Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.|
|Synonyms:||eloquent, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken, fluent, silver|
|Usage:||Those facile and brilliant phrases and ideas struck me as the finest things I had yet known in literature, and I borrowed the book and read it through.|
thanks for the pics, Cher
I ask, who let the photographer into my bedroom this morning? lol
Idiom of the Day
— A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity.
Christopher Reeve Is Paralyzed (1995)
|Having starred in four Superman movies beginning in 1978, Reeve was an immensely popular actor by the 1990s. He was also an avid athlete and equestrian. During an event in 1995, his horse spooked before a jump, throwing Reeve. He landed on his head and was paralyzed from the neck down. He briefly considered suicide, but instead spent the rest of his life campaigning for spinal injury research. His friend Robin Williams was the first person to make Reeve laugh after the accident.|
Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794)
Cornelius was the patriarch of the famous Vanderbilt family. As a youth, he ferried freight and passengers in New York Harbor. As an adult, he gained control of most of the ferry lines around New York City and quickly expanded up and down the coast. He had similar success in the railroad business and died with an estate worth more than $100 million, the largest personal fortune accumulated in the US to that date.
The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with the actual sighting of the new moon, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This holiest season in the Islamic year commemorates the time when the Qur'an, the Islamic holy book, is said to have been revealed to Muhammad. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time for self-examination and increased religious devotion. The Fast of Ramadan ends when the new moon is again sighted and the new lunar month begins.
Chocolate Tied to Decreased Risk of Irregular Heart RhythmEating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark.
Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm
1647 - Alse Young (Achsah Young or Alice Young), a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a "witch." It was the first recorded American execution of a "witch."
1926 - Bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, MO.
1933 - Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs" was first released.
1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.
1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.
1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
1986 - Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.
1989 - Stevie Wonder was given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.
Hay Festival Wales 2017
May 25 - Jun 4, 2017
Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
Now in its 30th year, the Hay Festival celebrates a love of reading, writing, ideas and storytelling in a wide variety of forms, including novels, essays, monologues, songs, plays and poems. Bill Clinton, who was a Hay speaker back in 2001, dubbed this eco-friendly magnet for liberals and progressives “the Woodstock of the mind.” This convivial country gathering has a quirky classroom on a farm inside a separate country vibe, with 250,000+ attendees seemingly united in the pursuit of literacy, artistic expression and human connection. In this idyllic marsh-meadow setting, you’re likely to see Tibetan prayer flags flapping in the breeze, an international assortment of folk singers, and people of all ages in colorful wellies or bare feet, draped on picnic blankets or perched quietly in canvas lawn chairs, wholly absorbed in a collection of good old-fashioned paper-page books.
further information: Hay Festival: Thursday 25 May to Sunday 4 June 2017
Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2017
May 26 - Jun 11, 2017
The Piccolo Spoleto Festival is an annual multimedia arts festival. Over the course of several days, the festival hosts nearly 500 events around the Charleston, South Carolina, area that traverse the spectrum of artistic media and genres. Attendees of the massive celebration can enjoy visual art exhibits, live music, theatrical performances, crafting, film screenings, dancing, children's activities, informative presentations and more.
further information: Spoleto Festival USA 2017
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival 2017
May 9 - Jun 11, 2017
200 6th St
Benjamin Franklin croaked about 200 years too early, otherwise he could’ve enjoyed this yearly spectacle. Scaly dragons, blossomed flowers and ancient Chinese structures cast a warm glow throughout Franklin Square that probably would’ve blinded the Founding Father permanently if he were alive today. The colorful beams will make your nightly walk through the park that much brighter.
further information: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival At Franklin Square
A peacock butterfly (Aglais io) resting on blackthorn at Otmoor RSPB reserve in Oxfordshire, England. The peacock's four large eyespots on its wings act as an anti-predator defence mechanism.
ABOVE BIG SUR
I’d gone to Big Sur to watch the gray whale migration from the cliffs, but it was too foggy to even see the water. I decided to hike up the Baronda Trail to see if I could get above the fog. This view was my reward. Miles of lupine and blue skies. Outstanding! Big Sur, California
crochet, 5 - 14 yrs
Mountain Stream Jigsaw Puzzle
I just had to select this one to highlight cause this creature reminds me of the beginning of every single walk I take Rosko on. As i hold his leash, he literally jumps up and down - straight up and down .. amazing!
Cool Product Ideas by Sebastian Errazuriz