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the first olympics

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"I hereby proclaim the opening of the first International Olympic Games at Athens." With these words on April 6, 1896, King George I of Greece welcomed the crowd that had gathered in the newly reconstructed Panathenean Stadium to the modern-day Olympic Summer Games.

The event was the idea of Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France who traveled the world to gather support for his dream to have nations come together and overcome national disputes, all in the name of sport.

The program for the Games included track and field, fencing, weightlifting, rifle and pistol shooting, tennis, cycling, swimming, gymnastics, and wrestling. Although 14 nations participated, most of the athletes were Greek.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=amyexW1s-Xs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H78sdM3Cx8&
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-COURT- 2/25/2012 12:02PM

    doobrie, how cool!! i'd love to see it.

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DOOBRIE 2/25/2012 9:24AM

    I have visited the first Olympic stadium in Olympia, Greece - and the second one in Athens!

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KRZYKAT3 2/24/2012 8:30PM

    nice share ty

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1MIN17SECB412PM 2/23/2012 6:26PM

    Oh, Courti!! I am sooo in LOVE with the links you found on The First Olympics Athens 1896!! You know... our Olympic Games have decreased & decreased until now, we've had a winter Olympics back in 2010, & won't get another until 2014, all because the organizations & 'powers that be' have turned it into such a HUGE expense by having millions of dollars wrapped up in 'other' entertainment & concessions till........... it's unaffordable to 'do' it in the grandeur that they 'think' it should be done in.

What ever happened to 'take me out to the ballgame' or, in other words, the SIMPLICITY of games or competitions, such as the 1896, Olympics?!! I don't see WHY athletes can't come together once a year for winter & then summer, except that... it's not all about SPORTS anymore. It's all about MONEY!!

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HARRINGTON5 2/23/2012 1:43PM

    Interesting facts, thank you for sharing!

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fat tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Definition: Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

  
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DOOBRIE 2/25/2012 9:22AM

    My family and friends have always called it Pancake Day but I forgot to make them this year!
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LITTLEWIND53 2/21/2012 11:54PM

    This year is the first time I ever heard of "Fat Tuesday" Growing up it was called Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

My sister looked it up and said it got it's name from not being able to use fat during lent so households had to use up all the fat they had as they couldn't even have it around for the duration of lent....

Love pancakes but did not have any this year. Trying to cut my carbs

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STLOUISWOMAN 2/21/2012 10:58PM

    Great information. Thanks so much for sharing!



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KELLEHER27 2/21/2012 2:39PM

    Oatmeal pancakes.. I remember Lent better than Fat Tuesday growing up. Lutheran neighbor introduced me to Shrove Tuesday. Why not? Breakfast for dinner is always yummy!

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KMICHA 2/21/2012 1:24PM

    Interesting where the words and traditions come from! Thanks for sharing!

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yep, it's Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, in the UK, Courti, & that started WAY back in the medieval days. In one of my ancestral countries (Scotland) it was oatcakes (love oatmeal, btw- in fact, that's what I had for breakfast today). My mother claims we have Irish in us too, on my mother's mother's side & I've married a man with Welsh in his blood, sooo... there's a lot a pancake tossin' around here!! hahahahaha!!
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Oh!! I'm back!! I meant to tell you that I ***L*O*V*E*** your background pic!! Okay... better scoot!! ::SQUEEZE::

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-COURT- 2/21/2012 11:42AM

    i didn't even know what fat tue was until i looked it up.

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IRISHMUM3 2/21/2012 11:23AM

    Yep, feasting today to prepare for tomorrow's fast. I think that Fat Tuesday also denotes that we had to use up the lard before Lent, because we could not use it during that time. At least, that is what I was taught in CCD growing up!

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update on sil

Saturday, February 11, 2012

my sil had her latest results on her chemo markers and they have doubled. not good. They had taken her off her chemo because of side affects and put her on hormones. They continued to give her the bone shots in her port.

seems like one step forward and two steps back.

  
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-SEVEN- 2/15/2012 1:05AM

    Oh Courti- my prayers go out to her. What a constant battle this is for her. One minute you think it's working, then it's not. Hugs to her.

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SUETINGE 2/13/2012 5:14PM

    I'm sorry Courti.

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BARCLE 2/12/2012 5:30PM

    Oh that sucks. Wishing all the very best for happier results soon emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 2/11/2012 3:10PM

    So sorry. Sending hugs and healing wishes.

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IRISHMUM3 2/11/2012 3:10PM

    So sorry. Sending hugs and healing wishes.

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MRE1956 2/11/2012 10:26AM

    Oh, dear......so sorry to hear this...

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DOOBRIE 2/11/2012 3:13AM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I shall keep her in my thoughts.

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CHIBIKARATE 2/11/2012 12:46AM

    Prayers are sent to you and yours enjoy your weekend huggzzz

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LIMASTAR 2/11/2012 12:45AM

  Hope things improve for your sil. My sil stopped her treatments for the same reasons. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

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Courti's taking it easy

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Or rather, try to. I have trouble staying away from the pc, but will slow down to allow my hand to heal from tendonitis. Thx Annie (Honey-Hairpins for the link).

Thank goodness I kept my hand braces from before. Therapy made special braces.

Since it wasn't doctor's orders this time, I feel funny wearing it in public, but will wear long sleeves to cover brace.

Getting pretty typing one-handed!

  
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DOOBRIE 2/9/2012 4:20PM

    Take care - hope you get better soon.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 2/8/2012 2:51PM

    Courti, being good to YOU right now is the most important & don't worry about wearing your braces in public, as... people shouldn't be thinking about why you're wearing 'em anyway, &... if they do, tell 'em it's doctor's orders.

They shouldn't be sticking their noses in yer' business to begin with, but... if they 'do' just blow 'em off. If the braces support you & help you & keep your fairly pain free than THAT'S the ticket to recovery, girlfriend.

Just 'do' the BARE minimum one finger approach on the keyboard till yer' all better &... in fact... Courti, you may have to 'favor' your hand & give it *special* daily care on a regular basis.

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IRISHMUM3 2/8/2012 12:49PM

    Rest up, heal, and just plain take care of yourself!

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HARRINGTON5 2/8/2012 12:49PM

    Take and let it heal. Don't feel bad, if you need it, who cares what anyone might think!

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National Wear Red Day 2/03/12

Friday, February 03, 2012

english.goredcorazon.org/wear-red-da
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It is National Wear Red Day in support of women's heart health.

Wear your red proudly.

  
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JCBURROW 2/3/2012 4:16PM

    What a RIOT! I totally did not know that today was Red Dress Day, BUT I happen to be wearing my VERY red skirt today. I rarely wear it bus was in the mood. I am proud I am wearing it now and to church!

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NDTEACHER1 2/3/2012 2:57PM

    I didn't know that. Thank you for sharing.

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IRISHMUM3 2/3/2012 12:13PM

    I have my red shirt on and my red dress pin on my jacket. Thanks for reminding everyone!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/3/2012 11:08AM

    I guess I'll have to change into a red shirt before I leave the house. Thanks for the heads-up!
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MIMIDOT 2/3/2012 9:59AM

    I sure am wearing red!!!!!

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