Why there’s no place like home for the holidays

Culture 12/23/18, 03:29

While Christmas playlists often include cheesy favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” there are also a handful of wistful tracks that go a little bit deeper. Listen closely to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” or “White Christmas,” and you’ll hear a deep yearning ...

The sadness of the cracked bottle and the message it conveys

Culture 12/20/18, 10:29

The ancient Indian story below is a great suggestion for those who are struggling in relationships. A peasant farmer with his broken pot will help you touch the mellow warmth of "altruism." In order to make a living, an honest farmer chose to work as a water carrier. In the morning, ...

Virtue and luxury

Culture 12/19/18, 10:31

Thriftiness is a virtue. A family or nation, that indulges in extravagance and luxury often leads to heavy losses or disaster—while being thrifty is often associated with prosperity. Below are three examples from Chinese history. Emperor Wendi of the Han Dynasty (180–157 B.C.) For 23 years, Wendi was an emperor during the Han ...

The true Charlie Chaplin and the message behind the act

Culture 12/19/18, 09:31

Charlie Chaplin was well-known in the silent movie industry as an actor and director. But he was also greatly admired for his personality and noble mind. Moreover, his talent as a poet also provides us with impactful lessons in personal development. His talents and personality drew not only the attention of ...

How Salvation Army’s red kettles became a Christmas tradition

Culture 12/15/18, 02:57

Tinseled trees and snowy landscapes are not the only signs of the upcoming holiday season. Red kettles, staffed by men and women in street clothes, Santa suits and Salvation Army uniforms also telegraph Christmastime. The Army is among America’s top-grossing charities. In 2015, its 25,000 bell-ringers helped raise an all-time high ...

“Mercy instead of revenge” (Video)

Culture 12/14/18, 06:17

In April 1865, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army decided to surrender to General Ulysses Grant’s Union Army, marking the end of the American civil war, and bringing an end to a conflict which had claimed the lives of over 700,000 people. It was a civil war between the North ...

This Christmas tell your children the real Santa Claus story

Culture 12/13/18, 04:29

Santa Claus will soon be coming to town, bringing gifts to children. Santa has several aliases, depending on the part of the world you live in. The English call him Father Christmas, the French know him as Père Noël, and Kris Kringle seems be a version of the Christkind, or Christ ...

An angry moment which seeded a lifelong regret (Video)

Culture 12/12/18, 06:17

It is when we are filled with anger that we are most likely to make mistakes. So when we are angry we should not decide what it is that we should do. The story below clearly illustrates this lesson. Genghis Khan was an infamous king, whose armies were invincible and feared ...

Reflections on life: A man of insight must be moral and resolute

Culture 12/11/18, 04:02

Nowadays, schools are teaching more technical knowledge but less morality. However, it is believed that a person who does not have a strong will and a high standard of morality is unable to reach a higher attainment, no matter how intelligent he is. People who are broad minded and self-disciplined ...

These tales will change your life

Culture 12/08/18, 02:16

Five short stories, five different perspectives. Each story carries in itself a lesson, but will they alter the way you feel about life? Read on, and share your thoughts with us! The Eyes “Dad, can you see? the trees are running behind us!” The son looked up at his father, who smiled gently ...

The key to a successful business

Culture 12/07/18, 03:49

At the core of a business is a body of people striving towards a common goal. This is fundamental. And it also holds that if people are inspired by the goal and the ideals upon which it predicates, the goal can be realized to an even greater extent. In such ...

‘Silence is gold, talk is silver’

Culture 12/04/18, 02:50

Finland is known for being one of the happiest countries in the world. It is renowned for its world-leading education system, and green environment, it boasts many of the world's cleanest mountains and most stunning natural lakes. However, what many people do not know is that this Scandinavian country is ...

‘The wish’

Culture 12/04/18, 02:18

"The Wish" -  a new film from the New Century Film Company has recently been screened at the Melbourne Independent Film Festival (MIFF) in Florida. The judges and audience were very impressed with the positive messages the film was conveying.  In this 9-minute movie, a young man breaks into the house ...