Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Int'l Translation Day SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Int'l Translation Day

Launched in 1953, International Translation Day is a relatively recent entry into the calendar of world events. Established by the International Federation of Translators, the annual celebration is an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of translators who endeavor to make the world a slightly smaller place by breaking down language barriers and allowing great literature to be enjoyed far more widely. The work of translators is seen as being of growing importance due to growing opportunities for international travel and globalization of trade markets.
The event is marked with a series of dedicated events, seminars and symposiums across the world. International Translation Day itself coincides with the feast day of St. Jerome, a Christian scholar and priest who was the first person to translate the Bible into Latin from the original Hebrew, making it accessible for the first time to a far wider audience. St. Jerome is the patron saint of translators.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion.
Usage:They quarreled and bickered more than ever among themselves, till at times the camp was a howling bedlam.


Film Icon James Dean Killed in Car Crash (1955)

Though he would become one of the most iconic actors in the history of Hollywood, Dean starred in only three movies—East of EdenRebel Without a Cause, and Giant. The moody actor was acclaimed as the epitome of the mid-1950s, representing the alienated American youth of the time. In 1955, his career and life were cut short when he was killed in a highway crash while driving his Porsche to compete in a racing event. He was just 24.

Truman Capote (1924)

Capote's first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, launched a literary career that included the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and his innovative "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood, a chilling account of the senseless, brutal murder of a Kansas family that is widely considered his finest work. Capote cultivated celebrity and was famous in later years for his jet-setting lifestyle as well as his writing

Fossilized Fur Reveals Color of 49-Million-Year-Old Bats

Fossils can do a good job of revealing key aspects of an extinct creature: its bones, teeth, claws, even soft tissue like fur, skin, feathers, organs, and sometimes remains of its last meal in the gut. Knowing its color has been a trickier question.

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1787 - The Columbia left Boston and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.

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1791 - The Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) premiered in Viena, Austria. 

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1846 - Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient

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1861 - Chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. was born. 

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1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

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1951 - "The Red Skelton Show" debuted on NBC-TV. 

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1982 - "Cheers" began an 11-year run on NBC-TV

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1988John Lennon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, September 30

Emotionally spontaneous and a romantic at heart, you are imaginative, generous, and good-humored. You tend to avoid the more difficult aspects of life and people. At times, you may be impractical and lazy, as you are especially fond of comfort and ease. In love, you are restless and impulsive, and perhaps a little too quick to jump into a relationship. Your emotions are strong and changeable - you're very hard to read! Famous people born today: Deborah Kerr, Truman Capote, Angie Dickinson, Johnny Mathis, Marc Bolan, Marion Cotillard, Lacey Chabert.

Picture of the day
Cymbiola imperialis
Cymbiola imperialis is a species of sea snail in the family Volutidae. First described by John Lightfoot in 1786, this species can be found in the Sulu Sea, near the Philippines.

Picture of a light-filled valley taken from Xianggong Hill, China

High Light

Photograph by Matthew Richardson, National Geographic 
Early morning sunbeams pierce the clouds over a valley in Yangshuo County, China. Matthew Richardson captured the dramatic scene from his vantage point atop Xianggong Hill, just one of the many karst peaks that fill the region.

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Blackberry mohair shrug pattern by Wingelbert Humptyback
New version of pdf uploaded on March 29, 2010.
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Panda And Zebra Hand Puppets
Knit a pair of cute hand puppets.
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Photography Hat pattern by Hannah Kelley Alvarez
This pattern is also on the Nine Rubies iPad app, which can be purchased for $4.99. If you already have the app, the pattern is free.
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Yoga Wrap Sweater & Leggings

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Bridal Garter pattern by Lisa Hamblin
From the website: A nice simple garter in crochet with picot edging. Slip in a blue ribbon and wear as your “Something Blue”!
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Bridal Clutch pattern by Lion Brand Yarn
Whether it’s for the bride or the bridesmaids (a great favor!), this lovely purse is a wonderful addition to your wedding--as well as other special occasions. ...
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A half circle shaped shawlette.
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Garlic Mashed Potato Pancakes
Hashbrown Potato Pancakes

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CrockPot Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Last week Maura emailed and asked if I had a crockpot shepherd's pie recipe. I didn't. I didn't even have a regular shepherd's pie recipe, and actually wasn't too clear on what went into one.She sent me a base recipe, and I made it the other night in the crockpot.

The Ingredients.

--3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
--1 lb ground turkey or beef
--2 cloves garlic, chopped
--2 cups frozen vegetables (I used roasted corn and peas)
--1 medium onion, chopped finely, or 1 T onion flakes
--1/2 tsp seasoned salt
--1/2 tsp onion powder
--1/4 tsp black pepper
--1/4 tsp paprika (then a bit more for garnish)
--1 cup water
--2 cups shredded cheese

The Directions.

I used a 4 quart crockpot---it was the perfect size. A larger will work, but it will cook faster.

Brown the meat and onion on the stove, and drain any fat. Toss the meat with the spices and garlic---I didn't but next time I'd probably put the garlic and spices in with the meat in the frying pan, it would be easier.

Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray. Put the meat in the crockpot and stir in the frozen vegetables, and a cup of water. Add two cups of cheese on top. Press the mashed potatoes down on top of the cheese and meat. Sprinkle with a bit of paprika.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for about 3, then remove the lid and cook on high for 30 minutes to release the condensation and allow the potatoes to brown a bit on top. Everything is cooked already, so you're really just allowing the flavors to meld and the potatoes to crustify

Someone will ask about using raw meat. I'm sure it will work, but I have a swimming-in-fat-and-grease phobia, so I didn't do it. If you are going to try, I'd cut the water down to 1/2 a cup and remember that the potatoes might not get the type of crust you are looking for unless you vent the crockpot with a chopstick or wooden spoon.

The Verdict.

I will make this again. I loved it that all of us ate the same thing at the table, and the kids really enjoyed the meat and potatoes.

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring


Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. - Earl Nightingale


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"Welcome" in Cree (Canada) - Wachiya

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thanks, patty
Photos of seniors having fun prove that it's never too late to have a good time.