Saturday, March 21, 2015

World Down Syndrome Day MAR 21, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Down Syndrome affects many people across the planet and World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is an event designed to raise awareness of the rights and inclusion of those born with this common disorder as valued members of the community. The day was first held in 2006 and in 2011 was designated an important occasion by the United Nations General Assembly, with the recommendation that it should be observed on an annual basis.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions.
Usage:One of the novel's themes is the dichotomy of Eastern and Western culture.


Who Shot J.R.?

The 1980 season finale of the popular prime-time soap opera Dallas ended with the show's central character—J.R. Ewing, a greedy, scheming oil baron—being shot by an unknown assailant. The cliffhanger left viewers wondering for months whether he would survive and which of his many enemies had pulled the trigger. The episode that revealed the culprit became one of the highest rated television shows in history, drawing an estimated 83 million viewers

Johann Sebastian Bach

One of the greatest and most influential composers of the Western world, Bach created masterful works in almost every musical form known in his period. During his lifetime, Bach was better known as an organist than as a composer, and his works, which include the Brandenburg Concertos, four orchestral suites, and more than 200 church cantatas, were not fully appreciated until long after his death.

Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later.

Tenth of Wild Bee Species Risk Extinction in Europe

Nearly 10 percent of some 2,000 species of European wild bees are threatened with extinction, according to a study published Thursday. The study, released by the European Commission, is the first on the European wild bee populations, less known than the domestic variety but just as important to pollination of crops.

1790Thomas Jefferson reported to U.S. President George Washington as the new secretary of state

1826 - The Rensselaer School in Troy, NY, was incorporated. The school became known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was the first engineering college in the U.S. 

1859 - In Philadelphia, the first Zoological Society was incorporated

1928U.S. President Calvin Coolidge gave the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh for his first trans-Atlantic flight. 

1963 - Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA, closed.

1965 - More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, AL

1982 - The movie "Annie" premiered. 

1990 - Australian businessman Alan Bond sold Van Gogh's "Irises" to the Gerry Museum. Bond had purchased the painting for $53.9 million in 1987. 

1994 - Steven Spielberg won his first Oscars. They were for best picture and best director for "Schindler's List." 

2002 - In Paris, an 1825 print by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce was sold for $443,220. The print, of a man leading a horse, was the earliest recorded image taken by photographic means.

#1 Single Today in 1964



If You Were Born Today, March 21

Talented, charming, and likable, you have such a pleasing manner that you can get ahead in life simply through connections. However, you are not afraid of work and you are terrified of instability. As such, you do whatever it takes to make your life secure, and you have a strong business sense. Your talents are multiple, and it can be hard to find a solid path in life simply because you have so many choices. You have an excellent memory, especially of people. Famous people born today: Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Timothy Dalton.

Picture of lightning strikes and bushfires in Western Australia

Bushfire Season

Photograph by Pierre Destribats, National Geographic 
Lightning on a stormy evening near Port Hedland, Western Australia, ignites bushfires that send up an orange glow. A common threat to safety in the province during summer months, bushfires can start without warning and move quickly through vast areas.

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Yin & Yang Poncho
This poncho is the perfect choice for either the new or experienced knitter. Knit with worsted weight cotton yarn and size 10.5mm needles, the 2 rectangle...
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Jongenstruitje met kabel pattern by de breimadammen
Yardage 547 - 656 yards (500 - 600 m)
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crochet, vintage





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skoraq cooks: Kawior z bakłażana / Baba Ganoush
Do kawioru z bakłażana czyli baby ganoush podchodziłam już wiele razy, bo w teorii zapowiadało się pysznie i zdrowo, ale efekt końcowy nie powalał na kola...
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crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea
CrockPot Leg of Lamb Recipe
I've made leg of lamb in the crockpot four times now, and each time I do, I marvel at just how good it is. We've baked, broiled, and barbecued lamb, but the crockpot lamb really comes out the best. Lamb has a tendency to dry out. That's just not a possibility if it is cooked slowly in it's own juices.

The Ingredients.

You can make a dry rub with:
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

--1/2 cup of water

The Directions.

--run hot water over the frozen lamb package (if your lamb is in a frozen state), just so it thaws enough that you can cut open the package and peel it away from the meat
--plop it into your crockpot

(or rub your home-made seasoning mixture on all sides of the meat)

--add a half cup of water
--cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Any of your favorite vegetables would work fine. Potatoes, carrots, celery, an onion ... you don't need to add any additional water as long as you keep the lid closed and don't futz with it.

*If you are using fresh leg of lamb with a dry rub, cover the meat with the 1/2 cup of water and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for about 8 hours.*

The Verdict.

I really am no longer interested in attempting to cook lamb any other way. This always turns out perfectly, and no one needs to man the bbq 



A monster-sized kidney stone the size of a coconut was removed by surgeons in Hungary from the stomach of Sandor Sarkadi. Even the largest kidney stones are seldom bigger than a golf ball, however, this one measured a whopping 63/4 in in diameter and weighed 2 1/2 lbs.
6¾ in diameter & 2½ lb in weight

Sigh. Vacation is over.

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... felt mask craft

Woodland Masks  Pack

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

'where's the bathroom?' in Haitian - Creole Kote twalèt la?

Primrose's Field - this checkered background consists of squares but appears to wave. In addition, this figure also shows a waving motion illusion

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Beautiful Self Portraits By Famous Artists

Leonardo da Vinci – “Portrait of a man in red chalk”, 1512 – The portrait “Portrait of a man in red chalk” from around 1512 is widely accepted as a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, though it is not certain. The painting is apparently a self portrait of da Vinci at the age of 60. The painting is 33.3 cm × 21.6 cm (13.1 in × 8.5 in), and is on display at the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy
Leonardo da Vinci - "Portrait of a man in red chalk"

Rembrandt van Rijn – “Self-portrait with beret and turned-up collar”, 1659 –Rembrandt is known as the most frequent self-portraitist, with over 40 paintings, as well as a several drawings and 31 etchings. The self portrait “Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar”” from 1659 is an oil on canvas painting, 84.4 cm × 66 cm (33.2 in × 26 in). It is on display at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Another self portrait of Rembrandt with the same name and from the same era is on display in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Rembrandt van Rijn - “Self-portrait with beret and turned-up collar”

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) – “Self-portrait”, 1506 - This beautiful self portrait by Raphael was painted when he was at the age of 23. It’s 45 cm x 33 cm (17.7 in x 13 in), and is located at the world famous Uffizi Gallery
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) - "Self-portrait"

El Greco – “Portrait of a man”, 1595–1600 – Like in the case of da Vinci’s painting, the painting “Portrait of a Man” by El Gerco is also presumed to be a self-portrait. It’s on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
El Greco - "Portrait of a man"

Pablo Picasso – “Self-portrait”, 1901 – This beautiful self portrait of Picasso was painted at the beginning of his Blue Period. The painting is oil on canvas, 81 x 60 cm, and is located at the Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) in Paris
Pablo Picasso - “Self-portrait”

Edgar Degas – “Degas au porte-fusain”, 1855 – Located at the musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Edgar Degas - "Degas au porte-fusain"

Jan van Eyck – “Portrait of a man”, 1433 – Most commonly known as “Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban”, this painting by the Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck is believed to be a self-portrait. It is owned by the National Gallery in London
Jan van Eyck - Portrait of a man

Albrecht Dürer – “Self-portrait”, 1500 – The full name of the painting is “Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight Years Old Wearing a Coat with Fur Collar”. Dürer painted the work just before his 29th birthday, and it’s his third and last self-portrait. The painting is oil on wood panel, 66.3 cm × 49 cm (26.1 in × 19 in) located at the Alte Pinakothek museum in Munich
Albrecht Dürer - "Self-portrait"

1 comment:

  1. None of the selfies showed up:( Couldn't click and see them either. Wonder what the famous artists would think of the word "selfie." I need to make one of those masks, Sweetie!