Saturday, July 11, 2015

World Population Day JULY 11, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate World Population Day

Population Day aims to raise awareness of global population issues. Hunger, disease, warfare, welfare and human rights are key themes, and 2012 focuses specifically on ensuring universal access to reproductive health services.

thanks to patty for sharing her visit to Peter McNeary's Gardens

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A long, usually hooded cloak or coat.
Synonyms:hooded coat
Usage:The men wore matching black capotes with hoods that obscured their features, and we watched in terror as they advanced in the dim light.



Millie and Christine McCoy (1851)

Millie and Christine McCoy were American conjoined twins born to slaves and sold to showman J.P. Smith as infants. A rival showman kidnapped the girls, but Smith reclaimed them. He taught them to speak five languages, play music, and sing, and the twins enjoyed a successful career under the stage names "The Two-Headed Nightingale" and "The Eighth Wonder of the World." In 1912, the girls died of tuberculosis just 17 hours apart.

St. Placidus Festival

Sankt Placidusfest is a religious procession held on July 11 at Disentis, Switzerland, in honor of St. Placidus, who was murdered near the Benedictine abbey that he and St. Sigisbert helped establish there in 614. Every year, the relics of St. Placidus and St. Sigisbert are carried in a solemn procession from the abbey to the parish church and back through the village to the abbey. Traditionally, during the ceremonies, parishioners in colorful folk costumes chant the old, and very long, "Song of St. Placidus."

Experts Warn about New Social Media Trend Called Sunburn Art

A new social media trend is taking over Instagram but experts warn it could be very dangerous. The hashtag #SunburnArt has quickly been making its way across social media platforms the past few weeks.

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1804 - The United States' first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel. 

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1918 - Enrico Caruso recorded "Over There" written by George M. Cohan.

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1946 - Dean Martin recorded his first four songs. 

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1959 - Joan Baez made her first recording. It was a duet with Bob Gibson which was recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival. 

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1969 - The Rolling Stones released the single "Honky Tonk Women" in the U.S. 

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1977 - The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.

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1985 - Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced that he had used zippers for stitches on 28 patients. The zippers were used when he thought he may have to re-operate. 

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1998U.S. Air Force Lt. Michael Blassie, a casualty of the Vietnam War, was laid to rest near his Missouri home. He had been positively identified from his remains that had been enshrined in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, VA.

So Sad, Died Yesterday, 83 (as a young girl, boy oh boy, was i under his spell .. mmm)

Omar Sharif (Michel Demitri Chalhoub) (April 10, 1932 – July 10, 2015)
CAIRO (AP) – Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor who soared to international
stardom in movie epics, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and "Doctor Zhivago,"
(1965) died Friday. Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital, his longtime agent, 
London-based Steve Kenis, and the head of Egypt’s Theatrical Arts Guild, Ashraf Zaki,
told The Associated Press. The actor had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.


If You Were Born Today, July 11

You are a seeker, and both a dreamer and an achiever. Some might call you an overachiever, as there is a bit of a perfectionist in you. While you do need security and comfort, your desires tend to stretch beyond the routine and mundane. You have strong morals and standards for yourself, and you work hard for what you have. Things are not simply handed to you, and you know this instinctively and push all the harder. You possess much creative intelligence and stand out as unique. Famous people born today: John Quincy Adams, E. B. White, Yul Brynner, Michael Rosenbaum, Rachael Taylor, Lisa Rinna.

Picture of the day
Siegestor is a triumphal arch in Munich commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, designed by Friedrich von Gärtner and completed by Eduard Mezger in 1852. Measuring 21 metres (69 ft) high, 24 metres (79 ft) wide, and 12 metres (39 ft) deep, it is topped by a statue of Bavaria with a lion-quadriga. Though originally dedicated to the glory of the Bavarian army, the arch was damaged in World War II and reimagined as a symbol of peace.

Picture of a man crossing the road from shadow to light

End of the Road

Photograph by Nilton Quoirin, National Geographic

In this picture from Nilton Quoirin, a worker crosses a road at a hydroelectric power plant at the Itaipu Dam on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The dam is touted as the largest generator of renewable clean energy in the world.



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thanks, heide 
Crockpot Chili ***  Great one
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 1 lb Ground Chuck
 1 lb Bacon - uncooked/ chopped
 1 Onion - chopped 
 1 Cup chopped Green Pepper
 16 oz Dark Red Kidney Beans/ drained
 16 oz Pinto Beans / drained
 15.5 oz Can Sloppy Joe Mix 
 15 oz Can Pork & Beans / undrained
 14.5 oz Can Diced Tomatoes / undrained
 1 Cup Water
 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
 1 T. Chili powder
 1/2 t. Salt
 1/2 t. Ground Pepper
Cook 1st 4 ingredients until meat no longer pink. Drain of fat.
Combine mixture with rest of ingredients. Put in 6 Quarts slow cooker.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 HOURS . MAKES : 12 & 1/2 Cups




Balloon Bowls


use a recycled 1 gallon water container
cut the end off (in circle)
cover label with decorative paper
punch two holes to hold ribbon
insert and tie the ribbon to hold 
Optional: add a decoration like the butterfly cut out. 


It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. - Aristotle Onassis




"Good Morning" in Malay (Malaysia, Brunei) - Selamat pagi





The Most Incredibly Beautiful Book Sculptures Ever

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Book sculptures are one of life’s unexpected beautiful surprises. An old book is a treasure in itself with its crisp pages, and the distinct scent of time left pressed between the covers.
Some old books are worth millions of dollars, while others have wilted and rotted past their prime years. Instead of tossing out old books that no longer serve a literary purpose, some artists create beautiful sculptures from the actual pages of the book. Check out these 25 examples of some of the most incredibly beautiful book sculptures you have ever seen.

1. Cave In A Book

Unreal detailing with this artistic creation, which literally resembles the real terrain of a cave, somehow constructed from the basic pages of an old book.

2. Mount Rushmore Constructed From Old Phone Books

Here is one way to recycle all of those old and outdated phone books!

3. Mountain Carved From The Pages Of An Old Star Map Book


4. House In A Field Book Art


5. “Charon And The Door To A World Of Dreams” Book Sculpture


6. Old Book Carved Using Surgical Tools


7. Herb Garden Book Sculpture

The perfect way to repurpose an old gardening book, transform it into the magnificent flowers it has spent its life detailing.

8. Books Carved Into Landscapes


9. The Little Match Girl, Handmade Book Sculpture By Karine Diot


10. Alice In Wonderland By Susan Hoerth

All of the classic characters are brought to life in this old school edition of the fabulous tale of wonderland.

11. Book Art: “Great Comfort”


12. Skull Book Sculpture


13. Dutch Bookweek Written Portraits

“Each year CPNB (Collective Promotion Dutch Literature) organises the Dutch Book Week to promote Dutch literature. And every year a specific genre is being profiled. This year the (auto) biography is featured. This is translated in the theme ‘Geschreven Portretten’, which translates in Written Portraits’.”
“We’ve created some amazing images, which show the different faces behind the (auto) biographies. Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdollah (writer of the biographic Book Week give away). Souverein made the artwork and did an amazing job creating realistic images.”

14. Massive Book Sculpture Depicts An Abandoned City


15. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Yet another amazing book sculpture fashioned after one of my favorite stories of all time, Alice in Wonderland.
Interestingly, despite the fact everyone calls him the “Mad Hatter,” Lewis Carroll never calls the hatter mad, he only references ‘A Mad Tea Party’ in the chapter title.

16. An Old Book Transformed Into One-Of-A-Kind Art


17. Jacqueline Rush Lee’s Inked Books (Anthologia)


18. Mayberry’s Insects

Instead of letting real insects rot out the pages of this book about bugs, one artist created her own infestation.

19. Book Sculpture Floating Away On Hot Air Balloon


20. Meyers 19, 1906

There is so much detail going on with this creation, so much to take in!

21. Jacqueline Rush Lee’s Inked Series (Nous: There’s No Why Here), Transformed From a Philosophy Book, 2014

Jacqueline Rush Lee is an incredible sculptor from Northern Ireland, currently living and working in Hawaii. For the last 16-years, Jacqueline has used books as her main material to form exquisite works of breathtaking art. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including books, catalogues, magazines, and more!

22. Jaqueline Rush Lee’s “Endoskeleton” (Fired Book)


23. The Little Mermaid Book Sculpture By Karine Diot


24. Winter Fairytale Book Sculpture


25. The Book Of Life



  1. Those sculptures are fascinating!!! Love them!

  2. Book sculptures are such fun! Bravo:)