Thursday, December 3, 2015

Disability Day DECEMBER 3, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Disability Day

Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability, is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural. Disability Day is not concerned exclusively with either mental or physical disabilities, but rather encompasses all known disabilities, from Autism to Down Syndrome to Multiple Sclerosis.
Everything started in 1976, when the United Nations General Assembly made the decision that 1981 should be the International Year of Disabled Persons. The 5 years between the making of that decision and the actual Year of Disabled Persons were spent contemplating the hardships of the disabled, how the opportunities of the disabled could be equalized, and how to ensure the disabled take part fully in community life enjoying all of the rights and benefits non-disabled citizens have. Another issue that was touched on was how world governments could go about preventing disabilities from touching people in the first place, so much of the talk was about the viruses and other illnesses that lead to various kinds of disability. The decade between 1983 and 1992 was later proclaimed the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, and during that time, all of the concepts previously created became parts of one long process that was implemented in order to improve the lives of disabled persons the world over.
Each year when Disability Day is celebrated there is an emphasis on a new aspect related to improving the lives of people living with a disability. In 2007, for example, the theme of the year was: “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”. In 2013, last year, it was “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”, a call to help disabled people live in an inclusive society in every country, and to make sure that society was as accessible as possible for disabled people in all of its aspects, from making sure buildings are wheelchair accessible to installing braille on elevator buttons.

thanks, shelley 

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
Synonyms:drierdrying agentsiccative
Usage:The shipment was packed with a desiccant to prevent humidity from warping the wood during transport.

The evolution of the smartphone 

the evolution of the smartphone


World's First Human Heart Transplant (1967)

After studying medicine at the University of Cape Town, South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard came to the US in 1955 to improve his surgical technique. There, he performed his first heart operation before returning to Cape Town, where he was soon appointed director of surgical research at the Groote Schuur Hospital. He made medical history there in 1967 when he completed the world's first human heart transplant on 55-year-old Louis Washkansky.

Joseph Conrad (1857)

Before becoming a novelist, Conrad lived an adventurous life at sea. He later fictionalized many of his experiences in novels that combine realism and high drama. Though he knew little English before he was 20, Conrad became one of the greatest novelists and prose stylists in English literature. Marked by a distinctive, rich prose, many of his novels are considered masterpieces, but he is perhaps best known for the novella Heart of Darkness

Brains aren't actually 'male' or 'female,' new study suggests

Lots of folks—well-intentioned and otherwise—like to point out the supposed differences between male and female brains.

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1833 - Oberlin College in Ohio opened as the first truly coeducational school of higher education in the United States.

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1835 - In Rhode Island, the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company issued the first fire insurance policy. 

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1910 - The neon lamp was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The lamp was developed by French physicist Georges Claude. 

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1931 - Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time

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1997 - Pierce Brosnan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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1999 - Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. It took her 81 days to reach the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.


If You Were Born Today, December 3

You are a fervent, loyal, and spirited person who is true to yourself whatever the cost! You hold strong beliefs yet you are tolerant of others, even if you do enjoy a good debate and trying to "win" others to your perspective. While at times you can be restless due to an inquisitive and interested nature, you are also capable of great loyalty and dependability, valuing stability and permanency. You are generally good with money and not big on gambling it away foolishly. You are truly unique and not afraid to be yourself. Famous people born today: Daryl Hannah, Ozzy Osbourne, Julianne Moore, Anna Freud, Brendan Fraser, Katerina Witt.

Picture of the day
David Villa
David Villa (b. 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker and also serves as captain for American club New York City FC. Before transferring to the United States, Villa played for a number of Spanish teams, including FC Barcelona, with whom he won his first La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles,Valencia CF, and Atlético de Madrid, shown here after scoring a goal. As part of the Spanish national football team, Villa scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup, was the top scorer at Euro 2008, and earned the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup.

Picture of the Shiva Tree Temple in Kauai, Hawaii

Supreme Sunlight

Photograph by Andrew Hara, National Geographic 
After spending time meditating at the Kauai Hindu Monastery in Hawaii, Andrew Hara came across this tucked-away statue of Shiva, one of the trinity of Hindu deities. “I ... [found] a hidden space where the statue of Shiva was gloriously placed under a glowing understory,” Hara writes. “I waited for the sunlight to shift through the tree canopy to bring out the glowing luster on the statue and surrounding space."

thanks, helen, for the vintage christmas pics






 thanks, sheri, for your beautiful knitting and a great hat pattern (below)
1898 hat .. warm and wonderful for males and females 


crochet, CHANUKAH

crochet, CHRISTMAS






Lemon Cupcakes for Chanukah

With olive oil, sage, and sea salt.

Jelly-filled donuts–known in Hebrew as sufganiyot–are a traditional Hanukkah treat that makes ample use of oil. But there are other ways to integrate oil into delicious desserts.
This recipe puts a new twist on dessert by throwing in a couple of savory flavors with the sweet ones. Here, a citrus-infused batter receives the rich “umami” of olive oil and the briny crunch of course sea salt. It's like a lemon birthday cake for grownups.
If you want to keep it closer to tradition, try your hand at these jelly-filled “sufganiyot” cupcakes.
And if you've got a taste for the truly decadent, these deep-fried chocolate cupcakes are simply divine.


  1. 1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons milk--dairy milk or a nut, rice, or soy milk all work fine
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons butter or margerine, softened
  5. 2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped
  6. Juice of one large lemon, plus enough milk to make 1/2 cup liquid
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. Zest of one large lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  9. 1 tablespoon honey
  10. 2/3 cup strongly-flavored extra virgin olive oil
  11. 1 cup olive oil
  12. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  13. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  14. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  15. 15-20 fresh sage leaves
  16. coarse sea salt


Preheat oven to 375 F. Outfit a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another medium bowl, combine sugar, honey, lemon zest, and olive oil. Whisk together.
Add eggs and beat well.
Gradually add flour mixture, lemon juice, and milk to the sugar/honey/zest/oil/egg mixture, stirring as you go.
Add sage and stir a few more times to combine and ensure that the batter is smooth. Do not over-mix.
Fill liners 3/4 of the way, and bake for 20 minutes or until the tops bounce back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Buttercream Frosting
Cream butter and about half of the powdered sugar. Gradually add milk and the rest of the powdered sugar, stirring well until smooth and spreadable.
Fried Sage Leaf Garnish
Heat oil in a skillet with tall sides to about 365 F (you can check with a deep fry thermometer or candy thermometer). Drop sage leaves into oil, 4 or 5 at a time, and allow to fry for about 5 seconds. Remove and lay on paper towels.
To assemble cupcakes, top each with frosting, place a sage leaf or two in the center, and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.


stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Honey Lentils Recipe

I can not figure out what to call this. It's a lentil dish with honey and soy sauce--two condiments I would never ever ever in a million years think to put in a lentil dish. The combination is sweet and tangy and different. I liked the flavor, but couldn't really pinpoint what I liked about it. There were a few times that I got an overwhelming earthy flavor (read: dirt) but I was assured that my taste buds were wigging out because this most definitely did not taste like dirt to the others at the table. They liked it.

The Ingredients.

--1 1/2 cups lentils (I used brown)
--3 cups water
--1/2 red onion, diced
--1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
--1/2 cup shredded carrot
--1 tsp salt
--1 tsp dried mustard
--1/4 tsp ground ginger (fresh is shown in the picture, but it was all black and nasty when I peeled it)
--2 T soy sauce (La Choy or Tamari Wheat Free are GF)
--1/3 cup honey (and maybe another 1 T later to taste)
--1 dried bay leaf or 2 fresh

The Directions.

I used a 4 quart crockpot.

The awesome thing about lentils (actually, there are a few awesome things) is that they are cheap, full of fiber, and you don't have to pre-soak them. You really should rinse them off, though.

Put the lentils into your crockpot. Add the water. Chop up the onion, and add along with the carrots (I cheated and used a bag of shredded carrots leftover from the chicken adobo). Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans and add. Stir in the dried mustard, salt, and ginger. Add the soy sauce and honey. Stir to combine. Float the bay leaf (ves) on top.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-5. I started ours on low for 3 hours, then switched it to high for another 3 when I realized that I added wrong in my head (that actually happens a lot with me.)

Taste. If desired, stir in an extra tablespoon of honey.

Serve with white or brown rice if you're a vegetarian, or a rib-eye if you're not.

The Verdict.

I liked these! The flavor was really quite different, and I don't know how else to describe it. The kids had some bites along with a box of mac-n-cheese (the Annie's gluten free kind), and Adam and I had a bowl with a grilled cheese sandwich. Lentils are quite filling; this made enough for quite a few lunches this week. I really appreciated that this recipe called for water instead of broth, and that I had everything in the house already.


felt dove ornaments
Tutorial: Felt bird Christmas ornament


Star of David Mobile
Use pipe cleaners to make a Star of David mobile to decorate your home. 



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"Welcome" in Italian (Central Europe, East Africa) - Benvenuto

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izzy dolls for knitters and crocheters


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  1. Too keep you ginger from getting black and nasty when you buy it peal it and put into a freezer bag and freeze. You can keep it for months in the freezer. When you are ready to use it just grate what you need or cut off what you need and let thaw.

    1. wow .. that's a great tip! better than looking for the smallest piece possible to use in the one recipe you're working on!