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Charles Dickens: His Life And Famous Works

Charles Dickens wrote several novels beloved worldwide, rising to fame at a young age. Many people know his famous works, but likely not much about the man himself. Discover the man behind the novels, including “A Christmas Carol,” and his love of Christmas. Enjoy some of his famous quotes and facts about his life in... Read More

History Of The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Christmastime in New York City is magical and the centerpiece of that magic is the breathtaking Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. You can feel the excitement in the air as hundreds of people crowd the sidewalk that overlooks the famous Rockefeller Plaza skating rink and the tree that is in the center. Flashes from cameras... Read More

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade delights millions of families and children of all ages every Thanksgiving Day. Ira Riklis describes the history of the famous annual parade and some fun facts including details about some of the balloons that help make the parade a cherished part of the holiday season. The First Macy’s Holiday Parades... Read More

The True Story Of The Sound Of Music

When The Sound of Music soared into popularity, becoming an all-time great, it took Broadway and the movie industry by storm. However, many fans likely do not know that multiple inaccuracies exist between Broadway and Hollywood versions and the actual story and events. Ira Riklis uncovers some of the truths behind the real story behind... Read More

Death Masks: Preserving The Memory Of The Dead

In spite of the name, there is little that is morbid about death masks. In many historical traditions and cultures, death masks are simply a part of the mourning or funeral processes. Ira Riklis looks into the history of this culturally important tradition. Consider ancient Egypt, for example. The Egyptians You are probably familiar with... Read More

H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer

Cases of serial killers often send shockwaves and panic through communities. Shock and horror grow even more upon discovery of torture and other gruesome acts beyond the horror of the murder itself. Such is the case with Dr. H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer. Continue reading to learn more as Ira Riklis delves into the... Read More

Happy Birthday Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso reins as one of the greatest artists of all time. His early artistic abilities proved that he had talent well beyond his years. Ira Riklis discovers details about the life of Pablo Picasso in this blog post, including some little-known facts and trivia.  Early Life Of Pablo Picasso Born on October 25, 1881... Read More
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