Although Valentine's Day 2014 is already fading from memory, I wanted to share this story.
Yesterday was Valentine's Day and like so many other years, I went out to buy flowers, a card, and chocolate in a heart-shaped box. Sure. I know I could order these things. Go online, order flowers, add chocolates. Specify a delivery address. Enter my card information.
With apologies to Clement Clark Moore...
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house,
Not a keyboard was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the router with care,
In hopes that St. Nickolas soon would be there.
How time flies. Those you can't imagine living without are suddenly gone and you're left with a hole in your life. I credit my mother with many things. She raised four boys and lived through snakes in her golf bag, camping trips with the family, and finding worms for fishing in our pockets. I'll never forget her adventurous spirit and how she was a "can do" woman. The smell of baking bread or Thanksgiving Turkey in the oven will ever be a reminder of Mom.
A zephyr is a light wind or a wind from the west. There were mythical gods named after these winds, and in modern history, we have named all sorts of things after the zephyr from trains to planes, businesses to sports teams, automobiles and motorcycles. What is it about the west wind that is so appealing? Is it the name or does it have something to do with the western connotation it carries?
Xenon (Xe) is a noble gas, found on the periodic table of elements all the way over in the far right column with the rest of the noble gases. It is quite heavy for a gas. Atomic number 54 and a standard atomic weight of a whopping 131.293, meaning that it has a whole bunch of neutrons inside that atomic nucleus along with all 54 protons. Only one noble gas is found below it in the column and that is Radon (Ra). Preceding Xenon is Helium (He) with 2 protons and 2 electrons, Neon (Ne) Atomic number 10, Argon (Ar) number 18, and then Krypton (Kr) number 36.