Monday, October 26, 2015

Howl at the Moon Day OCTOBER 26, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Howl at the Moon Day

Shape shift, nose to the wind
Shape shift, feeling I have been
Move swift, all senses clean
Earth’s gift, back to the meaning
Back to the meaning of wolf and man
~ Metallica – Of Wolf and Man
The wolf has been a powerful symbol throughout all of mythology, whether we reference Fenris Wolf who was set to devour the world during Ragnarok, or Romulus and Remus who were raised by wolves to create the foundation of the Roman Empire, the most powerful empire of all time. They have been the subject of powerfully moving art, the once popular and now embarrassing three-wolf moon shirt, and more song themes than one can shake a proverbial stick at.
Part time monstrous, part time noble, no other animal has been quite as controversial as the Wolf, but one thing remains constant throughout. Wolves are regularly shown as howling at the moon, and Howl at the Moon Day is your opportunity to join them in their celebration of the wild.
In many parts of the world Wolves are seen as pest animals, harassing livestock and endangering pets, this has led to severe over-hunting and recovery efforts can get costly. Wolves are wonderful and majestic animals, and are a vital part of the world’s ecology. Howl at the Moon Day was organized to help educate people on them, and to help organizations like Wolf Haven generate funds and get the word out on Wolf Conservation.
You can keep things literal in your Howl at the Moon Day celebrations, and merely take a step outside and give the celestial orb in the sky a great big howling hello. 
On a more metaphorical note, Howling the Moon can represent breaking free of the traditional and standard, to stare into the dark night and away from the sane light of convention and civilization. Howl at the Moon night can be your opportunity to just cut free, do something wild and unexpected, and just let the wild in you out for an evening.
It’s life – a new kind of life. Open your eyes, Dean.
See what I see. Feel what I feel.
And let’s go take a howl at that moon.
~ Supernatural TV Series – Crowley

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Covered with hair; hairy.
Usage:The hirsute man used to joke that he looked like a grizzly bear.


Pony Express Announces Its Closure (1861)

At its inception in 1860, the Pony Express operated between St. Joseph, Missouri—the western end of a telegraph line—and Sacramento, California. Changing horses at stations roughly 10–15 miles (16–24 km) apart, riders carried the mail a distance of 1,800 miles (2,900 km) in about eight days, often traveling through hostile Native American territory. Though it provided an important mail link with the West, it was a financial failure, and the Pony Express announced its closure.

Charles William Post (1854)

Post was an American breakfast cereal manufacturer. In the 1880s, while being treated by John H. Kellogg at a health sanitarium, he developed an interest in producing healthful foods like those served by Kellogg. In 1891, he established La Vita Inn, an institute for healing by mental suggestion. After experimenting with breakfast foods, he invented Postum, a coffee substitute after which he named his company, Postum Cereal Co., the precursor to General Foods Corp. 

Plague Began Infecting Humans Earlier than Thought

The germ that causes the plague began infecting humans thousands of years earlier than scientists had previously thought

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1825 - The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000. 

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1858 - H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine. 

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1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang

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1935 - Judy Garland, at the age of 12, sang on Wallace Berry's radio show on NBC.

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1970 - "Doonesbury," the comic strip by Garry Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.

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1990 - Wayne Gretzky became the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points. 


If You Were Born Today, October 26

You express yourself with authority, sometimes intimidating others without ever intending to do so! Your mind is sharp and incisive, and your wit is on the ball. You have the benefit of both analytical skills and perceptive understanding of others. It is hard to put anything past you! When you care about someone, you are generous to a fault. Although you certainly possess business sense and ability, you are not a traditional businessperson in that you have a strongly idealistic and humanitarian side to your nature. Famous people born today: Hillary Clinton, Pat Sajak, Jaclyn Smith, Dylan McDermott, Mahalia Jackson, Keith Urban, Morgan Saylor, Seth MacFarlane.

Picture of the day
Sainte-Geneviève Library
The reading room at the Sainte-Geneviève Library, a public and university library in Paris which contains around 2 million documents, including the collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve. The building was designed by Henri Labrouste and completed in 1850. Its 17-by-80-metre (56 ft × 262 ft) reading room, which reaches 15 metres (49 ft) in height, is noted for its slender cast iron structure.

Picture of families sleeping on rooftops in India

Come Up for Air

Photograph by Yasmin Mund
Yasmin Mund climbed to the top of her Varanasi, India, guesthouse to see the sun rise over the Ganges River, but when she reached the roof, it was another, unexpected scene that caught her by surprise. “I looked over the right-hand side of the balcony, and my jaw dropped with disbelief,” she says. “Below were families—mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sisters, and dogs—all sleeping on the tops of their houses. It was midsummer … and sleeping sans AC was difficult.”

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Free Pattern: Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Blanket
Babies and parents alike love the look and texture of the Blackberry Salad Stitch Baby Blanket - make your own with the original free crochet pattern!
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Little Dipper CrockPot Chocolate Fondue

You can not not have fun while dipping stuff in chocolate. I needed a basic chocolate fondue recipe that was tried-and-true and perfect. So I turned to the mecca: Simply Recipes. 
The Ingredients.
--1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, dark, milk, or white. Your choice.)
--1/2 cup heavy cream
--1 tsp vanilla

you can doctor this up with:
--1 T Grand Marnier
--1 T rum
--1 T Peppermint Schnapps
--1 T Bailey's Irish Cream
--1 tsp peppermint, orange, coconut, etc. extract
--pinch of espresso powder

The Directions.

The proportions here fit into a Little Dipper. If you do not have a Little Dipper (psst. the holidays are coming...) you can put an oven-safe dish inside of a larger crockpot. Do not add water. There's no need to create a water bath for melting chocolate in the crockpot. It melts nice and slow. Or! you can quintuple the recipe and have a good ol' time.

Put chocolate chips in the crockpot. Add the heavy cream and teaspoon of vanilla. Cover. Plug in and cook on low (or the ON setting for the LD) for about an hour. Stir.

Serve with apple chunks, banana slices, cubes of pound cake, strawberries, or marshmallows. Or all of them and invite me over.

The Verdict.

Simple and easy and wonderful and amazing. The kids liked the marshmallows the best, surprise, surprise.

YARN WALL HANGINGS handmade and vintage goods

This project will literally come together in 30 minutes or less — and the best part is, it’s simple enough for anyone to tackle!
You will need:
  • 3 16-by-16–inch finished plywood boards (your local hardware store can cut these to size)
  • 90 file folder rubber bands (available at office-supply stores)
  • Super-bulky yarn in blue, purple, orange, pink, and black (1 skein of each color; I used Red Heart Vivid yarn)
  • Yarn mosaic templates (Template A here / Template B here Template C here)
  • Finishing nails
  • Picture-hanging wire
Step 1: Download the pattern templates and print them out. (Note: Each template has four pages – you’ll want to cut out each page and fit them together so the colors line up.) Tape the patterns to the plywood squares. Next, stretch 30 rubber bands around each piece of plywood in a grid pattern, positioning the bands one inch apart. (For a more stable grid, alternate between horizontal and vertical rubber bands as you go.)
Step 2: Cut yarn into 4- to 5-inch pieces. (Tip: Wrap yarn around four fingers about 20 times. Cut along one edge of the loop, and then snip the resulting strands in half. Repeat for all colors.)
Step 3: Grab 4 or 5 pieces of yarn and pinch the center of the bundle. Starting in one corner of the plywood square, lift a section of rubber band and tuck the center of the bundle underneath, pulling the ends through so that there are equal lengths of yarn on both sides of the rubber band.
Step 4: Repeat step 3, following each template and color pattern until complete. The rubber bands should not be visible once the squares are full.
Step 5: Attach finishing nails and picture-hanging wire to the back of each mosaic. Hang on the wall and enjoy!

Can you match the symbols together in this Mahjong game with multiple boards?
MahJong Empire

Darian Sperry lifting 180 pounds like it's NBD.



I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution. - Wernher von Braun


Miniature Schnauzer Sculpture with Real Dog Hair is a 19.5 inches tall sculpture made with paper mache and covered with real dog hair. Miniature Schnauzer Sculpture with Real Dog Hair is a 19.5 inches tall sculpture made with paper mache and covered with real dog hair.

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"Welcome" in Garifuna (Guatemala) [come in] - Belú bá

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Fight oily dust with…more oil.

9. Fight oily dust with...more oil.
A little vegetable or mineral oil will help wipe up that sticky dust that finds its way into your kitchen. Once you get it off, though, you might want to use a little dish soap and a cleaning sponge to clean up your, um, cleaning oil.

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1938: a policeman catches a few youngsters in Luton, England. They were sneaking a look at the Bertram Mill Circus' rehearsals.
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1924: Friends in Ohio enjoy their new ride.
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1963: Robert Kennedy being comforted by his children after learning of his brother's assassination.
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1967: Halftime at the first Super Bowl.
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1986: The Shuttle Challenger up close. Notice the brown smoke at the bottom right, indicating a leak, which lead to its fatal explosion.
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1986: The faces of onlookers as they watch the Challenger explode.
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1954: Ann Hodges shows off her bruise after being hit by a meteorite.
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1948: The only items Gandhi left behind after his passing.
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1966: A young Meryl Streep as a cheerleader at Bernards High School, New Jersey .
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1964: An early morning train ride in Japan .
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1982: 86-year-old World War I veteran Joseph Ambrose attends a parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In his hands, he holds the flag that covered his son's casket, who was killed fighting in Korea.
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1970: A rare glimpse of Venus, images from the Soviet probe.
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1952: Ronald and Nancy Reagan enjoying their honeymoon dinner at the Stork Club in New York City .
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1990: A father bids his son goodbye during the siege of Sarajevo .
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1963: In Florida, less than a week before his assassination, John F. Kennedy watches the firing of a missile by a submerged nuclear submarine.
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1941: Babe Ruth pays his respects at Lou Gehrig's funeral.
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1882: Tom Torlino, a Navajo man, transforms his look at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.
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1936: The back of the Hoover Dam, rarely seen without water.
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1934: In New York, Martin L. Lambert is denied a marriage license to Violet Hilton because she had a conjoined twin sister, Daisy. The judge considered it "immoral" to grant the license.
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1923: In Berlin a disabled World War I veteran begs for money.
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1994: The funeral of Richard Nixon, attended by five US presidents.
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1956: A common sign during apartheid in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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1948: A young boy watches TV for the first time from a store window.
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1 comment:

  1. No howling at the moon...past my bedtime? Just calling down crows and talking to the chickadees on this bright sunny day.