The Meaning of Lilies, Roses and Other Flowers

Holly is the goodwill ambassador of the flower world. During the ancient Roman festival, holly was exchanged as a symbol of health and happiness. Early Christians appropriated the pagan myth of the holly king killing the oak king at midsummer. Eventually Jesus Christ was conflated with the holly king and the flower became a symbol of peace and goodwill.

North America's Coolest Animals

North America. Let’s hear it for the way our continent led the way in revolutionizing the world. We ended slavery less than a hundred years after most of the rest of the world. And we extended the vote to women only a few years after Kyrgyzstan. Despite our leadership in the arena of progress, however, North America also lays claim to one of the most ancient animals on the globe.