The Life You Give: Gioachino Rossini *February 29 1792

Gioachino Rossini, born Gioachino Antonio Rossini, on February 29 1792, in Pesaro, Papal States [Italy], is the composer noted for his operas, particularly his comic operas, of which The Barber of Seville (1816), Cinderella (1817), and Semiramide (1823) are among the best known. Of his later, larger-scale dramatic operas, the most widely heard is William… Continue reading The Life You Give: Gioachino Rossini *February 29 1792

The Life You Give: Rudolf Steiner *1861

Rudolf Steiner, born February 27 1861, in Kraljević, Austria, was a spiritualist, lecturer, and founder of anthroposophy, a movement based on the notion that there is a spiritual world comprehensible to pure thought but accessible only to the highest faculties of mental knowledge. Attracted in his youth to the works of Goethe, Steiner edited that… Continue reading The Life You Give: Rudolf Steiner *1861

The Virtuous Black XXVIII: Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman, born Jessye Mae Norman, on September 15 1945 in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A., was operatic soprano, one of the finest of her day, who also enjoyed a successful concert career.After winning the Bavarian Radio Corp. International Music Competition in 1968, Norman made her operatic debut as Elisabeth in Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in 1969 in… Continue reading The Virtuous Black XXVIII: Jessye Norman

The Life You Give: Victor Hugo *1802

Victor Hugo, born Victor-Marie Hugo, on February 26 1802, in Besançon, France, is the poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most important of the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that country’s greatest poets, he is better known abroad for such novels as Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables… Continue reading The Life You Give: Victor Hugo *1802

Onion overload

Broccoli, onion, garlic, Arborio rice It is common to use a product like onions as a spice — namely, it is generally meant to give a layer of flavor. Yet, I lean increasingly into using some spices as main ingredients, instead of as added taste profile. This is such a case, with rice being added… Continue reading Onion overload

The Life You Give / Virtuous Black XXVII — Marian Anderson *1897

Marian Anderson, born on February 27 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., was one of the finest contraltos of her time.Anderson displayed vocal talent as a child, but her family could not afford to pay for formal training. From the age of six, she was tutored in the choir of the Union Baptist Church, where she… Continue reading The Life You Give / Virtuous Black XXVII — Marian Anderson *1897

The Virtuous Black XXVI: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald, born Ella Jane Fitzgerald, on April 25 1917 in Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A., is the jazz singer who became world famous for the wide range and rare sweetness of her voice. She became an international legend during a career that spanned some six decades. As a child, Fitzgerald wanted to be a dancer,… Continue reading The Virtuous Black XXVI: Ella Fitzgerald

The Virtuous Black XXV: Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, born August 4 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., was leading trumpeter and one of the most influential artists in jazz history. He grew up in dire poverty in New Orleans, Louisiana, when jazz was very young. As a child he worked at odd jobs and sang in a boys’ quartet. In 1913… Continue reading The Virtuous Black XXV: Louis Armstrong