Did you know that burping at dinner in India is a sign of appreciation? Or that slurping your soup in Japan is totally appropriate?
Knowing the ins and outs of table manners in other countries is a pretty handy thing. 258 more words
I have always thought that there is nothing more beautiful in life than the connections that we form with the people around us. Connections can be fleeting but meaningful (a well-timed smile, helping a stranger pick up something that they have dropped, buying lunch for someone who is homeless…) or they can delve deeper. 597 more words
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday told the Knesset he plans to call on the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. 377 more words
It rained today. Big fat drops exploding out of the overheated sky in a surprise attack, smacking down hard, soaking everything immediately. The kind of downpour that feels like a cool fresh kiss and washes away the humidity, the kind that – in just a few moments – has filled all the surrounding balconies with… underpants?!? 515 more words
Going through my mother’s things after she died was an often painful process. Evidence of my immediate family’s history such as photographs, baptismal certificates, passports, honor roll records, college awards could be so nostalgic that the tears would start rolling down my cheeks before I had gotten past the first line. 1,316 more words