Saturday, November 21, 2015

World Hello Day NOVEMBER 21, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Hello Day

World Hello Day may sound extremely basic, as it encourages us to take the opportunity to simply greet people, and to recognize how important simple communication is in our daily lives. The story of how it came to be, however, is a long and interesting one.
World Hello Day was first created in 1973 in order to show people, especially the people of the Middle East that conflicts can and should be resolved through communication, and not violence. The idea is that clear, honest communication breeds peace. In the 1970s, the conflict between Egypt and Israel was quite severe, and many people began to fear yet another huge war would end up coming of it. World Hello Day was in fact created as a direct response to the Yom Kippur War that had just finished in October of 1973, during which thousands of both soldiers and innocent civilians were killed. Some soldiers had also been tortured and flat out executed. The peace discussion at the end of the war was the first time that Arab and Israeli officials met for direct public discussion in 25 years. The concept of World Hello Day was created by Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. Graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard. Over the last 42 years since its creation, World Hello Day has been celebrated in 180 countries, as citizens of each of these countries take advantage of this time to express their concerns for world peace. Thirty-one winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have stated that World Hello Day carries substantial value as an instrument for preserving peace, and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world, individual, organization or government, to contribute to the process of creating peace.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France.
Synonyms:standing stone
Usage:The neo-pagans made the huge menhir the site of their annual spring celebration.


Mayflower Compact Signed (1620)

The decision to settle outside the boundaries of established colonial government rather than within Virginia territory, as originally planned, led some Mayflowerpassengers to assert that they would not be bound by laws. Concerned Pilgrim leaders drafted a compact providing for the temporary government of the colony. 

Voltaire (1694)

Voltaire was the pseudonym of French philosopher and writer François-Marie Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire was a prolific writer who authored tragedies, poems, and works on philosophical and moral problems, including Lettres philosophiques and Candide, a satire on philosophical optimism

Surin Elephant Round-Up

The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, elephant basketball, and other sports. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing

Meet the Dogs Who Can Sniff Out Cancer Better than Some Lab Tests

Lucy, a cross between a Labrador retriever and an Irish water spaniel, failed miserably at guide dog school. As she was curious and easily excitable, random scents distracted Lucy from her master's path, and it wasn't long before she was unceremoniously kicked out.

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1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620

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1783 - The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris. 

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1922 - Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate. 

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1929 - Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit. 

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1934 - The Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" opened.

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1942 - The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.

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1963 U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas. 

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1975 - Elton John received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. 

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1980 - An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun. (Texas


If You Were Born Today, November 21

You are a unique mix of playfulness and passion. Although you can light up a room with your sunny personality, you are also determined, deep, and ambitious. You will often deliberate on a problem for some time, and then ignore your analyses and jump into a decision impulsively. Your desires are deep, and you want to experience life on all levels. No one can rightfully label you superficial! You are playful, passionate, dynamic, and inspired.Famous people born today: Goldie Hawn, Bjork, Voltaire, Tina Brown, Marlo Thomas, Jena Malone.

Picture of the day
Fortress of Guaita
The Fortress of Guaita in San Marino is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano. These towers are depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms of San Marino.

Picture of man rowing boat in Varanasi
Sunrise Sweep
Photograph by Razz Razalli
“I was lucky to visit Varanasi during the [bird] migration. Morning boat rides are the ultimate thing to do during this time,” opines photographer Razz Razalli, who was in India when he captured this flock sweeping over a rowboat at sunrise. “According to the locals, the birds arrive in November and leave at the end of February,” Razalli writes. The annual migration attracts tourists to Varanasi, and for a fee, boatmen take tourists onto the river for an up-close look at the flocks.



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CrockPot Whole Turkey Recipe

I did it. A whole turkey in the crock.  I was able to fit a 9.5 lb turkey into a 6.5 quart crockpot. It was a tight squeeze, and this is the absolute largest turkey you should attempt to cook----even if you have a 7 quart crockpot. The meat needs to reach 140 degrees after 3 hours of cooking on high to keep it in the "safe zone" for consumption.

"hey Stephhow'd you learn that?"

I was hoping you'd ask! I learned this by participating in a livewebchat hosted by Butterball, and their trained Turkey-TalkBloggersChris Jordan, from Notes from the Trenches, andSusan Wagner, from Friday Playdate are fresh out of Turkey U. and are eager to help families with their burning (simmering) turkey questions. 
You can ask anything turkey, you can call 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

The Ingredients.

--turkey (9.5 lbs is the MAXIMUM to fit in a 6.5 quart crockpot) 
--olive oil


--garlic powder
--dried parsley 
--apple (I used yellow)

--meat thermometer (necessity, not a luxury. go get one if you need it) 

The Directions.

Your turkey must be completely and totally thawed. Seriously.

I took a lot of the skin off. You don't have to, the skin seems to magically brown a bit in the crock. 

Remove the neck and the bag of stuff they put inside the turkey. If you're going to use it to make stuffing or something, do that.

Pat the turkey with paper towels to dry it off. Rub a handful of olive oil all over the bird, inside and out. Sprinkle salt, pepper, dried parsley, and garlic powder all over and in it, and rub it around. If you have a secret family concoction of herbs, by all means, use it.

Peel an onion, quarter it, and shove inside. Core an apple and do the same.

Lower the bird into your crockpot, right-side up. 

Cover. Cook on high for 3 hours, then check the internal temperature. You need the turkey to register at least 140 degrees.

Cover again and cook on high for another few hours. I needed to leave the house, and this turkey cooked on high for a bit over 5 hours. Check the internal temp again in a few places. It should be 170 degrees or higher. You can certainly cook it longer if needed, or keep it on warm until you are ready to carve.

CAREFULLY remove turkey from crockpot. The edges will have browned nicely. If you'd like, you can broil the top for a few minutes in the oven--put the turkey in a roasting pan, don't use the crock. I tried this, and was pleased with how the turkey looked afterwards. I broiled for about 7 minutes. 

Let sit for 15-20 minutes before carving.

The Verdict.

I'm so happy this worked. My kids didn't eat it. They had no interest. I gave them frozen corn and barbecued beans from a can. My parents ate a bunch, and so did Adam. I had a turkey sandwich around 9pm. 




Let us have peace. - Ulysses S. Grant





402 ashland ave aluminum foil house
This is the address of a rental home in Tarpon Springs, Florida that has been covered entirely in aluminum foil.
Looking like something out of a pulp sci-fi comic, the walls, windows, driveway, and  even the palm trees glisten with metallic flare in the Florida sun.
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Piotr Janowski is the mastermind behind the project, but it’s not meant to keep aliens from reading his mind or save on his electric bill; it’s an art piece.
“Curious onlookers rarely identified the installation as art.” – Piotr Janowski
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The foil reveals features of objects that might otherwise go unnoticed, namely texture.
From the fine grooves of palm tree fiber, to the bumps and cracks in the stucco and driveway, the foil certainly makes you take a second look.
“While it conceals objects, this actually results in an intensification of certain aspects of their form.”
It does this mainly by creating strong reflections at sharp angles, and scrambling the appearance of colors and light.
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Artist Piotr Janowski describes it as an initiative to bring sustainable energy and art together, with his goal being to one day create a sculpture that generates electricity.
Hailing from Poland originally, Janowski graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and now splits his time between Tarpon Springs and Vienna, Austria.
He started with palm trees—interacting with nature, and then hung abstract sculptures from the trees in order to blur the line between reality and imagination.
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The third phase was covering the house with foil and challenging social perception.
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The final phase makes the foil sculptures kinetic, being rolled into a ball and rolled to a local recycling plant.
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The foil itself is just regular Reynold’s wrap, which he then attached with spray adhesive.
“It’s like metal clay.” –Piotr Janowski
Janowski is preparing for a show December 3rd at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Florida.
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"Welcome" in Ilokano (Philippines) - Naragsak nga isasangbay

thanks, shelley (11 right, 1 wrong)
me: 10 right, 2 wrong .. you?

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thanks, helen 
Advice from An Old Farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

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Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

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  1. I remember Jed Bartlet of West Wing calling the Butterball Hot Line when he was trying to decide whether to cook the stuffing inside the turkey or out!