Saturday, October 17, 2015

Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty OCTOBER 17, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Poverty has many faces, whether it be starving children in Africa or India or whether it be a struggling single Mother crying in the supermarket as her children look on confused. The examples of poverty range from extreme to almost imperceptible and the UN has declared Fighting Poverty to be one of the cores of their Millennium Development Goals.
There is no denying that poverty is a social struggle and affects communities far and wide with impacts on single people and whole cities. With rising awareness in recent decades there are now more steps than ever being taken towards the eradication of poverty and the assistance and inclusion of those struggling with poverty towards being a part of the solution. The complexity of poverty is now better understood due to increased cultural awareness and sympathy with true connection and motion towards a solution. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed to promote and acknowledge the effort and struggle of those living in poverty. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty also gives people living in poverty a specific opportunity to make their concerns and thoughts heard, recognizing that they are the first to fight against poverty.
The very first observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be pinpointed as the 17th of October in 1987. On that Saturday in fall more than a hundred thousand people congregated at the Trocadéro in Paris, France. It was there that the Declaration of Human Rights was signed by the United Nations in 1948, in order to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. The central principles expressed in the declaration were carved in a commemorative stone, which was unveiled at the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights in 1987.
In 1992 a resolution was adopted and the General Assembly declared the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty as an official day on which to promote events “with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.”
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty an opportunity to recognize the struggles of those living in poverty and to encourage their efforts and the efforts of anyone working to eradicate poverty.

thanks, susan b.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) (Of sleep) deep or unbroken.
Usage:He fell into a deep, wakeless sleep.


French King Louis XIII Crowned in Rheims (1610)

At the age of nine, Louis XIII succeeded his father, Henry IV, under the regency of his mother, Marie de' Medici. Even after Louis was declared of age in 1614, his mother arranged his marriage to Anne of Austria in 1615 and continued to govern until 1617. Resentful of her power, Louis exiled her, but the two were reconciled by her principal adviser Cardinal Richelieu, whom Louis later named chief minister. 

Rita Hayworth (1918)

Margarita Cansino began her show business career as a child, dancing flamenco with her well-known father, Eduardo. After taking acting lessons, changing her last name to Hayworth, and dying her hair its trademark red, she began her acting career. Her appearance in a series of musicals made her a star, and her role in Gilda confirmed her status as a Hollywood sex symbol, making her one of the most popular wartime pinups.

Sweetest Day

More than 40 years ago, a man from Cleveland came up with the idea of showing the city's orphans and shut-ins that they hadn't been forgotten by distributing small gifts to them on a Saturday in October. The celebration of what came to be called Sweetest Day soon spread to Detroit and other American cities. Although it is still supposed to be an occasion to remember others with a kind act, a word of encouragement, or a long-overdue letter, local merchants in cities where Sweetest Day is observed usually get together and promote the day as a time to purchase gifts.

Humans Exited Africa and Trekked to China, Fossils Reveal

Teeth from a cave in China suggest that modern humans lived in Asia much earlier than previously thought, and tens of thousands of years before they reached Europe, researchers say. 

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1888 - The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands. 

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1939 - "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" premiered. 

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1953 - Conductor Leopold Stokowski performed the first concert of contemporary Canadian music to be presented in the U.S. 

1967 - The musical "Hair" premiered at New York's Public Theatre. The show ran for 1,758 performances. 

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1985French author Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize in literature

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1987 1st indoor World Series game (Minnesota Metrodome)

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2007The Dalai Lama and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel (and my teacher at university) received the United States Congressional Gold Medal.


If You Were Born Today, October 17

You have strong opinions and possess much determination. Your insight into human nature makes up part of your appeal to others. Your tendency to bang your head against the wall and to become frustrated easily is something that you outgrow and/or temper over the years. Your strong ideals and emotions, if channeled constructively, can bring you much success in your chosen profession. Communication is important to you, although your own communication style is moody. You are highly intelligent and possess the ability to "hit the nail on the head". Although you can be blunt at times, you generally come across well to others, simply because they can sense your good intentions. Famous people born today: Pope John Paul I, Evel Knievel, Arthur Miller, Eminem, Ziggy Marley, Rita Hayworth, Montgomery Clift, George Wendt, Margot Kidder.

Picture of the day
Six Flags New Orleans
An aerial photograph of Six Flags New Orleans taken two weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the city. The theme park is located in a low-lying artificial basin, and as such remained flooded with 4 to 7 feet (1.2 to 2.1 m) of brackish water for more than a month. The corrosive water damaged most of the rides past the point of salvage ability, and Six Flags terminated their 75-year lease over the property. Though there have been several plans to redevelop the site, Six Flags New Orleans today remains abandoned.

Picture of a solar eclipse in Spitsbergen, Norway

Night in Day

Photograph by Isabelle Bacher
Like a giant, celestial version of a child’s night-light, a solar eclipse gleams over the mountains of Spitsbergen, Norway. But those who witnessed the event were—hopefully—happy not to have slept through it, including Isabelle Bacher, who submitted the photo and described the scene as “just magical.”

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CrockPot Pie Recipe

I've wanted to make a fruit pie in the crockpot for a while. It was a good day.

The Ingredients.

--2 cans sliced peaches with the juice (15 oz cans)
--1 1/2 cups Bisquick-type mix (I used Pamela's)
--1/2 cup brown sugar
--2 T melted butter
--1 t vanilla
--1/2 tsp cinnamon
--1/4 tsp nutmeg
--1/4 tsp allspice

The Directions.

I used a 4-quart crockpot

Dump the canned peaches into the bottom of the crock.

In a separate bowl, melt the butter, then add the dry ingredients and vanilla.

Stir with a fork to combine. The topping will be crumbly. I didn't even attempt to work it with my hands to create a smooth crust. I do think it would work, though, if you added some more butter.

Pour mixture on top of peaches, and press down with your hands (I didn't do this, because I didn't want to get gooky, but I probably should have).

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. The pie is done when it has begun to brown on the edges and the fruit is bubbly and looks like the juice has caramelized a bit.

The Verdict.

This did the trick. Even though the top looks awfully crumby, the topping ended up being baked and bit chewy like a traditional pie crust. If I had taken the time to form the dough a bit and pressed it down, it would have been better. I believe this simple dough can be used with any variety of fruit---canned or fresh---and with canned pie filling. We just happened to have a case of canned peaches in the garage.

Fall Inchies 
that artist woman

Row #1


- 3 inchies cut from wc paper, mine are 2x2"
- watercolor or disk tempera
- scrap of yellow paper
- black sharpie pen
- pencil crayons
- little alphabet stamps
- black stamp pad
- squirrel clip art 
- small leaves from garden
- light yellow acrylic or liquid tempera paint


First up is school bus inchie.

Using a pencil draw a road.

Add some blue watercolor or disk tempura to the sky.  I'm pouncing in the paint here.

Pounce in some green and yellow on both sides of the road.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

Paint the road grey.

Take your scrap of yellow paper and cut out a bus shape.  It kinda looks like your thumbnail.

Using a black sharpie pen add details, use red pencil crayon for lights, blue for windows.
Glue onto road and then add tires with sharpie.

Love all those squirrels scampering around.

Paint an inchie orange.

Add a little brown to your squirrel clipart.  I used watercolor but you could also do pencil crayon.  I left the stomach white.

Cut out.

I can't stop buying these little alphabet stamps.  I get them from Michael's for $1.50 and must have a gazillion.

I remind you to do a test with all the stamps before using. This has saved my own bacon many times…I spelt squirrel wrong on my first test!

Add S is for squirrel to your inchie.

Time for leaf prints. 

Paint one inchie a nice deep red.  If you are pressed for time you can use red paper.

Let dry.

Hunt down some small leaves from the garden.

Using acrylic or liquid tempera paint the back side of the leaf, (you could also use a colored stamp pad).

The second print is usually the best so make the first print on some scrap paper and then print on the red inchie.

Row #2


- 3 more wc paper inchies (2"x2")
- watercolor or disk tempera paint
- oil pastels
- black acrylic paint
- old book page
- black and orange crayon
- 2 tiny goggly eyes
- scrap of brown paper
- scrap of orange paper
- black pen
- glue


This inchie is based on a negative painting project. 

Paint an inchie with fall colors.  I'm using dim tempera.  To get a nice marbled look I first start painting in yellow, about 2/3rds of the inchie.  I then add some orange and red which will mingle a bit with the yellow.

Set aside to dry.

Draw some lines on your inchie with a black pencil crayon.

Now it's hard to get your brain to look at the negative shape so here's a trick.  Using pencil draw your leaf shapes.

Take some black acrylic paint, you don't need much, and paint around those leaf shapes.  Small brushes come in handy.

This inchie is also based on an earlier project looking at open vs. closed composition. 

Take an inchie and paint it sky blue.  While you at it do a second one, we'll use it on the next row.

Let dry.

Take your old book page, trace around your inchie.  This helps you know how big to make your pear.  Draw your pear. Make a second one while you're at it.

Cut out the pear shape.

Take a scrap piece of paper and put your pear shape on it.  Taking your black crayon trace around your pear. Some black crayon will get on the edge of your pear.

Add a little orange crayon to your pear.

Add some yellow watercolor or disk tempera.  Your little brush comes in handy again.  The orange crayon will resist the paint giving you a nice shading look.

While the pears are drying paint a table on your blue inchie.  I just used some diluted blue and brown to make a grey.

Glue your pears on.  I'm showing an open composition so I have one of my pears going off the side. I glue it on first and then trim.

In Canada our Thanksgiving is the 2nd Monday of October so I made a little turkey.

Take your oil pastels and make a fan shape, you could also call it a campfire.

Paint the inchie yellow with watercolor or disk tempera.  The pastel will resist the paint.

Now take your brown paper and cut out a small circle.  I have a punch so I used that. Glue on your fan, use a black pen to add the feet.  Glue on the goggly eyes.  Cut a tiny triangle from the orange paper and glue that on as well.
Row #3


- 3 wc paper inchies
- watercolor paint or disk tempera
- acrylic paint or liquid tempera in a few fall colors
- cotton swab
- black paper and/or sticky foam
- scrap of red paper
- kleenex
- fine black sharpie or marker
- glue


First up is a little fall tree.

You'll need that extra blue inchie you made or paint a new one.

Draw a tree onto your inchie.  I used pencil crayons.  These are my new favorites. A bit pricey but so easy to sharpen, no broken tips and if they fall on the floor the there's no broken lead on the inside. (as compared to my prismacolor).

Take your cotton swab and cut in half.  You now have 2 different size circles you can stamp from the ends.  Squeeze out a little acrylic of liquid tempera and stamp in some leaves.

My little sign.  Could have made it a road sign shape….next time.

Paint the inchie with a sunset background.

Start with yellow strip, then orange, and finally some red. Let them mingle a bit.

Let dry.

Cut a little arrow out of black paper or craft foam.

Stick on.

Add a black bird (silhouette) cut from black paper.  I have a punch but you could draw it in pencil and then cut it out or just draw it on with black pencil crayon or marker.

Add the word south.

Finally our little farm, ready for the harvest.

Draw in a few hills lightly with pencil.

Paint in the sky and while still wet lift out a few clouds with a kleenex.

Paint in the hills with a little green and yellow.

Take your red scrap of paper, (mine is painted on the other side) and draw out a little barn shape.

Cut out.

Using a sharpie, black marker, or black pencil crayon add roof, windows, and door.

Using pencil crayons add some produce in those fields.

Glue the barn into place.

Glue your collection onto a nice backing paper.

Trim if needed.

That's it.  I hope you give a few of these inchies a try.  You can mix and match .



We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. - Friedrich Nietzsche



new human ancestor parts


A team of researchers from the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) have discovered a brand new species of ancient human ancestors in South Africa.
nadeli skeleton
Homo naledi skeleton CC John Hawks, Wits University


The cave housed 15 partial skeletons of what they’ve named Homo naledi.
Over 1,500 remains filled the chamber with everything from toddlers, adolescents, adults, and elderly providing a perfect timeline for study.
“It is the most significant and extensive discovery of early human relatives ever made on the continent of Africa.” –Prof. Lee Berger
They believe H. naledi lived in Africa up to 3 million years ago.
nadeli-handHomo naledi hand CC John Hawks, Wits University
nadeli-teethHomo naledi mandible CC John Hawks, Wits University
nadeli-skullHomo naledi skull CC Wits University


  • 5 feet tall
  • 100 lbs
  • Brain similar in size to an orange
  • Human-like teeth
  • Curved fingers


The most interesting part of this discovery to scientists is the practice this species had of interring its dead.
“Something we thought was unique to humans, and, in fact, maybe identified us” -Prof. Lee Berger
The deceased bodies were laid to rest in the Chamber of Stars, a cave 30 miles Northwest of Johannesburg. No other ancient hominids are known to have had any sort of rituals.
Researchers have placed H. naledi between Homo habilis and Homo erectus

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"Welcome" in French (Europe, Africa, America) - Bienvenue


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Diane CarveOutALittleFun 2015

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted play and make inchies. But I guess I have to do some adulting first:(