Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Check Your Calendar

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Genealogy tip for today: Check Your Calendar

Did you know that George Washington has two birthdays? One is on February 22, 1732 and the other one is February 11, 1731. Why is that you may wonder. He didn’t age twice as fast! The reason is because of a change in calendars. The Feb. 11th date is from the O.S. (Old Style) date/calendar and the Feb. 22nd date is from the N.S. (New Style) date/calendar.

Now, you may never have known there was a calendar change or that there was more than one. Actually there are several, including Jewish Calendar, Islamic Calendar, Chinese Calendar and more. But for genealogy purposes (unless you have Jewish ancestry) the Julian and the Gregorian Calendars will be the only ones that you need to be concerned about here in the U.S. For the most part, at least...

We will be discussing these for the next couple of days, so tomorrow we will look at the Julian calendar and what is distinctive about it.

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Today in History – from

Lead Story

Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated, 1982

American Revolution


Civil War

Cold War



General Interest




Old West




Birthdays today – from


1971 - Anthony Whiteman, England, 800m/1500m runner
1971 - Craig Powell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
1971 - John Francis Zingg, Boston Mass, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys)
1971 - Matthew Minagall, cricketer (S Australian lefty wrist-spinner 1991-95)
1971 - Noah Hathaway, actor (Troll, Neverending Story)
1971 - Ron Rivers, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
1972 - Kimberlee Ann McKay, Belle Fourche SD, Miss America-SD (1996)
1972 - Shom-Rock, rocker (Young Nation)
1972 - T-Haxx, rocker (DYC)
1972 - Takuya Kimura, Japanese singer and actor
1973 - George Harris, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
1973 - Samantha Riley, Brisbane Australia, breastroker (Oly-2 bronze-92, 96)
1973 - Ari Hoenig, American jazz drummer
1975 - Sarah Pitkowski, Seclin France, tennis star (1995 Futures-Koksijde)
1975 - Ivica Dragutinović, Serbian footballer
1975 - Quim, Portuguese footballer
1975 - Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (d. 2008)
1976 - Hiroshi Tanahashi, Japanese professional wrestler
1976 - Kelly Sotherton, English heptathlete
1977 - Tammy Leigh Ashton, Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1996)
1977 - Chanel Cole, Australian singer
1977 - Huang Xiaoming, Chinese actor and singer
1978 - Nikolai Fraiture, American bassist (The Strokes)
1979 - Ron Artest, American basketball player
1979 - Subliminal, Israeli rapper and producer
1980 - Monique Coleman, American actress
1980 - François-Louis Tremblay, Canadian short track speed skater
1981 - Kirsty-Leigh Brown, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
1981 - Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
1981 - Rivkah, American comic book writer and artist
1982 - Samkon Gado, American football player
1982 - Koda Kumi, Japanese singer
1982 - Michael Copon, American actor and singer
1985 - Asdrúbal Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
1990 - Jibbs, American rapper
1995 - Stella Hudgens, American actress
1997 - Brent Kinsman, American actor
1997 - Shane Kinsman, American actor







verb tr., intr.:
1. To harass, attack, or annoy, especially repeatedly.
2. To raid or pillage.



From Old English hergian. Ultimately from the Indo-European root koro- (war, host, army) which also gave us harbor, harbinger, herald, harness, hurry, and harangue. Earliest documented use: 1330.



"A campaign backed by the Polish government harries media outlets that carelessly say 'Polish death camps' (instead of 'Nazi German death camps in occupied Poland')."
Spit and Polish; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 16, 2012.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. -Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)




Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking

Christmas Pasta
 (click on picture and watch video)

From Rachel Ray, on

We eat fish on Christmas Eve — no meat allowed. After Midnight Mass, all bets are off! We make this sauce for Christmas Day; you can't fit another meat in the pot! As many times as you reheat it, it just gets that much better, so if people are coming and going throughout the day, cook off only as much pasta as you need at the time — half a pound for every three people.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 1/4 pound pancetta, thick cut, chopped into small bits (Italian cured pork, ask at deli counter)
  • 1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 pound combined ground beef, pork and veal
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup good quality dry red wine
  • 1 cup prepared beef stock, paper container or canned
  • 2 (32-ounce) cans chunky style crushed tomatoes
  • A handful chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon (a couple of pinches) allspice or cinnamon
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 2 pounds penne rigate, cooked to al dente
  • Grated Pecorino Romano, as an accompaniment
  • Fresh, crusty bread, for mopping


Heat a deep pot over medium high heat. Add oil, garlic, bay, and pancetta bits and brown for 1 minute. Add meats and brown and crumble them for 5 minutes.

Chop carrot, celery, and onions near the stove and add to the pot as you work. Cook vegetables with meat 5 minutes and add wine. Cook for 1 minute; add stock and tomatoes to the pot.

Stir in parsley, allspice, or cinnamon and season sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring sauce to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and cook 10 to 15 minutes minimum before serving. Reheated sauce only improves.

Toss pasta (cook off only as much pasta as you need at the time: half a pound for every 3 people) with a couple of ladles of sauce to coat, then top bowl with extra sauce. Top pasta with lots of cheese and pass bread at the table.





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