Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content.|
|Usage:||Many artists were still interested in depicting traditional narratives and came to find the doctrine of formalism limiting.|
|One of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world, the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades. The largest Crusader fortress in the Holy Land, it could hold up to 2,000 soldiers and included a chapel, a storage facility, and two stables that could accommodate up to 1,000 horses. Though it is estimated that the Hospitallers could have withstood a siege for five years, the fortress was captured in 1271|
|Rittenhouse was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, mathematician, surveyor, and the first director of the US Mint. A clockmaker by trade, he developed many mathematical instruments, as well as perhaps the first telescope in the US. He later used tools he created to establish several state lines as well as part of the boundary known as the Mason-Dixon Line.|
|Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the 7th century, when perfume was used, as well as tea.|
|France has sent shock waves through the global fashion industry by passing a surprise law making it a criminal offence to employ dangerously skinny women on the catwalk. Under the new law, anyone running an agency found employing undernourished models below an as-yet undefined body mass index (or BMI) risks a maximum sex month prison terms and a huge fine.|
1834 - In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.
1873 - Alfred Paraf patented the first successful oleomargarine.
1953 - The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1986 - Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, CA.
2002 - Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play "Topdog/Underdog."
If You Were Born Today, April 8
You are a true pioneer with exceptionally strong business sense. You have little patience for slacking off and slowness. Quick-minded and generally thorough, you are also very independent, rarely asking for help. This trait can lead you to feel lonely at times. However, you are quick to help others if they sincerely need a hand. You make an excellent manager, and while you like to lead or do things on your own, you are not arrogant or overbearing.Famous people born today: Mary Pickford, Betty Ford, Julian Lennon, Patricia Arquette.
Pool of Light
Photograph by Kelsey Gerhard, National Geographic
In the summer months in Virginia, writes Kelsey Gerhard, “my daughters practically live in the water.” And the beauty of the girls in their element has become one of Gerhard’s favorite things to photograph. “One night, I knew we would be swimming late at a nearby pool, and I brought along my Nikon D700 and Ikelite underwater housing to play. I knew the pool lights would create some interesting images, but I did not realize just how magical they would be.”
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crochet, flower blanket
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DIY Greek & Regular Style Yogurt!
makes 1 quart
this recipe that makes 1 quart, 1 cup of Greek Yogurt, or two quarts of regular yogurt, for only $2.20 (that's an 90% off savings)
I lost a bit of weight when I was sick over spring break. That means that I am able to eat an entire pound cake all by myself, right? I did share. Sort of. okay, not really.
--2 cups of all-purpose flour (
--1/2 t cream of tartar
--1/4 t salt
--1 cup butter
--1 cup sugar
--1 t ground nutmeg
--6 eggs. I know. it's a lot. but it tastes soooooooooo good!
--1 1/2 t vanilla
--melt butter in a mixing bowl
--add the rest of your ingredients. I have no idea in what order I added them, and I am of the school of thought that it doesn't really matter.
--mix with a hand or stand mixer until ingredients are well incorporated
--grease the inside of your crockpot. I used my mini 1.5 qt crock for this recipe, because I was eager to see how it baked. It did a good job!--- if you don't have a mini crock, you can dump the batter directly into your big one or plop it in a loaf pan or similar heat-resistant dish inside of your crock stoneware. Don't add any water.
--prop the lid open with a chopstick or the end of a wooden spoon. I started with a chopstick, but needed to switch to a toothpick because the dough rose SO much that the chopstick started getting stuck in the dough. If you are using a large crockpot, that won't happen to you.
--cook on high until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean. This took about 4 hours in my mini crockpot. I probably checked it too often, but I was excited.
This smells so wonderful while it's cooking. .
I ate it all. Every last crumb. One of the edges was slightly burnt--I didn't care, but it is something to note. I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely it fell out of the greased stoneware. I'm really enjoying baking without hovering.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... craft
HOMEMADE STAMPS OUT OF BOTTLE TOPS AND FOAM
I also found that the selection of large foam stickers was far greater than their smaller counterparts. In summary, find large tops.
Then go to your local Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Tree or any craft supply store and purchase foam shape stickers. I had some on hand but found more at my local Dollar Tree store. You can get an 80 piece package for just $1.
Now comes the hard part. Stick your foam stickers to the tops of your bottle caps and you have a homemade stamp! Pretty tricky, huh?
'where's the bathroom?' in Lithuanian - Kur yra tualetas?
An eleven-hour, continuous performance during which the artist crocheted herself into a cocoon using red yarn.
The Royal Navy on the way home from France with Queen Victoria on board, who had just visited Napoleon III, 1858
Gold diggers marching through Chilkoot pass, the only way towards Dawson City, 1898
Selfie circa 1920
A rare color photograph of two Parisian women from 1930
Class held in a train wagon (reason unknown), Ontario, Canada, 1932
Driving class at Michigan Highland Park University, 1939
Searchlights on the Rock of Gibraltar, 1942