Friday, May 22, 2015

Harvey Milk Day MAY 22, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Harvey Milk Day

On Harvey Milk Day, people celebrate the life and achievements of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was the first openly gay politician to be elected to public office in California. Tragically, Harvey Milk served as city supervisor in San Francisco for only a little less than a year before he was murdered by Dan White, a rival politician. During his time in office, he was responsible for championing a civil rights bill that outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Harvey Milk led an unremarkable life until he found his calling as a leader of the gay rights movement in the famous Castro District of San Francisco. He was naturally charismatic, and deeply concerned with social issues. His successful campaign was a landmark in American political history. On Harvey Milk Day, people around the world celebrate the achievements of the international gay rights movement, and reflect on the work that still remains to be done.

Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) To impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others with undue insistence or without invitation.
Synonyms:push outthrust out
Usage:He never hesitated to obtrude his opinion on others, believing that everyone must value what he had to say.


Laurence Olivier (1907)

One of the most revered actors of the 20th century, Olivier took on more than 120 stage roles and appeared in nearly 60 films over the course of an award-winning career spanning more than six decades. A versatile performer, he earned accolades for his portrayals of Shakespearean characters, like Henry V and Hamlet, as well as for his performances in modern dramas. He won four Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, and five Emmys.

Fiesta of Santa Rita

Villagers in Apastepeque, San Vicente Department, El Salvador, celebrate Santa Rita's feast day with a dance-drama called the Dance of the Tunco de Monte, or Wild Pig, an Indian dance going back to pre-Christian times. One person dresses in pig skins and pretends to be a pig, while other dancers portray various other stock characters. They enact the chasing and, finally, killing of the pig. At the concluding "feast," the hunter who has caught the pig alternates between praying to Santa Rita for the welfare of the village and cracking jokes.

Top 10 New Species: Meet the Chicken From Hell and Crop Circle Fish

Each year, the International Institute for Species Exploration works with an expert panel to pick the top 10 species that received scientific names over the previous year. Some of them may have been long familiar to local populations, while others have only recently come to light.

1570 - Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium. 

1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean. 

1859 - The creator of "Sherlock Holmes," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.

1892 - Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube. 

1906 - The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine. 

1955 - A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was canceled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because "rock and roll dances might be featured."

1967 - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" premiered on PBS.

1977 - Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.

1992 - Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time. He had been host for 30 years. 


If You Were Born Today, May 22

You are a person with integrity, who is forthright and intelligent. You can be somewhat of a perfectionist, and you are often hard on yourself and sometimes others as a result. Your ideas and opinions are strikingly unique and unusual. You are forever learning and sharing what you've learned. Famous people born today: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Wagner, Naomi Campbell, Laurence Olivier.

Picture of the day
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady is a small oil-on-oak panel painting executed around 1460 by the Netherlandish painter Rogier van der Weyden. Using geometric shapes to form the lines of the woman's veil, neckline, face, and arms, the work conveys the subject's humility and reserved demeanor through her fragile physique, lowered eyes and tightly grasped fingers. This is the only known portrait of a woman accepted as an autograph work by van der Weyden, and has been described as "famous among all portraits of women of all schools". It is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Picture of girl standing near Baobab trees, Madagascar

Mother of the Forest

Photograph by Marsel van Oosten, National Geographic
“These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old,” writes Marsel van Oosten. Locally known as “mother of the forest,” the baobab forms a micro-ecosystem of its own, supporting life for both animals and humans, van Oosten says. “Old hollow baobabs are a home to snakes, bats, bush babies, bees, and sometimes even humans. More importantly, the tree is an important source of water—it can store up to 4,000 liters of water in its trunk. For Africa, it is literally the tree of life.”



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Urban Tweed Vest

crochet, 2 - 4 t



stephanie o'dea

A-1 and Dijon Steak CrockPot Recipe

Sometimes the easiest recipes taste the best. Which can be kind of a bummer when you put in a lot of time and effort chopping, mixing, and tasting. This tastes good. This tastes really good. That pretty much sums it up.

The Ingredients.

--4-6 steaks, or a hunk of tri-tip you cut into 4-6 steaks because the internet doesn't know what tri-tip is (insert winks and smiles)
--2 T A-1 sauce
--2 T dijon mustard
--1/4 cup white wine

The Directions.

--combine the A-1 steak sauce and the dijon mustard in a little bowl
--paint the sauce mixture on all sides of each piece of meat
--place the meat into your crockpot
--pour in the 1/4 cup of white wine

cook on low for 6-8 hours.

serve with potatoes or rice or french fries or vegetables or something that you normally want to eat with steak.

The Verdict.

This couldn't have been any easier, and it tasted marvelous. The kids ate their servings eagerly. We had rice pilaf as a side dish, and poured the remaining sauce over the top. It was divine.



Yarn-Wrapped Vases

the thrifty crafter
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What to do with the leftover yarn from your Party Animals wire animal project? Pick up some cheap tin cans of varying sizes from your favorite discount store and turn them into coordinating centerpieces, that’s what! Flowers are a must for me at any type of event and when you can get them gorgeous and on the cheap from your local Trader Joe’s, this craft really is a no-brainer! We ended up using the smallest can as a utensil holder…another great way to add some texture and color to your table!
Here’s what you need:
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  • leftover yarn
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • washed and dried tin cans (I went to Big Lots and bought the cheapest cans I could with the best size variation)
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Here’s what you do:
  1. Remove outer paper label from tin can and thoroughly wash both inside and outside of can.
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  2. Once dry, use hot glue gun to tack end of yarn to edge of can.
  3. Wrap tin can 10-20 times or so, keeping some tension.
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  4. Scrunch yarn down to cover up any openings and to create the textured look.
    yarn wrapped vases cheap craft ideas party decor hot glue gun
  5. Continue wrapping in sets of 10-20 until you reach the upper edge of can.
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  6. Cut yarn and glue down on edge.  Voila!  Gorgeous vase in less than 10 minutes!
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Cost: Under $4 for five vases.
yarn wrapped vases cheap craft ideas party decor hot glue gun
yarn wrapped vases cheap craft ideas party decor hot glue gun
yarn wrapped vases cheap craft ideas party decor hot glue gun


Fireflies in a Jar" Night Lantern
"Fireflies in a Jar" Night Lantern

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

Guy Celebrates His Toddler Son with Massive Face Tattoo

By Sumitra
A young father from Texas is making headlines for getting a tattoo of his son’s face, on the left side of his face! 20-year-old Christien Sechrist said that the inking was a way of paying tribute to his toddler son, whom he had almost lost. And in spite of all the negative comments, he says he doesn’t regret it and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
Christien’s picture first appeared on Imgur last week, from where it was picked up by the media. It shows the tattoo, featuring a black-and-grey portrait of his son Perseus, taking up almost the entire left side of his face. According to news reports, he got the tattoo done last July, after he had almost lost his son.
Not everyone is happy with his decision of getting the tattoo, though. He had posted a message on Facebook shortly after getting inked, thanking the artist: “Thanks Cody Gibbs for doing awesome work on me. Looks just like my son.” Within minutes, he started to receive negative comments from friends.


"Good Morning" in Alsatian - Güete Morge

Optical Illusion

thanks, patty



1 comment:

  1. Baobab tree has always been a favorite--love the photo!