torn out: from smithsonian

(I have a really bad habit of starting to read an issue of Smithsonian magazine, setting it down and forgetting about it. Which is how, a couple of weeks ago, I ended up finally reading the second half of the September 2011 issue while getting a pedicure.)

(The feature story about the Taj Mahal was so intriguing, but also a little bit sad in its description of how the property and buildings are deteriorating.)

(I always enjoy reading more about New Orleans, one of my favorite cities to visit.)

(Here's a crazy fact - the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon happened on the 60th anniversary of its groundbreaking.)

(There she is...Miss Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America! Okay, yeah - Miss America makes a much easier title.)

(There was a neat article about the...preservation of Owney, the terrier-mix dog who served as the unofficial mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the late 1800's.)

(Living and working in the Appalachian region, I have a better appreciation for the musical heritage in this area. This was an insightful look at how the musical tradition is being kept alive.)

(Sea otters are always so adorable and endearing.)

(There were some really thought-provoking statistics about standardized testing in Finland, and this quote from their Ministry of Education and Culture - "We prepare children to learn how to learn, not how to take a test.")

Source: September 2011 issue of Smithsonian


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