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Ever found yourself staring at a blank page for long periods of time, trying to write but being unable to find the right words? You’re not alone. This is writer’s block, and all...

Apr 15, 2019

broken pencil fragments

Whether you’re on the coast of California or Maine, or tucked into a bistro in France, there’s no sight more welcoming on a frigid night than a cast-iron pan heaping with steame...

Apr 15, 2019

mussels and toasted bread

Throughout history, societies have developed unique types of architecture, reflecting local cultural, geographic, and economic forces. The evolution of architectural styles prov...

Apr 12, 2019

Architect Design

The majority of songs contain some combination of a verse, chorus, and a bridge, combined into an overall song structure. Songwriters often place their catchiest musical ideas i...

Apr 12, 2019

Man writing music with guitar

Nothing says summer like stacks of emerald zucchini squash at the farmers’ market or grocery store. On the other hand, nothing says autumn like a warm slice of spiced zucchini b...

Apr 12, 2019

Zucchini on wood

Think of squash, and words like bountiful come to mind. Or maybe you imagine cornucopias spilling forth with bright orange gourds hard as gems or sprawling vines soaking in the ...

Apr 12, 2019

Squash and gourds on white stone

Don’t limit yourself to potato gnocchi! Gnocchi made from ricotta are light and fluffy rather than stiff and starchy, and easy to make at home.

Apr 12, 2019

gnocchi on cutting board

Western music consists of 12 identifiable pitches, and those pitches repeat in the same order throughout the complete span of human hearing. If we select a note—say, Bb for inst...

Apr 12, 2019

Close Up Piano

Melody is perhaps the most identifiable element of a musical composition. It can be soulful vocal passage, a roaring guitar riff, or a rapid saxophone run. Melodies can be simpl...

Apr 12, 2019

Violin with Music Score