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The Reason We Love The Nutcracker

The Reason We Love The Nutcracker

Many people this holiday season will experience the joy of attending a local performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s the most implausible American tradition imaginable, an import from fin-de-siècle Russia straight ...

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So ...

Symbolism, or Secret Reality?

Symbolism, or Secret Reality?

A virgin who receives word from God; a crucified Christ; medieval knights and maidens in typical postures. These ancient paintings represent timeless beauty and universal significance. But if we stop to look closely we might ...

The myth of the Pagan origins of Christmas

The myth of the Pagan origins of Christmas

It’s generally accepted that early Christians adopted December 25th as the day of Christ’s birth to co-opt the pagan celebration of the winter solstice. Some believe this fact undermines Christianity. But according to Professor William Tighe, ...