Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Authors' Day November 1, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Authors' Day

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams. “ – H.P. Lovecraft
If you’ve known the pains of raising ‘Little Women’, or have ridden on a raft with ol’ Huck Finn, if you’ve read all the horrors of Stephen King and lost yourself with ‘things to terrible to describe’ with Lovecraft, you’ve enjoyed the classics that American Authors can spin. Authors’ Day commemorates all the wonders that have been spun into the world by the pen of these creative souls, but especially those works of the American Author.
It was 1928, and the Illinois Women’s Club was meeting yet again to enjoy the writings of some of their favorite authors. Nellie Verne Burt McPherson decided to bring up the idea of having a day dedicated to American Authors and brought it up among her fellow club members. Nellie had spent her life as a teacher and an avid lover of literature, and one day had written a letter to Irving’s Bacheller while she was recovering in a hospital in WWI. She had thoroughly enjoyed Irving’s story “Eben Holden’s Last Day A’ Fishin”, and was overjoyed to receive an autographed copy of another story he had written.
So touched by this show of appreciation by her favorite author that she determined that the only way she could properly show her appreciation was by setting aside a day to honor all American Authors, and to do so she submitted her suggestion to the General Federation of Women’s Club. Her idea did not go unheeded, and 20 years later, in 1949, the United States Department of Commerce made it an official holiday, Authors’ Day, and it’s been celebrated every year ever since.
There are two ways to start your Authors’ Day celebration, either by picking up an American favorite or finding one you haven’t read yet and finally cracking it open. You can go to your local library and discuss the possibilities with the people there, no one knows American Authors like your local librarian. With titles like “The Scarlet Letter”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, and “The Great Gatsby” to choose from, how could you possible go wrong? Don’t have time to take in a book? American literature struck the world so hard that many of them have been turned into cinema, with one such classic being “Gone With The Wind” make Authors’ Day your day to feed another great book into your mind.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A steep bowl-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream.
Usage:We followed the stream up the incline until we reached the cirque that was its source.

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Idiom of the Day

have the courage of (one's) convictions

 — To have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution

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Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887)

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Lowry was an English painter noted for his bleak northern industrial scenes, often featuring primitive figures that he called "matchstick men." He also appears to hold the record for the most honors declined. He twice declined appointment to the Order of the British Empire—as an officer in 1955 and as a commander in 1961—and turned down a knighthood in 1968 and appointments to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1972 and 1976. 


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This ancient Celtic harvest festival was celebrated at the beginning of winter. According to Celtic folklore, this was the day when the souls of the dead and other supernatural entities gathered and would have access to the human realm—thus giving rise to the fears about ghosts and goblins that we now associate with Halloween, or Samhain Eve.

Researchers Have Found the First Fossilized Dinosaur Brain

Dinosaur fossils aren't always the mineralized remnants of bones. Every now and then, you get an impression of a footprint, or the trace outlines of a feathered arm or "wing." 
dino brain

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1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public. 

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1800 - U.S. President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House when he moved in. 

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1848 - The first medical school for women, founded by Samuel Gregory, opened in Boston, MA. The Boston Female Medical School later merged with Boston University School of Medicine. 

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1870 - The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations using 24 locations that provided reports via telegraph. 

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1940 - "One Night in the Tropics" was released. It was the first movie for Abbott and Costello. 

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1959 - Jacques Plante, of the Montreal Canadiens, became the first goalie in the NHL to wear a mask.

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1968 - George Harrison released the soundtrack "Wonderwall." He was the first Beatle to release a solo album. 

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1994 - The Amazon.com domain name was registered. 

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1998 - Iridium inaugurated the first handheld, global satellite phone and paging system.

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If You Were Born Today, November 1
You certainly follow your own instincts, and you possess a very strong will and distinct character. You have progressive and sometimes unusual ideas and convictions. Your wit is sharp and you have a strong sense of irony. Your personal style is distinct and magnetic, and you could talk a bird out of a tree if you put your mind to it! You are a family person who takes responsibility to loved ones very seriously, and you are a passionate lover. Famous people born today: Lyle Lovett, Stephen Crane, Cheiro, Demi Moore, Larry Flynt, Toni Collette, Logan Marshall-Green.


Nov 2 - 5, 2016

Lone Tree, Colorado

 featuring the region’s finest artisans in the unequaled elegance of Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel.

Admission $3

Nov 4 - 5, 8:30am - 2 pm
Willowbrook Church, 19390 N 99th Ave, Sun City, AZ

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This is an excellent opportunity for you to get your Christmas shopping done early so the gifts can be mailed to your loved ones before the Christmas rush.

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Pictures of the day

Yellow-billed shrike

yellow-billed shrike (Corvinella corvina) with its prey. The yellow-billed shrike is a common resident breeding bird in tropical Africa, from Senegal east to Uganda, and locally in westernmost Kenya. It frequents forest and other habitats with trees. Although it generally feeds on insects, this shrike may hunt larger prey as well.

one sultry snowbank The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2015

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SWEETS, crockpot

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... how many leaves puzzle

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The Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy, took nearly 500 years to build and has 135 spires and over 3,000 statues. -------------------- British micro-engraver Graham Short’s work is so detailed and tiny that it cannot be seen with the naked eye and must be done in between heartbeats! -------------------- Founded in 718, the Hoshi Ryokan Hotel in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, has been run by the same family for 46 generations.

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 Wax your stove top for easy cleanup.

Wax your stove top with car wax, then wipe off with paper towels or an old sock. Any future spills—no matter how crusty—will wipe off in a jiffy (and if you don’t get to the spill right away, add a few drops of any oil to a paper towel to increase the effect as you wipe).

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