“Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.” –Thoreau A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the circus together. Someday, I vowed, I’ll be strong, flexible, and stable enough to do the amazing hand-balancing tricks we saw. And all the while, the six-year-old girl behind us screamed her piercing, high-pitched … Read moreDon’t you hear that?
“What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?” –Elizabeth Barrett Browning I don’t mean to ask why the Milky Way is a spiral in an existential … Read moreWhy are we a Spiral Galaxy?
“An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.” –Unknown Every now and again, people with all sorts of backgrounds — from some graduate school all the way to having not finished high school — ask me … Read moreSo, you want to get involved in Astronomy?
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin Every weekend, I try to bring something light to you, but there’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world right now. So instead of the usual, I’d like to tell you just a little bit about why putting even a … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Why is Oil in the oceans so frightening?