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Lamassu — Protector Gods of Ancient Assyria

Those strolling throughthe Louvre’s Mesopotamian exhibition(general admission €15-€17) will encounter the stern gaze of two stone-etched guardians flanking an entrance archway: the Lamassu, protec...
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The Hunt of Meleager

Woven out of wool, silk, and silver and gold thread, this exquisitely detailed early 17th century tapestry woven in the Delft workshop of Maximilian van der Gucht (1603-1689) depicts the mythical ...
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CROWNS

Confession—I was never the Homecoming Queen in high school—just not that popular.  So, the only crown I’ve ever worn is on my back tooth.  Actually, I have several gold dental crowns---which, despi...
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Bee Bop a Louie…

“Bee Bop A Doo Bee---Shee Bop Shizam.”  Have you ever heard of “scat singing”?  Rather than singing words, you make rhythmic sounds so that your voice is like a musical instrument (usually a type o...
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America On the Road Again

Even if you weren’t around in 1980 when Willie Nelson released his Oscar nominated song “On the Road Again,” you’ve probably heard it.  Others, including Elmo from Sesame Street, have vocalized tho...
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The Wall in Washington

     MARY THERESE KLINKER /The Wall of Faces      Air Force Capt. Mary Klinker | Military.com “What do you say when you see a soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan?” I always ask my young tou...
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Encountering the Buddha

       Judy Furnish with her neighbor's Buddha collectionRaising your hand in history class either means you know the answer to the teacher’s question, or you have a question of your own.  If you ...
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Captain Nemo

Captain Nemo, Indian Prince…and Automotive Enthusiast? For the 2003 film adaptation of the Alan Moore comic The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, art director Carol Spier modified the chassis of a...
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Princess of Hearts

On July 1, 2021, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a photo of the Princes William and Harry, standing at the base of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.1 In the photo, Princess ...
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