gnostic – Means "relating to knowledge" or "clever, knowing." More…

polyglot – Meaning "written in or knowing many languages," it is from Greek polu-, "many," and glotto, "tongue." More…

savoir vivre – Literally, "knowing how to live" or knowing how to get the most out of life. More…

scibility – The power of knowing. More…

Continue reading “knowing”

Sadako Sasaki

Sadako Sasaki was only two years old when an atomic bomb destroyed her hometown of Hiroshima, Japan. A decade later, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Inspired by a Japanese legend that promises a wish to anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes, Sadako began making paper cranes in the months before her death, completing 644 before losing her battle with cancer. She has since become a symbol of the impact of nuclear war, and schoolchildren around the world have learned her story through which books? Discuss
Continue reading “Sadako Sasaki”


Definition: (noun) A small, roofed structure in a park or garden affording shade and rest.
Synonyms: gazebo.
Usage: George decided that the summerhouse, open to the sights, smells, and sounds of the garden that Anna adored, would be the perfect place to ask for her hand in marriage.
Discuss Continue reading “summerhouse”

Exiled Dalai Lama Arrives in India (1959)

Tenzin Gyatso—better known as the Dalai Lama—was installed as the spiritual and political leader of Tibet before he reached the age of five. He was a teenager when China took control of Tibet, and subsequent suppression forced him flee to the northern Indian city of Dharamsala. There, he set up the Tibetan exile government. Famously pacifistic in his campaign for Tibetan independence, the Dalai Lama once said it would be appropriate to shoot someone in the leg in what hypothetical situation? Discuss
Continue reading “Exiled Dalai Lama Arrives in India (1959)”