Tuesday, July 11, 2017

World Population Day July 11, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Population Day
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Every year the world continues to get more and more crowded. While we’ve a tendency to pack ourselves into massive cities, and there are presently still long open stretches of countryside, every year that gets whittled away at more and more. The power and food needs of the world continue to place a greater and greater strain on our ability to meet them, and resources in general are becoming harder and harder to come by. World Population Day comes along each year to remind us that our present rate of population growth is unsustainable, and the present social and logistical issues we are experiencing to meet the demand of that population will only get worse if we don’t do something.
In 1987 there was an event called “Five Billion Day”, which recognized when the human population boiled over the 5 billion mark. Since then the United Nations Development Program has been working to anticipate, support, and offset the needs of a rapidly growing population. The population had been deemed to be growing out of control, and an awareness was being spread about the need for family planning, ways to offset poverty, and the ability to ensure that proper maternal health was observed. The existing strain of supporting our present population is already causing grievous crimes in the areas of human rights and gender equality. As more people come into an a world that’s already doing a poor job of taking care of its citizens, there are more and more of them coming vulnerable to human rights violations such as human trafficking and child labor. World Population Day reminds us that we are part of an ever growing world, and that to ensure there’s a great future ahead for any of us, there has to be a great future for all of us.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Of a material nature; tangible.
Usage:That which is created is of necessity corporeal and visible and tangible.

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

 — A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. 


Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

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Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. 

John Quincy Adams (1767)

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The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. 

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

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The Fast of Tammuz commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, when the Babylonians conquered Judah and destroyed the Temple. After 70 years the people returned and rebuilt the Temple. The Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, dooming both the city and its Temple for the second time. This time the destruction and the scattering of the people had a far more tragic finality. Another event associated with this day is the shattering of the first Tablets of the Law by Moses. The Fast begins Three Weeks of mourning lasting until Tisha be-Av. 

Life on Mars? Study Showing Martian Soil Kills Bacteria Dims Hopes

Recent images and other compelling evidence that water once flowed on Mars have generated hope of finding microbial life there. That hope has been dealt a blow by a new study showing the soil surface is toxic to bacteria
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Life on Mars? Study showing Martian soil kills bacteria dims hopes

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1804 - The United States' first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel. 

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1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox. 

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1918 - Enrico Caruso recorded "Over There" written by George M. Cohan. 

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1934 - U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first American chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal while in office. 

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1946 - Dean Martin recorded his first four songs. 

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1955 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated in Colorado at Lowry Air Base. 

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1959 - Joan Baez made her first recording. It was a duet with Bob Gibson which was recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival. 

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1977 - The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony. 

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1985 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career. (Texas

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1998 - U.S. Air Force Lt. Michael Blassie, a casualty of the Vietnam War, was laid to rest near his Missouri home. He had been positively identified from his remains that had been enshrined in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, VA. 

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If You Were Born Today, July 11
You are a seeker, and both a dreamer and an achiever. Some might call you an overachiever, as there is a bit of a perfectionist in you. While you do need security and comfort, your desires tend to stretch beyond the routine and mundane. You have strong morals and standards for yourself, and you work hard for what you have. Things are not simply handed to you, and you know this instinctively and push all the harder. You possess much creative intelligence and stand out as unique. Famous people born today: John Quincy Adams, E. B. White, Yul Brynner, Michael Rosenbaum, Rachael Taylor, Lisa Rinna.
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Ever Thought of Publishing Your Patterns?

Pattern A Day wants original knitting or crochet pattern submissions for the Pattern-A-Day Calendar. If you would like to showcase your knitting or crochet designs in the 2017 edition of the Knitting Calendar™ or the Crochet Calendar™

Due: before October 15th


Rockin' the River Summer Tubing & Music Series 2017

Jul 1 - Aug 5, 2017 | Fort Worth, TX

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The Trinity River is scenic and all from afar, but how about you get your feet wet and go tubing in it with a beer in hand? Musicians nearby will keep the tunes flowing and the vibe afloat as you pop a beer open and tread on the river. Discover new music, new friends and new experiences all along the Trinity.

further information: Rockin’ the River – Every Saturday July 1 – Aug. 5, 2017 | Panther Island Pavilion, Ft Worth, Texas


Tour de France 2017

Jul 1-23, 2017 | Paris, France 

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Tour de France is a unique festival that takes place at Race Course Through France.

further information: Tour de France 2017


Canada Dance Festival 2017

Jul 2-16, 2017 | Ottawa, ON

When it comes to dance, the human body literally becomes an art form engaged in exciting storytelling. The Canada Dance Festival invites guests to experience Canadian culture through a series of live performances. Creativity and artistic expression seeps into every performance, each telling its own unique story in true Canadian spirit.

further information: Canada Dance Festival

Pictures of the day

Dovedale by Moonlight
Dovedale by Moonlight is an oil painting on canvas completed by Joseph Wright of Derby in 1785. One of five paintings by the artist that uses the picturesque valley of Dovedale as its subject, it was not painted directly but using a mixture of studies and chance. The painting is held by the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio.


In Chongqing, which is in the southwest of China, there is a cantilevered glass skywalk suspended over a 400 foot chasm.  The Guinness Book of Records has confirmed that the skywalk is the longest of its kind in the world. The structure was built in Ordovician park in Wansheng to attract tourists, but only 30 of them are allowed out on the walkway at once. Is it worth the wait? Some people are pausing to get incredible selfies, others are facing the fact that vertigo will get you whether you run or walk like a drunk starfish while clinging to the rail.

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Summer Knit Blouse

4 Woodland Toys

Polka Dot Tabard

Polka Dot Tabard

A tabard is a short coat with open sides and a belt. Tabards are normally embellished on the front with a coat of arms. So maybe your coat of arms is a little more advanced than some simple polka dots, but these are far more fun.

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How to Knit the EIFFEL TOWER Eyelet Stitch with Studio Knit  | Easy Free Knitting Pattern

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Cape Cod / DROPS 127-47


Knit Argyle Socks





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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole! Bacon, hash browns, cheese & more! A delicious dish to wake up to!

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Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe

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Mini Summer Embroidery Patterns

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Banana Spoke Jigsaw Puzzle

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SUDOKU ... very hard


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The NFL awarded New Orleans The Saints franchise on November 1, 1966 - All Saints' Day! Submitted by Richard Gibson, Lafayette, LA.-------------------- In 2014, Taylor Swift accidentally released 8 seconds of static on iTunes and it quickly became No. 1 on Canadian charts.-------------------- It takes 12 pounds of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream.

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Excellent Art Museums with Free Entry

Ditch the ticket counter and enjoy the world’s greatest art for free at these 15 museums.


Art shouldn’t cost a dime. From Madrid to Washington, D.C., and Tokyo to Mexico City, the people of the world agree: Art is a public service, and seeing it should be absolutely free. Thankfully, that’s the motto at many of the globe’s finest art museums. Here, 15 of our favorite free-to-enter art meccas. Snag a plane ticket and leave your wallet in your pocket—you won’t need it where you’re headed.
1. Museo del Prado, Madrid
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is not only one of Spain’s largest museums but also one of its oldest. The institution goes back almost two centuries to a time when art collections were more about amassing the works of a select few artists than collecting a few pieces from a broad range of artists. The strategy has left Museo del Prado with hundreds of works by famed Spanish painters El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and others. The museum costs 15 euros to enter most hours of the day, but you can score free entry between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

2. The Broad, Los Angeles
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One of 2015’s most hyped new museums, entered Los Angeles with a bang—and a banging deal. The museum dedicated to the contemporary art collection of Eli Broad is always free, but guests must RSVP in advance to secure a spot. There is a standby line for those of us who did not plan ahead. 
3. The Smithsonian Museums, Washington, D.C. 

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With 19 museums, galleries, gardens, and a zoo, the Smithsonian Institute is a behemoth of education and preservation. In keeping with the goal of spreading knowledge, all of its museums in Washington, D.C., are free to visit, including the African Art Museum, the American Art Museum, the Archives of American Art, Cooper-Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Renwick Gallery, and the Sackler Gallery. Spread over these nine art museums and galleries is an expectedly impressive selection of works, ranging from a collection of presidential portraits and contemporary crafts to an early 20th-century harp from the Congo and a behind-the-scenes look at famous artists’ processes.

4. The National Gallery, London

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There are over 2,000 priceless works of art within the walls of London’s National Gallery, so it’s a bit shocking that visitors can expect to breeze in through the entrance without once swiping a credit card. This is where you’ll see the greats, from Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh. If a walk through inspires you to dig a little deeper, the museum also offers workshops and lectures on topics such as the art of Michelangelo, hands-on tapestry weaving, and religious symbolism (for a fee).
5. The Met, New York 
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One of New York’s—and the country’s—most famous museums, the Met employs a pay-what-you-can scheme at its ticket counter (there is no pay-what-you-can option when booking online, so make sure to buy in person if you’re looking to take advantage of it). That’s a great deal considering you could get your entire art education from the two-million-plus works housed in this museum’s permanent collection. Organize your viewing by geographic location of origin, date or era, or department (23 options cover everything from Egyptian art to arms and armor), and plan to come back for more: This is one museum it takes a lifetime to truly see.

6. The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel, Houston
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Less than a block apart in Houston, the Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel constitute two of the world’s modern artistic wonders. The former houses the owners’ private art collection—full of works from the likes of Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst, as well as ancient artifacts—and the latter offers a spiritual meeting space for every religion, social class, ethnicity, and political ideology. Commissioned by the Menil family and designed by Mark Rothko, the chapel is as much eye candy as it is food for the soul. Inside, would-be worshippers will find holy books from the Bible to the Quran and the Kordeh Avestra. Both the Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel are always free to experience.
7. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris 

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The Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, housed in a prime example of 1930s Parisian architecture between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower is worth a visit just to see the stunning facade. Inside, you’ll find something even more impressive: The museum’s collection of modern and contemporary artwork numbers a staggering 11,000 works, making it one of the largest collections of its kind in France. The permanent collection is free to view and includes Matisse’s first—and uncompleted—version of La Danse as well as Raoul Dufy’s La Feé Électricité and works by Picasso and Modigliani.
8. British Museum, London 

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When it opened in 1753, London’s British Museum became the first national public museum in the world. Admission has always been free, and the museum doubles down on that promise by also offering visitors free guided tours through its various halls of ancient crafts, weapons, and household tools. By placing a huge focus on research and preservation, the British Museum has become one of the world’s leaders in the conservation of ancient artifacts. Head inside its walls to travel through time and across countries, from ancient Egypt and Sudan to 20th-century Europe and America.
9. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

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Although the entire collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney isn’t free to the public, the institution always has several rotating exhibitions that won’t cost you a cent. The museum has a special focus on modern and contemporary art from Australian artists, so no matter what’s on at the time you go, you can expect exhibitions to give you a crash course in the country’s modern art movement. Right now, the MCA’s second-floor gallery features an ongoing exhibit of works that ponder the question of how history influences art in the future, and another second-floor exhibit pays homage to new Australian art with “The National,” on through June 18.
10. The National Art Center, Tokyo
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Instead of housing a collection, the National Art Center in Tokyo uses all of its 150,000 square feet as exhibition space. Special exhibitions range in price and are occasionally free—as is the case with every exhibition celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary this year. Even if there aren’t any free exhibitions on when you go, you can walk into the building without a ticket and see the free shows that usually occupy the building’s second- and third-floor galleries. Expect art that spans the globe but maintains a tie to Japan or Asia.
11. Museo Soumaya, Mexico City

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Museo Soumaya opened its doors in 1994 with the goal of showcasing Mexican and European heritage through art. Since then, it’s grown into a world-class museum full of the greats, from Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo to Spanish artists Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, while also showcasing works from Italy, France, Germany, and South America. Six centuries’ worth of art are available at the fingertips of Mexico City’s inhabitants as well as visitors from all over the world—without any entrance fee.
12. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires 

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires always welcomes visitors inside to view its entire collection for free—a big deal when you consider that it holds the largest public art collection in Latin America. More than 12,000 works cover 19th-century European art and a wide selection of Argentine and Spanish art, including pieces by Goya, El Greco, and Argentine master Pueyrredón.
13. Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

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London’s Victoria and Albert Museum houses an unbelievable number of objects—2.3 million—spanning 5,000 years of art and design across the globe. That permanent collection is always free to visit (the museum sometimes charges for special exhibitions), and it tackles topics such as Alexander McQueen, art deco, the artwork of the Islamic Middle East, and 1960s fashion.  
14. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
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While it’s true that some exhibitions will cost you, the majority of the art at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh is available for viewing totally free of charge. Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, and Van Gogh are just a few of the famous names that grace the National Gallery’s walls. But the institution’s largest collection, unsurprisingly, is filled with the works of Scottish painters—Ramsay, Raeburn, McTaggart, and more—through the ages.
15. The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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A Los Angeles icon, the Getty Center is both an architectural and artistic hot spot. Visitors can walk the center’s halls and catch Kodak-moment views of downtown L.A. from the Getty’s perch in the hills, then wander inside the museum—free of charge—to see all manner of 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian art, contemporary sculptures, drawings, and more.

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