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Word of the Day: October 1, 2019

Word of the Day: October 1, 2019

caravansary  Definition: (noun) An inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans. Synonyms: khan Usage: A steady stream of travelers both arriving and leaving kept the caravansary bustling well into the night. Discuss.

by · October 1, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? September 30, 2019

Whose Birthday Is It? September 30, 2019

Hans Geiger (1882) After receiving a doctorate in physics in Germany in 1906, Geiger traveled to England, where he assisted chemist Ernest Rutherford. In 1908, they designed an instrument to detect and count alpha particles, positively charged ionizing particles produced by radioactive decay. Two decades later, Geiger developed the sensitive, portable radiation counter that now bears his name. During World War II, he was a member of the Uranium Club, a group of German scientists who attempted to develop what? More…

by · September 30, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: September 30, 2019

Quote of the Day: September 30, 2019

Don’t let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck: can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves? George Eliot (1819-1880)

by · September 30, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: September 30, 2019

Word of the Day: September 30, 2019

extenuate  Definition: (verb) Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of. Synonyms: mitigate, palliate Usage: Let him, if he be able, justify or extenuate the shameful outrage he has offered to the dictates of truth and to the rules of fair dealing. Discuss.

by · September 30, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? September 27, 2019

Whose Birthday Is It? September 27, 2019

Grazia Deledda (1871) Influenced by the verismo—”realism”—school, Nobel Prize-winning Italian novelist Grazia Deledda wrote her first stories while just a teen and was still having her works published after her death. Her work is lyric and in part naturalistic and combines sympathy and humor with occasional touches of violence. In her approximately 40 novels, the ancient ways of her native Sardinia often come into conflict with modern mores. What are her most famous works? More…

by · September 27, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: September 27, 2019

Quote of the Day: September 27, 2019

A steady hand in governing of military affairs is more requisite than in times of peace, because an error committed in war may, perhaps, prove irremediable. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

by · September 27, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: September 27, 2019

Word of the Day: September 27, 2019

off-color Definition: (adjective) In violation of good taste even verging on the indecent. Synonyms: indelicate Usage: The shareholder’s meeting was entirely the wrong forum for his off-color joke. Discuss. 

by · September 27, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? September 26, 2019

Whose Birthday Is It? September 26, 2019

Lewis Hine (1874) Hine was an American photographer whose career began shortly after he bought his first camera in 1903. Devoted to capturing images of the dark side of the industrial revolution in the US, he documented the poverty of immigrants and the plight of child laborers. The power of his images placed him at the forefront of 20th-century documentary photographers and helped bring about the passage of child labor laws. Some of his most famous images document the construction of what iconic skyscraper? More…

by · September 26, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: September 26, 2019

Quote of the Day: September 26, 2019

When a subject is highly controversial…one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

by · September 26, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: September 26, 2019

Word of the Day: September 26, 2019

undersell  Definition: (verb) To sell goods for a lower price than (another seller). Synonyms: undercut Usage: The executive instituted a store-wide sale in an effort to undersell the popular new competitor. Discuss.

by · September 26, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? September 25, 2019

Whose Birthday Is It? September 25, 2019

Mark Rothko (1903) Largely self-taught, Rothko was an American painter who became a leading exponent of a uniquely personal strain within the larger movement of abstract expressionism. By 1950, he was creating his so-called color-field paintings, works with large rectangles of color that express moods. In 1970, he committed suicide shortly after completing what some regard as his masterwork, a group of murals for a chapel in Houston, Texas. For what record-breaking price did one of Rothko’s paintings sell in 2007? More…

by · September 25, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: September 25, 2019

Quote of the Day: September 25, 2019

No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home. L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

by · September 25, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: September 25, 2019

Word of the Day: September 25, 2019

hombre  Definition: (noun) An informal term for a youth or man. Synonyms: guy, bozo, cat Usage: I am the kind of hombre who enjoys a good steak for dinner. Discuss. 

by · September 25, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Seniors Workout Fun: City Parks Foundation Launch Free Senior Fitness Sessions In Bronx Parks

Seniors Workout Fun: City Parks Foundation Launch Free Senior Fitness Sessions In Bronx Parks

Summer is over  – no worries “swing into fall fitness” to maintain your perfect beach body. Across the boroughs, City Parks Foundation is kicking off its 2019 Fall Sports Program for seniors this month. This Fall, 500 seniors in 26 neighborhood parks and recreation centers are […]

by · September 24, 2019 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? September 24, 2019

Whose Birthday Is It? September 24, 2019

Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739) Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine’s lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her “Potemkin villages,” which are what? More…

by · September 24, 2019 · Bulletin Board