Chicago Tribune Tower

Chicago Tribune Building

One of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago.  It is also known as the Cathedral of Commerce.

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Do You Yawn in the Shower?

This morning I got up, yawning and yawning.  You know how it is – just can’t stop.  After feeding the cats, taking the dog out and getting my daughter off to school, and yawning through it all, I hopped in the shower.  And I realized — I stopped yawning.  It never occurred to me that I’d stop yawning once the water hit me.  Come to think of it that was a good thing because I would’ve gotten a lot of water in my mouth!  Maybe some soap too.  Yuk!

Did You Know? Mark Twain Predicted His Death

I saw an article earlier today about Sam Clemens — pen name “Mark Twain.”  Did you know he was born two weeks after Halley’s Comet’s closest approach to Earth?  In 1909, he predicted his death saying,

“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”

He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut, one day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.

He also had a dream that his brother, Henry, would die.  One month after the dream, Henry died when the steamboat he was working on exploded.

White-Naped Crane

The Love Story of Walnut, the Crane

I love to read fun, interesting stories on the Internet.  Tonight I happened on the story of a crane falling in love with a human.

Walnut was raised by humans, therefore imprinting on humans and saw other members of her species as a threat.  She’s an endangered crane, so naturally her keepers wanted to her to breed. But alas, it wasn’t working.  Instead she’d kill the males that tried to breed with her.  Finally, a zookeeper named Chris was able to artificially inseminate her.  To read the whole story, visit http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/10/8373399/meet-walnut-the-crane-who-fell-in-love-with-her-zookeeper.

Image source and for more information about cranes visit:  https://www.savingcranes.org

Does Dark Matter Exist? What Would It Mean To Us?

I find it interesting that scientists now have a machine to hopefully prove that dark matter exists.  Dark Matter is believed to be a web-like matter that binds visible matter together.  The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will run until 2035.  It could take two months or two years to prove the existence of dark matter. For more information visit http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/568681/CERN-Large-Hadron-Collider-Dark-Matter-Particle-Discovery-Found.

What do you think?

Wildlife Loop flowers with cross

Rejoice! Christ Has Risen!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.   ~ John 11:25-26

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  ~ Romans 10:9

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and become obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  ~ Php 2: 5-11

Coloring Eggs

Family Fun Coloring Easter Eggs

As deeply as our family believes in Christ’s death and resurrection, our family loves celebrating the new life that spring brings to us including the Easter Bunny, coloring eggs, Easter hunts, candy and baskets.  This also means we love to make a big production of coloring eggs a day or two before Easter.  Mom buys the Paas 9-color dye (not the six, it has to be the nine) and mixes each one in a white coffee mug (it has to be white so you can see what color is in the mug!).  The mugs all sit on a layer of wax paper laid over a layer of paper towel.  There is a spoon next to each mug to ensure that we don’t mix spoons, thus mixing colors.  Then we put an egg in each mug and…

….       sit there…….    waiting……..  talk a little…..  wait……….   eat some chocolate…..    and wait some more…… .

Then after about 10 minutes, we start checking the color.  One or two eggs might come out, but often, most of them need more time before they reach the bright colors we like.  So we…

….       wait….   and wait….  talk a little more…..  eat some more chocolate…..   and wait.

Finally, we’re able to take the rest of the eggs out.  Then we start the process all over again.  This takes us about 3 hours because we each about two dozen eggs to color, thus coloring six dozen!

But the result?  FANTASTIC!