Saturday, February 21, 2015

Int'l Mother Language Day FEB 21. 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ...Celebrate  International Mother Language Day

Announced by UNESCO in 1999, International Mother Language Day celebrates cultural diversity and commemorates the “language martyr” students of 1952 Bangladesh. These students are honored by the encouragement of multiculturalism and the promotion of protective measures for endangered languages. It’s hard to imagine the challenges faced by students who have been ordered to learn in a foreign language, as without linguistic inclusion, there is no equal access to education. Current International Mother Language Day events include multicultural festivals which promote the hearing of all voices, and display social cohesion, cultural awareness, and tolerance. The unique nuances and subtleties of linguistic communication which connect individuals to culture and personal identity are valued and encouraged.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
Usage:Walking down the street, they saw a mountebank beguiling his audience with tales of miracles achieved through his remedies.

Quick Quiz:

After weeks of campaigning for votes, Salima came up trumps and

 a. lost the election

 b. won the election

 c. quit the election

Stone Cold Shakesperian Prose



Cricket is a sport played by two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped grass field, in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 66 feet (20.1 m) long, called a "pitch." At each end of the pitch stands a wicket—or arrangement of wooden stumps—and a batsman whose goal is to protect it from the opposing bowler's ball and, if he can, exchange places with his teammate at the other end of the pitch, thereby scoring a run.

New Dr. Seuss Book to Hit Shelves in 2015

What Pet Should I Get, a new book by Dr. Seuss (AKA Theodor Geisel), is scheduled for a July 2015 release, 25 years after his last book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, was published. The new Seuss book is comprised of material that Geisel's wife found shortly after his death in 1991 and then rediscovered in 2013. His art director dates these sketches back to the late 1950s or early '60s, noting that they depict the same siblings as the 1960 Seussian smash One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

1842 - John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine.

1866 - Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school. The school was the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati. 

1878 - The first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a single page of only fifty names. 

1925 - The first issue of "The New Yorker" was published.

1947 - Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year.

1968 - An agreement between baseball players and club owners increased the minimum salary for major league players to $10,000 a year. 

1981Prince appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and performed "Party Up." It was his first appearance on the show.

1995 - Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. He landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

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If You Were Born Today, February 21

You are generally very well-liked and inspiring to others. Others might not know just how sensitive you are, as your outward personality is easygoing. A tad moody, you frequently experience restlessness on an emotional level. Many of you possess literary talents and a fine sense of humor. You have a pragmatic and organized side to your personality that is distinct but not always immediately apparent. Famous people born today: Anais Nin, Erma Bombeck, Chuck Palahniuk, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nina Simone.

Picture of fireflies lighting up a summer night in Tennessee

Flashes of Summer

Photograph by David Liittschwager, National Geographic
Fireflies flash and streak through a Tennessee summer night, putting on a spectacular light show to seduce prospective mates. The summertime ritual is one of the most familiar examples of bioluminescence on land.

Owlie Tablet and Phone Cover pattern by Stana D.Sortor
This Owlie tablet and phone cover are knitted first flat, then in the round, from top (head) down, and the eye patches are knitted separately and sewn on.
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Owl-orimetry pattern by xamonster
This headband pattern was inspired by Knitty’s Calorimetry, as that was the last project I’d finished before designing this. I found myself desperately in ne...
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Night owl pattern by Anne Rutgrink
Night owl is a bottom-up shawl. You start by making an owl border, and then you use short rows to make the body of the shawl.
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Under the Tree pattern by Emma Grundy Haigh
Inspired by cold hands and a nocturnal marauder, these mitts will help you stay warm deep into the night.
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RestEndColor pattern by simone dietz
Es hat sich doch ein Fehler eingeschlichen. Sorry!!!
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Hitchin' a Ride pattern by Sharon Cheek
This is a crochet interpretation of the very popular knit Hitchhicker scarf/shawlette. It is asymmetrical , worked from one side to the other. The stepped...
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Tranquil Wrap / Tea Wrap / Sea Shell Wrap pattern by Lio...
This half-circle shawl is sweet and easy to work up. (Lion Brand Yarn)
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Smokey Ridges pattern by Margaret Schroeder
Gauge 12 stitches = 4 inches in hdc
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Lace Topper
Lace Topper Crochet Pattern | Red Heart
Step  1. Choose your size Large/X-Large  Small/Medium Finished Waist: 35" Finished Length: 23"
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Shawlini pattern by Kathy Kelly
This pattern was developed for Knit 1 and the Chicagoland Yarn Crawl 201. Pattern includes written instructions and charts and uses U.S. Terminology.
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Fruit Salad Done Right

Fruit Salad Done Right


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crockpot recipe!
stephanie o'dea

CrockPot 16 Bean Soup Recipe

I was ecstatic when April emailed me to let me know about the 16-bean soup her amazing daughter Alecksandra makes in the crockpot. By herself. And she's eight. 

The Ingredients.

Alecksandra's version:
--1 bag of soup mix
--1 onion
--1 packet of onion soup mix
--cook on low all day long

I didn't have any onion soup mix in the house, I made due with what I had in the pantry.
--1 bag of soup mix (if it comes with a flavor packet, throw it away. The ingredients are scary.)
--1 onion
--3 cloves chopped garlic
--2 t of your favorite spice rub
--can of Italian-style tomatoes
--salt (add the salt at the last minute, a teaspoon at a time, according to taste)

It is up to you how much water you use. I did not measure, but covered the beans completely and filled the 6 qt oval crockpot two to three inches from the top. If you want more broth, use more water, if you want it thick and beany, use less.

The Directions.

cook on low all day. Soup tastes the best the longer you cook it, and it tastes even better the next day.

The Verdict.

This was healthy, filling and flavorful. I am thrilled to have lunch for the next week. The kids picked out their favorite beans and liked that I sprinkled parmesan on top. 

I served the soup along with corndog muffins (simply your favorite cornbread recipe made into muffins with chopped up hot dogs; yum!).

Paint Chip Placecards ~ These place cards are very creative, simple and of course, cheap!  They also add a fun colorful zest to the table setting.  Change the color of the paint chip and they would be perfect for any occasional dinner party.

'i'm hungry' in Portuguese: estou com fome

All Thanks to Miracle Cleaner Smut-B-Gone!


Y Is The Double Agent Of The Alphabet


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Stay away from those with visible signs of illness. If someone is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms in a public place, move away from them. Don’t touch them, or their belongings.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, as germs can spread up to six feet in circumference! 

Change your furnace filter every three months. Filters capture allergens like pet dander, smoke, household dust from the air passing through the filter. Changing filters seasonally keeps these allergens from both reentering your home, and your families respiratory systems. 

Wash your hands frequently. Soap and water alone don’t remove the germs from your hands; friction removes the germs, so wash vigorously. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. According to the CDC, the majority of infections are caused by touching something that is contaminated with germs, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces bi-weekly. Examples would be door handles and knobs, toilet handle, sinks, refrigerator handles, railings, remote controls, telephones, and dining room tables; use commercial sprays, such as Lysol, and allow surfaces to fully dry for 1-2 minutes before using. 

Change bedding weekly. Germs can be spread through shared bedding, so washing it often can prevent that. Duvets, bed skirts, pillows, and other items do not need to be washed but should be placed on a hot fluff cycle for 15 minutes to kill surface germs. 

Don’t share eating utensils. Honestly, for me, this is a year round rule! 

Diffuse essential oils. Essentials oils, such as tea tree, grapefruit, lemon, and cedar oil can clear the air in under 30 minutes, helping to promote wellness in your home and ease sinus discomfort.

Eat your veggies! By eating nutritious whole foods, such as three servings of vitamins each day, you will help to build your bodies reserve of B-Complex, Vitamin k, and Vitamin C reserves, all natural agents which help your body stave off infection, and promote cell renewal!  

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Artist Recreates Classic Paintings

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Mäda Gertrude Primavesi by Gustav Klimt

Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh

South Wind, Clear Sky by Katsushika Hokusai

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Japanese artist Nasa Funahara has a colorful collection of about 450 rolls of masking tape and the creative Musashino Art University student is putting them all to good use by turning them into classical "paintings."

Even though masking tape is more commonly used to block off areas you don't want pigments to stain, the artist uses the adhesives (which come in multiple colors and patterns) as her paint to recreate classics like the ones above. Funahara says it takes about a week to complete each piece and though she tends to have a copy of the image she's recreating in front of her, she uses freehand to cut and paste her strips of tape.

Funahara's growing collection of masking tape!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday to the New Yorker--it's gettin' on in years! Wonder what the new Dr. Seuss books will be like? Our oldest daughter did a lot of art work using magazine patches as paint. We have two of them in our home. For all those knitters getting rid of their hard copy magazines these make a great recycle idea. I can almost wash both my hands these days....perhaps not quite vigorously but I am making progress:) In July and August the fireflies dance all over our hill--our oldest DGD is the best catcher (and releaser) ever! Just seeing them makes me a tad warmer.