Let’s face it, the most important people in many people’s lives tend to be their parents. Parents’ Day, then, is far from the horror of Parents’ Evening, and is actually a chance to say ‘thank you’, and to show how appreciative you are of the time, effort and love poured into your (assumable) successful upbringing and induction into normal society. Good work, parents.
a look at the artwork of PAUL CEZANNE
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend.|
|Synonyms:||scrooge, churl, niggard|
|Usage:||He had earned for himself the reputation of an awful skinflint, of a miser in the matter of living.|
Idiom of the Day
The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums.
Hiram Bingham III Locates Machu Picchu (1911)
Bingham was an American archaeologist who explored the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which he incorrectly identified as the "lost city" of Vilcabamba, bringing them to the attention of the outside world for the first time. Ironically, he was also the first modern explorer to reach Espiritu Pampa, found 60 mi (110 km) east of Machu Picchu, a site now widely recognized as the actual remains of Vilcabamba.
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900)
Zelda Sayre was an aspiring writer when she married F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. A glamorous and witty couple, they lived an extravagant life in New York City that F. Scott unsuccessfully attempted to support with his writing. They eventually moved to Europe, where they became part of a celebrated circle of American expatriates known as the Lost Generation. After 1930, Zelda was intermittently confined to sanatoriums for schizophrenia but still managed to publish short stories.
Manitoba Sunflower Festival
The Mennonites were members of an evangelical Protestant sect named forMenno Simons, a Dutch priest. A number of Russian Mennonites settled in Manitoba, Canada, where their heritage is still celebrated. Because the Mennonites were the first to extract the oil from sunflower plants, the city ofAltona honors its Mennonite heritage with an annual Sunflower Festival, offering a number of Mennonite foods such as veriniki, borscht, and rollkuchen. Activities include the Great Ping Pong Ball Drop, motorcross races, pancake breakfasts, and a huge farmers' market.
What Made the Right Eye of the 'Man in the Moon'?
Where did the "Man in the Moon" come from, that fabled face that stares down at us from the lunar surface? We may not have all the answers, but new research has at least shed some light on one of the eyes – his right one, to be exact.
1847 - Richard M. Hoe patented the rotary-type printing press.
1849 - Georgetown University in Washington, DC, presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to Professor Henry Dielman.
1938 - Artie Shaw recorded "Begin the Beguine."
1956 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their team. They ended the partnership a decade after it began on July 25, 1946.
1987 - Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.
CELEBRATE ... JULY 30
Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.
Soak in the Scenery
Photograph by Andrew Gemmell, National Geographic
The Li River in China offers a grand view of towering karst peaks—and a cool place to rest for a local farmer’s water buffalo. The animals' wide-splayed hooves prevent them from sinking too deeply in the riverbed.
Summer Elegance - Knitted DROPS skirt with lace pattern worked top down in ”Muskat”. Size: S - XXXL. - Free pattern by DROPS Design
pocket tissue holder
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... craft
Soak a dirty pot with a dryer sheet.
Put a dryer sheet in a dirty pot, fill with water, and let it sit overnight. The chemicals in the dryer sheets soften the bond between the cooked-on gunk and the pan.
Bridges to Cross . . .
If you wish to experience the breathtaking panoramas of the mountainous Ai-Petri region on the
southeastern coast of Crimea, you must first brave the wooden bridges that tower over vast ravines.
Stomach-jolting: You have to have nerves of steel to risk death or serious injury when
you take on one of the world's most dangerous trails — Mount Hua in China.
It features stomach-churning drops, vertical ascents, steep staircases and
narrow walkways . . . with only a small chain to cling onto.
One way of getting across the Hunza River in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan is by the
rickety Hussaini bridge, which consists of various pieces of wood strapped horizontally.
A long way to go: at 557 feet in length the Trift Bridge in Switzerland is the longest
pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Alps.
While the Titlis Cliff Walk in Switzerland hangs 9842 feet above sea level
and offers mountainous views — and sweaty palms — for those willing to travel across it.
Many travelers' biggest fears were realized when a tourist dropped a mug on a glass walkway
on the Yuntai Mountain in Henan Province, causing the floor to shatter.
The attraction opened in September and has now been closed for repairs.
Completed in 2004, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain in Malaysia
and hangs at about 328 feet above the ground.
The walkway can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time and
swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique look at the landscape.
There are three vine bridges in Shikoku — the smallest of Japan's four main islands —
which are constructed using slats of wood placed between 7 and 12 inches apart, and secured
in place with two single vines. Definitely not recommended for those who prefer solid ground.
Suspended above the massive and foreboding ravines in Daedunsan Provincial Park in South Korea,
the bridges and ladder-like walkways make for an adrenaline-filled experience for visitors.
While it may look like one of the more secure bridges in the collection,
the Millau Viaduct in France is so high it is often above the clouds.
In fact, at its highest point, the bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower!
Hold on tight: Visitors can journey through the jagged needle-like pinnacles of the
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park via wooden bridges with little support on each side.
You won't want to stumble while walking across the Devil's Bridge in Red Rock-Secret Mountain
Wilderness Area outside Sedona, Arizona. It has sheer drops either side of its arched structure.
If you want to experience the rocky St. Gervasio gorges in Piedmont, Italy,
one way is to go through it — via the tiny Tibetan bridge.
Don't look down: At 1,053 feet above ground, the Royal Gorge Suspension bridge in Colorado
is America's highest suspension bridge.
Spanning nearly a mile across the Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar, the U-Bein Bridge
is a rickety platform made of teakwood.
The bridge is held together on both sides with 1,086 pillars that come up out of the water,
and it looks like it could do with some extra support in many places.
If you are heavy footed, you may wish to find an alternative way across the rivers in Vietnam.
"Monkey Bridges" are made up of one large log for your feet, and another smaller one for your hands.
Originally the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland only had one handrail.
Thankfully today there are more robust safety features in place,
but it is still a scary experience for those who gaze down on the rocks below.
The Qeswachaka Bridge in Peru is an Inca rope bridge placed over canyons, gorges and rivers
and is a handwoven bridge made out of a local grass called Qoya.
Every year local villagers re-make the bridge — before it deteriorates through wear and use.
This viewing platform at the Aiguille Du Midi mountain in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
more than earns its place on the list with its terrifying 9,200 foot drop.