Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A cruel and brutal fellow.|
|Synonyms:||bully, hooligan, roughneck|
|Usage:||He had been a bully in grade school, so no one was surprised to hear that he is still considered a ruffian.|
|Kandinsky, a Russian-born painter and art theorist, was one of the 20th century's most important artists, credited with painting the first abstract works in the history of modern art. He was a founder of the German expressionist group The Blue Rider, and he wrote Concerning the Spiritual in Art to champion ideas about color and nonrepresentational painting that he had developed after coming in contact with Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism|
|While a root canal can be unpleasant for any patient, in the case of Pertinax, a nearly 400-pound gorilla, it can be a scary experience for the entire dental staff as well.|
1773 - Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.
1901 - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time.
1905 - Sime Silverman published the first issue of "Variety"
1985 - Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant. that happened, several years later, at a steak house restaurant, spark's, where my 1st husband and i celebrated our 1st anniversary dinner (after seeing 'an unmarried woman' lol)
1998 - Eric Michelman filed the earliest patent for a scroll wheel for a computer mouse.
1999 - Sigourney Weaver received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2009 - Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.
If You Were Born Today, December 16
You dislike planning ahead, preferring to wing it and then pick up the pieces, if necessary, later on. You see life as an adventure. Although your intuition is quite good, sometimes you act on impulse just for the sake of stirring things up. It's when you are acting on blind impulse rather than intuition that you are accident-prone (not just physically, either!). You are a natural psychologist, and your powers of observation when it comes to people are superb. Famous people born today: Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Bratt, Jane Austen, Margaret Mead, Steven Bochco, Liv Ullmann.
Sir Noël Coward (1899–1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer. Coward published more than 50 plays, many of which have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, well over a dozen musical theatreworks, screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, a novel, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works and won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs. His plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture.
Out of the Blue
Photograph by Matt Dutile, National Geographic
“The winding streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco, are coated in wonderful blue tones,” writes Matt Dutile. “I found the studded door in the background a really great example of the architectural character of the city but wanted to capture someone passing by to give the photo a sense of place. So I crouched down in another doorway down the alley and snapped images as people were passing by. I waited until I had just the right moment I wanted—the colorful pink of the young girl's dress [popped] out well as she hit stride in just the right spot. Patience pays off.”
CROCKPOT RECIPE, CHRISTMAS
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... CHRISTMAS craft
Embossed Yarn Ornaments
These are easy for kids to make and decorate!
- Chipboard or Cereal box
- Aluminum Foil
- Jar lid
- Our favorite markers
- Thin yarn or twine
- Glue stick
- Step One Draw a circle on a piece of chipboard using your jar lid. Cut out the circle.
- Step Two Using a glue stick cover both sides of the circle with glue.
- Step Three Cut an 18” length of yarn. Start wrapping your circle with the yarn to make patterned blocks.
- Step Four When you are done wrapping add more glue on top of the yarn.
- Step Five Cut out two pieces of aluminum foil, one slightly larger than your circle and one the same size as your circle.
- Step Six Press the yarn wrapped circle down on the larger piece of foil then place the circle of foil on the back side of the circle.
- Step Seven Trim the larger piece of foil to be roughly ¼” larger than the circle and fold the edges over.
- Step Eight Emboss it! Using your finger press down on the front of the circle to reveal the yarn “lines.”
- Step Nine Color in the pattern with sharpies! Use the yarn to guide your pen and stay within the lines.
- Step Ten When you are done poke a hole in the top with a large needle, thread with embroidery thread, and hang it from your tree!
If you decide to make homemade Christmas ornaments this year consider trying a few finger embossed ones, either style or both! They make a lovely addition to a Christmas tree and embossing is a great way to explore the sense of touch.
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