Sunday, August 21, 2016

Poet's Day August 21, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Poet's Day

Poetry … We hear the term bandied about all the time, and there isn’t a one of us that avoided writing some in our younger days. Whether that poetry was written by the dictate of our instructors in school, or driven by hormone fueled teenage angst, there was a portfolio of our work available to embarrass or edify us. But the question has to be asked, what is poetry really? There seems to be so many varieties of it, and in a world containing hundreds of countries and thousands of cultures, it’s the one thing that is nearly universal. So what is poetry, let’s take a look shall we?
At it’s most base description, Poetry is a form of writing that uses the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of a language, combined with simile and metaphor, to bring out meanings deeper than the mere definition of the words. The history of poetry is lengthy, traceable in written form as far back as the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, and has been used as a memetic method of passing down stories and mythologies throughout cultures for countless ages before that. The question of “What is Poetry?” has been a question that has vexed philosophers for time out of mind, with Aristotle writing a book aptly namedPoetics, trying to define it. However he was only able to address a small portion of what poetry is, and how it is used in rhetoric, song, drama, and comedy.
One of the greatest poets of all time heralded from England, along the Avon river in the aptly named Stratford-upon-Avon in south Warwickshire, England. This, of course, was the man who was to come to be known as ‘The Bard’, William Shakespeare. His body of work is the foundation for the study of poetry in college’s throughout the world, and is considered to be the absolute pinnacle of the art by many. Such was the love of ‘The Bard’s works, that during the time of the Victorian’s, the term ‘Bardolotry’ was used to describe their love of his works. Perhaps the most important lesson to take from the Bards rise to prominence in the world of Poetry and literature lay in the time it took for his works to become legend. It wasn’t until the 19th Century, hundreds of years after his death, that Shakespeare became the legend we know today.
Poet’s Day is dedicated to the long history of poetry in the world, and most especially to those who fill our world with the passion and wonder that flows from the tip of their pens. Each form of poetry is unique to the author, as poetry is inevitably born from their feelings and personal experiences, and those experiences are not replicated even in another sharing them. If you’ve ever written poetry in your life, and we all know you have, on Poet’s Day it’s time to pick up that pen again and let your inner self spill upon the page like blood upon a dance floor.
Take up the pen, and write what’s in your heart today! Whether you are describing a sunny morning in a garden, the tumultuous rumble of people on a city street, or the final struggling moments of a dying robin in the lawn, bring the world through your eyes to the page. The best celebration of Poet’s Day is to compose works of poetic art, and compile them for submission to one of the hundreds of amateur poetry publication in the world today, who knows, a hundred years from now you may be considered one of the greats!

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A cheap, noisy bar or dance hall.
Usage:The missionaries went to the honky-tonk on a Saturday night hoping to save souls, but they were not very successful.

Idiom of the Day

the gray dollar

 — The economic purchasing power of elderly people as a group. Primarily heard in US.


Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

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In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre and was believed to be lost forever. Two years later, former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia was caught trying to sell the masterpiece to a gallery owner in his native Italy. It turned out that Peruggia had stolen the painting by hiding in a closet, waiting until the museum had closed, taking it down, and simply walking out with it hidden under his coat.

Christopher Robin Milne (1920)

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Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A.A. Milne. When Christopher was a young child, his father wrote poetry for him, which grew into the collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Later, Christopher and his toy animals were incorporated into stories about the adventures of the now-classic characters Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh

Crow Fair

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The Crow Fair is one of the biggest powwows in the US, held since 1918 at Crow Agency, Montana, about 65 miles southeast of Billings. The fair is hosted by the Crow tribe but attracts thousands of other Native Americans, who set up more than 1,000 tepees on the camp grounds. Dancing at the fair includes not only traditional Plains Indian dances but also the Crow Hop, which is similar to a war dance and is unique to the Crows. There are also rodeos with cash prizes, horse races, art exhibits, and demonstrations of such crafts as pipe carving and jewelry designing.

If You Dump Your Pet Goldfish into a Lake, It Will Grow into an Enormous Pest

Consider this your annual reminder: Don't dump your pet goldfish into a lake. Invasive species are, generally speaking, not so great. 

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1841 - A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.

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1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY

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1888 - The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs. 

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1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. 

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1984 - Victoria Roche, a reserve outfielder, became the first girl to ever compete in a Little League World Series game.

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1984 - Clint Eastwood was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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1997 - Cicely Tyson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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1998 - Wesley Snipes received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


If You Were Born Today, August 21
You have a strong desire to make a difference in life - to carve your own identity and style and to be recognized for these things. You seem to know a little about everything, and your assessment of any given situation is quick and usually accurate. Your mind is sharp, and you are an independent and highly creative thinker. Although different, your ideas are accepted by others overall, as people sense your sincerity. Somewhat rebellious, you don't readily accept labels or restrictions by authority. One of your most valuable traits is your versatility. You bounce back from setbacks, and you learn from them. You may be attracted to people who have an aura of mystery around them, and who tend to have problems to solve. You seek a powerful and even dramatic connection to a partner. Famous people born today: Kenny Rogers, Wilt Chamberlain, Kim Cattrall, Alicia Witt, Hayden Panettiere, Carrie-Anne Moss, Patty McCormack.

Pictures of the day

Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe

Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe is a large oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet created in 1862 and 1863. It depicts a female nude and a scantily dressed female bather on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. Rejected by the Salon jury of 1863, Manet seized the opportunity to exhibit this and two other paintings in the 1863 Salon des Refusés, where the painting sparked public notoriety and controversy. The piece is now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Picture of the Day: Pasta Tossed Inside a Cheese Wheel
Just a serving of pasta being tossed inside a wheel of Pecorino Romano cheese









Chain Link Block pattern by Funny dieBarbarin



Eggplant Parmesan



coloring-adult-grant-wood-american-gothic, From the gallery : Art
american gothic

Create simple, elegant centerpieces

String, adhesive, and a balloon are all you need to make these chic centerpieces for your next dinner party.

Canvas Tape Painting


All grand thoughts come from the heart. - Luc de Clapiers

The term “meme” was coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. --------------------- The Watermelon Statue in Lincoln, Illinois, commemorates the day in 1853 that Abraham Lincoln—while eating a watermelon—agreed to let the town bear his name. --------------------- Monique the chicken sails the world with her owner, Guirec Soudee, and in 2014, they began a transatlantic journey! --------------------- A monkey caused a nationwide blackout in Kenya on June 7, 2016.

Ice cubes are boring – make your cooler and far more colorful with balloons instead.


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