Monday Musings for 11.9.20


Dear Friends,

On my Sunday drive to church I usually listen to “The Puzzle” on NPR.  Each week a new puzzle is given and, unless you figure it out yourself, you have to wait a week to get the answer.  I was eager to learn what well-known United States city (two words), becomes the name of a well-known musical group if you change the first letter of the second word.

Many correct answers were received and the person whose name was drawn to compete on air was Ben Blackman, a biology professor at the University of California, Berkeley.  His specialty?  The evolution and domestication of sunflowers.

Here is some fascinating information about sunflowers (not from Professor Blackman, but from our own retired professor, Russ Hutchison):

Sunflowers turn to face the sun. They “chase the light.”  But what happens on a cloudy or rainy day?  Most people would assume that a sunflower on a sunless day would droop and turn downward.  But that is not the way it works.  Sunflowers turn toward each other.  When they can’t get energy from the sun, they get energy from other sunflowers.

Then comes the life lesson:

Many people may become low-spirited, and sometimes depressed.  How about following the example of the beautiful sunflowers?  How about supporting and empowering each other?  Nature has so much to teach us.  Wishing everyone a sunflower trait of turning towards each other on their cloudy and gloomy days. 

And finally . . . the answer to the puzzle:  Green Bay is the city.  Green Day is the musical group.  Has anyone heard of them?  Me either.

In Christ,