Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mystical Nativity, Sandro Botticelli, c.1500


Mystical Nativity, Sandro Botticelli, c.1500

Mystical Nativity, Sandro Botticelli, c.1500

DOMENICO GHIRLANDAIO (1449 – 1494) – Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni – 1488. Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.


DOMENICO GHIRLANDAIO (1449 - 1494) - Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni - 1488. Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

DOMENICO GHIRLANDAIO (1449 – 1494) – Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni – 1488. Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

Scala elicoidale dei Musei Vaticani


Scala elicoidale dei Musei Vaticani

Scala elicoidale dei Musei Vaticani

My pot with flowers today


My pot with flowers today

My pot with flowers today

My birds on the wire today


My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

BBC News: US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41446697

BBC News: US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41450290

blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) Wild Bird


blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)Wild Bird

blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Wild Bird

Florence


Florence

Florence

In the jungle


In the jungle

In the jungle

My Chakra today


My Chakra today

My Chakra today

Jos cu comunismul din România, și de pretutindeni!


Există comunism legal, comunism în ilegalitate şi…comunism mort: moarte comunismului oriunde există el, şiín toate formele lui de la existență! Jos cu toate formele de subjugare, a exploatării omului de către statul comunist, totalitarianismului de stat, şi a oricărei forme de tortură, furt, lichidare! Jos cu comunismul Român!

Today’s Holiday: State Fair of Texas


Today’s Holiday:
State Fair of Texas

Not surprisingly, the State Fair of Texas is one of the nation’s biggest state fairs, claiming more than three million visitors to the 200-acre Fair Park in Dallas. The fair began in 1887, and in 1952 Big Tex, its symbol of bigness, arrived. Big Tex is a 52-foot-tall cowboy with a 30-foot chest and 7’8″ biceps, wearing a five-foot-high, 75-gallon cowboy hat. The cowboy stands in the middle of the fairgrounds booming out welcomes and announcements. Among fair events are a college football game, concerts, and parades. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Gene Autry (1907)


Today’s Birthday:
Gene Autry (1907)

Probably the most successful “singing cowboy” in American film, Autry began performing on the radio during the 1920s in Oklahoma. He moved to Hollywood in the early 30s and went on to star in nearly 100 films, becoming America’s top Western star from 1937 to 1943. He usually played a singing hero astride his famous horse, Champion. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, including his signature song, “Back in the Saddle Again.” What well-known Christmas song was Autry’s biggest hit? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Is Excommunicated (1227)


This Day in History:
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Is Excommunicated (1227)

Prior to being excommunicated the first of several times, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had planned to go on a crusade. However, an epidemic waylaid him and a large part of his army, delaying the conquest. As a result, he was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX. He eventually went on the postponed crusade and became king of Jerusalem. With Italy as the center of his power, Frederick, a religious skeptic, was in frequent conflict with the papacy. Frederick wrote the first book on what subject? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Oscar Wilde


Quote of the Day:
Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Pollywogs and Shellbacks


Article of the Day:
Pollywogs and Shellbacks

Originally created as a test to ensure new sailors were capable of handling long, rough stretches at sea, the “Crossing the Line” ceremony is an initiation rite used by many navies to commemorate a sailor’s first crossing of the equator. Sailors who have already crossed the equator are nicknamed Shellbacks; those who have not are called Pollywogs. Many navies now have regulations to prevent hazing during the tradition, which often involves various physical tests. What is a Golden Shellback? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: let it slip


Idiom of the Day:
let it slip

To accidentally or inadvertently reveal a given secret or important piece of information. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: polarity


Word of the Day:
polarity

Definition: (noun) The possession or manifestation of two opposing attributes, tendencies, or principles.
Synonyms: mutual opposition
Usage: The women did not allow their political polarity to damage their lifelong friendship.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Bare-necked Fruitcrow (Gymnoderus foetidus) Wild Bird


Bare-necked Fruitcrow (Gymnoderus foetidus)Wild Bird

Bare-necked Fruitcrow (Gymnoderus foetidus)

Wild Bird

Bellagio, Lake Como !


Bellagio, Lake Como !

Bellagio, Lake Como !

” Assumption of Mary ” 1512-1514 By Italian Renaissance artist Palma Vecchio At Galleria dell’accademia, Florence, Italy Oil on panel


” Assumption of Mary ” 1512-1514
By Italian Renaissance artist Palma Vecchio
At Galleria dell’accademia, Florence, Italy
Oil on panel

Bouguereau, Broken Pitcher


Bouguereau, Broken Pitcher

Bouguereau, Broken Pitcher

Rome (Roma) !


Rome (Roma) !

Rome (Roma) !

BBC News: Puerto Rico: Trump lifts shipping ban for storm-hit island


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Puerto Rico: Trump lifts shipping ban for storm-hit island – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41431138

Yesssss!: BBC News: China to shut down North Korean companies


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

China to shut down North Korean companies – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41431057

Ciocârlia (the Lark) embossing sketch


Ciocârlia embossing sketch

Ciocârlia (the Lark) embossing sketch

Fake Olive Oil Companies Revealed – Stop Buying These Brands Now – MediaNit


http://medianit.com/fake-olive-oil-companies-revealed-stop-buying-these-brands-now/

Olive oil Bertolli

Janel Hopper:

2 hrs ·

Thanks, Dutch Weismann

THE BRANDS THAT FAILED THE TEST:

Pompeian
Bertolli – Nestle’ owned no surprise
Colavita – 😞
Star
Sasso
Antica Badia
Primadonna – name says it all
Carapelli
Mazola – d’uh
Felippo Berio
Safeway – d’uh2
Whole Foods… 😛
Carapelli
Coricelli
Mezzetta
THE GUYS THAT PASSED THE TEST AND CAN BE TRUSTED:
Corto Olive
Ottavio
Omaggio
Bariani Olive Oil
Lucini
Kirkland Organic
Lucero
Olea Estates
McEvoy Ranch Organic
Cobram Estate
California Olive Ranch

My Chakra today


My Chakra today

My Chakra today

My Duck today


My Duck today

My Duck today

Today’s Holiday: Czech Statehood Day


Today’s Holiday:
Czech Statehood Day

Czech Statehood Day marks the assassination of Duke Vaclav Wenceslas of Bohemia by his brother on September 28, c. 929-935. Wenceslas was canonized as a saint due to his martyr’s death. Czech Statehood Day is a public holiday celebrated throughout the Czech Republic. Every year the Czech president awards St. Wenceslas medals to people who contributed to Czech statehood. This ceremony takes place at Prague Castle, where a memorial wreath is placed on the statue of St. Wenceslas. In addition, a pilgrimage takes place at Stara Boleslav, the site of his murder. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Max Schmeling (1905)


Today’s Birthday:
Max Schmeling (1905)

Schmeling was a German boxer who, in his greatest upset, knocked out future world heavyweight champion Joe Louis—then an unbeaten 22-year-old contender—in 1936. When they met again in a hugely hyped 1938 match, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. The rivals later became fast friends. When Louis died in 1981, Schmeling helped pay for the funeral. Though lauded as an Aryan idol in Germany, Schmeling was neither political nor racist. How did he save two Jewish children from the Nazis? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Norman Conquest of England Begins (1066)


This Day in History:
Norman Conquest of England Begins (1066)

In 1066, King Edward the Confessor of England died childless. His cousin William of Normandy claimed that he had been promised the throne years earlier, yet Harold, duke of Wessex, was crowned instead. William then assembled a force of 5,000 knights and invaded. He was crowned less than three months later, following a swift and brutal conquest that had a profound and lasting effect on English life. When William landed at Pevensey on September 28, Harold’s forces were busy elsewhere—doing what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Virginia Woolf


Quote of the Day:
Virginia Woolf

Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Ladder of Divine Ascent


Article of the Day:
The Ladder of Divine Ascent

One of the most widely read books among Eastern Orthodox Christians, The Ladder of Divine Ascent was composed by Christian monk John Climacus around 600 CE and is addressed to members of Christian monastic movements. The work is divided into 30 parts, or “steps,” that describe how to bring one’s soul closer to God, as if climbing a ladder. The book discusses virtues, vices, and the means by which to attain the highest degree of religious perfection. What do the 30 steps represent? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: let down (one’s) guard


Idiom of the Day:
let down (one’s) guard

To become less guarded or vigilant; to stop being cautious about potential trouble or danger. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: prerogative


Word of the Day:
prerogative

Definition: (noun) A right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right).
Synonyms: exclusive right, perquisite, privilege
Usage: The whole substance of human authority was centered in the simple doctrine of royal prerogative, the origin of which was always traced in theory to divine institution.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 :  Paris show celebrates 2,000 years of Christianity in the Middle East


Paris show celebrates 2,000 years of Christianity in the Middle East

In a landmark exhibition, the Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris is showcasing works, frescoes and scripts recounting the 2,000-year history of Christians in the Middle East – a heritage under threat in a region scarred by war and persecution.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170926-paris-exhibition-institut-monde-arabe-oriental-christians-middle-east

The exhibition, “Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History”, was inaugurated by French President Emmanuel Macron and his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun at the IMA in central Paris on Monday, and will run until January 14. With Christian communities in the Middle East facing mounting threats, the show offers a timely reminder of the hardships they endure in the cradle of Christianity.

But it’s not just contemporary conflicts that have made Oriental Christians stand out. As the exhibition sets out to prove, their multi-faceted culture, rich heritage and long history have been instrumental in shaping the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories) of today.

Main Page:  Spotted Green Pigeon Caloenas maculata. Depiction from John Latham, A General History of Birds 8: plate CXVII (between pp. 22-23).


Spotted Green Pigeon Caloenas maculata. Depiction from John Latham, A General History of Birds 8: plate CXVII (between pp. 22-23). Winchester: Printed by Jacob and Johnson, for the author, 1823.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page?wprov=sfla1

Today’s Holiday: Feast Day of the French Community


Today’s Holiday:
Feast Day of the French Community

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. Feast Day of the French Community (La fête de la Communauté française de Belgique) is a celebration of linguistic heritage and national independence. It largely takes place in the Walloon cities of Namur, Liege, Huy, and Charleroi, and is a public assertion of the linguistic and ethnic rights of French speakers. All schools and administrative buildings are closed for the feast day. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Cosimo de’ Medici (1389)


Today’s Birthday:
Cosimo de’ Medici (1389)

The son of a Florentine banker, Cosimo de’ Medici was an able financier who vastly expanded the family’s banking business. In 1433, he was banished from the city by a rival family but returned a year later. With the support of the people, he became the first of the Medici family to rule Florence. He sought a balance of power among the Italian states and made his power as little felt as possible. He was also a noted patron of scholarship and the arts. What celebrated sculptor did he support? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Tonight Hosted by Steve Allen Premieres on NBC (1954)


This Day in History:
Tonight Hosted by Steve Allen Premieres on NBC (1954)

In 1954, Tonight debuted with 32-year-old Steve Allen hosting. The humorous late-night talk show came to occupy a prominent place in American television and has aired for more than 50 years, usually on weeknights. Some of its longer-running hosts have included Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and Jay Leno, each backed by house musicians. In 1960, Paar walked off stage in the middle of a show, angry that censors had cut one of his jokes. He returned weeks later. What was the joke? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Henry James


Quote of the Day:
Henry James

To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Nubian Pyramids


Article of the Day:
Nubian Pyramids

In the 8th century BCE, Egypt was conquered by Kushites from Napata—a city located to the south of Egypt in the area known today as Sudan. Although Napatan pharaohs ruled Egypt, it was Egypt that had an enormous cultural impact on Napata, prompting a period of vigorous pyramid-building that continued even in Napata’s successor kingdom, Meroë. Approximately 220 pyramids were eventually built as tombs for Kushite kings and queens. These pyramids differ from their Egyptian counterparts in what way? More…
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Idiom of the Day: let down (one’s) hair


Idiom of the Day:
let down (one’s) hair

To cease acting formally or conservatively; to let go of one’s inhibitions or reservations. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: lubricious


Word of the Day:
lubricious

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by lust.
Synonyms: lustful, prurient, salacious
Usage: She eluded the lubricious embraces of the drunken man and called the police.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

BBC News: US-Mexico border wall prototype construction starts


I saw this on the BBC and border wallthought you should see it:

US-Mexico border wall prototype construction startshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41407194

US-Mexico border wall prototype construction starts

BBC News: The city fit for no-one


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

The city fit for no-one – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41405307

Watch “Otto Warmbier’s parents open up about son’s death” on YouTube


Watch “Dinu Lipatti – Barcarolle for piano in F sharp Major op 60” on YouTube