Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuberculosis Day MAR 24, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Tuberculosis Day

Every year, a day is dedicated to raising awareness about tuberculosis, commonly known as TB. The first Tuberculosis Day was in 1982, a hundred years after Dr Robert Koch announced to the scientific community that he had discovered the cause of the virulent disease, thus paving the way for an eventual cure.
At the time of Koch’s announcement, TB was one of the world’s deadliest diseases, killing an estimated one in seven people. Although the virus has almost been eradicated in the western world, it still poses a serious problem in developing countries and is making a comeback in areas where there is significant overcrowding and poor nutrition.
You can mark Tuberculosis Day by learning about the international strategies to combat the disease and by raising awareness in your own community.
This almost-forgotten disease is important because TB is not just a Dickensian disease; it is still very much with us.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A figure or design carved into or beneath the surface of hard metal or stone.
Usage:The intaglio was so incredibly detailed that it almost looked like a photograph.


Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker hit Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled approximately 11 million US gallons (41 million liters) of crude oil into the sea, covering 11,000 square miles (28,000 km²) of ocean. As a result of the spill, an estimated 250,000 sea birds, 1,000 sea otters, and countless fish and other wildlife died. The ship's captain was widely criticized after the incident, but many others factors contributed to the crash.

Harry Houdini

Born Erik Weisz, Houdini was an American magician, escape artist, and silent film star famed for his escapes from bonds of every sort—locks, handcuffs, straitjackets, and underwater chests. One of his most notable non-escape illusions was performed in 1918, when he had an elephant vanish onstage. In his later years, he campaigned against magicians and mind readers who claimed supernatural powers and even took aim at Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, from whom he derived his name.

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice

In Argentina, this is a public holiday that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a militarydictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and, in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24.

Archaeologists Find Nazi Lair in Argentina

Archaeologists in Argentina believe a collection of ruins found deep in a remote jungle region may be the remains of a secret hideout built by German Nazis to flee to after World War II, a report said Sunday. A team of archaeologists is studying the remains of three buildings located in the Teyu Cuare provincial park in northern Argentina on its border with Paraguay, Clarin newspaper reported.

1792 - Benjamin West became the first American artist to be selected president of the Royal Academy of London. 
1837 - Canada gave blacks the right to vote 
1882 - In Berlin, German scientist Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis germ (bacillus). 
1900 - Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn. 
1911 - In Denmark, penal code reform abolished corporal punishment
1920 - The first U.S. coast guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC. 
1947 - The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms. 
1955 - Tennessee Williams' play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" debuted on Broadway.
1960 - A U.S. appeals court ruled that the novel, "Lady Chatterly�s Lover", was not obscene and could be sent through the mail. 
2005 - Sandra Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
On This Day in 1964
In His Own Write is a book by John Lennon consisting of
short stories, poems, and surreal line drawings. The book
is notable in that it was 
the first solo Beatle project in any
form. It was followed in 1965 by A Spaniard in the Works.
This Elvis Presley song was featured in 1961 film, Blue Hawaii.

Yesterday, in 1908
Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay LeSueur) (March 23, 1904 – May 10, 1977)
Crawford was a noted, Oscar-winning film and television actress who started
her career as a dancer in Detroit. She was on the board of directors for Pepsi-
Cola after the death of her husband in 1959. Crawford was voted the tenth
 female star
 in the history of American cinema by the American Film

If You Were Born Today, March 24

Exceptionally intuitive, you are highly perceptive and often have very good instincts. Many of you have psychic ability, or at least, very accurate first impressions. You are idealistic and truthful, and others generally respect you for speaking the truth, even if it hurts sometimes! You are stubborn but determined; loving and dedicated. Famous people born today: Harry Houdini, Steve McQueen, Jim Parsons, David Suzuki, Alyson Hannigan.

Picture of amateur opera singers getting ready for a performance in China

Character Development

Photograph by Patrick Quinn, National Geographic
Amateur opera singers transform themselves into their characters before a performance in China. “They all have day jobs and are extremely busy, but they have a passion for Hainan Opera,” writes Patrick Quinn. “[This is] where they paint on masks and become someone else.”

Clapo-Ktus pattern by Loredana Gianferri
E’ disponibile la versione PDF in italiano
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Victorian Choker pattern by Kate Sonnick
pattern was originally published in the (sadly) now-defunct spun magazine. i reposted it on my blog for your knitting pleasure :)
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Ravelry: Anja's Hat pattern by Karina Maza-Gildea
An easy newsboy cap knit from bottom up with brim picked up afterwards. The hat is supposed cover the ears, but if you want a smaller hat, you can start d...
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Ravelry: The Ron Weasley Blanket by Penguineer pattern ...
Ron Weasley’s Blanket as seen in the Harry Potter movies: The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Pheonix. The blanket is seen on h...
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Bear Skin Rug pattern by Bernat Design Studio
Whether your baby’s nursery has a hunting cabin or ’70s theme, this soft and humane bear skin rug knits up quick by using two strands at once. Shown in B...
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crochet, vintage

Rainbow Bag pattern by Oran Dreamsinger
Instructions include how to calculate for any size.
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something pretty pattern by mille makes
This is the pattern inspired by dottie angel’s thrifty find, put into crochety words by mille
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Fresh Corn Cornbread
by Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry

You'll need: 
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
1 3/4 tsp kosher salt
4 eggs
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup canola oil
2 tbsp honey, plus 1/4 cup for glazing (optional)
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about two cobs; optional)

Preheat your own to 350F and grease an 8x8 inch pan.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Incorporate the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl well. Pause mixing and add the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour and baking powder.

With the mixer on low speed, pour in the milk, buttermilk, canola oil, and 2 tbsp honey and mix. This is a very loose batter. Small lumps of butter are no problem, but avoid any lumps of flour. If you see them, mix a little longer or work them out with your fingers. 

Fold in in the corn, if in season; if not, omit. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Do not over bake! 

If you are choosing to glaze, slightly warm the 1/4 cup honey in a small saucepan and lightly brush the top of the warm cake. 

This is best served the day it's made but keeps, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to two days. 

stephanie o'dea

Traditional Beef Stew CrockPot Recipe

The feeling you get coming home to the smell of stew that has been simmering all day long in the crockpot is comforting, relaxing, and reassuring. 

There are as many stew recipes out there. There are no rules in stew. Use what you have in the fridge or the pantry. I don't think I've ever created the same stew twice.

The Ingredients

2 pounds beef stew meat
1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
1 cup baby tomatoes, cut in half
2 to 3 ribs celery, sliced
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup green beans
1 cup sliced mushrooms
4 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red wine
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon steak seasoning blend (whatever you have on hand)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins is gluten free)
1/2 cup flour, for dredging 

The Directions.

--wash and chop all of your vegetables.
--plop them into the crockpot.
--put the flour in a bowl, and toss your meat in it to fully coat.
--put the meat into the crock (throw away the rest of the flour. don't add it in.)
--add dry seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.
--pour in the wine and beef broth.
--cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.

If you would like to prepare everything the night before--go for it---but don't add the liquid until you plug it in.

The Verdict.

Stew rocks. It tastes even better the next day.

Handmade Covered Buttons

I LUV covered buttons! Have you noticed a spike in their popularity recently? I have. I'm paying attention over here ya know. So I devised this handy tutorial that avoids the trip to the button store altogether and allows you to make these little babies with stuff from around the house.

Let's do it!

You will need the following:
  1. fabric scrap
  2. needle and thread
  3. polyester batting (not shown)
  4. flat plastic (I keep the plastic packaging that comes my way for craft purposes)
  5. felt scrap
  6. narrow ribbon
  7. circle template or round thing
  8. pencil or marker
  9. scissors
  10. craft glue

To begin, draw out 2 circles on your plastic. Cut them out. If your plastic is too thick it'll be difficult to cut out. I use thin, cut-able plastic and layer a few pieces to make it sturdy.

Put a dab of glue on one of your plastic circles.

Place your second circle on top. Let dry.

Draw a circle from your chosen fabric that is about twice as wide as your little plastic circles.

Cut it out! No really, cut the fabric circle out. With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch all around the edge of the circle.

Pull up the ends of the thread just enough to make a little fabric cup.

In your little cup, layer a few pieces of batting. On top of that, place your glued plastic circles.

Now pull up the thread ends tightly so that the fabric comes around and over the batting and plastic circles. Tie the ends tightly.

If you flip the thing around, it should now look like a button! But, patience, we're not done quite yet...

Trim the excess thread. (One handed photography, not too shaky, eh?)

Cut out a little felt circle, slightly smaller than your button. Take a large needle and a short piece of narrow ribbon. Thread your needle with the ribbon.

Create a button shank by sewing your ribbon through the centre of the felt circle as shown in the next photo.

Trim the excess ribbon.

Here's a shot of the shank.

Next, sew your ribbon down onto the felt so that it stays in place.

Then put a whole whack of glue on this side of the felt. This will hold the felt to the button and will help keep the ribbon shank intact as well.

Place your gluey felt circle on the button bottom.

Here's a side view.

Using some nice matching thread or embroidery thread, blanket stitch the edge of the felt to the button.

And that's it! You are DONE! A beautiful inexpensive covered button!

I made a whole bunch of them...

They are kinda addictive...


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


A luxury black cat took a 120 MILE (193 km) train trip from Southampton, England all the way to Cardiff, Wales by clinging to the bottom of the train the whole time.
Dramatic Cat Train Stare

'where's the bathroom?' in Hungarian - Hol van a mosdó?
Akiyoshi Kitaoka (b1961) is a Professor of Psychology at the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He specialized in visual perception and visual illusions of geometrical shape, brightness, color, in motion illusions and other visual phenomena like Gestalt completion and perceptual transparency, based on a modern conception of Gestalt Psychology.[2]   An optical illusion similar to Rotating Snakes . He became renowned through his Rotating Snakes peripheral drift illusion



Firsts in U.S. Cities

Famous firstCityDate
Ambulance serviceCincinnati, Ohio1865
AquariumNew York, N.Y.Dec. 10, 1896
Automobile service stationPittsburgh, Pa.Dec. 1, 1913
Baseball stadiumPittsburgh, Pa.June 30, 1909
Cathedral, Roman CatholicBaltimore, Md.Built 1806–1821
Commercial radio stationPittsburgh, Pa.Nov. 2, 1920
ComputerPhiladelphia, Pa.1946
Daily newspaperPhiladelphia, Pa.Sept. 21, 1784
Electric companyNew York, N.Y.Oct. 15, 1878
Elevator, safetyNew York, N.Y.1852
Ferris wheelChicago, Ill.June 1893
HospitalPhiladelphia, Pa.Feb. 11, 1752
LighthouseBoston, Mass.1716
Motion picture theaterLos Angeles, Calif.April 2, 1902
Opera houseNew Orleans, La.1859
Parking meterOklahoma City,  Okla.July 16, 1935
Public museumCharleston, S.C.Jan. 12, 1773
Public TV stationHouston, Tex.May 25, 1953
Railroad stationBaltimore, Md.May 1830
Railway, elevatedChicago, Ill.1892
Revolving restaurantSeattle, Wash.May 22, 1961
SkyscraperChicago, Ill.1885
SubwayBoston, Mass.Sept. 1, 1897
Traffic lightCleveland, OhioAug. 5, 1914
Zoological gardenPhiladelphia, Pa.July 1, 1874

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