Saturday, October 1, 2016

Senior Citizens Day October 1, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Senior Citizens Day

With people living and working longer, it’s increasingly important that we recognise the importance of supporting senior citizens and OAPs within our society. Senior Citizens Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the long-term contribution and dedication of older people, and to ensure that we’re doing our best to give something back to older people.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A gas burner used in laboratories; has an air valve to regulate the mixture of gas and air.
Usage:I accidentally singed my eyebrows while lighting my bunsen in chemistry class.

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Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

 — To have a very quick look or brief examination.

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Stanford University Officially Opens (1891)

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California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15.

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (1935)

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Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such asThe Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. 

Time to Change the Ink in the Bone Printer

Artificial bone seemed to be a settled issue in academia; there was a sense that nothing was left to be invented. But then Northwestern University materials scientists began talking to surgeons.

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1885 - Special delivery mail service began in the United States. The first routes were in West Virginia

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1903 - The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

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1908 - The Model T automobile was introduced by Henry Ford. The purchase price of the car was $850. 

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1933 - Babe Ruth made his final pitching appearance. He pitched all nine innings and hit a home run in the 5th inning. 

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1940 - The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States. 

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1952 - "This is Your Life" began airing on NBC-TV. 

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1959 - The first episode of Rod Sterling's "Twlight Zone"

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1962 - Johnny Carson began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. He stayed with the show for 29 years. Jack Paar was the previous host. 

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1964 - The Free Speech Movement was started at the University of California at Berkeley. 

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1971 - Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FL

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1980 - Robert Redford became the first male to appear alone on the cover of "Ladies' Home Journal." He was the only male to achieve this in 97 years. 


If You Were Born Today, October 1
You are a success-oriented, charming, and personally powerful individual. You are at your best when you are in control, your own boss, or working on your own. However, you get along with others and have the necessary "people skills" to do so, although occasionally your impatience comes through! You are proud and not always willing to ask for help. You are willing to work hard for what you want, and you generally appear to be confident. You have a good head for business, and you are also quick to respond to changes. Famous people born today: Annie Besant, Walter Matthau, Jimmy Carter, Julie Andrews, Mark McGwire, Vladimir Horowitz.


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Reading Fall Festival of the Arts

Sep 16 - Oct 16, 2016 | Reading, PA

About This Festival

God bestowed a particular gift within all of us, and it’s your job to ensure you utilize yours. As the most colorful season of the year, this fall festival brings church members and the community together to celebrate artistic expression. Tons of original art will grace the scene to add to the already-dazzling work of the autumn equinox.

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MOJA Arts Festival

Sep 29 - Oct 9, 2016 | Charleston, SC

About This Festival

African Americans and people of Caribbean heritage have made tremendous contributions to the arts, from literature and music, to dance and theater. The MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, celebrates those contributions. The event offers a profusion of Caribbean and African American culture. It features live music, poetry, crafts, food, visual arts and more.

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Nantucket Arts Festival

Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2016 | Nantucket, MA

About This Festival

Nantucket Arts Festival is a civic festival that takes place at Multiple Locations in Nantucket.

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Pictures of the day

Khao Phing Kan

The islet of Ko Tapu stands in front of Khao Phing Kan, an island in Phang Nga Bay, northeast of Phuket in Thailand. The islands are limestone tower karsts and part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when they were featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, the islands have been popularly called James Bond Island.

Picture of the Day: Kayaking in Nordegg, Canada
Decent view and the water’s kind of blue! ;-)

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SWEETS, crockpot 

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CRAFTS ... Halloween

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CHILDREN'S CORNER  ... Halloween

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In the 1930s, street sweeper Joseph Figlock had a baby fall on hum from a window while working—twice! Both children survived thanks to Figlock breaking their fall! -------------------- A restaurant in the British theme park Alton Towers delivers your meal by rollercoaster! -------------------- Mary and Ivor Waite from the West midlands, England, are still using a German-made 1925 vintage Piccolo vacuum cleaner that also paints, grinds coffee, minces meat, and has never broken down.

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thanks, elaine
How to Grill Cauliflower

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19 of the World's Most Colorful Birds


There are estimated to be 10,000 species of birds in the world and nature has blessed some with the most incredible, colorful plumage. From bright blues to radiant reds and gorgeous greens, it is hard to believe that these birds are real and not the invention of a fine painter. So enjoy our photos of the most beautiful birds in the world and don't forget to leave us a Facebook comment telling us which is your favorite.

1. Red-necked Tanager 
2. Spangled Cotinga 

This bird's unique plumage has made it a target for hunters in the Amazon Rainforest. They do not sing but are known to make a whistling noise from their wings when they fly.
3. Mandarin Duck 

This duck species is immediately recognizable for its incredible combination of dazzling colors.  Only the males display the colorful feathers, the females are predominantly brown with a white eye ring.
4. Toucan 

Unmistakably thanks to its large, curved bill, there are over 40 species of toucan, and most of them are brightly colored.  They largely eat fruit but will eat some small lizards and insects as well.
5. Blue-crowned Pigeon 

Far from your average pigeon, this bird can grow to the size of a turkey and boasts spectacular blue feathers. 

6. Lady Gouldian Finch

A spectacular sight with its colorful blocks of stripes, this bird is also known as the 'Rainbow Finch' and lives in northwestern Australia.  They are subject to a conservation project as only 2500 are believe to exist in the wild.
7. Kingfisher

A familiar sight to many of us, the Kingfisher is a hugely popular subject for photographers. They have a widespread distribution and can be found throughout most of the world.
8. Red-bearded Bee Eater 

Like all species of Bee Eater, this is a spectacularly-colored bird. Despite the name, they are not completely fussy about their diet and will eat wasps, hornets and other large insects as well.
9. Paradise Tanager

A multi-colored songbird indigenous to the Amazon Basin.  They tend to reside in groups, with flocks of up to 20 moving together to feed.
10. Lilac-breasted Roller 

One of the most beautiful birds in the world. They inhabit open woodland or scrubland across Sub-Saharan Africa and are the designated national bird of both Kenya and Botswana.
11. Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Not only does this bird have a brilliant, rhyming name, but it also boasts spectacular orange plumage framing bizarre beady eyes. Only the males have bright feathers and the distinctive head crest.
12. Scarlet Macaw

The most famous member of the parrot family is known for both its spectacular, predominantly red and blue plumage, and also its familiar loud squawk.
13. Purple Gallinule 

This bird is found in the marshes and swamps of the Southern Eastern States in the U.S. Displaying an iridescent indigo and violet feathering, they are omnivores and feed on a wide variety of plants, insects and fish.
14. Splendid Fairy Wren 

This brilliant blue bird is found across much of the Australasian continent. The males are electric blue and pluck petals to display to brown females as part of their mating ritual.
15. Yellow-collared Lovebird 

Predominantly green and yellow, these lovebirds are small for a member of the parrot family, standing only 14.5cm (5.7 inches) tall when fully grown.
16. Violet-crowned Woodnymph

An undeniably cute bird - not only for its shimmering purple and green colors, which almost look metallic, but also for its tiny size - they are just 10cm (4 inches) long when fully grown.
17. Northern Cardinal 

A beautiful, red bird found in Canada, Mexico and the USA.  It has a distinctive red crest that resembles a Mohican and is found in woodlands and swamps.

18. Curl-crested Aracari 

This member of the Toucan family gets its name from the distinctive feathers on its head, which look a lot like curled up ribbons.
19. Turquoise-browed Motmot

1 comment:

  1. Such beautiful birds surely brightened a rainy gray day!