On This Day
1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.
Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England is a 1644 prose polemic by the English poet, scholar, and polemical author John Milton opposing licensing and censorship. Areopagitica is among history’s most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression. Many of its expressed principles have formed the basis for modern justifications.
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Born On This Day
1803 – Theodore Dwight Weld, American author and activist (d. 1895)
Theodore Dwight Weld (November 23, 1803 – February 3, 1895) was one of the architects of the American abolitionist movement during its formative years from 1830 to 1844, playing a role as writer, editor, speaker, and organizer. He is best known for his co-authorship of the authoritative compendium American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, published in 1839. Harriet Beecher Stowe partly based Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Weld’s text; the latter is regarded as second only to the former in its influence on the antislavery movement. Weld remained dedicated to the abolitionist movement until slavery was ended by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865.
According to Lyman Beecher, the father of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Weld was “as eloquent as an angel, and as powerful as thunder.”: 323 His words were logic on fire”.
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1868 – Mary Brewster Hazelton, American painter (d. 1953)
Mary Brewster Hazelton (November 23, 1868 – September 13, 1953) was an American portrait painter. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was later an instructor. Among her other achievements, Hazelton was the first woman to win an award open to both men and women in the United States when she won the Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy of Design in 1896. Her portrait paintings are in the collections of the Massachusetts State House, Harvard University, Peabody Essex Museum, and Wellesley Historical Society. The professional organizations that Hazelton was affiliated with included the Wellesley Society of Artists, of which she was a founding member, and The Guild of Boston Artists, of which she was a charter member. She lived her adult life with her sisters in the Hazelton family home in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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By Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage Press: City Wilds: Witnessing the wondrous wild and giving thanks
By Art Sleuth by Jean Bundy, Anchorage Press: Hot Rods and Opportunistic Horizons: The work of painter Marge Meyer
The Rural Blog: Free webinar TODAY at 2 p.m. ET to celebrate Native journalism and Freedom Forum Institute’s 30th anniversary
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By U. Arizona, Futurity: Indigenous women with breast cancer have more mastectomies
By Kieran Mulvaney, History: The Inuit Woman Who Survived Alone on an Arctic Island After a Disastrous Expedition In the early 1920s, 25-year-old Ada Blackjack survived two years on the frigid Wrangel Island after a failed expedition to claim the island for Canada.
CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Study Recruitment Effort Grows Into a Public Health Tool to Reach Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women Goal is to push out messages, virtual interventions to prevent serious health risks for women and children
Healing Hands of Nebraska
As a surgeon based in eastern Nebraska, Demetrio Aguila, MD, has drawn patients from 34 states, 6 countries, and 4 continents, not only because of his innovative, life-changing surgeries for people suffering with chronic pain, but because of the compassionate payment option he offers: in lieu of dollars, patients can donate community service hours for their procedures. For example, if a patient needs a surgery with an insurance fee of $5,000, a donation of 250 hours of community service can cover the cost. “In my heart of hearts, says Aguila, who served for over 20 years in medical missions for the US Air Force, I had this hope that we would rekindle in our neighbors, and in ourselves, a sense of volunteerism.”
By Olafimihan Oshin, The Hill: Record number of American women selected as Rhodes scholars
By Monisha Ravisetti, Cnet: Watch this mesmerizing video of butterfly scales forming inside a chrysalis This video from MIT will make you believe in magic.
Ranch dressing is made from eggs, oil, vinegar, salt and buttermilk. All things commonly available on farms and ranches across the US. So while a plumber and pipefitter crew boss in Alaska had a recipe for this dressing that could be made quickly from store bought ingredients, it wasn’t an original recipe but a very common dressing recipe made across America. Selling it as a bottled dressing and powder was new but not the dressing itself. Try mixing up your own yogurt or buttermilk with mayo, salt and dried chives and garlic. You might be suprised how good it tastes and how little it costs.
By Chris O’Connell, San Antonio, Texas, Taste of Home: Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
By In The Kitchen With Matt: Easy Cranberry Sauce
By Creative Mom CZ: Focaccia Art – Poppy Field
By Bonnie Brien, Pacific Grove, CA: Taste of Home: Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice
By Betty Crocker Kitchens: Zero-Effort Slow-Cooker Recipes
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