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Just Being Jana

August 31st, 2015 Comments off

150746_919795478031303_3057510041544554291_nOver the weekend, after stopping at least 15 times for this or that, Mike was ready to get home. I remembered I needed ice cream for the pie at home but was not about to ask him to stop for that. I reached over, took his hand and said “I kind of need to stop at The Dollar Store when we get back to town.” He looked at me with a questionable look. I squeezed his hand and said “Female things”. He put his hand up and said “Say no more. Which one you want to stop at?” Men are so easy…

Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and janascaldwell@yahoo.com

If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out  new book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.

 

Sea Rock Sculpture

August 31st, 2015 Comments off

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Harajuku: Japanese Futuristic Church

August 30th, 2015 Comments off

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Harajuku: Japanese Futuristic Church

This futuristic Protestant church is located in  Tokyo , and it was first unveiled by the design firm of Ciel Rouge Creation in 2005. The ceiling is specially made to reverberate natural sound for 2 seconds to provide a unique listening experience for worshipers and tourists.

Source: Wikipedia

Word Study: Umbrella

August 29th, 2015 2 comments

The name Umbrella traces back to the Latin umbra, meaning “shade.” The word first appeared in 17th century Italian as ombrello, and referred to a sunshade. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Umbrella had gained its modern usage in the English language by the late 17th century. Earlier forms included “Umbrellaes,” “Umbrelloes” and “Umbrellia.”

The basic concept of the Umbrella as a sunshade and a rain protector has been around for more than a thousand years. Umbrellas featuring steel ribs were invented in 1852 by Samuel Fox, and the compact collapsible Umbrella was invented in the 1950s.

OTHER NAMES

  • Bumbershoot: Take the umbre from umbrella, and the chute from parachute. Combine them and give it a more phonetic spelling, and you’ve got the name Bumbershoot! Bumbershoot is an American slang word.  The Oxford English Dictionary claims that it first appeared in writing in the year 1896,  so it was probably in use a few years before that. Other variations, such as Bumbersol and Bumberell were also common at one point.
  • Parasol: A parasol is usually a lighter-weight umbrella designed to block the sun but not to protect from the rain. This term comes from the Italian parasole, from parare, meaning “to shield” and sole meaning “sun.”
  • Brolly, Brollies: Slang term for umbrella common in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. It probably derived from shortening Umbrella to Brella, which morphed into Brelly and eventually into Brolly.
  • Gamp: This is British slang for an umbrella, especially a large baggy one. This term is taken from the character Mrs. Sarah Gamp from the Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit, who is known for always carrying her umbrella.
  • Hanway: An 18th century term used by English gentlemen. The name comes from Jonas Hanway, a Persian writer who carried an Umbrella and is said to have made the accessory acceptable for men to carry.
  • source: wiki.names.com

What Hasn’t Changed All That Much in 100 Years? Landline Telephones

August 28th, 2015 Comments off

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Obviously the advent of the cell phone is radically changing the way people contact each other, but the old landline is still alive and well, and hard to match in terms of clarity and reliability (when’s the last time you lost a signal on your land-line or accidentally dropped it into the pool?)

The interesting thing is that it still functions precisely the way it did a century ago; the only significant change being the ability to dial the number directly rather than having to go through a switchboard operator. Also, telephone and electrical lines are still attached to wooden poles, just as they have been since the advent of the telegraph during the Civil War, demonstrating that sometimes the old ways of doing things are still the best.

source: welldonestuff.com toptenz

Watch Out for Armed Granny

August 28th, 2015 Comments off

English Easy to Learn? No way!

August 27th, 2015 Comments off

If you were learning English as a second language, would this be confusing to you?  Oh yes, it would!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture..

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

Did you know?

August 26th, 2015 Comments off

1. You can’t hum while holding your nose.
2. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
3. Anne Frank and MLK were born in the same year.
4. People currently graduating college have never been alive while The Simpsons wasn’t on TV.

 

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Brilliant Audra McDonald Sings a Classic Gershwin

August 26th, 2015 Comments off

Bill Stice Educating through photography!

August 25th, 2015 Comments off
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Bill Stice“A member of the daisy family. Though looking like a single flower it is actually a cluster of two different kinds of miniature flowers. The outer petal like portion (the part we pick off for she loves me, she loves me not fun) are actually individual flowers called “ray flowers”. In most flowers of this type they are fully formed and functioning flowers. In the center is the cluster of “disc flowers” which also are individual fully functioning flowers. If you look closely at the photo you can see the yellow disc flowers. At the edge of the rays in the background you can see some of their individual flower forms. For many years they were called “composite flowers” because they were made up of multiple flowers in a group. Your botanical tutorial for the day!”
Bill Stice.
 
 
 

 

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