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  A new page in the book of life:  Friday, 1 July, 2016

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Toady's tidbits for today /
Don't skip breakfast! Start the day with some food for thought.

Words to keep
"To consider oneself different from ordinary men is wrong, but it is right to hope that one will not remain like ordinary men." —Yoshida Shoin (quoted in Tsunoda et al., Sources of Japanese Tradition)

Literature & arts
Tempera, the earliest known painting technique, involves the use of egg yolk mixed with water or oil. This fast-drying mixture serves to bind the pigment. Although the word tempera resembles the Japanese tempura, which comes from Portuguese, it's actually Italian. It has nothing to do with cooking or food. Tempera was apparently used for the wall paintings in ancient Egypt, Babylonia, and Greece.

Toady's teaser for today /
Look tomorrow!

Q:  What Scottish writer began what adventure novel by drawing a map?

Yesterday's teaser
Q:  What do the names Emmy, Tony, Oscar, and Grammy have in common?
A:  They're all nicknames of awards given by organizations in the USA for outstanding achievement in various fields of entertainment or communication: television (the Emmy), theater (the Tony), movies (the Oscar), and music recording (the Grammy).
Toady's triathlon for today / Here are three quick exercises to get you going!
[Note: The exercises may not work in all browsers.]
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