September, 2006 Archive

September 13, 2006, 2:14 am

Celebrating Education with Grand Rounds, A Fourth-Year Anniversary for The Carnival of the Vanities


Ah yes.


By now, all the youngsters have returned to school, although here, we started in mid-August.

And nothing expresses the joy our young counterparts feel about their return to the Hallowed Halls of Education quite like this photo.

Which is actually a photo of my daughter.

Hey, any excuse for a gratuitous use of a family member.

She can’t complain.

This blog paid for her school clothes!


For those of us old enough to realize that the search for knowledge is never really over, Amy at Diabetes Mine has a beautiful edition of Grand Rounds compiled with the theme of “Celebrating Education”!

And speaking of celebration, Amy was the recipient of the Eli Lilly & Co’s “Lilly For Life” Acheivement Award for Diabetes Journalism! Congratulations Amy! Her tour of Eli Lilly & Co. is chronicled here.


This is another exciting time in the Blogosphere, as the very first blog carnival EVER celebrates four continuous years of posting this week.

The Carnival of the Vanities #208 is celebrating at it’s “homebase”,

The great thing about the COTV is that anyone can submit their best posts. Emergiblog is proud to have been represented a couple of times this last year.

Nine bloggers who submitted to the first COTV are still blogging, four years later!

If you’ve never done so before, do check out the Carnival of the Vanities this week.

A reason to celebrate, indeed!

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September 10, 2006, 4:12 pm

The 2996 Project: Brenda C. Gibson – 9/11 Victim, Pentagon

Brenda C. GibsonBrenda C. Gibson was a budget analyst for the Pentagon.

She loved her job.

She could have retired, but she chose to keep working.

She was so dedicated she postponed a major surgery.

She didn’t want her department to be short-staffed during the busy end of the budget year.

And so, Brenda C. Gibson got up that Tuesday morning, like she would have any Tuesday morning.

But it wasn’t just any Tuesday.

It was September 11, 2001.


Are you ready for some FOOTBALL??

Brenda was.

She loved her Washington Redskins and was known to sing the fight song on the phone to her four sisters after every touchdown.

(Her husband likes the Dallas Cowboys. Would have been fun to be a fly on the wall in that house during football season!)

“The Queen of Redskin Statistics”; a title bestowed to Brenda by her family.

But she also loved baseball and boxing. Mr. Gibson said she knew more about sports than he did!


How can you not love a woman who reads Mad Magazine and comic books?

At 59 years old!

Get out!

Her grand-daughter, Raven-Symone, will turn 8 this year.

Brenda adored her. Described her as her “heart and soul”.

I imagine Brenda was a pretty fun grandma to have around.


This year would have marked the Gibsons’ 40th wedding anniversary, although they knew each other long before they graduated from Howard University.

Their son, Eric turns 39 this year.

Mr. Gibson said that Brenda cared for everybody, and did everything she could for her family. At the time of the attacks, Brenda’s mom had Alzheimers and her dad was in a nursing home.

It was said that if you could assign a word, a theme to Brenda’s life, that word would be “caring”.


Add a passion for old coins with a Buffalo Soldier collection to all that we already know about Brenda and you come up with one amazing lady.


Brenda C. Gibson was at her desk on September 11, 2001 when she was killed by terrorists flying hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

At the time, her husband was quoted as saying that he was trying to keep himself from being angry and bitter about the attack; that perpetuating anger from generation to generation won’t solve the problem.


Brenda, regrettably, I probably never would have met you in life. But I am honored to have been the person to represent you and to celebrate your life on this, the fifth anniversary of your departure from this earth.

If anyone in Brenda’s family is reading this or would like to add more information, please feel free to comment.

As for me, I’m trying my best to take Mr. Gibson’s advice to heart.

Rest in Peace, Brenda.

You are missed.

Hail to the
Hail Victory!
Braves on the warpath,
Fight for old D.C.!

Run or pass and score
We want a lot more!
Beat ’em Swamp ’em Touchdown
Let the points soar!

Fight on, Fight on,
Til you have won,
Sons of Wash-ing-ton!
Rah! Rah! Rah!


Thanks to The Washington Post, AP, and to Jonathan Pitts fromThe Baltimore Sun from whose articles this information was obtained.

You must see this tribute at The Super Adventures of Ben and Noah. Take Kleenex.

Mother Kitty invites us to check out her tribute to Cynthia Wilson at her blog, MotherKitty.

Check out this tribute to Terrence Adderley at Planck’s Constant.

Laura Gilly is remembered by many at My Own Thoughts.

Check out the other 2995 tributes at: 2996

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4:10 pm

Rounding With the Kids

baby food.jpg

Oatmeal curbs nervousness?

It makes you hungry? Then why eat it?

The constipation part is a given.

This cute baby is signaling us that Pediatric Grand Rounds is up at Breath Spa For Kids.

This is really a cool site and checking out PGR was my first time visiting!

It most certainly won’t be my last.

If you have kids, work with kids, or ever were a kid, you must check PGR out this week!

Truly something for everyone!

Beautiful job, Shinga!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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