Daily Archives: April 8, 2017

My pot with flowers today 

My pot with flowers today

My Chakra today 

My Chakra today

My Duck today 

My Duck today

Watch “☆Bernstein/ Beethoven: Leonore Overture Nº3 in C major, Op. 72b” on YouTube

A Perfect Lullaby: Watch “Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture” on YouTube

Watch “Cristian Vasile – Dă-mi o clipă de iubire” on YouTube

Today’s Holiday:Hana Matsuri

Today’s Holiday:
Hana Matsuri

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha’s birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue (“ceremony of ‘baptizing’ the Buddha”), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Sonja Henie (1912)

Today’s Birthday:
Sonja Henie (1912)

Henie began ice skating at the age of eight and won the first of six straight Norwegian figure-skating championships within two years. Starting in 1927, she won the world’s figure-skating crown 10 straight years, the European title six times, and the Olympic gold medal three times. She introduced music and dance into free skating, greatly broadening its appeal, and turned professional in 1936, earning millions starring in films and ice shows. Why did many Norwegians consider her a quisling? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

This Day in History:
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease’s stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:E. M. Forster

Quote of the Day:
E. M. Forster

The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Acid Rain

Article of the Day:
Acid Rain

Acid precipitation, also known as acid rain, is any form of precipitation—snow, rain, sleet, or hail—that contains a heavy concentration of sulfuric and nitric acids. Automobiles, certain industrial operations, and electric power plants that burn fossil fuels emit pollutants that combine with atmospheric moisture to create these acids. Acid rain can contaminate drinking water, damage vegetation and aquatic life, and erode buildings and monuments. Where was acid rain first found? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:get wise to (someone or something)

Idiom of the Day:
get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:ferrule

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A metal ring or cap placed around a pole or shaft for reinforcement or to prevent splitting.
Synonyms: collet
Usage: The walking stick was quite old, and the large brass ferrule at its tip was worn down and dented.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

The church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is the most important monument of this popular Roman neighborhood. 

The church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is the most important monument of this popular Roman neighborhood. It rests on the remains of a primitive church of paleo-Christian era, linked to the Pope San Calixto (late II century), but the present building dates back only to the XII century. It was built during a turbulent time in Rome, in which a pope (Innocent II) and an antipope (Anacleto II) fought for the power of the city.

The same building that we contemplate today testifies to the difficult times in which it was built, since it was built largely with waste material (the columns of the central nave were reused from the Caracalla Baths). Even so, it was possible to create a harmonious space of fine taste: the best architectural creation of Rome in the twelfth century.

His most valuable work is the mosaics of the apse, made in two different periods: the upper half of the 12th century (in times of Innocenti), and the lower strip at the end of the thirteenth century by the great Roman artist Pietro Cavallini.