President Obama has angered those who support Britain leaving the European Union by urging the country to remain in the bloc. He'll meet Prime Minister David Cameron today in a show of solidarity. Mr. Obama will be joined by his wife, Michelle, at Windsor Castle for lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, one day Liz's 90th birthday. The couple will also attend a dinner hosted by Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
On Earth Day - The landmark climate change agreement reached in Paris in December will be signed by more than 160 countries at the U.N. in New York today. Some experts say that it doesn't go far enough to protect the planet.
Earth Day: We're not as doomed as you think CNN - April 22, 2016
Federal agents seized a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana smuggled through a half-mile tunnel, the longest discovered between California and Mexico.
Volkswagen has agreed to fix or buy back nearly 500,000 diesel cars in the U.S. that are equipped with illegal emissions software.
A settlement will let Uber continue to categorize drivers in California and Massachusetts as independent contractors.
Opening in theaters today - In A Hologram for a King Tom Hanks plays Alan Clay, a corporate businessman and wash-up who has had no success. He travels to Saudi Arabia to propose a holographic teleconferencing system.
U.S. suicide rate hit a 30-year high -- The number of suicides increased in almost all groups, according to a study released today, with women and the middle-aged hit particularly hard - but down for black males.
The world lost Prince this week (See blog below). Others deaths in the news:
- Doris Roberts, 90, award winning actress
Chyna, 46, professional wrestler, reality-television star
Frederick Mayer, 94, a Jew who fled Germany for Brooklyn as a teenager in 1938, only to parachute back into a Nazi-controlled Austria seven years later as an American spy.
Saturday is believed to be the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (he is thought to have died on his 52nd birthday). His death wasn't front-page news in 1616. In fact, it was barely noted, unless you happened to be in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, his birthplace. He was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, the Shakespeare's parish, where the baptismal register had an entry in 1564 that read, "Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakespeare."
Shakespeare left no personal papers behind. It wasn't until after his death that his collected works were published in print form. What we know about his life comes from contemporary documents. To fill the gaps of knowledge, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington is attempting to digitize every known reference to Shakespeare and his family written during and around his lifetime. The project, called Shakespeare Documented, has collected nearly 500 references in about 400 documents so far. The papers are written in Elizabethan secretary hand, a style common in the 16th century but indecipherable to the inexpert eye today. Shakespeare wrote two epic narrative poems, 38 plays and 154 sonnets. He also penned his own epitaph - printed on the plaque in the photo above - a final verse: "Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbeare to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man who spares these stones, and cursed be he who moves my bones."
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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon", or simply "The Bard". His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
World Book Day
On the anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth we celebrate World Book Day. Everybody has a book in them - it's their story or journey. Most people attempt to write either a book, a poem, a blog or something that expresses their emotions. Physical reality is about experience and the catharsis of emotions through self-expression in a creative way. The women in the bookstore in the image above are glancing through my book 2012 Sarah and Alexander in the Alchemy of Time. .
Another cultural icon has died. When someone programmed with that level of creative genius crosses over it rocks many people to the core because their emotional DNA is tied up with the performer's music - a harmonic given to us during a specific time frame or frequency within the matrix of our experiences here. Music is immortal but seeing an icon cross over makes us more aware of our own immortality and how we fit into the window of what remains for us in the duration of this reality. Never forget that reality is created by sound, light, and color, brought forth in algorithmic tones to experience consciousness vicariously.
The pop music superstar was one of the most amazing musical performers of the last century, spanning rock, funk, soul, R&B, and pop genres. He could play anything. One of Prince's first albums he composed, recorded, and played all 27 instruments. Prince was two months older than Michael Jackson. Both were visionaries. They seem to carry the same energy and frequency which connects me to three performers in my age group - David Bowie -- Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler - slim and effeminate.
Prince, singer and superstar, dies aged 57 at Paisley Park BBC - April 21, 2016
The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.
Singer Prince dies at 57 CNN - April 21, 2016
Prince, who pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom, died Thursday at age 57.
Prince Google Videos
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