World Teachers’ Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of the role played by teachers all over the world. The responsibility for educating future generations is not a light one by any means, so show your support for these dedicated and important people not just on Teachers’ Day, but throughout the whole year.
thanks, helen, for the happy leaf
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) Lavish quantities.|
|Synonyms:||oodles, dozens, gobs, heaps, loads, lots, rafts, scads, scores, slews, stacks, tons,wads, piles, mountain|
|Usage:||Famished, the men ate lashings of spaghetti and meatballs when they finally reached their destination.|
|During the French Revolution, 6,000 knife-wielding fishwives and their husbands marched to the Palace of Versailles, gleefully singing songs about killing Marie Antoinette, whom they blamed for recent bread shortages. They broke into the palace early the next morning and beheaded two royal guards. The queen, her children, and her attendants hid in the king's bedchamber while a large crowd gathered in the courtyard outside, demanding an audience|
|Enormously influential in shaping the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century, Diderot was a French encyclopedist, philosopher, novelist, dramatist, and art critic. After rejecting a career in law to pursue his own studies, he served as chief editor of the 35-volume Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Enlightenment, from 1745 to 1772. The controversial project was once the target of a seizure by government officials.|
|October 9 is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Every year since 1925, the week in which October 9 falls has been observed nationwide as National Fire Prevention Week. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announces a theme for National Fire Prevention Week and sets up programs to educate the public about a particular aspect of fire prevention. For example, one past theme was the importance of keeping smoke detectors in good working order.|
|A Michigan farmer stumbled upon the bones of a woolly mammoth this week. James Bristle was digging up a soy field near Chelsea, Mich., when an unusual bone caught his attention.|
1919 - Enzo Ferrari debuted in his first race. He later founded the Auto Avio Construzioni Ferrari, an independent manufacturing company.
1930 - Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a transcontinental airplane flight.
1930 - The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1947 - U.S. President Harry S Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House. The subject was the current international food crisis.
1969 - "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC television.
1974 - American David Kunst completed the first journey around the world on foot. It took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
1975 - "Cat's in the Cradle" was released by Harry Chapin.
1989 - The Dalai Lama (Lhama Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet. Gyatso was the 15th Dalai Lama.
1999 - Kevin Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
If You Were Born Today, October 5
Although restless at heart, you are a person who craves stability and security. This is why you work so hard at whatever you do. Not one to expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter, you instinctively put effort into earning your lifestyle. Versatility is an important keyword for you. Whether you satisfy your yen for new experiences through travel or "armchair travel", you are forever curious and interested in the world around you. Your values are strong and definite. Romantic relationships may be a little rocky, as you are often attracted to people who challenge you. You are romantic and passionate. Likely, your later life is significantly easier, probably because you learn to enjoy the fruits of your own labor. Famous people born today: Kate Winslet, Nicky Hilton, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Michael Andretti, Bob Geldof, Clive Barker, Jeff Conaway, Steve Miller.
Irises is a painting of irises completed by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in 1889. The artist considered this work, which was influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, a study. However, his brother considered the painting "full of air and life" and submitted it to the annual exhibition of the Société des Artistes Indépendants. In 1987, it sold for US$53.9 million to Alan Bond, making it the most expensive painting ever sold as of then.
Photograph by Tugo Cheng
In the northern slopes of the Tian Shan Mountains in China, a river carves its way through a canyon. The Earth’s rocky layers are eroded by wind and water and exposed, transforming the landscape into these colorful terraces.thanks, heide
I made an interesting soup yesterday. The base was cauliflower and broth, and it had both curry and honey---two flavors I have not had together before. I liked it.
--1 head cauliflower
--3 T olive oil
--1 tsp kosher salt
--1/2 tsp black pepper
--2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
--2 cups water
--1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (1/4 was enough for me)
--1 yellow onion, chopped in chunks
--2 1/2 tsp curry
Cut the cauliflower into florets, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower has begun to brown and turn crispy. You can also roast in the crockpot.
While the cauliflower is roasting, plug in your crockpot and turn to high. Use a 4 quart or larger size. Add the chicken broth and water. Chop the onion and add it along with the cayenne pepper and curry powder.
When the vegetables are finished, add them to the broth.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4. This is finished when the onion and cauliflower are fully tender.
Carefully use an immersible blender to blend the cauliflower and onion. If you are going to use a traditional blender, go slow and blend small batches at a time.
Drizzle honey over the top before serving.
I could not get the kids anywhere near this. They had bean burritos on brown rice tortillas.
It took Adam a few bites to get used to, but then he liked it. I found the flavor to be mysterious. It was not like anything I had ever had before. This would be fun to serve at a fancy dinner, where guests can squeeze on their own honey. I really like how rich and velvety it tastes without a drop of cream.
design love fest
a VERY simple way to add some glamour to your bookshelf. buy some rocks…or just go on a walk and find some you like. then all you have to do is spray paint them gold. we added a pink ombre to the bottom…we made paperweights…polka dot designs. make yours unique!
what you’ll need:
• large rocks (available at building supply shops, be sure that you find ones that sit at a nice angle when you place them next to each other. we also recommend giving you rocks a good scrub before you start your project so that the paint adheres well)
• metallic gold spray paint (be sure to get the super shiny stuff)
• small cork adhesive pads
• we added cork pads to the bottom so they don’t scratch the surface & move easily.
and that is IT! not a hard project, but a nice impact on the shelf, right?
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring
Meet Somchai Nitimongkolchai, Bangkok’s biggest Batman fan. The 43-year-old has been investing in Batman memorabilia for the past decade – his vast collection now consists of a whopping 50,000 pieces, including a LEGO Gotham City. And it’s all on display at his very own ‘Batcat Museum & Toys Thailand’.
Somchai, a self-confessed superhero geek, became obsessed with the Dark Knight ever since the 2005 film Batman Begins. He was blown away by Christian Bale’s performance as Batman. “I saw Batman Begins and was really impressed by how smart and brave Bruce Wayne was,” he said. He felt like Batman was an ‘approachable hero’ for the real world. “Anyone could just put on a mask and be Batman.”
Somchai, who ran an event-organizing company at the time, had never collected anything until then. But the film inspired him to purchase his first collectible – a ceramic Batman piggy bank – for his office desk. Since then, he has combed every flea market and garage sale in Bangkok, looking for stuff related to his favorite superhero. “I started shopping on eBay and then learned more about how collectibles are marketed,” he said.
"Welcome" in Danish (Denmark) - Velkommen
Here is a guy with talent who is having a good time for all to enjoy.
David Zinn is an artist from Michigan. He runs around all day in the streets of Ann Arbor, with street construction, cracks, etc. On the road with chalk to create a lot of street fairy tales.
David Zinn's most famous creation was undoubtedly a little monster called Sluggo. Sluggo has a green body and long, round eyes, it and its partners have also become a small street in Ann Arbor unique scene.