Wednesday, August 19, 2015

World Humanitarian Day AUGUST 19, 2015

dear friends ... i am so proud. my son called a moment ago to tell me that he was offered his "dream" job, director of nursing at a psychiatric hospital in new york city.  he starts in a month. adrian is highly educated but mostly, he has always been a very compassionate human being. i know that his clients will be lucky to be treated by him and that he will feel very lucky to have the opportunity to truly get to know them as individuals.

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is dedicated to raising public awareness of the work undertaken by humanitarian organisations, and the huge challenge they face; we well as honoring the lives and dedication of those who’ve lost their lives in humanitarian causes. Consider using this day to offer your support to humanitarian workers, who strive to stop human suffering wherever it is found, by donating to, joining or supporting a local or global humanitarian organisation.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A brass-colored mineral, FeS2, occurring widely and used as an iron ore and in producing sulfur dioxide for sulfuric acid.
Synonyms:fool's gold
Usage:The children thought the gleaming bits of metal they had found were gold, and their nurse refrained from telling them they were simply flecks of pyrite.


USS Constitution Defeats HMS Guerrière (1812)

The USS Constitution, better known as "Old Ironsides," is perhaps the most famous vessel in the history of the US Navy. One of the first frigates built for the Navy, the Constitution saw action in several wars and defeated the British frigate HMS Guerrière during the War of 1812. Later condemned as unseaworthy, the ship was saved from dismantling by public sentiment aroused by Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "Old Ironsides." 

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883)

Arguably the most important figure in 20th-century fashion, Chanel founded her first house of couture in 1913. Within five years, her innovative use of jersey fabric and accessories was attracting wealthy patrons. Her nonconformist designs stressed simplicity and comfort and revolutionized the fashion industry. The financial basis of her empire was her Chanel No. 5 perfume, introduced in 1922 and still popular today.

Is This What the World's "First Flower" Looked Like?

Researchers believe that a 130-million-year-old aquatic plant from Spain may represent one of the world's first flowers. 

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1856 - Gail Borden received a patent for his process of condensing milk by vacuum.

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1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright. 

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1964 - The first American tour by the Beatles began in San Francisco, CA. The tour would cover 26 cities. 

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1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze statue of Christopher Columbus arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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1999 - Lorne Michaels received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


If You Were Born Today, August 19

You are a big dreamer, and while you can worry and fret quite a bit in your youth, as you gain experience and connect with your inner code and spirituality, you become wise and more content. You are not always easy for others to understand! However, you do understand others instinctively. Your intuition is nothing short of outstanding. Even so, your mind is highly analytical. You are sensitive and warm, and a bit of a perfectionist. You dream big dreams, and sometimes are quite discontented with everyday realities. You can stretch the truth sometimes as a result. A natural leader, you tend to enjoy being the first to do new things. You have personal charisma, and whatever you do, your individuality shines through. You tend to attract hardworking, ambitious, and loyal partners into your life. Famous people born today: Coco Chanel, Matthew Perry, Bill Clinton, John Stamos, Gene Roddenberry, Tammin Sursok, Jonathan Frakes.

Picture of the day
Craig retroazimuthal projection
The Craig retroazimuthal is a modified cylindrical map projection created by James Ireland Craig in 1909. It preserves the direction from any place to one other, predetermined place while avoiding some of the distortion of the Hammer retroazimuthal projection. This projection is sometimes known as the Mecca projection because Craig, who had worked in Egypt as a cartographer, created it to help Muslims find the qibla.

Picture of a traditional female Balinese dancer performing at a festival, Indonesia

Festival Night in Ubud

Photograph by Gordon Grimwade, National Geographic 
“The superb dancing of the Balinese is based on Hindu mythology and is both exotic and powerful in its presentation,” writes Gordon Grimwade, who photographed these festival dancers in Ubud on the Indonesian island of Bali. “I converted this image to black and white simply because it better portrays the performance and mood.”


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Girls for Gunslingers's photo.

Snowy Owl Amigurumi pattern by AnnaMarie
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CrockPot Bleu Cheese and Dried Cherry Meatloaf

Who says you can't have meatloaf in the middle of summer? This is not your grandma's meatloaf. This is decadent. This is gourmet. This is super duper easy, yet you will get tons of praise and be granted tons of bragging rights.

The Ingredients.

--1 pound of lean ground beef, or turkey
--1/2 cup dried cherries
--1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
--1 egg
--1 tsp seasoned salt
--1/2 t black pepper
--1 tsp onion powder
--1 T chopped fresh basil (I think this is optional. I couldn't taste it at all.)
--1/2 cup bread crumbs

The Directions.

I used a 4 quart round crockpot for this. I chose to make a glob of meatloaf and cook it directly in the crockpot, but you can use a loaf pan inside of a 6 quart if you'd like. I did that earlier in the year. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix the meat, cherries, cheese, spices, bread crumbs, and the egg. 

Spray the inside of your crock well with cooking spray. Put the meat into the pot and shape into a large round blob in the center.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 7-8. The meat is done when it is cooked thoroughly and has browned on top and darkened on the edges.

Using two spatulas, lift the meat out of the crock and let it stand on a cutting board for 15 minutes before cutting.

The Verdict.

Woah, mama. Awesome. I couldn't bribe the kids to give it a try. I think got a mouthful out of each of them, but they spit it out. They had buttered pasta and leftover broccoli casserole for dinner. Adam and I couldn't get enough. My father-in-law was over, and he liked it, too.


This is FANTASTIC!!!


Classic pooh wall decal adventure quote by wildgreenrose on Etsy


Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. - Joseph Campbell

Whatever is good for the soul, do that

The Man Who Courted a Crane for Three Years to Save Its Species

By Sumitra 
Award winning ornithologist George Archibald is a living legend among his peers. This man actually courted a female whooping crane for three years, until she laid eggs. He managed to form an unlikely bond with the bird, and is believed to have played a big role in saving the entire species from extinction.
The story goes back to the spring of 1976, when Tex the crane was the only female of her species at the San Antonio Zoo. She was also one of about 100 surviving whooping cranes in the world. Researchers at the International Crane Foundation – co-founded by George in 1973 – had realized that Tex’s genes could contribute to increasing the population of cranes, if she would breed in captivity. There was only one problem: Tex thought she was human!


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1 comment:

  1. Great, great news for Adrian:) Loved the Lab--I think mine needs a handle too. Goldfish sickness attack.....arg:(