Friday, May 8, 2015

Military Spouse Appreciation Day MAY 8, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate  Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Everyone recognizes what an honorable job military personnel do on a daily basis. On the news, we often hear about the ultimate sacrifice soldiers all the way across the world have made in order to protect their nation from those who threaten innocent civilians. We are always moved by these stories, our minds struggling to comprehend the enormous courage, determination and heroism these individuals possessed that allowed them to give up their lives so we, the civilians, may continue to live safe lives, free of oppression and terror. However, it seems that in we all too often forget about one of the most important things to these soldiers, and many times the only thing that keeps them going even in the most unbearable conditions—their spouses. The spouses of those fighting foreign wars spend years supporting their husbands or wives, praying for them, constantly fearing for their safety, staying up late at night waiting for some sign of life. It is also these spouses that are forced to find a way to go on with their lives when their husband or wife is killed in one of these wars, left only with memories of them. And even when a military spouse’s husband or wife does finally come home, the hardships are far from over, as up to 30% of war veterans may suffer PTSD for years, with symptoms ranging from nightmares to emotional detachment to alcoholism or drug abuse. Whatever your views on foreign policy, there is no question that military spouses’ lives are full of sacrifice, a sacrifice we should remember and be grateful for.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day originated in the United States during the 1984, during the height of the Cold War. It was created by President Ronald Reagan, who wanted to raise awareness about just how much spousal commitment helps military personnel get through the worst of times, as well as celebrate the immense love these husbands and wives have for each other that makes this commitment possible. Since then, every US President has celebrated the day each year and has encouraged the world’s population to do just the same, recognising not just the risk which military personnel expose themselves to every day of the year, but also to the supportive families who make their many struggles bearable. The holiday takes place the Friday preceding Mother’s Day.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Relying on or derived from observation or experiment.
Usage:Scientists insist on empirical results, not mere speculation, to support their theories.

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The Hard Hat Riot (1970)

Four days after four students were shot and killed while protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University in Ohio, several hundred anti-war protesters gathered near New York City Hall to hold a memorial for the shooting victims and protest the war. At around noon, 200 construction workers attacked the approximately 1,000 protesters—most of whom were high school and college students—resulting in dozens of injuries and six arrests.

White Lotus Day (Death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky)

The anniversary of the death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) is commemorated by members of the Theosophical Society, which was founded in New York in 1875 by Blavatsky and Henry Olcott. Olcott and Blavatsky moved to India in 1878, and the international headquarters for the Theosophical movement remains in Adyar (near Madras) today. She completed her most important work,The Secret Doctrine (1888), an overview of Theosophical teachings, along with numerous other books, before her death in 1891.

How a High-Tech Bra Could Be Your Next Doctor

To find out all you need to know about your body's vital signs, all you need to do is to get dressed. The burgeoning market for intelligent clothing that can measure stats including your heart and respiratory rate has resulted in a broad range of wearables which could one-day act simultaneously as an on-call doctor.

1794 - The United States Post Office was established.
1794 - Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen. 
1847 - The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson. 
1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola." 
1914 - The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
1956 - Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of "Mad Magazine" for the first time.
1961 - New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.
1985 - "New Coke" was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola.
1997 - Larry King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Born, 1940

Ricky Nelson (born Eric Hilliard Nelson in 
Teaneck, New Jersey)
(May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985)

Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself alongside his
family in the radio sitcom series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and
later in the ABC television series of the same name from 1952 to 1966
He put 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including
"Poor Little Fool" which was the first #1 song on Billboard magazine’s then-
newly created Hot 100 chart.

89, Today

Donald Jay "DonRickles was born in New York.

Legendary insult comedian Don Rickles studied at the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts and began performing stand up comedy in hotels in the
Catskill Mountains in New York after becoming frustrated from the lack of
work he was getting as an actor.

Born Yesterday, 1901

Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper in Helena, Montana
(May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961)

Cooper became famous for playing Marshall Will Kane in “High Noon”
(1952). He also played roles in “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (1936), and 
“The Pride of the Yankees” (1942). Before fame, he managed a ranch
and worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Montana.


If You Were Born Today, May 8

You are a playful, witty person who is also success-oriented and determined. You can be changeable in your manner, despite being solid and focused overall, so that others are not sure who they are going to meet from one day to the next! Light-hearted and personable many days, you can also be serious and withdrawn at other times. You are mentally quick and have a unique perspective on life. Famous people born today: Harry S Truman, Melissa Gilbert, Don Rickles, Enrique Iglesias.

Picture of the day
Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon (1737–1794) was an English historian who published The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Born in PutneySurrey, he became a voracious reader while being raised by his aunt, and was sent to study at Magdalen College, Oxford, and in Switzerland. Returning to England, in 1761 Gibbon published his first book,Essai sur l'Étude de la Littérature. This was well received, but Gibbon's next book was a failure. In the early 1770s Gibbon began writing his history of the Roman Empire, which was received with great praise.

Picture of a surfer duck diving under a wave with a wooden alaia, Kona, Hawaii

Diving In

Photograph by Sarah Lee
A woman duck dives beneath a wave on a wooden alaia, a modern rendition of an ancient Hawaiian surfboard. “The main reason I love ocean and surf photography is the combination of the physical and creative challenge of it,” says photographer Sarah Lee, who captured this image off Kona, Hawaii.

Poet's Pullover pattern by Ashley Knowlton
Brand spanking new pattern with extended size range (30 inch bust to 52 inch bust) and (hopefully) no more errata! Enjoy!
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Hammerhead Shark pattern by Mary Kate Long
I wish I had taken pictures along the way. If anything seems tricky, please feel free to contact me!
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The Squidge Cloth pattern by Sasha
A face cloth, dish cloth, gift cloth - use it as you will!
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Scrat and Squirrel Beer Bottle Cozy pattern by Jessica C...
When I saw the taxidermy squirrel cozies on the strongest beer in the world, I immediately thought of how cool a Scrat cozy would be. After all, a sabertoot...
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Black Bean Hummus


  1. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  6. 1/4 cup olive oil
  7. 1-2 Tablespoons tahini
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne


Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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CrockPot Lemon and Dill Salmon with Spinach

Each time I make fish in the crockpot, I'm amazed at how juicy and flavorful it is---the fish comes out flaky and slightly buttery. The key to cooking fish in the crock is the key to cooking fish out of the crock: don't overcook it, or you'll end up with a chewy, dried out mess, along with a stinky kitchen.

The Ingredients.

--1/2 pound to 2 pounds of salmon
--2 lemons
--12 oz of fresh spinach
--1/2 t black pepper
--3/4 t kosher salt
--2 t dill
--1/4 cup white wine (again with the wine! sorry. water, vegetable broth, or apple juice would all work instead.)

The Directions.

Wash your spinach and shove it into the crock. It will look like a lot, but it really shrinks down and you'll end up wishing you put in two bags after it shrivels up.

Place your fish onto the bed of spinach, and sprinkle it on each side with the spices and herbs.

Slice the lemons and layer them on top of the fish and on all sides of it. Add the wine.

Cook on LOW for 2 hours, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

The Verdict.

A moist, flavorful fish without a hint of stink. We made this on a relatively warm evening, and I put it on at 4, then took the kids to the park for an hour or so. We came home, washed up, set the table and dinner was all ready.
My kids like fish, and ate a good amount. They also got a kick out of sucking the cooked lemons slices.

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Created from Flowers and Plants
By Sumitra 
Seattle-based Bridget Beth Collins mixes her love of nature with her interest in art to create stunning collages out of colorful flower petals, leaves, twigs and whatever plant materials she can get her hands on.
Collins, gathers materials for her collages from the areas surrounding her home in Ravenna, in Seattle. She then arranges the pieces into intricate shapes, using the natural colors to create a sense of depth. Through her intrinsic understanding or color and texture, she is able to transform flower petals into feathered birds, berries into sea creatures, and leaves into human faces.


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How To Say Coffee in Swahili: kahawa

「秋の沼」  スクロールさせると面白い

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rock climbing in a pool
Rock climbing in a pool would be great fun.

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thanks, patty

Slow Art Day
HOLD THE DATE .. April 9, 2016

1 comment:

  1. Moral of the Day: Never bake with a Panda! Fine art via wavering water? I'm getting vertigo here. And I'm closing my eyes so I won't have yours following me.