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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Istanbul = Catstantinople

Being a cat in Istanbul is like being a cow in India. Sip your margarita while seeing more than 50,000 kitty photos via Instagram , #catsofistanbul . Or watch the feature film by local filmakers, “Nine Lives”, on Vimeo.  Or learn something along with Istanbul residents via YouTube tutorials, like building shelters and feeding stations. There’s also a Facebook page, The …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: H Is For Hawk

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, published 2014. Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and 2014 Costa Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. An exquisitely-written literary meditation. A wholly enrapturing memoir of the year following the unexpected death of Macdonald’s father, Alisdair Macdonald, a …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: In Prison, Music Can Set You Free

Each year, the New York City-based Decoda Chamber Ensemble spends a week with inmates at the maximum security Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. They teach inmates to play instruments and compose their own music. At the end of the week, they perform for other inmates, prison staff and local officials. This year’s program (2.16.16) was called “Seasons of …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park

What a beautiful idea. British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor created The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, a collection of ecological underwater contemporary art located in the Caribbean sea off the west coast of Grenada, West Indies. The coral reef around Grenada suffered damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Emily in 2005. It has been recorded that …