Tuesday, May 23, 2017

World Turtle Day May 23, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Turtle Day
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We hear in them about parables of being slow and plodding, steady and methodical, and occasionally obsessed with Ninjitsu, news reporters, and pizza. We are, of course, talking about Turtles! Turtles are a type of reptile that exists in many environments through the word and have found their way into literature, poetry, and parable throughout the world’s history. World Turtle Day celebrates these noble reptiles and their place in the world, and encourages people to take action to help protect the, both the common pet turtle, and the ever endangered sea turtle.
Well the first thing to know is that Turtles and Tortoises are not the same thing, though this day is dedicated to celebrating and protecting both. First created in 1990 by the American Tortoise Rescue, World Turtle Day recognizes that some species of our hard (and soft!) shelled friends are suffering, almost on the edge of extinction due to environmental hazards and issues with hunting and harvesting of their eggs.
American Tortoise Rescue was created by Susan Tellem and Mashall Thompson, a married pair of animal activists who had a particular passion for tortoises. We all have to have something that drives us in this life, and for these two it was bonding over animal right’s activist work. Don’t think these two are just closet hippies with an overwhelming adoration for all things shelled and scaly. Susan is deeply involved with television arts & sciences and the public relations society of America while being a partner in Tellem Grody Public Relations Incorporated. They organize charity collections and works around the world to help protect these amazing critters, and created Turtle Day to get everyone involved and spread awareness of the shrinking habitat and declining numbers of these sensitive creatures.
NOSTALGIA (part 2)
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'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense? 

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
Usage:Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge.

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute
commercials for action figures? 

Idiom of the Day

fingers crossed

 — An expression of hope that something one desires will come to pass or turn out to be true. A truncated version of the phrase "keep your fingers crossed." 
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a 


New York Public Library Dedicated (1911)

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When former New York governor Samuel J. Tilden died in 1886, he left $2.4 million in his will for the creation of a grand public library. At that time, there were two other important libraries in New York City—the Astor and the Lenox—but they were struggling. With Tilden's gift, they were merged in 1895. The new library's cornerstone was laid in 1902 at the old Croton Reservoir on Fifth Avenue, and it finally opened to the public in 1911.

Rosemary Clooney (1928)

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Clooney was an American singer popular in the 1950s with hits such as "Come On-a My House." She also appeared in several movies, including White Christmas (1954), which co-starred Bing Crosby. In the 1960s, mental illness and drug addiction took a toll on her career, but she made a comeback in the mid-1970s and performed until her death in 2002. 

Declaration of the Bab

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Declaration of the Bab is a joyous Baha'i festival to celebrate the Bab's announcement in 1844 in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the "gate" (which is the meaning of Bab) to the coming of the promised one of all religions. This proclamation is considered the beginning of the Baha'i faith, although the religion was founded after the Bab's death. This day is holy to Baha'is and a day on which work is suspended. Its observation begins at about two hours after sunset on May 22.

A Human-Made "Bubble" of Radio Waves Could Be Shielding Earth from Radiation

There's hardly anything on Earth that has escaped human influence—from the oceans to the atmosphere. But a new study suggests that human activity is also influencing the space around our planet ...
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1785 - Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals. 

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1827 - The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City. 

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1846 - Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb) was born. She was the first woman in the U.S. to pass the bar exam, though she never used her law degree. 

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1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The organization's name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920. 

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1876 - Boston’s Joe Borden pitched the very first no-hitter in the history of the National League. 

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1879 - The first U.S. veterinary school was established by Iowa State University. 

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1900 - Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner. 

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1922 - "Daylight Saving Time" was debated in the first debate ever to be heard on radio in Washington, DC.

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1938 - "LIFE" magazine’s cover pictured Errol Flynn as a glamour boy.

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1994 - "Pulp Fiction" won the "Golden Palm" for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival. 

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1999 - Gerry Bloch, at age 81, became the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He broke his own record that he set in 1986 when he was 68 years old. 
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If You Were Born Today, May 23
You are versatile, witty, creative, and full of spunk. You have a lot to teach but simply enjoy sharing your knowledge and ideas with others. People love your sense of humor and playfulness. At times you can be unreliable, simply because you have more ideas than you can put into action. Starting a new project is your forte. Famous people born today: Joan Collins, Jewel, Drew Carey, Margaret Fuller, Artie Shaw.
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Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers' Market & Craft Fair 2017

May 25, 2017 

Center Street Promenade between Clementine Street and Anaheim Boulevard
S Lemon St & W Center Street
Anaheim, CA
Since its inception in 1995, the Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market has been the go-to spot for locals to buy directly from certified California growers. Live music, delicious eats and agricultural exhibitions offer additional entertainment for festival goers.


San Francisco International Arts Festival 2017

May 25-28, 2017 

Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

2 Marina Blvd

San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco International Arts Festival brings together a global community of artists and audiences aiming to increase human awareness and understanding. The event features performances, art exhibits and installations across multiple venues throughout the Bay Area. Featured at this festival are world-class international artists who are underrepresented in the United States, and their work is showcased alongside that of American artists who work in collaboration with their national and international peers.

further information: SFIAF-2017


Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival 2017

May 25-28, 2017 

Pop’s Farm

675 Hobson Rd

Axton, VA

The VIP Hospitality Area during RW8.
Held each year over Memorial Day weekend, Rooster Walk is a community arts and music event that raises money for various charitable organizations. The festival draws a crowd of thousands who come to enjoy arts and crafts, camping, live performances and a variety of children’s activities. With something for attendees of all ages, this event is a fantastic way to enjoy a holiday weekend with family and give back to the community.

further information: Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival

It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'? 

Carl Linnaeus
Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalized the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature. He is known as the "father of modern taxonomy".
Born in the countryside of Småland, Linnaeus received most of his higher education at Uppsala University and began giving lectures in botany there in 1730. He studied abroad between 1735 and 1738, and published the first edition of his Systema Naturae in the Netherlands. Upon his return to Sweden, he became professor of medicine and botany at Uppsala. In the 1740s, he was sent on several journeys through Sweden to find and classify plants and animals. In the 1750s and 1760s, he continued to collect and classify animals, plants, and minerals, and published several volumes. At the time of his death, he was one of the most acclaimed scientists in Europe.

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Wind turbines stand at SwissWinds farm in Gries, Switzerland on September 30, 2016. The project is a combination of four Enercon E92 turbines standing at more than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) above sea level.

Do You Remember a Time When... 
Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'? 
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'? 
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest? 

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Geisha Girl

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The Fort Apache Play Set. 

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Bunny Mummy: Sunburst Granny Hearts...with pattern
Hello Lovelies, Does anybody remember the circles I teased you with at the end of this post ? Well I was making a quick gift to take with me to Yorkshire.

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© June Gilbank 2011 Crochet a touch of the tropics with these exotic plumeria blossoms. Use a plumeria flower to make a beautiful pin or hair accessory, or t...
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Mimeograph paper. 
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*In our family we call this recipe "Sailboat Eggies" because the bread that I take out to
make the hole is placed on top of the raw egg .. like a sail! (Kid tested and named!!!)*
Green Stamps. 

78 RPM records! 
SWEETS .. gluten free
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Telephone numbers with a word prefix...( Yukon 2-601). 
Party lines. 
Send this on to someone who can still remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk. 

DIY Sundial

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What you need:
Flower pot
Paper plate
Wooden stick
Acryl colors
Scotch tape
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Set the flower pot in the middle of the back of the paper plate and draw around the flower pot.
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Cut out a circle form and cut up to the marking.
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Turn over to the paper plate and let the children paint it as desired.
Paint the numbers 1 to 12 on it, after drying.
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Now turn the flower pot, pull the paper plate over it and fix it with scotch tape.
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Fill sand into the flower pot.
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Put the wooden stick to the middle of the pot.
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The sundial is ready!
Find a sunny place in the garden and “set time”.
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*This is not the correct picture. Part of the puzzle is solving it so you can see the real racing car!*

Newsreels before the movie. 












When being sent to the principal's office was nothing 
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home? 
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Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles. 
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes. 
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum. 
Ravens in captivity can learn to speak better than some parrots!-------------------- The last rental from Blockbuster Video was the apocalyptic film "This Is The End" in November 2013.-------------------- China's Wuhan Haichang Ocean Park charges guests $145 for the privilege of cleaning up polar bear poop!

Summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, 
and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. 

You can even make a bird feeder from an old shoe. If you are into whimsical and really unique things, why not nail a shoe to your tree and put your bird feed in there? Not only will the birds love you for feeding them, your neighbors are sure to think that you are the most creative person ever.
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Candy cigarettes 
EYE OPENER ... Travelling over the summer?
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8 Surprising Things That Are Actually Offensive in Europe
ixing with the locals is the fastest way to the heart of a place—and it’s easier than ever, thanks to Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Eatwith and the like. There’s only one catch—you think Paris’ transit system is tricky? Try navigating the wildly varying cultural norms across Europe. There’s nothing quite so deflating as meeting new people, and promptly (however inadvertently) offending them. See our best tips below.
1. Don’t give flowers as a gift.
Flowers’ symbolic meanings vary widely by country: In Latvia, red roses are for funerals, not valentines. Chrysanthemums are the French funerary flower. In Germany, yellow roses mean the host’s partner is cheating, lilies are for funerals, and heather is associated with cemeteries. Throughout Europe, even-numbered bouquets are considered bad luck, as are groups of 13.
2. Follow locals’ lead when it comes to alcohol.
In Spain, wait to take a first drink until after the first toast and you only toast with alcohol, not water or soft drinks. Keep quiet and don’t drink until a toast—no matter how long-winded—is finished in Georgia and Azerbaijan. In France, don’t refill your wine glass without first offering refills to the rest of the table; forget bringing wine to dinner, the host will want to select a vintage that pairs with the meal. In Russia, vodka should never be refused—it’s a symbol of friendship—and toss it back neat, sipping is considered rude. In Germany, looking people in the eyes when you toast is mandatory—on threat of 7 years bad luck in the bedroom.
3. Don’t let your clothes send the wrong message.
Generally speaking, Europeans dress more formally than Americans, even for something as simple as a trip to the supermarket. But beyond a prevailing societal norm that workout gear is only acceptable for exercise, there are also more specific, regional rules when it comes to clothing that may catch you by surprise if you don’t do your research. In Romania, don’t shake hands with your gloves on. Take your overcoat off indoors—in Russia and parts of the former Soviet Union, to do otherwise implies your hosts do not properly heat their home. In Czech Republic, stay buttoned up in business meetings, at least until the highest-ranking person in attendance removes his or her jacket. In Poland, and many parts of Europe, it’s considered impolite to speak to people with your hands in your pockets.
4. Mind your gestures.
Even the most essential of gestures can mean very different things than they do in your home country, so avoid using gestures until you’re sure you know what they mean at a destination. In Bulgaria, locals shake their heads yes and nod no. Making the peace sign, or “v” for victory is the equivalent of flipping your middle finger in Ireland and the UK. In Italy, Spain, France, Greece and former Yugoslavia extending your index finger and pinkie and shaking your fist in the “rock on” gesture, is tantamount to taunting the person you point it at about a cheating partner, whereas in Norway it’s the sign of the devil. Skip the “okay” sign, too—in France, Portugal and Greece it simply signifies “no good” or “useless” but in Turkey and Malta when you curl your thumb and index finger into a circle you’re comparing people to a very private part of your anatomy. Flicking someone’s ear is a homosexual slur in Italy, and cracking your knuckles is considered obscene in Belgium.
5. Save your smile for the right occasion.
In many parts of Europe the easiest way to identify an American on vacation is by their seemingly aimless grin for the world at large. Flashing your happy face in a business setting is considered unprofessional in Russia. In France and Czech Republic smiles are reserved for friends and families, rarely bestowed on strangers.
6. Respect local coffee culture.
Few things are more likely to scandalize the locals and get you a frosty reception at a café or restaurant than botching your coffee order. Don’t order cappuccino after breakfast in Italy, or espresso before or during a meal. In Spain, café con leche may be ordered at breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up, but shouldn’t be ordered with any meals after midday. If you must have a white coffee after dinner, try a cortado—an espresso cut with a splash of milk. In Austria’s historic coffee culture, the worst mistake visitors make is trying to generically order a coffee, an offense in a culture with a multitude of options.
7. Leave your chewing gum at home.
In Europe, walking around with a wad of chewing gum in your jaw isn’t just uncommon, it’s often regarded as impolite. Most Europeans chew gum briefly after a meal, and spit it out in short order. In the Netherlands, chewing gum while talking is considered rude, and in Belgium and France, chewing gum at all is considered vulgar.
8. Time is relative.
Concepts of time and punctuality vary across Europe. In the Netherlands, being early, even to the tune of 5 minutes, is unacceptable. In Germany, punctuality is a matter of respect for other people’s time. In Spain, Italy and France, being 5-10 minutes late is considered within the norm, and not frowned upon, even in many professional settings. In Poland, for informal events in people’s homes, always arrive 15 minutes later than the agreed upon time to allow the host to prepare, but not more than 30 minutes late.
While doing some research ahead of time will help, you’re bound to commit a few faux pas on your travels. The bottom line: Don’t sweat it. Some of my biggest bumbles have made for my most memorable travel experiences, like when an elderly Greek baker with massive, arthritic hands lectured me in her halting English about rude gestures when I used the “ok” sign to confirm my order of a spiral-shaped Skopelitiki pastry, or the time I almost toasted with a glass of lemon Fanta to the horror of my Spanish friends.

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