• Veterans Day: The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

    For many Americans, Veterans Day is just a day off from school and work and maybe a chance to get some extra chores done around the house before the holiday season. For others, it is a day to honor our living veterans, those men and women who have served our country in the military and

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  • The History of Columbus Day

    “In fourteen hundred ninety-two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” So begins the poem that many American schoolchildren once memorized as part of their history lessons. The verses honor Christopher Columbus and his successful voyage to the New World from Spain. Some Americans have recognized the historic landing since as early as the 18th century.

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  • Celebrating the Everyday

    Family traditions are part of the glue that holds a family together. In an article she wrote for Psychology Today, psychiatrist Abigail Brenner, M.D. says family traditions help build your children’s sense of security and self-esteem. She calls these rituals an integral part of a family’s “language,” explaining that they help keep us connected. Perhaps

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  • What is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it?

    For many Americans, the Labor Day holiday marks the last hurrah of summer before we get into our fall routines of school and work. As we make our plans to get the most out of the three-day weekend, we may not stop to think about what the holiday really means. The first Monday of each

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    Oh, Say Can You See: The story of our national anthem

    Its familiar opening chords bring us to our feet at the start of sporting events throughout the country. During the Olympics, we watch our nation’s top athletes proudly stand on podiums as it is being played in crowded arenas. We’ve heard its notoriously difficult notes sung – sometimes successfully and sometimes not – by celebrities,

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  • donkey and ox next to Virgin Mary at nativity

    Were Animals in the Manger on the First Christmas?

    Most representations of Jesus’ birth show donkeys, cows, and sheep watching over the Holy Family and a camel or two arriving with the Three Kings. Artistic renderings may include animals that are native to the artist’s country. For example, an African artist might include a zebra or a giraffe at the manger scene. But what

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