Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Go for a Ride Day November 22, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Go for a Ride Day
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Go For A Ride Day encourages you to get out into the world – hop on your bike, into your car, or simply get your walking boots out of storage and go on a trip. Don’t worry too much about where you’re going, just enjoy the journey. What with all of the cell phones and emails constantly intruding on our lives, we can all agree that everyone needs some time to just get away from it all and feel free every now and then. And what better way to do that then to just go for a ride!
November 22nd has seen various developments of the transportation industry since as early as 1904, making Go For a Ride Day a celebration of not only cars, but any mode of transportation that strikes your fancy. In 1904, a man named Mathias Pfatischer living in Philadelphia, was the first American to patent the pioneer direct electricity and and interpole motor. In 1927, another American inventor named Carl J. Eliason from Saynor, Wisconsin, acquired the patent for the snowmobile, which definitely drastically changed the lives of many of the inhabitants of Wisconsin for the better. In 1977, the the regular mass service had their trial run on the famed supersonic Concorde. As you can see, November 22nd has been an important day for various areas of the transportation industry.
The greatest thing about Go for a Ride Day is that there is no one, right way to celebrate it. At the end of the day, what’s being celebrated is the freedom that the development of transportation has afforded us, and this is what we should take care to enjoy on this day. However you decide to celebrate Go for a Ride Day, make sure it is a celebration of freedom and the open road!

Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case.
Synonyms:conceive ofenvisageimagine

Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated.

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Idiom of the Day

in no circumstances

 — Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions.


Toy Story, First Feature-Length Computer-Generated Film, Is Released (1995)

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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)

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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

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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.
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1710 - Composer Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was born.

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1880 - Lillian Russell made her vaudeville debut in New York City. 

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1906 - The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal. 

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1909 - Helen Hayes appeared on stage for the first time. She was a member of the cast of "In Old Dutch."

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1913 - Composer Lord Benjamin Britten was born. 

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1928 - In Paris, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel was first performed publicly. 

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1963 - U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TXTexas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President. 

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1977 - Regular passenger service on the Concorde began between New York and Europe. 

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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!)

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1985 - 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States. It was the largest swearing-in ceremony. 

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1986 - Mike Tyson became the youngest to wear the world heavyweight-boxing crown. He was only 20 years and 4 months old. 

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2013 - The discovery of Siats meekerorum was announced. The dinosaur skeleton, more than 30 feet long, was found in eastern Utah. 
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If You Were Born Today, November 22
You are headstrong yet warm and playful. Very active, you don’t like to feel caged in by anyone or anything! You carve your own unique path in life, playing by the rules when necessary, but refusing to give up your individuality in the process. Although ambitious in many ways, you don’t feel the need to play games in order to win approval. Straightforwardness is important to you, but you are not an open book either. Your opinions are as strong as your will and determination. Famous people born today: Scarlett Johansson, Billie Jean King, Charles de Gaulle, Jamie Lee Curtis, Boris Becker, Doris Duke, George Eliot, Geraldine Page.
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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.   

November 22nd Celebrates Bolero

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Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
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Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
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Peanut oil
 is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.
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Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
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The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
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Rüdesheim am Rhein
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

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Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park. Location: Moab, Utah

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knit, Christmas ornaments


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Peter Pan (click 1 - 6)
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crochet, Christmas Blanket, Part 1, 2 and 3

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RECIPE ... Thanksgiving
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CROCKPOT RECIPE ... Thanksgiving
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SWEETS ... Thanksgiving
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CRAFTS ... Thanksgiving
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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
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If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. - W. Clement Stone

In October 2015, cleaners at the Museion Bozen-Bolzano in Italy removed an art installation after mistaking it for trash!-------------------- There is gold in human blood!-------------------- Due to plastic surgery, three women were detained at a South Korean airport after officials were unable to confirm their identities by their passport photos!

CLEVER ... Thanksgiving
10 Tiny Steps to Get Your House Ready for Guests

  1. 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.
  2. Vacuum. Quickly run the vacuum in the rooms where your guests will be: entryway, bathroom, dining room, living room, maybe a guest room.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
10 Tips For a Flawless Thanksgiving Day Celebration
There's no doubt about it, hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a big undertaking. But there's something so rewarding about creating a big meal for family and friends to enjoy together. So whether it's your first time hosting, or you've done it before and you're looking to streamline the process - here are ten tips for a flawless Thanksgiving celebration.   
1. Plan your menu a few weeks in advance. Figure out where you'll get your turkey, make sure to take into account any special dietary needs, and find out if you have all the necessary kitchen equipment. 

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.  
8. Stock up on tupperware containers. There's nothing worse than spending the whole end of the evening trying to find extra containers to put leftovers in. Have plenty of them all ready to go, then you can spend your time with family instead.

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

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