Friday, May 20, 2016

Endangered Species Day May 20, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day highlights the plight of many at-risk and critically endangered species of wild animals, and highlights ways in which we can alter our behavior in small ways on a daily basis in order to help to protect and save these creatures.

The pudú (or pudu) is the smallest species of deer

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A morally unprincipled person.
Usage:The prison was full of notorious reprobates.

Male greater sage-grouse 

Idiom of the Day

first impression

 — The initial, introductory evaluation upon meeting a person, encountering something, or experiencing a situation for the first time

rare red wolf pups


Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials WH had inspired the sonnets. 

Dolley Madison (1768)

Dolley Madison was the wife of US President James Madison, whom she married in 1794, after the death of her first husband. Noted for her magnificence as a hostess as well as for her charm, Dolley was an extremely popular first lady and was a great asset to Madison's political career. During the War of 1812, she saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington from the advancing British soldiers.

Exercise May Cut Risk of 13 Cancers, Study Suggests

Exercise may significantly reduce your risk for many types of cancer, including some of the most lethal forms of the disease, a large review suggests. 

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1830 - The fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde. 

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1873 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. 

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1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour. 

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1916 - Norman Rockwell’s first cover on "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared. 

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1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.

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1932Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat. 

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1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles. 

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1980 - The submarine Nautilus was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. 

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1982 - TV’s "Barney Miller" was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. 

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1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs. 

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1993 - The final episode of "Cheers" was aired on NBC-TV. 


If You Were Born Today, May 20 

You possess much strength of character, warmth, sensuality, and intuition. While grounded and steady overall, you have a flair for the dramatic. You are exceptionally self-aware, and spend your life learning, largely through intuition and observation. You are loving and kind, but seldom forget a slight. Famous people born today: Honore de Balzac, Cher, James Stewart, Dolly Madison.

Picture of the day
Richard's pipit
The Richard's pipit (Anthus richardi) is a medium-sized passerine bird which breeds in open grasslands in northern Asia. It is a long-distance migrant moving to open lowlands in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Named after the French naturalist Monsieur Richard of Lunéville, this bird belongs to the pipit genus Anthus in the family Motacillidae. It was formerly lumped together with the AustralasianAfricanmountain and paddy field pipits in a single species, though these pipits are now commonly considered to be separate species.

Picture of French Valley in Torres del Paine, Chile

Patagonian Paradise

Photograph by Roger Smith, National Geographic 
The renowned beauty of Chile’s Patagonia region is exemplified in this photo of French Valley in Torres del Paine National Park, submitted by Roger Smith. The valley is ringed by the soaring granite peaks of the 19-mile Cordillera del Paine and is located at the center point of the park’s popular W circuit hike.


thanks, helen







crochetCircle Slippers pattern by Erin Haberman



Slow Cooker Stir-Fry Lo Mein
Slow Cooker Stir-Fry Lo Mein



DIY Monstera Leaf Doormat

 iberian lynx 




Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

red-cockaded woodpecker,

thanks, sally. a real ad for a real changing colored toilet .. who knew?
The World's First Toilet Bowl Night Light! It sets to any single color or color-rotate (8 colors). It's the worlds coolest motion-activated night light.

monarch butterfly


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1 comment:

  1. Definitely some "critters" whose names I do not know!