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Cat Burglars, Smash-and-Grabs, and Organized Crime: The Gardner and Other Notorious Art Thefts

May 12, 2021

In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, tied up the night security guards, and went from room to room looting paintings and other items.


Daniel and his dog at Missile site LA-43

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love L.A.’s Cold War-Era Nike Missile Sites

April 26, 2021

Looking for a nice mellow hike to a remote locale with scenic views in every direction…from which one might blast off a nuclear missile at an incoming Soviet bomber if it was 1965? L.A.’s decommissioned Nike missile command and launch sites may be for you.


A pink moon amongst the palm trees

The Pink Moon of April

April 21, 2021

Early American colonists brought with them traditional European names for the full moons, of which most years have 12. There they met original Americans, especially the Algonquins, who had their own full moon names based on features of the seasons.


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Diane: It's Twin Peaks Day

February 24, 2021

Fans of David Lynch’s cult 1990-91 primetime television show celebrate February 24 as Twin Peaks Day—the day FBI Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.


Robot on the beach surrounded by ladies in bathing suits

We Are the Robots!

February 17, 2021

Happy birthday robots! The word "robot" is now 100 years old, as first introduced in Karel Čapek’s dystopian play R.U.R.


Alice Cooper, Live At Montreux 2005 album

Happy Birthday, Alice Cooper!

February 04, 2021

When he’s not onstage, shock-rock legend Alice Cooper, 73, is pretty mellow these days. He lives in Phoenix and plays a lot of golf, which he credits with helping him get and stay sober decades ago without the need of a 12-step program.


Kevin Young and his book African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song alongside Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, Kevin Young and African American Poetry

February 01, 2021

African American History Month begins today; on February 1 we also celebrate the birthday of Langston Hughes, one of the most powerful voices in American poetry.


Wikipedia turns 20 years old

Wikipedia is 20 (aka Wiki Wiki Birthday)

January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today.


album cover of deceased musicians

Underground Music Legends We Will Miss

January 06, 2021

Some truly beloved pop music stars passed away in 2020, including Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, and Bill Withers, and many others as well. I would like to shine a light on some lesser-known but favorite musicians of mine who left us this past year: MF DOOM, Harold Budd, Tony Allen, and Peter Green.


A santa and a ghost decoration on a porch

Ghost Stories at Christmastime

December 16, 2020

Ghost stories have been shared as long as we have wondered what happens to us after we die, and sought to connect with spirits of the departed. Midwinter is the perfect time for them. The nights grow long and dark, and winter weather brings us together to huddle around the fire and share tales.


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