Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Without the help of my high school lab partner, I
would have flunked out of Physics class. Despite my ineptitude for the topic, I
was fascinated by the concepts that my teacher, Mr. Baum, would impart while
sitting on top of his desk. He was excited about Physics and wanted us to be
too. I still understand very little about Physics, but appreciate those people
whose mind can grapple with science and ask lots of “what if” and “why”
questions (kind of like authors do when they’re making up stories!).
One such man who, credited with creating the first
self-sustaining nuclear reaction and awarded the Nobel Prize in 1938 for his
work with neutrons, was Enrico Fermi. Born in Rome, Italy, he was the son of a
railroad executive and a schoolteacher. His older brother, with whom he was
very close died at a young age, and Enrico threw himself into his studies to
cope with the loss.
Physicist Enrico Fermi
Initially a professor of theoretical physics at the
University of Rome, Enrico used the opportunity of his Nobel Prize trip to immigrate
to the United States to escape Mussolini’s recently implemented Italian Racial
Laws that impacted his Jewish wife, Laura. He joined the faculty at Columbia
University and then became a member of the Manhattan Project. Transferring to
the University of Chicago, he led a team of experimental physicists who were
tasked with creating the first nuclear reaction, without which a bomb would not
Built on the squash court under the school’s football
stadium, the nuclear reactor was originally referred to as an “atomic pile,”
then later dubbed “Chicago Pile-1.” Fermi himself described it as “a crude pile
of black bricks and wooden timbers.” The last of twenty-nine attempts was assembled
in November 1942 and was comprised of 45,000 graphite blocks and fueled by six
tons of uranium metal and uranium oxide. Because it operated at a low level
there were no shielding or cooling systems included.
Members of the Manhattan Project
Fermi determined that critical mass could be achieved
without completing the pile, and on December 2nd the first
human-made nuclear chain reaction occurred. The success of the reactor made
crucial progress in The Manhattan Project in their efforts to create an atomic
bomb. Fermi moved to Project Y where he was named assistant director of the laboratory
at Los Alamos, NM. After the war, he served on the Atomic Energy Commission and
returned to teaching at the University of Chicago where some of his graduate
students became the leading physicists of their time.
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Ó Copyright 2001, Norma Gail
Thurston Holtman, December 1998
About the author:
Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016
Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21
years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the
Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American
Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of
America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who
lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 41 years. They have
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Catherine: Today I
have a character interview with the heroine, Marietta Wilson, from my newest inspirational
romance Bidding on the Bouquet. Marietta, I’m guessing from the book
title that the story has something to do with a wedding, or at least a wedding
Marietta: It does, and
it’s quite a different sort of wedding, especially from the wedding party’s
point of view.
Marietta: Yes, you
see the bride is selling off her bridesmaid spots to the highest bidders.
Catherine: What? I’ve
never heard of such a thing. Is it some sort of new fad?
Marietta: I’m not
sure, but I do know the notion sparked quite a few stories. The editor of
Forget Me Not Romances is doing a whole collection, called Auditioning for Love,
based on the idea.
Catherine: So, tell
me how you got invited to bid.
Marietta: I received
an invitation to bid on a bridesmaid spot from Chrissy Vandermere. I don’t know
her very well. We were only in a study group together. Since she sent me an
invitation to bid, apparently, she remembered me.
Catherine: Do you
know why she’s making girls bid to be in her wedding? Is she hard up for money?
Chrissy’s family has money. Lots of money. The invitation didn’t say why she
was having an auction. From the little I know about Chrissy, I supposed it was
a bridezilla thing for her. She was a bit of a diva in the study group.
Catherine: So if you’re
bidding on a bridesmaid spot, where does the bouquet come in?
Marietta: That’s the
other twist. The bride will be throwing her wedding bouquet, the one she
carries down the aisle, only to the six bridesmaids who win the auction bids.
that bouquet contains a 14 karat solid gold rose in it. I suppose it’s some
sort of incentive to make us want to bid.
Catherine: And did
it make you want to bid?
Marietta: Not at
first, but now I’m hocking everything of value I own to try and win a spot in
Chrissy’s wedding party. And from what I’ve heard, the competition will be very
Catherine: Well, I
wish you luck, Marietta.
Marietta: Thanks. I’ll
And here’s a sneak peek from
Bidding on the Bouquet
By Catherine Castle
are invited to participate in the season’s most prestigious event.
The Vandermere Estate
The auction of bridesmaids’ positions for Chrissy Vandermere’s wedding
refreshments will be served
is auctioning off a chance to be an attendant in her wedding.
will be escorted down the aisle by New York’s finest bachelors,
they will procure a bridesmaid-only spot at the tossing of the bride’s bouquet
guarantees one of the bridesmaids will catch the bouquet,
a solid 14-carat rose-gold flower.
bids begin at $100 and are non-refundable. Cash only.
may make an opening bid higher than $100 if you choose.
RSVP by April 30
dug into the envelope again and retrieved a smaller card and matching envelope.
________________________, will be pleased to attend the auction.
opening bid is $_______
I win a spot, I will be available on August 9
part of the wedding party
Marietta reread the invitation. Chrissy Vandermere? The only Vandermere she
knew was her wealthy classmate Chip Vandermere, and they weren’t on real
talking terms. Nor did they run in the same circles. They only had a few of the
same classes and a couple of case studies together in which he had commandeered
the group. The guy thought himself a born, or rather a privileged, leader. His
attitude had driven her nuts, and, although he was one hot guy who knew he had
undeniable sex appeal, she’d stayed away from him as much as she could. She was
at the MBA program to learn and conquer, not be someone’s conquest.
Is he related to this Chrissy?
so, the whole auction idea was totally insane. Chip Vandermere had so much
money he could afford to pay bridesmaids to be in a wedding. No need to auction
off the spots. Besides, why should anyone spend money to be in her wedding—or
any wedding for that matter? And why had the bride invited her to participate?
Even though she’d spent the last six years at an elite private college, she
didn’t hang around with the sort of people who had money to throw away on
frivolous things such as bridesmaid auctions. She’d spent her undergrad and
postgrad years nose-to-the-grindstone, studying and pinching her pennies.
she remembered. As a college senior, she had contact with a Chrissy, a rich, air-headed
girl, who talked of nothing but herself. She’d never mentioned having siblings.
The beautiful, but not-very-bright, student, had asked Marietta to help her
pass an exam—and not in the study-hard-so-you-can-pass way. She’d refused, convincing
Chrissy to join the study group instead. Chrissy got a D plus, but she’d at
least done it honestly. Marietta wasn’t certain the rich debutante had
appreciated being spared the indignity of cheating. But if the Chrissy she knew
was this Chrissy Vandermere, and if she remembered who she was after two years
and invited her to bid on her bouquet, maybe she’d learned a lesson.
again, maybe not. Maybe taunting her with the idea she might win something of
great value—a 14-carat rose-gold flower—was some sort of joke.
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About the Author:
Castle is the author of the multi-award-winning inspirational suspense romance,
The Nun and the Narc, and the sweet
romantic comedy, A Groom for Mama. Catherine
loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, watching movies, and the theatre.
In the winter she quilts and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her
sewing case. In the summer her favorite place is in her garden. She’s a
passionate gardener who won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local
inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW
Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly
Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her most recent release, A
Groom for Mama, is a sweet romantic
comedy from Soul Mate Publishing.Her
newest release is an inspirational contemporary romance, Bidding on the Bouquet, All three
books are available on Amazon.