Silver Hemidrachm

Silver Hemidrachm of Umar

Coins of the Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan exist today in large numbers because they were used by merchants on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that spanned more than 7,000 miles from Constantinople to China. The Kingdom of Tabaristan, located in modern-day northern Iran,


Umayyad Caliphate Gold Dinar

The Umayyad dinar was the first coin to articulate the Islamic Faith.  The first one was believed to have been struck in the year 77 of Hijra ( 696/7AD) in time for the pilgrimage season so that every Muslim could take home a statement of

Justinian II

Solidus of Justinian II

Jesus Christ first appeared on Roman coins during the reign of Justinian II. He ruled the Eastern Roman (or Byzantine Empire) from 685 to 695 A.D. and again from 705 to 711 A.D. Reign of Justinian II Justinian II first ruled the Roman Empire alongside


Justinian I AE Follis

Roman Emperor Justinian I, Justinian the Great, ruled the Byzantine Empire from 527 A.D. to 565 A.D. Among his many accomplishments, Justinian codified all existing Roman laws in what would be known as the Codex Justinianus. Of particular interest to numismatists, Justinian eliminated pagan imagery from Roman coinage in the East.

Saint Helena

Saint Helena’s Portrait

Saint Helena was the wife of the Roman emperor Constantius I and the mother of the emperor Constantine the Great. Due to her significant influence during his reign, Constantine minted coins with her name, titles and portrait. Influence of Helena Helena was married to Constantine’s


Constantine the Great AE Follis

Constantine the Great was the first Christian emperor of Rome. Nonetheless, many of the coins issued during his reign still incorporated pagan designs. Reign of Constantine Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, ruled the Roman Empire from AD 306 and 337. He rose


Commodus As Hercules on the Denarius

Commodus, the son of Marcus Aurelius, served as the Emperor of Rome from 180 to 192 A.D. During his reign, he came to associate himself with Hercules, minting coins of himself wearing the Greek hero’s trademark lion-skin headdress. Decline of the Roman Empire Marcus Aurelius

Shekel of Tyre

The Shekel of Tyre was the official Jewish Temple sanctuary coin. It was also one of the most widely circulated coins during the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Tyre, a port city of ancient Phoenicia, was a center of commerce in the ancient world.

Pontius Pilate

Prutah of Pontius Pilate

Many of the Roman prefects of the province of Judea issued their own coinage. Because of his connection to Jesus Christ, the prutah of Pontius Pilot are among the most coveted. Pilate’s Rule Over Judea Pontius Pilate was the Roman prefect (or governor) of Judaea


Denarius of Tiberius

The Denarius of the Emperor Tiberius, commonly referred to as the “Tribute Penny,” was referenced by Jesus Christ in the Bible. As written in Mark 12:17, Jesus referenced the denarius when asked about paying taxes to the Romans. He held up the coin and said: “render unto Caesar


Sulla Silver Denarius

Lucius Cornelius Sulla, often referred to simply as “Sulla,” has the honor of being the first living person depicted on Roman coin. Sulla also played a significant role in the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of its empire under Julius Caesar. The


The Hannibal Coin from Carthage

Unlike other ancient civilizations, little remains of Carthage. There are few works of art, literature, or architecture to tell the story of the Carthaginians.  Some coins exist, although they are expensive when they come up for auction. Coins bearing a horse or local flora and

Alexander the Great Tetradrachm

Under Alexander the Great, the silver tetradrachm was the most widely-circulated coin. As Alexander built his empire, it was used to pay tribute, as well as mercenaries. After Alexander’s death, the kingdoms that had been under his rule continued to mint the coins bearing his

Athenian Tetradrachm

Athenian Tetradrachm

During the second half of the fifth century, the abundant silver mines of nearby Laurium allowed Athens to produce millions of tetradrachms. The silver coins helped fund the Golden Age of Athens, during which the military, politics, and culture of the ancient Greek civilization flourished.  Golden

Macedon Gold Stater of Phillip II

Macedon Gold Stater of Phillip II

Philip II ruled the Kingdom of Macedon from 359-336 B.C. Though far less well-known than his son, Alexander the Great, King Phillip started the expansion of the Macedonian Kingdom into an empire. He is also remembered for his gold Staters, although most are thought to

Achaemenid Empire

Darics of Persia’s Achaemenid Empire

A silver or gold coin that might have circulated to pay for troops and supplies during the first Persian invasion of Greece between 492 BC and 490BC represents this important period of the history of western civilization. The invasion ended in failure for the Persians

Gold Stater of Croesus

The gold Stater of Croesus was the world’s first gold coin. It features a bull and a lion facing one another. Art was now used to adorn the surface of coins to identify the coin with the coin producer. Lydia’s King Croesus King Croesus reigned

Lydian Striated Stater

The Lydian striated Stater is the first attempt in western civilization at assigning value to small pieces of metal in order to facilitate trade. These small electrum (a mixture of gold and silver) coins are the first “coins” made around 660 BC. Within 60 years,

Whitney Biennial Runs Through September 22

New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art is holding its Biennial now through September 22, 2019. It features 75 artists and collectives working in painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound. The Whitney Biennial is the longest-running survey of American art,

Easton Press “The Complete Works of Charles Dickens”

Easton Press produces the highest quality collectible and limited edition books. Its 21-volume set of Charles Dickens’ classics is no exception. The books are all beautifully bound in full genuine leather and accented with 22-karat gold.  Charles Dickens is one of England’s most famous novelists

Poland’s 10 zlotych silver coin

Poland Wins Most Inspirational 2014 dated COTY

Poland’s 10 zlotych silver coin (Y.902) was named the “Most Inspirational Coin” in the 2016 Krause Coin of the Year Awards. The award-winning silver coin, dated 2014, honors the birth of Jan Karski, who smuggled Holocaust evidence to the Allies in a hollow key. The

Canada Wins Best Crown for COTY dated 2014

Canada’s 20-dollar “Maple Canopy—Autumn Allure”(KM#1759) silver coin won the “Best Crown” category for coins dated 2014 in the Krause Coin of the Year Awards presented at the World Money Show in Berlin in 2016.  The award-winning coin was the fourth and final issue from the

Austria Gets Best Bi-Metallic for 2014 COTY

Austria’s 25-euro silver and niobium coin (KM#3227), which highlights the science of evolution, won best “Bi-Metallic Coin” for coins dated 2014 in the Krause Coin of the Year Awards. Part of the Austrian Mint’s Silver Niobium series, the stunning coin, which is dated 2014, is

PS Audio Power Regenerators

PS Audio Power Regenerators

PS Audio is a leader in AC power regeneration, making it a top choice among audiophiles. Earlier this year, the company released a new line of power regenerators designed to provide squeaky clean AC. Power Conditioners vs Power Regenerators There is a big difference between

Dr. Dean Kotlowski

Dr. Dean Kotlowski Joins CCAC as New Historian

Dr. Dean Kotlowski is the newest member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).  A professor of History at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, Kotlowski will serve as the CCAC’s historian for the next four years. Established in 2003, the CCAC advises the Secretary of the

Joseph Menna

Joseph Menna Named U.S. Mint’s Chief Engraver

The U.S. Mint recently named Joseph Menna as its Chief Engraver. Menna, who has worked for the Mint for 14 years, is a talented artist, his work earning him numerous Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year awards in various categories. He will now oversee the design development aspects

Britain Wins “Best Crown” for 2015 dated COTY

Britain’s Winston Churchill 2015 Brilliant Uncirculated £5 (KM-1298) coin won “Best Crown” for coins dated that year in the Krause Coin of the Year Awards. The Royal Mint released the coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death. With the release of the 2015

Austria’s 100 euro Capercaille

Austria Wins Best Gold Coin dated 2015

Austria’s 100 euro Capercaille (KM#3246) was named the Best Gold Coin in the Krause Coin of the Year Awards for coins dated 2015. The stunning coin is part of the Austrian Mint’s Wildlife in our Sights series, which celebrates the diversity of Europe’s native wildlife


U.S. Mint to Produce $1 American Innovation Coins

The United States Mint launched the first coin pursuant to the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 770). This is the beginning of a 14-year dollar coin series that recognizes American innovation, commemorating innovation and innovators from each state, each U.S. territory, and the District

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

King of Mint Errors Certified by NGC

When the U.S. Mint makes a mistake, coin collectors often rejoice. Rare 1943 bronze cents are a stellar example, intriguing numismatists ever since 16-year-old Don Lutes Jr. found one in change from his school cafeteria in 1947. According to coin experts, there are 17 confirmed

The Normans:  From Raiders to Kings, by Lars Brownworth, Crux Publishing, 2014

The Normans Beyond the English Dynasty of 1066AD

The Normans:  From Raiders to Kings, by Lars Brownworth, Crux Publishing, 2014 While William the Conqueror is found in most history books, many do not know the Normans conquered as far as Italy.  In his book, The Normans: From Raiders to Kings, Lars Brownworth tells

Facts Should Determine Marijuana Debate

Marijuana legalization is a controversial topic on both the state and federal level. While there is no shortage of opinions on the topic, there aren’t a lot of facts. Thankfully, that could soon change with the introduction of the Marijuana Data Collection Act. The federal

Athelstan: The Making of England

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek opens a window into the President’s mind and psychological profile of this ambitious man who used his family name and privilege to its best advantage. There are many good biographies of FDR, but none portray him as much

How Hemp Became Criminal in the United States

How Hemp Became Criminal in the United States

As New Jersey begins to talk about marijuana legalization, the value of hemp should not be overlooked. Hemp and marijuana are both from the species cannabis. However, because hemp contains nearly no delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it can’t be used as a psychoactive drug. Rather, it has

What Is a Firmware Update?

What Is a Firmware Update?

If you own a smartphone, digital camera, tablet or similar device, you’ve probably been asked to conduct a firmware update. You’ve likely also wondered what is it and why is it necessary? In basic terms, firmware is software that is embedded in a piece of hardware,


Is Apple iOS 12 Really Groundbreaking?

Apple recently unveiled iOS 12 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018. Now, the question is whether the new software version is truly revolutionary or whether Apple is becoming too complicated? Apple continues to unveil new versions of its iPad and iPhone software. While each

1912 Bronze Galvano, Edward Warren Sawyer

Rare Galvanos by Edward Warren Sawyer Sold at Auction

A collection of 18 Native American portrait galvanos sold for a total of $64,560 at Heritage Auction’s recent Long Beach Expo. The works are widely regarded as Edward Warren Sawyer’s most significant contributions to medallic art. Sawyer trained with Hermon Atkins MacNeil, who designed the Standing

Appointing the Next U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Appointing the Next U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Last November, during the Presidential election, was the time to express concern for the ideological makeup of the United States Supreme Court for this generation   Not now.  It is too late. When America voted for Donald Trump as President, they may or may not have

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Can the Equal Rights Amendment Rise from the Ashes?

Illinois is the latest state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. While this is certainly notable progress, it may not help the amendment become part of the U.S. Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment, which was first presented to the states for ratification in 1972, contained

Leather-Bound Books

The Best Leather-Bound Books to Buy

Notwithstanding the popularity of e-books and recorded books, the death of paperback and hardcover books has been greatly exaggerated. Many people prefer books for Kindle and iPad.  Why not?  You can carry your entire library with you and electronic books take no space in your


How the World Changed in 1177BC

1177 BC:  The Year Civilization Collapsed, by Eric Cline, Princeton University Press 2014 What is the most important date in history?  Eric Cline selects the date, 1177 B.C. and shows how civilization collapsed.  He offers an intriguing look how the advances of civilization up to

Alexander Hamilton & Richard F. Turner

Alexander Hamilton Finally Gets a Law Degree

While many of the country’s founding fathers practiced law, until the 20th Century, a law degree was not required to do so.  Neither Alexander Hamilton or Franklin Delano Roosevelt had university law degree.  Alexander Hamilton will finally get one — Albany Law School plans to

Audiophiles Flock to Expanded AXPONA Show

Audiophiles Flock to Expanded AXPONA Show

AXPONA continues to be the “go to” event for audiophiles. The largest high-end audio show in North America, was held April 13-15, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Every year, the show has expanded due to demand, and 2018 was the largest AXPONA

U.S. Mint Finally Has New Permanent Director

David J. Ryder is now the new Director of the U.S. Mint after being confirmed by the Senate on March 21, 2018. The Mint has not had a permanent director since Edmund C. Moy left it in January 2011. Long-Standing Vacancy at U.S. Mint  Ryder

Edmund Morris’s Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy

President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt remains one of the most popular and influential politicians to ever hold the country’s highest office. While his life and political career are chronicled in countless books, Edmund Morris’s Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy, which includes “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” “Theodore Rex,”

Turks & Caicos is Open for Business

Turks & Caicos is Open for Business

The Turks & Caicos Islands are open for winter tourists, rebounding quickly after being ravaged by two hurricanes last fall. The island chain’s resorts reported a strong holiday season of nearly 90 percent occupancy and strong first quarter bookings. This is great news given the

2017 Brookgreen Medal was designed by Heidi Wastweet

2017 Brookgreen Medal by Heidi Wastweet

The 2017 Brookgreen Medal was designed by Heidi Wastweet. Her unique design features the first square-shaped medal in the series. The prestigious Brookgreen Gardens medals collection is now one of only two series of American Art medals that exists. It follows the tradition of other


Should I upgrade to an iPhone X?

Sometimes Silicon Valley would rather push the boundaries of “coolness” than provide a more functional upgrade to an important every day product.  That is what happened at Apple with the introduction of the iPhone X. Touted as “the future of the iPhone,” Apple’s attempt to

Supreme Court Review

Top U.S. Supreme Court Decisions of 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to full strength in 2017 with the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch. He was sworn in on April 10, 2017, despite a Democratic filibuster. As expected, Justice Gorsuch has voted very conservatively since joining the bench. The Trump Administration has

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Mary Beard’s latest book, “SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome,” explores the early history of Rome by using a flashback technique.  The reader is grounded in the period of Roman history that they are most likely to know—the time of Julius Caesar—so they can wander

Tom Uram

CCAC Member Tom Uram on the ANA Board of Governors

Tom Uram has been elected to the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors for the 2017-19 election term. Uram is also a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and President of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN). Uram was sworn-in to his new

OSS Congressional Gold Medal

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) recently approved designs for a Congressional Gold Medal to collectively honor to the members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The medal will be awarded “in recognition of their superior service and major contributions during World War II.”

Karim Abdul-Jabbar

Karim Abdul-Jabbar Appointed to CCAC

Author and Hall of Fame basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the latest member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).  While many Americans know him as an author or as an NBA legend, the coin collector community knows him as a collector of 1850 to

Hurricane in Puerto Rico

Hurricane in Puerto Rico Was “Catastrophic” Event

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with the flooding rains of Harvey and the destructive winds of Irma. Not surprisingly, Puerto Rico is still reeling several weeks after the nearly category five storm passed directly over the island. The United States has been hit hard during


What is the Best Surge Protector?

There is a difference between a power strip and a surge protector.  A power strip operates like an extension cord, while a surge protector protects your equipment from sudden spikes in the power coming from the street. If all you need is an extension cord,

Liberty Collection

50 volume Classics of Liberty Collection

Titles 1 through 22 are quarter leather editions. Titles 23 through 50 are full leather bound editions. Raised bands on spine with gilt lettering. Gilt page edges and cover design. Ribbon page marker. Marble design endpapers. Some titles may vary depending on availability at the

Hurricane Irma

Caribbean Nations Devastated by Hurricane Irma

When hurricanes hit the United States, they are major news events; but when they destroy Caribbean nations, even online Internet news about them is scarce. In the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, at least 14 people have died, with the death toll rising as


Emojis on Display at New York’s MOMA

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is dedicated to documenting the ever-changing patterns of modern and contemporary art, and it doesn’t get more modern than its latest addition. The museum recently acquired the original set of 176 emoji. The emoji set is a gift

Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years

Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years

Ron Howard’s new film, Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years, is a masterful film about the early success of the Beatles. The documentary cover the band’s touring days from 1962 to 1966.  Following their 1966 concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, the Beatles largely retired

New Power Cords

Audience Introduces New Power Cords

Audience recently announced three new AC power cords — the Au24 SX powerChord, Au24 SE-i power Chord, and powerChord SE-i. Incorporating its latest advancements in materials and engineering, Audience promises to again revolutionize high-performance audio systems. Audiophiles who understand the difference that power cords make in a high-end

NJ Gas Tax

NJ Gas Tax Makes Tesla an Attractive Option

In States like New Jersey where cars are a necessity rather than a luxury, one would not think a gas tax is a fair source for state revenue.  When the NJ State Legislature decided otherwise and voted for a 23-cent per gallon gas tax, electric

The Who “My Generation” CD Box Set Review by Donald Scarinci

The Who “My Generation” CD Box Set

The Who marked the 50th anniversary of their debut album, My Generation, by releasing a new massive box set. The five-disc box set features a remastered edition of the album in mono and many never-before-released tracks. While it is a great way to commemorate a first album by


The Three Best Power Cords for Audiophile Sound

After selecting the right speaker for your room and picking good components to deliver optimum sound quality there are still four often overlooked items—connecting cables–that can make a big improvement on the sound performance of a mid-level audio system.  They are the power cords, analog


Project Celebrates What the Constitution Means to Americans

The U.S. Constitution has taken center stage in several recent political battles and high-profile lawsuits, highlighting that it has become a symbol as well as the document upon which our Democratic Republic is based. For many Americans, the Constitution has deep personal meaning as well.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry Pioneered Rock and Roll Music

Known for his duck walk and signature guitar licks, Chuck Berry left an indelible mark on rock and roll music. Berry died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 90. Born in 1926, Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry is often referred to as the “father

Music Week in Miami Features Ultra Music Festival

Featuring some of the world’s best artists and DJs, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival turns a city park into a massive dance floor. This year, the annual Ultra Music will be held on March 24, 25, 26 in Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. While the theme is

Bob Dylan 1966 Live Recordings

Bob Dylan fans who have been chasing bootlegs can now have the real deal. In November, Columbia/Legacy released a massive 36-disc box set that features every known recording from Dylan’s 1966 tour of the US, UK, Europe, and Australia. Bob Dylan is frequently described as

Coin of the Year 2015

Finland and the United States were the top winners in the first round of judging in the Coin of the Year competition. Each nation won two of the 10 categories, while Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Austria, and the Cook Islands each won in a

Progressive Movement

How the Progressive Movement Changed America

“Review: Theodore and Woodrow:  How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom by Andrew Napolitano, Thomas Nelson 2012″ Some people do not see history as isolated moments, but as a stream flowing in constant motion.  Andrew Napolitano is one of those great minds whose grasp of

Do We Need Nine Supreme Court Justices?

Even after the November election Sen. Ted Cruz vowed to continue to block the appointment of a replacement Supreme Court justice. The Republican senator maintains that the country’s highest court does not need nine members to operate and may even be better off with fewer

Canada Goose Jackets

The Real Cost of Canada Goose Jackets

If you got a Canada Goose jacket for Christmas, you should consider returning it. While the jackets are very popular, a coyote suffered a long, agonizing death for you to have the fur on that coat.  Concerns about ethical animal treatment have largely driven fur

Families Flock to Beaches Turks & Caicos

While there are a number of all-inclusive resorts that cater to kids, Beaches seems to have come up with the winning formula.  It’s facility on Grace Bay in Providenciales is packed with families during the holiday weeks. The resort has been named the “leading all-inclusive

War of 1812

U.S. and Canada Issue War of 1812 Coins

Whether America won the War of 1812 or lost it is a matter of perspective.  The important people and key battles also depend on point of view.  So the coins commemorating the event by the United States and Canada make an interesting collection. The War


Are Your Emojis Sending the Wrong Message?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So it’s not surprising that 76 percent of Americans reported using emojis at work, according to The Atlantic. Nonetheless, the use of emoticons and emojis are frequently the subject of office etiquette debates, with many arguing

Philadelphia Mint

1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold

“1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold” won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild Award.  Michael Moran and Jeff Garrett teamed up to write a book that chronicles how the discovery of gold in California impacted the U.S. Mint and the nation. “The arrival of Colonel Mason’s

New Moma Exhibit

New MoMA Exhibit Available on Your Laptop

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s new exhibit is completely digital. The exhibit, which is available via the museum’s website, extensively chronicles all of MoMA’s exhibitions from 1929 to the present. MoMA opened its doors in 1929, featuring its first major exhibition, “Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat,

The Legacy of SDS Organizer Tom Hayden

The Legacy of SDS Organizer Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden, best known for his ardent social activism, recently passed away at the age of 76. Hayden, who helped found Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), spent his life advocating against war and injustice. The Nation magazine named Hayden one of the 50 greatest

Three Good Books about James Madison

Labunski, Richard; James Madison & the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, Oxford University Press, 2006  Broadwater, Jeff; James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation, University of North Carolina Press, 2012  Stewart, David; Madison’s gift:  Five Partnerships That Built America,

A revolutionary new technology allows collectors to quickly identify or verify a coin's provenance. The website, Ex-Numis, uses image recognition software to locate coins illustrated in auction catalogs.

New Tech Allows Coin Auction Search by Image

A revolutionary new technology allows collectors to quickly identify or verify a coin’s provenance. The website, Ex-Numis, uses image recognition software to locate coins illustrated in auction catalogs. The new technology is the brainchild of Dr. Jonas Flueck, a professional numismatic dealer and an auctioneer

Queen released a complete Studio Album Collection in vinyl last year. The Queen Vinyl Box was priced at $300 and it became an instant collector’s item.

Queen Vinyl Box Set Becoming a Collectable

Queen released a complete Studio Album Collection in vinyl last year.  It was priced at $300 and it became an instant collector’s item.  It is not quite up there with the Beatles box set produced by the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs in the 80’s which

Ron Dutton won the Best of Show at FIDEM 2016 on September 10, 2016 for his group of medals, “Sun Terrace Beam,” “Totem of Memories,” “Hill Terrace Vines” and “Memories of Times Past.”

Ron Dutton Wins FIDEM 2016 Grand Prix

Ron Dutton (http://www.rondutton.co.uk/) won the Best of Show at FIDEM 2016 on September 10, 2016 for his group of medals, “Sun Terrace Beam,” “Totem of Memories,” “Hill Terrace Vines” and “Memories of Times Past.” These four medals are made of Brass, and wire and measure


Zinio: The Best Way to Read Magazines

Zinio touts itself as the “world’s largest newsstand.” For those who love to read magazines, there is truly no better app on the market. As far as apps go, Zinio has been around for a while and has established itself as the leading magazine platform.

Law Students

Books for First Year Law Students

Those who are about to begin their first year of law school have no idea what to expect. They have heard from those who have been through it before that it is a lot of work and that it can be terrifying. While there is

New Jersey to Accept Out of State Lawyers by Motion

New Jersey to Accept Out of State Lawyers by Motion

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently adopted admission to the Bar by motion. The state now joins 40 other states and Washington, D.C., in permitting out of state lawyers to practice without passing the New Jersey state bar exam.  Although admission by motion is accepted

The Bahama Islands

The Geology of the Bahama Islands

The Bahama Islands are unique in that they rise up as a rocky plateau from the ocean floor. The chain’s 700 islands sit on vast platforms of carbonates that are thousands of meters thick and date back millions of years. The Bahaman Archipelago consists of two

Steven Wilson

New Albums by the King — Steven Wilson

In between re-mastering some of the greatest Progressive Rock albums of all time, Steven Wilson also managed to record two impressive albums of his own over the two years. In January, Wilson released “4 ½,” which followed 2015’s “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” Every audiophile is familiar

the whitney museum of american art

Whitney Museum Offers More Than Contemporary Art

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Teddy Bear and Theodore Roosevelt are a part of the childhood of every American.

The History of the Teddy Bear

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Five “Great Courses” to Take This Summer

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Following the trail blazed by NETFLIX, the Teaching Company’s “Great Courses” are now being offered for $14.99/month. Below are the top five “Great Courses” across all genres: How to Listen to and Understand Great Music: The course, which is now in its third edition, is taught by

Teaching Company Great Courses

Teaching Company Great Courses is a Classroom App

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America's cup showing Jersey City

America’s Cup Returns to NYC

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The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are home to the third largest barrier reef in the world.

The Turks and Caicos Island’s Barrier Reef

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are home to the third largest barrier reef in the world.  In addition to providing some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities on the planet, the barrier reef keeps the pristine waters of Grace Bay Beach so clear

U.S. Currency to Get a Modern Look

After extensive public debate, Jacob Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, announced that Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill and the reverses of the $5 and $10 will also be redesigned to include several other notable women in

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Synergistic Research Grounding Block

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Laura Poitras at the Whitney Museum

Laura Poitras at the Whitney Museum

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“The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties” by Carol Berkin, Simon & Schuster, 2015

How the Bill of Rights Became Law

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Three Books about the Roberts Court

Three Books about the Roberts Court

  The U.S. Supreme Court recently entered its eleventh term with Chief Justice John Roberts at the helm at the Court’s seventeenth Chief Justice. During Robert’s tenure, the Court has been at the center of important and often controversial legal battles, from same sex marriage

It is time to head to Miami Beach for the best international art show of the year. Galleries from all over the world display their best work at Art Basel Week in Miami Beach. This year’s event takes place from December 3-6, 2015.

Art Basel Week 2015 In Miami

It is time to head to Miami Beach for the best international art show of the year.  Galleries from all over the world display their best work at Art Basel Week in Miami Beach. This year’s event takes place from December 3-6, 2015. First launched

Liberty’s First Crisis, by Charles Slack, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015

Charles Slack and “Liberty’s First Crisis”

Liberty’s First Crisis, by Charles Slack, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015 “The greatest enemy of liberty is fear…When [people] feel threatened, their tolerance shrinks.” Liberty and freedom in America have been threatened many times since the United States Constitution was drafted in 1787. People around the

US Mint Presentation To Gary Marks

A small ceremony was held at the United States Mint Headquarters in Washington DC on Thursday, October 8, 2015 to honor Gary Marks for his two terms of service on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Marks served as a public member of the CCAC,


The Chord Hugo DAC Delivers

The Chord Hugo is simply the best portable amplifier/DAC on the market. Whether you use it with your computer or with a portable transport to carry when you are out and about, the Hugo has no equal. Perhaps the $2,500 retail price is steep for

Social Media Hashtags are becoming so popular that they have gained legal recognition as intellectual property.

The Legal Evolution of the Social Media Hashtags

Social Media Hashtags are becoming so popular that they have gained legal recognition as intellectual property. As their value to businesses grows, they are also becoming the subject of lawsuits involving trademark infringement and false advertising. Hashtags started on Twitter as a way to link

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 889 Nobel Laureates. Recipients receive a gold medal.

Nobel Prize Medal Sells for $765,000

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 889 Nobel Laureates. Recipients receive a gold medal. Yet, even though 889 gold medals have been presented, very few have ever been offered for sale. In May, Leon Lederman auctioned his 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics,

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Late Night Show Features a New Type of “Star”

Forget Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman. There is a new rising star on late night — astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. This spring, National Geographic debuted StarTalk, a late-night talk show devoted exclusively to science. “There’s no monologue and no band,” Tyson told the Washington Post.


Yoko Ono Takes Center Stage at New MoMA Exhibit

After forty years, Yoko Ono has finally made her official debut at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” opened on May 17 and runs through September 7, 2015. While Yoko Ono is most well known as John Lennon’s

A verified statistic shows that lawyers suffer from depression at triple the rate of non-lawyers. Recently, research has also proven that the rigors of law school can be harmful to the health of students.

Coping With Stress In Law School

A verified statistic shows that lawyers suffer from depression at triple the rate of non-lawyers.  Recently, research has also proven that the rigors of law school can be harmful to the health of students. In a recent law review article, entitled “Killing Them Softly: Neuroscience

1792 Half Disme

Historic 1792 Half Disme Results in Record Sale

Earlier this year, a 1792 Half Disme sold for a record $1.41 million dollars at Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coin Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Signature Auction. The historic coin is generally recognized as the first circulating American coin struck under authority of the Mint Act of

There are almost as many choices for connecting audio cables and power cables as there are for components and speakers. Here are some thoughts about picking the right ones for your system.

What Audio Cables Should I Upgrade?

There are almost as many choices for connecting cables and power cables as there are for components and speakers. Here are some thoughts about picking the right ones for your system. Let’s assume that you are currently using the stock cables that came with your

Law school enrollment dropped again, according to the latest statistics from the American Bar Association (ABA). In total, first-year enrolled has plummeted nearly 30 percent from its peak in 2010.

Where Have All the Law Students Gone?

Law school enrollment dropped again, according to the latest statistics from the American Bar Association (ABA). In total, first-year enrolled has plummeted nearly 30 percent from its peak in 2010. According to the new ABA data, almost two-thirds of ABA accredited law schools experienced declines

Bob Dylan – The Original Mono Recordings (MONO-88697761051) recreates the first eight Dylan albums as they were intended to be heard.

Bob Dylan Mono Box Set Must Buy

Bob Dylan – The Original Mono Recordings (MONO-88697761051) recreates the first eight Dylan albums as they were intended to be heard. Even the album cover and labels look like the originals and recreate the feel of opening the album as it was the first time.

George Orwell's 1984 depicted a spy society as a parody of communism gone global.

George Orwell’s 1984 in America

George Orwell’s 1984 depicted a spy society as a parody of communism gone global. Edward Snowden revealed the reality of George Orwell’s spy society in the most unlikely and unpredictable place– 21st Century America. The extent of the federal government’s spy network data surveillance activities


Jury Service is A Good Experience for Everyone

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts is America’s top jurist, legal big dog, Number 1 custodian of the United States Constitution. Yet, earlier in April, he was simply known as American Citizen “Number 49.” Along with 50 other citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland, the Chief

The Whitney Museum of American Art has come home to Greenwich Village.

Whitney Museum to Debut New Building This Spring

The Whitney Museum of American Art has come home to Greenwich Village. The new Whitney Museum building is located at 99 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District within walking distance from its original home at McDougal Alley. Founded in 1930 by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney,

Find a high resolution copy of John Lennon's Imagine on Amazon.com

Imagine in High Resolution Blu-ray

It is not always the case that a high resolution 96kHz/24bit sounds better than a CD at 44mHz/16bit. More often than not, the remastering matters more than the bit rate. This is one of those times. The high resolution Blu-ray and, presumably, the digital download

The Whitney Museum of American Art is kicking off the celebration of its new building with a block party sponsored by Macy’s on May 2, 2015. It will also offer free admission to the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Whitney Museum to Debuts New Location

The Whitney Museum of American Art is kicking off the celebration of its new building with a block party sponsored by Macy’s on May 2, 2015. It will also offer free admission to the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new home of

LinkedIn™ is the world’s largest business social network and it continues to grow.

Six Things Lawyers should Do on LinkedIn™

LinkedIn™ is the world’s largest business social network and it continues to grow. Research shows that forty percent of LinkedIn™ users check their accounts daily, which makes it an important part of every lawyer’s marketing strategy. Here are a few tips: Keep your profile current. It is

Those big books that list just about every major law firm in every state could be found in every law firm’s library. Martindale-Hubbell charged big money to buy them and even bigger money for law firms listed in them. Like everything else today, the only format that sells is on line.

Martindale-Hubbell on Life Support

Those big books that list just about every major law firm in every state could be found in every law firm’s library. Martindale-Hubbell charged big money to buy them and even bigger money for law firms listed in them. Like everything else today, the only

Here is a link to the image used for Donald Scarinci's post regarding teaching business in law school https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericejohnson/4249400724/in/set-72157623057056883

Teach Business in Law School

Good writing is not enough to make a good lawyer. Law practice is a challenging business with thin profit and law students remain unprepared for it when they graduate. Some law schools are beginning to incorporate more business-oriented classes and seminars into their curriculum. As

For Americans traveling to Turks & Caicos there is no need to worry about converting money or returning home from vacation with a pocket full of coins you will never use. The official currency is the U.S. dollar.

No Currency Conversion in Turks & Caicos

For Americans traveling to Turks & Caicos there is no need to worry about converting money or returning home from vacation with a pocket full of coins you will never use. The official currency is the U.S. dollar. Like 50 countries across the globe, he


Sui Jianguo “Blind Portraits” Series Arrives in Central Park

Four massive sculptures by renowned Chinese sculptor Sui Jianguo are currently on display at New York’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza. The monumental sculptures are part of Sui Jianguo’s “Blind Portraits” series. While the large bronze do not quite resemble portraits, they were created “blindly.” Sui


Wang Jianwei Makes U.S. Debut at the Guggenheim

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple recently debuted at the Guggenheim Museum. It is the Beijing-based artist’s first solo museum exhibition in North America. The exhibit also marks the first of three commissions of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the museum. According

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New Jersey Ends the Year with a Bang!

New Year’s Eve might be especially noisy in New Jersey this year after a New Jersey court recently ruled that a Boonton teen can bang on his drums all he wants, much to the frustration of his neighbors. A Superior Court judge ruled that the

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Give Lynda.com For Christmas

Dr. Seuss had it right when he said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” If you need to find a gift for the person who does not want anything, do

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Austria Sweeps Krause Coin of the Year 2013

Austria took top honors winning the Krause Coin of the Year for coins dates 2013 with its 50 euro gold coin, KM-3218, depicting Gustav Klimt’s, “The Expectation.” It is the second coin in Austria’s five year series celebrating the painter’s work. [easingslider id=”4591″] It was

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Making the Supreme Court Fun

What do the U.S. Supreme Court and the National Football League have in common? Surprisingly enough, both have generated “fantasy leagues” in which participants try to successfully pick the winners and losers. The work of the country’s highest court is serious business. After all, the

FIDEM Holds Congress in Bulgaria

The Fédération International de la Médaille d’Art (FIDEM) or International Medal Art Federation recently held its 33rd congress in Sofia, Bulgaria. The FIDEM, which was founded in 1937, aims to promote and diffuse the art of medals at international level, to make the art known

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Rap Music Marketing Kentucky Law Firm

As the legal market grows more competitive, many law firms are marketing more aggressively and creatively. In an effort to stand out from the pack, a Kentucky law firm that specializes in personal injury recently retained rapper Master P to promote its services. If you

VPI Nomad

Three Reasons to Buy A VPI Nomad

The VPI Nomad may do as much to bring music listeners back to vinyl as the iPod did to bring listeners to the MP3 digital download. The Nomad is VPI’s new entry level turntable. It includes an Ortofon needle, a built in phono pre-amp and

magna carta

Magna Carta World Tour

Maybe it won’t be as big as the Beatles, but the Magna Carta is on its first U.S. Tour in 800 years. It’s the Beatles for government and history nerds! The original document was executed on a field in Runnymede in 1215. An assembly of


Lisa Gornick Penetrates “Tinderbox”

Lisa Gornick’s skills as an author and a psychoanalyst come together in her latest novel, Tinderbox. The gripping and often disturbing novel explores the inner-workings of a New York family dealing with more than one skeleton in the closet. Myra Mendelson, a psychotherapist living in

The Whitney Jeff Koons Makeover

Jeff Koons does everything big, from the size of his sculptures to the price tags on his artwork. The new exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art is no exception. “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” takes over nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer

The Legacy of Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja, left his body on August 20, 2014, at the age of 95. Called Guru-ji by the hundreds of thousands who love him, and affectionately nicknamed “Biks” by some practitioners of Iyengar Yoga in America, B.K.S Iyengar is the foremost exponent

High Definition Audio Playback

Apple Toward High Definition Audio Playback

Recent rumors about the new Apple operating system appear to be true. Apple’s iOS 8 will allow for high definition audio playback (HRA). This certainly explains why Apple has acquired Beats Electronics to upgrade their in-ear earphones. Apple has announced that they will offer high-fidelity

Law For Love, Not Money

While the costs of legal education continue to increase as employment prospects decrease, you could argue that a law degree does not have the same value it had in the past.   Maybe it doesn’t, but a recent study out of New Jersey has found that

High Resolution Audio

Sources For High Resolution Audio Defined

In addition to a standard definition of high resolution audio (HRA), in June, 2014, the music industry also agreed on standard labels they will use so music lovers can identify the source of the high resolution digital recording they are buying. As previously reported in

Mary Lannin Joins CCAC

Mary N. Lannin, the newest member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), attended her first meeting in Philadelphia on May 19, 2014, where she reviewed designs for the 2015 March of Dime Commemorative, the 9-11 Congressional gold medals, and a Code Talker medal. The

What Do Supreme Court Arguments and Opera Have in Common?

During the course of their tenures on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justices Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have engaged in many heated debates. But do they make good theater? Budding lawyer and musician Derrick Wang thinks so. He recently composed an opera entitled

2014 Whitney Biennial: Curators As Artists

The 2014 Whitney Biennial ended this week.  It is the last to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. The Museum is moving downtown to its new location in the spring of 2015. The Museum’s

Frieze Art Fair – A True New Yorker

Not only does New York steal some good theater from London, but the Frieze Art Fair has now become a New York art show and part of the established New York art scene. Direct from London, the Frieze Art Fair landed on New York Randall’s

Digital Cables

Do Digital Cables make a difference?

While there are still a few holdouts who say that power cords and analog connector cables don’t make a difference with sound or video quality, they are now a minority. However, the debate remains active about digital cables. Digital cable Naysayers point out that the

Vermont Town Must Rescind Its Role in Patent History

The legend of a Vermont town being home to America’s first patent is no more. For decades, Pittsford, Vermont celebrated being the hometown of inventor Samuel Hopkins. On July 31, 1790, Hopkins received the first U.S. patent for an improvement in “the making of Pot

Providenciales Missionary Elevated To Bishop

Monsignor Peter Baldacchino, affectionately called, “Fr. Peter,” was taking out the trash when Archbishop Wenski called to tell him that he had been elevated to Bishop. “We do everything. We wash the plates, we wash the laundry,” Fr. Peter said as if annoyed by the

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Spilling a hot drink from Dunkin Donuts made a New Jersey resident a millionaire. New Jersey resident Jennifer Fragoso’s lawsuit comes 20 years after McDonald’s Restaurants was sued by a New Mexico woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a hot coffee in her lap.

Google Glass

Google Glass Legal Concerns

The much-hyped Google Glass may be banned before the general public ever gets to try them on. The revolutionary device is essentially a mobile computer with a head-mounted display. It functions much like a smart phone without having to use your hands; it can take

How to choose a Caribbean Island

When temperatures in the New York area are in single digits and snowstorms cause work closings and three hour commutes in dangerous icy conditions, it is time to book a flight to the Caribbean. Here’s a few tips on how to choose a Caribbean Island.

Lawyer’s Super Bowl Commercial Goes Viral

While the Super Bowl may be over, talk about the advertisements is not. For the general viewer, favorites likely included Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” and Doritos’ “Cowboy Kid.” In the legal community, viewers were buzzing about the Super Bowl commercial produced by a personal injury lawyer

Turks and Caicos Island Rated Top Ten

The readers of Conde Naste Traveler recently named the Turks and Caicos Islands one of “Top 10 Islands in the Caribbean & Atlantic.” The Turks and Caicos Islands consists of a string of islands, mostly uninhabited with a total native population of just a little

E.L. Doctorow is back with, Andrew’s Brain

E.L. Doctorow’s latest novel, Andrew’s Brain, hit bookstores on January 14. The best-selling author’s latest work is already generating buzz as a thought-provoking and powerful look into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of

Judges Who Blog

While the list of judges who blog is relatively short, those who do are making headlines. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf made his blog must read material when he recently commented on the irrelevancy of the Supreme Court. His blog, Hercules and the Umpire,

Burn Your Books and Buy an Ipad

The book publishing industry as we once knew it is dead.  E-books and on line information is more readily available, offers more variety, can present information in a multimedia format and is generally less expensive and requires no bookshelf space. For a glimpse at the

Five Ipad Apps I Can’t Live Without

The introduction of the new Apple iPad Air is a good reason to take a look at how important these devices have become in our daily lives. Apple iPads have become the most used travel accessory next to cell phones. They are something between a

Facebook Could Not Serve Complaint on Flo Rida

While Facebook offers many new ways to communicate, it has its limitations. For instance, it cannot be used to serve legal papers. After rap superstar Flo Rida failed to appear for a performance at the 2011 Fat As Butter music festival in Newcastle, Australia, concert

The Newest Law School Students Don’t Want to Be Lawyers

Many business professionals are entering law school, not to become practicing lawyers but to understand the myriad of legal issues they encounter on a daily basis. The master’s degree programs are generally 24 credits and are geared exclusively towards non-lawyers. The programs are gaining in

Princeton Battlefield Event Brings Revolution to Life

On September 28, 2013, the Princeton Battlefield Society will hold its Revolution at Princeton Event, which commemorates a critical battle of the American Revolution. Through artillery demonstrations, battlefield tours, and historical documents, the event takes visitors behind the scenes as General George Washington and his

Dirty Power Makes Dirty Music

If upgrading power cords makes a significantly noticeable improvement in sound quality, then imagine the improvement that a clean power source could make! There are power conditioners and power re-conditioners that work wonderfully for music. They double as power strips and surge protectors as well.

Stuck Disneyland Ride Leads to $8,000 in Damages

Some of the cases attorneys take never cease to amaze me. The fact that they win some of the more outlandish ones amazes me even more. Anyone who has taken the “Small World” ride at Disneyland knows that it sometimes takes days to get the

12 Tweaks to Improve Digital Sound Quality

As the demand for portable digital music continues to outpace demand for other high fidelity options, many people are now looking to improve digital sound quality. There are twelve simple tweaks available to those who are tired of listening to poor quality iTunes downloads. It

The Battle of Monmouth Fought Again

On June 15 and 16th the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, will be fought again on the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield.  This event will commemorate the 235th Anniversary of this important battle of the American Revolution. The battle, formally known as the Battle of Monmouth

“Robin Hood” Slapped With Lawsuit in NH Community

The New Hampshire Robin Hooders have proven that parking tickets have more to do with justifying jobs than protecting the public. The residents of Keene, New Hampshire fought back by creating a band of merry men and women modeled after Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest

The Truth about Burn in for Audio Components

By Donald Scarinci: Many high end audiophile products such as amplifiers, speakers, headphones and even connection cords and power conditioners are sold with the advice that they will produce better sound when they are used.  Many manufacturers recommend burn in for audio components before the

Even Australian Lawyers suffer with Lawyer Jokes

Three people were in a lifeboat after their ship sank.  They were surrounded by sharks.  One courageous person took charge of the situation, dove into the water and swam ashore.  To the surprise of the survivors on the life boat, the sharks allowed the person

‘The Expeditioners’ Provide Fresh Take on Travel

Many travel junkies who want more than the standard tourist experience seek out blogs and websites from previous visitors who can give a fresh view of a country, and “The Expeditioners” blog and Facebook page falls into this category. The blog is operated by three

The Internet Killed the Video Store

When is the last time you got in your car to drive to a video store to rent a movie? Only a few short years ago, venturing to Blockbuster on a Friday or Saturday night would have taken at least an hour to battle the

Coil Festival 2013 Provides Eclectic Mix of Artists

The Performance Space 122 kicked off its eighth annual Coil Festival in January, and audience members received the same eclectic and fresh mix of theater, dance and performance artists that have characterized this festival in previous years. The festival brought together groups of artists from

Can You Become a New York Lawyer in Two Years?

The traditional law school model is arguably in dire need of a makeover. But the legal community can’t seem to agree what a modern legal education should look like. Most recently, a proposal to allow law school students to eliminate their third year and sit

Many Musicians were Influenced by Warhol

New York Honors Andy Warhol’s legacy to the World

Andy Warhol never left New York.  He is the subject of two outstanding exhibitions—one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and another at the Benrimon Gallery. “Thank You Andy Warhol” is the tribute exhibit at the Benrimon Contemporary museum in New York.  Catherine Johnson, author

Off the Beaten Path in Corsica & Sardinia

Flying to Ajaccio, Corsica takes some careful planning.  It is a lot like getting to Martha’s Vineyard, and the timing of the flights needs to be right.  We arrived in Nice, France and waited five hours for our flight to Ajaccio. Ajaccio is on the

Sailing South Corsica and Northern Sardinia

When the Johansson’s called and invited us to join them in the Mediterranean for a few weeks of sailing, it was impossible to say no.  They are good friends from Sweden who we hadn’t had the chance to spend time with in several years.  Sailing

Seven Things Businesses Can Do About Identity Theft

If you have ever had your credit card compromised, you understand the havoc that identity theft can create. Now imagine if that happened to your business. Given the harm it can do to your reputation and bottom line, business identity theft should be on the

CCAC Reviews Code Talker Medals

At its meeting in Washington on Tuesday, June 26, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee of the United States Mint considered candidate designs for four medals in the Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medal Program. Congress awarded these medals “in recognition of the dedication and valor of

The Courts, Not President Obama, Will Decide Same-Sex Marriage

President Barack Obama grabbed the headlines last week in his support of same-sex marriage. The political pundits dominated the evening news with talk about the national political ramifications, and politicians defined each other’s position on the subject. However, few news accounts or talking heads considered

Kwon’s Failure to Withdraw Makes History

Judicial nominees who withdraw their names when they know they don’t have the votes for confirmation are never remembered very long. Philip Kwon, on the other hand, has made his mark on New Jersey history by either becoming the first or one of very few

Coin of the Year Awards for 2010 Coins

By Donald Scarinci Israel won the coin of the Year for its 2010 Jonah in the Whale 2 Sheqalim coin.  The coin had been selected as the “most artistic” category winner. Judges for Krause Publications nominated 95 coins issued in 2010 from around the world

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Donald Scarinci, Managing Partner Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC 1100 Valley Brook Ave. P.O. Box 790 Lyndhurst, NJ 07071-0790 phone: 201-806-3386 Fax: 201-896-8660 Email: DScarinci@ScarinciHollenbeck.com City of Union City Hudson Cty Community College NJILGA Donald Scarinci is the founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC. His practice focuses on

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Photography English Language & Literature Numismatics   DONALD SCARINCI 201-806-3386201-806-3386 DonaldScarinci@Yahoo.com Donald Scarinci was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1956. His book, “David Brearley and the Making of the United States Constitution” received favorable academic reviews when it was published in 2005. The book

Security Breaches Can Lead to Costly Business Lawsuits

Security breaches can often lead to costly business lawsuits and other legal headaches, just ask Sony Corp. The company suffered two serious data breaches last summer and is still dealing with the legal and public relations fallout. Sony’s security breach was ultimately the second-largest online data breach