Saturday, January 23, 2016

Handwriting Day JANUARY 23, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ...  Celebrate Handwriting Day

When the hand-written letter, note or document is fast becoming a thing of the past, the art of elegant (or even legible) handwriting may well be under threat. Handwriting Day encourages you put pen to paper, and to practice your handwriting. (my mother was born in belgium. she had a natural calligraphic handwriting. everyone asked her to do wedding envelopes for them, etc. one day i saw her signature as a squiggle. i took her to the doctor upon seeing it. in fact, it did show she needed serious treatment. handwriting is also a great celebration to me .. along with hugging and the thesaurus!)

thanks for the animal pics today, ellen
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Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
Usage:The King abdicated the throne when he married a divorcee.

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Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l'herbeThe Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia.

Wakakusayama Yaki

This event, held near the Japanese city of Nara, is one of the ancient capital's most thrilling spectacles. It takes place on Mt. Wakakusafireworks are ignited, and at six o'clock in the evening, priests from the temples of Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji set fire to the dry grass on the slopes. The whole mountain turns into a flaming beacon that lights up the night sky and can be seen for miles. The festival commemorates the historic burning of the hill 10 centuries ago during a friendly disagreement about the boundaries of the two major temples and a shrine in Nara

How Geckos Might Prove There's No Such Thing as Spiderman

Sorry Spiderman fans, but scientists may have disproved his signature move. Humans are too big and have too small feet to climb a wall like a spider, according to a new study.

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1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 

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1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.

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1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President. 

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1943 - Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time. 

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1971 - In Prospect Creek Camp, AK, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as minus 80 degrees

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1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel. 

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1978 - Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment. They were the first country to do so. 

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1986 - The first annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held in New York City.

1989 - Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84. 


If You Were Born Today, January 23

You are a practical idealist. While you have a strong need for security, you need to mix up your routines frequently or else you easily feel antsy. You are excellent at organizing, but others may not understand your system! Managing money is a skill. You are very resourceful and versatile, and a strong individualist. Following through on all of your ideas is something you have trouble doing, and you eventually learn that focusing on a few brings you more success. Famous people born today: Jeanne Moreau, Princess Caroline of Monaco, John Hancock.

Picture of the day
Stereographic projection
stereographic projection of the world north of 30°S. The stereographic projection is a function that projects a sphere onto a plane. The projection is defined on the entire sphere, except at the projection point, in this case the South Pole. This mapping is conformal, meaning that it preserves angles. The stereographic is the only projection that maps all small circles such as craters to circles.

Picture of a white weasel in the snow in Montana

Flash of White

Photograph by Cindy Herzog, National Geographic 
A blurry flash caught Cindy Herzog’s eye as she and her husband drove along Montana’s Ennis Lake. “I had to investigate,” she writes. That flash turned out to be a white short-tailed weasel, also known as a stoat, identifiable by its black-tipped tail. “I realized what I was looking at so I started to whistle,” says Herzog. “The weasel darted in and out, over and under the log, stopping only for a few seconds to listen.”

thanks, helen


Solina (English) pattern by Satu Ruokamo
This is English version of Solina pattern, first published in Finnish online knitting magazine Ulla (
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knit, 1 - 8 yrs
Bobinsky pattern by Kayla Dyches
Top down, yoke neck tee for children.
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Eli-Duett pattern by Sue Berg
Achtung: Falsches Symbol in R. 15
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Dino Baby Booties pattern by Anna Meier
The pattern is designed with a bit of positive ease around the foot to fit on rompers, but the booties is not as big as the baby shoes may be.
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There once was a man and a woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They talked about everything. They kept no secrets from each other... except that the old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she cautioned her husband never to open it or ask her about it.

For all these years he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would never recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it he found 2 beautifully crocheted doilies and a stack of money totaling over $25,000. He asked her about the unusual contents.

"When we were married," she said, " my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doily."

The little old man was so moved, he had to fight back tears. Only two precious doilies were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with joy and happiness.

"Sweetheart," he said... "that explains the doilies, but what about all this money? Where did it all come from?"

Oh," she said, " that's the money I made from selling the doilies."


Bowtie Pi pattern by Cheri McEwen
This is a semi-circle shawl designed on Pi recipe by Elizabeth Zimmerman. It works well in a solid or self-striping yarn. The pattern is a three row repeat tha...
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something pretty - the pattern
about this pattern: i found this pretty picture on pinterest and was totally smitten. after a lot of googling and searching i wasn't able to find the pattern, so de...
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Square on Square Table Runner
Our designer has chosen colors with an Asian influence. But this table runner will look just as beautiful in other shades that fit the season and mood of any table setting.
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Be My Valentine Throw

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

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Wrap some yarn or twine around a jar, paint it, and peel the yarn away once it’s dry: you’ll be left with a gorgeous luminary for tea lights or candles.
  Yarn-Wrapped Jars

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School Traffic Corner Find the Mistakes

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Spanish Hairdresser Cuts Hair with Samurai Swords and a Blowtorch

By Sumitra 
We’ve seen hairdressers use unusual tools like samurai swordshot metal tongs, and claws to cut hair before, but here’s one that uses all three together!
There’s a reason why Alberto Olmedo is being hailed as a real-life Edward Scissorhands. The genius hairdresser wields swords, a mini blowtorch, and a pair of ‘finger scissors’ to cut his clients’ hair at his salon in Madrid. He claims that his use of these “medieval” tools ensures that all his cuts are mathematically precise from every angle.  
“Hairdressers usually cut one side, and then the other, and one side is always a bit different from the other, even if it’s only a little bit,” he said. “The only way to do it in an exact mathematical way is to cut both sides simultaneously.”

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"what is your name?" in Amuesha (Peru) - Eso'tña peso'cheñ?

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Snow Shovel Shoes

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