Weekend Diversion: Hey, Beardo!

“Shave off your beard and wear a dress. You would be a great female impersonator.” –Simon Cowell No, this post has nothing to do with Simon Cowell, but like American Idol, I do have a song for you. Have a listen to Almost Cut My Hair by Crosby, Stills & Nash, while you enjoy the … Read more

The Land of Opportunity

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” –Henry David Thoreau Maybe for you, Henry. But a century and a half later, we … Read more

How Far to the Stars?

“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth.” –Ptolemy When you look up at the stars in the night sky, perhaps the most striking thing that … Read more

Galaxy, Galaxy on the Wall…

“Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?” –the Wicked Queen For a galaxy, though, it’s really not fair to ask which one’s the fairest. It’s simply too subjective of a question. But size, now that’s something we can measure. So, I ask you — galaxies of the Universe — to step … Read more

How big and how far is the Moon?

“The moon’s an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.” –William Shakespeare Let’s assume you lived before we walked on the Moon. Before we had ever been to space, hell, even before the invention of the telescope. Why not go all the way back to before we knew the planets went … Read more

How to Make a Real Shooting Star!

“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” –Jack London Most of you have seen a shooting star … Read more

Weekend Diversion: Partner Acrobatics!

You see that there is no war within you. You’re on your own side, and you are your own strength. –Terri Guillemets Many of you don’t know this, but over the last couple of months, my wife and I have been taking night classes in partner acrobatics! Why? Just because it sounded like a fun, … Read more