Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Violin Day December 13, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Violin Day
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The violin is easily the most popular bowed string instrument across the world, and we’re really not all that surprised to see that the violin does in fact have a day dedicated to its existence. After all, everything from Western and Indian classical music to bluegrass and jazz would be unimaginable today without the violin. It’s quite possibly the most versatile instrument in the world in terms of repertoire, and that’s why there’s a Violin Day to celebrate it!
The violin itself evolved from medieval fiddles, and came into a distinct form by the 15th century (most violins today are copies after either Stradivarius or Amati, the latter being active as a violin-maker in the 16th century), becoming the most popular virtuoso instrument in Europe by the 1660s. Today, the violin not only remains an indispensable feature of western classical music, but has found its way into various forms of classical and folk music around the world as well as various other genres. There are a lot of violinists and fiddle players throughout the world today, so it we can see why Violin Day caught on. In fact, the violin is present in the most prestigious musical groups in the world, including the Venetian Philharmonic Orchestra! Imagine an instrument with such humble beginnings becoming such an important mainstay of modern classical music.
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Anna Mary Robertson, also known as "Grandma Moses," became widely famous for her nostalgic paintings depicting rural American life. Born in 1860, artist Grandma Moses spent decades living the rural, agricultural life that she would later feature in her paintings. She only began devoting herself to art when she was in her seventies. In 1938, an art collector discovered her work. Completely self-taught, Moses soon became famous for her images of country life. 

Word of the Day

reek 


Definition:(verb) To be pervaded by something unpleasant.
Synonyms:smacksmell
Usage:His speeches reek of sarcasm.

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Idiom of the Day


on the leading edge

 — Having or knowledgeable of the most advanced technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor.

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History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

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Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. 

Ella Baker (1903)

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Though Baker was not as well known as some of the other leaders of the US civil rights movement, she spent more than 50 years as a behind-the-scenes activist. Baker grew up in rural North Carolina listening to her grandmother's stories about slavery. After college, she moved to New York City and became involved in social justice activism. She worked with student groups, political organizations, and religious coalitions to facilitate collective action

St. Lucy's Day

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According to tradition, St. Lucy, or Santa Lucia, was born in Syracuse, Sicily, in the third or fourth century. Her day is widely celebrated in Sweden as Luciadagen, which marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. It is traditional to observe Luciadagen by dressing the oldest daughter in the family in a white robe tied with a crimson sash. Candles are set into her crown, which is covered with lingonberry leaves. The "Lucia Bride" wakens each member of the household on the morning of December 13 with a tray of coffee and special saffron buns or ginger cookies. 

Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Scientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats.
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1636 - The United States National Guard was created when militia regiments were organized by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

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1642 - New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman. 

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1769 - Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter. Hi, Heide and Pete and all the pups! 

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1883 - The border between Ontario and Manitoba was established.

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1884 - Percy Everitt received a patent for the first coin-operated weighing machine

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1913 - It was announced by authorities in Florence, Italy, that the "Mona Lisa" had been recovered. The work was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911. 

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1918 - U.S. President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit a European country while holding office. 

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1928 - George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Grandma Moses
1961 - Anna Mary Robertson Moses, "Grandma Moses," passed away at the age of 101. 

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1961 - The Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein. 

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1978 - The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony U.S. dollar. The coin began circulation the following July. 

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1989 - South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town. 

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DAILY SQU-EEK





If You Were Born Today, December 13
You are a very versatile person with an adventurous spirit, yet you have a very grounded outlook and a practical streak. Material success is likely in your life time, as you are hard-working and proud. As well, you are filled with ideas, and they’re usually quite marketable! A true problem solver, you love to find answers and help others to do so as well. There is a distinctly private element to your love life. You are often attracted to all that is forbidden. Famous people born today: Jamie Foxx, Ted Nugent, Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Plummer, Cathy Rigby, Taylor Swift, Steve Buscemi.


READERS INFO
1. Celestial Event
thanks, Shelley

Starting December 13 

The Geminids meteor shower will peak

The Geminids meteor shower will peak

Starting in the evening of Dec. 13 through the next day’s dawn, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Geminids meteor shower. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waning crescent moon will be no match for the Geminids this year. The skies should still be dark enough for an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Learn more about the major meteor showers and how to watch them here.
2.
1956 -

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Jackie Robinson was traded to the New York Giants for Dick Littlefield and $30,000. Unbeknownst to both teams, Robinson had already decided to retire from baseball. His retirement was officially announced in the Jan. 22, 1957 issue of Look magazine.
Robinson served as an officer in the United States Army from 1942 to 1944. He was court-martialed in 1944 for charges that stemmed from his refusal to move to the back of a segregated bus, but was acquitted of all charges. After being honorably discharged from the army, Robinson played baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League. At that time, baseball was racially segregated.
In 1945, Robinson signed a contract to play for the Montreal Royals, a minor league farm team for the Dodgers. Later, Robinson signed a contract to play baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. On April 15, 1947, Robinson played his first game at Ebbets Field, making Robinson the first black major league baseball player since the 1880s. During his first year, Robinson hit 12 home runs, stole 29 bases, and received the Rookie of the Year award. The Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant that year.
Throughout his career, Robinson would be named as an All Star for six seasons, and would steal a total of 197 bases. He played in six World Series including the Dodgers' 1955 win. Robinson won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 -- the first African-American to be inducted. In 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform. Robinson died on Oct. 24, 1972, but his legacy continued. In 1997, Jackie Robinson's memory was honored with Major League Baseball retiring his number, No. 42, throughout the Major League. Major League baseball players already playing under that number when the honor was bestowed on Robinson were allowed to keep it. Major League baseball has also honored Robinson for breaking the color barrier by introducing Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, 2004, in which all players, coaches and managers wore No. 42. Jackie Robinson Day has since been celebrated annually.

3.
The first Susan B. Anthony dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint on December 13, 1978. First strikes at the Denver and San Francisco Mints followed on January 9, 1979 and January 29, respectively. Mint officials feared that the coins would be hoarded upon release, so they ordered the creation of a stockpile consisting of 500 million coins prior to the release date in July 1979. They were minted until 1981, when the series was halted due to poor public reception and again in 1999. 
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Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)
Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.

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Pictures of the day

Daruma doll
Daruma doll (Japanese: 達磨) is a hollow, round, traditional Japanese dollmodeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. They are seen as symbols of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.

ARCTIC REFLECTION
009 prod yourshot 797857 11068102 15 Standouts from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest
It is difficult to get a sense of purity and calm in our modern hectic world, unless you are in Arctic, watching icebergs floating by… reflection of an iceberg (about 100-120m tall), Scoresby Sound, Greenland ’17

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knit, Christmas
thanks, Helen
Knitting Pattern: Wintermint Sock Trio

knit
thanks, Eve

knit
Brioche Vest
Brioche Vest | Purl Soho

knit

Baby Cardigan in Rowan Big Wool

knit, Christmas ornament

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crochet, Christmas
thanks, Ava



crochet
thanks, Gabby
optical illusion baby blanket- free crochet pattern on Stitch11


crochet 

crochet
Lace Cross Crochet Pattern



crochet, Christmas ornament
Gingerbread Tree Ornaments

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RECIPE
thanks, Sam
Gingerbread Dog Cookies image

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CROCKPOT RECIPE

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SWEETS ... Christmas
thanks, Beth
Dairy Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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ADULT COLORING ... Christmas





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CRAFTS ... Christmas sewing
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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Christmas
Jingle bell napkin rings

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PUZZLE
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Pink String Ribbon Jigsaw Puzzle

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WORD SEARCH



advice
agent
amass
another

beach
better
check
cling
coast
contest

deep
discard

enjoy
enter
exalt
favor

groove

heart
huddle

least
memories
might
modify

pride
purse

reader
right

sets
syndication
teat
tend
theater
threw
till
train
trying

update

widest

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SUDOKU ... medium




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QUOTE
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Stuntman Liam Collins from England leaps through flaming hoops while blindfolded!------------------ A Chinese man built an elevator that only goes to his 6th floor apartment so his son-in-law would stop complaining about using the stairs!-------------------- In June 2016, Swedish soccer player Adam Lindin Ljungkvist was given a red card after breaking wind during a soccer match!

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CLEVER
DIY Repurposed Hand Saw Wall Christmas Tree

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EYE OPENER
Cauliflower Facts

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Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables, also known as family of cabbages. It is closely related to broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage. Cauliflower originates from Asia Minor. Cultivation of cauliflower started 600 years B.C. in Turkey. Cauliflower gained popularity in Europe in the 16th century, while cultivation in America started at the beginning of the 20th century. Cauliflower requires slightly acidic, clay-like soil that is rich in minerals and regular watering for successful growth. Hundreds varieties of cauliflower are available today. They differ in color, size, shape, taste and nutritional composition. Cauliflower has high nutritional value and it is known as one of the healthiest plants on the planet.

Interesting Cauliflower Facts:

Cauliflower can grow from 8 to 30 inches both in height and width.
Cauliflower develops large and coarse leaves that are green in color. They grow in the form of rosette. Leaves surround stalk which holds centrally positioned large, white head.
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White head looks like a miniature tree on the cross section. It consists of densely packed curds. Head is usually 6 inches wide and has 2 to 3 pounds of weight in large varieties of cauliflower. Head consists of central stalk which branches and holds undeveloped flower buds.
Leaves ensure development of white head. Without leaves, bunch of inedible yellow flowers would appear.
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Color of the head depends on the variety. Most common type of cauliflower is white, but it can be also purchased in green, purple, orange, brown and yellow color.
Green variety is known as broccoflower because it looks like broccoli. One type of green cauliflowers develops spiky instead of round curds. This variety of cauliflower is known as Romanesco broccoli.
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Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables. They are named that way because they have flowers that consist of four petals which grow in the shape of Greek cross.
Cauliflower develops from seeds and tissue transplants.
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Depending on the variety, it takes from 50 to 265 days from planting of the seed to the harvest. Cauliflower is harvested when it reaches expected size and texture.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of dietary fibers, vitamins C, K and vitamins of the B group and minerals such as manganese, potassium and magnesium. Cauliflower has low caloric value and can be used as a substitute for rice and potato.
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Cauliflowers can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
Prolonged cooking destroys majority of vitamins and it is associated with bad, sulfur-like smell of cauliflower. Cooking of 30 or more minutes decreases health benefits of cauliflower for 75%.
Medical studies revealed that substances isolated from cauliflower can prevent development of certain types of cancer.
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China is the greatest manufacturer of cauliflowers in the world.
Cauliflower is an annual plant which means that it completes its life cycle in one year.
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