Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) The highest point.|
|Synonyms:||acme, vertex, peak|
|Usage:||Though he was afraid of heights, he forced himself to climb to the roof's apex to fix the leak.|
|Considered one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature, Poe was a poet, short-story writer, and critic whose skillfully wrought tales and poems convey with passionate intensity the mysterious, dreamlike, and often macabre forces that pervaded his sensibility. He also pioneered the detective fiction genre with stories such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter."|
|On January 19th, members of the Russian Orthodox Church ritually bathe in a river or lake. The day marks the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, an event called the Epiphany, and Orthodox Catholics believe that bathing outside on that day washes away sin. As believers cut holes in the ice with chainsaws and plunge into the frigid water, priests chant prayers to bless the water. Altars and crosses made of ice and snow are sometimes constructed near the bathing site. Authorities advise against the practice, especially in the freezing temperatures of a Russian winter.|
|Two new mountain lion kittens born recently in the Santa Monica Mountains are attracting celebrity-like attention -- and speculation about who fathered them.|
1825 - Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett of New York City patented a canning process to preserve salmon, oysters and lobsters.
1883 - Thomas Edison's first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation in Roselle, NJ.
1907 - The first film reviews appeared in "Variety" magazine.
1915 - George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.
1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," gave birth to a baby boy.
2006 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched. The mission was the first to investigate Pluto.
2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.
If You Were Born Today, January 19
You have a fabulous sense of humor, your own unique sense of style, and powerful emotions. Success-oriented, when you are able to focus on specific goals it would be hard to steer you from the path towards them. You are personally powerful and have a strong presence or aura, and others tend to follow your lead. You can be very stubborn at times! You are also very hard working, caring, and kind to those you love. Although you don't easily let down your guard, once you do trust you are very protective. Famous people born today: Edgar Allen Poe, Paul Cezanne, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Robert Palmer.
Dancing on Ice
Photograph by Gheorghe Popa, National Geographic
Seeking out the aurora borealis can lead to some sleepless nights, as Gheorghe Popa can attest. Popa traveled to Iceland in October 2015—prime viewing time for the northern lights—and waited until he got the opportunity to make this image. “I really wanted to see the aurora borealis … After two nights without sleep, eventually I was lucky to take a photograph of Jökulsárlón lagoon and the aurora borealis,” Popa writes. “It was perfect. What could be nicer than pieces of ice seen in the northern lights?”
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... game
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A true artist doesn’t really need expensive tools and materials to produce something beautiful, and San Antonio artist Rob Ferrel is the perfect example. For months, he has been treating his Instagram followers with highly realist portraits that he creates using nothing but salt, a few brushes, and a piece of cardstock.
Ferrel begins by pouring salt on a table and then moves it around with brushes until recognizable features begin to emerge. He also uses cardstock for clean, sharp lines. Once the portrait is ready, he photographs it and posts it to Instagram, and then gathers up all the salt to make his next masterpiece.
"what is your name?" in Albanian (Albania, Yugoslavia) -
Si ju quajnë?
(on our walks, i swear that rosko looks like this as he adores the snow. since he is short, you don't see his paw prints but his belly prints leaving a path behind him wherever he goes! lol)
thanks, lyn and HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Tape before sewing!
thanks for this treasure trove, patty!