Monday, September 22, 2008

Equinox Egg

Today is the fall equinox. The equinox occurs when the Earth's position on its axis, as it rotates around the sun, places the sun directly over the Earth's equator. On this day, day and night are of approximately equal length. Legend has it that on the equinoxes, when all things are equal, one can balance an egg straight up.

Because this was the topic of our conversation at the table during lunch and the meteorologist on T.V. did it, I felt the desire to try it myself. Sure enough after not much effort at all I was indeed able to get the egg to stand on end. So I took the egg up to my living group to show the sisters there my proud accomplishment. To my dismay, the egg refused to stand! So I went to my office to make some phone calls and decided to try again and wouldn’t you know first try that egg stood straight up!

Now, some scientists say this egg trick actually has nothing to do with the equinox. They say you can balance an egg on its end any time of the year if you have the patience. All I know is it worked for me today. Will I try it again tomorrow or in 3 days to see if the scientists are right – probably not. But, it sure was fun to try today.

Happy equinox, wherever you are!


  1. Dear Sister Michelle Catherine,
    Hello! My name is Alex and I live in North Carolina, it was great to read your blog, and it was really awesome to hear about your egg story. I wish I could've been there to wittness it! I have been up to Ferdinand, to the monastary several times, the last being for the Benedictine Life week during the 4th of July.
    I hope you have an awesome week! Take care and God bless. I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs.
    In Christ,
    Alex Larsen

  2. Ok, so I am feeling a little stupid. I didn't realize that it was your blog! I apologize for not realizing it was you. Someone I know! Sorry! It was great talking to you last night! Peace and all good.

  3. That's okay Alex! I thought maybe you were making sure others knew who you are. Yes, I indeed know you and am happy that I do. I look forward to seeing you again at the January Benedictine Life Weekend.
    Sister Michelle

  4. Sister Michelle,
    I am looking forward to seeing you as well. I am praying for you and all of the sisters everyday! I enjoy blogging and look forward to future blogs! I hope you have a blessed weekend! God bless.