Daily Archives: November 25, 2019

Horoscope♉: 11/25/2019


You won’t be disappointed today. Over the next few days you’re going to put your analytical way of thinking aside and let your feelings guide you. You’ll be attentive to the people you love. If someone needs your help, you can be counted on to come to the rescue. You’ll spare them the lecture about what they’ve done wrong!: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Baha’i Day of the Covenant

Today’s Holiday:
Baha’i Day of the Covenant

The Baha’i Day of the Covenant is a Baha’i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha’u’llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu’l-Baha as the head of the Baha’i religion who would interpret Baha’i teachings. Abdu’l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Today’s Birthday:
Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women’s rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women’s suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

This Day in History:
University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was established and opened in 1842 and chartered in 1844. Famous for its football team, it has a noted law school and computing center as well as laboratories for research in botany, radiation, geology, metallurgy, and engineering. It also operates important research institutes in the humanities. The school was founded by French priests and was originally given the name L’Université de Notre Dame du Lac, which means what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

Comfort, n.: A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor’s uneasiness. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Harmonium

Article of the Day:
The Harmonium

Invented in the 1840s, the harmonium is a free-standing keyboard instrument in which air is forced over reeds by means of foot-operated bellows. Pitch is determined by the size of the reeds, while sound quality is determined by the size and shape of the tone chamber surrounding each reed. It is smaller and lighter than a piano, has no pipes, and is resistant to damage. Easier to ship that a piano, it was popular in 19th-century colonies, such as India, where it has developed in what unique ways? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: absolve from guilt

Idiom of the Day:
absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: thieve

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) To steal (someone’s possessions).

Synonyms: cop, glom, snitch, knock off, hook

Usage: The unscrupulous but skilled pickpocket thieved no fewer than a dozen wallets on even the slowest day.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch





Watch “Bartók – Six romanian folk dances – Oistrakh / Kollegorskaya” on YouTube

Watch “Yehudi Menuhin, violin | 1944, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances” on YouTube

Wikipedia: Agatha Christie


Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap,[2] and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.[3][4]


Agatha Christie
Lady Mallowan


Agatha Christie in 1925

BornAgatha Mary Clarissa Miller
15 September 1890
Torquay, Devon, EnglandDied12 January 1976(aged 85)
Winterbrook House, Winterbrook, Oxfordshire, England[1]Resting placeChurch of St Mary, Cholsey, Oxfordshire, EnglandPen nameMary WestmacottOccupationNovelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, memoiristGenreMurder mystery, thriller, crime fiction, detective, romanceLiterary movementGolden Age of Detective FictionNotable worksCreation of characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Death on the Nile, The Murder at the Vicarage, Partners In Crime, The A.B.C. Murders, And Then There Were None, The MousetrapSpouses

Archibald Christie
(m. 1914; div. 1928)

Sir Max Mallowan(m. 1930)

Children1RelativesJames Watts(nephew)SignatureWebsiteagathachristie.com

Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections,[5] but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920.[6] During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.

Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books,[7] behind only Shakespeare’sworks and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages.[8] And Then There Were None is Christie’s best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.[9] Christie’s stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatrein the West End on 25 November 1952, and as of April 2019 is still running after more than 27,000 performances.[10][11]

In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play.[12] In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroydwas voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers’ Association.[13] On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the “World’s Favourite Christie” in a vote sponsored by the author’s estate.[14] Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work.

Life and careerEdit

Childhood and adolescence: 1890–1910Edit

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. She was the youngest of three children born to Frederick Alvah (“Fred”) Miller, “a gentleman of substance”, and his wife Clarissa Margaret (“Clara”) Miller née Boehmer.[15]:1–4[16][17][18][19]:16[20][21]

Christie’s mother Clara was born in Dublin[a] in 1854[22][23] to Lieutenant (later Captain) Frederick Boehmer (91st Regiment of Foot)[24] and his second wife Mary Ann Boehmer née West. Boehmer died aged 49 of bronchitis (although biographers often claim he was killed in a riding accident) in Jersey in April 1863, leaving his widow to raise Clara and her three brothers alone on a meagre income.[25][26] Two weeks after Boehmer’s death, Mary’s sister Margaret West married widowed dry goods merchant Nathaniel Frary Miller, a U.S. citizen.[27] To assist Mary financially, the newlyweds agreed to foster nine year old Clara. The family settled in Timperley, Cheshire.[28]Margaret and Nathaniel had no children together, but Nathaniel had a seventeen-year-old son, Fred Miller, from his previous marriage. Fred was born in New York City and travelled extensively after leaving his Swiss boarding school. He and Clara eventually formed a romantic attachment and were married in St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill, in April 1878.[15]:2–5[16]

Fred and Clara’s first child, Margaret Frary (“Madge”), was born in Torquay in 1879,[29] where the couple were renting lodgings. Their second child, Louis Montant (“Monty”), was born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1880[30]while they were making an extended visit to the United States. When Fred’s father died in 1869,[31] he left Clara £2000; they used this money to purchase the leasehold of a villa in Torquay named Ashfield in which to raise their family. It was here that their third and final child, Agatha, was born in 1890.[15]:6–7[18]

Christie as a girl, date unknown

Christie described her childhood as “very happy”.[32]:3 She was surrounded by a series of strong and independent women from an early age.[15]:14 She lived primarily in Devon, but made occasional visits to the homes of her step-grandmother/great-aunt Margaret Miller in