The Origins and Practices of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan – August 15, 2019 Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi (pronounced R-AH-K-REE) is a Hindu festival. This festival celebrates brother-sister relationships and sibling love. The term Raksha Bandhan originates from Sanskrit, and translates to “bond of protection.” Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full moon in the holy Hindu luni-solar month of Shravana…
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The Origins and Practices of the August Moon Festival/Mid-Harvest Festival

August Moon Festival/Mid-Harvest Festival - August 11 - October 13, 2019 The August Moon festival is an East Asian cultural celebration. Though this celebration started in China, many people who are ethnically Taiwanese, Japanese, South Korean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Filipino also celebrate it. This year, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) is…
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Queer Fiction: August 2019

Hi, and welcome to August! This month we have a YA horror novel involving a deforming disease in a dystopian setting, a long mystery/romance novella anthology, and a French webcomic turned graphic novel that might be best to skip despite the adorable cover. Title/Author: Footsteps in the Dark by S.C. Wynne, Josh Lanyon, L.B. Gregg, Dal…
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Once We Were Sisters

Sisters often share a special bond that's hard to define. A sister is someone with whom you can laugh and be silly like when you were kids, who still sees in you the child you once were, and who shares your past and your memories of it. As you're growing up and you're close, you can't…
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The Origins of a Masterwork

Twenty-nine years. Twenty-nine years is a staggering amount of time to spend on a single project. But twenty-nine years is precisely how long artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) worked on "Triumph of Religion," his mural cycle at the Boston Public Library.  And, even after those twenty-nine years of work between 1890 and 1919, the cycle was…
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