" I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden. "
Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Vladimir Lenin Dies

Lenin was a Russian revolutionary, leader of the Bolshevik party, and the first premier of the USSR. Trained as a lawyer, he turned his attention to Marxism in the 1890s and later adapted it to his own theory, Leninism. In 1917, he and his party successfully gained control of Russia and established a Soviet government. He died in 1924, and the city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad in his honor. "Lenin's Testament," a document he dictated from his deathbed, was first published in what country?



Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla gardening is a form of activism in which groups take over abandoned plots of land that they do not own in order to grow crops or plants. The earliest recorded use of the term was in 1973, when the Green Guerilla group transformed a derelict private lot in New York's Bowery district into a garden. That garden is still being cared for by volunteers and is now protected by the city's parks department. What American folk hero do some consider an early practitioner of guerrilla gardening?

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Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn golf into a major spectator sport. Nicklaus won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters—a record number of wins that is as yet unmatched. Nicklaus, who was nicknamed "The Golden Bear" after his high school mascot, was known for eating what food on the golf course in order to maintain his energy?

Last updated on Wednesday, 21st January 2009

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