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We Remember Nora Ephron
Collection of Anecdotes and Essays
7/1/2012 - In memory of the accomplished writer, film director and producer, Nora Ephron, we are re-running our review of her best-selling book, I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections. Over her long career, Ephron was a comic, heartfelt, wise and witty voice for women, through her work as a journalist and essayist, and through her films, "When Harry Met Sally", "Silkwood", "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Julia and Julia", just to name a few. She'll be missed by many, but her work will continue to entertain and inform us. [more]




 


 


Two Women Who Knew
Lessons For Us All
3/3/2012 - “One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that many persons never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure in the common, the near-at-hand, to see that heaven lies about us here in this world.” [more]

 

 



The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
2/2/2012 - The heroine of this tale is Victoria Jones, who is eighteen years old and just emancipated (the legal term mentioned repeatedly and significantly) from a childhood of foster and group homes. She trusts no one, and has no friends or attachments, but she does have one characteristic: an extraordinary love of and gift for working with flowers and plants. [more]





 



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The Mysterious Roots of Bingo

Bingo has a very quirky and interesting history, but a lot of bingo players don’t know its real story and simply enjoy the game. Knowing the roots and history of the game would definitely add enjoyment to your online bingo when you come by the social hall next time or when you are playing online bingo.

It was only in the 1920s when this popular card game of chance was introduced in the US, but it dates farther than that. In the 18th century, an original Italian lotto game was introduced to France. The game Le Lotto was a very popular game among people of stature and of high society, especially in gatherings and parties.

Le Lotto is also played with cards, and players would mark the numbers announced by a caller who draws random numbers. The first player to cover one row wins the game. The card played here has three rows and nine columns, while each of the three rows consists of 10 numbers and each column has five random numbers and four blank spaces in it.

By the 19th century, the game spread all over Europe and started to serve as a didactic children’s game that around the 1850s, several educational lotto games made its way to the German toy market. The game’s purpose was to teach children how to spell words, how to multiply numbers and more.

There was another game that was very popular in the US around the beginning of the 19th century and it was called Beano. Players would place beans on their cards to mark the called out numbers and the first player to complete a row in his card get to yell out ‘beano’ and win the prize. However, there was an event where a toy salesperson held a Beano party one evening, and one of his guests playing Beano stuttered in her excitement and accidentally yelled out ‘Bingo.’

Lowe then decided to develop a new game named Bingo, and he even consulted a mathematician to create 6,000 bingo cards to lessen the probability of players winning. A professor Carl Leffler went nuts after the project and Lowe made lots of money.

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