Saturday, December 10, 2016

Human Rights Day December 10, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Human Rights Day

Every so often a thing comes to pass that is of such astounding importance that we must stand up and recognize it. We must place this thing on the pedestal it deserves, and ensure that the precepts and policies put in place by it are adhered to, appreciated, and spread as far as the human voice will carry. Such is the sort of message sent by Human Rights Day.

Human Rights Day was established in 1948, and ever since that auspicious day it has stood as the first major stride forward in ensuring that the rights of every human across the globe are protected. From the most basic human needs such as food, shelter, and water, all the way up to access to free and uncensored information, such has been the goals and ambitions laid out that day.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was a shout across the world by the leading countries in the world, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic fundamentals of human needs. Every year Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global theater.


Word of the Day


Definition: (noun) A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
Usage:The place might have been desolated by a pestilence, so empty and so lifeless did it now appear.


Idiom of the Day

have the wind up

To be very anxious, upset, or frightened.


Emily Dickinson (1830)

Dickinson is widely considered one of the greatest American poets. After attending Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Seminary, she returned to her family home and spent the rest of her life there, writing. By 1860, she was boldly experimenting with language. Few of her poems were published in her lifetime, but after her death, her cache of poems was discovered, and heavily edited collections were published starting in 1890.

Gita Jayanti

The birthday of the Bhagavad Gita—a Sanskrit poem relating a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna—is celebrated by reading and reciting passages from the Gita and by holding discussions on its philosophical aspects. This is also a day on which Hindus fast and worship Krishna. Some texts assert that on the 11th day of the waxing half of Margasirsa, Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the sacred lore of the Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and thus made available to the entire human race the poem often referred to as the "Song Celestial." 

Mystery of Ancient Egyptian Legs Likely Solved: They're Queen Nefertari's Knees

In 1904, the pioneering Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli cracked open a tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Queens. The crypt, which had been lost for millennia, showed signs of long-ago disaster.
 Mystery of ancient Egyptian legs likely solved: They’re Queen Nefertari’s knees


 1768 - The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in London by George III. Joshua Reynolds was its first president.


 1845 - British civil engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic tires.
 1851 - American librarian Melvil Dewey was born. He created the "Dewey Decimal Classification" system.


 1901 - The first Nobel prizes were awarded.


 1931 - Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she was the first American woman to do so.


1950 - Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first African-American to receive the award. Bunche was awarded the prize for his efforts in mediation between Israel and neighboring Arab states.


 1953 - Hugh Hefner published the first "Playboy" magazine with an investment of $7,600.


1964 - In Oslo, Norway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest person to receive the award.


 1991 - Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He is accredited with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll."


 1998 - Six astronauts opened the doors to the new international space station 250 miles above the Earth's surface.


If You Were Born Today, December 10
You are a person with strong convictions, but your morals are unusual or stretched. You are courageous, very sincere, and enjoy some level of risk-taking in your everyday life. You need to find a job that you love, for your work means so much to you. A solutions person, you love to solve problems--yours but especially others'. Still, you have some escapist tendencies. In others, you look for practical people with good, basic values and work ethic. You are very true to the ones you love. Famous people born today: Emily Dickinson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Clarke Duncan, Raven-Symone, Susan Dey.

thanks, jennifer
The Women's March on Washington D.C. is happening January 21, 2017! The Pussyhat Project launched Thanksgiving weekend! As of now, we have 43 days to knit, crochet, and sew 1.17 million pink pussyhats. Join the movement!

 Pictures of the day

 Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge is an arch bridge that crosses the River Avon in Bath, England. Designed by Robert Adam and completed by 1774, it connects Bath with the Georgian town of Bathwick. The Grade I listed building has shops built across its full 45-metre (148 ft) span.

Planet For Sale

Picture of the Day: Planet For Sale A classic from the NASA archives. Photo taken November 14, 1984


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Kriskrafter: Free Knitting Pattern! Wiggle Lace Scarf
  I call this one the "Wiggle Lace" Scarf.  It is a simple 4 row pattern repeat     Materials Needed: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn, approx. 200 yds.

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Free Universal Yarn Pattern : Wishing Cowl
Free Universal Yarn Pattern : Wishing Cowl : part of the Universal Yarn online store and catalog.

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Christmas Tree ornament pattern by Judit Guillén
hook it! add to faves to queue English Spanish About this pattern Christmas Tree ornament by Judit Guillén no projects, in 5 queues More from Judit Guill...

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 crochet, four squares in chart form
crochet square motif.‏

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soft pretzel buns with cheddar via @mydishisbomb


Pasta Fagioli – Olive Garden Style

Pasta Fagioli – Olive Garden Style | Crock Pot Guys

 Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe made Easy - Veggie Balance
Super Easy Apple Crisp



Geometric Coloring Page

CRAFTS - christmas
Word Art Bricks: Christmas And Thanksgiving

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... christmas game
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE GAME - Can you find all of the differences between these two very similar pictures? See how fast you can spot all of the differences!
Online Christmas Holiday Learning Games for Kids

PUZZLE - chanukah
Jigsaw Puzzle
Jewish on-line jigsaw puzzle 

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

Fifteen-year-old British sailor Wenman Wykeham-Musgrave survived torpedo attacks on three separate ships that were sunk in one hour off the Dutch coast on September 22, 1914, during World War I. -------------------- A blue whale can swallow half-a-million calories in one mouthful! -------------------- Geoff Smith of England spent 142 days buried underground in a beer garden in 1999.

CLEVER - chanukah
Very Impressive Hacks for a DIY Menorah

Gift IOU - free printable download
thanks, helen

There's nothing nicer than a hand-made gift - after all, as a character from the one of my girls' favorite Christmas story books Angelina Ballerina's Christmas by Katharine Holabird said, "A home made gift comes straight from the heart", and I think she's right.  Something that you have made yourself tells the recipient that you have thought carefully about them, chosen yarn to suit them and given your precious time to make something that you believe they will love.  It's wonderful to make decisions and lists and cast on, knowing that your hard work will be much appreciated.

A hand-made gift can also be super-stressful.  It doesn't matter whether it's for Christmas, a birthday, a baby gift or any other event that you can think of, there are times when you realize that you're just not going to get finished in time.  I have been that person knitting till way after midnight on Christmas Eve so that I can have something wrapped and ready for the next morning, and it's not fun.  We've still got a few weeks to go, but if your to-do list is longer than the number of hours left in the days before Christmas, that won't be making you feel that "all is calm"!

A year or so ago, I didn't quite finish a pair of socks that should have been ready for Christmas morning.  No amount of late-night Christmas Eve knitting was going to solve this, so I decided that I would give one sock and an IOU.  To my surprise and relief my Dad,who should have been wearing new Christmas socks, spent the day laughing every time he looked at his IOU note and suggesting that perhaps he should hop in his one sock until the other one was ready.  In the end, I had to remove the lone sock from his grasp and put it away!

It made me realize that sometimes, it really doesn't matter if we don't finish in time.  Our intentions in making something are clear and the gift recipient is often as pleased to know that it is coming as they are to have it in their hands.  Sometimes, we just don't have enough time for a variety of reasons and frantically knitting when you know you should be doing something else is not the way to a stress-free gift.  Sometimes, it's OK not to be finished.  If you find yourself in this situation, you might find this useful - feel free to download and print out this IOU to give to your gift recipients and take the pressure off yourself.  After all, it is the season to be jolly!

Click HERE to download your IOU!


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