Local Street Art in Quincy, Illinois

I’ve been here and there across the U.S. And one of the things I love about people, cities, and all places for that matter is the unique types of art and culture they host. Rome showed off the splendor of its centuries-old architecture as well as its interior dining decor and even some of the graffiti. (The graffiti here in the states looks the same, … Continue reading Local Street Art in Quincy, Illinois

The Classic Days of Radio: A Medium for Everything

The radio (another mass communications medium which has become just slightly obsolete with the digital dawn of thousands of podcasts and websites like iTunes) was a revolutionary breakthrough at the time of its conception. Nowadays, if I use the radio it’s while I am in the car driving somewhere. But back in the day, it was a machine which embodied, among other elements, the right … Continue reading The Classic Days of Radio: A Medium for Everything

The Story of the Buffalo and the Whale

The human race has been hunting other creatures in order to sustain itself for millennia. Over the years, some people have also acquired a knack for hunting animals for sport and/or monetary profit. As a result of man’s overhunting and search for efficient natural fuel, many species of organisms are currently on the brink of extinction or have already been totally obliterated, never to return. … Continue reading The Story of the Buffalo and the Whale

Photos of Lincoln in Art

In my travels throughout my home state of Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, and to Washington, D.C., my camera and I have been busy. I have also included some photos of depictions of President Abraham Lincoln in U.S. currency and postage. If you are a fan of Lincoln for the historical figure he is then you are in for a treat. Here are the photos. Enjoy! … Continue reading Photos of Lincoln in Art

A History of Fishkeeping

Next to dogs and cats, fish are another rather popular option for pets. As a rule, fish are not animals which their owners attempt to train. But even like dogs and cats who required domestication for cohabitation with humans, fish have a long history of being kept as pets by people. You may know that the wealthy families among ancient Egyptians kept pools in which a variety of aquatic … Continue reading A History of Fishkeeping

Who Is Saint Nicholas? – Saint Nicholas and the Transition to Santa

+JMJ+ Who was jolly old St. Nick, that figure that we have blown up to be the overweight caricature known as Santa Claus or Father Christmas or even Chris Kringle who is so beloved by children? The man we now dub Santa was, in fact, a true man found in history. The Catholic Church and many lovers of Christmas know him to be Saint Nicholas. … Continue reading Who Is Saint Nicholas? – Saint Nicholas and the Transition to Santa

A Couple Truly Made for Each Other

They were creators, writers, scientists, and travelers. And if you have read a book in your childhood about a Native American tribe or one of the old scientific Golden Guide volumes, you’ve probably read something written by one of them. Herbert Spencer Zim, or Herbert S. Zim, was born on July 12th, 1909, in New York City. He attended Columbia University where he earned his … Continue reading A Couple Truly Made for Each Other