Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sun Screen Day May 27, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Sun Screen Day
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As Baz Luhrmann once sang “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” It’s sage advice! Years of health campaigns have ensured that we all know that sun screen is very important. In fact, it’s essential to wear and regularly reapply sun screen when out in the sun.
Sun screen defends the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays by forming a protective barrier – used properly, sun screen can help prevent skin cancer. Exposure to the sun also damages the skin and can worsen signs of ageing, so wearing sun screen will also keep your skin looking younger.
Use Sun Screen Day as a reminder to make sure you are properly protecting yourself from the sun, such as by keeping out of the rays at the hottest time of the day (11 am – 2pm), drinking plenty of liquids and, of course, wearing sun screen!

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
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
every morning!!!:
I ask, who let the photographer into my bedroom this morning? lol

Idiom of the Day

a kernel of truth

 — 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.
Hilarious list of funny parenting memes, and tips on how a meme can help your blog grow!:


Christopher Reeve Is Paralyzed (1995)

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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. 
I had a friend in NY who dated Christopher while in college. She said he was a really great person.

Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794)

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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. 


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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 Rhythm

Eating 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. 
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Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm
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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." 

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1926 - Bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, MO

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1933 - Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs" was first released. 

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1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County. 

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1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired. 

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1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida

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1986 - Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century. 

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1989 - Stevie Wonder was given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw. 


If You Were Born Today, May 27
Life is always an adventure for you because you are extremely curious, inquisitive, and always open to learning from your experiences. You are very friendly, giving, and naturally charming. You instinctively know that change is a natural part of life and learning, and try to keep positive. You need a lot of mental stimulation in order to stay interested in projects and work. Famous people born today: Henry Kissinger, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Louis Gossett, Jr., Bruce Cockburn.
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Hay Festival Wales 2017

May 25 - Jun 4, 2017 

Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom

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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

Charleston, SC 

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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

Franklin Square

200 6th St

Philadelphia, PA 

Chinese Lantern Festival
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

Pictures of the day

Peacock butterfly
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.

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

Hahaha soooo true!! Hell hath no fury like a toddler who wanted the green cup instead of the orange one.:


thanks, Amber

thanks, Amber



crochet, 5 - 14 yrs


thanks, June


thanks, Doris

thanks, Shelley


When you haven't worn makeup in a week and you put mascara on and you're like ... move over Beyonce. Mama's back.:

Chocolate Cheesecake

Every morning!! Bahahah:


Because you’ve been there: | 19 Memes That Totally Made Parents Laugh In 2015:

thanks, Zoey

10 New Kermit Memes We Cried Laughing At:

thanks, Lucy

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Mountain Stream Jigsaw Puzzle














Above our life we love a steadfast friend. - Christopher Marlowe

The Dutch Village of Giethoorn has no roads - only canals and footbridges.-------------------- An 8-year-old Ohio boy taught himself to drive by watching YouTube, and he drove to McDonald's for a cheeseburger with his little sister on April 9, 2017. He didn't commit any traffic violations!-------------------- In Japanese superstition, if a funeral procession drives past, you must hide your thumb in a fist, as "thumb" translates to "parent finger" and concealing it is considered protection for your parents.

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!

thanks, Patty

Cool Product Ideas by Sebastian Errazuriz


Sebastian Errazuriz (1977), born in Chile and currently living in New York, is probably one of the most talented young artists today. By doing little alternations to everyday items he manages to create the most unusual products and fashion pieces that provoke both thought and humor.
Sebastian seeks to create works that can remind people of their mortality, invite them to look again at their lives and question their daily routines. His obsession with the dichotomies of life and death are present in his sculptures, public art works, consumer objects, furniture and even fashion.

Bear Fur

Teddy-bear-fur coat is an homage to the Campana Brothers and a wink at the 80s eco-friendly fur campaign that seems to be poignant today considering the comeback of furs in fashion runways.

Hanging Tie

There is no other clothing element in the male repertoire as socially symbolic and functionally useless as the tie. A modification in its length can suddenly illustrate its ancestral tyranny and offer new functionalities for this ridiculous piece of cloth that has dangled from our necks for generations.

Lego Motorcycle Helmet

Knuckle Belt

Off The Course Umbrella

This umbrella was inspired by designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s rainy day golf outings. While living in Scotland, he and his friends often found themselves carrying golf clubs and umbrellas simultaneously, which struck inspiration in the young designer. Made of steel, fiberglass, polyester, and rubber. This product is an umbrella and should not be used as a golf club.

Shoes From Recycled Soccer Balls

“In South America most kids only have one pair of shoes. They use the same shoes to go to church on Sunday or play soccer in the streets with their friends. As a consequence their shoes get torn quickly and their angry mothers are always trying to stop them from playing and avoid them ruining their shoes.Watching some kids play on a dirt field I realized there were several old punctured soccer balls lying around. I decided to recycle those old soccer balls and use that strong thick leather to make indestructible soccer shoes so kids could play soccer without worrying about their mothers,” says the artist.

Buckle Belt

Granny Lamp

Knitted electrical cable. A bit of agism happening here, eh?

The Duck Lamp

Converse Pants

The Boat Coffin

Because it’s cheaper than buying a boat and a coffin separately.

Glove Dress

Dress made from surgical gloves.

Bicycle Bench

The Bicycle bench was designed as a way to help recycle parts of the hundreds of old rusty damaged bicycles, left to die, chained to the lamp posts of New York City. By re-utilizing and welding discarded tubes and saddles the old bike parts can be re-incorporated into the public realm as a simple useful urban furniture piece. The concept also wishes to constitute a sculptural exercise that reminds us of the importance of the bicycle as a valid and ecological mode of transportation even in a city as hectic and impatient as New York.

Zipper Dress

“Bilbao” Tree Shelf

Organic Chicken

Life Swing

Public art installation in front of a rehabilitation center for handicapped children. Both children with and without disabilities can choose which of the two swings they want to use. An early reminder of the parallel realities in life.

Hand Jeans

Saint Chair

El Santo, or the “Saint chair” is a signed and numbered limited edition piece, hand crafted out of native Chilean wood, which is later dyed. The halo on top of the chair lights up to “illuminate” the innocent reader. The piece represents another exercise on his personal obsession with life and death and his consequent urge to playfully yet seriously invite people to look again.

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