Wednesday, May 6, 2015

No Diet Day MAY 6, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate No Diet Day

A day dedicated to raising awareness of how unhealthy dieting can be harmful, or respecting and accepting body types, and promoting healthy eating rather than dieting. No Diet Day aims to help to teach people to have a healthy relationship with food, and to ditch restrictive diets and the harmful results they often have, such as anorexia and body-type perceptions in the media

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Fat; oily.
Usage:His car was splattered with some sort of pinguid substance, and trying to wash it away only seemed to spread the mess.


Robert Peary (1856)

Peary was a US naval officer and explorer who made several attempts to reach the geographic North Pole between 1898 and 1909. On April 6, 1909, accompanied by fellow explorer Matthew Henson and four Inuit men, he reached what he thought was the pole and became widely acknowledged as the first explorer to attain that goal. His claims, however, have since come into question.

Italian Astronaut Brews, Sips First Fresh Espresso in Space

The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on Twitter from the International Space Station on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz. 

1915 - Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.

1941 - Bob Hope gave his first USO show at California's March Field.

1946 - The New York Yankees became the first major league baseball team to travel by plane.

1957 U.S. Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage".

1981 - A jury of international architects and sculptors unanimously selected Maya Ying Lin's entry for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

2002 - "Spider-Man" became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

"Soldier Boy, " No 1, 1962
my 2nd husband's next door neighbors when he was growing up (in the bronx)

Born, 1914
Buried in a 'secret' cemetery in Brooklyn. Although the site is not for the public,
I was (secretly) shown around by a man who was hired to clean the area.
Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr., (May 5, 1914 – November 15, 1958)
From 1930s to the 1950s Power appeared in dozens of films, often in
swashbuckler roles or romantic leads. His better-known films include
The Mark of Zorro (1940), Blood and Sand (1941), and The Black
 (1942). Power died from a heart attack at the age of 44.

Opening Riff for "Satisfaction" accomplished, 1965

If You Were Born Today, May 6

You have a strong business sense and are tuned in to the value and worth of things. Most of you are good with money. Security and stability are things that drive you and are behind many decisions you make in life. You are amorous, curious, attractive, intuitive and possess strong presence. Famous people born today: George Clooney, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud, Willie Mays, Rudolph Valentino, Tony Blair.

Picture of the day
Shallow water equations
Output from a shallow water equation model of water in a bathtub. The water experiences five splashes which generate surface gravity waves that propagate away from the splash locations and reflect off the bathtub walls.
The shallow water equations are a set of hyperbolic partial differential equations that describe the flow below a pressure surface in a fluid. They are derived from depth-integrating the Navier–Stokes equations in cases where the horizontal length scale is much greater than the vertical length scale. The shallow water equations can also be simplified to the commonly used 1-D Saint Venant equation.

Picture of an abandoned torpedo station, Gdynia, Poland

Factory Setting

Photograph by Trynidada, National Geographic 
An abandoned World War II torpedo station appears suspended between a moody sky and a calm bay near Gdynia on the coast of Poland. Setting out from Warsaw, Trynidada drove through the night to catch the first light of sunrise—but as the sun came up, the weather turned dark. “The sky had this steel-like color, with just a hint of white clouds moving slowly on the horizon,” Trynidada writes.

mr dangly pattern by Hannah Simpson
Merino Blend DK by King Cole DK / 8 ply 100% Wool 123 yards / 50 grams average rating from 605 votes 3174 projects, stashed 1742 times
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Babar pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
Babar stands 11 inches tall. He is knit in the round with worsted weight yarn, and in one piece from the neck down, so there is very little seaming required....
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Little Nelson pattern by Kayla Dyches
Guernsey sweaters had been designed and produced for the Guernsey fishermen, but their warmth and quality was soon realized by the British Royal Navy. ...
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The Window Cat pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
This is the first in my series of house cats!
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Squeeeeal! pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
This pattern is lovingly dedicated to Margaret Wise Brown, one of the greatest children’s book authors that ever lived, and her book The Big Red Barn.
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Grasshopper Cake

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Super Duper Garlic Dip CrockPot Recipe

This is the easiest dip ever, yet your guests' eyeballs will roll backwards at how good it is. I've made this as a cold dip before, but figured since it's the year of the crockpot, I might as well try it warm. It's delicious. I made it for a party on Friday, and I should have doubled it---the crock was literally licked clean.

The Ingredients.

--1 8 oz block of cream cheese
--1/3 cup of mayonnaise
--whole head of garlic

The Directions.

I used my mini crockpot for this dip, and it only filled it halfway. Next time I will double the recipe if we are expecting company. If you don't have a mini-crock, you can nestle an oven-safe dish in the stoneware of your large one.

Smash and peel all of the garlic cloves, and dice the garlic into tiny pieces. I used my Pampered Chef chopper thingy.

Put the cream cheese and mayo into the crock, plop the diced garlic on top. You won't be able to stir until the cream cheese melts.

Cook on high for 1 hour, low for 2. Stir well and serve with your favorite crackers and vegetables.

If you cook it a bit too long and it looks like the garlic is scorching on the side, unplug the crock and give the dip a good stir. This happened to me because I had it plugged in too long and wasn't paying close enough attention. I just pretended it didn't and no one could tell.

The Verdict.

well my crockpot was licked clean...

CRAFT .. embroidery



Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther



Chandre Oraon climbing a tree
Chandre Oraon climbing a tree
Chandre Oraon has had his tail since birth and some Hindus believe it’s a sign he’s an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god known as “Hanuman”. He’s a man with a 14.5 inch tail.


As if the monkey tail wasn't enough, Chandre also works as a tea picker on a local tea estate. What does that have to do with anything you may ask? Yep, you got it, it means that he has to climb trees, “just like a monkey,” in order to pick the tea leaves.
His worshipers also claim his ability to effortlessly climb trees is further proof of the divine similarities. OK, now I’m starting to feel a little awkward.


“The combination of a membranous sac with a tuft of hair could certainly produce a likeness to a monkey’s tail”Oraon’s condition is actually a form of spina bifida, when the spinal column does not close all the way down.
Some people with the condition develop growths on their lower back or tufts of hair, according to Dr. Scott Meyer, a member of the neuro-spine team at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.
This type of “extra growth” from the spine is also known as a vestigial tail.


A vestigial trait in humans simply means something that we used to have that actually served a purpose but no longer does so we no longer have it.
There are lots of examples of human vestigiality, including the anatomical (such as the human appendix, tailbone, wisdom teeth, and inside corner of the eye), the behavioral (goose bumps and palmar grasp reflex), sensory (decreased olfaction), and molecular (Noncoding DNA). Many human characteristics are also vestigial in other primates and related animals.
Hanuman the Hindu Monkey God
Hanuman the Hindu Monkey God


It hasn't been easy. Kids used to make fun of Oraon’s tail and, despite his fame, he lives in humble dwellings and can’t afford to build his dream temple.
Even worse, he was rejected by more than 20 women before he met his current wife, Maino, and she’s not exactly happy living with a living god.
“He doesn’t look
 good. My mother and my father passed away when I was young. So my brothers wanted me to get married. So I had to compromise,”


Chandre doesn't have to feel isolated in his uniqueness. About 40 cases of human tails have been reported according to a study by the People’s Journal of Scientifc Research, but not all of them reach the exalted status of “godhood.” 

How To Say Coffee in Vietnamese: cà phê

Tunnel Vision - a motion illusion by Kaia Nao. As you look down the tunnel, it appears to be moving.

Hair - Hate fly-aways? Use a toothbrush to tame them


Creative Sketches That Incorporate Everyday Objects

twisted shifter

In an ongoing series called “Sunday Sketch”, Christoph Niemann incorporates everyday objects in fun and creative ways, playing with perspective and reimagining the objects as something else entirely.
Niemann is an illustrator, artist, and author. His work has appeared on the covers The New YorkerTimeWired and The New York Times Magazine. Since July 2008, Niemann has been writing and illustrating the whimsical Abstract City, a New York Times blog, renamed Abstract Sunday in 2011, when the blog’s home became The New York Times Magazine.


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  1. JFK and the Babe look so young. Guess we all were once?! Love C. Niemann--such fun!

  2. very creative person created sketches .......