Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To censure strongly.|
|Synonyms:||abrade, condemn, denounce|
|Usage:||The newspaper printed an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction.|
|Better known by her pen name Isak Dinesen, Baroness Karen Blixen was a 20th-century Danish author who wrote primarily in English. Published in 1937, her autobiographical Out of Africa, an account of life on a Kenyan coffee plantation, was adapted into a 1985 film that won seven Academy Awards. Another adaptation of one of her stories, Babette's Feast, was the first Danish film to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.|
|Scientists equipped with an MRI scanner, a finger-pulling device, and a man they call the "Wayne Gretzky of knuckle-cracking" say they have cracked the mystery of that popping sound your knuckles make when cracked. In a University of Alberta press release, the team says their video reveals that hthe sound is caused by the formation of a gas-filled bubble created by a drop in pressure when the joints are separated.|
Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic
Spinner dolphins return from foraging to a bay off Oahu, Hawaii. Garrulous and gregarious, spinners gather in groups that can number in the thousands.
crochetReaching out, one stitch at a time.
Growing up, this was one of my favorite dinners. Both my mom and my grandma made Spanish rice and I always ate at least two servings. I brought up this memory the other night while talking at the dinner table, and realized that I haven't ever made it on my own. So I did. In the crockpot.
--1 lb of ground meat (I used turkey)
--1 cup long grain brown rice
--1 can diced tomatoes
--1 T dried minced onion (I tossed our last fresh onion because it went slimy)
--1 t Italian seasoning
--2 cloves chopped garlic
You have to brown the meat. I'm sorry.
I browned the meat with a bit of olive oil, and tossed the onion, the Italian seasoning, and the garlic in too.
After your meat has browned, toss it into the crock and add the 1 cup of rice.
open the tomato can, and drain the liquid into a measuring cup. You're going to need 2 cups of liquid, so add enough water to the measuring cup to equal two cups.
this is very scientific.
then dump in the tomatoes.
Cover and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until the rice is cooked and tender.
I cooked this in my oval 6 qt. for 3 1/2 hours, then flipped it to warm for the next 3 hours.
This made enough for 4 servings. It was plenty for us, but if you have a large family or want a bunch of leftovers, make more.I served this with some fresh asparagus. The kids added shredded cheese and sour cream to their servings, Adam added salsa.I really liked it a lot---the rice ended up being a little mushy. Just like I remembered.
INSPIRING PORTRAITS OF PEACE ICONS
Michael Volpicelli is a veteran with a passion for art and peace. His unique portraits uses the words of notable peacemakers to create their likenesses.He created these five portraits to represent people who are doing things to help spread identity and compassion.
Marianne Pearl is a journalist whose husband was killed at the start of the Iraq war. In her grief she did not seek revenge on the people that killed her husband, but instead she sought out places where the Taliban would recruit poor poverty-stricken people and tried to raise awareness of the pain and suffering they were suffering.
She did this to give the poor a voice and to help raise understanding of what might make somebody do such horrible things such as kidnapping or beheading somebody. She thought by showing compassion to them, it might help bring them a voice that may lead to government and private aid, and thereby remove the hardships a person might face that would lead them to terrorism.
Israel Kamakawiwo is a native Hawaiian who has a lot of pride for his people. In his song “Hawaii ’78” he talks about the loss of his father to depression and to obesity.
He felt that his father was depressed because their culture was dying due to an increase of Western economic interest in the Hawaiian Islands. He felt that he was losing his identity as a native Hawaiian. He wanted to do something about it and instead of acting out violently he made some of the most beautiful music a person could ever hear.
Maxi Jazz sings about when he used to be a criminal, a gang member, and a substance abuser. He was married and had a child when he was young, and due to the life he led, both his wife and his child left to live a safer life. This caused him to spiral downward until he hit rock bottom. At the bottom, instead of letting his own personal darkness consume him, he wrote music about compassion and about the struggles of homeless and poverty-stricken people within London.
He wanted to give a voice to their suffering. He was able to do this through his songs. He began to make a lot of money with his music, which he was then able to use to help spread compassion through financial contributions to charities. He helped build up the community from which he came so others might have a fighting chance.
This portrait is of Malala Yousafzai. She is a 16-year-old girl that grew up in Pakistan, and her father was a teacher at a local school. Because her father promoted education for women he was put on a Taliban kill list.
She would grow up in fear for many years that one night the Taliban would break into her home and kill her and her family. Instead of this fear controlling her she fought back by giving speeches on pro-education for female children at her school. That then put her on a Taliban kill list.
One day the Taliban showed up at her school and shot her in the head. They had hoped to kill her, but instead they made her an international icon for education. After she was shot she was invited by the United Nations to give a speech to spread awareness of the endeavors women face in many countries. In her speech she doesn’t condemn anybody or vow for revenge; instead, she tries to promote a message of love and mutual respect for all people regardless of color, race, religion, gender, or whatever else.
THICH NHAT HAN
Thich Nhat Han is a Vietnamese Zen Master. He joined the monkshood at a young age and lived through the Vietnam war as a monk. During this time he made it his mission to try and help those suffering through times of war by founding the school of youth Social Service, that helped rebuild bombed homes, set up schools, and medical centers.
In 1966, Thich Nhat Han was banned from returning to Vietnam but he never stopped trying to find ways of spreading movements for peace. His work included making a case for peace to federal and pentagon officials, and even talked with Martin Luther King Jr. to oppose the Vietnam war publicly and help to create the peace movement as a whole.
In 1982, he founded the Plum Village in France, which is a Buddhist community where he continues to try and ease suffering for families in Vietnam and throughout the third world where he still resides today.
Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese refugee who, instead of becoming bitter after being sent into exile, set up foundations to help other refugees that were too poor to buy food and clothes. He tried to teach people to be mindful of the natural world through poetry and lectures. Even though things were bad, he did his best to remain positive.
The 25 Cutest Miniature Crochet Animals Ever
Su Ami are a family of five artists from Vietnam who crochet the cutest miniature animals ever. Some fit on the tip of your finger while others fit in the palm of your hand.