Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bad Poetry Day AUGUST 18, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Bad Poetry Day

Let’s face it – not everybody’s the best writer, lyricist or poet. But don’t let that stop you!
Bad Poetry Day encourages you to give it a go anyway by putting pen to paper and writing some terrible verse. If you’re feeling particularly cruel, you could read your bad poetry to friends, family and colleagues; hopefully they’ll enjoy good poetry more in the future!


Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A large enclosure for holding birds in confinement.
Synonyms:volarybird sanctuary
Usage:We visited the aviary to see the exotic birds advertised in the brochure.



Virginia Dare (1587)

The first English child born in the Americas, Dare began her life in the colony of Roanoke in what is now the state of North Carolina. Strangely, the colony soon disappeared, and what became of Dare and the other colonists remains a mystery. In the 400 years since, Dare has become a prominent figure in American mythology and folklore. To many, she represents concepts like innocence and hope. Others use her name as a rallying cry for bigotry and sexism. 

Do Video Games Make People Violent?

More than 200 academics have signed an open letter criticizing controversial new research suggesting a link between violent video games and aggression. The findings were released by the American Psychological Association.

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1916 - Abraham Lincoln's birthplace was made into a national shrine. 

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1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later. 

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1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada. 

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1958 - Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita" was published. 

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1963 - James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat. 

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1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S. 

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1997 - Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.

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1997 - Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


If You Were Born Today, August 18

You are at once determined and emotional, so that there is a distinct tough side to your nature, yet a deeper, more sensitive and intuitive side as well. You love to learn, and will constantly seek out experiences that add to your knowledge throughout your life. Your mind is very strong and powerful, sometimes to the point of obsession! You can easily become fixated on one particular thing or feeling. If you pour your focus and determination into a particular life path or goal, your chances of success are great. With self-discipline, you can achieve anything you set your mind upon. You can be rather stubborn and rigid at times, but you are also friendly and likable. Your love life tends to be rather stable, as you think in terms of practicality and the long-term. Famous people born today: Robert Redford, Roman Polanksi, Patrick Swayze, Christian Slater, Maia Mitchell, Edward Norton, Madeleine Stowe.

Picture of the day
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is a U.S. National Park in southeastern California named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. Created in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act, the park covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi; 3,199.59 km2). The park includes parts of two deserts, the Mojave and Colorado, as well as the Little San Bernardino Mountains.

Picture of a penguin jumping out of the water onto the ice, Gould Bay, Antarctica

When Penguins Fly

Photograph by Christopher Michel, National Geographic 
An emperor penguin bursts from its watery hunting ground in Gould Bay, Antarctica. The largest of all penguins, flightless emperors live on the Antarctic ice, employing physiological adaptations and cooperative behaviors to deal with the harsh environment.


Hiatus: The Official Dish Rag of Waiting pattern by Emil...
There’s no Dish Rag Tag this year (I explain here). But here’s a new pattern anyway!
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Scilla Summer Knit pattern by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd)
Both English and Japanese versions are fully charted using standard knitting and/or crochet symbols. Japanese version available here.
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Square Motif Baby Blanket pattern by Elaine Phillips
Super Saver Solids by Red Heart Aran / 10 ply 100% Acrylic 364 yards / 198 grams average rating from 11566 votes 152629 projects, stashed 50288 times
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Mod Case pattern by Caroline Hegwer
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Andrea`s Häkelherzen pattern by Sockengarten
Die Anleitung steht sowohl in deutsch als auch in englisch zur Verfügung.
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Flower Power Dishcloth pattern by Doni Speigle
Flower Power Dishcloth is made using worsted weight 100% cotton yarn and size H (5.00mm) crochet hook.
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Crochet Leaf Bookmark pattern by Olga Poltava
Suggested yarn Crochet cotton thread size 10
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stephanie o'dea

Southwestern CrockPot Sweet Potato and Corn Medly

This is a great side dish. The flavors dance in your mouth---which is a saying I never, ever thought I'd ever say (or type), but there you go. That's what they do.

Simple to put together, but looks great on a buffet table--this is a great dish.

The Ingredients.

--3 med. sweet potatoes (1 1/2 lbs)
--1 can corn, drained
--1/4 cup chopped onion
--2 limes, juiced
--1 tsp chili powder
--1/2 tsp kosher salt
--3 T chopped fresh basil leaves

The Directions.

This is a good recipe for a 3-4 quart crockpot. If you have a larger one, consider doubling for leftovers, or stay close by so the sweet potatoes don't over cook and turn to mush.

Peel and cube the sweet potato into 1-inch or so chunks. Plop them into the crock. Add diced onion, the drained corn, and the fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle in the chili powder and salt. Squeeze the limes, and then toss everything so the seasoning is dispersed somewhat evenly.

Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for 3-4. This is done when the potatoes have reached desired tenderness.

The Verdict.

A delicious, and incredibly healthy side dish, or in my case, lunch for the next 3 days. The kids didn't like the lime flavor at all - oh well, more for me!






We do not remember days, we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese




"Good Morning" in Thai (Thailand) Sawatdi   -    torn chao 




board panda
Taking approximately 8 hours this coffee painting is made with a mixture of Greek Coffee and Espresso on a 40x50cm Handmade Paper.

1 comment:

  1. Love BAD POETRY DAY--I feel so liberated. DH and I used to cross the TI Bridge when it was coated with such thick ice we crossed our fingers and hoped it had been over-engineered. How much extra weight did all that thick ice add to the structure?!