New Years Traditions Explained

New Years Traditions Explained

Jan 04

The other day we celebrated the arrival of the new year, 2023, in the usual ways. Many people gathered in groups or for parties, some celebrated at home.  Others, beyond my understanding, decided to stand for hours on end in the freezing cold in Times Square so as to witness the dropping of the crystal ball.  Most of us filled glasses with Champagne (I don’t know why we choose Champagne for...

The Diversity Of The United States

The Diversity Of The United States

May 09

The United States was once thought to be a loose association of independent and sovereign states, as its name suggests. Prior to the Constitution, which established a considerably stronger link between the states, the states were governed by the Articles of Confederation, a very weak document. There was little to no Federal power, and a shipment of rice traveling overland from South Carolina to...

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Apr 10

The surname Riklis is not a common one; in the United States, it is the surname of around one in every ten million individuals, ranking past the 600,000th most common surname. Riklis appears to be more frequent in some nations, particularly Israel, where a sizable Jewish community bears the surname. Although there are a few records about Riklis emigrating from other countries, the majority of...

Have You Heard Of A Slush Fund?

Have You Heard Of A Slush Fund?

Feb 07

Outside, it’s sweltering. Temperatures have been in the mid-80s to low-90s for the past ten days. Even when the sun sets, there isn’t much relief. So wouldn’t your thoughts turn to a Slush, that irresistible blend of half-melted ice and fruit flavorings? Yum! What is a Slush Fund, exactly? If a Slush is a fruit and ice drink, why has the term “Slush Fund” acquired a...

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Dec 16

Red Square brings us pictures of troops marching in massed formations, military vehicles and tractors dragging the latest Soviet rockets past the Soviet leadership standing atop Lenin’s tomb, the Kremlin wall with turrets capped by gigantic lighted red stars, and flags, red banners, everywhere. Since the mid-nineteenth century, we have associated the color red with Socialism and Communism....

Museum Trivia

Museum Trivia

Jul 07

Museums house our history and our art treasures. However, each of these special structures also has its own unique history that reflects its core mission. Built with special care, they draw visitors from all over the globe and are just as famous as the treasures that they hold. Museum Trivia Question 1: Which museum has the highest number of annual visitors? Answer: The Louvre Seen as a symbol of...