Ok, I am a geeky learner. I own and embrace it. For years, I have everyday shown my class the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day and it always springs spontaneous discussion about some things we do know, and a lot of which we do not. I love that, because it encourages the desire to learn, and the desire to learn more. There is always a description along with the featured image of the day and often the description will include distance of the pictured object, or angle span of what we are seeing.
Our universe is incredible in every way. Notably when reference is made that an object in space is ‘x’ distance away from earth, or let’s say 1,500 light years distant from the earth, it boggles my mind. Information like that bears repeating in a manner in which my students can try to grasp so I interpret what we just read…”Boys and Girls, that means you would have to travel 186,264 miles per second for one thousand-five hundred years in order to arrive at this pictured location”. My students are always in awe, and it gets them to think, a lot.
In response to a particularly visual-stimulated image, a student will sometimes say ‘that looks like something from Star Wars’. I always tell them, you mean Star Wars looks like this!
Imagination just doesn’t come out of thin air, it comes from our knowledge, our desire to learn, and the ability to make connections, near and far. It boggles the mind of those who stop, and think.
We had so many incredible views in or skies yesterday. I often think that if more people would simply ‘stop and smell the roses’ more often, the world would be a better place. Enjoy the beautiful imagery in the Sky tab, there is a new image captured just yesterday.
We have all been there… “I’m never going to do that again!” Well, life experience often has a way to work the ‘that’ into everything. Under the Musings tab is a newly published piece titled I Think I’ll Stop Here. At this time in my life I cannot definitively say that this will really be my limit, but the limit sure seems borderline from the outside. Only time will tell…
Life’s demands are for the most part those we place on ourselves. It’s a good thing to have high expectations of oneself, but we must always remember to keep balance and this doesn’t come easy for me. Found in the Dreams tab is a dream titled Under Pressure that I had at the end of last week. It clearly reflects my week’s very minimal piano practice. It was in essence a nightmare, something I would never want to experience in my waking hours. It is also somewhat humorous to me that my subconscious created such a menagerie of thoughts and and put them into one dream.
…I began writing about The Yacht a few weeks ago but as most dreams, it was so convoluted that it took me multiple attempts and revisions to complete. I think the greatest factor in my hesitancy however was its ultimate focus, a large body of water with green moss. One would think that my swimming ability is nil, quite the contrary. I have always been a very strong swimmer with impressive lung capacity. However, lake depths continue to creep me out, and after 46 years Jaws is still waiting for me in the ocean. Just completed, The Yacht can be found under the Green Mossy Lake tab.
On August 21, 2020 I posted ‘Life is Good’, memorializing Clyde, my (almost) 12 year old Golden Retriever. Then on October 3, 2021 I posted ‘Forever Together, Together Forever’ to memorialize the passing of Clyde’s littermate sister, Bonnie.
I have waited some time to post this, but the journey has begun again. On January 9, 2021 we brought home Holly, an 8-week old (at the time) Golden Retriever. Within just a couple weeks she picked up ‘the flip’, a different one that Bonnie and Clyde had but with the same message, and she came trotting to me.
Newly posted in the I Remember tab is an essay titled Perseverance. It’s actually a combination of memories and musings. I didn’t imagine yesterday that I would be so compelled to write this one today, as I already have a few essays in-progress. This one couldn’t wait as the story is a part of all our lives.
I have a scaled replica of Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss in my piano room. It’s been there for years. Yesterday morning while on a mini-break from practice, and as I got up to fix another cup of tea, I saw this intriguing shadow. Such a perfect shot I think because light is played against dark, and dark is played against light. Remember, ALL of this is around us, all the time.