Thursday, August 29, 2013


Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog



Genealogy Tip for today: This is a blog like no other! Thomas McEntee is doing something that I have never seen done anywhere else. And yes, I have looked at quite a few! His blog site is a Block Buster!!! I say that because what he does is list blogging prompts for others who blog but may be having a mental block about what to talk about next. He helps you through those mental blocks!!

Each day he gives you a list of prompts/suggestions that you can use for your blog. Each prompt is a link to a page that tells you more about that idea. He encourages you to take his prompt and write about it on your blog and link back to his blog. If you don’t have a blog, than you put your thoughts in his comment box.

As a result you will find links at the bottom of his pages where other people have already taken that prompt and written about it on their blog. Then you, the reader can go around and visit all these blogs and see how they used his prompt.

I like, too, that he has a search engine on his site where you can search your surname (or whatever) on other blogs. This is a gadget supplied from Google. I have never seen this before and think it’s pretty cool!!!

This is such a unique idea and blog. It connects bloggers together, gives you inspiration about what to write and puts a new twist on blogging. I think this is so Awesome!!  ♫♪ Have a look at his site then come comment on mine (!) what you think of his blog. I think you will think it’s awesome, too!


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Sacking of Jerusalem

Today in History
70     The Temple of Jerusalem burns after a nine-month Roman siege.
Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.
In Peru, the Inca chief Atahualpa is executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom.
General George Washington retreats during the night from Long Island to New York City
Slavery is abolished in Santo Domingo.
Union General John Pope's army is defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
1882 Australia defeats England in cricket for the first time. The following day a obituary appears in the Sporting Times addressed to the British team.
1942 The American Red Cross announces that Japan has refused to allow safe conduct for the passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.
1949 U.S. airborne troops are landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.
1950 USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, "First Lightning."
1952 International Olympic Committee votes to allow West Germany and Japan to compete in 1952 games.
1957 In the largest bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air Force bomb Pyongyang, North Korea.
1960 US Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957 after Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24-hour filibuster, the longest in Senate history, against the bill.
1964 US U-2 spy plane spots SAM (surface-to-air) missile launch pads in Cuba.
1965 Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330).
1966 Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission.
The Beatles
1966 The Beatles give their last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco).
1968 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president at their Chicago convention.
1977 Lou Brock (St Louis Cardinals) breaks Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893.
1986 Morocco's King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya's Muammar Gadhafi, strengthening political and economic ties and creating a mutual defense pact.
1991 USSR's parliament suspends Communist Party activities in the wake of a failed coup.
1992 Thousands of Germans demonstrate against a wave of racist attacks aimed at immigrants.
1995 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
2012 The Egyptian Army's Operation Eagle results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23
Mickey Mantle

Birthdays today:
1632 John Locke, philosopher of liberalism whose ideas influenced the American founding fathers, famous for his treatise An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., poet, essayist and father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
1898 Preston Sturges, screenwiter, film director and playwright 
Ingrid Bergman
1915 Ingrid Bergman, Oscar winning actress famous whose films include Casablanca and Anastasia
1920 Charlie "Bird" Parker, self-taught jazz saxophonist, pioneer of the new "cool" movement
1923 Richard Attenborough, actor, (The Great Escape, Jurassic Park) Academy Award–winning director and producer (Gandhi)
1924 Dinah Washington, singer known in the 50s as "Queen of the Harlem Blues"
1927 Marion Williams, gospel singer
1931 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist
1933 Jehan Sadat, First Lady of Egypt (1970–1981); widow of Anwar Sadat
1935 William Friedkin, director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection)
1936 Future Republican US presidential nominee (2008) John McCain
Elliot Gould
1938 Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
1940 James Brady, press secretary who was severely wounded during John Hinckley Jr.'s attempt to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan
1941 Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of the Rich and Famous)
1943 Richard Halligan, vocalist with band Blood Sweat & Tears
1952 Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal–winning author of children's literature (Out of the Dust)

Michael Jackson
1958 Michael Jackson, pop singer, entertainer
Word for the day:  


1. The use of a descriptive word in anticipation of the result. Example: The word hot in hot water heater.
2. The anticipation and answering of an objection or argument before it's raised. Also known as prebuttal.
3. The representation of an event before it actually happened. Example: He lost the game even before the match began.
4. The
anachronistic representation of an event before its actual time. Also known as prochronism. Example: A depiction of people talking wirelessly over long distances in 18th century.
5. A literary technique in which the author drops hints of things to come. Also known as foreshadowing.
6. The return of a paroxysm of a periodic disease before its usual time or at progressively shorter intervals.
From Greek prolepsis, from prolambanein (to anticipate), from pro- (before) + lambanein (to take). Earliest documented use: 1450.
"You have no right to interrupt the council's session, and such a dangerous prolepsis as this will not be allowed to change the debate."
Kim Stanley Robinson; Galileo's Dream; Spectra; 2009.

"The thought threw me into a vernal prolepsis, a mental flash-forward to spring."
Verlyn Klinkenborg; The Farm From Afar; The New York Times; Mar 22, 2013.
Quote for the day:
A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder. -English proverb

August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 dashes smoked paprika
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
6 small rolls
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 slices tomato
1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
Cut the chicken breasts in half width-wise and cut into 1-inch wide strips.
Coat all sides of the chicken with the salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
Add the flour to a medium-size bowl and add the pieces of chicken. Coat the chicken with the flour on all sides. Set aside for a moment.
In a medium-size skillet heat the oil on low to medium heat.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour in the oil and when it bubbles lay each piece of chicken in the pan. Try to keep space between each piece of chicken.
Turn the chicken over as it turns a golden color.
Once all sides are a golden color (about 7 minutes), remove the chicken from the pan and lay each piece on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Cut the rolls in half and spread the mayonnaise on the inside of each piece.
Lay the chicken fingers on the bottom side of the roll and top with a slice of tomato and shredded lettuce.
Add the top side of the bun and serve while the chicken is still warm.
Now You Know!