Amenia Free Library - Opening a Whole New World

Libraries We Love – The key to understanding people and the world around us begins with education. One way to learn about the world is by developing a love of books. Each month, we profile a library. Large, small, urban, rural, post-modern, quaint or neo-classic; do you have a library that you love? Tell us about it. This month, Patricia Vaccarino lets the spotlight shine on a small rural library in Amenia, New York. 


Measuring and Analyzing Happiness

Merriam-Websterdefines happiness as “a state of well-being and contentment.” This suggests a general divide between those who have happiness and those who do not, or the rich versus the poor, or the privileged versus the disenfranchised. Zooming in closer, there is the clinical definition used by psychiatrists, whereas “a happy person is someone who experiences frequent positive emotions, such as joy, interest, and pride, and infrequent (though not absent) negative emotions, such as sadness, anxiety and anger” (Khoddam). How likely is it that an average person will experience joy “frequently”? Is frequently being defined here as at least half of a day?


Festive Fun

Meet Patrycja, originally from Poland, she has not only made Cape Town home, but is passionately promoting South Africa via different platforms. She is the Founder & Editor of Travel Opulent Box – an online magazine focusing on travel in South Africa. Add to that a #HashtagRadio Presenter, Hospitality Consultant, ex Hotel Manager, a Social Media & Community practitioner and Travel Blogger.


The Shakespeare Industrial Complex

The Shakespeare Industrial Complex and the Miracle of the Virgin Playwright. The conventional Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare story requires a cognitive miracle.  So, why are there so many believers?


Shirin Barekatein | Ancient Iran Day

Shirin Barekatein brings her design expertise to Ancient Iran Day on December 1, 2018.


Seattle Premier of REDEFINING PROSPERITY

Tuesday, Nov 27--Seattle premier of REDEFINING PROSPERITY, a film about how the fight to save the beautiful Yuba River united polarized "hippies" and "rednecks" in Nevada City, CA. Panel and Q&A with director John de Graaf and GRIST.org CEO Brady Walkinshaw. Sponsored by Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and GRIST.org. Hosted by And Beauty For All


The Kaling of America

The Kaling of America: PR for Vegetables and you.


A Little Bit of Thanks Goes a Long Way

This Thanksgiving there should only be one regret—that we have not taken the time to give enough of ourselves. Giving of ourselves takes many shapes and forms. Take a look around and ask yourself: What can I do to lift someone’s burden or make their load a little lighter?