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Hell-thy, Wealthy, and Dead

The expression “you can’t take it with you” apparently dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, but the idea is older than that. Not all cultures have believed this, however. We know that the tombs of wealthy … Continue reading

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Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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Going Up

Today is another Christian holiday that doesn’t get much press these days, Ascension Thursday. This is when Jesus, after being resurrected on Easter Sunday and hanging around for forty days, ascended bodily into Heaven. I’m sure we’ve all seen the … Continue reading

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