Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday November 29, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday takes place on the Tuesday directly after American Thanksgiving, which in turn takes place on the 4th Thursday of November. Giving Tuesday was created to help the “giving season” get started, reminding people that there is more to holidays than consumerism and commercialization.

Giving Tuesday was created when two organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012, about a month before that year’s Thanksgiving. Their intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving, a great American tradition. Many leaders in the areas of social media, philanthropy and grassroots quickly joined in, and together they created a group of founding partners including United Nations Foundation, Cisco, Mashable, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Sony, Aldo, Groupon, UNICEF, Google, Skype, Microsoft and Unilever. The first announcement about Giving Tuesday was made through Mashable, a technology website. The first Giving Tuesday was covered extensively by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Deseret News, and the White House official blog, causing the scheme to gain an enormous amount of popularity in a short period of time. Giving Tuesday is organized and celebrated each year with the simple aim of encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses, and other organizations to give to the less fortunate. A year later, in 2013, even more organizations joined in, including eBay (which gives a percentage of all its sales proceeds from a week in December to Giving Tuesday) and fashion designer Kevin Cole, who both designed and promoted awareness ID bracelets, giving 100% of the proceeds to Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday has been praised by many, including the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper that covers the nonprofit world, as an antidote to consumer culture and a way for people to give back.

Word of the Day


Definition: (adjective) Feeding on animal matter; carnivorous.
Usage:Zoophagous insects include predators and parasites.

Idiom of the Day

good enough to eat

To have an extremely beautiful or aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald's rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. 

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Cixi was the Imperial consort who controlled the Chinese Qing dynasty for almost half a century. A low-ranking concubine of the Xianfeng emperor, she bore his only son, the future Tongzhi emperor, in 1856. After the emperor's death, Cixi joined a triumviral regency that governed in the name of her son, who was only six at his accession. During that period, the Taiping and Nian rebellions were put down and the government was briefly revitalized.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid
Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid
When the asteroid believed to have killed off the dinosaurs smashed into Earth some 66 million years ago, its sheer force made the planet's surface momentarily act like a liquid.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid


 1892 - A patent was issued to Almon Brown Strowger for the rotary dial.


 1929 - The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.


 1961 - The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.

1975 - Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.

2004 - Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.




If You Were Born Today, November 29
You are charismatic, warm, articulate, and extremely intuitive. You love to make people laugh and come across as fun and charming, if a little sarcastic. You have a strong sense of responsibility and worry about the future more than is typical of a Sagittarius personality. However, your sense of fun always comes shining through. You like to stay informed and on top of things. When you're not "in the know" you are a lot less confident. Learning about anything and everything is a life-long hobby. Famous people born today: C. S. Lewis, Howie Mandel, Chuck Mangione, Andrew McCarthy, Garry Shandling, Anna Faris.

Pictures of the day

Barn owl falconry

A barn owl (Tyto alba) returning to its falconer's hand. Owls are relatively uncommon in falconry compared to hawks and falcons, and training them is considered difficult.

The 20,000 Year Old ‘Dragon Dune’ That Protects a City

Picture of the Day: The 20,000 Year Old ‘Dragon Dune’ That Protects a City In Iquique, Chile lies a 20,000-year-old, 320 m (1,050 ft) tall sand dune that overlooks the city

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Wherever it Points pattern by Darn Knit Anyway
Designed to be our first Makers’ League project!

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Hopeful Honey | Craft, Crochet, Create: Baby Candy Cane ...
Christmas is probably my favourite time of the year! My family always decorates our home in the first week of December, and we usually don't end up takin...

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Ombre Shawl pattern by Kara Gunza
This is definitely not your granny’s shawl! The gorgeous stitch texture and modern striping helps this shawl pair just as easily with your favorite pair of jeans as...

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Santa and his Mini Elfus - Free pattern | Loopsan
Free crochet pattern for Santa Claus and his little elf helpers.

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30-Minute Maple Bars

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Doodles 4 Coloring Page


CRAFTS - christmas
Wind some yarn ball ornaments.
These will make your Christmas tree look especially amazing.



With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Brain Teaser: How do you make multiple loaves of bread at once when you only have one loaf pan?

Answer: Place a single loaf pan across the center of a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Position one portion of shaped dough on either side of the loaf pan (and, if you want the third one , fill in the middle loaf pan as well) and bake.

10 Fantastic Facts About 
The History Of Chewing Gum


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