Culture, the arts, and the ways people live.

Grow a little hope in your coronavirus ‘victory garden’

March 23, 2020

Call it a “victory garden” after the World War II phenomenon, or a “living pantry,” but whatever you do — grow vegetables. Gardening is psychologically rewarding as well as physically challenging, and the rewards are obvious. If your space is reduced, websites such as homestead.org can get you started on ideas for French intensive gardening, […]

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Social isolation got you down? Try writing a letter.

March 23, 2020

Faced with months of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, an Australian mom has encouraged her children to write letters to elderly neighbors. She told The Age that “returning to letter writing and finding pen pals [helps] children learn kindness and compassion.” The pandemic-age idea of engaging children to write to seniors has been taken […]

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This is how music keeps us connected amidst the coronavirus pandemic

March 13, 2020

Amidst the fear, uncertainty and social distancing of the coronavirus pandemic, communities everywhere are finding ways to stay humane and connected. The Internet — which has over the past few years been recognized more for its powers of fomenting social division and political partisanship — is also proving a powerful tool for sharing the uplifting […]

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New attitudes, and maybe a new law, are changing cultural appropriation in fashion design

November 20, 2019

What do luxury designers Max Mara, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton all have in common? They have all been accused of plagiarism — or, more specifically, cultural appropriation of intricate designs that have emerged from indigenous cultures in Mexico, Laos, Thailand, Africa, Romania and elsewhere. Fashion and its discontents Indigenous groups across the […]

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The ancient treasures of Yemen are being destroyed

October 18, 2019

As the bombs rain down and the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, antiquities are looted and Yemen’s extraordinary cultural heritage of mosques, archaeological sites and ancient castles are razed and pillaged.

According to a report in The Guardian, at least 712 Mosques and more than 200 archeological sites have been affected.

Where these treasures aren’t looted for profit, they are targeted on purpose, to erase history and culture.

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Social gastronomy: More than a food program

November 6, 2018

If you are homeless, you can eat haute cuisine at Refettorio Gastromotiva for free. The fancy Rio de Janeiro restaurant is at the forefront of an innovative movement to combat hunger and homelessness. As one patron says, “they don’t just socialize the homeless, they humanize us.” It’s all part of a growing “social gastronomy” movement […]

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