Emma Morano, Last Known Person Born During The 1800s, Dies

World Peace Forum

She attributed her long life to staying single.

The last person known to have been born during the 1800s has died.

Emma Morano died in her home in Italy on Saturday at the age of 117, The Associated Press reports, citing her doctor.

Born on Nov. 29, 1899, she was named as the world’s oldest known person in May 2016.

Emma Morano celebrates her 117th birthday in Verbania.

Morano famously attributed her long life, in part, to staying single after ending a bad marriage in her late 30s.

“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told The New York Times.

Her other secrets to a long life included eating two raw eggs a day and possessing good genetics.

The mayor of Verbania, the city in northern Italy in which Morano lived, said the community would always remember her.

“She had…

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What Would Jesus Think of Easter?

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Easter, Jesus, religion, philosophy, humor, Modern PhilosopherHappy Good Friday, Modern Philosophers!

Back in the day, this meant a day off from Catholic school.  In the adult world, however, it was just another $%!##& day at work.

Oh well.  Just because there’s a “Good” in the name, doesn’t mean the Friday has to live up to the title.

But the work week is over, and now I can slip into one of my weekend togas and get some writing done.  As I posted earlier on Facebook, writing will always be my safe place and I can flee there whenever life is a drag.

Besides, it’s Easter weekend.  If ever my horrible life is going to rise from the dead to become something bigger and better, this is the time.

So join me in the Friday Night Think Tank to celebrate the weekend and get some Deep Thoughts flowing.  This will help you unwind and give the Easter…

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The Calm And The Chaos

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

The Calm and the Chaos - Self Portrait by Jaeda DeWalt

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age four, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and in her late twenties she finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with Bipolar, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD from the trauma of being sexually abused as a child into her young adult years. Her life was filled with self-destructive coping methods until she went full force into creating, in her mid-twenties. The process of creating and putting herself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to her and ignited a kind of passion within that she didn’t even know she was capable of experiencing. She has been on an ever-evolving, healing…

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‘Translate at City’ Co-winners About Why the Summer Program Works, How It Could Be Better


Perween Richards and Emre Bennett took part in Translate at City summer school in London in 2016, back in the days when it was called “Translate in the City.” The two emerging literary translators were the co-winners of the summer school’s annual competition, sponsored by Comma Press:

The Arabic course will be led again this year by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, with a maximum of 15 students, and it’s set to open on June 26. Some discounts and bursaries are available, with information on the City University of London website.

What do you feel you got out of the Translate at City program? What does it bring that you can’t get elsewhere?

Perween Richards: I learned a lot from the workshops, and the level of engagement and discussion in the class improved my translation skills. The practical career advice, such as how to get into print, how to approach authors and…

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..::What is procedure of Partition of Agricultural Land?


Partition of Agricultural land.

Any joint owner of land may apply to a Revenue Officer for partition of his share in the land if–

(a)  at the date of the application the share belonging to him; or

(b)  his right to the share has been established by a decree which is still subsisting at the date; or

(c)  a written acknowledgment of that right has been executed by all persons interested in the admission or denial thereof.

Restrictions and limitations on partition.– Notwithstanding the provisions of section 135–

(a)  places of worship and burial grounds held in common before partition shall continue to be so held after partition; and

(b)  partition of any of the following properties, namely:-

(i)  any embankment, water-course, well or tank and any land on which the supply of water to any such work may depend;

(ii)  any grazing ground; and

(iii)  any land which is…

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Theme for the Week – Quirky Dorset Part 10

The Dorset Rambler

– – – Exploring The Countryside and Lanes of Dorset – – –

Our final entry for the week spent exploring ‘Quirky Dorset’ earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest public house in England, although that accolade no longer applies as we shall see. This is The Smith’s Arms.

The Smith’s Arms, Godmanstone

This diminutive one-time pub stands in the village of Godmanstone in the lovely Cerne Valley with its rippling stream that flows behind the pub. It is a flint and thatch building with a single bar just 15 feet by 11 foot 9 inches and a ceiling that is barely 6 feet high.

The Smith's Arms The Smith’s Arms, Godmanstone

What is even more quirky than its size, is the way it is said to have become a pub! The building actually dates originally from 1420 and was as you have probably guessed, a Smithy. The story goes that King Charles II stopped here to…

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