Kintsugi, and the art of seeing the beauty in the broken

Culture 01/08/19, 10:28

Legend has it that a noble Japanese man named Bakufu, after accidentally and carelessly breaking a bowl that he loved dearly, stumbled across the ancient art of Kintsugi. He was disappointed to see the work of the Chinese artisans when examining their attempt at repairing the bowl. All of the ...

The prolific filial piety of Wu Meng (Video)

Culture 01/07/19, 06:44

As he did every night, little Wu Meng approached on tiptoe to the room where his parents rested. Without making a sound, he unbuttoned his shirt, looked for a suitable place to rest his head and, bare-chested, waited for the swarm to arrive. The day had been hot and humid ...

Why you shouldn’t want to always be happy

Culture 01/07/19, 06:17

In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the center of psychology research and theory. It continued a trend that began in the 1960s with humanistic and existential psychology, which emphasized the importance of reaching one’s ...

Tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of life

Culture 01/05/19, 03:14

It was a warm and breezy August morning when we interviewed Dan Skorbach on the banks of Lake Ontario. When we found Dan he was meditating alone on a large rock. The vast body of blue water in front of him merged to become one with the clouds on the distant ...

Decoding the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen: The Buckwheat.

Culture 01/03/19, 04:14

Hans Christian Andersen is a famous Danish writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems but is most prolifically known for his morally alined fairy tales. Andersen's stories are a combination of fantasy and reality. The characters in his stories consist of both real people from all social classes, and strange ...

The Reason We Love The Nutcracker

Culture 12/29/18, 10:48

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 to your hometown. It’s living proof of the capacity of music and the art of ...

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Culture 12/28/18, 08:13

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 what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference ...

Symbolism, or Secret Reality?

Culture 12/27/18, 10:48

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 sometimes spy curious and disturbing objects in the far distance of the pictures, with seemingly ...

The myth of the Pagan origins of Christmas

Culture 12/26/18, 11:20

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, this “fact” may actually be a myth. Based on his extensive research, Tighe argues that the ...

The mosques that survived Palu’s tsunami and what that means

Culture 12/26/18, 04:52

In the devastation that followed the earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu in Central Sulawesi, many Muslim religious sites were destroyed. Two mosques, however, survived, with little to no damage to their structure. In a province where 85 percent of the 3 million residents are Muslims, the survival ...

German lady travels 55 countries to find truth of life

Culture 12/26/18, 04:38

Through the narrow and dusty lanes of Sarnath city in India, amidst homes behind the massive Buddhist stupa, one can walk into a small guest house run by a German woman. She defines it as a humble and simple abode, but there’s a palpable calm at her place that embalms ...