Monthly Archives: March 2019

Horoscope ♉: 03/31/2019

Horoscope ♉:

An opportunity to do some extra work outside the scope of your regular job could present itself to you. Take it, Taurus. Not only could you earn some extra money but you might also open new doors that expand your professional horizons. The only danger is that you might work too hard and tire yourself out. It’s OK for a while, but don’t make a habit of it. You need to conserve your strength.:

Today’s Holiday: Greek Cypriot National Day

Today’s Holiday:
Greek Cypriot National Day

This holiday marks the anniversary of the 1955 start of the Greek Cypriot liberation struggle against British colonial forces. The Turkish community, which preferred an alliance with Turkey, also took up arms, complicating the struggle. Greek Cypriot National Day is celebrated in South Cyprus, which is the Greek partitioned part of the island. Almost all public services and most private shops are closed. The holiday is often celebrated with parades in city streets, along with music, dancing and flag waving. More…:

Today’s Birthday: William Harvey (1578)

Today’s Birthday:
William Harvey (1578)

The personal doctor of kings James I and Charles I, Harvey was an English physician whom many credit with laying the foundation of modern medicine. Although his work was not fully substantiated until centuries later, he contributed greatly to the advance of comparative anatomy and embryology. Most importantly, he was the first to demonstrate the function of the heart and complete circulation of the blood, a feat that is especially remarkable because it was accomplished without the aid of what? More…:

This Day in History: Project Tiger Launched (1973)

This Day in History:
Project Tiger Launched (1973)

Though trophy hunting of tigers is no longer the popular “sport” it once was, things like habitat loss, loss of prey, and poaching continue to threaten tiger populations. In the past century alone, tiger populations shrank by over 90%. In 1973, India launched a wildlife conservation movement called Project Tiger to protect tigers in specially designated reserves throughout India. What do the latest estimates indicate about the current tiger population in India? More…:

Quote of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Quote of the Day:
John F. Kennedy

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battles or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. More…:

Article of the Day: Supermodels

Article of the Day:

A supermodel is a highly-paid elite fashion model who usually has earned a worldwide reputation and often has a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. Although the term has roots earlier in the 20th century, it became especially popular during the 1980s and 1990s, when the names­—and not just the faces—of particular models began to be internationally recognized. What supermodel once said that models of her caliber “don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day”? More…:

Idiom of the Day: built like a tank

Idiom of the Day:
built like a tank

Having a physique or structure that is strong and physically imposing. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: workaday

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Being a part of general human experience; ordinary.

Synonyms: everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable

Usage: Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.:

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Watch “Leonard Cohen – Anthem (w/lyrics) London 2008” on YouTube

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Yeah the wars they will
Be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
We asked for signs
The signs were sent
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see
I can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
And they’re going to hear from me
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
You can add up the parts
You won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
There is no drum
Every heart, every heart to love will come
But like a refugee
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
Ring the bells that still can ring (ring the bells that still can ring)
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
Songwriters: Leonard Cohen
Anthem lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Léo Ferré – Avec le temps with English lyrics” on YouTube

Avec le temps
avec le temps, va, tout s’en va
on oublie le visage et l’on oublie la voix
le cœur, quand ça bat plus, c’est pas la peine d’aller
chercher plus loin, faut laisser faire et c’est très bien

Avec le temps
avec le temps, va, tout s’en va
l’autre qu’on adorait, qu’on cherchait sous la pluie
l’autre qu’on devinait au détour d’un regard
entre les mots, entre les lignes et sous le fard
d’un serment maquillé qui s’en va faire sa nuit
avec le temps tout s’évanouit
avec le temps
avec le temps, va, tout s’en va
mêm’ les plus chouett’s souv’nirs ça t’as un’ de ces gueules
à la gal’rie j’farfouille dans les rayons d’la mort
le samedi soir quand la tendresse s’en va tout’ seule
Avec le temps.
avec le temps, va, tout s’en va
l’autre à qui l’on croyait pour un rhume, pour un rien
l’autre à qui l’on donnait du vent et des bijoux
pour qui l’on eût vendu son âme pour quelques sous
devant quoi l’on s’traînait comme traînent les chiens
avec le temps, va, tout va bien
Avec le temps
avec le temps, va, tout s’en va
on oublie les passions et l’on oublie les voix
qui vous disaient tout bas les mots des pauvres gens
ne rentre pas trop tard, surtout ne prends pas froid
Avec le temps
avec le temps, va, tout s’en va
et l’on se sent blanchi comme un cheval fourbu
et l’on se sent glacé dans un lit de hasard
et l’on se sent tout seul peut-être mais peinard
et l’on se sent floué par les années perdues- alors vraiment
avec le temps on n’aime plus
Translate to English

Songwriters: Leo Ferre

Horoscope ♉: 03/30/2019

Horoscope ♉:

You may have to consciously let go of some of your plans, Taurus, and simply leave things up to chance. The element of the unexpected can help you out quite a bit, so work with it instead of trying to keep it at bay. The natural flow of events should lead you toward a place of greater freedom. Use your imagination instead of relying completely on mental processes like logic.:

Today’s Holiday: Mothering Sunday

Today’s Holiday:
Mothering Sunday

It was the custom in 17th-century England for Christians to pay their respects on the fourth Sunday in Lent to the “Mother Church” where they had been baptized. This day usually included a visit to one’s parents—to “go a-mothering,” as it was called back then. In the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, the fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Laetare Sunday. The Introit of the Mass begins with the word “Rejoice” (laetare in Latin), marking a slight respite in the solemn Lenten season. Priests may wear rose-colored vestments to mass, instead of the usual purple for Lent. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Joseph Haydn (1732)

Today’s Birthday:
Joseph Haydn (1732)

The principal shaper of the Classical style, Haydn was an Austrian composer who exerted major influence on his contemporaries, including Mozart, and future composers. The first great symphonist, he composed 106 symphonies and virtually invented the string quartet. By his later years, he was recognized internationally as the greatest living composer. He composed important works in almost every genre. As a teacher, Haydn had a difficult relationship with what famous student? More…:

This Day in History: The Alhambra Decree Is Issued (1492)

This Day in History:
The Alhambra Decree Is Issued (1492)

Fourteen years after Ferdinand II and Isabella I, the “Catholic Monarchs” of Spain, established the Spanish Inquisition to discover and punish converted Jews—and later Muslims—who were insincere, they issued the Alhambra Decree, an edict ordering the expulsion of all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity. Any Jew who did not convert or leave by the deadline faced execution. Non-Jews found sheltering or hiding Jews had all of their belongings seized. When was the edict officially revoked? More…:

Quote of the Day: W. Somerset Maugham

Quote of the Day:
W. Somerset Maugham

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one’s mind. More…:

Article of the Day: The Chaperon

Article of the Day:
The Chaperon

The chaperon was a type of hood worn throughout Western Europe in the Middle Ages. It was especially fashionable in 15th-century Burgundy. The French verb chaperonner, meaning “to cover with a hood,” was derived from the name of the headgear and later came to mean “to protect.” Under the influence of the verb sense, the French noun chaperon came to mean “escort,” a meaning that was borrowed into English by the early 1700s. Why was Joan of Arc denounced for wearing a chaperon? More…:

Idiom of the Day: broken-hearted

Idiom of the Day:

Very sad, typically due to a tragic event or the end of a romantic relationship. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: two-piece

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A woman’s very brief bathing suit.

Synonyms: bikini

Usage: Kristen changed into her two-piece and jumped into the pool.:

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Watch “Poupée de cire poupée de son – France Gall – French and English subtitles .mp4” on YouTube

Je suis une poupée de cire
Une poupée de son
Mon cœur est gravé dans mes chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Suis-je meilleure, suis-je pire
Qu’une poupée de salon?
Je vois la vie en rose bonbon
Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Mes disques sont un miroir
Dans lequel chacun peut me voir
Je suis partout à la fois
Brisée en mille éclats de voix
Autour de moi j’entends rire
Les poupées de chiffon
Celles qui dansent sur mes chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Elles se laissent séduire
Pour un oui, pour un non
L’amour n’est pas que dans les chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Mes disques sont un miroir
Dans lequel chacun peut me voir
Je suis partout à la fois
Brisée en mille éclats de voix
Seule parfois, je soupire
Je me dis à quoi bon
Chanter ainsi l’amour sans raison
Sans rien connaître des garçons
Je n’suis qu’une poupée de cire
Qu’une poupée de son
Sous le soleil de mes cheveux blonds
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Mais un jour je vivrai mes chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Sans craindre la chaleur des garçons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Songwriters: Serge Gainsbourg
Poupée de cire, poupée de son lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Sidonie

Horoscope ♉: 03/29/2019

Horoscope ♉:

If you haven’t gotten the love you want lately, Taurus, perhaps it’s because you haven’t asked for it. If you’re involved with someone and feel unfulfilled, consider having a heart-to-heart talk about your needs and what you want out of the relationship in order to be happy. If you aren’t in a relationship now and want to be, you need to be more aggressive about getting to know the one you want.:

Today’s Holiday: Doctors’ Day

Today’s Holiday:
Doctors’ Day

Since 1933 this day has been set aside to honor America’s physicians. It is the anniversary of the day in 1842 on which Dr. Crawford W. Long removed a tumor from the neck of a man while the patient was anesthetized by ether. Dr. Long was the first acclaimed American physician to use ether as an anesthetic agent in a surgical procedure. The red carnation is the official flower associated with Doctors’ Day. The American Medical Association promotes various activities to mark this day, including walk-a-thons and blood drives. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Francisco Goya (1746)

Today’s Birthday:
Francisco Goya (1746)

Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker whose work profoundly influenced 19th-century European art. He started out designing tapestries for the royal manufactory of Santa Bárbara and was appointed painter to Charles III in 1786. By 1799—under the patronage of Charles IV—he had become Spain’s most successful and fashionable artist. Goya’s works address all aspects of Spanish life, including the political and social turmoil of his day. Why did his art come under the scrutiny of the Inquisition? More…:

This Day in History: Hymen Lipman Patents Pencil with Attached Eraser (1858)

This Day in History:
Hymen Lipman Patents Pencil with Attached Eraser (1858)

In prehistoric times, lumps of colored earth or chalk were used as markers. The so-called lead pencil—a rod of graphite encased in wood—first came into use in the 16th century. However, it was not until the 19th century that the eraser was added—an innovation that earned Hymen Lipman a patent in 1858. In 1862, he sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000. Why did the US Supreme Court rule in 1875 that Reckendorfer’s patent was invalid? More…:

Quote of the Day: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Quote of the Day:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death!…Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil. More…:

Article of the Day: Church of St. George, Lalibela

Article of the Day:
Church of St. George, Lalibela

The Church of St. George, Lalibela, is a monolithic church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, hewn entirely from a single block of stone. Known as Bete Giyorgis in Amharic—a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia—it was built in the early 13th century as the last of the 11 stone churches in the Lalibela area. According to Ethiopian cultural history, the church was built after King Lalibela had a vision in which he was instructed to construct the church. According to the story, who told him to do so? More…:

Idiom of the Day: broad shoulders

Idiom of the Day:
broad shoulders

The ability and/or willingness to accept multiple demands and responsibilities. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: soporific

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Sleep inducing.

Synonyms: hypnagogic, somniferous

Usage: Even he is unable to withstand the soporific influence of the place, and is gradually falling asleep.:

Watch “Pretty Little Liars Soundtrack 2×19 – I Hurt Too ~ Katie Herzig” on YouTube

When you’re weary
And haunted
And your life is not what you wanted
When you’re trying so hard to find it

When the lies speak the loudest
When your friends are starting to leave
When you’re broken by people like me

I hurt too, I hurt too

When an ocean sits right between us
There is no sign that we’ll ever cross
You should know now that I feel the loss

I hurt too, I hurt too

Even though you are drowning in valley’s of echoes
I believe there is peace in those hills up ahead
You will climb ‘til you find places you’ll never let go
And I will also be here praying just like I said

I hurt too, I hurt too

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Bhagavad Gita, by Hindi

Who is the government and what they ought to want!?

I’m drenched in air…

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Horoscope ♉: 03/28/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Things may be coming to a dramatic climax for you, Taurus. It may seem like everything is working against you. Take note that this is an excellent time to find balance and gain a much greater perspective on the issues in your life. If you’re trying to figure out where your heart and brain are hiding, you should look on the opposite side of the world. They’re over there discussing things together.:

Today’s Holiday: Borrowed Days

Today’s Holiday:
Borrowed Days

According to an old Scottish rhyme, the last three days in March were “borrowed” from April, in return for which March promised to destroy three young sheep. Other references go back even further. Both an ancient calendar of the Church of Rome and a 1548 book known as The Complaynt of Scotland allude to the days at the end of March as being more like winter than spring. Whatever their origin, it seems likely that the wet, windy weather that so often comes at the end of March gave rise to the notion that this month had to “borrow” some additional time. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Ernst Jünger (1895)

Today’s Birthday:
Ernst Jünger (1895)

Early in his career, Jünger, a German writer and WWI veteran, published novels based on his army experience. Strongly influenced by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, they glorified war and its sacrifice as the greatest physical and mental stimulants. He later opposed Hitler and rejected his own militarism, expressing instead a desire for peace in his wartime diaries and in futuristic novels like On the Marble Cliffs, an allegorical attack on Nazism. What is Jünger’s best known work? More…:

This Day in History: Gustav III of Sweden Dies of Infected Gunshot Wound (1792)

This Day in History:
Gustav III of Sweden Dies of Infected Gunshot Wound (1792)

Gustav III was King of Sweden from 1771 to 1792. Having inherited a weakened Swedish throne, he established a new constitution that increased the crown’s power. His numerous enlightened reforms antagonized the nobility, and when a group of Swedish officers mutinied during his unpopular war on Russia, he reinstated absolute monarchy. Gustav planned to form a league of European monarchs to oppose the French Revolution, but Swedish nobles had him assassinated. Where was Gustav when he was shot? More…:

Quote of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Quote of the Day:
John F. Kennedy

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. More…:

Article of the Day: Apiculture

Article of the Day:

Apiculture is the practice of beekeeping—the care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce and store more honey than they need so that the excess can be collected. Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of animal husbandry. Early efforts at collecting honey required destroying the hive. However, modern beekeepers are able to extract the cells of the honeycomb without damaging them. To collect honey, beekeepers need a veiled helmet for protection and a smoker, which does what? More…:

Idiom of the Day: breathe easily

Idiom of the Day:
breathe easily

To relax. To be free from worry. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: comminute

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading.

Synonyms: bray, mash, crunch, grind

Usage: The chef comminuted the spices in his mortar for several minutes before sprinkling them on the chicken.: