Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Int'l Women's Day March 8, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate International Women's Day

Mother, sisters, wives, girlfriends and fiancees…what would we ever do without them? Nobody can honestly say we don’t owe an enormous amount to the women in our lives, from the mothers who made us chicken soup when we were sick as children, to the sisters who helped us decide what to wear on our first date, to the wives who somehow manage to juggle both a career and a family, never missing a beat. Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect and value them. This holiday is perhaps especially important in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis and is meant to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles faced by these women. Women’s Day celebrates women’s history, highlighting key events, milestones and achievements, and aims to further promote and raise awareness of women’s rights and to achieve equal opportunity status in all walks of life.
It may come as a rather sad surprise that Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. Two years later, German socialist Luise Zietz proposed that the holiday become an annually observed one that would celebrate various women’s issues, such as suffrage, so as to promote equal rights for women. The first few Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are nowadays, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place in Europe. During these demonstrations, women demanded they finally be given both the right to vote and to hold public office. Employment sex discrimination was also an important issue. In 1917, the Women’s Day demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia, helped initiate the February Revolution, when women marched through the city demanding an end to World War I. This shocked even Leon Trotsky, who, much like other Russian leaders of the day, did not expect the Women’s Day protests to cause that much of a stir. Until 1977, Women’s Day was celebrated mainly in socialist countries. It was only after the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to proclaim March 8th International Women’s Day that the holiday gained worldwide popularity.
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Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) To belittle.
Usage:The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts

thanks for the 'happy' pics, heide

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

 — Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it.


André Michaux (1746)

Michaux was a French botanist who traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1785, the French government sent him to the US to spearhead the first organized investigation of North American plants that could be of use in France. His botanical journeys through the US lasted until 1796, and he recorded his studies in two books on North American botany—one of which is devoted to oaks.

International Women's Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women.

See the Happy Chaos at Astronauts' Landing Site

I know it's going to be a great adventure when I get the message from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, warning me about the hazards of being near a landing spacecraft.

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1618 - Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.
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1714 - Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, son of Johann Sebastian Bach, was born. 
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1855 - A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY
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1887 - The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
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1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S. 
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1910 - In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot's license. 
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1945 - Phyllis Mae Dailey received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II. 
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1959 - Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together.
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1968 - The Fillmore East opened in New York City. i saw lots of concerts there in the 60s.
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1993 - "Beavis and Butthead" premiered on MTV as a series. 

If You Were Born Today, March 8

You are hard working, responsible, and ambitious, and perhaps a perfectionist in the work you do, but also very personable. Your friends are especially important to you. Although you love companionship and make an amazing friend and partner, you do need time to recharge your emotional batteries, as you easily soak up the moods of those around you, which can be draining at times.Famous people born today: Freddie Prinze Jr., Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Kathy Ireland, Micky Dolenz, Boris Kodjoe.

Picture of the day
NAWSA check
A check from the National American Woman Suffrage Association, payable to Rachel Foster Avery, which was filled out by hand by the Association's treasurer Harriet Taylor Upton and countersigned by Susan B. Anthony as president and Alice Stone Blackwell as recording secretary.
NAWSA, formed on February 18, 1890, to work for women's suffrage in the United States, was formerly led by Anthony between 1892 and 1900. During her presidency, the small organization focused predominantly on women's rights at the state level—much to Anthony's chagrin. It also sent delegates to the World's Congress of Representative Women at the World's Columbian Exposition.

Picture of a person checking red fishing net for damage in Vietnam

Make and Mend

Photograph by Phạm Tỵ, National Geographic 
In the Mekong Delta town of My Tho, Vietnam, a flowing expanse of fishing net is carefully checked for damage. This image offers a glimpse into the daily routine of area fishermen, says the photographer, Phạm Tỵ. “After a long trip at sea, they have to check and mend the damaged nets … It sometimes takes a half day to finish their work. Therefore, the fishermen … mend the nets as fast as possible for the next trip to sea.”
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good for someone who uses a cane?




crochet, ST. PATRICK'S DAY



** Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna with Alfredo



Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose. - Wilfred Owen


While shooting “Star Wars” in the Pacific Northwest, bodyguards protected Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew from bigfoot hunters. --------------------- Lincoln Logs were invented by the son of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. --------------------- India produces over 1,000 varieties of mangoes!

"what is your name?" in Binukid (Philippines) - Inu sa ngaran nu?



whether knitting, ploughing or cuddling baby farm animals, thanks for sharing, sally

1 comment:

  1. Echoes of "Make Way for Ducklings" :) I will be mending those nets in my dreams tonight!