GET /freshly-pressed/

List Freshly Pressed Posts

Resource URL

Type URL and Format
GET https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/freshly-pressed/

Query Parameters

Parameter Type Description
http_envelope (bool)
false:
(default)
true:
Some environments (like in-browser Javascript or Flash) block or divert responses with a non-200 HTTP status code. Setting this parameter will force the HTTP status code to always be 200. The JSON response is wrapped in an "envelope" containing the "real" HTTP status code and headers.
pretty (bool)
false:
(default)
true:
Output pretty JSON
meta (string) Optional. Loads data from the endpoints found in the 'meta' part of the response. Comma separated list. Example: meta=site,likes
fields (string) Optional. Returns specified fields only. Comma separated list. Example: fields=ID,title
callback (string) An optional JSONP callback function.
number (int) The number of posts to return. Default: 10. Limit: 40. Default: 10.
after (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts picked on or after the specified datetime.
before (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts picked on or before the specified datetime.
content_width (int) When in context=display, images/embeds in post content will be set to the desired maximum width. Default: 480.
thumb_width (int) Desired width of thumbnail images, in pixels. Default: 252.
thumb_height (int) Desired height of thumbnail images, in pixels. Default: 160.

Response Parameters

Parameter Type Description
ID (int) The post ID.
site_ID (int) The site ID.
author (object) The author of the post.
date (iso 8601 datetime) The post's creation time.
modified (iso 8601 datetime) The post's most recent update time.
title (html) context dependent.
URL (url) The full permalink URL to the post.
short_URL (url) The wp.me short URL.
content (html) context dependent.
excerpt (html) context dependent.
slug (string) The name (slug) for the post, used in URLs.
guid (string) The GUID for the post.
status (string)
publish:
The post is published.
draft:
The post is saved as a draft.
pending:
The post is pending editorial approval.
private:
The post is published privately
future:
The post is scheduled for future publishing.
trash:
The post is in the trash.
auto-draft:
The post is a placeholder for a new post.
sticky (bool) Is the post sticky?
password (string) The plaintext password protecting the post, or, more likely, the empty string if the post is not password protected.
parent (object|false) A reference to the post's parent, if it has one.
type (string) The post's post_type. Post types besides post, page and revision need to be whitelisted using the rest_api_allowed_post_types filter.
comments_open (bool) Is the post open for comments?
pings_open (bool) Is the post open for pingbacks, trackbacks?
likes_enabled (bool) Is the post open to likes?
sharing_enabled (bool) Should sharing buttons show on this post?
comment_count (int) The number of comments for this post.
like_count (int) The number of likes for this post.
i_like (bool) Does the current user like this post?
is_reblogged (bool) Did the current user reblog this post?
is_following (bool) Is the current user following this blog?
global_ID (string) A unique WordPress.com-wide representation of a post.
featured_image (url) The URL to the featured image for this post if it has one.
post_thumbnail (object) The attachment object for the featured image if it has one.
format (string)
standard:
Standard
aside:
Aside
chat:
Chat
gallery:
Gallery
link:
Link
image:
Image
quote:
Quote
status:
Status
video:
Video
audio:
Audio
geo (object|false)
publicize_URLs (array) Array of Twitter and Facebook URLs published by this post.
tags (object) Hash of tags (keyed by tag name) applied to the post.
categories (object) Hash of categories (keyed by category name) applied to the post.
attachments (object) Hash of post attachments (keyed by attachment ID).
metadata (array) Array of post metadata keys and values. All unprotected meta keys are available by default for read requests. Both unprotected and protected meta keys are available for authenticated requests with access. Protected meta keys can be made available with the rest_api_allowed_public_metadata filter.
meta (object) API result meta data
date_range (object) date range covered by current results.
number (int) The number of posts brought back by current query.
posts (array) An array of post objects, with added Freshly Pressed info, in the editorial property for each post.

Example

cURL

curl 'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/freshly-pressed/?pretty=1'

PHP

<?php

$options  = array (
  'http' => 
  array (
    'ignore_errors' => true,
  ),
);

$context  = stream_context_create( $options );
$response = file_get_contents(
  'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/freshly-pressed/?pretty=1',
  false,
  $context
);
$response = json_decode( $response );

?>

Response Body

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        "newest": "2014-10-25T20:02:02+00:00",
        "oldest": "2014-10-24T15:02:02+00:00"
    },
    "number": 10,
    "posts": [
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                "email": false,
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                "profile_URL": "http:\/\/en.gravatar.com\/keithsnyder",
                "site_ID": 445202
            },
            "date": "2014-10-17T12:28:17-04:00",
            "modified": "2014-10-23T09:37:45-04:00",
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I don&#39;t have a bedframe&#8230;<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522586673897820160\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>Even when the rain attacks so hard that I fancy I hear a resonance between glass and cardboard, I can hear myself breathing&#8230;<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522587341849116672\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>A bright little rectangle with dark silhouettes of my fingers\u2014that&#39;s you. You&#39;re a different kind of breeze. You flow in over the airwaves\u2026<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522587784704700416\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>We finished a book tonight at storytime. The hero\u2014an adolescent who lives with his father &amp; uncles\u2014leaves them at the end and they all cry\u2026<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522588249387442176\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>Then the narrative shifts to present-day, and the hero, much older, is told by his love that his father and uncles are still within him\u2026<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522588596357046273\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>So we teared up a little too, and I said it will really work that way when I&#39;m gone. Which maybe they got and maybe they didn&#39;t\u2026<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522588972040871936\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>But they&#39;re asleep upstairs, and I&#39;m down here feeling the breeze when it remembers to slide back in, and the only water I can hear\u2026<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522589547239337984\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>is gutter trickles and taps on dirt. And isn&#39;t it a privilege to be alive at a time when you are there and I am here, and yet\u2026<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522589910310875138\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<div class=\"embed-twitter\">\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" width=\"480\">\n<p>I can tell you I hear a train horn now, and now tires on wet street, and now the field crickets have started up again.<\/p>\n<p>&mdash; Keith Snyder (@noteon) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/noteon\/status\/522590300074934272\">October 16, 2014<\/a><\/p><\/blockquote>\n<p><script async src=\"\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script><\/div>\n<p><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-6027\" src=\"https:\/\/keithsnyder.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/brilliance_and_color.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"brilliance_and_color\"   \/><\/p>\n<p><span style=\"letter-spacing:1px;\">A<\/span><span style=\"font-size:75%;font-weight:600;letter-spacing:1px;\">T 7AM THE NEXT<\/span> morning, I got up from\u00a0the mattress that doesn&#8217;t have a bed frame yet and went into my\u00a0kitchen to make my tea. 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The living room is next.<\/p>\n<p>I don&#8217;t remember the precise moment when I realized we could use the 25-minute drive to their school as podcast time, but it happened in that kitchen or on the way to it, and I got kind of excited.\u00a0My more sciencey boy loves RadioLab (so do I), and my less sciencey boy tunes out anything he&#8217;s uninterested in and listens to the music and TV shows in his head instead, so I thought it could work well\u2014and RadioLab Shorts are about the right length.<\/p>\n<p>So we would do that. I got them up and we had breakfast and referred to the new checklist on the envelope on the refrigerator and got out the door at very nearly the appointed time.<\/p>\n<p><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-6027\" src=\"https:\/\/keithsnyder.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/brilliance_and_color.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"brilliance_and_color\"   \/><\/p>\n<p><span style=\"letter-spacing:1px;\">F<\/span><span style=\"font-size:75%;font-weight:600;letter-spacing:1px;\">ALL IN <\/span><span style=\"letter-spacing:1px;\">W<\/span><span style=\"font-size:75%;font-weight:600;letter-spacing:1px;\">ILLOUGHBY<\/span>, Connecticut is retina-dazzlingly gorgeous. If you&#8217;ve ever had the experience of barely being able to look at someone who was talking to you because they were just too beautiful, it&#8217;s a similar sensation, especially along Simpaug Turnpike before it crosses Umpawaug Brook. 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I can never tell what he hears or doesn&#8217;t, but it&#8217;s generally a good bet that whatever&#8217;s already in there is more entertaining than whatever you&#8217;re trying to force through his ears.<\/p>\n<p>So I let it play until it got to a point they had to understand, or the rest wouldn&#8217;t make any sense, and I paused it and made sure they did, which I also figured would get them listening in the first place if they weren&#8217;t. They made the right noises to make me go away, which are indistinguishable from paying actual attention, and I let it play again.<\/p>\n<p>This episode is about a group of people who go to a huge amount of trouble and gargantuan expense\u00a0to try to turn\u00a0endangered whooping cranes back into a viable wild species. There was a <a href=\"http:\/\/www.radiolab.org\/story\/254840-operation-migration\/\">full-length RadioLab about it<\/a>; the Short is a sort of coda, in which those people realize some of the cranes are going into this lady&#8217;s yard and eating from her bird feeders, which is not good\u00a0for a variety of reasons, one of which is that whooping cranes in this project have already been shot, so\u00a0allowing them to learn populated areas are good foraging grounds\u2014that&#8217;s bad.<\/p>\n<p>So the endangered-crane repopulators\u00a0go to the lady&#8217;s house and ask nicely, and she refuses to take the feeders down.<\/p>\n<p>At this moment in the show, we&#8217;re disappointed in our own species. (Except for those of us who are longtime RadioLab listeners and can see how much time is left in the episode.)<\/p>\n<p>The next thing is a phone call they recorded with her\u2014and she is not what we expect. She&#8217;s not a crazy bird lady, or some intractable ignoramus. She&#8217;s a widow whose husband of fifty years had Alzheimer&#8217;s, and the one thing that brought him back to her was when the birds came back to the bird feeders. And then, in more recent times, amazing huge white ones started showing up. It was magical.<\/p>\n<p>The hosts, as they do, performed our own thoughts and emotions for us. On the one hand\u2026but on the other hand\u2026but how does this change\u2026and I won&#8217;t spoil the rest of that conversation. But in the car, driving through the painfully splendid Autumn and making the sharp right onto Cain&#8217;s Hill Road\u2014which I refuse to stop reminding them I climbed on my folding bike with a trailer because I didn&#8217;t know the hill was there until I got to it\u2014first I asked what they thought. And got the expected responses: <em>Why won&#8217;t she take her bird feeders down!?<\/em><\/p>\n<p>Which we talked about. And then I pointed out that there were no bad guys in this story. There were only good guys, but what they wanted was different. Then I said, What if you were a judge, and you had to decide\u00a0how this should go?<\/p>\n<p>Science boy, who was the main\u00a0one I was talking to, since his brother was still just looking out the window, said, I think she should take them down. It&#8217;s a whole bird species!<\/p>\n<p>Then, because I have a thing about including them both whenever possible, even when it&#8217;s pretty clear (as during\u00a0the story the night before) that one isn&#8217;t\u00a0paying attention, I said his brother&#8217;s name and repeated the question. 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Grooming, prayer, work.\u201d As editor Claude Pichois explains, the poet viewed the ritual of prayer as a process through which to gather his spirits, focus on his work, and enhance his determination.<\/p>\n<p>Indeed, although Baudelaire penned the figure of the <a href=\"http:\/\/procrastinationoxford.org\/2014\/05\/09\/the-flaneur\/\" target=\"_blank\">fl\u00e2neur<\/a> who whiles away the hours in observant but unproductive wanderings, his journals show that he actually aspired to a work ethic that defies procrastination (\u201cWork tirelessly six days a week\u201d)\u2014and that there is another key figure of his oeuvre which is closely connected to this preoccupation with time and creation: the dandy.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/procrastinationoxford.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/dandy.jpg\"><img class=\"alignright wp-image-1077\" src=\"https:\/\/procrastinationoxford.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/dandy.jpg?w=176&#038;h=259\" alt=\"Dandy\" width=\"176\" height=\"259\" \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p>In his essay <a href=\"http:\/\/www.columbia.edu\/itc\/architecture\/ockman\/pdfs\/dossier_4\/Baudelaire.pdf\" target=\"_blank\"><em>The Painter of Modern Life<\/em><\/a> (1863), Baudelaire depicts the dandy as a man stoically devoted to \u201ccultivat[ing] the idea of beauty\u201d in himself, assiduously crafting his existence into a work of art. While some are quick to discard the dandy as a superficial figure, the <em>Journaux Intimes<\/em> underline that Baudelaire\u2019s dandy has depth: he is the \u201csuperior man\u201d, who must \u201cbe sublime without interruption\u201d and even \u201clike to work\u201d, so long as it is not for the mundane purpose of making a living\u2014since he is by definition, as is clearly stated, wealthy and powerful enough to not be concerned with such trivialities.<\/p>\n<p>The dandy\u2019s meticulous grooming and steadfast commitment to sustaining a cold, proud fa\u00e7ade (he has an \u201cunshakable resolve not to be moved\u201d) are less frivolous than popular opinion would have it: as Baudelaire\u2019s above note-to-self indicates, they are an antidote to procrastination, a morally-driven behaviour at the service of creation. By dedicating his every minute to embodying his aesthetic ideal, unperturbed by the rest of the world, the dandy\u2019s mere being\u2014both in appearance and thought\u2014is art, without having to produce anything outside of himself.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"http:\/\/exhibits.library.vanderbilt.edu\/BookAsArt\/?section=17&amp;item=105\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-large wp-image-1081\" src=\"https:\/\/procrastinationoxford.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/fleurs-du-mal-01.png?w=480&#038;h=212\" alt=\"fleurs du mal-01\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p>The poet, however, does not necessarily have this luxury. In his poem \u201cLa Fin de la Journ\u00e9e\u201d from the iconic <a href=\"http:\/\/exhibits.library.vanderbilt.edu\/BookAsArt\/?section=17&amp;item=120\" target=\"_blank\"><em>Fleurs du Mal<\/em><\/a> (1857), Baudelaire writes that a poet always welcomes nighttime with a relieved \u201cAt Last!\u201d\u2014not only because he revels, in romantic fashion, in its soothing shadows, but also because it \u201cerases everything, even shame\u201d. Tormented by the pressure of time and productivity (daytime is \u201cpushy and shrill\u201d in the poem), the poet feels at home in the moment at which rest and sleep (darkly likened to entombment) are expected.<\/p>\n<p>As evident in the use of the words \u2018erase\u2019 and \u2018shame\u2019, artistic self-doubt looms behind the poet\u2019s procrastinatory tendency and his desire for respite from, even destruction of, his work. In Baudelaire\u2019s \u201cLe Confiteor de l\u2019Artiste\u201d (from the prose poetry collection, <em>Le Spleen de Paris<\/em>, 1869), the speaker, in awe of the splendour and vastness of the world, confesses: \u201cThe study of beauty is a duel in which the artist screams out of fear before being vanquished.\u201d The poet is paralysed by the beauty that he sees in the light of day, unsure he will be able to match its wonder.<\/p>\n<p>The dandy, untroubled by ordinary considerations or feelings (deadlines, bills, or low self-confidence are foreign to him), is indefatigably focused on being his own masterpiece (he must even \u201csleep in front of a mirror\u201d, according to the <em>Journeaux Intimes<\/em>). The poet, confronted with the realities of life and his own anxieties, instead finds solace at night, when the spectre of what has not been achieved during the day fades. He can then stop writing and revising\u2014or on the contrary, stop putting it off and quietly start all over again\u2014liberated by the sense that the late hours demand nothing from him, that darkness is a blank slate.<\/p>\n<div id=\"attachment_1073\" style=\"width: 490px\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.flickr.com\/photos\/jrparis\/\"><img class=\"size-large wp-image-1073\" src=\"https:\/\/procrastinationoxford.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/7808695_c4df31bfb5_o.jpg?w=480&#038;h=360\" alt=\"Photo \u00a9 JR_Paris, Flickr\"   \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">Three visions for the (anti)-procrastinator: fl\u00e2neur, dandy, poet. <em>Photo \u00a9 <a href=\"https:\/\/www.flickr.com\/photos\/jrparis\/\" target=\"_blank\">JR_Paris<\/a>, Flickr<\/em><\/p><\/div>\n<p>Baudelaire\u2019s work is a Pierian spring for procrastinators. The fl\u00e2neur, who merely promenades through the modern city, without aiming to create anything, may be the first of Baudelaire\u2019s key figures to come to the procrastinator\u2019s mind: how could the freedom of idling along the streets with no obligation <em>not<\/em> be tempting when faced with a daunting task? Moreover, as is commonly accepted, a stroll may spark renewed creativity (though that is not what the true fl\u00e2neur seeks).<\/p>\n<p>Yet Baudelaire\u2019s oeuvre presents an alternate figure for procrastinators to draw inspiration from: the dandy, who pledges his life so entirely to his aesthetic principles (in a manner assimilated to \u2018spiritualism\u2019 in the author\u2019s essay) that his every move serves to realise them. Those who have creative rituals may find a new spiritual leader in Baudelaire\u2019s dandy and challenge themselves to emulate the constancy underpinning his sartorial and behavioural choices. As we have seen, Baudelaire apparently practiced prayer\u2014as well as perfect dress\u2014to concentrate his creative energy.<\/p>\n<p>Nevertheless, given that neither of these \u201cideal\u201d figures (who, it is important to note, are not in fact procrastinators, since they are not required to produce anything to begin with) represents a tenable way of life for the average person in our society, the procrastinator may simply find it reassuring to listen to the voice of the third figure, the poet, echoing through Baudelaire\u2019s writing\u2014a voice which speaks of uncertainty and fear, but still decides to ring out and not remain silent.<\/p>\n<p><span style=\"color:#808080;\">\u00a0<em>*All quotes in English are my translations from the French texts.<\/em><\/span><\/p>\n",
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            "content": "<p>To start, this is the meme I&#8217;ll be discussing.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/johnkutensky.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/undocumented-immigrants-meme.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-247\" src=\"https:\/\/johnkutensky.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/undocumented-immigrants-meme.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"Undocumented Immigrants Meme\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p>The point of the meme is obvious. \u00a0It&#8217;s intended to mock the conservative dislike of undocumented immigrants entering the country and receiving benefits by pointing out that the earliest English colonists came without any permission from the native inhabitants of the land and\u00a0would have starved to death without their assistance. \u00a0I agree with the general thrust of the meme entirely. \u00a0I want to be 100% clear on that. \u00a0Unfortunately, this is possibly the single worst painting that could be used for this meme.<\/p>\n<p>You might recognize the painting as the below, <em>Roger Williams Being Received by the Indians, 1635<\/em>, by Alonzo Chappel.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"http:\/\/johnkutensky.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/roger-williams-painting.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-236\" src=\"https:\/\/johnkutensky.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/roger-williams-painting.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"Roger Williams Painting\"   \/><\/a><a href=\"http:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Roger_Williams_(theologian)\">Roger Williams<\/a> is, to put it succinctly, a man with a morality beyond that of the present day who inexplicably found himself in the 17th century.<\/p>\n<p>Let&#8217;s start with the first line of the meme: &#8220;Undocumented Immigrants Refuse to Learn the Local Language.&#8221; \u00a0Can you guess who wrote <a href=\"http:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/A_Key_Into_the_Language_of_America\"><em>A Key Into the Language of America<\/em><\/a>,\u00a0the world&#8217;s first English-Native American language dictionary? \u00a0I hope so, because otherwise your deductive skills are lacking. \u00a0It was Roger Williams! \u00a0His initial intention was to minister to the Native Americans. \u00a0In order to accomplish this, he learnt their culture and language. \u00a0However, by the time he had the knowledge to attempt to convert them, he no longer had the desire: his conscience would not allow him to do so. \u00a0He had discovered that they had their own culture, their own religion, their own forms of worship, and he had no desire to tear them away from their ancestral forms. \u00a0He left behind all churches and belonged to none.\u00a0 He was a Christian, but would not associate himself with any specific church, instead claiming that he was waiting for a new apostle to lead him, and that until then, it was unknowable which church was correct.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/johnkutensky.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/roger-williams-coin.jpg\"><img class=\"alignleft wp-image-260 size-medium\" src=\"https:\/\/johnkutensky.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/roger-williams-coin.jpg?w=300&#038;h=156\" alt=\"Roger Williams Coin\" width=\"300\" height=\"156\" \/><\/a>In contrast with most of the other colonists, then, we can see that Roger Williams did learn the language. \u00a0He also purchased Providence from the Wampanoags, although he admits that he was only able to purchase it due to love. \u00a0Even then, he knew that it was a myth that the Native Americans had no concept of property.<\/p>\n<blockquote><p>The natives are very exact and punctual in the bounds of their lands, belonging to this or that prince or people, even to a river, brook, &amp;c. 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For certain it was a very unfamiliar feel to me; it was unlike anything I&#8217;ve seen yet, and the enigma made it all the more magical.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-1-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2184\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-1-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (1 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<div id=\"attachment_2185\" style=\"width: 4938px\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-5-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"wp-image-2185 size-full\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-5-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (5 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">The main road running across New Bagan<\/p><\/div>\n<div id=\"attachment_2186\" style=\"width: 4938px\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a 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alt=\"print (8 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-11-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2189\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-11-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (11 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-12-of-651.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2278\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-12-of-651.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (12 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-13-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2191\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-13-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (13 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-14-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2192\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-14-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (14 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<div id=\"attachment_2193\" style=\"width: 4814px\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-15-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"wp-image-2193 size-full\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-15-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (15 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">The variety of designs of the spires are fascinating; no two seem to be alike.<\/p><\/div>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-16-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2194\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-16-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (16 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-18-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2195\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-18-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (18 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-19-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2196\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-19-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (19 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-20-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2197\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-20-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (20 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-21-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2198\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-21-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (21 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a 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src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-25-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (25 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-26-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2203\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-26-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (26 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<div id=\"attachment_2204\" style=\"width: 3274px\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-27-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"wp-image-2204 size-full\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-27-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (27 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">The Golden Temple<\/p><\/div>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-28-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2205\" 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class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-48-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"wp-image-2223 size-full\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-48-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (48 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">Our tour guide said that the evil king had these twin buddhas built to make amends for killing his wife and brother.<\/p><\/div>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-49-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2224\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-49-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (49 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<div id=\"attachment_2225\" style=\"width: 3139px\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\"><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-50-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"wp-image-2225 size-full\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-50-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (50 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">This is my favorite pagoda for its architectural details<\/p><\/div>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-51-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2226\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-51-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (51 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-52-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2227\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-52-of-65.jpg?w=480\" alt=\"print (52 of 65)\"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-53-of-65.jpg\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-2228\" src=\"https:\/\/wanderingjulia.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/09\/print-53-of-65.jpg?w=480\" 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On our last full day though Nica and I flipped our bike and ruined it kinda badly, thereby ending any desires to explore and adventure further. Scratches and bruises were a small price to pay though for the sheer grandeur and captivating enigma that we had just witnessed. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I love, love, love Bagan.<\/p>\n",
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She even defiled the bodies of those who opposed her.<\/p>\n<p><em>what you need: a couple of blankets,\u00a0a few belts, a red T-Shirt, knit hat with visor, and cardboard weapons\u00a0<\/em><\/p>\n<p><a href=\"http:\/\/www.carhartt.com\/webapp\/wcs\/stores\/servlet\/CategoryDisplay?storeId=10051&amp;catalogId=10101&amp;langId=-1&amp;categoryId=15058\"><img class=\"aligncenter wp-image-5268 size-full\" src=\"https:\/\/craftedincarhartt.files.wordpress.com\/2014\/10\/empoweringhalloweencostumes5.jpg?w=850\" alt=\"Empowering Halloween Costumes from Women in History \/ Crafted in Carhartt \"   \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p><strong>MARIE CURIE: <em>scientist who pioneered research on radioactivity<\/em><\/strong><br \/>\nPolish scientist, Marie Curie, radically changed the world of science and helped shape the future to come. She led research on radioactivity, winning not just one, but two Nobel Prizes. 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