DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate World Human Spirit Day
So many of our statements nowadays end with ‘the world as we know it.’ World Human Spirit Day is a celebration of the fact that what we know about our own world is limited and superficial. It is a day to wonder at our achievements on this planet as humans, and to contemplate the endless possibilities we have as spirits. A day to search within for contentedness and to embrace the fact that we do not have all the answers and that may be for the best. A day to give a higher power thanks for what we have and what we don’t have, for making us who we are and for giving us the ability to touch others. This day is a celebration of continuity, of hope, of awareness, an occasion for us all to connect spiritually, to gaze at the universe beyond our worldly bodies.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.|
|Usage:||His rough clothes and starved frame gave him the look of an ascetic, and he refused the food they tried to give him.|
|Garry Kasparov is a chess grand master and one of the strongest players in history. He was the youngest person to become the World Chess Federation's World Chess Champion, a title he held from 1985 until 1993. In 1996, Kasparov played against a super-computer called "Deep Blue," which was capable of evaluating 100 billion positions each turn. He lost the first game, but rebounded in the next five games to beat the machine.|
|Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan ended his career with a regular-season scoring average of 30.1 points per game, the highest in NBA history. He won six NBA championships, was league MVP five times, and earned two Olympic gold medals. Jordan's mid-air acrobatics and slam dunk skills are legendary and earned him the nickname "Air Jordan."|
|While seemingly everyone is on Instagram, doctors have their own photo-sharing app for medical anomalies: Figure 1. It was created by physician Josh Landy to be a "global knowledge notebook," a way to get second, third, and fourth opinions on a case—virtually—and to be a learning tool in the medical profession. Such sharing has raised concerns about doctor-patient confidentiality, but all personal information is removed when images are uploaded, and patients must give permission for their pictures to be shared. As of summer 2014, Figure 1 had 150,000 users.|
1817 - The first gaslit streetlights appeared on the streets of Baltimore, MD.
1876 - Julius Wolff was credited with being the first to can sardines.
1924 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.
1933 - "Newsweek" was first published.
1955 - Little Richard sent his first audition tape to Specialty Records.
1965 - Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on " The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" on NBC-TV.
1966 - Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."
If You Were Born Today, February 17
You are a responsible, success-oriented, and driven person who rises to most any challenge that comes your way. Your staying power is tremendous, and others are generally in awe of your ability to overcome obstacles. Your professional life is extremely important to you. You need to be careful that your worldly ambitions don't take over your life. Others admire you for your cool and collected approach to the world, and although you enjoy this reputation, it can come at a price--you don't always open your heart to others and might feel alone even if you are surrounded by people. Famous people born today: Rene Russo, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Jordan, Denise Richards, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paris Hilton, Margaret Truman.
Inside the Drop
Photograph by Gus Schiavon, National Geographic
“As a professional canyoning photographer ... I had seen and taken plenty of shots from the top or bottom of a waterfall but never from the inside of one,” writes Gus Schiavon. Here, a canyoneer begins descending the Campuhan waterfall in Bali, Indonesia’s Kerenkali canyon.
“Getting in position for the shot involved using a secondary belay and my own rope, rappelling until I was slightly behind the waterfall’s flow, carefully securing myself, finding good foot balance, and, most importantly, using a special waterproof cover for my camera while keeping the front element clear from water spray, which would have ruined the shot.”
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The hardest thing about this recipe is cutting through the squash. My mom told me (too late, I had already plopped the pieces in the crock) that she usually microwaves squash for a few minutes to soften the skin before cutting. I look forward to trying that next time.
--2 T brown sugar
--2 T butter
--2 tsp cinnamon
--4 pinches of salt
I use a 4 quart crockpot. Cut the squash in quarters, and scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp. I gave the innards to the guinea pigs; they were thrilled.
Put 1/2 T of butter and 1/2 T of brown sugar into each quarter. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of cinnamon onto each brown sugar pile. Add a small pinch of salt to each quarter.
Lower the pieces into your crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for about 3. The squash is finished when it is fork tender and peels away from the skin easily.
My mom and I ate this, and liked it a lot. I was able to get one kid to try a bite, and she liked it, but I think she mostly got brown sugar. Adam doesn't like squash, but ate a few bites to be nice.
I will make this again. It was simple, tasty, and smelled wonderful. I'll just share with my mom.
'hello' in Zarma- (Niger, West Africa) Fofo
The world is full of extreme climates that make it difficult for human habitation. There are many extreme places in the world, some of them more extreme than others. There are hottest places on earth, and also the coldest. Here, this article describes the places with the lowest temperature on Earth, the coldest places. The coldest temperature ever recorded was minus 128.6 degrees F in at the Russian research station in Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983. While none of these towns or cities gets that cold, some get frighteningly close to it. Here we present the top coldest places in the world. These are places where recorded temperatures are very low.
Rogers Pass – Montana, USA
Rogers Pass rises 5,610 feet above sea level and is located on the continental divide in the U.S. state of Montana. Rogers Pass is the location of the coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States outside of Alaska. On January 20, 1954, a low temperature of −70 °F (−57 °C) was recorded during a severe cold wave.
Fort Selkirk – Yukon, Canada
Fort Selkirk is a former trading post on the Yukon River at the confluence of the Pelly River in Canada’s Yukon. In 1950 this place was deserted because of extreme cold conditions. It is now inhabited again but is only accessible sometimes. There is no road access. Most visitors get there by boat or a plane. The coldest month is January and the lowest temperature is -74 °F.
Prospect Creek – Alaska, USA
Prospect Creek is a very small settlement approximately 180 miles north of present day Fairbanks and 25 miles southeast of present day Bettles, Alaska. This place has a sub-arctic sort of weather which means that winters last for a long period of time and summers are very short. Weather conditions are even more severe now so the area is less crowded now. The record low temperature of −80 °F (−62 °C) was recorded.
Snag – Yukon, Canada
Eismitte – Greenland
The name Eismitte means Ice-Center in German. This place is on the interior Arctic side of Greenland, it has ice everywhere and therefore it is rightfully called Mid-Ice or Center-Ice. The coldest temperature recorded during the expedition was −64.9 °C (−85 °F).
North Ice – Greenland
North Ice was a research station of the British North Greenland Expedition on the inland ice of Greenland. This is the fifth coldest place in the world. The lowest temperatures recorded are -86.8F and -66C. It was once the name of a research station.
Verkhoyansk is notable chiefly places in Russia for its exceptionally low winter temperatures and some of the greatest temperature differences between summer and winter on Earth. Verkhoyansk is one of the places considered the northern Pole of Cold. The lowest temperature recorded there, in February 1892, was −69.8 °C (−93.6 °F).
Oymyakon – Russia
With an extreme subarctic climate, Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, the other being the Verkhoyansk. The ground there is permanently frozen. In 1924, Russian scientist Sergey Obrychev registered the lowest temperature −71.2 °C (−96.2 °F) recorded at Oymyakon’s weather station. This is the lowest recorded temperature for any permanently inhabited location on Earth.
Plateau Station – Antartica
After Vostok, this is second most coldest place on earth, Plateau Station, an inactive American research and Queen Maud Land traverse support base on the central Antarctic Plateau. The coldest month being July, the lowest naturally recorded temperature was -119.2 on the Fahrenheit scale.
Vostok – Antartica