Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Elephant Appreciation Day SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day

Many annual celebrations have a long, storied history and carry huge global significance. Is Elephant Appreciation Day one of them? Probably not.
Created in 1996 by Mission Media, a graphics and publishing company, the day’s origins are largely based on owner Wayne Hepburn’s personal fascination with elephants. His interest, in turn, began when he received an elephant paperweight as a gift from his daughter. Despite its somewhat ridiculous back story, the day has received some official recognition.
That said, elephants are certainly worthy of some appreciation from all of us. They are, after all, the largest land mammals in the world and sadly, many species of elephants face the threat of extinction, due to environmental factors and the ivory trade.
So what should you do to celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day? Well, just about anything elephant-themed. A trip to the zoo, a family viewing of Dumbo – the possibilities are endless.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A thick and heavy shoe.
Synonyms:broganbroguework shoe
Usage:He trotted noisily across the hardwood floors in his clodhoppers.


Why Climate Change Means More Huge Mosquito Swarms in the Arctic

Global warming is already underway, taking a toll on the Arctic sea ice and various wildlife populations such as the polar bears, but mosquitoes are thriving. 

1862U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863. 

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1903 - Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone. 

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1943 - Kate Smith finished her War Bond radio appeal. She had stayed on the air 13 continuous hours and collected $39 million in bond pledges.

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1961U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.

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1962 - Bob Dylan made his first appearance at Carnegie Hall.

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1967 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

1985 - The first Farm-Aid concert was held in Champaign, IL. The show raised $10 million for U.S. farmers. 


If You Were Born Today, September 22

Hard working, capable, and mostly disciplined, you are a person who values that which you have built. Feeling safe and secure are major drives for you, and there is little you want more than to bring harmony into your relationships and environment around you. Your need for communication and mental stimulation is strong, and you are at your best when you are one-on-one. You are somewhat fearful of change, and your life often feels fated. Your attention to detail is outstanding, and you can be a perfectionist. You need a partner who is mentally stimulating, youthful in spirit, interested and interesting.Famous people born today: Tommy Lasorda, Joan Jett, Scott Baio, Bonnie Hunt, Andrea Bocelli, Tatiana Maslany.

Picture of the day
Pied kingfisher
The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a species of water kingfisher found across Africa and Asia. They are usually found in pairs or small family parties. When perched, they often bob their head and flick up their tail. They mainly eat fish, but will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects.

Picture of Vermilion Lakes outside of Banff, Canada

Vermilion Lakes Sunrise

Photograph by Vitali Hantsevich, National Geographic 
A dense fog was covering Vermilion Lakes, just outside of Banff, Canada, when Vitali Hantsevich arrived at 5 a.m. in search of a good sunrise shot. “The visibility was so low that I even decided not to take my camera and tripod out of the backpack,” he writes. He was about to return to his car when the fog lifted to reveal this view of the lake with Mount Rundle in the background. “I was so afraid that this magical light would disappear as rapidly as it came that I started shooting with a yellow-blue polarizer, which I had used the evening before and which was still attached to the lens. The polarizer added a maroon color to the image.”












stephanie o'dea

The Little Dipper for Canned Soup

An entire 18.5-ounce can of Progresso Clam Chowder can fit in at Little Dipper! 
The Ingredients. 

Little Dipper
can of soup 

The Directions.

Progresso is so nice that they now have pull-tops on their cans. I LOVE pull-tops.

Pour contents of can in Little Dipper. 
Plug in.
Hide pretty much all of the work papers that have come home from school in the bottom of the recycling bin. 
Go get kids from school.

The Verdict.

My kids really like clam chowder. I

I received the following email today from a General Mills (they make Progresso soup) representative:

Dear Mrs. CrockPot,
Thank you for contacting Progresso regarding gluten in Progresso New England clam chowder soup.
It is our goal to help our consumers determine whether or not they can include our products in their diet. To accurately accomplish this, we believe it is best to refer to the specific ingredients listed on each product package.
However, we do understand that ingredients can be confusing, so we want to assure you if the ingredient label does not list wheat, barley, rye, oats or gluten containing ingredients sourced from these grains, then the product would be gluten-free. Sources of gluten are listed on the label even if the source of gluten is part of another ingredient (such as flavoring or spice).Because ingredients may vary from one package to another due to product reformulation, you should use the product's ingredient label to provide you with current and accurate information.
Additional information regarding gluten may be obtained by contacting your health care professional or:
Celiac Sprue Association/United States of America, Inc.
PO Box 31700
Omaha, NE 68131-0700
Or toll free: 877-CSA-4-CSA (877-272-4272)

Paint Chip Teacher Gift
Paint Chip Teacher Gift {Back to School} ~ Paint chips are perfect for tags or wrapping gifts.  Simply wrap them around a bundle of pencils and tie it with a pretty ribbon or twine.



Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley


"Welcome" in Burmese (Myanmar) - Mingalaba

(monty python)

thanks, susan
Pics that probably could never be replicated because their timing was so perfect.


1 comment:

  1. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/tracking-ivory/article.html