 08/14/18, 08:48

More and more people are either swapping traditional cigarettes for e-cigarettes or simply picking up an e-cigarette habit, causing this trend to grow in popularity. The appeal of e-cigarettes is that people believe them to be healthier than traditional cigarettes, but even e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other chemicals. Furthermore, e-cigarettes come ...

New Radio Telescope Picks up Strange Signal From Space

Beyond science 08/14/18, 08:41

A new radio telescope in Canada recently captured a strange signal from deep space. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, is located in British Columbia and monitors for signals beaming from outer space. BGR noted that the signal’s reception was revealed in a new bulletin from The Astronomer’s Telegram, and happened on ...