The Origin of Wishing Wells

By Rebecca Shaw Wells have inspired everything from songs and ballads to fables and poems. Throughout centuries and across cultures, water has been thought to have healing powers. Therefore, many springs, lakes, and wells full of water were protected and used as places of worship. Water is a necessity for life, making it no surprise that fresh bodies of water were so appreciated. As Audrey Hepburn, the actress and UNICEF […]

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The Evolution of Photography

By Rebecca Shaw It is the only window we have into the personal lives of our family whom we have lost or may have never met. Many of us have them littered around our house or crammed into a shoebox somewhere. With todays technology, most people have probably taken one recently. Photography has only been a round for a couple centuries, however it has become the main way we document […]

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The Life and Times of Artists

By Josh Fox The life of an artist is one that seems undeniably tied to the whims of fate. Sometimes, an artist is able to live a rich and fulfilling life, but other times, they are plagued with nothing but suffering, whether it be self-inflicted or completely out of their own control. Whatever extreme it might fall under, the life of any famous artist should certainly be something to take […]

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The Jazz Age

By Lisa Peterson America’s prohibition period and the 1920s overlapped and created a decade known as the “Roaring 20s” or “The Jazz Age.” According to Amy Henderson, curator of the National Portrait Gallery, “F. Scott Fitzgerald is credited with coining the phrase ‘The Jazz Age’ in the title of his 1922 collection of short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby was the quintessence of this period of […]

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Obscure Items in Obscure Places

During one of my many travels through abandoned insane asylums, I stumbled upon a forgotten object that now calls my antique armoire home. Rockland County Psychiatric Center holds a special place in my heart as it’s one of the first abandoned insane asylums I’ve ever explored. But its history is what enchanted me long before I stepped foot onto its soil, and I’m ecstatic that I was able to explore […]

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