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Historical Events on February 13

  • 1914: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York to protect the copyrighted materials of its members.
  • 1920: The Negro National League is established.
  • 1945: German and Hungarian forces surrender to the Soviets as the Siege of Budapest during World War II comes to an end.
  • 1945: Bombers from the Royal Air Force are sent to Dresden, Germany to bomb the city.
  • 1955: Israel gets 4 of the 7 Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • 1960: The successful test of Gerboise Bleue makes France the 4th Nuclear Super Power.
  • 1960: Black college students begin a series of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1961: The Coso artifact is discovered. This artifact was supposedly a half million year old rock that contained a spark plug inside it. It was discovered in Olancha, California by Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell.
  • 1967: Leonardo da Vinci’s Madrid Cordices are discovered by American researchers in the National Library of Spain.
  • 1981: More than two miles of streets are destroyed in Louisville, Kentucky by a series of sewer explosions.
  • 2004: The discovery of the largest known diamond in the universe – white dwarf star BPM 37093 – was announced by the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • 2010: In the city of Pune in India, a bomb goes off killing seventeen people and kills another 60 people.

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The Week of LOVE – The Beginning

A week is better than a day. Sometimes maybe. I guess it just depends.
I remember a VERY early Valentine’s day in elementary school. We got to tape brown paper lunch bags to the front of our desks in the hopes that Valentine’s cards would show up. The night before THE BIG DAY I was busy at home cutting and pasting hearts and making handmade cards.

I learned this style of card making watching my older sister Diane handmake cards for boyfriend. She was SOOO good at it and SOOO creative. And I wanted to be JUST like her. I still do.

I made the reddest and pinkest multi-layered heart cards from construction paper and hand wrote a note on each card to all my classmates. (It was the same note to all of them.)

This is when it all started for me.

This was the first time that I remember misspelling a word on a small-scale produced item that was distributed to many associates. I misspelled the word friend. I’m not sure how I misspelled it but I did. I hope I spelled it right in this email.

Since then, I’ve misspelled words on tests, menus, these emails, scholarship applications (that was a doozey) and countless other things.
That’s how I remember the week of love. And you can fall in love the as well.

Delicious Pasta for You

Spicy Sauce Bucatini

Bucatini are like slightly bigger diameter spaghetti with a hole in the middle.


  • 14 OZ. of bucatini
  • 9 OZ. of eggplant
  • 5.5 OZ. of white onion
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Fresh chili pepper
  • Anchovy fillets in oil
  • Capers
  • Basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Quarter the eggplant and fry the pieces in plenty of hot oil; add salt and set aside. 

Peel, seed, and roughly chop the tomatoes to create a concassé.

Slice the onion and sauté in a large pan along with a drizzle of oil, 2 garlic cloves, 3 minced anchovy fillets, the whole chili pepper, and 1 tablespoon of capers.

Allow everything to simmer with a small ladleful of pasta cooking water.

Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the tomato concassé and immediately add the fried eggplant and torn basil. Quickly toss everything and serve.

Make this tasty, but simple dish at your home at the


These tiny citruses (yes, that’s the correct way to make a citrus plural) and super fun to eat. There’s NO WORK. Just pop and chew. The seeds are small enough to not worry about and the skin is impossible to peel. Ok, probably not IMPOSSIBLE, but definitely not worth the effort and plus – the skin is very flavorful.
These are some of my favorite citrus because eating them is is full of contradictions. Don’t peel the citrus and eat the skin? Yep. Subtly sweet yet powerfully sour? Yep. So sour that you won’t eat it again, yet they call you for another… Exactly that.
Kinda reminds me of 2020. Was it fast or was it slow? Impossible contradiction to solve. But similar to a kumquat – it was both.

Kumquats are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. They were previously classified as forming the now-historical genus Fortunella, or placed within Citrus sensu lato. The edible fruit closely resembles the orange in color and shape but is much smaller, being approximately the size of a large olive. Kumquat is a fairly cold-hardy citrus.

A kumquat isn’t much bigger than a grape, yet this bite-sized fruit fills your mouth with a big burst of sweet-tart citrus flavor.

In Chinese, kumquat means “golden orange.”

They were originally grown in China. Now they’re also grown in several other countries, including warmer areas of the United States, such as Florida and California.

In contrast with other citrus fruits, the peel of the kumquat is sweet and edible, while the juicy flesh is tart.

Did you know?

On every continent there is
a city named Rome

Before going into space,
astronauts are not
permitted to eat beans

To keep food from freezing
Eskimos use refrigerators

In the 1830’s ketchup was
sold as medicine

When leaving a cave, bats
always turn left

Dogs can get toupees in

In Switzerland it is against
the law to slam your car

In Las Vegas it is a crime to
pawn your dentures

A group of toads is called a

The words orange, purple
and silver cannot be

Sneezes have been clocked
at 100mph

Ireland is the only country
in the world where
windmills turn clockwise

Getting around Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Pittsburgh: it ’s easy to walk from one end of Downtown to the other in 25 minutes or less. Getting to major destinations like sports stadiums, local museums, restaurants, and more is all accomplished easily on foot.

When your home is the luxury apartments, walking is a breeze.