by Stacy Conradt Find the list divided by authors, actors/celebrities, entrepreneurs, leaders, artists, sports figures, musicians, and puzzle makers at http://mentalfloss.com/article/30760/30-famous-people-law-degrees
Politicians and lawyers, particularly trial lawyers, are actors as part of their jobs. This is a powerful way they can get their views across.
ArtPrize 2015, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Sept. 23-Oct. 11, 2015, will have a little more art and a lot more by artists from overseas in the seventh annual exhibition. ArtPrize Seven will welcome 1,554 entries submitted by 1,649 artists from 42 U.S. states and 48 countries. A total of 137 international artists, a 21 percent increase over last year, will travel to Michigan for the $500,000 competition. A total of 27 entries have Japanese connections, than any other foreign country. ArtPrize defines international artists as artists who were born or currently live outside of the United States. Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2015/06/artprize_2015_has_a_little_more_art_but_a_lot_more_international_artists.html
See the chronicles of Toledo stone sculptor, stone artist and stone mason Calvin Babich and his 2015 ArtPrize submission "Balancing Act" at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan at https://www.facebook.com/CalvinBabichBalancingActArtPrize2015?_rdr=p See also https://www.artprize.org/calvin-babich where you find three of Calvin's links: Twitter, Facebook and his Website.
Basil belongs to the genus Ocimum and is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). The genus includes over sixty species of annuals, non-woody perennials and shrubs native to Africa and other tropical and subtropical regions of the Old and New World. There are other plants outside the Ocimum genus with the common name of basil, including basil thyme (Acinos arvensis) and wild basil (Clinopodium vulgare). Physically, basils are characterized by square, branching stems, opposite leaves, brown or black seeds (also called nutlets) and flower spikes, but flower color and the size, shape, and texture of the leaves vary by species. Leaf textures range from smooth and shiny to curled and hairy, and flowers are white to lavender/purple. Leaf color can also vary, from green to blue/purple, and plants can grow to from 1 to 10 feet in height, depending on the species. Most people are familiar with sweet basil, the common culinary basil, but the world of basils offers a wide array of plants with a great diversity of flavors, scents, and uses. Some of the more popular basils include sweet, specialty fragrant (cinnamon, lemon and Thai/anise), purple-leaved, bush, and miniature or dwarf. Basil has a long and interesting history steeped in legend. Probably originating in Asia and Africa (73), it is thought to have been brought to ancient Greece by Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.E.), to have made its way to England from India in the mid 1500s and arrived in the U.S in the early 1600s. Basil’s folklore is as complex as its flavor and aromas. In terms of its legend and symbolism, basil has been both loved and feared. Its associations include such polar opposites as love and hate, danger and protection, and life and death. The generic name, Ocimum, derives from the ancient Greek word, okimon, meaning smell which suggests the impressive nature of basil’s fragrance. The specific epithet, basilicum, is Latin for basilikon, which means kingly/royal in Greek. Find references in literature and art at http://www.herbsociety.org/factsheets/Basil%20Guide.pdf
Bee balm, (also known as Bergamot, Oswego tea, and Scarlet monarda) is a member of the mint family that comes in shades of scarlet, white, pink, purple and blue. The flowers attract bees, hummingbirds and beneficial insects. The Oswego indians introduced this native New York herb to the colonists. Find planting and maintenance tiips at http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene13fe.html
The common linnet (Linaria cannabina) is a small passerine bird of the finch family, Fringillidae. It derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made. The bird was a popular pet in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Tennyson mentions "the linnet born within the cage" in part 27 of the poem In Memoriam A.H.H, the same section that contains the famous lines "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all." A "cock linnet" features in the classic British music hall song of that period My Old Man, and as a character in Oscar Wilde's children's story The Devoted Friend. Wilde also mentions how the call of the linnet awakens The Selfish Giant to the one tree where it is springtime in his garden. William Butler Yeats evokes the image of the common linnet in The Lake Isle of Innisfree (1890) in line 8: "And evening full of the linnet's wings." In the novel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, the heroine Nell keeps "only a poor linnet" in a cage, which she leaves for Kit as a sign of her gratefulness to him. William Blake invokes "the linnet's song" in one of the poems entitled "Song" in his "Poetical Sketches." The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 entry for the Netherlands The Common Linnets is a direct reference to the bird. William Wordsworth argued that the song of the common linnet provides more wisdom than books in the third verse of The Tables Turned: "Books! 'tis a dull and endless strife: Come, hear the woodland linnet, How sweet his music! on my life, There's more of wisdom in it." But the fellow English poet Robert Bridges used the common linnet instead to express the limitations of poetry - concentrating on the difficulty in poetry of conveying the beauty of a bird's song. He wrote in the first verse: "I heard a linnet courting His lady in the spring . . . The musical Sweeney Todd features the song "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," in which a young lady confined to her room wonders why caged birds sing.
The glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun, The higher he’s a getting;
The sooner will his Race be run, And neerer he’s to Setting.
The "Sun" is personified here. Personification gives human characteristics to non-human things and is a form of figurative language, or is also referred to as a figure of speech. The Sun is described as running "his Race," referring to the sun's passage through the sky throughout the daylight hours. A person runs; the sun cannot. "Lamp of Heaven, the Sun" is a metaphor comparing two dissimilar things that share the same characteristics.
Find the name of the poem and the poet at http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/definition-element-gloriuos-lamp-heaven-sun-428986
"Drink to me only with thine eyes" comes from the poem Song to Celia II by British poet, playwright and critic Ben Johnson (1572-1637). http://allpoetry.com/Song-to-Celia-II Read Song to Celia I at http://www.poetiv.com/jonson-ben/song-to-celia-i.html
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In astronomy, blue moon is defined as either the third full moon of a season with four full moons--or the second full moon in a calendar month. The latter use was popularized due to a miscalculation published in a 1946 article in Sky and Telescope magazine. Such blue moons occur rather frequently--at least once every two or three years. Blue-colored moons do rarely occur when dust or smoke particles in the air are of a specific size. Such particles help create a blue-colored moon by scattering blue light. Red moon, which can be caused by other sizes of dust particles or lunar eclipses, are much more common than blue moons. http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/blue-moon-science.html
A blue moon occurs July 31, 2015 at 10:43 am UTC.
"With books as friends, the fun never ends" "You belong at your library" "Reading is mind-bending" "Reading is always in season"
Quotes from American Library Association posters
http://librariansmuse.blogspot.com Issue 1331 July 31, 2015 On this date in 1498, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover the island of Trinidad. On this date in 1790, the first U.S. patent was issued, to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.