Stand Fast

In 315 BC, King Cassander of Macedon established the capital of Macedonia in the ancient Greek port town of Therma. As was popular among conquering rulers, he renamed it, in his case he renamed it for his wife who was the half-sister of Alexander the Great. Its inhabitants adapted to…

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Waiting

As a kid, Christmas is about one thing: presents. Thinking back to the days of our youth, everyone can recall a Christmas where you were hoping and dreaming for a very specific Christmas present. Maybe it was a bike, or a video game, or a Red Ryder carbine-action two hundred…

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Free time

Can there be a more popular spice than cinnamon? It’s found in everything from toothpaste to French toast, and especially this time of the year it is one of the most frequently used spices. Sweet potato casserole wouldn’t be right without cinnamon. If it’s missing from apple or pumpkin pie…

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The Devil We Know Best

As with many traditions, dressing up in costumes for Halloween has a history that blends pagan rituals with the celebration of Catholic feasts. In medieval times, the Celts would celebrate Samhain — the end of summer — on October 31st with costumes and animal sacrifices. The next day, Catholics celebrate…

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We are all Peter

Imagine for a moment that you are a young and ambitious entrepreneur living in Silicon Valley, one with a vision of becoming the next Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Amazon. And while we’re daydreaming, let’s also say you have a rich and successful father who will spend as much of his…

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