Friday, January 8, 2016

Earth's Rotation Day JANUARY 8, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Earth's Rotation Day

Ever feel like you’re just spinning around and around? Don’t worry – we all are, all the time! Earth’s Rotation Day is a little reminder that we’re all spinning out of control, and there’s nothing that we can do about it.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A frame with legs, used to support pieces of wood being sawed.
Usage:While thus engaged they came to the edge of a wood, and the boy sat down to rest upon an old sawhorse that some woodcutter had left there.

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Emily Greene Balch (1867)

Balch was an American economist and sociologist who taught at Wellesley College until her dismissal in 1918 for opposing US involvement in World War I. She was a co-founder, along with Jane Addams, of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and served as its international secretary from 1919 to 1922. In 1946, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with longtime YMCA leader John R. Mott. 

Britain Set for First Mass Strike by Doctors in 40 Years

The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts, potentially the first such strikes for four decades. 

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1642 - Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy. 

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1853 - A bronze statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse was unveiled in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. The statue was the work of Clark Mills.

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1856 - Borax (hydrated sodium borate) was discovered by Dr. John Veatch

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1889 - The tabulating machine was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith. His firm, Tabulating Machine Company, later became International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). 

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1901 - The first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, IL.

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1957 - Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from major league baseball in an article that appeared in "LOOK" magazine. 

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1958 - Bobby Fisher, at the age of 14, won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.

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1961 - Robert Goulet made his national TV debut this night on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.

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1962 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in America for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The next day the exhibit opened to the public. 

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1975 - Ella Grasso became the governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman to become a governor of a state without a husband preceding her in the governor’s chair. 

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1997 - Mister Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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2009 - In Egypt, archeologists entered a 4,300 year old pyramid and discovered the mummy of Queen Sesheshet. 


If You Were Born Today, January 8

You have a strong sense of purpose and responsibility. You easily feel guilty, and are often found weighing pros and cons, as you are able to see both sides to any situation. While you are sensitive and naturally retiring, you are also very aware of your reputation and image, and will rise to most challenges. Others might not know that you have a competitive streak, and you can be quite stubborn. Famous people born today: Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Soupy Sales, Sarah Polley.

Picture of the day
Dale D. Myers
Dale D. Myers (1922–2015) was an American aerospace engineer and Deputy Administrator of NASA between October 6, 1986 and May 13, 1989. Myers became interested in aviation and engineering after meeting Charles Lindbergh at age five, and during World War II he helped develop several aircraft, including the North American F-82 Twin Mustang. He began his affiliation with NASA in 1964, working on the ApolloSpace Shuttle, and Skylab.

Picture of a person kayaking at night in Quebec, Canada

Grass Light

Photograph by David L. Labrie, National Geographic 
Planning to shoot a rare supermoon, David L. Labrie went camping in the wilderness of Quebec, Canada, with his girlfriend, pictured here. Labrie was setting up his equipment when he noticed the high grass in the water. He asked his girlfriend to take the kayak and hold steady while he captured a long exposure. But a small breeze made it difficult to keep the kayak still. “We had to take several before we achieved this result,” he writes.


knit, newborn - 3 yrs
On the Go-veralls pattern by Heidi Lehman
Some issues with crotch and rise have arisen since this pattern was first posted. The best solution I can recommend is to check out Earthtonegirl’s fabulous...
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Knitting and so on: Starburst Mitts
Knitted flat these mitts use short rows to form a circle around the thumb.
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Driggs Ave. Hattitude

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February Slippers pattern by Lucia Tedesco
Gauge 4 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette
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Ravelry: Chunky Ribbed Scoodie pattern by Zoe Deterding
This pattern creates a very chunky ribbed scoodie. Yarn, hook size and stitches can be substituted to give a different look and size to the project.
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Posh Pooch Designs Dog Clothes: Crocodile Stitch Dog Or ...
I Love How this pattern Turned out and  I also love the yarn I chose for this project. Maximo is smiling, so I think he likes it. The Yarn is Red heart Super Sav...
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Magic Fritter Batter
Years ago I found this recipe in an old cookbook. The book got lost, but this recipe remains. When the girls were small they hated onions, but they loved the...
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Slow Cooker Corn Chowder Recipe

crockpot corn chowder
Wow. This is a total keeper recipe. It is creamy, nutritious, light and healthy all at the same time. 
I used a recipe found on page 193 of

The weird thing though, is that it was a recipe in a slow cooker book and you are supposed to make it on the stove-top, using the "master chicken broth" recipe from the book. I cooked it all the way in the slow cooker, so, technically it's my recipe. Or at least that's my story for when I get sued. Just kidding. Don't sue me. I don't have any money.

The Ingredients:
--2 quarts of chicken broth
--1 small onion
--1 red pepper
--1 peeled and chopped carrot (I used a handful of baby carrots)
--2 (16-ounce) bags frozen corn 
--2 medium potatoes (I used 6 mini white potatoes)


Finely chop the onion and brown in a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan. You want the onion to be cooked, but not totally translucent since it will continue to cook in the slow cooker.

Finely chop the carrots and the red pepper. 

Wash and coarsely chop the potato(es). I kept the skin on---it's up to you. Dump all the veggies into the stoneware. Add the bags of frozen corn. Empty both cartons of chicken broth (2 quarts; 8 cups) on top. Plug in your slow cooker and set on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours. 

This is the tricky and totally fun part:

Use a hand blender to chowderify. 

If you don't have a hand blender (you really should get one...) you can-- VERY CAREFULLY because OMG it is HOT. HOT!!!! See the Ove Glove?!-- pour into a blender and pulse to desired consistency. I left some chunks of corn and a few veggies, but tried to get rid of most of the potatoes.
The kids ate it! My parents came for dinner and they enjoyed it, also.
And, since it's pretty much straight corn, I'm, um, feeling very clean and light. 

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Lollipop Stand 
lollipop stand
(i love dum dum pops as there are a lot of flavors in one package. when trying to lose weight, i suck one each evening to take away any need for sweets so i consider these my diet food!)




Bet on Your Marriage – Company Pays Couples $10,000 to Get Married, Charges Money Back with Interest if They Get Divorced

By Sumitra 

A Seattle startup is in the news for investing in divorce – its business model is based on the fact that nearly 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the US end up parting ways. SwanLuv offers to pay couples for their dream wedding, but the money will have to be returned with interest if they ever get divorced.So if you’re about to get married and you apply to Swanluv, they’ll run your profile through an algorithm, study your relationship, and select you if you meet their criteria. Then, they’ll offer you a loan of up to $10,000. You don’t have to return the money, ever, as long as you stay together. But the moment you decide to get a divorce you’ve got to cough up the original amount, plus interest. And stronger relationships are assigned higher interest rates, so the longer couples stay together, the more they’ll stand to lose if they split.
When you think about it, that’s kind of like the opposite of how insurance works. You’re supposed to get paidwhen things go wrong, but with SwanLuv, it’s the other way round. 


"what is your name?" in Achuar (Ecuador) - Amesha yatme?

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11 books you should read before they make it to 

the big screen this year


If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that the movie is never better than the book. After all, what could be better than getting cozy under the covers, with the smell of a brand new paperback wafting around you, as you open a book’s cover and began to explore a world that’s literally at your fingertips? The answer: nothing. Nothing is better than that literary state of affairs.
However… there is another set of circumstances that come in a close second: sitting in a comfy seat, munching on buttery popcorn, surrounded by strangers who will soon share a common memory with you, as a gigantic movie screen transports you all to another time and place. Yeah, that’s also a pretty great turn of events.
Now, to have the best of both worlds, all you have to do is read the book before you see the movie. To help you with this worthy task, we’ve compiled a list (in chronological order) of all the books that will become movies this year. Let’s make 2016 a literary and cinematic year, shall we?

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Starring: Chloë Grace MoretzNick RobinsonMaika Monroe, Liev Schreiber
Movie Release: January 22
Aliens are attacking Earth. Thus far, they’ve hit our planet four times. A fifth wave is on the horizon and Cassie Sullivan (played by Chloë Grace Moritz) is on the run from the creatures who only look like human beings. The worst part: she has something else to worry about, something that prevents her from seeking safety for herself. She must also rescue her younger brother. 

Price and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Starring: Lily JamesLena HeadeyDouglas Booth
Movie Release: February 5
If you combine Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice with zombies, what do you get?
Answer: this unexpected, intriguing novel that simply cannot be ignored. (Honestly, we can’t wait to see how this one plays out on the silver screen.)

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker

Starring: Margot Robbie, Tina Fey, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman
Movie Release: March 4
A journalist named Kim Barker (played by Tina Fey) ends up working in Afghanistan and Pakistan – even though she only speaks English and has no idea what lay before her. In her memoir, Barker recounts this part of her life in a darkly comic manner, while also portraying the love (and fear) she harbored toward these two countries.
Note: the title was changed for the movie, which is called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Starring: Emilia ClarkeSam ClaflinJenna Coleman
Movie Release: March 4
Louisa Clark (played by Emilia Clarke) is living an ordinary life, one that rarely takes place outside her hometown. She then ends up working for Will Trainer (played by Sam Claflin), a recently paralyzed man who used to live a life that perfectly juxtaposes Clark’s. While they have nothing in common, they soon fall for each other and take readers (soon-to-be viewers) on a heartbreakingly romantic journey.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Starring: Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdamsBenicio Del ToroPaul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges
Movie Release: March 18 (in the USA)
This cherished tale follows a man whose plane is wrecked in the Sahara Desert. Here, he happens upon The Little Prince (voiced by Paul Rudd), who encourages the narrator’s imagination to blossom as he describes his journey from planet to planet.
The movie adds an additional storyline, one that includes a little girl (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) whose mom (voiced by Rachel McAdams) is working to prepare her for the real, adult world. The girl’s neighbor is named The Aviator (voiced by Jeff Bridges) and he ends up presenting an extraordinary world to the girl, revealing that anything is possible.

Alice Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
Movie Release: May 27
Alice is back, everyone! And this time… she must time-travel to save the Mad Hatter (which sounds like no small feat).
What could be more magical, you ask? Well, the original novel, of course – which follows Alice down the rabbit hole as she encounters a world filled with eccentric characters.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Starring: Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance
Movie Release: July 1
This classic, children’s novel features Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill), who meets the BFG (Big Friendly Giant, played by Bill Hader), an outsider who’s unlike the other giants. Namely, he refuses to eat little boys and girls, showing young Sophie that – despite his frightening appearance – he’s actually a, well… big friendly giant!

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez
Movie Release: Oct 7
Rachel (played by Emily Blunt) commutes on a train to London every morning and, every morning, she sees the perfect couple: “Scott and Megan” (in the book, she calls them “Jess and Jason”). Then, one day, everything changes when she witnesses something shocking, an event that sends her to the police and entwines her in the lives of the “perfect couple.”

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

Starring: Lewis McDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver
Movie Release: Oct 14
A young boy named Conor (in the movie, he’s “Connor,” played by Lewis MacDougall) wakes up after midnight. He finds a wild, tree monster (played by Liam Neeson) outside his window that ends up helping him cope with his mom’s (played by Felicity Jones) terminal illness.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell
Movie Release: November 18
Seventy years before Harry Potter reads this book at Hogwarts, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) documents the world of magical creatures as he adventures through New York’s secret community of witches and wizards.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Allison Janney, Judi Dench
Movie Release: December 25
16-year-old Jacob (played by Asa Butterfield) journeys to a mysterious island where he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores this building’s interior, he soon realizes that the word “peculiar” may have been an understatement. He also uncovers a startling truth: that the orphanage’s former occupants may still be alive.
We’d be lying if we said that we weren’t excited for all of these adaptations. Now, the question is: which book are you most excited to see in movie form?

1 comment:

  1. Must re-read The Little Prince! A movie? Really!