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  1. Bess of Hardwick underwent a remarkable transformation in Elizabethan England. Born in 1527, she rose from near poverty to become one of the wealthiest women of her day, marrying four times and...
  2. The father of American portraiture and the father of the United States of America are featured in two complementary exhibits this winter at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art ( www.metmuseum.org...
  3. Some experts insist that a cigar’s wrapper–the leaf that covers the cigar and that creates its appearance–contributes most of its flavor. Others claim that the filler–the compacted leaves inside a...
  4. A land not readily associated with pampering, Ireland seems an unlikely setting for a destination spa. Indeed, Sámas, a Gaelic word pronounced saw-vas, may be the country’s only such establishment...
  5. Driving up the road that leads to the Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant, you see many of the ingredients for its menu items: Chickens roost on the lawn, cows graze in a distant field, and pigs root...
  6. Certain moments are quintessentially French. The autumn foliage of the Tuileries reflected in the waters of the Seine. The grim beauty of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame framed by the windows of...
  7. Near the end of the 13th century, when the Koryo dynasty ruled the Korean peninsula, the Chinese introduced a rice-based liquor to their neighbors to the east. The Koreans, and later the Japanese,...
  8. The feathery bundle calmly perched on my hand seems far removed from the ferocious predator that our ancestors used when hunting. But this Harris hawk is not domesticated; he is merely tolerating me...
  9. Insects, fish, palm fronds, footprints, eggs, even feces: If they were in the right place at the wrong time millions of years ago, they had a chance of becoming fossils. Today, fossils are prized...
  10. Pipe Smoking and Christmas became permanently entwined in 1822, when Clement Clarke Moore chronicled Santa Claus smoking a pipe in the classic poem, A Visit from Saint Nicholas. In 1980, British...

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