Monday, October 8, 2012

Info On A Monday

I mentioned on 5 Fact Friday that I am a Almanac junkie, so now it is Monday and I feel compelled to share a couple of very interesting happenings on this date in history.  Today in 1871 the Great Chicago Fire began and ended two days later on Oct 10th.  It destroyed 3.3 miles and killed hundreds of people.  Altho the fire did start in or around the O'Leary barn, it was never proven that Mrs. O'Leary's cow actually caused the fire.  But if that cow did kick over that lantern and did indeed start the fire, that cow really did the city of Chicago a favor, because in the re-building after the fire, Chicago grew into one of the most populous and economically important American cities today.

One of the early leaders in Chicago history was Joy Morton (a man) who founded the Morton Salt Company and who also donated all of the land which makes up the 1800 acre botanical garden in Lisle, IL known as the Morton Arboretum.  I have spent many happy hours wandering the roads and trails of this land in every season of the year.  Fall is perhaps when of the most colorful.







After enjoying a cup of coffee (my motor oil that gets me going) and a wonderful cinammon scone that I purchased last night at Panera's to enjoy for breakfast this morning...I found this piece of interesting news on-line.




Early this morning in Stockholm, Sweden the Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine was awarded to two men, one from Briton and one from Japan who have discovered that cells in the body can be re-programmed to become completely different kinds of cells, opening the doors to growing customized tissues for treatments such as Parkinson Disease and Diabetes.  This eliminates the stigma associated with stem cell research in embryos.  I can only hope and pray that some of these discoveries will lead to a cure for the devastating Alzheimer's disease which took my sweetie from me way too early.  Praying that my children will be free from the fear of developing this disease as they age.

In the days ahead the winners for the Nobel Peace Prize for Physics, Chemistry, Literature and the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 will be announced.

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Until next time.....






17 comments:

  1. gorgeous photos of fall.

    i hope medicine and research can advance to stem and even reverse some of these devastating diseases.

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  2. The fall foliage is so beautiful, Deanna. Thank you for sharing it.

    The stem cell research sounds very promising. I was so hoping they'd come up with a cure for Parkinson's for my mom. She didn't approve of embryonic stem cell research, but this latest development would have given her more hope. Wishing that hope for your sweetie. This is encouraging news.

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  3. Such a beautiful Fall foliage!

    Visiting from Mandarin Orange Monday.
    Duct Tape Bag is my entry.
    Your comment is always appreciated!

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  4. Wow the fall colors are beatiful in your area. They are barely starting to turn here and I'm not sure with the lack of moisture we've had if they will be as pretty this year. So I'm enjoying yours just in case. I have always loved the song about Mrs. O'Leary's cow (learned it as a kid) so thanks for the nostalgic reminder.

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  5. beautiful shots. i love your tidbits of info. so fun. (:

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  6. I agree with you too...Please LORD let their be a cure for this ugly disease. Nobody should have to suffer that long! On a cheerier note...thanks for commenting on the Bunco post. I love hearing about other peoples experiences too.
    Laurie @ pride in photos

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  7. Oh your pictures are so pretty. I just love them all. Fantastic news about the medicine for Alzheimer's! Especially since of my family history and my husbands. It is seems like only a matter of time before we find out that one of us has it. Horray for medical research!

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  8. I do believe that stem cell research is important and will someday cure many, many things . . . hopefully sooner than later! Gorgeous fall snippetts, and I'm feeling a wee bit smarter for visiting here today! lol Thanks Deanna, xo

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  9. Beautiful fall leaves! Love the scenery. It will be too late for my Mom but hopefully before my time comes they will find a cure!

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  10. My sister spent 4 years in Chicago for college and we loved going downtown to the Water Tower where I learned all about the great fire!

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  11. Your snippets are extraordinarily beautiful. I love the autumn leaves and the gorgeous colors. Each of your photos is a work of art.

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  12. I just love Chicago and miss it terribly after having lived there for several years during the 90s. My oldest daughter moved back, though, so I'm a somewhat frequent visitor. That is very good news about cell research! It would be wonderful if someday we no longer need worry about diseases like Alzheimer's.

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  13. Thanks for all your informative information! And the lovely photos too!

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  14. Lovely once again, I don't think the scone would have made it to breakfast at my house. Looks yummy.

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  15. Simply glorious autumn scenes!

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  16. Beautiful captures. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ YACB

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  17. Thank you for your uplifting autumn images! They positively glow! Good news about cell research too- it will help a lot of people in the future. Thank you Deanna for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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