THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH
”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
THE HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY IN THE U.S.
Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years after the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday. After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of America’s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.
When Is Memorial Day?
In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. Several southern states, however, officially celebrate an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead, sometimes referred to as a Confederate Memorial Day: January 19 in Texas; third Monday in Jan. in Arkansas; fourth Monday in Apr. in Alabama and Mississippi; April 26 in Florida and Georgia; May 10 in North and South Carolina; last Monday in May in Virginia; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.
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Memorial Day is, of course, a great time to gather with friends and family, light up the grill, and enjoy wonderful food together. Here is a list of articles from Bon Appetit that should cover most everything you’d want to know about making the feast grand. Below you can find a few examples of culinary delights for the cookout from several of the articles there.
Hey Ted! Do you guys cook lobster on the grill up there in Maine? This looks fantastic to me.
When it comes to seafood, my wife loves scallops. How do these look, dear?
Everybody (who’s a carnivore, that is) loves burgers, right? My mouth can’t stop watering looking at this one.
For our non-meat eating friends, here’s a veggie version.
How about a few amazing sides?
Did you save room for dessert?
If you are blessed to enjoy a feast on Memorial Day weekend with loved ones, may you eat, drink, and be merry in the Lord. But let us also take time to pause and consciously remember that there are far, far too many around the world who will feel the ache of hunger and thirst, no matter what day it is.
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VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
The “Trump Shove”
The beer is obviously the priority here
Stay classy. pic.twitter.com/TE4FC2kSiZ
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 26, 2017
The Chicago Cubs go on road trip dressed up in “Anchorman” theme 70’s gear
Christian Mingle Inspector (John Crist Comedy)
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SILLY CHRISTIAN POST ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Folks who don’t understand the symbolic world of Texas took to social media to rebuke the Osteens for taking pictures with their son and flashing a hand sign in the shape of longhorn cattle, which represents the slogan of the University of Texas.
The Christian Post apparently thought this was news.
They cited several Twitter critics, including:
Twitter user @ian_indimuli asked Joel Osteen and his son, “Why on Earth would you use the devil sign? My goodness a thumbs up would work or you don’t have thumbs?”
“Doing horns?! Even though is UT, that symbol ain’t good! Thats devil’s symbol!” Twitter user @isaachogg wrote.
Ah, good old fashioned journalism. Ya gotta love it.
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WILLOW CREEK TO OPEN NEW NORTH CAMPUS
Willow Creek Community Church will be opening its newest campus location in Glenview, Illinois, on the first Sunday in December.
Architect Magazine includes this description from the architects:
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has designed the new Willow Creek North Shore, now under construction at the Glen, in Glenview, Illinois. The 72,000 square-foot Willow Creek North Shore was designed to feature a large 1200-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium in the center of the facility with administration offices, adult ministry spaces, educational classrooms for all ages, a café, and a large sky-lit preassembly area surrounding the main sanctuary. There will also be several gathering points throughout the building. Additionally, two open landscaped, elliptical-shaped courtyard spaces will bring natural light into the sanctuary and to the corridors accessing the classroom and office facilities.
…A youth group worship room, located at the north end of the building and facing opposite to the auditorium, will strengthen youth ministry activities, while the Harvest Café, located in front of the auditorium, will be used for more casual meetings and as a gathering space on Sundays for those who wish to watch the service on video screens. The café will have direct access to two landscaped courtyards that can be used for weddings, funerals, and other functions.
The design concept was inspired by the form of a mustard seed, a biblical reference that symbolizes the strong faith and fellowship of the congregation, as well as the connection the building will have to nature. The building’s elliptical shape was designed to strategically bring the experience of the outdoors inside to the occupants.
Are these the new cathedrals?
What do they say about us? our faith?
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“WILL YOU STILL NEED ME? WILL YOU STILL FEED ME?”
People complain about nursing homes a lot: the food’s no good or there’s not enough staff, and so on. It’s a long list. But the top complaint, according to the federal government, is eviction from a nursing home.
Technically, it’s known as involuntary discharge, and in 2015 it brought in more than 9,000 complaints. Now, a couple of states are looking for ways to hold nursing homes accountable for unnecessary evictions.
One of those states is Maryland. Brian Frosh, the state’s attorney general, says that, in Maryland, more than half of all involuntary discharges have come from just one small chain of nursing homes run by Neiswanger Management Services, or NMS Healthcare.
“Your odds of getting evicted from an NMS nursing home are about a hundred times what they are of any other nursing home in the state,” says Frosh.
Maryland is now suing NMS for Medicaid fraud. The suit alleges that the company charged the state for services it didn’t deliver, specifically for discharge planning. Nursing homes are supposed to make sure a resident has a safe place to go. But Frosh says that NMS sent residents with complex medical needs to homeless shelters or to unlicensed board-and-care facilities.
For example, according to the complaint, a woman with severe dementia was dropped off in front her son’s home. Someone from NMS “just opened the car door and let her out and drove away,” says Frosh. “Her son found her wandering around several hours later when he came home from work.”
The company’s motivation was purely financial, says Frosh. To understand his argument you need to know two things. First, Medicare pays nursing homes a lot more than Medicaid does. And, second, Medicare payments for long-term care only last for 100 days. Frosh says that NMS evicted hundreds of residents just as they were transitioning from Medicare to the lower-paying Medicaid.
“We cite emails in the complaint that offer a bounty for getting patients out quickly,” says Frosh. “A hundred bucks is offered for somebody who can make a bed vacant within two hours.” That made more room for new patients who were on Medicare.
The article also cites problems in the state of Illinois, where evictions have more than doubled in the last five years. State Senator Daniel Biss, who has sponsored legislation to stop nursing home facilities from performing unwarranted evictions, says, “We’re seeing nursing homes that have made a financial decision that they would like a certain type of resident,” meaning residents that are compliant and don’t require too much staff attention and time. If they don’t fit the mold, Biss notes, “they’re able to essentially drop them at the hospital and walk away…”
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That’s the question Mark Silk asks at Religion News Service.
…In contrast to the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel, Pope Francis did not exactly roll out the red carpet.
He squeezed Trump into an early morning slot so as not to have to cancel or delay his regular Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square. And because of the gathering crowd, the President of the United States was ushered into the palace through a small side entrance used by Vatican employees.
…Then, during the meet-and-greet with the Trump entourage, Francis proceeded to make a fat joke at the President’s expense, asking his wife, “What do you give him to eat, potica?” A sweet Slovenian nut roll of which the pope is himself fond, poticais inarguably fattening.
Of the subsequent private meeting that followed with only a translator present, the communiqué issued by the Vatican indicates that discussion between the two men ranged from areas of presumed agreement (“life,” freedom of religion and conscience, peace and protection of Christian communities in the Middle East) to those of presumed disagreement (health care and assistance to immigrants).
Of climate change and whether Trump will pull the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris Agreement the communiqué makes no mention. But we may infer that Francis was sending a message by giving Trump a copy of his climate change encyclical, Laudato Si’.
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HEY EVANGELICALS! WATCH THE CATHOLICS DO SCIENCE RIGHT.
In another article at RNS, Josephine McKenna writes:
In a forgotten corner of the pope’s sprawling summer estate at Castel Gandolfo in the hills outside Rome, an unusual group of astronomers and cosmologists looks to the heavens for divine inspiration.
Twelve Catholic priests and brothers live, work and pray at the Vatican Observatory as they explore some of the universe’s biggest scientific questions, from the Big Bang theory to the structure of meteorites and stars.
“The observatory exists to show the world that the Catholic Church supports science,” says Brother Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer from Detroit who is also the observatory’s director.
“We have two jobs — to do science and show the world. My job is to make sure the other scientists have the space and resources to do the work.”
…The observatory recently hosted an international conference to discuss black holes, gravitational waves and other scientific questions.
Pope Francis personally greeted the 35 participants, who included the 1999 Nobel laureate in physics, Gerald ‘t Hooft from the Netherlands; British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose; and Renata Kallosh, a theoretical physicist from Stanford University.
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LEST WE FORGET WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK…
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MUSIC FOR MEMORIAL DAY