Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Weed Appreciation Day March 28, 2018

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Weed Appreciation Day
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Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. 
– A. A. Milne

Is there anything more aggravating then working in your garden and finding yet another sprouting of weeds after you thought you got them all? Seriously, weeds are just so incredibly annoying and you’re right to rip them out. Then afterwards you can sit on your porch and enjoy the dandelions that grow in your front yard, their bright yellow eyes turned to the sun. Weed Appreciation Day reminds you that those dandelions are weeds too, along with numerous other plants that you don’t mind growing in the yard.

History of Weed Appreciation Day

Weed Appreciation Day was established to remind people that a weed is just a plant growing where you don’t want it to grow. Blackberries are fantastic when you find them growing wild in the forest, but are perhaps less desirable when you find them growing in the middle of your rhododendron bushes. That’s basically the details of what makes a weed a weed, and there are hundreds of ‘weeds’ that are incredibly important in health, science, and culinary uses. After all, dandelion wine isn’t just a pretty name!
There’s also chickweed, which believe it or not is actually quite tasty and packed with vitamins, but most people just rip them out and throw them in the compost bin or burn them. Chicory is often considered to be a weed as well, though it’s a pretty little plant with bright blue flowers, but it’s a hugely popular drink in the south, especially in Louisiana. Certainly it’s the roots, but still, weeds are weeds only if you don’t want them where you find them!
Weed Appreciation Day reminds you to get out there and really look at your yard, and find out if perhaps what you once thought of us as a weed, is actually a wonderful new surprise living in your lawn.
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Word of the Day

stoicism 


Definition:(noun) An indifference to pleasure or pain.
Synonyms:stolidness
Usage:With the stoicism of the brutes who had raised him he endured his suffering quietly.


Idiom of the Day


man the fort

 — To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another.

History

Vikings Capture Paris (845 CE)

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Ragnar Lodbrok was a Norse hero of the Viking Age whose life—which was spent largely invading one country after another—has been mixed with myth in many legendary accounts. One of his favorite tactics was to attack Christian cities on holy days, as he did in 845, when he arrived in Paris on Holy Saturday with 120 ships. By some accounts, he accepted a tribute of 7,000 pounds of silver from French King Charles the Bald in exchange for sparing the city. 

Henry Schoolcraft (1793)

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Schoolcraft was a geologist, geographer, and ethnologist noted for his studies of Native American cultures as well as for his discovery of the source of the Mississippi River in 1832. His extensive relations with Native Americans—including his marriage to an Ojibwa woman—led to his appointment as an Indian agent, and he negotiated a treaty with the Ojibwa in 1836 that ceded much of their land to the US.

Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday)

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The Wednesday before Easter Sunday is the day on which the disciple Judas Iscariot made the deal to betray Jesus. In order to arrest Jesus without exciting the populace, Judas led the Jewish priests to the Garden of Gethsemane, near Jerusalem, where Jesus had gone at night to pray with the other disciples after the Last Supper. Judas identified Jesus by kissing him and addressing him as "Master." For this he was paid 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave in the Old Testament. 

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1797 - Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine. 

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1885 - The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S. 

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1908 - Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration. 

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1910 - The first seaplane took off from water at Martinique, France. The pilot was Henri Fabre. 

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1917 - During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.

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1947 - The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person's body. 

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1967 - Raymond Burr starred in a TV movie titled "Ironside." The movie was later turned into a television series. 

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1974 - A streaker ran onto the set of "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson." 

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1979 - A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown. 

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1990 - Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. President George H.W. Bush

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Self-portrait by Rembrandt, 1665.
2002 - The exhibit "The Italians: Three Centuries of Italian Art" opened at the National Gallery of Australia. 

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DAILY SQU-EEK





If You Were Born Today, March 28
You are determined, independent, and possess a style you can truly call your own. Seemingly fearless, you find your own way in life and determinedly achieve what you set out to do. Your sincerity wins you respect, and your spontaneity and enthusiasm are infectious. You are a pioneer and your vision is big. Insecurities and worries are often well hidden. Famous people born today: Reba McEntire, Vince Vaughn, Lady Gaga, Karen Kain, Julia Stiles.
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READERS INFO
1.
1969: A Sad Day

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Dwight D. Eisenhower died of congestive heart failure. Eisenhower had a distinguished military career and served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 until 1961.

Eisenhower had a long history of military service, beginning with his graduation from West Point in 1915. During World War I, he served stateside training troops for combat. After the war, Eisenhower served on a variety of military assignments under several military generals including Fox Conner in the Panama Canal Zone and Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines. Between these assignments, Eisenhower attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated first in his class in 1926.

After Pearl Harbor and the United States' entrance into World War II, he served at the War Department working on military plans for the Pacific and against Germany. Eisenhower played an important role in several key military operations during World War II including Operation Torch in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily and Operation Overlord on the beaches of Normandy. In December 1943, Eisenhower was named the supreme allied commander in Europe. He launched the Normandy beach invasion on June 6, 1944, which lasted until August. On Dec. 20, 1944, he was promoted to general of the Army, a rank equal to field marshal, which is used in many European countries. 

After the war, Eisenhower was appointed to be the military governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Allied-occupied Germany. In 1945, he took the position of chief of staff of the Army in Washington, D.C., and served in that role until 1948. Later, he served as president of Columbia University and, in 1951, as the first supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe.

On May 31, 1952, he retired from active military service. He then ran for president using the famous slogan "I like Ike," and was elected to two terms as president. During his presidency, Eisenhower authorized the Interstate Highway System and NASA, signed the armistice to end the Korean War, and he sent troops to Little Rock, Ark., to enforce school desegregation following the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Eisenhower created the official White House chief of staff position, and Camp David is named after his grandson. Eisenhower died at the age of 78 and was interred in a small chapel on the grounds of his presidential library in Abilene, Kan.

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DC National Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Mar 20 - Apr 15, 2018 | Washington, DC 

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Over 70,000 people flock to Washington, D.C., every year to view the cherry blossoms that bloom throughout the city in the springtime. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates this yearly occurrence in commemoration of the gift of Japanese cherry trees to Washington, D.C., by Tokyo City Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912. Presented as a symbol of the growing relationship between the two countries, this gift eventually resulted in 3,750 trees being planted around D.C. In addition to the beautiful pink blossoms, the festival features attractions such as colorful balloons, beautifully decorated floats, a parade and marching bands from different states around the country. The opening ceremony takes place in the National Building Museum and is immediately followed by an abundance of cultural events for guests to enjoy including a sushi and sake celebration, various art exhibits, fashion shows and live performances.

further information: Homepage - National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Cuban Sandwich Festival 2018

Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2018 | Tampa, FL

Ybor City: HCC |1320 E Palm Ave
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Every food deserves its own day. The Cuban-style sandwich, or simply Cubano, is a ham and cheese sub that has won over the hearts of millions of Americans. Each year, the cities of Ybor City and Tampa put on a fabulous Cuban Sandwich Festival in its honor. The highlight of the festival is the Cuban Sandwich Making Contest, where several local restaurants and epicureans compete to make the tastiest sandwiches, which are judged by a group of celebrity chefs and of course, festivalgoers. It also hosts a variety of live music and dance performances and art exhibitions throughout the two-day event.

further information: 7TH ANNUAL INTL CUBAN SANDWICH ART & FOOD FESTIVAL: SAT, MARCH 31ST & SUN, APRIL 1ST, 2018

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Lantern Light Festival 2018

Mar 29 - Apr 1, 2018 | Vallejo, CA

Solano County Fairgrounds|900 Fairgrounds Dr 
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In the sparkling city of Miami, Florida, a 2,000-year old Chinese tradition illuminates the night. Each year, thousands of spectators gather for the Miami Lantern Light Festival, a six-week celebration marking the return of Spring. The festival's main attraction is certainly the lanterns themselves; after all, these hand-crafted masterpieces can stand up to 30 feet high and 300 feet long. But you'd be mistaken to stop there, for the festival also boasts stunning live performances, delectable Chinese cuisine and unique activities designed for kids. Don't miss out on this impressive demonstration of meticulous artistry by the world's best lantern-makers!

further information: San Francisco (Bay Area) – Lantern Light Festival – A Night of Massive Chinese Lanterns

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Picture of the day

Virgin of the Rocks
Virgin of the Rocks is a title given to two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, which depict the Madonna and Christ Child with the infant John the Baptist and an angel in a rocky setting. The version generally considered the prime version hangs in the Louvre in Paris; the other, shown here, is held by the National Gallery in London. Although the paintings are similar in many ways, they differ in the gaze and right hand of the angel. as well as the colors, the lighting, the flora, and the way sfumato is used.

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SWEETS
Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Brownies
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Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Yield: 16-24 brownies, depending on size.
Serving Size: 1 brownie.
Calories per serving: 80
Fat per serving: 8
Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts nuts
  • 6 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons organic pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic raw cocoa butter, tempered
  • 2 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dried organic cranberries
  • 1/2 cups dried organic strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a high-quality food processor, add your nuts, and dried fruit. Blitz the ingredients together until well chopped but not minced. Remove from food processor. Set aside.
  2. Add the dates, tempered cocoa butter, cocoa powder, almond butter, and maple syrup to your food processor.
  3. Blend until a smooth dough forms and the mixture no longer sticks to he sides of your device.If you find that the mixture is too dry, you can add a date or two more. If you find the mixture too sticky, blitz up a couple more nuts and add it to the fruit-nut mixture, until you are able to touch the dough without it sticking to your fingers.
  4. Add the dough to your fruit-nut mixture. Fold together evenly.
  5. Spoon the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper or pan and press it into a large square about 1/2 an inch thick completely around.
  6. Place your pan of brownies in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm and set.
  7. Cut the brownie into 16-25 pieces. Remember, these are rich and a little goes a long way!
  8. These brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks, and last about a month in the fridge, and up to a year frozen. If frozen, thaw for one hour before eating.



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Butterfly Fish Purple Jigsaw Puzzle

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There is no future tense in the Finnish language!-------------------- Barbra Streisand has cloned her dog twice! Submitted by Suzanne Smagala-Potts, Orlando, FL.-------------------- Located in the Czech Republic, the state castle of Cesky Krumlov has had bears in its moat since the 18th century.

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EYE OPENER
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