Daily Archives: December 20, 2016

Watch “Petula Clark Downtown. original version” on YouTube


Amy Acker sketch


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Amy Acker sketch

Amy Acker sketch

Today’s Duck


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Today's Duck

Today’s Duck

Tis the season for our cardinal friends to shine. Not sure about you but these are one of my faves.


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Tis the season for our cardinal friends to shine. Not sure about you but these are one of my faves.

Tis the season for our cardinal friends to shine.  Not sure about you but these are one of my faves.

Sarbatoarea din 20 decembrie, inchinata Sfantului Ignatie al Antiohiei


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Dimineata  de Ignat

Sarbatoarea din 20 decembrie, inchinata Sfantului Ignatie al Antiohiei, este cunoscuta in popor sub denumirea de Ignatul porcilor sau Inatoarea. Se crede ca in noaptea de Ignat porcii viseaza ca vor fi taiati. De acum incolo nu se mai ingrasa, nu mai pun carne pe ei si nu mai mananca, pentru ca si-au visat taierea. Singura activitate permisa in aceasta zi era taierea porcului. Femeile insarcinate, de teama de a nu naste copii cu infirmitati, respectau cu strictete interdictia de a lucra. Persoanele care lucrau in aceasta zi, erau pedepsite de cea care patrona ziua: Inatoarea – o femeie batrana, lacoma si urata. Potrivit credintei din popor, ea le ispiteste pe femei sa lucreze, dupa care le opareste.

Prin multe parti porcii sunt taiati in aceasta zi. O credinta musceleana ne indeamna: “Chiar de n-ai taia un porc, taie cel putin o pasere: gaina, rata, gasca; ori inteapa creasta la o gaina neagra ca sa dea sangele, ca asa e bine: sa vezi sange in ziua de Ignat, ca numai atunci vei fi ferit de boale”.

Today’s Holiday: Halcyon Days


Today’s Holiday:
Halcyon Days

The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the “Halcyon Days.” Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx’s wife and one of Aeolus’s daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers. Zeus commanded the seas to be still during these days, and it was considered a period when sailors could navigate in safety. Today, the expression “halcyon days” has come to mean a period of tranquillity, often used as a nostalgic reference to times past.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Branch Wesley Rickey (1881)


Today’s Birthday:
Branch Wesley Rickey (1881)

Rickey was an American baseball executive. In 1919, he devised baseball’s farm system of using minor-league teams to train major-league players. In 1945, after he took over the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied convention and broke a long-standing race barrier by hiring Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues. A deeply religious man, the “Mahatma”—as Rickey was popularly known—never played, attended, or managed games on Sundays. What protective gear did he introduce to baseball?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: South Carolina Becomes the First State to Secede from the US (1860)


This Day in History:
South Carolina Becomes the First State to Secede from the US (1860)

In the 1830s, South Carolina residents, frustrated by agricultural tariffs, broached the possibility of secession. Tariff reform appeased them for some time, but following the election of President Abraham Lincoln in 1860, South Carolina seceded from the Union. The state’s governor immediately demanded all federal property within the state, including Fort Sumter. The firing on Sumter by Confederate batteries in 1861 precipitated the Civil War. When was the US flag raised over Fort Sumter again?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Lewis Carroll


Quote of the Day:
Lewis Carroll

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Orphanages


Article of the Day:
Orphanages

Orphanages have existed since the first century. Often depicted in works of fiction as cold, abusive institutions, orphanages largely fell out of favor in the 1950s, following a series of abuse and coercion scandals. Many countries then began to close such facilities in favor of foster care and accelerated adoption, leading to a dramatic rise in the number of citizens from so-called First-World countries who travel to the Third World to adopt. Where was the first orphanage in the US located?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: vagrant


Word of the Day:
vagrant

Definition: (noun) One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
Synonyms: drifter, vagabond, floater
Usage: When things started disappearing from their backyard, they began to suspect the vagrant who had recently been spotted in the neighborhood.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Nicolae Grigorescu – Fata cu zestrea ei


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Nicolae Grigorescu – Fata cu zestrea ei

Nicolae Grigorescu – Fata cu zestrea ei