Reblog: 28 British Terms You Should Know

You may speak English, but can you speak British?

“Offie,” for example. Mental Floss shared “28 British slang terms you should know.

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Medal of Honor Day–March 25

Medal of honorStar Spangled Girl, Janine Strange, is once again organizing a mail call to send a letter to Medal of Honor winners.  Her website even provides the names of the 72 Living Medal of Honor winners.    Living MOH winners span from WWII through the War in Afghanistan.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Individual participants: Write to as many Recipients as you’d like! Just make sure you put their names on the outside of each envelope.

Group participants: Please fill out the group form (scroll all the way down). We will send you an email with an assigned Recipient – or Recipients; this helps ensure all Recipients are ‘adopted’ evenly.

Here’s a list of all 72 living Medal of Honor Recipients, their names are clickable so you can learn more about them.

Send your mail on or before 3/15/19 to:

Medal of Honor Mail Call
attn: Recipient’s Name(s)
2400 Boston Street, ste 102
Baltimore, MD 21224.

Please sort! If you are writing to more than one Recipient, please sort and batch them before mailing. This will help me out a lot when I am sorting the thousands of letters that are coming in.

Heroine

Jane Whitney, my friend and sommelier at Glen Manor Winery near Front Royal, Virginia, died unexpectedly on February 5, 2019.  The area was just coming out of a deep freeze.

That Tuesday, Jane’s friend, Nancy Border Forest stopped by Jane’s house in Bentonville.  Nancy was taking her golden retriever with her to pick up another dog at the groomers.  Nancy never arived at the groomers.

The surmise is that the golden retriever escaped onto the half frozen pond on Jane’s property and fell through the thin ice.  Both women went out to try and rescue the dog.  All three were found dead the next day by Warren County sherrifs.

Jane, the owner of at least three rescue dogs, died as she lived–helping others.  In addition to working at Glen Manor Winery, Jane also volunteered and was on the board at the Front Royal Women’s Rescue Center and Blue Ridge Hospice.

She was from England, becoming an American citizen in 1979 when she married Scott C. Whitney and moved to the United States.  She was a lawyer in England and had met Scott when they were both teaching at Exeter  University Law School.

Jane was a lady of wit and wisdom.  When my friends and I visited the winery, she always took time to chat with us and catch up on what was going on in each others lives. She would talk about her many trips to the Charlottesville area when she drove a friend down there for medical treatment at the UVA hospital.

We first met Jane back in the 1990s when she worked at Linden Winery in Linden, Virginia.  We were very happy to re-make her acquaintance when Jeff White opened Glen Manor winery about 2009.  (Jeff planted his vineyard in 1995 and originally sold wine through Linden before opening his own wine some years later.)

 

 

A Palindromic Magic Square for the Year 2019

Although math is a language, it has never been one I am fluent in. This ‘magic’ square is never something I could come up with and it is interesting.

Learn Fun Facts

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The above 4 × 4 magic square only has the digits 2, 0. 1, and 9 (from the year 2019) and as a bonus, the four digits in its upper-left section form “2019”. It has a magic sum of 132. This means the sums of the magic square’s columns, rows, and diagonals are all equal to 132. It is also a semi-pandiagonal magic square since it contains some of the features of a pandiagonal magic square, namely:

  • Partial Panmagic Square — The 2-2 broken diagonals (on both sides) of this magic square have a magic sum of 132 as well. For this to be a panmagic square, the 3-1 broken diagonals should also be equal to the magic sum, but unfortunately, this magic square does not have that property. From here on, note that the sum of the cells with identical background colors is equivalent to the magic sum, which…

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Book Clubs and Authors Need Each Other

Sources fo book clubsAre you in a book club in need of authors?  Are you an author trying to find someone to read your book?  Is a book club a possible answer to your solution.

The American Library Association (ALA)’s Book Club Central may have some solutions for you to at least consider.  Sarah Jessica Parker (yes, the Sex in the City SJP) is the honorary chair.   She selects books each month on a variety of topics.  If  you are not into celebrities picking out your books (SJP or even Oprah), Book Club Central offers other suggestions and ideas.  From their about page:

Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more.

One of this month’s featured essays  is “How to Keep a  Book Club Alive”. Written by Susan McBeth, founder an CEO of NovelNetwork.com, she identifies three types of bookclubs:  1) the social bookclub where getting together is more important than actually reading the book, 2) the serious bookclub where there is no point in showing up if you have not read the book, and 3) the virtual bookclub where members don’t have the time or  are unable to find physical booksclub to join.  One way to breath life into any of three types of book clubs is with an author visit.

If author visits are such a simple way to breathe new life into book clubs, why aren’t more book clubs doing so? Surprisingly, many readers are not even aware that there exists a trove of authors who are amenable to, and enthused about, visiting with book clubs. Many book clubs don’t realize that if an author does not live nearby, that a video chat is still possible. Technophobes (like me) may think that virtual chats are only for the tech savvy, when they are really quite simple to plan. And finally, it can indeed be time consuming to research and inquire of authors, or their many layers of publicists and agents, to find out whether or not they are one of the willing book chat enthusiasts?

Not surprisingly, NovelNetwork facilitates connecting authors with readers. From their mission statement:

NOVEL NETWORK® is a global space dedicated to connecting authors with avid readers, an expanded professional network, and published peers. NOVEL NETWORK® was created to help authors find more innovative ways to connect with readers and promote their books to wider audiences.

Book Club Central can also help you find a book club, lead a book club, find books for the book club, toubleshoot a book club, be a book club member, or start an online book club.  It also offers book suggestions.