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Word of the Day: July 10, 2020

Word of the Day: July 10, 2020

torturous  Definition: (adjective) Extremely painful. Synonyms: agonizing, excruciating, harrowing Usage: Losing someone you love is a torturous experience. Discuss. 

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 9, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 9, 2020

Oliver Wolf Sacks (1933) Sacks is a British-American neurologist and writer. He immigrated to the US in 1960 to study neurology at the University of California, and in 1965 he joined the faculty at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Many of his books relate case histories of neurologically damaged people, particularly those afflicted with unusual conditions. His 1973 book Awakenings, which was made into a film in 1990, chronicles his efforts to treat the survivors of what mysterious sickness? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 9, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 9, 2020

I’ve been a great deal happier … since I have given up thinking about what is easy and pleasant, and being discontented because I couldn’t have my own will. Our life is determined for us—and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do. George Eliot (1819-1880) 

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Word of the Day: July 9, 2020

Word of the Day: July 9, 2020

built-in Definition: (adjective) Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic. Synonyms: inherent, integral, constitutional Usage: I have learned to tame it, but competitiveness is a built-in part of my personality, and I cannot discard it completely. Discuss. 

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 8, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 8, 2020

John Davison Rockefeller (1839) After two years of high school, Rockefeller—the man destined to become, by some estimates, the richest person in history—got a job as a bookkeeper. A few years later, he formed a food handling firm that prospered in the American Civil War. In 1863, he entered the brand new oil business, and within 15 years, his company dominated the American petroleum industry. A noted philanthropist, he donated $550 million during his lifetime. It has been said that Rockefeller had what two ambitions in life? More…

by · July 8, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: July 8, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 8, 2020

My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

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Word of the Day: July 8, 2020

Word of the Day: July 8, 2020

all-out Definition: (adjective) Using all available resources. Synonyms: full-scale Usage: Holding nothing back, the candidate launched an all-out attack on his critics. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 7, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 7, 2020

Gustav Mahler (1860) Mahler was an Austrian composer and conductor. After studying in Vienna, he conducted at numerous prominent opera houses where his high standards became legendary, but his refusal to compromise aroused intense personal opposition. He composed in his free time, mostly during the summer, and completed nine symphonies in his lifetime. The biggest success of his career—the 1910 premiere of his eighth symphony—was overshadowed by Mahler’s discovery of his wife’s affair with what famous architect? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 7, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 7, 2020

Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) 

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Word of the Day: July 7, 2020

Word of the Day: July 7, 2020

graven  Definition: (adjective) Cut or impressed into a surface. Synonyms: engraved, etched, inscribed, incised Usage: The lines from the corners of his mouth seemed graven into his face. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 6, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 6, 2020

Merv Griffin (1925) Originally a singer and nightclub performer, Griffin first achieved wider fame in the early 1950s with the hit song I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. He then shifted his focus to television, hosting The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986. He created the popular game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and wrote the latter’s famous theme song. Later, he invested in casinos, resorts, and hotels. What humorous epitaph was inscribed on his gravestone? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 6, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 6, 2020

Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) 

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Word of the Day: July 6, 2020

Word of the Day: July 6, 2020

immensity  Definition: (noun) Unusual largeness in size or extent or number. Synonyms: vastness, enormousness, grandness, greatness, wideness Usage: This projectile was but an atom in the immensity of the ocean. Discuss. 

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Whose Birthday Is It? July 5, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 5, 2020

David Glasgow Farragut (1801) Adopted by a naval officer as a child, Farragut began his naval career as a midshipman at age nine. During the US Civil War, he ran his ships past Confederate forts to capture New Orleans. The victory earned him a prominent place in the Union navy. He was again promoted in 1864, after leading a successful assault on a heavily mined Confederate port. Famously, upon losing a ship during the attack, he allegedly cried out “Damn the torpedoes–full speed ahead!” What naval rank was created for him? More…

by · July 5, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: July 5, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 5, 2020

Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this. Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

by · July 5, 2020 · Bulletin Board