Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Garlic Day April 19, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Garlic Day

For one day only, put aside your concerns about bad breath and indulge in twenty-four hours of delicious, garlicky goodness – it is Garlic Day, a day to recognise this pungent little clove. The origins of this obscure holiday might not be entirely clear, but its purpose is obvious: take to the kitchen and celebrate the many uses of garlic by cooking up a feast of festivity!
Try your hand at whipping up a much loved classic – perhaps toasty garlic bread, or tender roasted garlic – or get creative and go for a more outlandish recipe (garlic-infused ice cream anyone?). True fans will also relish the opportunity to promote garlic’s health benefits, as this wonderful bulb has been proven to aid the management of high blood pressure and cholesterol. So what are you waiting for – why not join in the celebrations and pop a clove or two into your meal today?

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds.
Usage:The clamorous shivaree stood in stark contrast to the refined, reserved marital ceremony it followed.

Idiom of the Day

like death warmed up

 — In a state or appearance of extreme ill health. (Often preceded by "look" or "feel.")


David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. 

Mahavira Jayanti

A major Jain festival in India, Mahavira Jayanti is dedicated to Vardhamana (6th century BCE), who came to be known as Mahavira, meaning "great hero," of the Jains. The festival celebrates his birthday and is marked with prayers, fasting, and recitations. The holiday is observed with special fanfare by eastern Indians at Pawapuri in the state of Bihar, where Mahavira was born. Another large celebration is held at the Parasnatha temple in Calcutta. Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, is regarded by Jains as the 24th and last in a series of Tirthankaras, or enlightened teachers.

Study with Mice May Lead to Treatment for Stuttering

Although stuttering has baffled scientists for centuries, researchers think they've pinned the primary cause down to a genetic mutation, which they say could eventually lead to a treatment for the condition. 

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1770 - Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks. 

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1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA. 

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1892 - The Duryea gasoline buggy was introduced in the U.S. by Charles and Frank Duryea. 

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1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S. 

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1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days. 

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1958 - The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers played the first major league baseball game on the West Coast.

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1960 - Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs. 

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1967 Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S. 

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1977 - Alex Haley received a special Pulitzer Prize for his book "Roots." 

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1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.

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1982 - NASA named Guion S. Bluford Jr. as the first African-American astronaut. 

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1987 - The last California condor known to be in the wild was captured and placed in a breeding program at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. 


If You Were Born Today, April 19

You have a dual personality - you can be tough and determined, but also sensitive and obliging, and you can draw upon either when suitable. You are unlikely to be financial wanting for very long. Perceptive and bright, you quickly size up a situation and are particularly intuitive when it comes to others' motivations. Famous people born today: Kate Hudson, Dudley Moore, Ashley Judd, Tim Curry, Hayden Christensen, Jayne Mansfield.

Picture of the day
Mandarin duck
The mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) is a perching duck species endemic to East Asia but since introduced to Europe and the United States. It is medium-sized, at 41–49 cm (16–19 in) long with a 65–75 cm (26–30 in) wingspan. The species mainly eats plants and seeds, especially beechmast. It will also add snails, insects and small fish to its diet.
This specimen was photographed in Richmond Park, London.

Picture of a person on a beach in Lofoten Islands, Norway

Waiting for What's Next

Photograph by Ana Beatriz Ribeiro, National Geographic 
Looking like a world unto itself, this moonlit landscape of snow-covered peaks looming over a village in the Lofoten Islands seems to beckon to Ana Beatriz Ribeiro, who submitted this image. She calls this photograph “Disquietude,” reflecting a desire “to see the world, get free of patterns, accept differences, and prefer the uncertainty of a loose life [rather] than the predictability of an ordinary life.”


55 Shells pattern by Frankie Brown
Inspired by a Victorian pattern, the shells that make up this triangular shawl are worked in ripples of stocking stitch. The pattern is easy to memorize and t...
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Cheesy Enchilada Stack





Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. - Anne Frank

Beast buds! Rejected by his herd, Ellie the elephant has formed a new bond at South Africa’s Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage with Duma—a German shepherd! -------------------- Lynea Lattanzio of Parlier, California has lived with over 28,000 cats in the past 24 years! -------------------- Many Native American tribes recognize as many as four genders.


Easy Tassel

Here is an easy way to make a tassel using embroidery floss. Unfortunately I cant take credit for this idea - I was watching a craft show on my local PBS channel and they showed how to make this. I thought it was a clever idea - and with all the beautiful colors of embroidery floss, you can make an array of tassels!

Remove wrapper from embroidery
floss and separate.

Cut in half.

Take one strand from bunch
and tie a knot in center. Make
one end slightly longer.

Take the longer strand and
wrap around top 2 times -
thread the longer strand
through a needle and bring
through top - secure with a

You have a tassel!!

thanks, helen
BIG CHEEKS: This is just too special to miss!  A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as the "Back of Town." His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother.

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karnofsky album, int'l worker's day parade, may 1, 1909, nyc

Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans. His first gains were coins that were thrown to them.

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morris kamofsky who advanced the money for satchmo's first instrument
A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who had emigrated from Lithuania to the USA, had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home, initially giving 'work' in the house, to feed this hungry child. There he remained and slept in this Jewish family's home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness. When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian Lullaby that he would sing with her. 

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with his first trumpet instructor, peter davis
Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs.  Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family. The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument; as was the custom in the Jewish families.  They sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositionssuch as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses. The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a star of David and said that in this family, he had learned "how to live real life and determination."

with marlene dietrich 

You might recognize his name. This little boy was called: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.  Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish!  And "Satchmo" is Yiddish for "Big Cheeks!!!" And I bet you did not know any of this.


1 comment:

  1. Love those raining hearts...although getting hit on the head by the pointy ends can be an ouch! moment.