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    Psst – It’s National Cheese Day!
    Dairy based cheese
    vegan cheese
    Vegan Cheese 🙂
    We are celebrating with blast from past TDK Thread:

    I like cheese



    Those 3 words triggered one of the largest, if not the largest thread in the history of TDK!



    Yup & still fun to read as thanks for the memories TDK Kits 😀



    Happy Birthday to:
    Born on January 21
    1737 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary commander.
    1824 Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate General.
    1925 Benny Hill, British comedian.
    Benny Hill Show
    Show aired on PBS in the States awhile ago.

    benny hill humor
    Quirky Benny Hill Humor



    Today in History 01-25:
    1955 Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock that is accurate to within one second in 300 years.

    Cat clock
    Timez for Nomz every 300 years is off by a second 😉



    Here’s another fun history link:
    Did Betsy Ross Ever Own the ‘Betsy Ross House’ in Philadelphia?
    Betsy Ross House
    According to those who maintain it, neither Betsy Ross nor any of her five husbands owned the house that bears her name, which was built around 1840. They rented the premises between 1773 and 1786, running an upholstery business from it as well as residing there. Betsy, a Pennsylvania Quaker, was expelled from the Friends when she married Anglican John Ross in 1772, after which they rented the house.



    Happy Birthday to:
    Born on January 27
    1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical genius and composer whose works included The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute.
    Mozart kit



    That is a lovely thought, with all the joy Mozart’s music has brought the world over. Love the cat.

    A far more solemn anniversary is the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and an international day of remembrance of the Jewish, Romani (Gypsy) and other victims who were murdered in the camp complex. It also commemorates subsequent genocides and strives to prevent any more… While that liberation can’t even be described as “bittersweet” due to the vast number of dead and the sorry state of the survivors, we can leave this sombre day on a note as bittersweet as Mozart’s brilliant but too-short life. Today’s Google doodle is dedicated to the brilliant New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, who made very important discoveries about the cosmos, but died of cancer at 40. She would have been 75 today. Dedicating this to Moonshadow, of course!



    Yes lagatta, it is know as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sadly the survivors of Auschwitz are dying out. 🙁 But through testimonies and teaching the next generation will remember.

    And they said, “From now on you do not answer by your name. Your name is your number.” And the delusion, the disappointment, the discouragement that I felt, I felt like I was not a human person anymore. —LILLY APPELBAUM LUBLIN MALNIK



    Well, it is a lot different to die out from old age than to be murdered because some idiot thought you were “subhuman”! I had friends who were survivors, for “racial”, or political reasons or both, but all have died of old age. I do stil have a friend who had to wear the yellow star as a little girl in Paris (her Italian-Jewish family were saved by a nominally fascist Italian civil servant) and another friend who was in the Resistance in Normandy as a very young man – rather a teenager. He is very, very old and my other friend is not much younger.

    Sadly, I also have a colleague of Rwandan origin who lost most of his large extended family there 50 years later…

    Si questo è un uomi – Primo Levi

    Voi che vivete sicuri
    Nelle vostre tiepide case,
    Voi che tovate tornando a sera
    Il cibo caldo e visi amici,

    Considerate se questo è un uomo
    Che lavora nel fango
    Che non conosce pace
    Che lotta per mezzo pane
    Che muore per un sì o per un no.
    Considerate se questa è una donna,
    Senza capelli e senza nome
    Senza più forza di ricordare
    Vuoti gli occhi e freddo il grembo
    Come una rana d’inverno.

    Meditate che questo è stato:
    Vi comando queste parole.
    Scolpitele nel vostro cuore
    Stando in casa andando per via,
    Coricandovi alzandovi;
    Ripetetelele ai vostri figli.

    O vi si sfaccia la casa,
    La malattia vi impedisca,
    I vostri nati torcano il viso da voi.

    If This Is a Man – Primo Levi

    You who live safe
    In your warm houses,
    You who find, returning in the evening,
    Hot food and friendly faces:

    Consider if this is a man
    Who works in the mud,
    Who does not know peace,
    Who fights for a scrap of bread,
    Who dies because of a yes or a no.
    Consider if this is a woman
    Without hair and without a name,
    With no more strength to remember,
    Her eyes empty and her womb cold
    Like a frog in winter.

    Meditate that this came about:
    I commend these words to you.
    Carve them in your hearts
    At home, in the street,
    Going to bed, rising;
    Repeat them to your children.

    Or may your house fall apart,
    May illness impede you,
    May your children turn their faces from you.



    Powerful lagatta. Tragic that Primo Levi died or as was determined committed suicide. Or as Elie Weisel put it “Primo Levi died at Auschwitz forty years later”. I once did training to volunteer as a docent in Holocaust Memorial Centre. Difficult, gut wrenching readings and films. Director had escaped Warsaw Ghetto and worked as maid in Polish household, no one suspected that she was Jewish. Sister-in-law’s mother in Hungary at the time used to take off her yellow star and I guess venture out in forbidden streets. Multitude of accounts. Some elderly ladies at my gym were in the camps. I cannot and never will fathom what these heroines and the murdered went through



    Happy Birthday today to:
    1912 Jackson Pollock, influential abstract expressionist painter.
    Jackson Pollock Cat
    🙂 enjoy



    Pawsome History Trivia:
    1929 The Seeing Eye, America’s first school for training dogs to guide the blind, founded in Nashville, Tennessee
    Seeing Eye Dog Story
    seeing eye dog lol
    Yup – Very Special Pups! 🙂



    Time to turn the calendar over to February!

    Happy Birthday to:
    feb bday cupcake

    1878 Hattie Caraway, first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

    1901 Clark Gable, American film actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone With the Wind).
    clark gable



    Along w/Buttons – Happy Birthday today to:
    1882 James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet (Ulysses, Portrait of a Young Man).
    james joyce



    Happy Birthday to:

    Born on February 3
    1809 Felix Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist (Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream).
    lord what fools cat quoting

    1874 Gertrude Stein, poet and novelist (Three Lives, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas).
    alice b tolkas cookbook

    1894 Norman Rockwell, artist and illustrator who painted scenes of small-town America. Most of his work appeared in the The Saturday Evening Post.
    N Rockwell kellog's cornflakes



    Lots of Birthdays today!
    1906 Clyde Tombaugh, astronomer, discovered Pluto.
    1913 Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist.
    Rosa Lee Paks on bus
    1921 Betty Friedan, writer, feminist, founded the National Organization of Women in 1966.
    1925 Russell Hoban, artist and writer (Bedtime for Frances, The Mouse and His Child).
    1932 Robert Coover, novelist & short story writer.



    54 years ago today:
    54 Years Ago Today- Ringo Starr Plays First Show With The Beatles (Watch Rare 1962 Live Footage)
    R I N G O !! 😀



    And about a year after that, they blocked the main road outside the Edinburgh cinema where they were going to play!

    They just look like little boys there. Or maybe I’m just getting old . . . ?



    02-08-16 It’s Kite Flying Day!
    Hmm – middle of Winter is some areas…whatever works!
    orangie kite
    Oh those orangies 😉
    cat dog flying kites
    Have fun 😀

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