Thursday, December 10, 2015

Human Rights Day DECEMBER 10, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Human Rights Day

Every so often a thing comes to pass that is of such astounding importance that we must stand up and recognize it. We must place this thing on the pedestal it deserves, and ensure that the precepts and policies put in place by it are adhered to, appreciated, and spread as far as the human voice will carry. Such is the sort of message sent by Human Rights Day.
Human Rights Day was established in 1948, and ever since that auspicious day it has stood as the first major stride forward in ensuring that the rights of every human across the globe are protected. From the most basic human needs such as food, shelter, and water, all the way up to access to free and uncensored information, such has been the goals and ambitions laid out that day.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was a shout across the world by the leading countries in the world, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic fundamentals of human needs. Every year Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global theater.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships.
Usage:The pharos was no longer operational and served as a tourist attraction in the sleepy beach town.


Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat Share Nobel Peace Prize (1978)

In 1978, a historic peace summit was held between Israel and Egypt at the US presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland. Now known as the Camp David Accords, the pact was signed in 1979 by Begin, the Israeli prime minister, and Sadat, the Egyptian president—who shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts—with US President Jimmy Carter as a witness. Under the pact, which was denounced by other Arab states, Israel agreed to return the Sinai to Egypt.

Melvil Dewey (1851)

In 1876, while working as a college librarian, Dewey developed a decimal-based system for organizing the contents of a library by subject category, indicated by a three-digit numeral, with further specification expressed by numerals following a decimal point. He established the first library training school and the American Library Association and is also credited with inventing the vertical office file.

Thailand Constitution Day

In 1932, Thailand's absolute monarchy was replaced with a constitutional monarchy. King Rama VII oversaw the transfer of power. Under the newly instituted constitution of that time, the monarchy remained in place and the king was designated the head of state. Thailand has had a series of 18 constitutions or charters since 1932, the latest one being adopted in 2007. Each has allowed for a constitutional monarchy with greater or lesser power. Celebrations on Constitution Day involve the people thanking the monarchy for granting them a chance to take part in running the country.

Goodbye to Dental Fillings? "No-Drill" Techniques Can Treat Tooth Decay, Study Says

If you've ever endured a dental filling based on the advice that there's no other way to stop tooth decay before it gets worse, you may be a bit, well, annoyed when you hear about the latest study on this topic. 
Goodbye to dental fillings? ‘No-drill’ techniques can treat tooth decay just as well, study finds

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1768 - The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in London by George III. Joshua Reynolds was its first president.

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1830 - Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, MA. Only seven of her works were published while she was alive.

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1901 - The first Nobel prizes were awarded. 

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1906 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War. 

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1927 - The Grand Ole Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN

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1931 - Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she was the first American woman to do so. 

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1950 - Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first African-American to receive the award. Bunche was awarded the prize for his efforts in mediation between Israel and neighboring Arab states. 

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1953 - Hugh Hefner published the first "Playboy" magazine with an investment of $7,600. 

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1964 - In Oslo, Norway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest person to receive the award. 

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1991 - Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He is credited with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll." 

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2010 - Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for his song "The Times They Are a-Changin" sold at auction for $422,500. 


If You Were Born Today, December 10

You are a person with strong convictions, but your morals are unusual or stretched. You are courageous, very sincere, and enjoy some level of risk-taking in your everyday life. You need to find a job that you love, for your work means so much to you. A solutions person, you love to solve problems--yours but especially others'. Still, you have some escapist tendencies. In others, you look for practical people with good, basic values and work ethic. You are very true to the ones you love.Famous people born today: Emily Dickinson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Clarke Duncan, Raven-Symone, Susan Dey.

Picture of the day
Tasman Lake
A boat tour among the icebergs on Tasman Lake, a proglacial lake formed by the recent retreat of the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand's Mount Cook National Park. As the glacier retreats, icebergs break off from a submerged apron of glacial ice that projects into the lake.

Strange Roots

Photograph by Kelly Beckta
Picture of trees and flowers on Socotra Island in Yemen

Strange Roots

Photograph by Kelly Beckta
Socotra Island, located off the southeast coast of Yemen, is known for its lush biodiversity—and strange plant life.Dracaena cinnabari—more commonly known as the dragon’s blood tree—is the island’s iconic species, with its upturned branches perfectly adapted to capturing moisture.


knit, newborn - 4 yrs
Fable pattern by Yarn-Madness
As of December 2014, this pattern is available for free. Enjoy!
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Mrs Zwaalie's Brioche Scarf pattern by Nancy Marchant
This pattern uses a combination of the brioche stitch with double knitting. It is a variation of 2-color Siemens Brioche Stitch featured in the book Knitting Brioch...
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crochet, CHRISTMAS




crochet, CHRISTMAS

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Pretzel Buns- A Real German Recipe | Loopsan
Make real german pretzel buns without milk! Easy to follow recipe by
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stephanie o'dea

New England Clam Chowder in the Slow Cooker

I feel very lucky that we live pretty close to the coast. If we hopped in the car, we'd see the ocean within 15 minutes --- that's pretty cool. I'm kind of embarrassed that we don't take advantage of this as often as we should.  So I brought the beach to us. No mess, no sandy feet, and no bird poop.

The Ingredients.
serves 6
there's no half-and-half in this picture. I didn't buy it yet!
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and diced
1 (6.5-ounce) can minced clams, drained
5 small red potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 cup sliced celery
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups half-and-half (or you could use heavy cream)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (to add later)

optional: bread bowls for serving. If you're gluten free, I've made them myself by using boxed bread mix, then plopping 4 round dough blobs on a piece of parchment paper--they bake right up, and are perfect!

The Directions.

Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Brown the bacon on the stovetop, and drain the accumulated grease (I saved bacon from breakfast-- about 6 4 slices (I accidentally ate a few...)
Put the bacon into your crockpot, and add clams. Add all the vegetables and spices and pour in the broth. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the onion is translucent and the potatoes squish easily with a fork.
Use a hand-held stick blender and pulse a few times to naturally thicken the soup. Stir in half and half and shredded cheese. Ladle into wide-mouthed bowls or bread bowls.

The Verdict.

This is an awesome chowder. The canned clams really do a great job of flavoring the broth and the soup, and are terribly inexpensive, and will keep in the pantry for a long time. They're a great canned item to keep on hand. My kids lapped up their servings. 

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3D Paper Stars from Post-It Notes

Go grab 6 Post-It notes and a glue stick. C’mon I know you have them.
Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes! Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes!
Now watch this and start making some holiday decorations:
These Paper Stars are great for adults and older children to make and cost next to nothing. In fact, I bet you could buy one package of Post-it Notes, and you’d have one impressive holiday display!
Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes!
Post-It Note Paper Stars

Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes! Materials 


  • Step One Make one section of the star. Fold one post-it note diagonally.
  • Step Two Fold diagonally again.
  • Step Three Turn note to the side with the folded edge facing down.
  • Step Four Cut two slits in the note aligned with the long edge. Stop cutting ¼” from the edge.
Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes!
  • Step Five Unfold
  • Step Six Gently curl inside edges together and glue. Use a crayon to help shape the curl. It will also give you a hard surface to press down on as you glue the edges together.
  • Step Seven Glue the outermost edges together.
  • Step Eight Turn the section over and glue the center edges together in the opposite direction of the other two curls.
  • Step Nine Repeat 5 more time so that you have a total of 6 sections.
  • Step Ten Glue the center point of three sections together and repeat with the other three sections.
  • Step Eleven Finally glue two halves together.
Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes!
You’re done! Make a few of these to hang around your home! No one will ever believe you made them from 6 Post-it Notes

Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes! Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes! Tips

  • Have a pen and marker handy as well to help you shape and glue the larger section edges together.
  • Speed it up! Cut your post-its two at a time!
  • Be sure to press the edges together for a moment after gluing to get them to stick.
Make 3D Paper Stars from Post-it notes!



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The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. - Richard Bach

BeyoncĂ© and her curves are the inspiration behind the 68-story Premiere Tower being built in Melbourne, Australia. “Boss,” a Scottish Fold cat, earns a salary equivalent to $216 a month as the boss at Romanian retailer Catbox. During a record 27-year career, Nolan Ryan struck out 5,714 batters—nearly 1,000 more than strikeout runner-ups Randy Johnson (4,875) and Roger Clemens (4,672)! (Submitted by John Carpenter, Firebrick, KY)

funny movie quotes

"Welcome" in Kanienkehaka [Mohawk] (United States) - She:kon

Having trouble learning how to chopstick? Think of this approach as cheap-and-easy training wheels while you learn the ropes. Inexpensive plastic clothes pins can be disassembled without tools or much effort and their spring can be reused with any generic chopsticks.


These 31 Completely Useless Facts Are Guaranteed to Make You More Interesting.

1. Ewww.

2. Getting creative.

3. That's a nice little life hack.

4. Very sneaky.

5. Because, science!

6. How would they even find this out?

7. I wish I could do that.

8. I'd actually like to see that.

9. This has got to be the best picture ever.

10. A good investment.

11. That would explain a lot of things.

12. That's pretty cool actually.

13. That's berry good to know.

14. The all seeing bee.

15. The more you know.

16. Seem a little harsh.

17. Saves on Q-Tips.

18. That's a bit dramatic, don't you think?

19. Today I learned that kangaroos are mobsters.

20. You would only a mistake like that once.

21. I never thought of it like that.

22. They're moving in slow motion.

23. Then why do I always seem to get old ones?

24. Mind = blown.

25. I wouldn't want to live there.

26. That's a great name for a tree.

27. It's probably better that way.

28. Well good thing I don't make a habit of swallowing sea water.

Well good thing I don't make a habit of swallowing sea water.

29. Maybe they deserved it?

30. More candy for me then.

31. Wait, really?


  1. Lookin' GOOD!!!! Fun one today for sure!!!!!!

  2. Let's see.............housework or play with post-its? I think I can decide this one without the use of a coin!