Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.|
|Synonyms:||impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken|
|Usage:||Though they were poor and destitute, they refused to ask others for help or charity.|
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|A prolific writer whose works fill more than a dozen volumes, Stowe was an American novelist and humanitarian. Spurred to action by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, she began writing an antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, which became an instant and controversial best-seller. Its impact on Northerners' attitudes toward slavery was significant, swaying much of the public to support, or at least sympathize with, the abolitionist cause.|
|There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting.|
|The closest pictures ever taken of the dwarf planet Ceres show that its surface is so peppered with crater marks that it looks like a giant golf ball. Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is being observed by the spacecraft Dawn which arrived in the Spring.|
1777 - The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the national flag of the United States. The Flag Resolution stated "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." On May 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 "Flag Day" as a commemoration of the "Stars and Stripes."
1834 - Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper.
1841 - The first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.
1907 - Women in Norway won the right to vote
1922 - Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to be heard on radio. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.
1951 - "Univac I" was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau and billed as the world's first commercial computer.
2002 - Actor Kirk Douglas received the UCLA Medal. The award is presented to people for cultural, political and humanitarian achievements.
If You Were Born Today, June 14
You are quick-witted and versatile. Your nature is a tad contradictory, as you crave change and adventure, yet need stability and security. At times impulsive, and other times very deliberate, your dual nature can be both intriguing and frustrating! You are a person who enjoys building and accumulating, and you can be very resourceful. Famous people born today: Yasmine Bleeth, Steffi Graf, Che Guevara, Donald Trump, Burl Ives.
Twilight in Bukhara
Photograph by Joel Koczwarski, National Geographic
“As dusk settles in the ancient city of Bukhara, a lone woman passes by an incredible ancient mosque of epic proportions,” writes photographer Joel Koczwarski. Located in present-day Uzbekistan, Bukhara was once an important stop along the Silk Road.
knit (interesting dishcloth pattern but no picture available as it must be downloaded)
I finally made meatloaf last night in the crockpot. If you google meatloaf in crockpot or crockpot meatloaf you will get a bazillion different ways to make meatloaf in the crock. I got overwhelmed reading them, and decided to make it the way that I always make meatloaf: throw in what I feel like at the time and hope for the best.
The very first time I made meatloaf kind of traumatized me, so I don't make it very often.
BUT! I made one yesterday.
This is what I did. You can use your favorite secret family recipe. -- Just keep the proportions pretty much the same -- use 1 to 2 pounds of ground meat.
1 pound lean ground turkey
-1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 chopped red bell pepper (take out the seeds!)
--1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
1 (14.4-ounce) can of tomatoes with Italian seasoning (the whole can, juice too!)
1 tablespoon A-1 sauce
1 tablespoon dried, minced onion flakes OR 1 packet onion soup mix (this is usually not gluten free, be careful and read ingredients well!)
1 large egg
1/4 cup (or so) of ketchup
--in a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the ketchup and mix. I always use my hands, because that's what my mom does. Remember where you put your rings!
--squirt the ketchup all over the top.
You can put the entire meat mixture directly into your crockpot, or you can put it into a heat-resistant dish inserted into your crock. It is your choice. I used my 6qt Smart Pot, and put a loaf pan into it. What I like about using the loaf pan is that the fat kind of bubbles up and out over the top of the pan and then collects in the crock.
I wish I had one of those insert things that goes in the loaf pan for meatloaf with the little holes so the fat can drain. But I don't.
If your crock is only 4 qts, just plop the meat into the crock. You can suck away some of the fat that collects on the top with paper towels a few hours into cooking time if it grosses you out.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6-8. The meat is done when it is brown and fully cooked when you cut into it.
Let the meat sit for about 30 minutes before you slice and serve.
I didn't let my meat sit long enough and it fell apart. It was kind of like meatloaf hash. It tasted wonderful, but I was bummed that it didn't slice the way that I knew it could if I hadn't rushed the process. My parents came for dinner and liked it, and took home some leftovers. They fed the kids while Adam and I went for a run, and the kids ate it for them. I think grandma and grandpa should come over for dinner more often---the kids eat MUCH better for them.
Make some lovely tissue paper poppies to last the entire season (and then some). We doubted our own flower crafting abilities, too, before we tried our first bouquet. Now, we're hooked.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... craft
17-year-old Lamont Cathey, who was jailed for breaking into a pizza parlor in Chicago, is proving to be a costly inmate to handle. For the past 16 months, mentally disturbed Cathey has been consuming metal objects – ranging from toe screws to needles, to drawing pins, and even strips of leather. He has been rushed to the prison’s hospital 24 different times to have these items removed, costing the State a whopping $1.3 million!
Cathey used to be a promising basketball player until he was accused of stealing money from a safe at a pizzeria over a year ago. He is yet to go on trial, and as he waits for a sentence, he has taken to eating “anything he could get his hands on” around his cell. He reportedly swallowed parts of a security camera, tore apart a $50,000 hospital bed, and broke open a medical device to swallow the parts inside.
"Good Morning" in Czech (Czech Republic) - Dobré ráno
thanks, patty and shelley
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