A Combination of Serious and Downright Silly . . .

May 19th

Happy Sunday!  The weekend just flies by too quickly, doesn’t it?  It’s already Sunday morning and I find myself thinking about the preparations I need to make for the coming work week. For now though, we need to celebrate! 

Boys and Girls Club Day – How many of us have seen a group of kids hanging around together on a public corner, in a store parking lot, at the mall, doing nothing.  Why? Because there’s nothing for them to do.  Kids need something to keep them occupied.  If they aren’t heavily into sports or other school related activities, if they don’t have a job or aren’t old enough to have one, and if their parents don’t have them busy doing something at home or with family time, these kids are at loose ends looking for something to keep them busy.  Today we celebrates the invaluable Boy’s Clubs and Girl’s Clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship and help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street.   These clubs and community groups are so important – more so today than ever before.  With more parents working and so many families broken, or heading in different directions, these children need something to give them that sense of community that they used to get in the home, or in their churches.  There are several ways to celebrate this day:  Learn about your local Boy’s and Girl’s clubs, encourage your children to join them, volunteer your time, make a donation, or if there isn’t one in your area, see what you can do to start one.  The kids are our future, and right now, with some of the kids I see. . . . that’s a really frightening thought. 

Mike, The Headless Chicken Day  –  Alright, this one had me scratching my head (sorry Mike – no insult intended), and I had to do quite a bit of looking before I found out what it was all about.  There were plenty of references to the day, and events ABOUT it, but not what got it started in the first place.  Is this story believable?  I’ll let you decide for yourself, and at the end, let you know what I think . . .As legend has it, on September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, CO was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken for her to prepare for dinner, as her mother was coming to visit.  Olsen chose a 5-1/2 month old Wyandotte rooster named Mike (also known as Miracle Mike).   The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.  In spite of Farmer Olsen’s lousy aim, Mike was able to balance on a perch and walk clumsily around.  He even attempted to preen and crow, though he could do neither.  When Mike didn’t die, a surprised Olsen decided to continue caring for him permanently, feeding him a mixture of milk and water with an eyedropper directly into his throat.  He was also able to be fed small grains of corn in this way.  Once Mike got used to his new and very unusual center of mass, he could get himself to the highest perches without falling.  His crowing though, consisted of a gurgling sound he made in his throat, though he did give it a valiant attempt each morning at dawn. He spent a great deal of time preening and attempting to peck for food with his neck.  Because everyone thought this was a big hoax, Olsen took Mike to the University of Utah to have him studied and to establish the truth of the story.  Mike’s fame was now established and he began a career of touring sideshows, accompanied by such other creatures as the two-headed calf.  He was photographed for dozens of magazines and papers, featured in Time and Life magazines.  He was on display to the public for an admission cost of twenty-five cents.  At the height of his popularity Miracle Mike earned about $4,500 per month ($48,000 in 2010 dollars!) and was valued at $10,000.  Farmer Olsen’s success resulted in a wave of copycat chicken beheading, but no other chicken lived for more than a day or two (that’s AWFUL!)  In March of 1947, in a motel in Phoenix, on a stopover while traveling back home from a tour, Mike started choking in the middle of the night.  The Olsen’s had accidentally left their feeding and cleaning syringes at the sideshow the day before, and they were unable to save Mike.  Olsen claimed he had sold the bird, resulting in stories that Mike was still touring the country as late as 1949.  Other sources said that the chicken’s severed trachea could not take in enough air to breathe properly, and therefore choked to death in the motel.  So, how could this have happened – and is it actually possible?  Well, post mortem it was determined that the axe had missed the carotid artery, and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death.  Though most of his head was severed, most of his brain stem and one ear were left on his body. Since basic functions like breathing, heart-rate, and reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem in a chicken, Mike was able to remain quite healthy.  Today Mike the Headless Chicken is an institution in Fruita, CO, with an annual “Mike The Headless Chicken Day”, which is the 3rd weekend in May, starting in 1999.  Events held include the “5K Run Like A Headless Chicken Race”, egg toss, “Pin the Head on the Chicken”, the “Chicken Cluck-Off” and “Chicken Bingo”, in which chicken droppings on a numbered grid choose the numbers.  (OK, now that’s just gross).   hahaha I just read also that in a “cheep” bid for attention, the city of Fruita had announced that Mike the Headless Chicken would be running in the 2012 elections as a write-in candidate.   Too bad he didn’t win!   Soooo, do we believe this story?  I call fowl.


Neighbor Day (Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend) – In spite of searching for quite some time, I have found references to different communities getting together today for Neighbor Day, but nothing about when it started, the meaning behind it, or any other details.  So, we should just take it as it is!  This is a day to get together as communities, have a good time together and be neighborly!  Nothing wrong with that all by itself.

Pentecost – What is Pentecost?  So many are completely unaware, and this is quite sad, for it is a very important part of the life of a Christian, and of the history of Christianity.  We make a big deal of Christmas – and we should, for it is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord.  We make a big deal of Easter – and we should, for we celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead and ultimately His victory for us over sin.  Pentecost celebrates the moment in history when God gave us the Holy Spirit, to live within us after we accept Christ into our lives.  This is HUGE for we have this amazing gift that we take with us wherever we go, every day of our lives, a comfort and a guide for our walk with God.  Pentecost Sunday should be celebrated with fanfare and excitement, but unfortunately the world is quiet about it, and even many churches do not discuss it from the pulpit.  To discuss Pentecost would mean discussing the 9 gifts of the Spirit, and since some people tend to scoff at these gifts, they aren’t taught.  This is not only sad, it’s spiritually criminal – in my opinion – for our church leadership to ignore something so important merely to keep backsides in the seats, and money going into the tithing plate.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit, as told to us in Acts 2, are the guideposts to our Christian walk, and should be revered just as much as any other faith based holiday.  I won’t preach at you, but I do suggest reading the 2nd chapter of Acts, and its teachings into your life.  Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through the Word of God. It really will change your life.

Food Celebration of the Day


National Devil’s Food Cake Day – Well, here’s another food celebration that is a kick in the diet resolve! Geesh! You have no idea how much I’d love to throw caution to the winds and just dive in! But I won’t.  I’ll leave that to those of you with a metabolism that can handle it.  So why is this delicious and decadent treat called Devil’s Food, except for the obvious caloric impact it has.  Well, it’s most likely named this in contrast to the snow-white “Angel Food Cakes” that came before it.  Devil’s Food is one of the country’s most popular cakes – rich, dark and sinfully good.  Here are a few recipes from www.food.com for you to start with.  Let me know how they are, OK? I’ll live vicariously through you.

Well, we’ve definitely covered silly and serious today, and ended with delicious, as we usually do.  I hope you’ve found something to celebrate, or at least have learned something new today.  God Bless You – have a wonderful end to your weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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