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Carol H Tucker

Passionate about knowledge management and organizational development, expert in loan servicing, virtual world denizen and community facilitator, and a DISNEY fan

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Be warned:in this very rich environment where you can immerse yourself so completely, your emotions will become engaged -- and not everyone is cognizant of that. Among the many excellent features of SL, there is no auto-return on hearts, so be wary of where your's wanders...


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(. (.`"If you will practice being fictional for awhile, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats." -- Richard Bach

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Today is the 3rd day of the 20th week, the 15th day of the 5th month, the 135th day of 2018, and: 
  • Dinosaur Day
  • Hyperemisis Gravidarum [HG] Awareness Day
  • Independence Day -- Paraguay from Spain in 1811
  • International Conscientious Objectors Day
  • International Day of Families
  • International MPS Awareness Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • National Safety Dose Day
  • National Slider Day
  • National Tuberous Sclerosis Day
  • Nylon Stockings Day
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter what It Was No Excuses Day – I cannot recall what I would’ve bought first, actually, so there is no option to celebrate this day
  • Ramadan [starts at sundown]
  • Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day
  • Straw Hat Day – rather odd given one cannot wear a straw hat until after Memorial Day but you can get it out and spruce it up!
On this day in  ...

1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad extirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.

1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).

1718 – James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun.

1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5–6 meters, during one of the first attempted manned flights.

1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

1836 – Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse.

1851 – The first Australian gold rush is proclaimed, although the discovery had been made three months earlier.

1858 – Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

1891 – Pope Leo XIII defends workers' rights and property rights in the encyclical Rerum novarum, the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching.

1928 – Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy".

1930 - Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight from San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyo.

1940 – McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

1941 – First flight of the Gloster E.28/39 the first British and Allied jet aircraft.

1941 – Joe DiMaggio begins a 56-game hitting streak.

1957 – At Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple.

1958 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.

1960 – The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.

1963 – The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, and the last American to go into space alone.


70 years ago today a new nation was attacked not 24 hours after its formation – the Arab-Israeli War

70 years ago today a huge refuge population [who became to be known as Palestinians] was created – the Nakba

Was everyone but Jews deliberately and systematically expelled?  Or did they leave because they thought the armies would slaughter the Jews then they could take everything?  Seven decades later there are few answers and little common ground – what would break the deadlock?




I don’t know what has to change.

I wish I did.

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