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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) 

by · July 9, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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. 

by · July 9, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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.

by · July 8, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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…

by · July 7, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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.

by · July 7, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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…

by · July 6, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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. 

by · July 6, 2020 · Bulletin Board
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)

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Word of the Day: July 5, 2020

Word of the Day: July 5, 2020

high-spirited Definition: (adjective) Joyously unrestrained. Synonyms: ebullient, exuberant Usage: These beer busts were a diversion of these high-spirited young fellows whereby they whiled away the tedium of existence by making fools of their betters. Discuss.

by · July 5, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? July 3, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 3, 2020

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908) Raised in California, Fisher moved to Dijon, France, after her first marriage. There, she was inspired by the gastronomist Brillat-Savarin, and her 1949 translation of his Physiology of Taste is considered a classic. She created a new literary genre with her culinary writing, producing witty essays evoking the pleasures of life and food in a graceful style. Her books include How to Cook a Wolf and The Gastronomical Me. Where did Fisher spend her last 20 years? More…

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