Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic.|
|Synonyms:||rustic, arcadian, pastoral|
|Usage:||The illustrations in the book depicted pleasant, bucolic scenes with farmers happily toiling in the fields.|
Idiom of the Day
Dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding.
|Five days after John Lennon of the Beatles married the Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, the couple held the first of two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace as a non-violent way of protesting war and promoting peace. For the first Bed-In, the couple invited members of the press into their Amsterdam hotel room and then sat in bed and talked about peace. Months later, they held their second Bed-In in Montreal.|
|Bartók was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, and collector of folk music. In 1904, having discovered that the folk-music repertory generally accepted as Hungarian was in fact largely urban Roma—Gypsy—music, he set about researching Hungarian folk music. He worked folk themes and rhythms into his own music, achieving a style that was at once nationalistic and deeply personal.|
|Contrary to the long-running joke, the stereotype of the "dumb blonde" is, well, just plain dumb, researchers report. The researchers found that women and men with natural blonde hair had IQ scores similar to people with other hair colors|
1609 - Henry Hudson left on an exploration for Dutch East India Co.
1655 - Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan. Titan is Saturn's largest satellite.
1857 - Frederick Langenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse.
1901 - The Mercedes was introduced by Daimler at the five-day "Week of Nice" in Nice, France.
1902 - Irving W. Colburn patented the sheet glass drawing machine.
1911 - In New York City, 146 women were killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The owners of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the factory. The owners were later acquitted and in 1914 they were ordered to pay damages to each of the twenty-three families that had sued.
1941 - The first paprika mill was incorporated in Dillon, SC.
1947 - John D. Rockefeller III presented a check for $8.5 million to the United Nations for the purchase of land for the site of the U.N. center.
1954 - RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production.
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, AL.
1970 - The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1989 - In Paris, the Louvre reopened with I.M. Pei's new courtyard pyramid.
If You Were Born Today, March 25
You are playful, spirited, and totally unique in your self-expression. Anyone who knows you thinks you are "one in a million". As likeable as you are, some may be intimidated by your blunt approach, perhaps taking your many jokes a little too seriously. Underneath, you are far more sensitive and spiritual than you appear. Your memory is extraordinary and your talents are many. You love a good debate, and with your sharp mind, generally win! Famous people born today: Gloria Steinem, Aretha Franklin, Anita Bryant, Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Coronation of the Virgin is an oil painting on canvas completed by Diego Velázquez between 1641 and 1644. Depicting the Holy Trinity crowning the Blessed Virgin Mary, it may have been commissioned for the oratory of the court of Elisabeth of France, queen consort to Philip IV of Spain, in the Real Alcázar of Madrid. The painting is presently held by the Museo del Prado.
Standing in the Light
Photograph by Christopher Martin, National Geographic
In the northern reaches of China’s Yunnan Province, in the front range of the Himalaya, many of the people living in the small towns and villages are ethnic Tibetan. Here, Christopher Martin gets a glimpse into one of these traditional Tibetan homes, catching a moment of prayer. “It was an honor to see some of their culture during a visit to this village,” Martin writes.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... EASTER craft
Never break off more chocolate
than you can chew again
To easily break off a single piece of Toblerone, pull toward the bar, not away from it.
A reminder that there is 1 word in the English language that can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, or a preposition.
UPThis two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n], or [v].
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, why are the officers UP for election, and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers, and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
This UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . . . I’m fed UP, my time is UP!
Oh . . . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
Now I'll shut UP!