When the hand-written letter, note or document is fast becoming a thing of the past, the art of elegant (or even legible) handwriting may well be under threat. encourages you put pen to paper, and to practice your handwriting.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To calm in temper or feeling; soothe.|
|Synonyms:||appease, assuage, conciliate, pacify, placate|
|Usage:||She was so outraged that nothing her friends said could mollify her anger.|
|Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, was on assignment in Pakistan when he was kidnapped by a group of Pakistani militants who believed he was a spy. His captors sent a lengthy list of demands to US officials—along with pictures of Pearl with a gun to his head—and killed Pearl just days after kidnapping him. A videotape of his beheading soon became public.|
|Largely unappreciated during his life, Marie-Henri Beyle, better known by his pen name Stendhal, is now regarded as one of the great French novelists. His psychologically complex works, like The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma, influenced the development of the modern novel. His unfinished, posthumously published, autobiographical Memoirs of an Egotist and The Life of Henry Brulard are among his most original achievements.|
When the Italian town of Herculaneum was destroyed by a blast from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, it left behind the only classical library still in existence—but in charred and matted scrolls so fragile that they cannot be safely unrolled. Enter 3-D X-ray technology, typically reserved for mammography, which a group of researchers recently used to see inside the scrolls without unrolling them. The team has reported making out some Greek letters using this X-ray technique, which is best at picking out minute differences in similar surfaces. Because some ink never penetrated the papyrus, the letters stand out in relief
1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y.
1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover's Vice President.
1943 - Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
1971 - In Prospect Creek Camp, AK, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as minus 80 degrees.
1975 - "Barney Miller" made his debut on ABC-TV.
1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.
1989 - Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84.
If You Were Born Today, January 23
You are a practical idealist. While you have a strong need for security, you need to mix up your routines frequently or else you easily feel antsy. You are excellent at organizing, but others may not understand your system! Managing money is a skill. You are very resourceful and versatile, and a strong individualist. Following through on all of your ideas is something you have trouble doing, and you eventually learn that focusing on a few brings you more success. Famous people born today: Jeanne Moreau, Princess Caroline of Monaco, John Hancock.
Indonesian national search and rescue agency members and Indonesian Air Force crew carry a dead body from a helicopter, during search and rescue operations for the crashed AirAsia plane, at Iskandar Military Airport, in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia
crochet (over the next 5 crochets)
'hello' in New Zealand: (Maori): Kia Ora
Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer, Ip, in Beverly Hills, CA -1958.
Steven Spielberg sits in the mechanical shark used in JAWS