Arts & Humanities

The image attached here depicts traditional flautists of Sri Lanka.  When one enters the country via the Colombo International Airport, these flautists sit by the entry, welcoming guests and tourists with their calm, soothing music. The Arts & Humanities Category is a collection of information from a wide range of topics. From History, to Visual Arts, to Writing, Langages, Literature and Museum reviews, arts is a field that brings cultures and civilizations alive.

The image attached here depicts a traditional flautist and a tabala player of Sri Lanka. When one enters the country via the Colombo International Airport, these musicians sit at the entrance welcoming guests and tourists with their calm, soothing music.

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Image of Shipra Parish sitting on the floor holding a candle in the palm of her hand.

 

 

Shipra Parish is the Principal of Dipto Nrittokola Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She choreographs her dances and sways gracefully in tune with traditional folk and classical Bangladeshi dance forms.

 

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The concept of the time zones was never always there.  It came about as a result of careful study, and of course navigational experience.  The history of time zones is an interesting story as it takes you back to the time when early man depended on the sun.  How different can that be from now, you may ask. Not very different, but yet entirely different too.. although it began with the sun.  

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A Village SchoolImagine yourself a first-year teaching candidate. You are writing a personal essay about your literary training to accompany your application. The letter betrays some confusion, though inexplicably you received a high pass from the university from which you graduated.

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Book Review: Casting Shadows by David Terelinck

Casting Shadows by David Terelinck‘Casting Shadow’ is a collection of tanka by renowned Australian poet David Terelinck. If you have experienced shadows in your life, David has a tanka for it. Grief, pain, love and longing, David artfully paints strokes of black and white to highlight the grays that exist in-between.

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Book Review: A Solitary Woman by Pamela A. Babusci

A Solitary WomanPamela dares to bare her heart open; to speak out what I would otherwise be silent about.  You can feel your heart gyrate to the cadence of her experiences and to the highs and lows of her life.

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Book Review: Economic Food Storage Strategies for Disaster Survival by Sandy Gee

Economic Food Storage Strategies for Disaster Survival by Sandy GeeEconomic Food Storage Strategies for Disaster Survival by Sandy Gee is a timely book on surviving the aftermath of natural disasters. It is packed with useful information and makes the reader aware of the different forms of dangers one faces after a natural calamity. 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has haunted many a reader, and has also become a famous play every since it was first written. What is it that makes this story unusually compelling?  Is it the setting?  Is it the set of characters in the story?  Or is it type of grim, dark, scary story that it is.  Read on to find more about this unusual tale as it takes you to the early nineteenth century years. 

  

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Book Review: January, A Tanka Diary, by M. Kei

January, A Tanka Diary‘January, A Tanka Diary’ is the latest poetic collection by internationally acclaimed poet, M. Kei.   In this volume, Kei creates a journal of his inspirational moments through the outlets of five-lined tanka.

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Back-cover Version: The Fires of Waterland by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

The Fires of Waterland

A  family forced to move  by society, fragmented by the past, dysfunction and poverty,  leaves a young boy to fend his way through the complexities of  life the only way he can.  Although temporarily taken in by caring folks and meeting Livvy, who becomes a lifelong friend,  Fletcher is soon snatched away and plunged into the  life of an orphan and the confusion,  the pain and the brutal, stark reality of those surrounding him.

His desires  are fulfilled but tragedy, the complexities, and the destructive darkness of human nature surface in the Fires of Waterland…

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Book Review: Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 1


Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 1Volume 1 of the Take Five series is a collection of tanka poems in individual, prose and sequence forms. A collection of approximately 320 tanka, this volume gives an insight into the making of a good tanka, with particular description about the qualities of tanka that stand out and make their mark. 

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Another Garden by Jeffrey Woodward

Another Garden by Jeffrey WoodwardWhen the paragraph leads, the closing tanka caps the prose, and is the culminating point of the composition, a sign of the work’s fulfillment. (Jeffrey Woodward in an interview with Claire Everett)

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