Thursday, September 24, 2015

Punctuation Day SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Punctuation Day

The importance of proper punctuation forms the center of an ongoing debate, where the necessity of clear and precise communication is held up against the need for an evolution language. Punctuation Day argues that the correct use of apostrophes, semicolons and other punctuation is critical if you’re to get your (rather than, say, you’re) message across. If you’ve spotted any examples of bad punctuation, take Punctuation Day as an opportunity to share them with your friends to promote awareness.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Great personal dishonor or humiliation.
Usage:The celebrated actor suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison.


Johan de Witt (1625)

De Witt was a Dutch statesman who played a vital role in the three successive Dutch Wars. He helped end the first in 1654, but the English Restoration was considered a threat to Dutch interests and the conflict was renewed in 1665. He was largely responsible for securing for the Dutch the favorable terms of the treaty that ended the second of the wars and helped form the Triple Alliance against Louis XIV, who nevertheless invaded Holland in 1672

Cambodia Constitution Day

After a long and troubled history, Cambodia became a constitutional monarchy in 1993. Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the formal adoption of the Constitution of Cambodia on September 24, 1993. Under the constitution, the king is head of state, but the elected National Assembly has legislative power. Constitution Day is also the anniversary of the recoronation of King Norodom Sihanouk, who was overthrown by General Lon Nol in 1970. September 24 is a national holiday in Cambodia. All banks, state offices, and most businesses are closed.

Can Fidgeting Offset the Ill Effects of Sitting? New Study Says So

If you're concerned that the amount of sitting you do might one day kill you, as some studies have suggested, new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine may buck you up: 

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1934 - Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.

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1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open. 

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1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.  (my parents weren't sports fan so i was totally confused seeing that my baby sitter in tears all day long)

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1961 - "The Bullwinkle Show" premiered in prime time on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as "Rocky and His Friends.

1968 - "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV.

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1977 - "The Love Boat" debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.

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2003 - Anthony Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, September 24

Your goal is to find harmony and peace, as an organized, smooth-flowing existence is especially appealing to you. However, you seem to stir up controversy and opposition. Look within for contradictions if ups and downs are bothering you. Be careful not to give up your power in order to keep the peace, or you could find yourself resentful, irritable, and mischievous!Your heart is big and you are truly curious about how things work. At your best, you are compassionate and giving. At your worst, you may be somewhat controlling! You tend to stick things out in your relationships. Famous people born today: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Henson, Linda McCartney, Phil Hartman, Brad Bird, Jessica Lucas.

Picture of the day
Nembrotha cristata
Nembrotha cristata is a colorful species of sea slug in the family Polyceridae. This black nembrothid, which is covered with green pustules, grows to at least 50 millimetres (2.0 in) in length. It resides in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean.

Picture of a pier on Venice Beach, California

Not as It A-Piers

Photograph by Stephane Couture, National Geographic 
Stephane Couture wanted to capture a new perspective on a familiar subject: this pier in Venice Beach, California, shot from above on a five-second exposure while illuminated by the headlights of a car. “My idea was to frame it with the shoreline to create this cross between the organic lines of the waves and the sand [and] the sharp, man-made lines of the pier,” he writes. “I love the double take viewers do when encountering this image for the first time. It usually takes a few seconds for them to really understand what they are seeing.”

knit - thanks, sheri





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Thai Coconut Soup CrockPot Recipe

We entertained over the weekend, and I was quite pleased with the results of this Thai soup. Entertaining is so easy when you use crockpots----everything in the kitchen is done, and you can really focus on your guests and not need to fiddle in the kitchen.

This is an elegant soup, fit to serve to your very best friends.

The Ingredients.

4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
1 can coconut milk (full fat is best. if you opt for the lite, you many want to add a drop of coconut extract to boost the flavor)
4 limes (3 juiced, 1 for garnish)
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
4 ounces sliced shitake mushrooms, cut in quarters
1 large vine-ripened tomato, or 4 small-med, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound extra firm tofu, cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons red chili paste, to taste (you can use red chili flakes, too)
1 teaspoon white sugar (not pictured, I used a sugar packet)
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart Smart Set Crock-Pot for this soup.

Although there are a lot of ingredients listed, this soup comes together quite quickly. Nothing really needs to be cooked---you're just heating through fully and letting the flavors simmer together.

Pour the broth into the crockpot. Add the juice of three of the limes, and zest one of them until you get 1/2 teaspoon to add. Stir in the sugar and fish sauce. Grate the ginger and add. Stir in the coconut milk. You now have your soup base. Add the red chili paste, 1/2 tsp at a time until you have reached desired heat. I ended up using 1 1/2 tsp. You can always add more after cooking, though, so please go slow and don't overdo it.

Cube the tofu, slice the bell pepper, and mince the garlic. Add to pot. Coarsely chop the shitake mushrooms and the vine-ripened tomatoes. Stir in carefully, so you don't break up the tofu or the tomatoes.

Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 2-4. This soup is finished when it is fully hot, and the flavors have combined nicely.

Ours ended up sitting on warm for an additional 3 hours, and was fine. When in doubt, use the shortest amount of cooking time, and let the pot stay on warm.

Garnish with fresh lime slices.

The Verdict.

I am proud of this soup. It had a great flavor, without being overpowering or too spicy. I paired it with Korean Ribs (but I used stew meat this time) and coconut rice. Both of my girls tasted the soup before our company arrived, and liked it, but I made this for the adults. The kids had buttered pasta with shredded cheese.


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... dot to dot


If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results. - George S. Patton


"Welcome" in Cantonese (China) - Foon ying

thanks, shelley

thanks, helen

A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed in 1933 - the species is now extinct.

The London sky following a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940.

Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945.
Native Railroad overlook
A Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868.
great fire and earthquake in San Francisco                                                          April 18th,                                                          1906
The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906.
Halifax airport plane
Grounded aircraft on September 11, 2001, await orders.

Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial.
Lumberjacks in California
Lumberjacks in California
California lumberjacks work on Redwoods. Thousands of tree rings in these ancient trees - each over 1000+ years old or even much older...such a shame...irreplaceable giants.
National park treasures all gone but a few – what kind of men would do such a thing for over 100 years - destroy something they cannot ever fix or replace for 2000 years? It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200–1800 years or more. An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut. In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres...down to 8,100 acres by 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.
Beatles at the age of 15
The Beatles in 1957.

The 1912 World Series Red Sox vs NY Giants.
Hilary and Bill Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975 - a future US President.
Elves Presley in the Army
Elvis in the Army.
Machu Picchu discovery
The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.

Child laborers in 1880.
Time Square approx. 1911
New York's Times Square in 1911.

1 comment:

  1. Wait! They had sarcasm and irony in the 1580s? I'm shocked.