Monday, May 22, 2017

Int'l Day for Biological Diversity May 22, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Int'l Day for Biological Diversity
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Biodiversity, a simple word with some very broad reaching implications. Biodiversity, when split into it’s component parts, “Diversity” defined as “a range of different things.” and bio meaning “life”, quite simply means “A Diversity of Life”. It has been shown that ecological niches with good biodiversity flourish and are healthy.
The International Day for Biological Diversity was first established in 1993, when the 29th of December was selected to serve as the day to educate the world of the importance of Biodiversity. This was later changed to the 22 of May in 2000. Too many winter holidays were interfering with countries holding meaningful celebrations.
The prevalence of monoculture farming in the world has led to some rather dramatic and drastic consequences. Unknown to most consumers, most of the world only consumes one type of banana, and that isn’t the same kind that was being eaten only a few decades ago. Due to monoculture farming, an entire species of banana was wiped out by disease, leading to the cultivation of our present strain. Without biodiversity, we’re currently set up for the same thing to happen all over again.
Each year a theme is selected to educate the world on the broad variety of topics that fall under the veil of biodiversity, from Water and Marine biodiversity, to Forest and Sustainable development concerns.
Celebrating Biodiversity can be fun and delicious, especially if you take this opportunity to visit farmers markets and co-ops in your local area to try new types of produce. Whether you incorporate heirloom tomatoes into your gardening or cooking, or try one of the rainbow of colors of carrots out there that aren’t orange, biodiversity can bring a great new experience to your table.
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Word of the Day

degage 


Definition:(adjective) Showing lack of emotional involvement.
Synonyms:detacheduninvolved
Usage:Mrs. Smith was not easily impressed by excuses, and she adopted a degage pose on the arm of the easy chair as her son tried to explain why he missed dinner.

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Idiom of the Day

keep (up) (one's) end of the bargain

 — To do as was promised in an agreement or bargain; to carry through with what one agreed to do. Also worded as "keep one's end of the bargain up."

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History

Farmer Discovers Howe Caverns (1842)

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Howe Caverns is a cave system in east-central New York that lies 156 ft (48 m) below ground. It was discovered in 1842, when farmer Lester Howe began to wonder why his cows all seemed to gather near one particular hill on hot summer days. Upon investigating, he felt a cool breeze blowing from a hole in the hill. He and a neighbor began to dig out the hole and uncovered the entrance to a cave. 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)

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Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer noted for his tales about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally a doctor, Conan Doyle studied under the sharp-eyed Dr. Joseph Bell, who was noted for his ability to draw accurate conclusions about people through observation. Bell was thus the model for Holmes, who appeared for the first time in 1887. Conan Doyle "killed off" Holmes in 1893 but was forced by public demand to resurrect him.

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars on Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

Dozens of scientists recently glued fake green caterpillars onto plants around the world in an unusual study to see how the caterpillars' risk of getting eaten varied from pole to pole. 
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Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened

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1570 - Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium. 

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1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S. 

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1841 - Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair. 

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1849 - Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock. 

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1892 - Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.

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1900 - Edwin S. Votey received a patent for the pianola (a pneumatic piano player). It could be attached to any piano. 

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1955 - Jack Benny did his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years. He devoted his time fully to TV. 

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1967 - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" premiered on PBS. 

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1969 - A lunar module of Apollo 10 flew within nine miles of the moon's surface. The event was a rehearsal for the first lunar landing. 

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1977 - Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911. 

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1992 - Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time. He had been host for 30 years. 

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2012 - In Japan, the Tokyo Skytree tower opened. 

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DAILY SQU-EEK




If You Were Born Today, May 22
You are a person with integrity, who is forthright and intelligent. You can be somewhat of a perfectionist, and you are often hard on yourself and sometimes others as a result. Your ideas and opinions are strikingly unique and unusual. You are forever learning and sharing what you've learned. Famous people born today: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Wagner, Naomi Campbell, Laurence Olivier.
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Let's go read about co-writer Jan's knitting, growing and hammering so that we can follow her love of photography and more .. much more!

Knit, grow, hammer

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Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival 2017

May 25-28, 2017 

Pop’s Farm

675 Hobson Rd 

Axton, VA 

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Held each year over Memorial Day weekend, Rooster Walk is a community arts and music event that raises money for various charitable organizations. The festival draws a crowd of thousands who come to enjoy arts and crafts, camping, live performances and a variety of children’s activities. With something for attendees of all ages, this event is a fantastic way to enjoy a holiday weekend with family and give back to the community.

further information: Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival

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Lightning in a Bottle 2017

May 24-29, 2017 | Bradley, CA

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Take a creative powerhouse like Burning Man, with the same mind-warping musical talent, and trade the desert for lush greenery, rolling hills and a scenic lake, and you have the fairy tale that is the Lightning in a Bottle festival (LIB). This 4-day celebration of art, sustainability, music, performance and life aims to spread the proverbial lightning beyond the bottle and into the daily lives of all its participants.

further information: Lightning in a Bottle - May 24 - 29, 2017 - Bradley, CA

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Pictures of the day

Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Wells, Somerset, dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle. The seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, it is the mother church of the diocese and contains the bishop's throne (cathedra). It was built between 1175 and 1490, replacing an earlier church built on the same site in 705. The cathedral's architecture is entirely Gothic and mostly in the Early English style of the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.

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Breakwater

Breakwater

The easy drop-stitch pattern, simple boatneck and minimal shaping make this shell a super-quick knit.

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RECIPE
thanks, Shelley

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CROCKPOT RECIPE
Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

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SWEETS
thanks, Lesley

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ADULT COLORING



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CRAFTS
thanks, Jeri
Glowing Tree Stump Stools

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafting
thanks, Lucy
DIY Cup and Ball Game Iddle Peeps

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PUZZLE
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Flamingo Olive Jigsaw Puzzle

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WORD SEARCH


basic
bonus
booth

choice

damage
demon
desire
dominant
eastern
elect
expression

focal
front

goon
ground
grown
imagine
independent
inform
insane

large

music

nets
point

radio
rather
rots

says
shop
sirs
sluggish
suppose
sweet
system

tape
tars
trumpet

weight


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QUOTE
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It is trendy for youth in Japan to attain uneven snaggle teeth known as "yaeba," or "double tooth."-------------------- Thought to be extinct, a pack of New Guinea wild dogs was spotted in September 2016!-------------------- Researchers at University College London developed the "Historic Book Odour Wheel" to catagorize the smell of old library books!

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CLEVER



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EYE OPENER
thanks, Patty
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In a Kolkata Market, the Flower Men Wear Their Wares