“Scout” reminds me of when I was a young girl in my tomboy years; Lee’s candid reflections often strike that chord. Yet regardless of my age, her wonderful novel continues to prevail with compelling and timeless significance. The brilliance lies not only in theme, but the how and the why of what she later recalls, and the straightforwardness and fluidity of her words..

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Many of the observations in Contagious are pretty obvious to even the most casual social anthropologist. That scarcity or exclusivity can “help products catch on by making them seem more desirable” is well known. And the notion that good storytelling implants memories in listeners’ minds has been kicking about, well, since Homer’s time..

An interesting fact of historyAccording to “The Lost Empires of the New World,” the first arrival of Europeans began the annihilation of the indigenous nations of the Americas within a decade. Contrary to popular myth, the native peoples lived in organized nations as diverse in language and culture as Europe and industrious building towns, farms, orchards, canals, traveling and conducting commerce. The Old World diseases spread before the invading forces, decimating the population and destroying the native civilization.

Mr. Kubler looked for new and unstudied topics in art history and for ways to enhance and invigorate traditional art historical approaches by borrowing from social and economic history, among other disciplines. He was iconoclastic in studying the colonial architecture of Mexico and New Mexico in the 1930s when other American art historians primarily studied European art.

Almost on cue, the tempo and type of music shifted to something that had the makings of techno, hip hop, modern jazz, and ancient drumming all combined into piece that seemed to pulsate with rippling bands of energy. The staccato session offers praise to the warrior spirit that’s inside of us all, as we battle the trials of being human beings. The heart opens willingly through this period, and I can’t be certain why or what happened, but I was some immersed in the music and found myself nearly on the verge of tears over a passage; it moved me in a way I cannot explain.