International Day of Sign Language
While there is controversy about where and when sign language developed, many agree that it was first introduced to America in 1817. It was brought to the US by a French teacher who founded the first school for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. Like most languages, different countries are accustomed to a different forms of sign language. While the general concept of speaking without words is consistent in each country, the signs differ from language to language. Many assume that sign language takes place with the use of the hands only. However, it is extremely dependent on facial expressions in order to be an effective means of communication the way that vocal communication depends on tones in the voice. Like any other language, sign language has its own set of grammatical rules that those using the language are expected to follow. For example, to ask a question, the signer is expected to have the correct eyebrow position at the same time.23
Great American Pot Pie Day
Pot pie is a type of meat pie, and one that incorporates a flaky pastry top and bottom crust with an interior containing chicken, carrots, peas, celery, gravy, and whatever seasonings you love. The ancient Greek version was called Artocreas and featured an open pastry shell while the modern version typically keeps the top shell closed. Inside of the Artocreas could be chicken and vegetables, or any type of protein and veggie combination a person may prefer. The cookbook American Cookery, published in 1796, included recipes for chicken pot pie, beef pot pie, and something called “Sea Pie,” which called for pigeons, turkey, veal and mutton. True to its name, the recipe was originally developed aboard ships, which used whatever preserved meats were available. In 1951, the first frozen pot pie was created by the C.A. Swanson company and was made with chicken.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Bruce Springsteen – Singer – born in Long Branch, New Jersey
Ray Charles – Singer & Pianist – born in Greenville, Florida