Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monkey Day December 14, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Monkey Day

Monkeys are interesting creatures – cute, mischievous, and sometimes downright obnoxious (anyone who disagrees has obviously never had their laundry torn down by a family of primates when it’s hanging to dry). Many species of primates are also endangered, and then there are questions of animal rights and the usage of primates in medical research. That’s why there’s Monkey Day, a day that’s been dedicated to raising awareness about non-human primates.

Back in 2000, Casey Sorrow was an art student at Michigan State University, and he ended up writing “Monkey Day” on his friend’s calendar as a prank. But then they actually celebrated the occasion with other art students at MSU, and Sorrow later started collaborating with fellow MSU student on the Fetus-X comic strip, where the holiday was mentioned and popularized. Since then, Monkey Day has been observed internationally as a day to celebrate primates (including monkeys, but also apes, lemurs, and tarsiers). Sorrow himself still does much to promote the holiday and the cause of primate welfare, and in addition to the Monkey Day website, he also maintains a “Monkeys in the News” blog which discusses primate-related news around the world and comes out with a list of the top ten primate-related news stories from the past year every Monkey Day.

So, each year when Monkey Day comes around, get out there and do it proper, by monkeying around!

thanks, susan, west coast correspondent, for sharing our lives in old pictures! Part 4

Word of the Day


Definition: (verb) Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of.
Synonyms:chagrin, humiliate, humble, mortify
Usage:Today she overwhelmed me with shrill reproaches, and abased me to the level of a hearth-brush. 

Idiom of the Day

be had up (for something)

To be indicted, arrested, and/or tried (for a crime).


The Dayton Agreement Is Signed in Paris, France (1995)

The Dayton Agreement was a peace agreement that put an end to the Bosnian War that began in 1992. The accord was the result of a meeting between Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian leaders under US auspices in Dayton, Ohio. It called for a Bosnian republic with a central government and two semiautonomous regions roughly equal in size—one dominated by Serbs and the other by Bosniaks and Croats in federation.

Daniel De Leon (1852)


A newspaper editor, De Leon joined the Socialist Labor Party in the US in 1890 and soon became one of its leaders. He led a radical faction that seceded from the Knights of Labor in 1895 and formed the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance (STLA). The STLA was later absorbed by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which he helped found in 1905.

Whirling Dervish Festival


Each year, up to a million people flood Konya, Turkey, on the anniversary of the death of the poet and Sufi Islamic mystic Jelaluddin al-Rumi. Rumi's teachings are the basis for the Sufi Muslim order known as Mevlevi, which uses music and dance to experience spiritual ecstasy. Leading up to December 17, thousands of visitors arrive to partake in exhibits and lectures related to Rumi and the Mevlevi order. At the climax of the festival, the Mevlevis perform their whirling dance, wearing costumes that feature white trousers, a full white over-skirt, and tall cylindrical hats.

Why Can't Monkeys Talk Like Us? Their Vocal Tract Might Not Be the Problem.

A talking monkey seems like a thing of science-fiction, cartoons, and goofy advertisements. But new research suggests monkey speech may be closer to reality than commonly thought.
 Why can't monkeys talk like us? Their vocal tract might not be the problem.


1503 - Physician, astrologer and clairvoyant Nostradamus was born at St. Remy, Provence, France.


1798 - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patented the nut and bolt machine.

1799 - The first president of the United States, George Washington, died at the age 67.

1900 - Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his revolutionary Quantum Theory.

1911 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. He reached the destination 35 days ahead of Captain Robert F. Scott.


1918 - For the first time in Britain women (over 30) voted in a General Election.


1946 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to establish the United Nation's headquarters in New York City. 


1977 - "Saturday Night Fever" premiered in New York City. believe it or not, my grandmother used to dance on afternoons in a place in brooklyn. one day john travolta walked in asking for a private studio so he could learn the dances for this movie (the movie takes place in my childhood neighborhood in brooklyn - we walked the same streets, we crossed the same bridge - the verrezanno). my grandmother was in another room, dancing, and he asked her to be his partner while learning the dances. MY GRANDMOTHER .. WOWWIE! mmm


1980 - Yoko Ono called for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for John Lennon, her husband, who was shot to death six days earlier. Over 100,000 people went to Central Park in New York to honor the request. 

1984 - Howard Cosell retired from the NFL's Monday Night Football. 


1985 - Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she formally took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of OKlahoma.


1986 - The experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world. The trip took nine days to complete.


1999 - Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the "Peanuts" comic strip. The last original "Peanuts" comic strip was published on February 13, 2000.



If You Were Born Today, December 13
You are a very versatile person with an adventurous spirit, yet you have a very grounded outlook and a practical streak. Material success is likely in your life time, as you are hard-working and proud. As well, you are filled with ideas, and they're usually quite marketable! A true problem solver, you love to find answers and help others to do so as well. There is a distinctly private element to your love life. You are often attracted to all that is forbidden. Famous people born today: Jamie Foxx, Ted Nugent, Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Plummer, Cathy Rigby, Taylor Swift, Steve Buscemi.
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thanks, susan b. 

Pictures of the day


A student of Sanata Dharma University's Balinese dance troupe Sekar Jepun performing the Condong dance. This type of dance, which is often performed as a preface to legong and accompanied by the semar pangulingan style of gamelan, uses simplified legong movements to depict a palace servant.

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan
Picture of the Day: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site in northern Kyoto first built in 1397


knit - christmas

beauty shot

Four Corners Baby Blanket
knit, reversible, worked in garter stitch 
Delovely shawlette by Clara Beauty
 knit - christmas
Sock Pattern for Knit Christmas Stockings pattern by Martha Stewart Design Team


crochet - christmas dog gift

Inline image


crochet - christmas cat gift
Pony cat toy pattern by Jazmo Tennant

RECIPE - christmas

30 Minute Dinner Rolls
30 Minute Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe


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SWEETS - christmas
Lemon Snowball Cookies



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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... christmas craft
Bright Light Ornaments
Bright Light Ornaments 
- Glitter
- Lightbulbs
- 24-gauge wire
- Glue
- Paintbrush

Use paint brush to cover glass bulb with glue. Sprinkle glitter onto bulb. Wrap wire around neck of bulb 5 times and tie, leaving one inch of wire remaining. Knot end of the wires to create a loop. Hang.




I know of only one duty, and that is to love. - Albert Camus


 Every February, youngsters in the neighboring south Nepalese Villages of Parsawa and Laxmipur hurl insults at each other and passerby in a 10-day cursing festival. -------------------- Sheep grazed in New York City’s Central Park until 1934! -------------------- Celebrating her 91st birthday on August 24, 2016, Mary Nash Ward opened a birthday card from her best friend—again. The floral card has been passed back and forth every year since 1950 and even survived hurricane Katrina!


learn to crochet .. nine lessons

Tutorial Thursday with Rhondda and Amy!
Single Crochet Join Technique


the new yorker
ron padgett jason novak how to be perfect illustration

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1 comment:

  1. Love those bronzed baby shoes. I still have my sister's. They are made up as bookends--so useful too.