“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”- Sydney Smith
On our European vacation to The Netherlands we went to this charming Dutch village named Zaanse Schanse. I saw a wild kitty roaming about looking half starved so I tried to find food for her, but of course, the shops there only had food for people. After my hunting expedition, I went back to where I’d last seen her and she was in the tall grass, playing with bugs. I waited for her natural curiosity to overcome her fear of strangers and petted her for awhile. At least she felt a warm hand on her back while I stroked her soft fur before saying goodbye.
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HAPPY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY!!!
Love the Earth, she’s the only planet we have!
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Also, aubergine is the name for a very dark purple. Curiously enough, the etymology of the word explains it all…[French, from Catalan albergina, from Arabic al-binjn (the eggplant), from Persian bdenjn, bdengn.]
Feel free to share your recent word treasures on this thread!
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Definition and origins: “A wheelbarrow is a small hand-propelled vehicle, usually with just one wheel, designed to be pushed and guided by a single person using two handles at the rear, or by a sail to push the ancient wheelbarrow by wind. The term “wheelbarrow” is made of two words: “wheel” and “barrow.” “Barrow” is a derivation of the Old English “bearwe” which was a device used for carrying loads.”
Source cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelbarrow
Enjoy, and share your own Wordy findings with us today!
I ran into this word in an ad for radio show guests, and just couldn’t resist sharing it with you….
“Rinpoche or Rinboqê is an honorific used in Tibetan Buddhism. It literally means “precious one,” and is used to address or describe Tibetan lamas and other high-ranking or respected teachers. This honor is generally bestowed on reincarnated lamas, or Tulkus, by default. In other cases it is earned over time, and often bestowed spontaneously by the teacher’s students.”
Source cited: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinpoche
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Earth from space, ain’t she beautiful?
A bit of the history of Earth Day from our friends at Care2.com: “Unlike the first Earth Day in 1970, the 20th anniversary in 1990 became a huge event thanks in part to greater television and radio coverage and a multimillion dollar budget. More than 200 million people in 141 countries participated helping to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.”
May your joys be many,
may you soak in the light,
may the flowers in your garden bloom,
sweet and bright.
Happy Earth Day!
Diane T. and furfamily
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When Marilyn Diaz joined the Pasadena Police Department in 1974, she had to change into her uniform in the bathroom. There was no women’s locker room — because she was the department’s first female patrol officer. In March 2006, she was sworn in as chief of the Sierra Madre Police Department, becoming the first woman to head a city police department in Los Angeles County and one of fewer than a dozen female chiefs of municipal departments in California.
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