Two delightful books

Anyone who reads widely will attest to the joyful revelation that can come from the written word. Sometimes it’s from the extended drawn out journey that takes you to a totally different world, as in the immersion in Russian culture that Boris Pasternak leads you through in “Doctor Zhivago”.

Ask the Consul:Summer Travel

Installment One Hundred and One Q: How long do I have to wait for an appointment date? A: Our current wait time for a non-immigrant visa appointment is approximately six days, but that can change as demand for visa appointments increases.

History this week:The Upper Paleolithic ‘Cultural Revolution’: Humanity’s Universally Shared Cultural Heritage

By Dr. Christopher Carrico What is culture? Welsh literary and cultural critic Raymond Williams once wrote that ‘Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language.’  According to Williams, the word first entered the English language in the early 15th century, and originally referred to the tending of animals and crops.