The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 6, 2018
Settling into Fall…
There is a beauty to autumnal darkness — the softness of the night sounds and the cool air, the way shadow pools in even sparse thickets of urban trees, lending them the gravitas of deep woods. But more than that, there is the respite hidden in them and the way we need it now. “The summer demands and takes away too much,” the poet John Ashbery wrote, “But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes.”
Blessing our pets…
One gracious and delightful occasion in many churches is the Blessing of the Animals service. According to the website, Let All Creation Praise! –“The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or on a Sunday near that date. This is also set to coincide as the culminating conclusion for the Season of Creation.” The site contains liturgies, hymns, and other resources for holding such a service.
Here are some pictures from St Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Aiken, South Carolina and their service on Oct. 4.
The dangerous selfie…
A paper, “Selfies: A boon or bane?” published this summer in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care warned that selfies are increasing leading to injuries and deaths, and the number of deaths, especially among adolescents, is on the rise.
Moreover, the study said, “death by selfie” isn’t an official cause, and so these fatalities are difficult to count. The global study also only looked at reports in English, and at accounts in which a selfie was taken so the true magnitude of the problem, the paper added, is likely higher.
…Causes of death included: getting hit by a moving train, being washed away by waves on a beach, capsizing in a boat while rowing, burning in a fire, being shot, electrocuted, attacked by an animal — and, as in Michigan, falling off the edge of a cliff. The average age of those who died: 23.
RIP Peggy Sue…
…came to her fame honestly. A classmate of Holly’s and his drummer, Jerry Allison, while at Lubbock High School, she began going out with Allison, often double-dating with Holly and his girlfriend. By the time Buddy Holly and The Crickets were in the recording studio, working on a rocker that Holly was planning to name after his niece, Allison suggested that a song about Gerron might further charm her. So after changing the subject and the song’s beat from a cha-cha to a paradiddle, “Cindy Lou” became “Peggy Sue.”
HERE is the full story behind the song.
And here is a performance from 1957 on the Ed Sullivan Show:
Greatest political attack ad ever…
Thanks to Mike the Geologist for passing along this witty political attack ad from a candidate for Congress from Minnesota. Kudos, Dean Phillips! Whaddya know, a politician has a little imagination and a sense of humor.
As @RepErikPaulsen hides from voters and misrepresents his record and the truth, here’s a little dose of humor based on fact: a Congressman who avoids voters at all costs, is the 6th biggest taker of PAC money in Congress and is bought and sold by special interests. #Truth #MN03 pic.twitter.com/3CLebkyV75
— Dean Phillips (@deanbphillips) September 18, 2018
One man’s junk…
A 22-pound rock that has been propping open a door in Michigan for decades turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.
Mona Sirbescu, a CMU geology professor, gets asked all the time by people to examine the rocks they bring her — but none ever turn out to be an official space rock.
“For 18 years, the answer has been categorically ‘no’ — meteor wrongs, not meteorites,” Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday.
But that all changed when she was asked to examine an oddly shaped large rock that a Michigan man, who didn’t want to be named, had had in his possession for the last 30 years.
“I could tell right away that this was something special,” Sibescu said.
After testing, she determined it was a meteorite, made of of 88.5% iron and 11.5% nickel. This isn’t just any space rock, though. Weighing 22 pounds, it’s the sixth-largest recorded find in Michigan — and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.
…The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.
The farmer told him it was a meteorite, that it was part of the property and he could have it.
Questions of the week…
I thought Senator Susan Collins made the best case for confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. What did you think of her 43-minute speech? (Of course, I also think that if other Republicans had taken her studious, moderate, reasoned perspective a couple of years ago, then Merrick Garland would be on the Court today.)