Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To make smooth or glossy by or as if by rubbing; polish.|
|Synonyms:||furbish, buff, flush|
|Usage:||Every afternoon, she would obsessively burnish the floors until the parlor gleamed like an ice rink.|
Idiom of the Day
— Something or someone highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive, especially in a fancy or elaborate way. Primarily heard in US, South Africa.
CANADA, GREAT BRITAIN and THE USA .. WOMEN'S VOTING RIGHTS
On January 28, 1916, women in the province of Manitoba were given the right to vote. The province of Saskatchewan followed suit on March 19, 1916. Alberta granted women the right to vote on 19 April 1916. British Columbia agreed to allow women the right to vote almost a year later - on 5 April 1917. One week after that the province of Ontario granted women the right to vote -- on April 12, 1917 We have Nellie McClung (amongst others) who led the fight in Manitoba, to thank for this privilege. By the way, Quebec did not allow women to vote until 1940!!!!
Federally, Canadian women were granted the right to vote in 1918
"The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 led to a suspension of all politics, including the militant suffragette campaigns. Lobbying did take place quietly. In 1918, a coalition government passed the Representation of the People Act 1918, enfranchising women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications. Ten years later, in 1928, the Conservative government passed the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act giving the vote to all women over the age of 21. Both before and after the 1832 Reform Act there were some who advocated that women should have the right to vote. After the enactment of the Reform Act enactment the MP Henry Hunt argued that any woman who was single, a tax payer and had sufficient property should be allowed to vote."
"...After a hard-fought series of votes in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. It states, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
|Defined as the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident, the word "serendipity" was first coined in 1754 by English author Horace Walpole in one of his more than 3,000 letters. In it, he explains that the root of his new word is taken from "The Three Princes of Serendip," a Persian fairy tale about princes who "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of."|
|Stroud was a convicted murderer serving time in prison when he came across some injured sparrows in the Leavenworth prison yard. He kept the birds and soon began raising canaries, which he could sell for supplies and to help support his mother. Using equipment furnished by a new warden, Stroud created an aviary and became an expert in avian pathology, writing two books on the subject and developing a cure for hemorrhagic septicemia.|
|NASA established the Day of Remembrance to honor those who have died in America's space program. The day focuses on those who died in three NASA space tragedies: the Apollo 1 fire on January 27, 1967; the Shuttle Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986; and the Shuttle Columbia tragedy of February 1, 2003. The day also remembers NASA employees who died in training and maintenance accidents. NASA observes the day with a roll call of all those who have died; at Cape Canaveral in Florida, a moment of silence is observed at noon.|
|The "Doomsday Clock" is set to be adjusted today to indicate how close the world's leading scientists think we are to a global catastrophe. Midnight on the clock represents "doomsday."|
1807 - London's Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight.
1878 - The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT.
1902 - The Carnegie Institution was established in Washington, DC. It began with a gift of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie.
1904 - Enrico Caruso signed his first contract with Victor Records. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera two months before.
1915 - The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
1916 - Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
1935 - Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.
1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games.
1985 - The song "We Are the World" was recorded. More than 40 artists were involved. The proceeds went toward worldwide hunger prevention.
1997 - Clive Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
If You Were Born Today, January 28
You are highly idealistic and a bit of a perfectionist. You have excellent instincts and generally can size up a person or a situation quickly and quite accurately. While gentle and considerate overall, you do have a dominant or "rule the roost" side, and you can be quite stubborn. You are also very patient and strategic when you need to be, but you have little patience for close-minded people. You are clever and charismatic, with a flair for the dramatic. Famous people born today: Alan Alda, Elijah Wood, James Larkin, Nick Carter, Sarah McLachlan.
A Clean Getaway
Photograph by Apu Jaman, National Geographic
Children make their escape during bath time in the Kaliganga River. Apu Jaman captured the photo-worthy moment while observing the everyday activities of villagers in Manikganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh. While standing on the Tora Bridge, Jaman noticed these children constructing a raft while they and other villagers bathed, and he watched as they got to work. “I just waited about one and a half hours to take this shot,” he writes, “and the photo was taken [during] a regular, daily life situation. If anyone visits Tora Bridge in Manikganj during the winter season, he or she will see this scene.”
knit VALENTINE'S DAY
Boat Neck Poncho
knit VALENTINE'S DAY
crochet VALENTINE'S DAY
crochet VALENTINE'S DAY
thanks for all the following pics, ellen
CHILDREN'S CORNER .... crafts
"what is your name?" in Arabic (Middle East) [classical Arabic] - Masmuk?
Use a rubber glove or squeegee as a pet hair magnet.
You’d be surprised at what rubber attracts! Use a squeegee or wear rubber dish-washing gloves, and run your hand over carpet covered in pet hair.