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Sometimes people use the word cinema in place of “movie theater,” but the word can also refer to a single movie or just about anything else related to movies and film-making. For example, The Annenberg Foundation’s educational website, Learner.org, includes a page dedicated to cinema, with links to screenwriting, directing, acting, producing, and editing. The popularity of cinema, whether from ... Read More »


The Internet has made it easy for anyone with a computer and a modem to read headlines from major news organizations, independent journalists, and personal blogs. A headline is, basically, the title of an article or blog post. Usually, it is written in a provocative style to lure readers into the article. The short titles often contain enough information to ... Read More »


The word "culture" is frequently used for a nations or groups tastes and preferences in art, cuisine, music, books, fashion, and manners. Terms like popular culture or mass culture often refer to mainstream music, movies, activities, and so forth. High culture usually refers to the fine arts. Sometimes the term "mid-brow" is used to designate a book or movie that ... Read More »


Worship can be the adoration of a deity or the irrational love of a popular person. Worship can also be a ritual in a sacred place, like a church or temple service. Phrases like celebrity worship and hero worship have become more popular in the United States as the news media, popular music, and movies raise the public identities of ... Read More »


In his Nobel lecture, Elie Wiesel said, "Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future." Hope is the anticipation that some good will eventually arrive, and perhaps also the means by which a person can anticipate a good outcome. Bloggers use the Internet to offer hope as ... Read More »

religion and philosophy

Religion and philosophy have always been a couple. The question is whether they have been living happily together or heading for divorce, and the answer is clear: it depends on who you ask, and when you ask. At times, philosophers have skewered religious faith. Then again, some of the most famous philosophers in the West were devoutly religious. Some of ... Read More »


Espresso is the result of pressurized water flowing through finely ground coffee beans, resulting in a 23-27 second pour that looks like a flow of warm honey. The 1-ounce to 1.5-ounce shot should finish with a light-nutmeg colored "crema" on top. Some people test an espresso shot by counting the number of seconds it takes for a teaspoon of sugar ... Read More »


Nearly everything you need to know about wine is available on the Internet: what's new, what's good, what's worth buying, and where to buy it, along with tasting notes and pairing suggestions. Experts have poured their wine knowledge into online magazines and blogs. Find out how to buy wines on a tight budget. Read wine blogs targeted toward the younger ... Read More »


Liturgy is a public rite, or ritual, of worship. The Internet, now a resource for the devout as well as the spiritual seeker, offers background information on the general history of liturgy as well as the specific liturgies practiced by various religious bodies. In common usage, "liturgy" refers to an historical, traditional form of Christian worship, although other religions have ... Read More »

coffee beans

When we drink coffee, a typical question is, "Regular or decaf?" But when we talk about coffee beans, a better question is, "Robusta or arabica?" That's because robusta and arabica are the two most common types of coffee beans roasted in the United States and around the world. The history of the coffee bean begins in the ninth century, when ... Read More »