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Celebrate Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day is an observance held on the last day of February to raise awareness about diseases that most people will not know of, as well as to improve access to treatment.

EURORDIS (The European Organization for Rare Diseases) says that treatment for many rare diseases is insufficient, and some people’s quality of life is greatly hindered by inequality, simply because people have never heard of their disease, or do not understand the disease and the patient’s needs.

Since 2008, EURORDIS has been putting in place social networks to help support individuals with rare diseases and their families, as well as Co-Ordinating events for Rare Disease Day at an international level.

2010 featured balloon releases, marathons, auctions and tree planting events to raise awareness, and each year people affected by rare diseases are encouraged to share pictures and their stories with the world.

thanks for the pics, Sonja 

JOKE OF THE DAY

thanks, Michele

WORD OF THE DAY

palmate

Male deer with palmate antlers


MEANING:
adjective: Shaped like a hand with the fingers spread.


ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin palma (palm, palm tree), which also gave us palmerpalmarypalmy, and Earliest documented use: 1738.


NOTES:
The word is often used to describe objects in the vegetable and animal kingdom. There are palmate leaves, feet, antlers, and more.


USAGE:
“And over the slabs lay a mantle
Of fallen palmate leaves —
The bodiless hands of autumn
With nothing up their sleeves.”

Geoffrey Brock; Forever Street; Poetry (Chicago, Illinois); Aug 2004.


TODAY’S ARTIST 

thanks, Natalie

Dionís Baixeras i Verdaguer (1862–1943) 

was a naturalist Spanish artist from Barcelona, who specialized in oil on canvas and was noted for his realistic and detailed Orientalist and everyday life scenes.


IDIOM OF THE DAY

What does the saying ‘Better the devil you know’ mean?

Meaning: This is the shortened form of the full idiom, ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’, and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.

thanks, Patsy

(Not So) TOTALLY USELESS FACTS OF THE DAY

Men leave their hotel rooms cleaner than women do.

While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a fake beard.

If you multiply 526,315,789,473,684,210 with _any_ number you will always find the original number in the result!




READERS INFO
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent

COFFEE

thanks, Ella

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Phyllidia elegans is a species of sea slug, a nudibranch in the family Phyllidiidae. It occurs in shallow water in the Red Sea and the tropical Indo-Pacific region.

On the muddy banks of Lake Bogoria, Kenya

Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor).

knit
thanks, Charlotte

CROCHET PATTERNS OF THE DAY 

thanks, Valerie, Canadian Correspondent


crochet
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crochet
thanks, Ruth


crochet

RECIPE
thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent

PANTRY RECIPE

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 RECIPE
thanks, Ann

SWEETS RECIPE

3 Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies

thanks for the pics, Lori

ADULT COLORING

FUN
thanks, Dana


CRAFTS

On 1st March in Greece, tradition says that we wear “martis” (March in Greek)! The “martis” is a bracelet of red and white threads that the Greeks wear to avoid the first unexpected sunburns. This bracelet protects from the first rays of the sun (at least in Greece)! The “martis” must be worn until the end of March.
thanks, Miriam

CHILDREN’S CORNER

thanks, Iris

DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters

PUZZLE

Kangaroo Paw Jigsaw Puzzle


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SUDOKU .. very hard


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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’s The Scariest Dream You’ve Ever Had?

QUOTE

thanks, Tina


CLEVER 

thanks, Nina

Your Personality, Explained by Your Annoying Household Habits

EYE OPENER 
thanks, Frances

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (28 Feb 1533-1592)


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