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What is Cultural Conservation?
What is Cultural Conservation?

Cultural Conservation is truly a philosophy, a mindset, a movement, and an organization. It is a philosophy that stresses the value of conserving what is important in our society and recognizing that conservation doesn’t take place by accident.We have magnificent national parks today, but these parks might not even exist were it not for the […]

Preserving Our Cultural Resources As National Treasures
Preserving Our Cultural Resources As National Treasures

Do the music, books, and art we choose matter? Just as we preserve our natural treasures, our streams, lakes, forests, and national parks, we must preserve our cultural legacy. Otherwise the best of our culture will fade into an undeserved oblivion. Is choosing a book to read or a piece of music to hear no more important […]

When Only Birds Twittered and Google Was a Comic Strip
When Only Birds Twittered and Google Was a Comic Strip

  Not long ago, only birds twittered. Google was a comic strip. The Web was spun by a wise spider in the book “Charlotte’s Web.” Now everyone twitters and tweets. We  are all in a hurry and think that everything worth saying can be said in 140 characters.   Technology has provided untold blessings for society. […]

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Mark! My Words on Books- “Rhyme and Punishment”

        “Rhyme and Punishment” is newly discovered autobiography of Richard Armour, a world-renowned humorist and academician who wrote over sixty-five books and thousands of light verses. For the first time, readers can discover his adventures leading what he called his “double life,” in “cap and gown” and “cap and bells.” I’ve called […]

Are You Searching for an April Meadow?
Are You Searching for an April Meadow?

Robert Nathan was a master of satiric fantasy and the author of over forty books. He often wrote about people who were romantic, gentle, and whimsical. He said, “A writer can find reality in an open sewer or an April meadow. It’s all a matter of where you choose to look.”  When other writers insisted […]

Axioms to Grind
Axioms to Grind

  Mark! My Words on Books “Axioms to Grind” is a newly discovered book of delightfully humorous aphorisms by America’s foremost writer of humor and light verse, Richard Armour.  Dr. Armour was  the prolific author of over sixty books, as well as a friend and mentor. Now a newly discovered book of Armour aphorisms provides pages filled […]

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Do Your Children Think Beethoven is a Saint Bernard?
Do Your Children Think Beethoven is a Saint Bernard?

  You may be tempted to shout, “Of course not!” But think again. Beethoven was a popular 1992 film about a giant St. Bernard that was named after the legendary composer. The film found such a large audience that a sequel was produced and titled Beethoven’s 2nd. If your children aren’t encountering classical music, they […]

Music That Celebrates Pride in Life
Music That Celebrates Pride in Life

Dr. Miklos Rozsa, renowned Hungarian composer of music for films and the concert hall expressed his musical beliefs in his memoir, “Double Life.” He said, ”I have no time for any music which does not reflect pleasure in life, and more importantly, pride in life.”  His music, like his life, reflected great personal integrity. His musical career […]

Music: The Greatest Art
Music: The Greatest Art

Bernard Herrmann was an eminent composer of symphonic, operatic, and film music. He rejected all fads and fashions to pursue a musical ideal. At a time when many of his colleagues were tripping over their own feet in an effort to keep up with the latest trends in commercial music, Herrmann responded with an uncompromising […]

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Do Your Children Think Churchill is a Bulldog?
Do Your Children Think Churchill is a Bulldog?

  This may seem like an absurd question, but think again. In England, a teacher named Katherine Birbalsingh spoke of her students, teenagers who think “Churchill” is an animated dog of the same name appearing in a television advertisement for an insurance company. Why would a fourteen-year-old student think that one of England’s greatest Prime […]

Why Our Heritage Matters
Why Our Heritage Matters

Dr. John Silber, President of Boston University was a distinguished scholar who recognized the need for moral clarity in education and urged colleagues and students to understand that one cannot understand the present or prepare for the future without knowledge of the past. Dr. Silber was irrepressibly honest and rejected today’s assumption that the present […]

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Lighting Candles Rather Than Cursing the Darkness
Lighting Candles Rather Than Cursing the Darkness

It is easy for us become frustrated and angry when we see what has happened to true culture in the 21st century. But instead of merely tilting at windmills like Don Quixote or spending all our time focused upon those who have created our problems, we can take a positive attitude and positive action. Those […]

Writers Who Can’t Write, Painters Who Can’t Paint
Writers Who Can’t Write, Painters Who Can’t Paint

In the 21st century, we tend to just the value of a man’s work by how much money he earns and how famous he becomes. But fame doesn’t guarantee quality and this phenomenon is not new. Ernest Hemingway was outspoken on this subject and things have become much worse since Hemingway’s day. This is a […]

Does Your Family Learn More About the Kardashians Than the Founding Fathers?
Does Your Family Learn More About the Kardashians Than the Founding Fathers?

You can’t help learning every detail about the lives of the Kardashian family. If you are one of the few who don’t know who the Kardashian sisters (or their mother, brother, or other relatives) are, they are ubiquitous reality television stars. It’s impossible to escape news about any reality television star. The latest gossip relating […]

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What Can You Do to Help Your Family in the Age of Trash Talk and MTV?
What Can You Do to Help Your Family in the Age of Trash Talk and MTV?

If you have been reading the articles and considering the ideas found through this web site, this is a question you are likely to ask. When you recognize that we are in a cultural crisis, your first instinct is undoubtedly to search for a solution. But the usual places you might expect to be part […]

Age is a State of Mind
Age is a State of Mind

Is it ever too late to learn anything new? Are you ever too old to begin studying new subjects and exploring new ideas? Yes, suggests Ezekial Emanuel, a middle-aged physician who has written “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” an article which appeared in The Atlantic. Dr. Emanuel’s views matter because he isn’t just […]

Don’t Confuse Technology With Wisdom
Don’t Confuse Technology With Wisdom

Technology can be truly astonishing, but today we often confuse technology and wisdom. Many of the greatest creators and thinkers of history produced works of great beauty, inspiration, and profound insight, using tools we would regard today as primitive. Using a computer doesn’t guarantee that the user is producing great music, writing a brilliant book, […]

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