Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This Day in History

The Maine Explodes, 1898

A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba's Havana harbor, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American crew members aboard.
One of the first American battleships, the Maine weighed more than 6,000 tons and was built at a cost of more than $2 million. Ostensibly on a friendly visit, the Maine had been sent to Cuba to protect the interests of Americans there after a rebellion against Spanish rule broke out in Havana in January.

An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled in March that the ship was blown up by a mine, without directly placing the blame on Spain. Much of Congress and a majority of the American public expressed little doubt that Spain was responsible and called for a declaration of war.

Subsequent diplomatic failures to resolve the Maine matter, coupled with United States indignation over Spain's brutal suppression of the Cuban rebellion and continued losses to American investment, led to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898.

Within three months, the United States had decisively defeated Spanish forces on land and sea, and in August an armistice halted the fighting. On December 12, 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed between the United States and Spain, officially ending the Spanish-American War and granting the United States its first overseas empire with the ceding of such former Spanish possessions as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.

In 1976, a team of American naval investigators concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage.

Canada Adopts Maple Leaf Flag, 1965

Disney's Cinderella Opens, 1950

First Teddy Bear Goes on Sale, 1903

Monday, February 14, 2011

Save the Nation with Foundation Challenge!

This is the challenge every Mary Kay consultant has been given for the month of February:

Help 30 customers find the perfect foundation between Feb. 1 - Feb. 28 and you will receive recognition at Career Conference 2011. Be sure and track your progress through the Pacesetters educational program found on the Consultant Enrichment site.

Mary Kay has developed two new AGE-FIGHTING foundations:

  • TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation Matte finish for combination/oily skin
  • TimeWise Luminous Wear Liquid Foundation Luminous/Dewy finish for normal/dry skin

These age-fighting formulas can help skin INSTANTLY look firmer, younger, and healthier. Their both available in 23 shades to fit a wide range of skin tones.

***I want to help 30 women find their perfect shade during the coming Presidents' Day weekend. And because I'll be at a Mary Kay event in Terre Haute Saturday, that leaves me only Sunday and Monday to accomplish my goal. So, drop me an email, leave me a message, or Facebook me to set up your 15 minute appointment to KNOW without a doubt your perfect foundation shade!***

Leslie Doyle

The Summons

I got to sing this song at mass this morning. I love the words and the melody. Thought I'd share it with you.

If you'd like to hear it, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8lOfMjtxdE.

Will you come and follow Me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let My love be shown, will you let My name be known?
Will you let My life be grown in you and you in Me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let Me answer prayer in you and you in Me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in Me?

Will you love the 'you' you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,
through My sight and touch and sound in you and you in Me?

Lord, Your summons echoes true when You but call my name.
Let me turn and follow You and never be the same.
In your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in You and You in me.

Friday, February 4, 2011

So a pirate walks into a bar....

A pirate walked into a Pub, and the bartender said, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible." "What do you mean?" said the pirate, "I feel fine."
"What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before."

"Well," said the pirate, "We were in a battle, and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I'm fine now."

The bartender replied, "Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?"

The pirate explained, "We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook but I'm fine, really."

"What about that eye patch?"

"Oh," said the pirate, "One day we were at sea, and a flock of seagulls flew over. I looked up, and one of them shit in my eye."

"You're kidding," said the bartender. "You couldn't lose an eye just from bird shit."

"Well, it was my first day with the hook."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This Day in History

First Session of the US Supreme Court, 1790
In the Royal Exchange Building on New York City's Broad Street, the Supreme Court of the United States meets for the first time, with Chief Justice John Jay of New York presiding.

Oxford Dictionary Debuts, 1884
On this day in 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present

Serial Killer Ted Bundy Strikes Again, 1979
University of Washington student Lynda Ann Healy disappears from her apartment and is killed by Ted Bundy. The murder marked Bundy's entry into the ranks of serial killers as he had recently attacked his first victim, Sharon Clarke, in her Seattle home. By the time he was finally captured on April 27, 1979, Bundy had become America's most famous serial killer.

Columbia Mission Ends in Disaster, 2003
On this day in 2003, the space shuttle Columbia breaks up while entering the atmosphere over Texas, killing all seven crew members on board.

A Very Colorful Picture

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