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Musical Interlude: Karunesh, “Zen Breakfast”

04/24/2015 21:02:50 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

04/24/2015 20:59:09 PM

"A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size o > read more

Chet Raymo, "Why Not?"

04/24/2015 20:58:20 PM

"Why Not?"by Chet Raymo"A few days ago reader Liz asked: "If we are all one and made out of the same material- then the things that we make are made out of the same material. But they are not animate. Why not?" At first glance, this might seem like a > read more

"A Strange Game..."

04/24/2015 20:55:56 PM

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“The Parable of the Frogs: ‘Hell is Truth Seen Too Late’"

04/24/2015 20:53:13 PM

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"Being Against Evil..."

04/24/2015 20:48:30 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

04/24/2015 20:47:54 PM

Greenwood, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Do You Feel Useful?"

04/24/2015 20:46:24 PM

"Do You Feel Useful?"by Paulo Coelho"Ask a flower in the field: ‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’ And the flower will answer: ‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’Ask t > read more

"The Life Yoiu Have Left..."

04/24/2015 20:43:34 PM

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“Taking a Time Out: You Are Not Crazy”

04/24/2015 20:42:27 PM

“Taking a Time Out: You Are Not Crazy”by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM“Sometimes as adults, we just need a time out to refocus and gather ourselves before starting out again. Most of us feel a little crazy from time to time. Periods of high stres > read more

Musical Interlude: Little River Band, “Cool Change”

04/23/2015 20:10:50 PM

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Musical Interlude: John Denver, “Calypso”

04/23/2015 20:08:30 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

04/23/2015 19:57:04 PM

“How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightes > read more

Free Download: Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf"

04/23/2015 19:55:49 PM

"And even the unhappiest life has its sunny moments and its little flowers of happiness between sand and stone. So it was then with the Steppenwolf too. It cannot be denied that he was generally very unhappy; and he could make others unhappy also, th > read more

"Shaya's Home Run"

04/23/2015 19:50:25 PM

"Shaya's Home Run"by Rabbi Paysach Krohn"In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning-disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school careers, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional yeshivos an > read more


04/23/2015 19:46:31 PM

"If you live on this land, and you have ancestors sleeping in this land,I believe that makes you a native to this land.It has nothing to do with the color of your skin.I was not raised to look at people racially.What I was taught is that we're flower > read more

Chet Raymo, “Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”

04/23/2015 19:43:42 PM

“Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”by Chet Raymo“I received a book in the mail, as I sometimes do, for potential review on this blog, James Stein's “Cosmic Numbers: The Numbers That Define Our Universe”. I often write here about book > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

04/23/2015 19:41:54 PM

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"The Big Scary Unknown..."

04/23/2015 19:41:07 PM

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04/23/2015 19:39:51 PM

“There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterd > read more

"What The World Needs..."

04/21/2015 20:33:30 PM

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Musical Interlude: Sacred Spirit, "Yeha-Noha (Wishes Of Happiness And Prosperity)”

04/21/2015 20:28:26 PM

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Musical Interlude: Enigma, “Silent Warrior”

04/21/2015 20:23:36 PM

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"A '70's Musical Interlude: Strawbs, "Lay Down"

04/21/2015 20:12:06 PM

-•"Lay Down"by Dave Cousins"By still waters I lay down with the lambs,In pastures green I made peace with my soul.And I cared not for the night,While my guiding star shone bright.By still waters I la > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

04/21/2015 20:10:01 PM

“How could a galaxy become shaped like a ring? The rim of the blue galaxy pictured on the right is an immense ring-like structure 150,000 light years in diameter composed of newly formed, extremely bright, massive stars. That galaxy, AM 0644-741, i > read more

Chet Raymo, "Lessons"

04/21/2015 20:04:05 PM

"Lessons"by Chet Raymo"There is a four-line poem by Yeats, called "Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors":"What they undertook to doThey brought to pass;All things hang like a drop of dewUpon a blade of grass."Like so many of the short poems of Yeats, > read more

"I Believe..."

04/21/2015 20:01:52 PM

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge-myth is more potent than history-dreams are more powerful than facts-hope always triumphs over experience-laughter is the cure for grief-love is stronger than death.”- Robert Fulghum > read more

"The Biggest Questions: "What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?""

04/21/2015 19:57:53 PM

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“20 Quotes on Dealing with Button-Pushers”

04/21/2015 19:51:56 PM

“20 Quotes on Dealing with Button-Pushers”by Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D."We all know the type. The people that seem to instinctively know just how to irritate and anger us. Everyone has buttons that get pushed, and everyone has at least one butto > read more

Post # 29,000: Free Download: Charles Mackay, "Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds"

04/21/2015 19:13:09 PM

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds. It will be seen that they go mad > read more

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “Felitsa” (Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico)

04/20/2015 21:26:09 PM

Yanni, “Felitsa” (Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico)- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

04/20/2015 21:20:51 PM

“On the right, surrounded by blue spiral arms, is spiral galaxy M81. On the left, marked by red gas and dust clouds, is irregular galaxy M82. This stunning vista shows these two mammoth galaxies locked in gravitational combat, as they have been for > read more

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "And Yet..."

04/20/2015 21:19:38 PM

"And yet, though we strainagainst the deadening gripof daily necessity,I sense there is this mystery:All life is being lived.Who is living it then?Is it the things themselves,or something waiting inside them,like an unplayed melody in a flute?Is it t > read more

“Who Knows What Evil Lurks?”

04/20/2015 21:17:14 PM

“Who Knows What Evil Lurks?”by Andrew Bard Schmookler"I recently had an interesting experience writing a piece for an American newspaper that’s published me over the years. In my piece, I addressed the puzzle of why it is that some of the most > read more

"Alive in Joy: Dispelling Drama"

04/20/2015 21:14:29 PM

"Alive in Joy: Dispelling Drama"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"Some people are so used to creating drama that a peaceful existence seems uncomfortable for them. There are scores of people in the world who seem to be magnets for calamity. They live th > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

04/20/2015 21:13:37 PM

Dundee, Dundee City, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

Satire: “Hillary Promises to Get Everyday Americans Foreign Money”

04/20/2015 19:23:13 PM

“Hillary Promises to Get Everyday Americans Foreign Money”by Andy BorowitzNASHUA, N.H. (The Borowitz Report)— “Delivering a stirring populist message at a campaign appearance in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton vowed that as President she would > read more

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Bill O'Reilly Hits Peak Paranoia"

04/20/2015 17:52:10 PM

"5 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Bill O'Reilly Hits Peak Paranoia"by Janet Allon"1. Bill O'Reilly rails absurdly about how it's open season on White Christian males. Even John Stossel can't sway him with facts. > read more

"How It Really Is"

04/20/2015 16:31:48 PM

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"US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters"

04/20/2015 16:12:05 PM

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"Fukushima Update, 4/19/15; Your Radiation This Week"

04/19/2015 21:14:01 PM

Click image for larger size.“Your Radiation This Week”by Bob Nichol“Good Day, this is “Your Radiation, This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let > read more

"How It Really Is"

04/19/2015 17:36:19 PM

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The Universe

04/19/2015 16:46:57 PM

“Remember when it was really fun to catch raindrops on your tongue, walk under archways because they were there, and roll around in the sand at the beach? To go all the way to the store for a tiny treat, lie on the grass looking for "God" in the cl > read more

“The Age of Insanity”

04/19/2015 15:41:33 PM

“The Age of Insanity”bt Barry Levinson"I continue to worry about what I have referred to in past posts as "the age of insanity." Recently I met with R.H. Flutes, my old friend from the Lying Institute of America. Dr. R.H. Flutes was in a jubilant > read more

Musical Interlude: Afshin, "Prayer of Change"

04/18/2015 21:35:03 PM

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Musical Interlude: Afshin Toufighian & Ali Youssefi, "Rise"

04/18/2015 21:30:27 PM

Afshin Toufighian and Ali Youssefi, "Rise"Lyrics from “The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh”- > read more

Free Download: Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha"

04/18/2015 21:10:50 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

04/18/2015 21:08:56 PM

“It looks like a lunar landscape but this remarkable photograph actually shows our Milky Way and the planet Jupiter in all their glory - viewed from a cave in America's Utah desert. The spiral galaxy, which cannot be seen with the naked eye, was ca > read more

"Do You Remember?"

04/18/2015 21:07:28 PM

"Do you remember still the falling starsthat like swift horses through the heavens racedand suddenly leaped across the hurdlesof our wishes- do you recall?And we did make so many!For there were countless numbers of stars:each time we looked above we > read more

“60 Quotes that Will Change the Way You Think”

04/18/2015 21:06:09 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

04/18/2015 21:03:53 PM

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"How To Respond To The Awful Truth"

04/18/2015 21:01:54 PM

"How To Respond To The Awful Truth"by Zen Gardner"It's a volatile, challenging time to be alive, no doubt. The world is a landscape thoroughly scattered with catastrophic nightmares like flaming lava pits on a giant festering orb. And this huge array > read more

"How to Gain Control of Your Negative Emotions"

04/18/2015 20:58:35 PM

"How to Gain Control of Your Negative Emotions"by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.“Whether it's sadness, fear, shame, guilt or anger, sometimes when these are here, all we want to do is be somewhere else and it seems like it's going to last forever. Here's > read more

Chet Raymo, "What Does It All Mean?"

04/18/2015 20:56:14 PM

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Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Awakening (Cosmic Sea)"

04/17/2015 19:59:19 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

04/17/2015 19:56:22 PM

"Distorted galaxy NGC 2442 can be found in the southern constellation of the flying fish, (Piscis) Volans. Located about 50 million light-years away, the galaxy's two spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar give it a hook-shaped appearanc > read more

Chet Raymo, “Sanctus”

04/17/2015 19:53:28 PM

“Sanctus”by Chet Raymo“Early in Claire Messud's new novel, “The Woman Upstairs”, the narrator asks herself and others whether they would rather be able to fly or be invisible. I suspect most who visit this blog would prefer to fly. Me too. > read more

The Poet: Kuroda Saburo, "I Am Completely Different"

04/17/2015 19:49:04 PM

"I Am Completely Different""I am completely different.Though I am wearing the same tie as yesterday,am as poor as yesterday,as good for nothing as yesterday,today > read more

“The Checker Shadow Illusion: Do We Perceive Reality?”

04/17/2015 19:46:21 PM

“The Checker Shadow Illusion: Do We Perceive Reality?”by Jerry Coyne?“I recently finished Steve Pinker’s "The Blank Slate" (recommended!), and in one chapter was taken by his discussion about whether human senses perceive a real, external r > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

04/17/2015 19:30:14 PM

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"The Web Gallery of Art"

04/17/2015 19:29:02 PM

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"Choose Your Side..."

04/17/2015 19:27:25 PM

"We Americans have a saying: "It's more important what you stand for than who you stand with." I do not rely upon peer opinion to decide what is right and what is wrong. I make those decisions for myself, and even if I discover that every other human > read more

“Stumbling Toward the Ultimate Confrontation: US-NATO Antics in the Nuclear Playground”

04/17/2015 19:24:38 PM

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"How It Really Is"

04/17/2015 18:52:43 PM

"What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked on as a matter of indifference. > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

04/16/2015 21:06:42 PM

“Bright clusters and nebulae abound in the ancient northern constellation of Auriga. The region includes the open star cluster M38, emission nebula IC 410 with Tadpoles, Auriga's own Flaming Star Nebula IC 405, and this interesting pair IC 417 (low > read more

Chet Raymo, “Making Peace”

04/16/2015 21:05:35 PM

“Making Peace”by Chet Raymo"An issue of “Science” (May 18, 2012) was devoted to human conflict. If I can summarize 60 pages of discussion: It's US versus THEM. It seems our long evolutionary history has favored group solidarity. Empathy and c > read more

Paulo Coelho, "The Power Of The Word"

04/16/2015 21:03:05 PM

"The Power Of The Word"by Paulo Coelho"Of all the powerful weapons of destruction that man has invented, the most terrible – and the most cowardly – is the word. Knives and firearms leave traces of blood. Bombs shake whole buildings and streets. > read more

"What A Coward Knows..."

04/16/2015 20:59:35 PM

"Courage and conviction are powerful weapons against an enemy who > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

04/16/2015 20:57:07 PM

Houston, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Just Once..."

04/16/2015 20:54:58 PM

"But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too, just once. A > read more

"Meaningful Warnings..."

04/16/2015 20:53:20 PM

“There are meaningful warnings which history gives a threatened or perishing society. Such are, for instance, the decadence of art, or a lack of great statesmen. There are open and evident warnings, too. The center of your democracy and of your cul > read more

“Will Washington Kill Us All?”

04/16/2015 20:51:02 PM

“Will Washington Kill Us All?”By Paul Craig Roberts“Did you know that Washington keeps 450 nuclear ICBMs on “hair-trigger alert”? Washington thinks that this makes us “safe.” The reasoning, if it can be called reason, is that by being a > read more

"How It Really Is"

04/16/2015 18:03:29 PM

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“America, It's Been a Privilege”

04/16/2015 17:37:28 PM

“America, It's Been a Privilege”by Will Bunch“You really can buy anything in America in 2015- even things you would never guess in a million years that someone wanted to buy. Who knew, before this weekend, that if you donate enough money, you c > read more

Musical Interlude: Logos, “Cheminement”

04/15/2015 19:51:55 PM

Logos, “Cheminement”- of a very enjoyable Playlist... let it play. > read more

"Three Things..."

04/15/2015 19:39:14 PM

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have y > read more

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

04/15/2015 19:37:35 PM

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"A Poetic Look to the Heavens"

04/15/2015 19:35:01 PM

Click image for larger size."The Owl and the Galaxy sail these skiesWith blue and yellow star.They go together beneath the Big Dipper,If you wonder where they are.The Galaxy's light shines through the night,Ten millions of light-years away.But never > read more

"Compassion In the Presence of Difficulty"

04/15/2015 18:23:06 PM

"Compassion In the Presence of Difficulty"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOMTrue compassion recognizes that all the boundaries we perceive between ourselves and others are an illusion. Compassion is the ability to see the deep connectedness between ourse > read more

“On The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”

04/15/2015 18:13:57 PM

“On The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”by Chet Raymo"I seem to remember that it was Lawrence Durrell, somewhere in the "Alexandrian Quartet," who said: "Science is the poetry of the intellect, and poetry is the science of the heart.” Or something t > read more

The Poet: Aldous Huxley, "Lightly"

04/15/2015 18:13:35 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

04/15/2015 18:04:02 PM

Port-of-spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and TobagoThanks for stopping by. > read more


04/15/2015 17:49:29 PM

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The Economy: “Binge Is Worse Than You Imagined”

04/15/2015 17:46:16 PM

“Binge Is Worse Than You Imagined”by Bill BonnerGualfin (“End of the Road”), Argentina - “Today, we plunge into the sublime. That’s right: We are leaving the ridiculous behind. Instead, it’s headfirst into the dark pool of things we wil > read more

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Whisper To Me”

04/14/2015 21:08:27 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

04/14/2015 21:04:53 PM

“The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras, penetrate much of the dust revealing the stars > read more

"The Truth..."

04/14/2015 20:59:50 PM

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Chet Raymo, “Speaking of Water…”

04/14/2015 20:51:42 PM

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"Life Transitions: The Death and Rebirth of Self"

04/14/2015 20:49:56 PM

"Life Transitions: The Death and Rebirth of Self"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Even though this is a natural > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

04/14/2015 20:49:28 PM

Munich, Bayern, Germany. Thanks for stopping by > read more

The Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Solitude”

04/14/2015 20:47:40 PM

“Solitude”“Laugh, and the world laughs with you;Weep, and you weep alone.For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,But has trouble enough of its own.Sing, and the hills will answer;Sigh, it is lost on the air.The echoes bound to a joyful s > read more

Paulo Coelho, “What Is Funny About Man”

04/14/2015 20:44:49 PM

“What Is Funny About Man”By Paulo Coelho"A disciple asked Hejasi: "I want to know what is the most funny thing about human beings."Hejasi said: "That they always think crooked: they’re in a hurry to grow, then lament their lost childhood, and s > read more

"Instructions For Living A Life"

04/14/2015 20:37:02 PM

"Instructions For Living A Life""1. Pay attention. > read more

"How It Really Is"

04/14/2015 20:03:13 PM

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Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Gold In The Shadows”, “Terra, Earth”

04/14/2015 00:42:20 AM

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The Poet: Barbara Crooker, "In the Middle..."

04/14/2015 00:39:50 AM

"In the Middle...""In the middleof a life that's as complicated as everyone else's,struggling for balance, juggling time.The mantle clock that was my grandfather'shas stopped at 9:20; we haven't had timeto get it repaired. The brass pendulum is still > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

04/14/2015 00:37:58 AM

"The southern Milky Way appears spectacular in this composite image taken from Mangaia, the most southerly of the Cook Islands. Few sources of light pollution exist here, home to only 500 people.Click image for larger size.The two bright stars at the > read more

Chet Raymo, "Hanging On"

04/14/2015 00:35:05 AM

"Hanging On"by Chet Raymo"I change the desktop image on my laptop every now and then, generally when I come across a new image I like. In the last year or so you'll remember that I wrote about Caravaggio's "The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt" and Verm > read more

"In The Face Of Life..."

04/14/2015 00:34:08 AM

"Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it's better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves > read more

“Some Things You Need To Know”

04/14/2015 00:32:34 AM

“Some Things You Need To Know”by Marc“I know you’re reading this. And I want you to know I’m writing this for you. Others will be confused. They will think I’m writing this for them. But I’m not. This one’s for you.I want you to know > read more

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