Saturday, August 27, 2016

"The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day August 27, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate "The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day

“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day celebrates the life of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, an irish novelist who was always published under the pen name “The Duchess” in the United States – also the name of her most popular novel, published in 1887. Margaret is responsible for the popular phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, in her book Molly Bawn, so try and slip it into conversation!
In total, The Duchess had at least 57 works attributed to her name but could have written many, many more as a lot of her early work was published as Anonymous, and later as Mrs Hungerford, before “The Duchess” became popular in the States. She also wrote many newspaper articles and had a large family – four daughters and two sons.
Born on the 27th April 1855 in County Cork, she won prizes in school for writing stories. After the death of her first husband in 1876 The Duchess took to writing more seriously to support her three daughters, and it was shortly after this that her first book “Phyllis” was written, and a little later on “Molly Bawn”.
She remarried in 1882, had two sons and a daughter with her second husband and eventually died of typhoid fever in 1897.
Why Seniors become confused
thanks, jane

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Magnificent attire; finery.
Usage:He arrayed himself in the regalia of millionaires and presidents.

Idiom of the Day

gut factor

 — The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision


Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)

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In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. 

Theodore Dreiser (1871)

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Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anti-censorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. 


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Appropriately enough, Minnesota's oldest continuous festival is held in the town of Norwood-Young America. Loosely translated as "founders' day," Stiftungsfest was created in 1861 by the Young America Pioneer Maennerchor (men's choir) as a way of bringing the music of old Germany to the new world. Well-known bands and singing groups from Germany as well as local groups perform during the three-day event, which includes a traditional German beer garden, a Heritage Tent showcasing German arts and crafts, and a Grand Parade.

Doctors Remove 40 Knives from Man's Stomach in India

A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. "He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening," 

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1859 - The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA

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1889 - Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet. 

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1921 - The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers. (NFL

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1938 - Robert Frost, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers to disrupt a poetry recital by another poet, Archibald MacLeish. 

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1965 - Elvis Presley played host to the Beatles at his home in Bel-Air, CA.

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1981 - Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was a luxury liner that had sank in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts

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1984 - The Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village opened. It was the first new off-Broadway theater to be built in 50 years in New York City.

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1998 - James Brolin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. 


If You Were Born Today, August 27
You are emotional and sensitive, sometimes to the point of drama, but the people around you love you for it. In fact, you can achieve the greatest success when you are able to express your creativity and your sense of drama in your line of work. Strong emotions can trip you up at times, but if channeled well, can lead to great success. You can sometimes be a "mother hen", caring for others and worrying that they're safe and happy. Loving, passionate, and warm, life would be dull indeed without you! Even so, you can be difficult to know at times, possibly because you wear your feelings on your face, and they are not always indicative of reactions to the company you're keeping but rather they're more in line with your thoughts. Misunderstandings can be frequent as a result. You are keenly sensitive, but not only in a self-centered way - you also pick up subtle emotional cues surrounding others, and this may be the reason that you're so thoughtful. You are a visionary, and you promote love, harmony, and equality. In love, you are attracted to, or you attract, people who are success-oriented, accomplished, and practical. Famous people born today: Martha Raye, Tuesday Weld, Barbara Bach, Aaron Paul, Alexa Vega, Sarah Chalke.

Pictures of the day

Quaker guns

Quaker guns in former Confederate fortifications at Manassas JunctionVirginia, in March 1862. Quaker guns were widely used as a deception tactic in warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although resembling an actual cannon, the Quaker gun was simply a wooden log, usually painted black. The name derives from the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, who have traditionally held a religious opposition to war and violence in the Peace Testimony.

Picture of the Day: NASA Earth Marbles

Since 1972, NASA’s iconic “Blue Marbles” have inspired and captured our collective imaginations











RECIPE, vegan
Cilantro Lime Hemp Dressing

Chicken Picatta





thanks, shelley

What my mother taught me:
Religion - "You better pray that comes out of the carpet"
Logic - "Because I said so, that's why"
Irony - "Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about"
Wisdom - "When you get to my age you'll understand"
Justice - "One day you'll have kids, I hope they turn out just like you!!"


thanks, virg
A young girl on a year’s training course in South Africa, recently received a "Dear John" letter from her boyfriend back home. It read as follows:
Dear Mary,
I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great.  I must admit that I have cheated on you twice, since you’ve been gone, and it's not fair to either of us.  I'm sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent to you.
Love, John

Mary, with hurt feelings, asked her colleagues for any snapshots they could spare of their boyfriends, brothers, ex-boyfriends, uncles, cousins, etc.  In addition to the picture of John, Mary included all the other pictures of the pretty lads she had collected from her buddies. There were 57 photos in that envelope, along with this note:

Dear John,
I'm so sorry, but I can't remember who the hell you are.  Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me.
Take care, Mary

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion. - John Burroughs

thanks, heide
For all beautiful mums.
I was out walking with my 4.5-year-old son. He picked up something off
of the ground and started to put it in his mouth. I took the item away from
him and I asked him not to do that. 'Why?' my son asked.
'Because it's been on the ground; you don't know where it's been, it's
dirty and probably has germs,' I replied.

At this point, my son looked at me with total admiration and asked,
'Mum, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.'
I was thinking quickly and replied, 'All mums know this stuff. It's on the
Mum Test. You have to know it or they don't let you be a Mum.'
We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but he was evidently
pondering this new information. 'Oh....I get it'! he beamed. 'So if you
don't pass the test you have to be the dad.'

'Exactly,' I replied with a big smile on my face.

Every year, 125,000 golf balls are hit into the water on the infamous 17th hole of the stadium course a Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. -------------------- Croatia’s Froggyland Museum is filled with over 500 taxidermied anthropomorphically dressed and posed frogs! -------------------- In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia simply walked into The Louvre Museum and walked out with the “Mona Lisa”.

thanks, barbara


black and white perfect bob dylan vintage

my son, adrian, sent this ad to me as he knows that i consider this the most charming home on earth. i used to win a lot of (verbal) bets when people said they knew of some other house that was more beautiful. then i would take them visiting the outside of this house and BANG .. i won when they agreed with me! lol ...  I had never seen the inside before! mmm
House fit for Hansel and Gretel: The whimsical mansion occupies and entire city block on Narrows Avenue in Bay Ridge


1 comment:

  1. I am in love with that NYC gingerbread house!