Sir Thomas Browne on the Divine Heartbreak of Romantic Friendship

Sir Thomas Browne by Jane Carlile “United souls are not satisfied with embraces, but desire to be truly each other.” BY MARIA POPOVA Navigating the various types of platonic relationshipscan be challenging enough. But few things are more existentially disorienting than trying to moor oneself within a relationship that floats back and forth across the porous boundary between the platonic and the erotic — one rooted in a deep friendship but magnetized with undeniable romantic intensity, like the relationships between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann in the nineteenth century and Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman in the twentieth. But as beautiful and vitalizing as such … Continue reading Sir Thomas Browne on the Divine Heartbreak of Romantic Friendship

The sea was never blue

The Aegean Sea. Photo by Krista Rossow/National Geographic The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea? Maria Michela Sassi is a professor of history and ancient philosophy at the University of Pisa in Italy. Homer used two adjectives to describe aspects of the colour blue: kuaneos, to denote a dark shade of blue merging into black; and glaukos, to describe a sort of ‘blue-grey’, notably used in Athena’s epithet glaukopis, her ‘grey-gleaming eyes’. He describes the sky as big, starry, or of iron or bronze (because of its solid fixity). The tints of … Continue reading The sea was never blue

SCIENCE CONFIRMS THAT NEARLY HALF OF THE HUMAN BODY IS MADE OF STARDUST

by Buck Rogers, Staff Writer Waking Times “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ~Carl Sagan, Star Stuff Have you ever felt as though some part of you was not from our galaxy, that somehow you had a physical connection with the cosmos? A dramatic new study into the origins of galaxies simulated the process by which galaxies are formed and when stars within them explode. The finding offer strong evidence that nearly half of the atoms found … Continue reading SCIENCE CONFIRMS THAT NEARLY HALF OF THE HUMAN BODY IS MADE OF STARDUST

Inside one of America’s most feared street gangs: Guns, drugs and violence are part of everyday life for the Bloodline gangsters

Picture series details life inside the notorious Bloodline gang, which is part of the Latin Kings organisations Members are seen brandishing drugs and guns in the chilling photos The group was founded in the 1950s and evolved into a huge criminal enterprise The series also reveals the unity and respect that members show each other  By Dave Burke For Mailonline A photographer has documented the lives of one of the biggest and most feared gangs in the US, giving chilling insight into their violent world. The images show gang members holding guns and drugs, as well as mourning friends killed in … Continue reading Inside one of America’s most feared street gangs: Guns, drugs and violence are part of everyday life for the Bloodline gangsters

Europe’s Future Has the Face of ‘Young Muslim Immigrants’

AP/Bernat Armangue by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS,  “If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a group of Catholics Thursday. Speaking at an annual conference of the Napa Institute in California, Chaput tied the future of civilization to a willingness to have children—an area where Muslims lead every other group. “Islam has a future because Islam believes in children,” Chaput said. “Without a transcendent faith that makes life worth living, there’s no reason to bear children. And where there are no children, there’s … Continue reading Europe’s Future Has the Face of ‘Young Muslim Immigrants’