Saturday, November 19, 2016

'World Library in Your Own Home' Day November 19, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Word 'Library in Your Own Home' Day
World Toilet Day…at first glance, this seems like an unlikely candidate for a holiday and more like some sort of joke, but the day is nowhere as trivial or humorous as it may seem. All in all, it strives to draw attention to various sanitation issues around the world and work towards resolving them. Despite access to proper sanitation being declared a basic human right, one in three people across the globe, so some 2.5 billion people in total, do not have regular access to a toilet. Additionally, even amongst those who do have such access, unclean and unsafe toilets pose problems of their own, including contributing towards the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid and hepatitis—in some parts of Africa, diarrhea is one of the main child-killers. Open defecation is also responsible for increasing the number of sexual assaults perpetrated on women and children. Furthermore, when young girls begin menstruating, the lack of privacy forces them to stay home from school, thus limiting their chances of getting a basic education and, what comes after that, a decent job in the future. World Toilet Day’s ultimate goal is to allow everyone on the planet to take care of their most basic needs without having to fear for their safety.

World Toilet Day was created by the World Toilet Organization in 2001. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations said: “We have a moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.” He went on to talk about how having to defecate openly infringes on human safety and dignity, and how women and girls risk rape and abuse as they wait until night falls to relieve themselves because they lack of access to a toilet that offers privacy. Another issue is that toilets generally remain inadequate for populations with special needs, such as the disabled and elderly. Since its inception, World Toilet Day has played a vital role in challenging governments, businesses and other groups to make changes. It has also worked towards breaking various taboos surrounding the topic, in order to facilitate discussion and lead to the creation of better, safer solutions.


Word of the Day


Definition: (noun) A purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail.
Usage:What began as a small cut on his finger soon developed into a painful whitlow.

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Idiom of the Day

golden ticket

A person, thing, quality, ability, or accomplishment that provides a reliable opportunity for great financial or personal success.


Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon (1969)


 In 1969, four months after the Apollo 11 mission culminated with the first moonwalk, Apollo 12 returned to the Moon with astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. The craft touched down on the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had landed there in 1967, and Conrad and Bean walked to the probe to remove some of its instruments to take back to Earth for study.

Anna Seghers (1900)

Born Netty Reiling, Seghers was a German novelist. She won fame with her first novel of social protest, The Revolt of the Fishermen, but in 1933 she was forced to leave Germany. In Mexico, she wrote The Seventh Cross, a poignant story of escape from a concentration camp. Other works include Transit and a study of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. After World War II she settled in East Berlin.

Equal Opportunity Day

At the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in southern Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. This 270-word speech is considered one of the greatest in American history. Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln's address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Sometimes, this day is referred to as "Gettysburg Address Day."

'Roundest known space object' identified

Astronomers claim to have discovered the roundest object ever measured in nature. Kepler 11145123 is a distant, slowly rotating star that's more than twice the size of the Sun.
'Roundest known space object' identified - BBC News


 1850 - The first life insurance policy for a woman was issued. Carolyn Ingraham, 36 years old, bought the policy in Madison, NJ.


1893 - The first newspaper color supplement was published in the Sunday New York World.


 1895 - The "paper pencil" was patented by Frederick E. Blaisdell.


 1928 - "Time" magazine presented its cover in color for the first time. The subject was Japanese Emperor Hirohito.


 1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel on an official visit.


 1997 - In Carlisle, IA, septuplets were born to Bobbi McCaughey. It was only the second known case where all seven were born alive.


 1998 - Michelle Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


 2003 - Eight competing designs for a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center were unveiled. One design would be built at the site of the World Trade Center.

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If You Were Born Today, November 19
You are a determined, sharp-witted person with strong desires and attainable ideals. You need to stand out, not in a flashy manner, but as an entirely unique individual. Others naturally admire you for your strength of character and backbone. Although you are a natural leader, you are also a humanitarian. At times quite self-absorbed and private, you are very much at ease in social settings as well. You need channels for your strong desires and your need for self-expression. Never afraid of an obstacle along your path, you are gutsy, dynamic, resourceful, and you rise to a challenge. Famous people born today: Calvin Klein, Dick Cavett, Jodie Foster, Indira Gandhi, Larry King, Meg Ryan, Ted Turner.

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Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Lone Tree


 Pictures of the day

 Weaver ant

Oecophylla longinoda, a species of weaver ant found in the forested regions of tropical Africa. Weaver ants are arboreal and known for their unique nest building behavior, in which workers construct nests by weaving together leaves using larval silk. These highly territorial ants live in colonies that can consist of more than a hundred nests spanning numerous trees and contain more than half a million workers. Like many other ant species, weaver ants prey on small insects and supplement their diet with carbohydrate-rich honeydew excreted by small insects.

Huka Falls, New Zealand

Picture of the Day: Huka Falls, New Zealand 220,000 liters of water flows over the falls every second. Enough to fill an Olympic-sized pool in 11 seconds!

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Pumpkin Napkin Rings
 Pumpkin Napkin Rings 
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 Autumn Leaves Placemats
Autumn Leaves Placemats - Patterns | Yarnspirations

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It’s never too late for Indian corn
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Biscuits Recipe
Here it is - the very easiest way to make tender biscuits. Rather than cutting or rubbing butter into flour, then adding liquid, these biscuits are a simple matter of stirring cream into the flour and other dry ingredients. Pat into a round, cut, bake, and enjoy!

Our Guarantee: These 2 1/4" biscuits will be golden brown on top, lighter-colored on the sides, and about 1" to 1 1/4" tall. They'll be very tender hot from the oven, and will gradually become less so as they cool.




  1. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Stir in enough heavy cream to moisten the dough thoroughly. You'll probably use about 1 cup in the summer, 1 1/4 cups in the winter, and 1 cup + 2 tablespoons at the turn of the seasons. You want to be able to gather the dough together, squeeze it, and have it hang together easily, without dry bits falling off.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and very gently pat it into an 8" circle about 3/4" thick. If you're uncertain about your ability to make a nice freeform 8" round, pat the dough into a lightly floured 8" round cake pan, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. Use a sharp 2 ¼" biscuit cutter to cut rounds. Place them on a lightly greased (or parchment-lined) baking sheet.
  4. Brush the biscuits with butter, if desired, for extra flavor.
  5. Place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will improve the biscuits' texture and rise.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425°F while the biscuits are in the freezer.
  7. Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes, till they're golden brown. Remove from the oven. If you have any melted butter left over, brush it on the baked biscuits. Serve immediately.




CROCKPOT RECIPE - thanksgiving

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SWEETS - thanksgiving
Diabetic Pumpkin Roll Recipe -


thanksgiving coloring page for adults

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How to make Alcohol Ink Dyed Coasters
How to make Alcohol Ink Dyed Coasters
Make bright and beautiful Alcohol Ink Dyed Coasters in 2 hours. Great DIY project for the whole family!

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... thanksgiving travel game
Backseat Travel Game
Backseat Travel Game

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 A sunflower moves its face by growing only on the east-facing side of its stem during the day and the west side during the night. -------------------- Jorn Utzon, the architect who designed the Sydney Opera House in Australia, was not invited to the building’s opening. -------------------- Vegas Vic, on Las Vegas’s Fremont Street, is the largest mechanical neon sign in the world. Submitted by Dan Paulun, W. Lafayette, OH

thanks, lyn .. everyone wants to avoid getting wet!
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thanks, shelley, who shares her preferred knot
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from KnitPicks:
There are many different ways to join a new length of yarn to the one that is already being used. Like most knitting techniques, the method you choose depends on your personal preference and the specific project situation. Experiment with each and pick what works best for you!

Weaver’s Knot

No, you are not mistaken! This method of joining does involve a knot of sorts, even though they are usually avoided at all costs in knitting. This knot is smoother than most and will not slip. The ends can be woven in afterwards.
weaversknot1.jpgBegin by making a slip knot in one of the lengths of yarn.
weaversknot2.jpgThread the second yarn end through the slip knot loop.
weaversknot3.jpgGrasp both ends of the yarn that holds the slip knot and pull them slowly as if to undo the knot.
weaversknot4.jpgStop pulling once the second color of yarn gets drawn through (in the example, the pink yarn has been drawn through the grey).
weaversknot5.jpgTug on the two lengths of working yarn to tighten the join. Continue knitting and weave in the ends later.


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Tin Can -
Storage and Organization Uses


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