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Transcendentalism

Transcendentalism is a religious and philosophical movement that developed during the late 1820s and ’30s in the Eastern region of the United States as a protest against the general state of spirituality and, in particular, the state of intellectualism at Harvard University and the doctrine of the Unitarian church as taught at Harvard Divinity School.Among the transcendentalists’ core beliefs was the inherent goodness of both people and nature. They believe that society and its institutions—particularly organized religion and political parties—ultimately corrupt the purity of the individual. They have faith that people are at their best when truly “self-reliant” and independent. It is only from such real individuals that true community could be formed.

Source: Transcendentalism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Perfect Pie Crust

For many years, baking pies only resulted in demanding, painful experiences. I fought with the dough constantly. It was too thin, too thick, or ripped too easily. It was such a nightmare that I used pie dough very sparingly in my baking. When I made this peach vanilla cardamom pie  several years ago, I struggled with the dough for over an hour, manhandling it to produce the final, amateur lattice pattern. From then on, I opted for galettes whenever a flaky, fruity pastry was on the menu.     I had the right recipes, but the technique was missing. Several years (and many pies) later, I have the technique down solid. And now, I am going to share it with you.  The Perfect Pie Crust tutorial…
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The only technique to learn something new – Boing Boing

Source: The only technique to learn something new – Boing Boing

I’ve always wanted to learn to read music. The piano seems so intimidating. Its also not portable for a New York Lifestyle. So what was the closest to it and portable. Actually the 16 hole chromatic Harmonica. I may never play like Toot Theilman, Larry Adler or Stevie Wonder but who knows what could happen at 42.

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Ballet icon Sylvie Guillem retirement interview: ‘I knew for a long time that I had to stop’ – Telegraph

This year will mark the end of Sylvie Guillem’s astonishing 30-plus years as one of the world’s foremost ballet dancers. Sarah Crompton meets her as she prepares to bring her farewell tour to Britain
Source: Ballet icon Sylvie Guillem retirement interview: ‘I knew for a long time that I had to stop’ – Telegraph