Volunteer Recognition Day – April 20, 2022

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 DIANE’S CORNER .. 

Celebrate Volunteer Recognition Day

There are cynics out there who will say that true altruism is a myth, that it doesn’t exist, and that nobody is capable of doing anything unless they are motivated by their own self-interest in the end.

But even the most embittered cynics would be hard-pressed to explain why anyone in their right mind would make the choice to travel to the poorest parts of the world, where hunger, sickness and war ravage the population and death is as commonplace as life, to help care for orphaned children.

Or why a comfortable middle-class citizen would choose to spend his or her afternoons teaching neglected teenagers how to read in the dirtiest, most gang-ridden part of town. Or why any nurse would risk his or her life to care for wounded soldiers on the very front.

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all the real-life saints and superheroes of this world. And although they don’t ask to be paid for all of their selfless work, they definitely deserve our utmost respect and appreciation, which is exactly what Volunteer Recognition Day is all about.

History of Volunteer Recognition Day

People who have risked their own safety in order to help others expecting nothing in return have existed for hundreds and thousands of years. Ben Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, was also the creator of the very first volunteer fire department that helped put out many Philadelphia fires.

Florence Nightingale, often called the mother of modern nursing, was just as much a hero as any of the soldiers fighting in the Crimean War when she cared for the wounded. Acclaimed whodunit authoress Agatha Christie volunteered as a nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Red Cross Hospital in Torquay from 1914 to 1917 when her husband Archie was fighting in World War I.

Mother Theresa of Calcutta, a Catholic nun, spent most of her life in India caring for the those suffering from HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. More recently, many Hollywood celebrities such as Angelina Jolie have made numerous trips to various impoverished parts of the world in an attempt to understand the problems of those living there and find ways to help them. All of these people and many, many more, have changed the world for the better forever.


thanks, Michele

if I don’t move, you can’t see me right???

JOKE OF THE DAY

this rare blue roan horse is so special!!!


TODAY’S ARTIST 
thanks, Natalie

Leo Lesser Ury (November 7, 1861 – October 18, 1931) 

was a German Impressionist painter and printmaker, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.

what to expect with pets….

IDIOM OF THE DAY

What does the saying ‘Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ mean?

Meaning: ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.

tried and tested just to be sure…..

thanks, Patsy

kittens at play

(Not So) TOTALLY USELESS FACTS OF THE DAY

“Video Killed the Radio Star” was the very first video ever played on MTV.

Iguanas, koalas and Komodo dragons all have two penises.


Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.


oh the fun reactions he must see…..

READERS INFO
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent

Gentle Spray Deodorant

Make a pot of strong sage tea with 2 teaspoons of sage to 2 cups of boiling water. While you’re sipping one cup of this healthful brew, strain another and allow it to cool.

1 c. sage infusion

2 T. of vodka

4 drops lavender EO

4 drops peppermint EO

Filter it into a spritz bottle, and shake well before spraying. It’s nice for clearing the air or spraying around the bedroom, too, and if your pets are couch potatoes, chasing them with this will give them a week’s worth of exercise.

Sage is astringent, and the lavender/peppermint blend make for a brisk, but nice, unisex fragrance. Add a pinch of alum powder if you have problem perspiration.


we all must take away the extras….

COFFEE

thanks, Ella

bet you can’t find me human….


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. St. Thomas More was an influential shaper of modern thought, introducing the term Utopia with his novel by the same name, and at the same time a devout Catholic, even embracing ascetic practices such as the use of a hair shirt. He 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 in 1535. On the 400th anniversary of his execution, More was declared a Saint.

“Sunrising Jellyfish”

Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) drifting just beneath the surface, looking to capture the first sunrays to trigger their symbiotic algae to produce energy for it. Mar Menor coastal lagoon, Murcia province, Spain

a future doctor????


knit
thanks, Karen

Cable Wrap


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Folded Purse pattern by Frankie Brown

full of pep to face the day


KNIT PATTERNS OF THE DAY
thanks, Valerie, Canadian Correspondent

Elbac Scarf

almost time to hit the beaches again….


crochet
thanks, Clara

crochet
thanks, Marge

Crochet Coasters

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crochet

Knitted Bag “Cats”

crochet

Crochet colourful cushion

He prays that you still leave food out for him…..


RECIPE
thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent

might be the only safe spot come summer….


PANTRY RECIPE
thanks, Debbie

how can you tell :o)))))))))))))


CROCKPOT RECIPE

thanks, Julie

how some handle grain silos out west

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

when will tourists come back????

COPYCAT RECIPE 
thanks, Jenny


are you up??? Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday….

RETRO RECIPE
thanks, Ann


Hi says Daisy – ’twas another great day!

SWEETS RECIPE

thanks, Joanne

2 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE HAZEL PALMIERS

Ingredients
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
Yield
Serves: a dozen cookies
Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F.

On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry out until flat. Using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread all over the puff pastry to cover. Starting with one long side of the sheet, roll the puff pastry in a spiral to the middle of the puff pastry sheet. Do the other to the same side to make a really long palmier shape.

Using a sharp knife, cut the log into cookies 1/2-inch thick and place them onto a parchment-lined sheet tray.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are puffy and golden brown.

how long would you wait????

ADULT COLORING

guess roads were safer back then….

FUN
thanks, Karla

French Fries Challenge

A non-participant should make a trip to several fast food restaurants getting fries. Leaving them in the containers from the restaurants, they should be hidden from the participants. Each participant will need a blindfold and when the challenge begins they will all be given a fry from each place one at a time trying to guess where the fry came from. Of course, the best guesser will be given a point for each correct answer and in the end, the one with the most points wins the challenge.

vintage jewelry mounted on the wall becomes pure artwork


CRAFTS
thanks, Kay

oh momma, I thought I’d lost you!!!


CHILDREN’S CORNER

thanks, Sonja

Tissue Painting

Al McNeal, retired, built a replica of Theodore the Tugboat for shoreline


PUZZLE

Ceramic Numbers Citrus Jigsaw Puzzle

music soothes their ears too!


WORD SEARCH


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destroy
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education
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failure
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must be why I also NEED my music

SUDOKU .. very hard


solution:




the goslings discovering grass for the 1st time – precious!

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. 

In The Word ‘Scent’, Which Letter Is Silent? S Or C?

gotta love those golden, sunny days…..


QUOTE
thanks, Judy

this dad is showing his son the right path to take….

CLEVER 

thanks, Lila

Weird Ways to Make Coffee

reviewing the day

EYE OPENER 
thanks, Agnes

amazing sunsets are hard to beat


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. -Robert Lynd, writer (20 Apr 1879-1949)

OPTICAL ILLUSION


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World Heritage Day – April 18, 2022

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DIANE’S CORNER .. 

Celebrate World Heritage Day

Every day people all over the world celebrate their cultural heritage, simply by living their lives in a way that embodies who they are and where they came from. But one day a year is set aside to celebrate the joint history and heritage of the human race. World Heritage Day encourages us to celebrate all the world’s cultures, and to bring awareness to important cultural monuments and sites, and to espouse the importance of preserving the world’s cultures.

Learn about World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day, which is also known as the International Monuments and Sites Day, celebrates the work carried out by the ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites. The day is all about increasing the awareness of the importance of the diversity of cultural heritage and preserving it for generations in the future. Ancient monuments and buildings are an asset to us all around the world. However, they need to be protected to ensure that they continue to be an asset for years and years to come. Therefore, the day is a collective effort of communities around the globe.

On this day, there are a number of different events that happen all over the world. This includes a wide range of activities, conferences, and visits to heritage sites and monuments. For those who are unaware, a heritage site is basically a place that is of cultural significance. It preserves the legacy of intangible attributes and physical artifacts of a society or group that is inherited from previous generations.

There are truly some incredible heritage sites and monuments around the world. This includes the Machu Picchu, which is situated in the lush and mountainous terrain high above the Urubamba River in Peru. There are lots of amazing sights in Egypt, and the Pyramids of Giza are one of them. Other places of note include Bagan in Myanmar, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Great Wall of China.

History Of World Heritage Day

So the first (and possibly most confusing?) part of World Heritage Day is that that actually isn’t it’s a formal name. What is popularly known as World Heritage Day is actually called The International Day for Monument and Sites and was established in 1982 by the International Council for Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS. This organization was established on the principles set forth in the Venice Charter, otherwise known as the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites.

The organization was founded after a need was identified to protect these valued locations, and it saw the coming together of experts from hundreds of related fields. These include architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, and artists and archaeologists. Each year they work to help ensure that some of the world’s most beautiful sites and important cultural monuments remain preserved for future generations.

Since it’s inception it has grown to include almost 10,000 members in over 150 countries all over the world. Of these 10,000 members over 400 are members from institutions, national committees, and international scientific committees, all working together to save important sites and identify new ones that need to be added to the watch list.

2016 saw the addition of Gorham’s Cave Complex in the UK, the Khangchendzonga National Park in India, and the Persian Qanat in the Islam Republic of Iran. It’s through the tireless efforts of its members and leadership that these places will be preserved for future generations.

There is a theme that is assigned to each World Heritage Day. We would definitely recommend taking a look at the theme for each year, as it will help to give you some direction regarding how to celebrate the day. For example, some of the themes in recent years have included the likes of “Rural Landscapes” and “Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility.”


Taj Mahal, India

JOKE OF THE DAY
thanks, Bev
KIDS ARE HONEST

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

TODAY’S ARTIST 
thanks, Natalie

Aaron Nagel (born 1980)

is an American painter and the original trumpet player for punk rock/ska core act Link 80, born and raised in Berkeley, California.

Easter Island, Chile

IDIOM OF THE DAY

What does the saying ‘Bigger fish to fry’ mean?

Meaning: If you aren’t interested in something because it isn’t important to you and there are more important things for you to do, you have bigger fish to fry.

Petra, Jordan

thanks, Patsy

Machu Picchu, Peru

(Not So) TOTALLY USELESS FACTS OF THE DAY

Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi’s noses off would forstall curses.

  • There are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.

The Phillips-head screwdriver was invented in Oregon.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

READERS INFO
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent
A male urge…

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

COFFEE

thanks, Ella

Great Wall, China

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Why Are There All-White Paintings in Museums Worth Millions?

All-white paintings, and usually all modern art, evoke strong emotional reactions from those who view it.

gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophonesxylophonesdrums, and gongs. The term can be used to refer either to the set of instruments or the players of those instruments. Traditionally, “gamelan” comes from the Javanese word “gamel”, meaning hammer.


Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan

knit
thanks, Vivian


knit
thanks, Emily

Diaper-Cover


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Acropolis, Athens, Greece

CROCHET PATTERNS OF THE DAY 

thanks, Valerie, Canadian Correspondent

Seafoam Cardigan

Works of Antoni Gaudi, Spain

crochet
thanks, Tara

Desert Cactus Top and Dress

crochet
thanks, Doris


crochet

crochet

crochet

Giant’s Causeway, UK

RECIPE
thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent

Cultural Landscape of Bali, Indonesia

PANTRY RECIPE

thanks, Debbie

Yellowstone National Park, USA

CROCKPOT RECIPE

thanks, Patsy

Cappadocia, Turkey

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

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

COPYCAT RECIPE 
thanks, Jenny

Venice, Italy

RETRO RECIPE
thanks, Ann

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

SWEETS RECIPE 


Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

ADULT COLORING


Hampi, India

FUN
thanks, Frances

answer:



A stamp.

Mont Saint Michel, France

CRAFTS

thanks, Jeri

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

CHILDREN’S CORNER

thanks, Betty

How to Make Squishes at Home – Two Easy Ways!

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Canada

PUZZLE

Medinilla Magnifica Jigsaw Puzzle

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

WORD SEARCH


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endless
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victory


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

SUDOKU .. hard


solution:




Bam, Iran

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 Do They Call French Kissing In France?

St. Kilda, Scotland

QUOTE

thanks, Bonnie

Grand Canyon National Park, USA

La Grand-Place, Belgium

CLEVER 

thanks, Ella

Contrary to popular belief, it often doesn’t work out great if you add your chopped/minced garlic first to hot oil or butter. It burns so quickly and tastes yuck. 

Brown something else first, like onions, and then add the garlic. The onions are like a burn buffer!

Old City of Dubrovnik, Croatia

EYE OPENER 
thanks, Lucy

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dorset and East Devon Coast, UK

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along. -Clarence Darrow, lawyer and author (18 Apr 1857-1938)

Statue of Liberty, USA

OPTICAL ILLUSION

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