Tuesday, March 22, 2016

World Water Day March 22, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ...Celebrate World Water Day

It’s a sad but true fact that 783 million people around the world still do not have access to clean water. Over 2.5 million people still do not have proper access to adequate sanitation facilities. This sad lack of such basic human needs is a tragedy that people around the world are seeking to redress.

This is also why the United Nations has set up World Water Day – a day where people can focus on the many ways ordinary people can get involved in helping people reclaim some dignity, and improve their long-term health through access to clean and safe water. Other water issues such as safeguarding aquatic ecosystems are also highlighted every year on this day. We need our water in all its forms!

Water is such a precious commodity that many take for granted. World Water Day is a chance to think about those people and places where water needs are still paramount, and seek to work together to find a solution.

Fantasywire sculptures by Robin Wight

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A written release from an obligation, specifically a receipt indicating payment in full.
Usage:After years of haggling over debts and money owed, the two men resolved their dispute and drew up an acquittance.

Barcelona Tango Sculpture by Penny Hardy

Idiom of the Day

call it even

 — To acknowledge or consider a situation or exchange as being equal or equitable, as regarding debt, status, ability, a contest, etc

Yard sculpture by artist David Mayne


Clint Malarchuk's Carotid Artery Slashed during Ice Hockey Game (1989)

Malarchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. He is perhaps best known for sustaining a life-threatening injury during a 1989 game, when two players collided in front of his goal, and one of the players' skate blades slashed Malarchuk's internal carotid artery. Remarkably, Malarchuk was able to skate off the ice despite bleeding heavily. He survived because his team's athletic trainer, a former army medic,

Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. 

World Day for Water

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality.

Startling Number of Kids Diagnosed with Psychological Disorders

One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report. Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health.

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1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.

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1733 - Joseph Priestley invented carbonated water (seltzer).

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1790Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State. 

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1822 - New York Horticultural Society was founded.

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1841 - Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch. 

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1874 - The Young Men's Hebrew Association was organized in New York City.

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1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought. 

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1911 - Hermann Jadlowker became the first opera singer to perform two major roles in the same day at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

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1934 - The first Masters golf championship began in Augusta, GA

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1941 - The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington began operations.  

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1946 - The first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth's atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles. 

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1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins. 

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1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.

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1997 - Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest women's world figure skating champion. 

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2002 - A collection of letters and cards sent by Princess Diana of Wales sold for $33,000. The letters and cards were written to a former housekeeper at Diana's teenage home.


If You Were Born Today, March 21

Talented, charming, and likeable, you have such a pleasing manner that you can get ahead in life simply through connections. However, you are not afraid of work and you are terrified of instability. As such, you do whatever it takes to make your life secure, and you have a strong business sense. Your talents are multiple, and it can be hard to find a solid path in life simply because you have so many choices. You have an excellent memory, especially of people. Famous people born today: Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Timothy Dalton.

Picture of the day
Perseus (constellation)
Perseus, named after the Greek mythological hero Perseus, is a constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. Some star atlases during the early 19th century, such as Urania's Mirror shown here, also depicted Perseus holding onto the head of the Medusa, an asterism named Caput Medusae. The constellation is located near several others named after ancient Greek legends surrounding Perseus, including Andromeda to the west and Cassiopeia to the north.

Picture of a moss-covered lava field in Iceland

A Mossy Eruption 

Photograph by Dylan Shaw, National Geographic 
An Iceland road trip afforded Dylan Shaw an opportunity to photograph one of the country’s geological wonders—a field of volcanic rock softened by a lush blanket of moss. Iceland has been shaped by glacial and volcanic activity—the island was born of a volcanic eruption—and has more than a hundred volcanoes, about a third of which are considered active.

Fern sculptures by Roving I

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Itty Bitty Fuzzy Wuzzy Bunny Booties Free Knitting Pattern | Free Bunny Rabbit Knitting Patterns at http://intheloopknitting.com/free-bunny-knitting-patterns



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Balletic by Jonathan Hateley 

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Sprawling Chains Scarf

This shimmery yarn is crocheted up into a lacy, ruffly scarf. The pattern is full of chains, leaving big airy spaces. 
I used two skeins of Patons GlamStripes in Coral with an I hook. 
Ch 225
Row 1: dc in 14th ch from hook (counts as ch 5 sp, dc, ch 5), dc in each of next 4 ch, * ch 5, sk 5 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch; rep from * across to last 6 ch, ch 5, sk 5 ch, dc in last ch
Row 2: ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *sk ch 5 sp and 1 dc, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in ch 5 sp, ch 5; rep from * across to end, dc in dc from previous row
Row 3: ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *2 dc in ch 5 sp, dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 5, sk next dc; rep from * to end across, dc in dc from previous row. 
Row 4:  ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *sk ch 5 sp and 1 dc, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in ch 5 sp, ch 5; rep from * across to end, dc in dc from previous row
Row 5: ch 8 (counts as dc, ch 5), turn, *2 dc in ch 5 sp, dc in each of next 7 dc, ch 5, sk next dc; rep from * to end across, dc in dc from previous row. 

Pretty much, after rows 2 and 3, you keep repeating those rows, just adding another dc with every row. 
When your scarf is as wide as you would like, or almost out of yarn, fasten off after a row 2 and weave in all ends. 
My last row had 18 dc sts, after starting with 5 dc sts in the first row. This makes the scarf ripple and curve. My finished scarf is 8" wide and 80" at the first row. 




Triumph Medium by Ann Vrielinck Born: 

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Old Fashioned Corn Pudding, a la Ella Fitzgerald

2-1 lb. cans cream style corn
3 eggs
1 lg can evaporated milk
1-1/2 c. sugar1/2 stick butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cornstarch 

Combine milk, eggs, sugar and butter in a bowl. Add cornstarch, vanilla, pinch of salt and mix well. Stir in creamed corn. Add the baking powder, mix well. Pour mixture into a pan that is at least 3 inches deep. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Bake pudding 45 minutes to an 1 hour, or until it is firm and golden brown. Serves 6-8.

River Spirit Sculpture by Andy Scott


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Revolve by artist Thomas Joynes


Astounding Animal of Chris Williams


Insane Tree Sculpture By Kim Graham

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Outside and Outdoor by artist Nicolas Moreton

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. - Mother Teresa

David Goode's garden sculptures

In a desert far, far away… A monstrous 30-ft-long skeleton of a prehistoric crocodile was discovered in Southern Tunisia—near an area that served as Tatooine in “Star Wars”. -------------------- In May 2015, a cat gave birth to four kittens in a bird’s nest in County Louth, Ireland. -------------------- Heidi Gannon and Jo Baines born in England and Wales on September 23, 1976, are the first twins ever born in different countries!

Bronze Abstract by Plamen Dimitrov

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KAL you can join (i did) to receive a mini sweater ornament weekly .. for next xmas!

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You Blow Me Away"​ by Penny Hardy.

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Adorable Animal Collective Nouns
Five hundred years ago, gentlemen used specialized vocabulary when referring to groups of animals. Most of the group names came from The Book of St. Albans, published in 1486. Their etymologies have been lost over the years, but why not have a guess?
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A coterie of groundhogs

Around the eighteenth century, some French farmers called côtiers banded together to work feudal lands. A coterie is an exclusive group who spends time together pursuing common interests. What’s the common interest of groundhogs? They dig burrows and guard them with sentinels who whistle when danger threatens.
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A crash of rhinos

The smallest rhinos weigh nearly 2,000 pounds. Rhinos running through the bush are sure to make a lot of noise! And given that rhinos don’t have the greatest eyesight, they might smash into things with more gusto than other animals.
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A cry of hounds

You need only live next door to a beagle to understand this origin. A large dog barks at one hundred decibels. To put that in perspective, a jackhammer pounds at ninety decibels.
A skulk of foxes GIF

A skulk of foxes

Yes, foxes creep quietly and stealthily to sneak up on prey. But they also love to frolic, especially when they can trick silly golfers into chasing them.
A kindle of kittens GIF

A kindle of kittens

When Amazon invented the Kindle, were they thinking of cats? “To kindle” means to ignite emotions or feelings. Both good books and good kitties can do that, so it’s a good name for the electronic reading device and the fuzzy felines to share.
A parade of elephants GIF

A parade of elephants

Parade comes from the French “display or show.” Elephants only have to spread their ears and sound a warning trumpet to let humans know who’s boss.
A prickle of hedgehogs GIF

A prickle of hedgehogs (and porcupines)

A prickle is a pointed tip. Prickly can also mean irritable, but wouldn’t you be a tad miffed if you were known for only one characteristic? Hedgehogs are immune to snake venom. Did you know that? And porcupines are great climbers. They use their sharp, curved claws to get a good grip on trees!
Business of ferrets GIF

A business of ferrets

Years ago, hunters used ferrets to hunt rabbits. That’s a legitimate “business,” but the word ferret is actually derived from the Latin word for “thief.” Pet owners often catch them secreting away shiny doodads, but how can you blame them? They have to keep busy somehow.
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A team of pigs

You might be more familiar with a team of horses than a team of pigs. A team is two or more draft animals harnessed together to pull. However, it also refers to groups of young animals. Sows can have up to six piglets per litter, so they too qualify for the label.

1 comment:

  1. Water in trouble--Flint is in the headlines...and North Bennington VT too.