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Planking or a few minutes every day will benefit you in many ways

Planking or a few minutes every day will benefit you in many ways

Planking or a few minutes every day will benefit you in many ways


Today’s Holiday: Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day

Today’s Holiday:
Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay’s first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More…

Today’s Birthday: Robert Hooke (1635)

Today’s Birthday:
Robert Hooke (1635)

Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term? More…:

This Day in History: La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

This Day in History:
La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima’s La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government’s battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori’s conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre? More…:

Quote of the Day: George Eliot

Quote of the Day:
George Eliot

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with. More…:

Article of the Day: The Old Believers

Article of the Day:
The Old Believers

The Old Believers were Russian dissenters who were excommunicated in 1667, after refusing to accept liturgical reforms imposed on the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Nikon. Numbering in the millions in the 17th century, they endured persecution until 1905, when Czar Nicholas II signed an act of religious freedom. In 1971, the council of the Russian Orthodox Church revoked the anathemas imposed upon the Old Believers. What were some of the changes included in Nikon’s reforms? More…:

Idiom of the Day: endgame

Idiom of the Day:

The final stages of a process, development, or activity. An allusion to the last stage in chess, when the majority of pieces have been removed from the board. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: clear-eyed

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Mentally acute or penetratingly discerning.

Synonyms: perspicacious

Usage: John’s clear-eyed assessment of the company’s problems saved it from bankruptcy.:

Horoscope ♉: 07/17/2019

Horoscope ♉:

More than usual, you’re probably craving solitude today, Taurus. Although you may have committed to attending a party or get-together, now the idea may seem irritating. You may rather work on some tasks or projects, or you might want to go for a workout and release some of the tension you feel. The latter idea is good. If you exercise early, you might feel like going out later.:

Bad knees and how to turn them gooood!

Horoscope ♉: 07/16/2019

Horoscope ♉:

You’ve been doing very well, Taurus, but today you might feel more focused than ever. The path ahead seems clear and well defined. You’re anticipating the future with motivation. You might be considering a long trip abroad or perhaps going back to school for an advanced degree. This is a good day to research and finalize your plans.:

Today’s Birthday: S.Y. Agnon (1888)

Today’s Birthday:
S.Y. Agnon (1888)

Agnon was an Israeli writer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Hebrew novelists and short-story writers. Born into a Polish Galician family in what is now Ukraine, Agnon settled in Palestine in 1907. His fiction explores Jewish life from the late 18th century to the post-WWI period. The Day Before Yesterday, perhaps his greatest novel, examines the problems faced by the westernized Jewish immigrant to Israel. In 1966, Agnon shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with whom? More…:

This Day in History: Napalm Incendiary Bombs Dropped for First Time by US Air Force (1944)

This Day in History:
Napalm Incendiary Bombs Dropped for First Time by US Air Force (1944)

Napalm is an organic compound used to thicken gasoline for use as an incendiary in flamethrowers and firebombs. The thickened mixture burns more slowly and can be propelled more accurately and farther than gasoline. When it comes in contact with surfaces, including the human body, it sticks and continues to burn. It was developed and first used by the US in World War II. Its use in the Vietnam War became highly controversial. “Napalm” is a combination of what two words? More…:

Quote of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Quote of the Day:
Virginia Woolf

It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed in any longer. More…:

Article of the Day: Soul Train

Article of the Day:
Soul Train

Soul Train was an American musical show that aired more than 1,000 episodes from 1971 to 2006, becoming the longest-running, first-run, nationally-syndicated program in television history. Created by producer Don Cornelius, its first host, Soul Train featured performances by soul, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop artists and has been described as the American Bandstand of the African-American community. What celebrities got their start dancing on Soul Train? More…:

Idiom of the Day: false friend

Idiom of the Day:
false friend

A phrase, word, or letter that sounds or looks similar to one in another language or dialect but has a significantly different meaning. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: meddlesome

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner.

Synonyms: busybodied, interfering, officious

Usage: Though she means well, my meddlesome mother invariably drives away all of my boyfriends with her unwelcome intrusions.:

Watch “The Impossible Dream-Man of La Mancha” on YouTube

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
And to run where
The brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
And to love, pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march
March into hell
For that heavenly cause
And I know
If I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart
Will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be
Better for this
That one man, scorned
And covered with scars
Still strove with his last
Ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable
The unreachable
The unreachable star
And I’ll always dream
The impossible dream
Yes, and I’ll reach
The unreachable star

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Joe Darion / Mitchell Leigh

The Impossible Dream lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company, Helena Music Company

We truly believe, poetic thought by George B visit my poetry page “THE SMUDGE AND OTHER POEMS”

We truly believe, poetic thought by George B

We truly believe that our dreams will become reality,
The moment we wake up…like alchemists believed once that lead will become, somehow…gold.

We truly believe that our future will be bright, and everlasting life, some hope, and others that the Earth, will warm up, the boiling of the waters of the seas, and everlasting death…

What is your belief?

What will really happen?

God leaves the question unanswered, and so does all angels, the devil, and all religions,

And in absentia: our intellect is strangled!

Horoscope ♉: 07/15/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Success on all levels is filling your life and making you feel absolutely wonderful, Taurus. The downside of this is that you might be a little too conscientious. Are you putting in a lot of extra hours? Be discriminating about this and don’t work harder than necessary. You could get stressed to the point of taxing your strength too much, and that won’t help you. Pace yourself.:

Today’s Holiday: Asanha Bucha Day

Today’s Holiday:
Asanha Bucha Day

Celebrated in Thailand on the first full moon of the eighth lunar month, Asanha Bucha Day marks the first public sermon given by Buddha, which took place at Deer Park in Benares, India. The day also marks the beginning of Vassa, the Buddhist lent period also known as the Rains Retreat. Ceremonies are held in Buddhist temples throughout the country, and elaborate wax candles are lit and kept burning throughout lent. On this day, townspeople will put flowers into their bowls instead of food, and the monks offer these flowers at the temple in honor of the Buddha. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Saint Clare of Assisi (1194)

Today’s Birthday:
Saint Clare of Assisi (1194)

Born to a noble family, Chiara Offreduccio, now St. Clare of Assisi, was deeply influenced by fellow Assisian St. Francis. Refusing to marry, she instead fled to a chapel where he received her vows. She later became abbess of a female religious community that included her sister and mother. The Second Order of St. Francis, or Poor Clares, adopted the absolute poverty of St. Francis but was strictly cloistered, unlike its counterpart, the Franciscans. Why is Clare the patron saint of television? More…:

This Day in History: Saddam Hussein Becomes President of Iraq (1979)

This Day in History:
Saddam Hussein Becomes President of Iraq (1979)

Hussein was president of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. He joined Iraq’s Ba’th Party in 1957 and fled to Egypt after participating in a failed attempt to assassinate the Iraqi prime minister in 1959. He returned to Iraq when the Ba’thists gained power in 1963 but was jailed when they were overthrown. He escaped and helped reinstall the party in 1968. A decade later, he took over the presidency with the aim of replacing Egypt as leader of the Arab world. How many wars did Iraq fight during his tenure? More…:

Quote of the Day: George Eliot

Quote of the Day:
George Eliot

Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult. More…:

Article of the Day: Sumptuary Laws

Article of the Day:
Sumptuary Laws

Sumptuary laws are laws directed against overindulgence or extravagance in diet, drink, and dress based on social, religious, or moral grounds. Historically, these statutes often varied according to rank and were mainly used to mark class distinctions and prevent people from assuming the appearance of a superior class. They were also used to stigmatize disfavored groups, who could be required to wear identifying apparel. How rich did one need to be to wear a belt in the Massachusetts Bay Colony? More…

Idiom of the Day: Captain Obvious

Idiom of the Day:
Captain Obvious

A person who makes a statement or statements of such obvious meaning or implication as to be entirely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: colewort

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head.

Synonyms: borecole, kale

Usage: Although he thought his aunt’s boiled colewort was disgusting, Harold politely ate the meal without complaint.:

QUADRATUS LUMBORUM: This is the muscle that causes pain and stiffness from lack of stretching

QUADRATUS LUMBORUM: This is the muscle that causes pain and stiffness from lack of stretching

QUADRATUS LUMBORUM: This is the muscle that causes pain and stiffness from lack of stretching

QUADRATUS LUMBORUM: This is the muscle that causes pain and stiffness from lack of stretching

Do you suffer from asthma, get read of your inhaler with “Cat and Cow Pose”: does wonders to your entire body

Do you suffer from asthma, get read of your inhaler with “Cat and Cow Pose”: does wonders to your entire body

Hypercobra pose: do it once…you’ll get it better in couple of days!

Hypercobra pose: do it once…you’ll get it better in couple of days!

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Watch “Simon & Garfunkel – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (from The Concert in Central Park)” on YouTube

Horoscope ♉: 07/14/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Spiritual matters could be very much on your mind, Taurus. You may want to delve into metaphysical studies and meditation, but work or family responsibilities could interfere with making those desires a reality. Don’t let this get you down. Instead, stay focused on the mundane chores and finish them. Then you can move on to the really fascinating matters.:

Today’s Holiday: Yudu Nal

Today’s Holiday:
Yudu Nal

Yudu, which means “washing one’s hair in flowing water,” is a tradition that goes back to the Silla period (7th-9th centuries) in Korean history. It has been the custom on this day to go on picnics near a moving body of water, a stream, river, or waterfall, and to bathe and wash one’s hair. Folklore has it that doing so will ward off fever and other heat-related ills. In any case, swimming in a cool stream is a refreshing way to beat hot summer weather. In modern times people also call this activity mulmaji, “greeting the water.” More…:

Today’s Birthday: Jacques Derrida (1930)

Today’s Birthday:
Jacques Derrida (1930)

Derrida was an Algerian-born French philosopher whose critique of Western philosophy encompasses literature, linguistics, and psychoanalysis. In his famously dense and complex writings, he attempted to take apart, or “deconstruct,” the edifice of Western metaphysics and reveal what he deemed its incompatible foundations. His thought is based on his disapproval of the search for an ultimate metaphysical certainty. Why was Derrida so controversial among many of his fellow philosophers? More…:

This Day in History: Fire Ravages Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1823)

This Day in History:
Fire Ravages Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1823)

In 1823, a worker repairing the roof of Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls accidentally started a fire that resulted in its almost total destruction. The church, built under Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, had retained its original character for nearly 1,500 years. Reconstruction work began almost immediately with the aim of recreating the original structure. The viceroy of Egypt contributed alabaster pillars to the rebuilding effort, while the Russian emperor sent what? More…:

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous. More…:

Article of the Day: The Diving Bell

Article of the Day:
The Diving Bell

The diving bell was an early diving submersible used for underwater exploration, sponge fishing, and salvaging sunken cargo. It consisted of a bottomless chamber connected to a compressed-air hose that would both refresh the air inside the chamber and maintain enough pressure to keep water from filling it as it descended. In the 16th century, inventor Guglielmo de Lorena created and used what is considered the first modern diving bell. What 4th-century philosopher first described such a device? More…:

Idiom of the Day: farmer’s tan

Idiom of the Day:
farmer’s tan

A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: collocation

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) The act of positioning close together (or side by side).

Synonyms: juxtaposition, apposition

Usage: Nina gained notoriety among interior designers for her brilliant collocation of unusual colors and shapes.:

Watch “Casablanca (1942): Play it Sam, Play As Time Goes By. Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Sinatra sings” on YouTube

You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by

And when two lovers woo
They still say, I love you
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by
Moonlight and love songs never out of date
Hearts full of passion, jealousy and hate
Woman needs man and man must have his mate
That no one can deny
It’s still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by
It’s still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Herman Hupfeld
As Time Goes By lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Horoscope ♉: 07/13/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Legal papers might need attention today, Taurus. This could concern a positive development in financial matters. Though you might not be too clear on the language, you will still be glad to do it since it could represent a highly desirable turn of events for you. New self-confidence could result. You could find more interesting people drawn into your aura. Sparkle and shine!:

Today’s Holiday: Green River Rendezvous

Today’s Holiday:
Green River Rendezvous

The Green River Rendezvous is a reenactment in Pinedale, Wyoming, of the days when Mountain men, Native Americans, and traders came together to transact business, trade, drink, holler, and celebrate. The first rendezvous of trappers was held on the Green River, near the present Wyoming-Utah border; the last of these colorful gatherings was held in 1840. A two-hour pageant recreating these rendezvous has been presented by the Sublette County Historical Society since 1936. Celebrations are held over three days, and other events include black-powder shoots and barbecues. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Ingmar Bergman (1918)

Today’s Birthday:
Ingmar Bergman (1918)

Bergman was a Swedish film and stage writer, director, and producer. He achieved an impressive degree of freedom early in his career and used it to create and develop a highly individual approach. Working with many of the same actors and technicians from film to film—including actor Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist—Bergman filled his work with an unusual degree of unity and continuity. He won international acclaim for The Seventh Seal and what other films? More…:

This Day in History: The Darién Scheme: Ships Leave Scotland for Isthmus of Panama (1698)

This Day in History:
The Darién Scheme: Ships Leave Scotland for Isthmus of Panama (1698)

In 1695, the Scottish Parliament passed an act chartering a trading company to open trade with Africa and the Indies in the hope that this would make Scotland a world trading nation. Backed by about a quarter of the country’s liquid assets, the Darién Company tried to establish a colony on the Isthmus of Panama to compete with the Dutch and Spanish, but both of its expeditions failed, nearly bankrupting Scotland in the process. The failures led to what acts of Parliament? More…:

Quote of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Quote of the Day:
Virginia Woolf

It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. More…:

Article of the Day: Villa of the Papyri

Article of the Day:
Villa of the Papyri

The Villa of the Papyri, as it is now known, was a private home owned by Julius Caesar’s father-in-law in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. In 79 CE, the eruption of Vesuvius covered the entire city with volcanic ash, including the villa, which was situated halfway up the volcano’s slope. Its remains were excavated in the 18th century, and therein was found a library containing 1,785 carbonized papyrus scrolls, many of them expounding the ideas of what school of philosophy? More…:

Idiom of the Day: close the barn door after the horse has bolted

Idiom of the Day:
close the barn door after the horse has bolted

To try to prevent or rectify a problem after the damage has already been done. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: sinewy

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) (Of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.

Synonyms: brawny, hefty, muscular

Usage: She saw the sinewy form leap to the shoulder of the lion, hurtling against the leaping beast like a huge, animate battering ram.: