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The ancient art of yoga has a new society wrinkle. The natural offshoot of goat yoga, where a goat on your back helps get the stress off your back by redirecting your attention, cat yoga purportedly lends joyfulness to the yoga experience.

A column expression I use from time to time is “society swans.” Derived from the informal British verb “to swan,” it means to move about or go somewhere in a casual relaxed way, if not a bit showy and ornate. In the third person present tense, tha…

Society and fine art are forever entwined, but despite their ever-evolving natures and more female artists than ever, there has yet to be a #HeToo. What’s sauce for the goose still isn’t sauce for the gander. Artists, by and large, do not seek out…

July brings the celebration of Bastille Day, otherwise known as le 14 juillet or La Fête Nationale in France. Much like our Fourth of July, it recalls the storming of the Bastille, the event that ignited the French Revolution.

June is the tail end of spring monarch migration season, the period when the butterflies are on the move. For the first time, I agreed to foster a pot full of milkweed, the plant instrumental to their survival, and after two weeks outside, I was f…

There’s a Hallmark movie where the male romantic lead, a civil engineer — an unswashbuckling profession if ever there was one — confesses that what he really wanted to be when he grew up was a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Another admits …

June is the month for brides, and what millennial brides are up to is online dress shopping. The latest industry innovation in wedding gowns — an institution that moves glacially slow — it remains to be seen how well laptops and lace fare.

Memorial Day is a time when we honor our fallen soldiers, and it appears the military is the only one who knows how to put on a proper funeral anymore. Like weddings and other life markers, funerals have fallen prey to a DIY demographic who don’t …

Heretofore, society has mainly concerned itself with one’s personality and decorum in public. Since Louis XIV noticed his nobles stepped on the grass at Versailles during his annual summer celebrations and posted small “etiquettes,” or little sign…

Spring begins Wednesday. It is a time for gardens. Wildlife gardening is where you purposefully try to attract small creatures, birds and insects to your property through a “planned wilderness” approach. You provide foliage, nuts, berries, cover a…

Currently at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the exhibit "Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex" reveals how New Orleanians Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick use photography for social engagement. The exhibition focuses on the…

When I’m working, I sometimes get greeted with, “Oh, you’re the photographer.” The gasp of horror from photographers everywhere aside, I’m not and never will be. I simply take pictures. There’s a huge difference.

This is the Chinese Year of the Pig. Bear in mind the Chinese have a very different attitude toward the animals symbolizing their zodiac than we do. They believe the events of the year are affected by 12-year cycles, which ancient astrologers thou…