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The Golden Age of King Midas featured at Philly’s Penn Museum
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The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia (pronounced ‘freeze-yah’). Midas was granted the power to transmute whatever he touched into gold. — mythweb.com What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a...

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National Parks visit the Philadelphia Flower Show
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Visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show can ‘see’ Yosemite, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon without leaving Pennsylvania. This year, the show theme is “Explore America”. The Pennsylvania Horicultural Society invited the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) to this week’s flower show, and by all accounts, the party is a big success. Since the NPS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it seemed a good fit...

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Cabin fever is real, take a park walk
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Cabin fever– “Winter depression and its symptoms — inactivity, crankiness, sleep loss, and simply feeling down in the dumps — is real to millions of people because of anxieties over world events that range from terrorist attacks to a shaky economy.”  — Web MD. The York Audubon Society offers a relief to the snow, cold and general ‘down in the dumps’ feeling. Take a walk...

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Quebec Winter Carnival is the world’s largest, and Bonhomme is the star of the show
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Carnival Queen  Amelie Godin-Gosselin introduces Bonhomme Carnaval   The boss here is Bonhomme Carnaval, and insists Patrick Lemaire, a media official at the Quebec Winter Carnival , “Bonhomme is a real snowman. There is no suit, no man inside, it’s a speaking seven foot tall snowman.” His puffy waist cinched by an official Quebec Winter Carnival belt, Bonhomme is everywhere at the carnival, and it would be...

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Storm Jonas showed us white, but reds, orange and blues as well
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The weekend storm that dumped a record 30 inches of snow on York County is history, but its punch had most businesses closed for days, roads blocked. We’ve already heard a revival of horror stories that we remember best in our imagination– “When I was a kid, the drifts were up the second floor…”  And so on. There was plenty of warning, meteorologists begging for us to...

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