Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case.|
|Synonyms:||conceive of, envisage, imagine|
|Usage:||Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated.|
Idiom of the Day
— Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions.
Toy Story, First Feature-Length Computer-Generated Film, Is Released (1995)
|Released to universal acclaim, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-generated film, as well as the first such film from Pixar Studios. Steve Jobs had purchased Pixar in 1986, but the company had yet to find its niche. When its 1988 short film Tin Toy won an Oscar, Disney took notice, and the two companies soon formed a partnership that would prove to be extremely successful, beginning with the release of Toy Story.|
André Gide (1869)
|A prolific and unconventional French writer, Gide was controversial for his confessional works, his frank defense of homosexuality, and his espousal of Communism—and subsequent disavowal of it after a visit to the Soviet Union. A champion of society's victims, he spurred reform of French colonial policy in Africa with books such as Travels in the Congo.|
St. Cecilia's Day
|According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today.|
Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity
Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.
1710 - Composer Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was born.
1880 - Lillian Russell made her vaudeville debut in New York City.
1906 - The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal.
1909 - Helen Hayes appeared on stage for the first time. She was a member of the cast of "In Old Dutch."
1913 - Composer Lord Benjamin Britten was born.
1928 - In Paris, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel was first performed publicly.
1963 - U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President.
1977 - Regular passenger service on the Concorde began between New York and Europe.
1984 - Fred Rogers of PBS' "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" presented a sweater to the Smithsonian Institution. (Apparently, all of his sweaters on the show were knit by his mother!)
1985 - 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States. It was the largest swearing-in ceremony.
1986 - Mike Tyson became the youngest to wear the world heavyweight-boxing crown. He was only 20 years and 4 months old.
2013 - The discovery of Siats meekerorum was announced. The dinosaur skeleton, more than 30 feet long, was found in eastern Utah.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy became the fourth president to be assassinated.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, to Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Kennedy graduated from Harvard with a bachelor of arts in government. He joined the Navy in 1941 and would subsequently be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal for heroism. After World War II, Kennedy began his political career when he ran for Congress in 1946 and won. He served three terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1952. Senator Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Newport, R.I.
In 1960, Kennedy ran for president with Lyndon B. Johnson as his running mate. Kennedy became the youngest person and the first Roman Catholic to be elected president of the United States. During his inaugural address, Kennedy famously stated, “[A]sk not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." During his presidency, Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order, was a strong proponent of the space program, and proposed a new Civil Rights Bill. President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and his grave is marked with an eternal flame.
Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.
Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
Rüdesheim am Rhein is a wine making town in the Rhine Gorge in Hesse, Germany. First mentioned in 1074, it received town rights in 1818. As part of the Rhine Gorge, the town is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Balanced Rock, Utah
Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park. Location: Moab, Utah
knit, Christmas ornaments
PETER PAN and TINKER BELL
Peter Pan (click 1 - 6)
Tinker Bell (click 1 - 7)
crochet, Christmas Blanket, Part 1, 2 and 3
RECIPE ... Thanksgiving
CROCKPOT RECIPE ... Thanksgiving
SWEETS ... Thanksgiving
CRAFTS ... Thanksgiving
Transform a plain pillow you already have with this quick DIY project. Collect freshly fallen leaves from your yard and trace their shapes onto different colors of felt. Cut out the felt leaves and use permanent fabric adhesive to attach them to the pillow.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Thanksgiving sharing
SUDOKU ... medium
CLEVER ... Thanksgiving
10 Tiny Steps to Get Your House Ready for Guests
- Clean the bathroom. If you only have time to clean one room in your house other than the kitchen, make it the bathroom. Most guests can handle a little dust on the coffee table or lint on the carpet, but a dirty bathroom is most unpleasant. Scrub and and wipe down the toilet and sink, wipe the mirror, re-stock the toilet paper, empty the trash can, put out a fresh hand towel, and then light a candle right before everyone arrives.
- Vacuum. Quickly run the vacuum in the rooms where your guests will be: entryway, bathroom, dining room, living room, maybe a guest room.
- Wipe the kitchen counter-tops. You've worked hard over the last few hours, and your kitchen shows it — but it'll show it less if you wipe off your counters!
- Sweep the kitchen floor. The same goes for the kitchen floor. Sweep away the crumbs and quickly wipe up any drips or splatters you see.
- Empty the kitchen sink; load and start the dishwasher. Let the first of (likely) many dishwasher cycles run while your guests are arriving. If you have time, unload it before everyone sits down to dinner. If you don't have time, no worries. At least you'll have a clean sink and no dishes stacked on the counter.
- Straighten and dust. Again, focus on where your guests will be. Remove clutter and then dust the major surfaces. I usually focus on my coffee and side tables, electronics, and low shelves.
- Fluff the living room pillows. So you took a power nap while the pies were in the oven? Yay, you! Fluff and floof those pillows, my friend, and your guests will never know.
- Adjust the lighting. Turn off overhead lights and turn on lamps. Light some candles. This draws the eye away from any areas that weren't deep-cleaned, and just makes everyone feel cozy.
- Clear a place for coats and bags. If you have a coat rack in your entryway, empty it to make room for your guests' belongings. Or, make up the bed in your bedroom or a guest bedroom for everyone to drop their coat and bag.
- Put on some music. You've done the minimum amount required to get your place looking good, and that's totally fine! Now, put on a little music and you're done.
10 Tips For a Flawless Thanksgiving Day Celebration
by Faith Towers Provencher on Nov 01, 2017
2. Test out new recipes ahead of time. This is the fun part! Thanksgiving day is not the time to test out something new, even if you're confident that you won't mess it up - you just never know what might happen. So be sure to do a dry run of all new recipes a couple of weeks in advance.
3. Print out and collect all of your recipes. Print everything out (or photo copy recipes from cookbooks) and staple them all together in the order that you'll be making them.
4. Prep as much as possible ahead of time. Make sure to do all of the cleaning and organizing a few days in advance, but you can also do a good portion of the cooking ahead of time too. Cut vegetables, and par cook things like casseroles.
5. Create a written schedule. People often say that the timing is the most difficult part of hosting a big dinner. Take the guesswork out of it by making an itinerary of sorts with everything you'll be cooking. Also note how many dishes need to go in the oven, because there's a limited amount of space in there. Make sure you choose a couple of dishes that can be made on the stove, the grill or in a crock pot. Which brings me to my next point.
6. Use crock pots to your advantage. I always cook mashed potatoes in the crock pot, and then I leave them there during dinner so they stay hot throughout the whole meal.
7. Put apps in a room other than the kitchen. People tend to congregate where ever the hosts are, which is usually the kitchen... and that can be overwhelming if you're running around trying to finish up recipes. But if you put appetizers in the living room, people will most likely migrate toward them as they start to get hungry, freeing up valuable space in the kitchen.
9. Buy backup. I always buy backup gravy just in case, and it's smart to buy extra basics like paper towels, snacks and beverages too. You can always use them up later, and it's better than having to run out to the store with a houseful of guests waiting.
10. Delegate! If guests say they'd like to help, they probably mean it - give them an easy task or two. And take advantage of guests' offers to bring dishes as well... I'm not the best baker, so I will often have someone bring the pies