- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- AWKWARD VISIT WITH SANTA PHOTO OF THE DAY
- HIDEOUS CHRISTMAS SWEATER PHOTO OF THE DAY
- HOLIDAY PHOTO OF THE DAY
- TWEET TREATS
- DID YOU KNOW...?
- DOG CONFESSIONS
- BIZARRE CHRISTMAS CARDS
- LETTERS TO SANTA
- GARDEN UPDATE
- ARTIST SPOTLIGHT~BERNDNAUT SMILDE
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- WHAT IN THE WORLD?
During the 12th Century, St Francis of Assisi formally introduced Christmas carols to church services. As patron of the arts, he inspired the composers and poets of the day to deliver Christmas music
We saw you in the yard last Christmas eve, you left footprints and dropped a candy cane. We'll watch for you this year
- Halie, 7, Solon, Iowa.
Please santa I have been good even when I am making mommy not be so bored. *hugs*
- Devion, 3, Heuvelton, New York.
I'm sorry I was naughty this year but I can't help it if I get a really bad case of the grumpies!
- Catherine, 4, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Hi Santa! Do you think about me during the year or only at christmas time and do you talk with my Mom and Dad about me being good or bad? Just wondering!
- Dustin, 9, San Diego, California.
I just wish that the parents of a friend of mine really loved him (which they don't),as he now lives in an Aid Center for kids and I want him to get out of there !
- Diana, 14, Arad, Romania.
Santa, my sister was fooling around on your website and said I wasn't good then when we checked your list it said I was on the naughty list but I really am good (my mom fixed it). Please don't be mad at my sister for fibbing we were both so upset that I don't think she'll ever fib again
- Carrie, 8, Phoenix, Arizona.
My Grandma wants real drums.
- Markus, 3, Montevideo, Minnesota.
You are very kind because you give presents to the kids of the world rich and poor. Your also kind because you give the poor kids hope to play with the toys. They have lots of fun even if they don't know what it is and they are grateful for life.
- Tamara, 11, Surrey, British Columbia.
U have to admit that at 16 It gets harder to buy things for us teens.
- Serena, 16, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
When you elves going to check on me to see if I was good.
- Breannon, 7, East Windsor, New Jersey.
I see the bulbs are growing and all the stores are offering bulbs for planting...don't lose out...now is the time to plant!
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT~BERNDNAUT SMILDE
Artist Berndnaut Smilde creates indoor clouds
By Maura Judkis
Berndnaut Smilde can control the weather. The Dutch artist can turn a clear sky cloudy — indoors. In his latest project, he’s installed real Nimbus clouds in empty gallery spaces in Amsterdam.
Smilde’s godlike powers come from simple science — he carefully regulates the temperature and humidity of the space, ensuring that conditions are perfect. Then, he sprays a short burst from a fog machine to create a cottony cloud suspended in the middle of the room for just an instant before it collapses.
“I’m interested in the ephemeral aspect of the work,” Smilde said in an e-mail. “It’s there for a brief moment and then the cloud falls apart. It’s about the potential of the idea, but in the end it will never function.”
Smilde’s clouds dissipate so quickly that they exist mainly in photographs. He chooses surreal spaces, such as empty churches or galleries, as his setting. One photo, taken in a room with bright blue walls, is evocative of the painter Rene Magritte’s azure skies and puffy clouds.
“I wanted to make a very clear image, an almost cliché and cartoon like visualisation of having bad luck,” writes Smilde in his artist’s statement.
1848 California Gold Rush began
1876 Hundreds die in Brooklyn Theatre fire
1933 Passage of the 21st Amendment ending Prohibition
1941 American Carrier Lexington heads to Midway
1945 At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned.Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27 p.m. a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. Three minutes later, the Mariner aircraft radioed to its home base that its mission was underway. The Mariner was never heard from again. Later, there was a report from a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida of a visible explosion seen at 7:50 p.m.The disappearance of the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches to that date, and hundreds of ships and aircraft combed thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida. No trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found.Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the "Lost Squadron" helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo.
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