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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin'

Today we were going to Sigulda, a tourist must see town, about an hours mini-bus ride away from the city.  It was still raining when we woke up, which was a disappointment but after breakfast we all set off nicely refreshed after a good nights sleep.

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Book Review: How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity by Rodney Stark

This book is “MythBusters” for history. In his tour of the history of Western Civilization from its inception in ancient Greek and Jewish thought, through their combination in the cauldron of medieval Christianity, and finally emerging as full-blown modernity, Stark smashes nearly every myth about the history of the West that has developed since the Enlightenment. 378 more words


Dutch Homemade Cinema

When I was in Amsterdam it was pretty rainy and gray, and I didn’t feel much like exploring.  One morning though, while I went out for a run, I was thinking about the Lohans and the Kardashians of the world, and I had a bit of inspiration.   64 more words


At Home with Monet

Claude Monet moved to this property in Giverny, France when he was 43, and lived there for the rest of his life. The house and gardens developed according to his tastes, which were then reflected in his art. 220 more words


What happens when a European government finds a note under a rock...

Sounds like something that ended when Pirates of the Caribbean-esque piracy did. But no, kidnappings and ransom are relatively commonplace, and not just in cases like Captain Phillips off Somalia. 34 more words