Thursday, March 9, 2017

World Kidney Day March 9, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Kidney Day
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Are your kidney’s ok? This seems to be the question that the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). These are the two organizations to created World Kidney Day. Education, evaluation, and donation are themes that tend to be stressed over the years since its creation.
World Kidney Day was first celebrated in 2006 asking the above question – Are Your Kidneys Ok? The idea that there is great need to educate the world about the importance of kidney health, and reduce the impact of kidney disease and other health conditions associated with them, is what pushed the ISN and IFKF to team up and make a difference.
The goal that was established was to raise awareness of what our kidneys do and what can happen when they are not working properly. They strive to teach the risk factors and bring screening to those at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Prevention is the main overall goal by teaching communities how to keep their risk factors as low as possible.
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Respectfully, World Kidney Day is also about donation. Transplant professionals use the day to educate people on the need for organ donation. This is a decision that if left until the last moment can be difficult and painful for families. But individuals can easily make their wishes known and in the United States can identify this on their identification. These donations can bring the joy of life back to someone who is suffering from kidney disease.
According to, there are 8 golden rules for kidney health.
  • Keep regular control of your blood sugar. About 50% of people with Diabetes will develop kidney damage. Make sure you are doing all you can to stay in control!
  • Keep fit and active. Staying active helps in many areas to keep your kidneys healthy as well as promotes positive mood and weight loss.
  • Eat healthy and keep your weight in check. Making good food choices will go hand in hand with staying active to reduce weight and encourage good health.
  • Water, water, water! Keeping hydrated is good for your skin as well as your kidneys. Staying hydrated flushes the toxins out of the kidneys and reduces the chance of kidney stones.
  • No Smoking! Smoking is bad in many ways, but for the kidneys, the chance of developing cancer in them increases by 50% for smokers.
  • Stay away from over-the-counter medicine for chronic issues. Many over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen can harm your kidneys if taken regularly. It is ok to take for emergencies, but see a physician if you are having chronic pain for options that will not cause harm.
Celebrate World Kidney Day by learning more about your kidneys and how to keep them healthy and happy for years to come!
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Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) Keep from happening or arising; make impossible.
Usage:Modesty precludes me from accepting the honor.

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Idiom of the Day

not have a hope in hell (of doing something)

 — To not have any chance at all of doing or achieving something.

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Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Airs McCarthyism Episode (1954)

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In the early 1950s, US Senator Joseph McCarthy persecuted scores of people he deemed subversive in a series of widely-publicized hearings that whipped the public into an anti-Communist frenzy. In 1954, journalist Edward R. Murrow produced an episode of his TV show See It Now that criticized the Red Scare and turned public opinion against McCarthy using the senator's own words. Murrow later invited McCarthy to respond. 

Vita Sackville-West (1892)

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Sackville-West was an aristocratic English writer and gardener who married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson in 1913. Their complicated relationship is chronicled in Portrait of a Marriage, a biography inspired by her journals and written by their son Nigel. The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, which she designed, are among the most visited in England. However, she is perhaps best remembered for her love affair with author Virginia Woolf.

Baron Bliss Day

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Baron Bliss Day is a public holiday in Belize honoring Englishman Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869-1926). When he died on March 9, Bliss bequeathed his entire estate to Belize City. On this day each year, a morning mass and wreath laying is held at his tomb in the Fort Point area. Then there is a regatta in the harbor, a cycle race, and a kite contest.

Why Are Pandas Black and White? The Answer Is, err, Not So Black and White

Mammals are a mostly drab bunch. Due to camouflage, a nocturnal lifestyle and other evolutionary demands, dull and earthy tones reign supreme. There are a few notable exceptions.
Pandas, unlike other bears cannot slumber through the winter.
Why are pandas black and white? The answer is, err, not so black and white

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1454 - Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy. Matthias Ringmann, a German mapmaker, named the American continent in his honor. 

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1793 - Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by U.S. President George Washington

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1822 - Charles M. Graham received the first patent for artificial teeth. 

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1839 - The French Academy of Science announced the Daguerreotype photo process. 

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1858 - Albert Potts was awarded a patent for the letter box. 

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1905 - In Egypt, U.S. archaeologist Davies discovered the royal tombs of Tua and Yua. 

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1954 - WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was Castro Decorators of New York City. (New York

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1959 - Mattel introduced Barbie at the annual Toy Fair in New York. 

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1969 - "The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour" was canceled by CBS-TV. 

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1990 - Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as the first female and Hispanic surgeon general. 


If You Were Born Today, March 9
You are an imaginative person who is also resolute and determined, so you can go very far in life. There are many extremes in your nature, and you tend to go through a lot of ups and downs on an emotional level. You often have impulsive mood changes. Love improves when you learn to be a little less accommodating. Your career is extremely important to you, and you are likely to be very successful. Self-mastery is a goal, and you are always searching for ways to improve and grow. Famous people born today: Bobby Fischer, Juliette Binoche, Raul Julia, Chaske Spencer.

1. Follow our Sally through her adventures in quilting, knitting and more!

2. Like our Sheri, become foster parents for feral kittens who are caught in your area. Raise them and make them ready to be ready to be neutered, adopted or released back into the wild.

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CFF 2017

In 2017, Carolina FiberFest will be drawing fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, this family-friendly event features classes, free demonstrations, and shopping for yarn, ready-to-spin fiber, patterns, tools, accessories, and specialty items.

Friday, March 24, 10 am — 7 pm
Saturday, March 25, 9 am — 6 pm
Kerr Scott Building  
NC  State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
“Carolina FiberFest is a wonderful opportunity to learn heritage craft skills and to connect with those who are passionate about fiber arts,” says Carolyn Beasley, event founder. “It’s exciting to see the heightened popularity of handmade goods. Kids to teens to adults enjoy spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting and other activities.”

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Pictures of the day

Marie-Suzanne Giroust
Marie-Suzanne Giroust (1734–1772) was a French painter, miniaturist and pastellist. The orphaned daughter of a royal jeweler, Giroust's wealth enabled her to study painting from a young age. She was active as an artist from the 1750s, and in 1770 she became a member of the Académie de peinture et de sculpture. This portrait was completed by her husband, the Swedish painter Alexander Roslin.
Rufus the Leprechaun Doll Free Knitting Pattern | Free St. Patrick's Day Knitting Patterns at
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crochet - ST. PATRICK'S DAY
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Flower Coloring Page 48

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Create Beautiful Pastel Art with Milk and Chalk

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You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences. - Stella Adler

A giant rogue wave crashed through the Moonraker Restaurant in Pacifica, California, on January 21, 2017.------------------ Franz Huber of Bavaria, Germany, holds the record for "Most Swords Swallowed While Hanging Upside Down," "Most Bowling Pins Knocked Down While Swallowing a Sword" and "Most Situps While Swallowing a Sword!"--------------------- A one-acre reef of oysters filters about 24 million gallons of water a day - enough to fill 36 Olympic swimming pools!

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Salt Alternate Uses
Useful Items

1. Cleaning vegetables – The best way to wash vegetables is in a bowl of salt water. The salt and water combination is tough on dirt but harmless to the vegetable.
2. Better tasting coffee – Sprinkle a little bit of salt in your coffee to make it less acidic and bring out the real coffee flavors.
3. Cheese preserver – Dip napkins in salt water and use them to wrap pieces of cheese before putting them back in the fridge. The salt prevents mold from forming on the cheese, keeping it fresh for longer.
4. Clean wine stains – Spilled some wine on your table cloth? Cover it with salt and let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then clear the salt and wash it in the washing machine. The stain will be a thing of the past.
5. Relieve mosquito bites – If you’ve become a mosquito’s meal and are now scratching yourself raw, dip a napkin or washcloth in salt water and apply to the bites. For tough bites you can add some olive oil.

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Coca-Cola is the most popular drink in the world and has been around for over a century. It's enjoyed by millions around the world, but some enjoy it not by drinking it, but rather for a variety of other reasons. Here are 19 things you never thought you could do with Coke.

1. Stain Remover
Don’t know how to get rid of a greasy stain? Soak it in Cola, scrub a little and immediately put it in the washing machine. The stain will be gone as if it was never there.
2. Remove Rust
Want to repaint metallic surfaces but don’t have a rust-removing spray? Dip a rag in Coke and scrub the rust away.
3. Eliminate Oil Spills
If oil has leaked from your car, messing your garage floor or driveway, you can pour Coke over the spill, scrub with a broom and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash the stain away.
4. Loosen a Rusty Screw
Coke is effective at removing rust. So if you’re stuck with a rusty screw that won’t budge, just pour some Coke over it and try unscrewing it. Within seconds, the screw will come loose.
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5. Exterminate Snails and Slugs
We all know that these creatures hate salt, but instead of chasing around the slimy pests, you can use Coke get rid of them. Just pour some Coke into a bowl and leave it in your garden – the sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill them.

6. Relieve an Asthma Attack
Studies have found that caffeine can prevent asthma attacks as much as four hours after being ingested. If you can’t get to your inhaler in time, a cup of Coke will do the trick. This is not, however, a recommended replacement for proper asthma medication!
7. Cleaning Burnt Pots
No one wants to use a burnt pot. If you happen to burn something in a pot, you can pour Coke inside and let it soak overnight. In the morning, the burnt stains will be gone.
8. Relieve Jellyfish Stings
Vinegar is effective in relieving jellyfish stings, but most of us don’t take a bottle of it to the beach. Surprisingly, Coke is just as effective as vinegar.
9. Nausea / Diarrhea Relief
If you’re suffering from nausea or diarrhea, you can use Coke to relieve the symptoms. Pour some into a cup and let it sit until it is no longer carbonated. Drink a spoonful every hour.
10. Get Rid of the Hiccups
Got a persistent hiccup that just won’t go away, no matter what? Gargle some Coke several times until the hiccups are gone. The fizz may feel weird in your throat, but it’s a small price to pay for hiccup relief.
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11. Decongestion
If you’ve got a cold and your nose is congested, you can take a cup of Cola, warm it up (do not boil it!) and drink it. The congestion will be gone in a jiffy.
12. Cleaning Dirty and Old Coins
Got a coin collection? You can use Coke to clean the old coins by soaking them in it for an hour. After you rinse off the Coke, the coins will sparkle.
13. Hair Curling
If you’d like to add some curl to your hair, soak it in Coke for a few minutes, then wash it like you normally would. Your hair will gain a bit of a curl.
14. Better Compost
The acidity and sugars in Coke are perfect for the compost heap. Simply add some to it and you'll see how your compost's quality will increase.
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15. Remove Gum from Hair
Getting gum in your hair is an unpleasant experience (to say the least), especially because you’d usually have to cut the hair off. However, if you or your children get gum stuck in your hair, don’t reach for the scissors – reach for a Coke bottle instead. Soak the gum in the Coke for a few minutes and it’ll come right off.
16. Treat Dry Skin
If your skin is dry and regular moisturizer isn’t cutting it, add a tablespoon of Coke to your moisturizer and apply to your skin.
17. Keep Bees & Wasps at Bay
If you’re having a picnic, pour some Coke in a container and place it far from your food. The sugar will be more appealing to the bugs, and you’ll enjoy an insect-free time.
18. Remove Hair Dye
Want to remove your hair dye? No need to go to the hairdresser or wait for nature to take its course, just wash your hair with Diet Coke.
19. Window Cleaner
Need to clean your windows but have run out of cleaner? Grab a piece of paper, dab it in some Coke and use it to clean the window for sparkling results.

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