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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. 

Martin Luther King Jr

Do you have a hero? Someone you look up to or admire? Someone who is your role model? For many people across the world, Martin Luther King Jr is just such a man. The way he walked on Washington, how he used words instead of fists to try and solve the problems of his day and age.

There are some that compare what he did to Gandhi in using the persistent yet peaceful rebellion against the oppression of his people. Martin Luther King Jr Day is the day to celebrate all that he has done for the African American people and the world.


History of Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr Day was created by President Reagan in 1983, at least officially. The day of his assassination had remained an important part of American culture since it occurred in 1968. On Martin Luther King Jr Day people gather to celebrate the work he did and the people he elevated through steady, peaceful protests and activism.

The struggles he fought to eliminate were still present in 1983, made evident by the fact that it took until 2000 until it was officially recognized and practiced by every state in the union, in spite of being a presidentially recognized holiday.

Movements are still in motion to elevate Martin Luther King Jr Day to a federal holiday, which would mandate that government offices would close down in recognition of the lengths he went to and the life he gave to promote true equality and freedom. Arguments against this are primarily based on the fact that he never officially held any public office, which is usually a requirement for such recognition.

thanks for the Inspirational Quotes, Abby

Joke of the Day

On Each Bicep

My wife won’t let me get a tattoo of a grizzly bear on each bicep…

She is infringing on my right to bear arms!


Word of the Day

diversivolent

MEANING:
adjective: Desiring strife.


ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin diversus (diverse), from divertere (to turn aside), from di- (away, apart) + vertere (to turn) and volens, present participle of velle (to wish). Earliest documented use: 1612.


USAGE:
“No more diversivolent or superficial creature have I ever known.”
Stephen Marche; Shining at the Bottom of the Sea; Riverhead; 2007.

Idiom of the Day


What does ‘Apron strings’ mean?

A man who is tied to a woman’s apron strings is excessively dependent on her, especially when it is his mother’s apron strings.

This Day in History

1778 – English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he called the “Sandwich Islands.”


1896 – The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.


1939 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded “Jeepers Creepers.”


1958 – Willie O’Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. He was the first black player to enter the league.

1975 – “The Jeffersons” debuted on CBS-TV.

1978 – Neil Sedaka received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 – Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business due to financial problems.

1993 – The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.

1995 – The “yahoo.com” domain was created.

1995 – A network of caves were discovered near the town of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in southern France. The caves contained paintings and engravings that were 17,000 to 20,000 years old.

2012 – Wikipedia began a 24-hour “blackout” in protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation (S. 968 and H.R. 3261) known as the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Many websites, including Reddit, Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, contended would make it challenging if not impossible for them to operate.

thanks, Mollie



DAILY SQU-EEK


If You Were Born Today, January 18

While you are essentially conservative and of practical mind, you do have an emotional and impulsive streak. There is an inner restlessness in you that can sometimes be at the root of dramas in your life if you examine it closely. You prefer to be self-taught, finding much to enjoy in learning new things through your own studies. Poised, dynamic, and benevolent, you are an intriguing mix of intuition and practicality. Famous people born today: 

1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget’s Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London (d. 1869)

1858 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

1882 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, born in Hampstead Middlesex (d. 1956)

1892 Oliver Hardy, American comic actor (Laurel & Hardy), born in Harlem, Georgia (d. 1957)

1904 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), born in Horfield, Bristol, England (d. 1986)

1933 Ray Dolby, American sound expert & inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

1955 Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

1961 Mark Messier, Canadian NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

thanks, Beth

READERS INFO
1.
(Not So) Totally Useless Facts of The Day:

In 2002, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had his first starring role in the film The Scorpion King. It was the first of many starring roles for the full time actor/part-time WWE wrestler. It also marked a Hollywood record. For his acting efforts The Rock earned $5.5 million. That is the most money ever made by an actor in their first starring role.

In movie credits, “&” and “and” have different meanings. “&” indicates two writers that collaborated on a specific script—’and’ indicates a writer having rewritten another’s work.

Where is the coldest place on Earth? Coming in at a brisk -135° Fahrenheit (-93° Celsius), the Vostok Station in Antartica wins the prize. The Russian research station first began their core drilling and magnetometry research in 1957. Anywhere from 13-25 scientists and engineers reside at this station year round.

2.
1936 –
TODAY: In 1936, Rudyard Kipling, who in 1907, at the age of 42, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, dies.











 
3.
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent


Pictures of the Day

Oil-on-panel portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger (1527Thomas More was a lawyer and political figure in 16th century England, best remembered as Henry VIII‘s Lord Chancellor. Although he coined the term Utopia, he was privately wracked with religious guilt, being prone to mortification and wearing a hair shirt. More became increasingly firm in his Catholic religious convictions and fell into disfavour with Henry VIII over his refusal to accept Henry as the head of the Church of England. This in turn lead to More’s execution at the Tower of London.

Karin State in Myanmar

This image was taken at Sadan Cave, Pahan township.


knit
thanks, Emma

Kenan’s Hoodie

knit
thanks, Marge


knit

thanks, Valerie, Canadian Correspondent

Big Girl Cardigan

Imogen

crochet
thanks, Ava


crochet
thanks, Adele

crochet

Traditional Finnish Mittens

RECIPE
thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent

Quarantine Cooking Recipes

thanks, Debbie

CROCKPOT RECIPE

thanks, Zoey


VEGAN/ VEGETARIAN RECIPE

Both vegetarian and vegan diets may provide health benefits, including reduced body weight, lower cholesterol levels, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, it is important for vegetarians and vegans to ensure that they are meeting all of their nutritional requirements.

thanks, Alice



COPYCAT RECIPE 
thanks, Jenny

RETRO
thanks, Ann


SWEETS

thanks, Sara




ADULT COLORING



FUN

REBUS is a picture representation of a name, work, or phrase. Each “rebus” puzzle box below portrays a common word or phrase. Can you guess what it is?

answer:


Space Invaders

answer:


Growing Economy


CRAFTS
 .. Valentine’s Day

thanks, Kathy

DIY Date jar


CHILDREN’S CORNER .. Valentine’s Day

thanks, Joanne

An Easy & Adorable DIY Valentine’s Paper Garland


PUZZLE

Ben Ledi Jigsaw Puzzle


WORD SEARCH


abrupt
ardent
arrow
assembly

babe
bluff
burly

cliff
confidence
craft
crank

danger
delight
direct

egotism
erode

guest

happiness
hoodwink
hotel

intake

learn
luxury

mane
meat

nasal
nursery

pigeon
plenty
porter

ruse

sill
sincere

teat
tragic

vigor



SUDOKU .. very hard


solution:






ICE BREAKER ..
thanks, Kris

You can use ‘ice breaker questions’ to build a rapport, enabling strangers to engage in back and forth conversion. With a little practice and possibly a beer or two, you’ll be breaking more ice than the Titanic. 

Would You Rather Be Full Body Hairy Or Bald?


QUOTE

thanks, Frances



CLEVER 

thanks, Karla

The Auction Game – 

guess the amount of money an item is worth

Neal.fun

EYE OPENER 
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The main problem in any democracy is that crowdpleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage and whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy — then go back to the office and sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece. -Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author (18 Jul 1937-2005)

OPTICAL ILLUSION
There’s a lake in the Faroe islands that looks like it’s perched high above the ocean below

(but it’s just an optical illusion)

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