After a very busy, but rewarding weekend, we are back to Monday again. Quite honestly I would have loved to sleep in . . . for a few hours . . . or days. Yeah, days sounds good. This is one of those Mondays that an IV of caffeine sounds absolutely lovely . . . So what are we celebrating to keep us awake this week?
Bunsen Burner Day – If you loved chemistry in school, then this one is going to bring back great memories. If you were not a real fan of the subject, maybe not so much. No matter your personal feelings about the subject, the fact is that the Bunsen Burner is a tool that has been invaluable since its creation to people who work in chemistry labs. This tool was created by German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, which is why it is called the Bunsen Burner (duh), and it is celebrated today because today was his birthday – born in 1811. So, for those of us who haven’t used one for many, many years – or didn’t care much about them when we DID use them (I admit it – English, Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature and Home Ec were my fa
vorite subjects) a Bunsen Burner is used to heat substances for experiments. Basically they are small gas burners with adjustable flames that is controlled at the base to regulate the amount of gas and air that are admitted to the substance being heated. It is pretty basic, and consists of a vertical metal tube that is connected to a broad base that is weighted so that it isn’t easily knocked over. The base has a nozzle on it to connect with a fuel source, alone with a valve to control the flow of gas and a flue adjuster to control how much air is allowed through one or more small air holes at the base of the tube. The gas mixes with air at the bottom of the tube, then rises to the top of the burner where it can be lit with a match or lighter. That either takes you back to good science memories . . . or fills you with happiness that those days are over. I’m happy those days are over.
Clam on the Half Shell Day– Well, if you love clams on the half-shell, this is a day you may be thrilled to celebrate! I had to giggle, and wonder at someone who loves them enough to declare a day just for them. I guess it’s not so odd though – there seems to be days set aside for everything else. If you don’t care for clams, then you may want to skip this one. . . . maybe the next celebration will be more to your liking!
National “She’s Funny That Way” Day – Today we pay tribute to the funny women who make us laugh – whether they are personal friends, actresses or comediennes. So who can you think of who is super funny that makes you laugh every time you see or hear her? Of course the one who comes IMMEDIATELY to my mind is Lucille Ball. How can anyone NOT laugh at I LOVE LUCY? My next thought went to Lily Tomlin, another truly funny woman who gets straight to the funny bone nearly every time. Betty White – though pretty dirty for an old gal – hits that funny bone too. So, who are the funny gals who make you laugh?
Terri’s Day – This is a serious one – and one that we all should remember always. On March 30, 2005, Terri Schiavo had her last full day of life here on this earth. Her family and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will never forget the last moments they shared with the woman whose former husband won a court order to take her life. She was killed on March 31, 2005 when a protracted legal battle between Terri’s former husband and her family was won by the husband, giving him the right to have her feeding tube disconnected. Doctors had examined Terri and said that she was NOT in a persistent vegetative state, and that her condition could have improved had she been given to access to more medical care and rehabilitative treatment. Father Pavone recalled the day before she died, after nearly two weeks of forced starvation and dehydration. He prayed with her and read her a Bible passage, assuring her about how many people loved her. She had not received a drop of water in nearly two weeks. As he reached out his hand to touch hers, he noted that the vase of flowers next to her bed was filled with water, being nourished, as Terri was deprived of nourishment. Court orders saw to it that nobody could give her some of the same loving treatment that the flowers received. Father Pavone said, “In a culture of death, law is divorced from humanity, and we are all victimized in the process”. Terri’s sister, Suzanne Schindler, wrote an email that LifeNews received, reflecting more on her sister’s death, saying that “We must never forget Terri and the premature, unthinkable death she endured.” “In a culture of death, law is divorced from humanity, and we are all victimized in the process,” he said. Suzanne Schindler, Terri’s sister, wrote an email LifeNews received, reflecting more on the death of her sister, saying, “We must never forget Terri and the premature, unthinkable death she endured.” Today is the 9th anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, starved and dehydrated to death by the same people who value killing the innocent ahead of preserving life, and who put God second to the powers of a corrupt legal and government system, IF they include God in the equation at all. Suzanne Schindler said that “Terry never wanted to die, and in fact told us just the opposite, that she wanted to live. As we look back on all she endured, we realize that Terri did not die in vain. For years the “death cult” lurked in the shadows. Now, through the media coverage and public outcry surrounding Terri’s tragic ordeal, the evil of imposed death on the innocent and vulnerable has been exposed. Our family learned, in the most painful way possible, of the existence of this “pro-death culture” as we fought to save Terri.” After Terri’s death, the Schindler family created the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network to protect the rights of people with cognitive disabilities. It has helped to support more than 1,000 families, and has been involved in hundreds of cases where it has helped disabled people get the care and medical treatment they deserve. It is so sobering to think that so many people agree with playing God, taking life, or saving it, as it meets their own whims. Please, value life . . . only God should have the choice of whether we live, or whether we die .
This Day In History –
1889 – The Eiffel Tower opens in Paris, France.
Food Celebration of the Day –