★~ Odds and Ends Winner:
Congratulations, Odd friend, Irene you won last weeks Odds and End give-away! We will ship out your Sugru on Monday! See below for this weeks Give-A-Way.
★~ Rest in Peace: Roger Ebert:
Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” he wrote, at the end of his memoir, “Life Itself.” “No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.” Roger Ebert Chicago Sun Times
★~ Another Point of View:
Increasingly teachers are speaking out against school reforms that they believe are demeaning their profession, and some are simply quitting because they have had enough. Here is one resignation letter from a veteran teacher, Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y.: Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’
★~ How the Chess Set got its Look and Feel:
Prior to 1849, there was no such thing as a “normal chess set.” At least not like we think of it today. Over the centuries that chess had been played, innumerable varieties of sets of pieces were created, with regional differences in designation and appearance. As the game proliferated throughout southern Europe in the early 11th century, the rules began to evolve, the movement of the pieces were formalized, and the pieces themselves were drastically transformed from their origins in 6th century India. Originally conceived of as a field of battle, the symbolic meaning of the game changed as it gained popularity in Europe, and the pieces became stand-ins for a royal court instead of an army. Thus, the original chessmen, known as counselor, infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots, became the queen, pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively. By the 19th century, chess clubs and competitions began to appear all around the world, it became necessary to use a standardized set that would enable players from different cultures to compete without getting confused. Read More: Smithsonian
★~ David Bowie Releases a Collection of His Vintage Videos Online:
David Bowie Releases Vintage Videos of His Greatest Hits from the 1970s and 1980s
★~ 10 Ideas for Two-Ingredient Appetizers:
When you want to serve appetizers but don’t have the time to get finicky about them, here’s a list of ten easy appetizer ideas made from only two ingredients.
★~ Two guys in their 90s racing the 100 meter dash!
Click to see more Zooportraits of Lions, and Tigers, and Pigs…Oh My.
Hey, Mom!! Look at us.
A little help from your friends.
Pig in a blanket?
This Weeks Give-Away!
It is no secret that I love gadgets and try to keep my life as paperless as possible, but who can resist a new notebook? Not I, especially a Moleskin notebook; the notebooks that are the heir and successor to the legendary notebooks used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. Would you like one? Just leave a comment below for a chance to win a Moleskin notebook of your very own! I will throw all the comments into a hat and draw one lucky winner, who will be announced on Odds and Ends next Saturday (4//13).
And finally….Do you ever feel this way?
Until we meet again…Odd friends remember: If it makes you smile, giggle or laugh…Do it again!