Sunday, June 21, 2015

World Humanist Day JUNE 21, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Humanist Day

Celebrated on the day of the June solstice, World Humanist Day is a coming together of organisations and individuals which value science and rationalism over divinity and the supernatural.
Created during the 1980s by people affiliated to American Humanist Association, the day is regarded as the only holiday for free thought in the world. In recent years, it has grown rapidly and even received television coverage in some nations.The main point of World Humanist Day is to try and make the world a better place by increasing the public’s knowledge of scientific methods in hope that it will dispel many age-old myths.
Well known supporters of World Humanist Day include the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, best-selling author Phillip Pullman, the philosopher AC Grayling and the comedian Tim Minchin.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm.
Usage:The satirist got into trouble with the network after he ridiculed a number of prominent donors on his live television show.


Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859)

Tanner was an American painter of religious and genre scenes. He studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was the only black student. Tormented by racial persecution, he settled in Paris in 1891 and gained international acclaim, earning many awards for his landscapes and treatments of biblical themes. In 1927, he became the first African American granted full membership in the National Academy of Design.

Father's Day

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington, suggested to her minister in 1910 that a day be set aside for honoring fathers. The Ministerial Association and the Spokane YMCA picked up on the idea, and in 1924 Father's Day received the support of President Calvin Coolidge. But it wasn't until 1966 that a presidential proclamation established Father's Day as the third Sunday in June. Although it began as a religious celebration, today it is primarily an occasion for showing appreciation through gift-giving.

Kangaroos are Left-Handed, Study Finds

Research on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates. Scientists said on Thursday that these Australian marsupials displayed a natural preference for using their left hand for feeding, self-grooming and other activities. So while most people are right-handed, most kangaroos are lefties.

1732 - Composer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was born. 

1834 - Cyrus McCormick patented the first practical mechanical reaper for farming. His invention allowed farmers to more than double their crop size.

1893 - The Ferris Wheel was introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL.

1913 - Georgia Broadwick became the first woman to jump from an airplane.

1974 - The U.S. Supreme Court decided that pregnant teachers could no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.

1990 - Little Richard received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 

2003 - The fifth Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was published by J.K. Rowling. shipped out more than one million copies on this day making the day the largest distribution day of a single item in e-commerce history. The book set sales records around the world with an estimated 5 million copies were sold on the first day.

Debuted,. 1948

Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan
 (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974)

The Ed Sullivan Show, originally called The Toast of the Town, was a TV variety
 that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and
was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. In 1996 Sullivan
was ranked No. 50 on TV Guide’s "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time". 

73 Yesterday

Brian Douglas Wilson co-wrote over twenty-five top forty hits
as co-founder of the Beach Boys.

48, Yesterday

Australian born Nicole Mary Kidman’s breakthrough film role was in the 1989 
thriller Dead Calm. She gained worldwide recognition for her performances in 
the auto racing film Days of Thunder (1990).


If You Were Born Today, June 21

While you come across as slightly detached due to a refined, sociable demeanor, you are in fact quite sensitive, warm, spiritual, and loving. You also tend to worry quite a bit, and ideally this trait lessens as you age. You tend to thrive in a partnership, but you could often give more than you receive. Creative and imaginative, you are also very broad-minded and although you are intensely curious about people, you are rarely petty. Famous people born today: Jean-Paul Sartre, Juliette Lewis, Ray Davies, Prince William, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter.

Picture of the day
Loughrigg Tarn
A view of Loughrigg Tarn, a small natural lake in the Lake District of CumbriaEngland, as seen from the nearby Loughrigg Fell. The poet William Wordsworth likened it to "Diana’s Looking-glass".

Picture of orcas hunting herring off the coast of Norway

Killer Tails

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic
Orcas show their smarts by working together to whip up a meal. Here, a pod hunts for herring in Norway’s Andfjorden. Members of the pod coordinate their moves, herding a mass of herring into a manageable ball. They then whip their tails against the ball, stunning or killing the fish.

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Herb Marinated Meat and Potato Skewers
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Meat and Potato Skewers


½ lb baby potatoes
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp coarse ground Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lbs Top Sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
Italian parsley (optional)


Soak wooden skewers in water for several hours.
In a small saucepan, cover potatoes with water by about 1 inch, and heat over high heat. Boil until potatoes are just barely fork tender, about 5 minutes. Cut potatoes in half, or small enough so that they are roughly the size of the steak pieces.
Meanwhile, combine vinegar, oil, mustard, oregano, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper, and divide mixture into two separate containers. In one container, add the top sirloin, and massage the mixture onto the meat. In the other container, add the potatoes, and toss to coat. Refrigerate both containers for at least 1 hour, and let the contents marinate (feel free to marinate for longer, too).
Remove the wooden skewers from the water, and thread the steak and potatoes. Grill on high heat for 2 minutes on each side. Let rest for 5 minutes, garnish with Italian parsley, and serve.


Crockpot Lasagna Soup - Family Fresh Meals




I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. - Patrick Henry

Pop-Up IKEA Cafe Serves Breakfast in Bed

By Sumitra IKEA has been selling food and furniture for years, but they recently managed to marry the two with a pop-up restaurant called ‘The IKEA Breakfast in Bed Cafe’. The uniquely themed eatery was furnished with luxurious beds instead of the traditional chair and table setup. Visitors were shown to their beds, from where they could order food and drinks, get expert advice from sleep specialists, and even take naps!
Located on Leonard Street in London’s hipster hub Shoreditch, the pop-up was open between 7am and 3pm, until May 20. Patrons chose between single and double beds, kicked up their heels, and relaxed, while being served by specially trained waiting staff. The menu included classic British breakfast food like salmon, toast, fresh juice, and sleep inducing teas, along with traditional Swedish breakfast options.


"Good Morning" in French (Europe, Africa, Canada)  -   Bonjour

thanks, patty

thanks, shelley
Fires in Dry Calif9rnia Reduced due to Goats

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday, Brian! It wouldn't be summer without you.