Thursday, September 17, 2015

Constitution Day SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Constitution Day

Constitution Day falls on 17th September, the anniversary of the official signing of the US constitution in 1787. The document stood as the result of tireless work and compromise between the delegates of the Constitutional Convention – basically to bring about an agreement between the states which would allow a central government the power to enforce its decisions and allow the USA to stand as an international force, while maintaining a reasonable level of independence within the separate states.
Of course, to this day the constitution of 1787 has formed the basis for the development and running of the USA as we know it, priding itself on its roots in democracy, rights and the social contract. Certainly some aspects of the constitution have been contested over the years as attitudes change over time – key issues including slavery and women in employment, while the core elements have remained.
Education about the constitution is hugely encouraged, particularly on Constitution Day. Schools and educational establishments receiving any form of federal funding are required to teach the history of the American constitution on this day, but more than this many establishments such as universities and colleges look to celebrate the constitution by holding celebratory leisure events including ‘Constitution Trivia Quizzes’ and community fairs. Constitution based merchandise is also made available in different forms from free paperback copies to t-shirts with constitution quotes.
So get involved with the learning this Constitution Day and find out about the history and background of the constitution that defines the USA – and once you’ve done that, you can buy the t-shirt!

Word of the Day


Definition:(adverb) By a small amount at a time; in stages.
Synonyms:bit by bitin stageslittle by little
Usage:The research structure has developed piecemeal over the course of a century.


Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky (1857)

Tsiolkovsky was a Russian inventor and rocket expert who was an early investigator of the possibility of rocket flight into outer space. In 1903, he published The Investigation of Outer Space by Means of Reaction Apparatus, which discussed the problems involved in overcoming the earth's gravitational pull and suggested the use of reaction vehicles for interplanetary flight. After losing his hearing as a child, Tsiolkovsky could not attend regular schools

Poison Control Centers See Spike in Children Swallowing Hand Sanitizer

On Monday, a 6-year-old girl from Georgia was hospitalized after drinking hand sanitizer, a incident that reflects an increase in similar incidents.

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1796 - U.S. President George Washington's Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress

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1911 - The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA

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1930 - Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.

1953 - The Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA, successfully separated Siamese twins. Carolyn Anne and Catherine Anne Mouton were connected at the waist when born.

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1964 - "Bewitched" premiered on ABC-TV

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1972 - "M*A*S*H" premiered on CBS-TV. 

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1983 - Vanessa Williams, as Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. 

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1984 - Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run.


If You Were Born Today, September 17

You're a very practical person, yet also attuned to spiritual values. You expect a lot from others, but even more from yourself. The tendency to be controlling should be watched, as well as the tendency to be overly controlled, guarded and self-contained. You are very hardworking and have amazing organizational skills. You are also extremely helpful to others and have a unique sense of humor. You could find much success in intellectual pursuits. You dream big dreams, and sometimes are quite discontented with everyday realities. Even so, you can be somewhat skeptical, simply because your mind is highly analytical. Famous people born today: Hank Williams, Anne Bancroft, Elvira, John Ritter, William Carlos Williams, Roddy McDowell, Kyle Chandler.

Picture of the day
David Faiman
David Faiman is an Israeli engineer and physicist recognized for his expertise on solar power. He is the director of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center and Chairman of the Department of Solar Energy & Environmental Physics at Ben-Gurion University's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Sde Boker.

Picture of a pelican diving during a feeding session, Jurong Bird Park

Pelican Plunge

Photograph by Nikhil Rasiwasia, National Geographic 
A pelican dives for fish during a feeding session at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. Nikhil Rasiwasia’s hopes for capturing the birds in good light was lost when it began drizzling, so he focused on the feeding finale, when fish that had been thrown in the air were tossed in the water instead. “The moment came all of a sudden,” Rasiwasia writes, noting that the timing of the shot captured the pelican’s pouch completely filled with water.

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Kestrel Bulky pattern by Bellydknits
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Danube Aran Ruffled Shawl pattern by Gail Tanquary
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Get cozy in this light and airy pullover, perfect for the transitional months. (Yarnspirations)
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Buffalo Wing Soup CrockPot Recipe

Even though I tried my hardest not to let it happen, football season has begun. The best thing about football season is the food, buffalo wings in particular. I love buffalo wings. LOVE them. I've made hot and spicy wings this year---which is kind of a grown-up version of traditional buffalo wings, and I've made buffalo wing dip at least a dozen times. But sometimes you (me) need something a wee bit different. This soup hits the spot and satisfies any wing cravings. I really enjoyed it.

The Ingredients.

--2 cups cooked and cubed chicken
--1/2 yellow onion, chopped
--3 stalks celery, chopped
--1/4 cup unsalted butter
--1/4 cup flour (I used rice flour)
--2 cups fat free milk (no higher content than 2%, or it will curdle)
--3/4 cup chicken broth
--4 oz Velveeta
--1/2 cup hot wing sauce
--1/2 tsp celery salt
--1/2 tsp garlic salt

The Directions.

A 4 to 6 quart crockpot will work well for this soup.

Make a roux with the flour and butter. I usually use the stove top, but tried the microwave yesterday---it worked great. In a bowl, melt the butter on high for 45 seconds, then whisk in the flour. Set aside.

Chop up the onion and celery, and dump it into your crockpot. Add the cooked and cubed chicken. Pour in the chicken broth and milk. Add Velveeta. Add the salt (note: this is saltier than I am used to. If you are on a lower sodium diet, omit the salt all together. The cheese and the broth are pretty salty on their own. You can always season to taste after cooking.)

Stir in the flour and butter mixture. Add hot sauce. 

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4. The soup is done when the celery and onion reach desired tenderness and the flavors have melded.

The Verdict.

I really, really liked this. After adding a bunch more milk (reflected in my recipe) it was much more pleasing. I also needed to add more of the wing sauce after the milk. Adam and I were both happy with the finished result.
The kids aren't too big on the spice and tang of anything buffalo-flavored, but were overjoyed to have Velveeta in the house. 

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I decided to make a fun little dish towel to brighten the room up!
Here it is!
It has some sweet ruffled circles on the bottom and shabby stitched hearts for decoration.
Cute huh? It’s pretty quick and easy too!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
1 Dish towel (bought this one at Target)
(This towel is 16″ x 27″. If yours is a different size, you’ll need to adjust amounts and measurements)
4 different fabrics (you’ll need 10 – 3″ circles from each plus fabric for hearts)
Rick Rack (of course. Cause we don’t make dish towels around here without rick rack)
Start by cutting your circles for your ruffles. I used my Accuquilt – it was super fast with their Circle Die -
But you could definitely cut them by hand too. You’ll need 10 – 3″ circles of 2 of the colors, 9 – 3″ circles of the other two colors.
Decide what is going to be the first row. Fold your circles for this row into quarters. Pin ten circles evenly across the bottom of the dish towel.
Sew the little circles down close to the top. Since I was using white thread that blended with the towel, I sewed a straight line across the top of all the circle points, about 1/4″ below the point.
Start the next row of circles (this row will have 9), laying these between the circles below. Overlap them just a bit.
Continue layering your circles until you have four rows sewn on.
Cut a length of small rick rack approx. 20″ long.
Tie a small bow on each end, so that a small 2 1/2″ tail of rick rack is on each side. Burn the ends slightly so they won’t fray.
Center the rick rack on the dish towel, so the bows are about 9″ up from the bottom edge and 4″ in from each side. This should make a little curve in the rick rack between the bows.
Sew the rick rack onto the dish towel.
Cut out 4 hearts – 3 of one fabric and one of a contrasting fabric. Lay the hearts so the tops just overlap the rick rack curve.
Sew down the hearts – you can use a single stitch, a satin stitch – or for a sketchy-er look – sew around them three times with the stitching lines not in exactly the same place.
I used a dark gray thread so the stitching would outline the hearts a bit.
To finish off the dish towel add a row (or two) of ribbon along the top row of the ruffles. Sew down the ribbon so it overlaps the circles and covers the top row of stitching.
Burn the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying and wrap the ribbon around the edges of the dish towel.
Add a contrasting ribbon on top for a little more color.
And that’s it!!
A fun, cute way to dress up a store-bought dish towel!
It would make a cute gift, too.

Click and drag a gem one space at a time clockwise or counter-clockwise to line up three or more of the same color.


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I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - George S. Patton


People do some daring things everyday just for the thrills. Except these featured adventure seekers like to literally take it a step higher with their high-altitude feats.
Glacier boarding in New Zealand
Turning the glistening glacier into their own extreme playground
Mark Sollors teeters on top of a giant natural quarterpipe on the side of glacier with a 40-foot drop to greet him if he doesn’t land correctly! The glacier is so remote that he was transported by helicopter!


Looking 350 ft. down. No one has ever survived a fall down Victoria Falls.
Looking 350 ft. down. No one has ever survived a fall down Victoria Falls.
Steve Fisher, Dale Jardine, and Sam Drevo paddled to the edge of Victoria Falls—the tallest and biggest waterfall in the world.
They’re looking down 350 feet in this picture!
Not only is the destination dangerous but the journey is as well. The river running between Zambia and Zimbabwe is filled with Hippos known to be extremely aggressive to humans and often considered the most dangerous animal in Africa!
Fisher, Drevo, Jardine - Victoria Falls
Looking over the edge of the tallest waterfall in the world!


Julian Carr in Utah
Julian Carr in Utah
Julian Carr does his trademark flip off a 60-foot cliff in Utah’s Alta Ski Resort!


21,825 feet or 6,654 meters or 4.2 miles.
That’s how high up Musician Oz Bayldon played on the top of Mera Peak in the Himalayas. The band trekked up the mountain with three guitars, an iPad, and a speaker.
Once at the top, they played a 40 minutes set for 14 people including mountaineers!
Clouds Concert; Performing at more than four miles high!
Performing at more than four miles high!


Tomas Bergemalm spent months planning this 600-foot (183 meter) plunge down a French Mountain. He claims this will be his last, as he’s planning to retire to a less adventurous lifestyle.
Tomas Bergemalm free ski jump
Tomas Bergemalm jumping

"Welcome" in Balinese (Bali Indonesia)       -        Om swastyastu

Beauty - Apply Mascara to your Bottom Lashes With No Mess!


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from Christine Whiting:

How the Internet Started (according to the Bible) ... 

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, Large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?" And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS).“

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as the greedy horsefly doth take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drum heads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known.
He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are." And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began.

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