Saturday, May 28, 2016

Amnesty Int'l Day May 28, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Amnesty International Day

Amnesty International is probably the most well-known human rights group in the world. The international organisation was founded in 1961 by a British lawyer and works on a number of human rights causes including ending the death penalty, ensuring free trials and for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. These are people imprisoned for non-legal reasons, such as their religion or ethnicity. At Christmas, Amnesty International organizes a greetings card campaign, where supporters send Christmas cards to political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, to remind them that they are not forgotten.

Amnesty International Day is a chance to do your bit by attending a local meeting, making a donation, signing a petition or writing a letter of hope to a prisoner of conscience. Even better, do all of the above!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.
Usage:You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility.

Idiom of the Day

gentleman's agreement

 — A legally non-binding arrangement that is guaranteed only by a verbal or mutually understood agreement by the parties involved.


The Last Supper Back on Display after Two-Decade Restoration (1999)

By the 1970s, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural masterpiece, The Last Supper, was badly deteriorated. Italian officials then undertook a major restoration project to permanently stabilize the painting and reverse the damage. The painting's original form was determined using original sketches and scientific tests, including infrared reflectoscopy and microscopic core-samples. The restoration took 21 years, and the painting was put back on display in 1999. 

Thomas Moore (1779)

Moore was an Irish poet who achieved prominence in his day not only for his poetry but also for his love of Ireland and personal charm. He is remembered today for Irish Melodies, a group of lyrics published between 1808 and 1834 and set to music by Sir John Stevenson and others. Moore was friends with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, and his biography of Byron is among his best prose works. Byron left Moore his memoirs, but Moore later destroyed them.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

When news of the British Boston Port Act reached Chestertown, Maryland, a group of local residents boarded the brigantine Geddes and dumped the tea in the Chester River. Every year during the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, the rebellion is reenacted. The crowd winds its way down High Street to the river, where the "colonists" board a ship and throw its cargo of tea into the river. Other festival events include a colonial parade, exhibits and demonstrations of 18th-century American crafts, clog dancing, horse-and-carriage rides, and tall ship cruises

Fossil Gives Clues to Extinction 250 Million Years Ago

A newly-classified fossil gives clues to how life in the oceans recovered from a mass extinction about 250 million years ago. The reptile is an early relative of the ichthyosaurs - a large group of marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs. 

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1863 - The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War
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1892 - The Sierra club was organized in San Francisco, CA
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1929 - Warner Brothers debuted "On With The Show" in New York City. It was the first all-color-talking picture. 
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1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. 
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1937U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. 
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1957 - National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco. 
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1998 - Dr. Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 
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2015 - The Observatory at One World Trade Center officially opened. 
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If You Were Born Today, May 28 
You are a determined, independent, and possibly quite stubborn person. You possess common sense and great wit, and you come across in a straightforward way. As practical and logical as you can be, you are also very intuitive and attuned to the world of beauty and creativity. A strong desire to achieve security drives you. Famous people born today: Ian Fleming, Kylie Minogue, Gladys Knight, Rudolph Giuliani.

Picture of the day
Buff-banded rail
The buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively colored, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region. A largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, it feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse.

Picture of lightning striking Uluru in Australia

A Striking View

Photograph by Christoph Schaarschmidt, National Geographic 
Streaking from a sky as red as the earth, lightning strikes the famous dome-shaped, sandstone monolith Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia. “I had heard a lot about how beautiful Uluru should look when it rains,” writes Christoph Schaarschmidt, who captured this image. “But I never believed that I would see it with my own eyes because the Red Centre of Australia is a very arid area.”



Tangier Side to Side Shrug



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Key West Circle Top

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Quiet Moments Rug







QUOTEIn any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it. - John Archibald Wheeler

The only time MLB pitcher Bob Feller’s mother came to see him play in his 18-year career, she was hit in the head by a foul ball—that he threw! -------------------- There is an underwater cypress tree forest off the coast of Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico! -------------------- Lucy Pearce of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England has such sensitive skin that she can use her finger to “write” on her arm!

Awesome Eggshell Seedling Pots Idea!Awesome Eggshell Seedling Pots Idea
Here is another awesome and even more portable and lightweight seedling pot that will help you make the best of your seeds – all you have to do is to empty several eggs and to use the eggshells as the pots. While in the case of the citrus pots, the citrus peel helps regulating the acidity levels in the soil, the eggshell seedling pots will enrich the soil with high quality calcium, magnesium and other nutrients that are essential for the seedlings to thrive and grow. The stronger the root system of your seedling, the more likely the plant is to survive transporting it to the garden – that is the “real life test” that many gardeners are very afraid of.

Did You Know?

1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you.  Wear nice shoes.
2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance you'll die within the next 3 years.
3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you.  There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime.
4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
6. If a part of your body "falls asleep", You can almost always "wake it up" by shaking your head.
7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing, food, attractive people and danger.
8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor.
10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia.
16. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins. to boil 1.5 liters of water!!
18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell !!
19. Stomach acid (conc. HCL) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God's guidance for your purpose, today.
23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
26. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
28. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything.
30. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
31. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
32. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
33. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:
'In five years, will this matter?'
36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a 'Giver' not a 'Taker'.
37. What other people think of you is none of your business.
38. Time heals everything.
39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
40. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will.  Stay in touch.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

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