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Whose Birthday Is It? August 13, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 13, 2020

Lucy Stone (1818) In 1847, Stone became the first Massachusetts woman to graduate college. Not long after, she began speaking on women’s rights. An effective orator, she is said to have swayed antagonistic audiences and inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. She kept her own name after marriage as a protest against the unequal laws applied to married women, and others who did the same called themselves “Lucy Stoners.” She caused an uproar by wearing “bloomers.” What were they, and why were they so named? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 13, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 13, 2020

But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

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Word of the Day: August 13, 2020

Word of the Day: August 13, 2020

charnel  Definition: (adjective) Gruesomely indicative of death or the dead. Synonyms: ghastly, sepulchral Usage: The charnel smell coming from the suspect’s basement left little doubt that he was the killer we were seeking. Discuss. 

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Whose Birthday Is It? August 12, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 12, 2020

Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925) In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters’ Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 12, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 12, 2020

The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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Word of the Day: August 12, 2020

Word of the Day: August 12, 2020

erudition  Definition: (noun) Profound scholarly knowledge. Synonyms: encyclopedism, learning, scholarship Usage: They, like himself, had been bred in the studious cloisters of a university, and were supposed to possess all the erudition which mankind has hoarded up from age to age. Discuss.

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On the Dias (L-R) Stanley Schlein Esq. elected Chair of the convention, Acting Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblywoman Latoya Joiner, Political Director Daniel Johnson, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.

Three Supreme Court Judges nominated at Bronx Democratic Party Judicial Convention

With the Board of Elections finally declaring the results of the June 23rd 2020 Primary official, The Bronx Democratic Party got down to it’s Judicial Convention to nominate three highly qualified candidates to run on the Democratic Party Line for […]

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Whose Birthday Is It? August 11, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 11, 2020

Alex Haley (1921) A descendent of African slaves, Haley began writing during a 20-year US Coast Guard career. He became a journalist, and earned national attention for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His biggest success was 1976’s Roots, a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of his ancestors beginning with their enslavement. A television adaptation became one of the most-watched programs in America, spurring interest in genealogy. Why then was the work excluded from a prominent anthology of literature? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 11, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 11, 2020

As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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Word of the Day: August 11, 2020

Word of the Day: August 11, 2020

drudge  Definition: (noun) A laborer who is obliged to do menial work. Synonyms: navvy, peon, galley slave Usage: Picking up after my ungrateful kids every day makes me feel like little more than a household drudge. Discuss.

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Whose Birthday Is It? August 9, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 9, 2020

Izaak Walton (1593) A friend and fishing companion of John Donne, Walton wrote one of the most famous and frequently reprinted books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation. The book not only describes the strategies and techniques of fishing, it also draws a picture of peace and simple virtue that was Walton’s protest against the civil wars taking place at the time. Though the book was first published in 1653, Walton continued to add to it—for how long? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 9, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 9, 2020

I can see the humorous side of things and enjoy the fun when it comes; but look where I will, there seems to me always more sadness than joy in life. Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) 

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Word of the Day: August 9, 2020

Word of the Day: August 9, 2020

coddle  Definition: (verb) Treat with excessive indulgence. Synonyms: baby, cocker, cosset, featherbed, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil, indulge Usage: I have warned her not to spoil the children, but she chooses to coddle them anyway. Discuss. 

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Whose Birthday Is It? August 8, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 8, 2020

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902) Dirac was an influential English mathematician and theoretical physicist. In 1928, he published a version of quantum mechanics taking into account the theory of relativity. His theory predicted an antiparticle to the electron, and, in 1932, the positron was discovered. That year, Dirac was appointed to the same University of Cambridge chair once held by Isaac Newton. Likely autistic, Dirac was known for his precise nature and literal view of the world. How did he once introduce his wife? More…

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Quote of the Day: August 8, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 8, 2020

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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