Monday, November 9, 2015

World Orphan's Day NOVEMBER 9, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Orphan's Day

Tragically, millions of children all over the globe have become orphaned for many reasons: war, famine, displacement, disease or poverty. To make sure that they are not forgotten, once a year there is a special day dedicated just to them: World Orphans Day, which falls on the second Monday of each November. This special day has been put in place in order to draw attention to the plight of the world’s orphans, and so on this day people are encouraged to actively participate to help raise awareness, support and funding for motherless and fatherless children worldwide. A noble cause if there ever was one!
The History of World Orphans Day
The first people to officially care for orphaned children were the Romans, who opened the first orphanage in history in around 400 AD. Long before them, however, both Jewish and Athenian law required that orphans be supported until age 18. The great philosopher Plato once said, “Orphans should be placed under the care of public guardians. Men should have a fear of the loneliness of orphans and of the souls of their departed parents. A man should love the unfortunate orphan of whom he is guardian as if he were his own child. He should be as careful and as diligent in the management of the orphan’s property as of his own or even more careful still.” Latr, in Medieval Europe, orphans were cared for by churches. By the early 1900s, the amount of orphans in England had reached truly alarming proportions, not to mention the conditions in which the orphaned children lived, which were often appalling and abusive. Charles Dickens’ most famous novel, “Oliver Twist”, depicts perfectly the hardships orphaned children had to endure in orphanages. In modern times, researchers are almost unanimous in their claim that orphanages are the worst possible care option for children, as they do not receive the right amount of attention or physical contact to develop properly. This has caused many people, usually Westerners, to decide to adopt children from impoverished countries to give them a chance at a better life. Sadly, this trend has also lead to a large number of scams being perpetrated on unsuspecting parents-to-be, many of whom have paid enormous amounts of money to adopt children who had been bought from their parents for very little. World Orphans Day was created by The Stars Foundation to raise awareness about the number of children in this world who lack something most of us take for granted: parents. The Stars Foundation’s wish was for this day to motivate people to do anything they can to help.

thanks susie, west coast correspondent

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A flat, elevated region; a plateau or mesa.
Usage:The hikers climbed all morning, planning to stop for lunch when they reached the tableland.

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Kristallnacht (1938)

In 1938, using the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris as a pretext, Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels urged violent reprisals against Jews. The resulting pogrom left 91 Jews dead and hundreds injured. Some 30,000 Jewish males were arrested and taken to concentration camps, and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues were destroyed. The incident marked a major escalation in the Nazi program of Jewish persecution, foreshadowing the Holocaust. 

Hedy Lamarr (1913)

Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress known primarily for her beauty and her successful film career—including her role as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah. However, she also co-invented an early form of spread spectrum encoding—intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder to detect or jam—in the 1940s with her neighbor, composer George Antheil. They patented the technology in 1942, but it did not come into use until later

Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal

In Pakistan, November 9 is a national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Dr.Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a famous Pakistani poet and philosopher. Iqbal was born in the city of Sialkot in the Punjab province of Pakistan on November 9, 1877. On this day, a number of functions are held to honor the great poet. Many educational institutions sponsor programs that showcase his life and achievements. In addition to the main function at Iqbal's tomb, the National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi exhibits Iqbal's personal belongings, including his costumes, books, and publications.

"Food Words" Can Make You Overeat

Certain food words can interact with stress and genetics to trigger unhealthy eating, two new studies suggest. The findings were presented this week at Obesity Week, a meeting in Los Angeles.

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1620 - After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod)

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1842 - The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City

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1861 - 1st documented Canadian football game (at U of Toronto)

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1911 - George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs. 

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1944 - Red Cross wins Nobel peace prize

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1984 - A bronze statue titled "Three Servicemen," by Frederick Hart, was unveiled at the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. 

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2014 - Celebrations held in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; white balloons marking a stretch of the wall symbolize its disappearance


If You Were Born Today, November 8

You are both logical and intuitive. You won't act on a hunch unless you have worked it out on a logical level first. Personal relationships are a part of your life in which you experience many ups and downs. Not always easy to live with, you can sometimes be quite set in your ways. You hold onto things and people tenaciously, and sometimes do so even when they no longer offer you growth opportunities. Self-employment is best for you, as you have your own way of doing things. You are very perceptive and intuitive, and your dedication is tremendous. Persistence is one of your finest traits. Famous people born today: Mary Hart, Milton Bradley, Leif Garrett, Dorothy Day, Bonnie Raitt, Edmond Halley.

Picture of the day
Spanish ibex
A three-month old Spanish ibex (Capra pyrenaica) in Sierra de Gredos, Spain. These ibexes are strong mountain animals characterized by their large and flexible hooves and short legs. The two sexes of adults form separate social groups; juveniles stay with the female groups from birth until the following birth season, when they leave. Yearling males then join male groups, while females eventually return to their mothers' groups and stay several years.

Picture of a lioness gazing upward

Lion Below

Photograph by Chris Schmid
A helicopter flying overhead captures the attention of a lioness as she walks through the tall grasses of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Shooting from aboard the aircraft, Chris Schmid considered the experience a lucky one. “She was ... looking at me, and there’s nothing in Africa so intense as a lion looking right at you.”

Woodland Winter Mittens
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Strimma pattern by Yarn-Madness
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Impossible Coconut Custard Pie

  • **Bisquick substitute: 1 C flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 Tblsp shortening. Mix well with a fork.
Impossible Coconut Custard Pie
3/4 C sugar - I used 2 Tblsp
2 C milk - 1/2 C
4 eggs - 1 egg
1 tsp vanilla - 1/4 tsp
1/2 C Bisquick - 1/8 C
1 1/3 C coconut - 1/4 C + a Tblsp
  1. Put everything except coconut in blender, mix slow for 3 minutes. (Since I made a small amount I used my 3 cup food chopper.)
  2. Pour into greased pie plate. 
  3. Sprinkle coconut over top (I push it down into the custard). 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees, 45 minutes (about 38 minutes in my little oven). Cool and enjoy.

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CrockPot Bean Stew Recipe

This could be vegetarian if I had vegetable broth in the house. I did not, so I used chicken broth.I didn't make it to store, and needed to make due with stuff we had in the house. I was certain that I had a bag of green lentils in the pantry, and was totally bummed to realize that the bag actually was filled with split peas. I used them anyway.

The Ingredients.

--2 cups split peas (or lentils!)
--6 cups broth
--1 can kidney beans, rinsed
--1 can black beans, rinsed
--1 potato, chopped
--1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
--4 sad looking green onions, chopped
--3 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
--1 cub baby carrots
--handful of broccoli (or other veggies you have lying around)
--1 tsp dill (to be different!)
--1 tsp kosher salt
--1/2 tsp black pepper
--1 1/2 tsp paprika

The Directions.

I used a 6 quart crockpot.

Chop up the vegetables to desired size, and throw them in the pot. Rinse the beans, and add. Add the split peas. Cover with broth, and stir in the spices.

Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-5. Soup tastes better the longer it cooks.

The Verdict.

I had read somewhere that dill enhanced soups and stews and it was an under-utilized spice. I threw some in, and immediately regretted it. My kids fished out the stuff they liked, but mostly ate Toquitos for dinner.

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A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. - Walter Winchell

i am left handed so i reverse the thought lol




A creative agency from Belgium who goes by the name SOON made these detailed paper bugs each by hand from the pages of magazines and flyers to advertise a recycled paper company called IGEPA.
It took 200 hours to make them all!


Every single one of the 7 insects SOON made was cut and made by hand! Only four people worked on making these recycled bugs and the paper world they inhabit. It took a total of 200 hours to make them all!
Thanks to SOON and creators Jim Van Raemdonck, Phoebe De Corte, Dries Caeckebeke, Claar De Waele, and Sil De Boeck for sharing!
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Bird By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON
Hand Made Paper Insect By SOON

"Welcome" in Gwich'in (Alaska) - Nakhwal'in shoo ihlii

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the last of a series of 105 ACTS OF KINDNESS

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the acts of kindness--interesting and inspiring!