Did you know that the nickname the "Windy City" is derived not from the city's weather, but from the reputation of politicians in the late 1800s to boast about the city?
This nickname came into play as Chicago and New York were vying to be named host to the 1893 World’s Fair. Ultimately, Chicago won the honor and thus we have the strange and fascinating tale, Devil in the White City.
Currently engrossed with Erik Larson’s fantastic story, I have discovered two additional strange but true tales about Chi-Town to add to my reading list:
With Easter, Passover, and Purim coming up you may have questions about the celebrations, their significance, or just about the beliefs of those who celebrate.
Many resources are available for those with curious minds. The Teaching Company has classes taught by professors both on CD and DVD. Do you want a little bit on information without delving into an entire book? Try a children’s book.
When a humanitarian crisis strikes, international members of the Red Cross movement (including the Red Crescent) are there to help.
Jean Henri Dunant, a Swiss businessman, founded the movement after his life was forever changed witnessing and recalling the Battle of Solferino in 1859. Dunant was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1901 along with Frédéric Passy who helped found a French peace movement.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt. In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial. Or creamy and sweet. Or both- and brunch is just the thing.
For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce. Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable. I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon. A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin. Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise. And if your sauce separates? No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.
How do you measure your 24 hours? Horology, the art and science of measuring time, has kept horologists like watchmakers and clockmakers busy for centuries.
While in the stacks I discovered a comprehensive work on Breguet time pieces. Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823) has been called the father of modern horology due to the mechanical advancements and inspired craftsmanship he employed in his designs. I won't give up my high school Timex but I sure can appreciate Breguet's work.
Curious about other titles featuring the best of horological advances and the physics of time? These titles will get you started:
Have you wondered what it is like to be a doctor or nurse?
As a child I wanted to be a nurse until I learned women could be doctors. I worked as a registered occupational therapist before becoming a librarian. I’ve always been interested in allied health or medicine. Many books provide a glimpse into the world of medicine. I found The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee to be fascinating.
Mr. Hall's book is a memoir of his days as the world's first parachuting mining engineer. He completed over 1800 jumps in his 60 years and has received many awards and honors for his parachuting innovations. Mr. Hall is a retired Colorado Air National Guard Brigadier General and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 1985. See pictures from his adventures and find out more about him on his website.