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Celebrate Sesame Street Day



There are very few people in the world aged fifty years old or less who have not been impacted by Sesame Street in their childhood years. So, it only makes sense that Sesame Street Day was created to celebrate the tremendous influence that this maverick television program has had upon the lives of so many people around the world.

History of Sesame Street Day

Sesame Street Day was first established in 2009 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the show’s original broadcast. While initiated in New York City, it should come as no great surprise that this occasion is now recognized by tens of thousands of individuals from all over the planet. In fact, the number of followers for this particular day continues to grow each year.

Beginning in 1969 in the United States, Sesame Street is a creation of the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW), which is broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It’s an educational series that combines live actors with animation as well as special puppets by Jim Henson, known as “Muppets”.

Many of the recurring characters have remained with the show for many years, particularly Kermit the Frog, friends Ernie and Bert, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Elmo came into the scene in the mid-80s and many more characters have joined since then as well.

Through short vignettes, songs, skits and cameo appearances, the show seeks to create educational opportunities for children of all ages by fostering learning, engaging their minds, building social skills, promoting self-esteem and offering basic academic skills.

While the finances of the show started out as a collaboration between government and private corporations, they have become mostly financially independent due to their licensing agreements and corporate deals that help to keep the show alive.

Over the years, Sesame Street has hosted hundreds of famous guests. It all started with James Earl Jones back in 1969, going through the alphabet in delightful voices. Since then, over 800 guest stars have joined the show including politicians (President Bill Clinton), musicians (New York Philharmonic), journalists (Katie Courick), actors (John Krasinski), athletes (Michael Phelps) and so many more.

In the more than 50 years since its inception, Sesame Street has gained quite the following with The first international version of the show didn’t take long to come about, which was in Brazil in 1972, just three years after the original show aired. It is broadcast in more than 140 countries in at least 70 languages, and has over 30 different international versions that are adapted to local cultures and issues. And all of it is with the intention of creating healthy, happy, well-rounded kids who are engaged in learning and life.

Now those are some great reasons to celebrate Sesame Street Day!


thanks for the pics, Bev

JOKE OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY

autonym

Illustration: Aubrey Beardsley, 1894

MEANING:
noun:
1. A person’s own name, as distinguished from a pseudonym.
2. A work published under the real name of the author.


ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek auto- (self) + -onym (name). Earliest documented use: 1854.


USAGE:
“If Macmillans refused then some other house should be tried. Why not send to F. Unwin — it might do for the pseudonym series — or autonym if you do not like the idea of a nom de guerre.”
Joseph Conrad; The Selected Letters of Joseph Conrad; Cambridge University Press; 2015.


TODAY’S ARTIST 
thanks, Natalie

Albert Irvin ( 1922–2015) 

was an English expressionist abstract artist.

IDIOM OF THE DAY

What does ‘Beauty is only skin deep’ mean?

Meaning: This idiom means that appearances can be deceptive and something that seems or looks good may turn out to be bad.

DAILY SQUEEK

If You Were Born Today, November 10th

Strong-minded and intelligent, your quick wit is apparent from the get-go. You are actively creative and dynamic. Your intelligence doesn’t come from pure academics–you work from your gut instincts, which more often than not steer you on the right course. Your enthusiasm is strong, but you can also be quick to tire of one particular thing, place, or path. Although you are independent and rather wilful, you won’t disregard others’ wisdom. Because you have many talents and interests, you can easily stray from your path. Your biggest challenge in life is to stay focused. Famous people born today:

1483 Martin Luther, German theologian and key figure in the Protestant Reformation, born in Eisleben, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1546)

1925 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf), born in Pontrhydyfen, South Wales (d. 1984)

1942 Robert F. Engle, American economist (Nobel 2003 – for methods of analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility (ARCH)), born in Syracuse, New York

1969 Ellen Pompeo, American actress (Grey’s Anatomy), born in Everett, Massachusetts

1983 Miranda Lambert, American country music singer and songwriter (The Weight of These Wings), born in Longview, Texas

thanks, Patsy

(Not So) TOTALLY USELESS FACTS OF THE DAY

Libation, the practice of pouring out a drink in memory of the deceased, was common in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Humans have been “pouring one out for the homies” for more than 4,500 years.

Photoshop was invented to create the liquid metal effects in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Ice cubes look white due to oxygen and other impurities. If the water is boiled before it’s frozen, the resulting ice cubes will be clear.


READERS INFO
1.
1871 – Dr. David Livingstone found by Henry Stanley

According to his journal, explorer Henry Stanley greeted David Livingstone, the fellow explorer in search of the source of the Nile River, with the famous words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

2.
Nov 11, 1918 – World War I ends

At 5:00 am on this day in 1918, the Allied powers and Germany signed an armistice document in the railway carriage of Ferdinand Foch, the commander of the Allied armies, and six hours later World War I came to an end.

3.
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent
A Fable – DON’T ARGUE WITH DONKEYS

The worst waste of time is arguing with a fool or fanatic who does not care about truth or reality, but only his beliefs and illusions.

Never waste time on arguments that don’t make sense. There are people who, no matter how much evidence we present to them, have not the capacity to understand; and others are blinded by ego, hatred or resentment. All they want is to be right even if they are not.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY: When ignorance screams, intelligence is silent.


COFFEE

thanks, Ella

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Ladybirds are beneficial to organic gardeners because most species are insectivores, consuming aphidsfruit fliesthrips, and other tiny plant-sucking insects that damage crops. In fact, their name is derived from “Beetle of Our Lady“, recognizing their role in saving crops from destruction. Today they are commercially available from a variety of suppliers. Adult ladybirds are able to reflex-bleed from their leg joints. The blood is yellow, with a strong repellent smell, and is quite obvious when one handles a ladybird roughly.

JAPAN

A squirrel makes its escape from a pair of Ural owls in a forest on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

knit .. Christmas
thanks, Vivian


knit
thanks, Nancy

knit

knit

knit .. Christmas

Garter Stitch Christmas Gnome

CROCHET PATTERNS OF THE DAY 

thanks, Valerie, Canadian Correspondent


Announcing the Strawberry Cupcake CAL

crochet .. Christmas
thanks, Marsha

crochet
thanks, Gabby


crochet

Star Pillow

crochet


crochet .. Christmas

RECIPE
thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent


PANTRY RECIPE

thanks, Debbie


CROCKPOT RECIPE

thanks, Marge

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 RECIPE

thanks, Ann

SWEETS RECIPE

thanks, Sandy

No-Bake Donut Tiramisu

ADULT COLORING

FUN

Answer 


Mirror, tiles, cord, cat, straw, couch

CRAFTS .. Thanksgiving

thanks, Miriam

Thankful Jar Activity


CHILDREN’S CORNER .. Thanksgiving

thanks, Kate

Thanksgiving Turkey Balloons

PUZZLE

Alluaudia Procera Jigsaw Puzzle

WORD SEARCH



adopt
avoid

beer
bland

choke

dead
different
dove

follow

garden
govern

hinder
hurry

image
indignation

lava
loved
lower

offense
ought

planet
poise
power
public

quick

rape
report
revolution

shade
spoke
strategy

trash

unite

vessel
video

water
website

yield



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. 

What Is Your First Memory Of Being Really Excited?

QUOTE

thanks, Mollie

CLEVER 

TYPE THE ALPHABET – see how fast you type


ME: Time: 15.364s

YOU: ???


EYE OPENER 

thanks, Wren

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

As freely as the firmament embraces the world, / or the sun pours forth impartially his beams, / so mercy must encircle both friend and foe. -Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, poet and dramatist (10 Nov 1759-1805)

OPTICAL ILLUSION

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