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The Universe

05/27/2015 17:43:24 PM

"You can "dance" with the illusions of time and space, choosing your "steps" based upon things and events as they now are, or you can dance with your dreams, choosing your steps based upon things and events as they will be. > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

05/27/2015 17:37:33 PM

“Jets of streaming plasma expelled by the central black hole of a massive spiral galaxy light up this composite image of Centaurus A. The jets emanating from Cen A are over a million light years long. > read more

"Crabs in a Bucket"

05/27/2015 17:36:11 PM

"Crabs in a Bucket"by Sarah Robinson"When I was a little girl, I lived very close (and hour and fifteen minutes) to the Florida panhandle beaches. Which meant we spent a TON of time there. Early evening was one of my favorite times to walk the beach > read more

Chet Raymo, “Strange”

05/27/2015 17:33:27 PM

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"A Tiny Ripple Of hope..."

05/27/2015 17:19:40 PM

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/27/2015 17:18:32 PM

Málaga, Andalucia, Spain. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"All The Days..."

05/27/2015 17:17:55 PM

"Whenever, in the course of a daily hunt, the hunter comes upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful, or sublime; a black thundercloud with the rainbow's glowing arch above the mountain, a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge, a vast prairie > read more


05/27/2015 17:15:11 PM

“Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we're wired that way. Because without it,I don't know; maybe we just wouldn't feel real. What's that saying? Why doI keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop...”- "Grey's Anatomy" > read more

"Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than The Rest"

05/27/2015 16:40:21 PM

"Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: > read more

Oh How It Wickedly, Disgracefully Really Is"

05/27/2015 15:30:49 PM

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Musical Interlude: Gov't Mule, "Soulshine"

05/27/2015 01:43:01 AM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

05/26/2015 18:01:25 PM

“Gorgeous spiral galaxy NGC 3521 is a mere 35 million light-years away, toward the constellation Leo. Relatively bright in planet Earth's sky, NGC 3521 is easily visible in small telescopes but often overlooked by amateur imagers in favor of other > read more

Chet Raymo, “Moments of Being”

05/26/2015 18:00:26 PM

“Moments of Being”by Chet Raymo“A passage from the "Pensees" of Teilhard de Chardin: "Though the phenomena of the lower world remain the same- the material determinisms, the vicissitudes of chance, the laws of labor, the agitations of men, the > read more

"A Chime Of Words..."

05/26/2015 17:59:27 PM

"Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters- > read more

Paulo Coelho, “Dreams: The 12 Steps”

05/26/2015 17:58:26 PM

“Dreams: The 12 Steps”by Paulo Coelho"When Joseph Campbell created the expression “follow your blessing,” he was reflecting an idea that seems to be very appropriate right now. In “The Alchemist,” this same idea is called “Personal Lege > read more

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Flare, Part 12"

05/26/2015 17:54:39 PM

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THe Daily "Near You?"

05/26/2015 17:53:08 PM

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Isochronic Tones: Cognition Enhancer For Clearer and Faster Thinking"

05/26/2015 17:51:27 PM

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"What Makes People Tick? Exploring An Alternate Universe"

05/26/2015 17:39:43 PM

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"How It Really Is"

05/26/2015 16:15:37 PM

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Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Wind and Mountain”

05/25/2015 18:40:54 PM

Deuter, “Wind and Mountain”- > read more

Musical Interlude: Constance Demby, “Ocean Without Shores”

05/25/2015 18:36:44 PM

Constance Demby, “Ocean Without Shores”- > read more

“What Memorial Day Do You Honor?”

05/25/2015 18:27:45 PM

“What Memorial Day Do You Honor?”By BATR“Many accounts will praise the sacrifices and deeds of those who fought in the American wars. Some versions will emotionally express their thanks and respect, while others will list their heroic actions. > read more

"Once Alientated..."

05/25/2015 18:27:31 PM

"Once alienated, an "unalienable right" is apt to be forever lost, in which case we are no longer even remotely the last best hope of earth but merely a seedy imperial state whose citizens are kept in line by SWAT teams and whose way of death, not li > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

05/25/2015 18:26:33 PM

“Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. Composed from narrow and broadband filter data and spanning nearly 8 Full Moons (4 degrees) on the sky, this deep te > read more

"All Man Can Do..."

05/25/2015 18:25:44 PM

“All man can do is lose one life, but also keep in mind that all we have is one life, so that the longest life and the shortest life amount to the same thing. Our only loss is the passing minute which is every man's equal possession for he cannot l > read more

"A Very Obscure Vulcan Quote"

05/25/2015 18:23:22 PM

"A Very Obscure Vulcan Quote"By Moon"Ideally, do no harm. Harm speeds up the heat-death of the Universe, and indirectly, your own. > read more

"A Single Thought..."

05/25/2015 18:12:55 PM

"Looking at the people, listening to the breathing, heaving, laughing, struggling music of the slum, all around me, I remembered one of Khaderbhai's favorite phrases. “Every human heartbeat,” he'd said many times,” is a universe of possibilitie > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/25/2015 18:09:25 PM

Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Life Transitions: The Death and Rebirth of Self"

05/25/2015 18:08:33 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

"A Look to the Heavens"

05/24/2015 20:23:49 PM

“This pretty, open cluster of stars, M34, is about the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Easy to appreciate in small telescopes, it lies some 1,800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus. At that distance, M34 physically spans about 15 light > read more

The Universe

05/24/2015 20:22:43 PM

“It's no accident that when you look closely into the eyes of another, the very first thing you see, is yourself. That when you hold their hand, you can feel your own warmth. And that when you give of yourself, you give to yourself. Because, quite > read more

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

05/24/2015 20:21:21 PM

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"Just as new beginnings are important, so is honoring the experience of closure. Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we c > read more

Chet Raymo, “The Broken Web”

05/24/2015 20:20:22 PM

“The Broken Web”by Chet Raymo“Every fall, when a mysterious seasonal alarm clock tells them to go, the monarch butterflies of our New England meadows set off on one of the most remarkable migrations in the animal kingdom. They wing their way to > read more

William Shakespeare: "The Undiscover'd Country: Hamlet"

05/24/2015 20:16:38 PM

"The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, > read more

"For What Is Man..."

05/24/2015 20:15:49 PM

"For in fact what is man in nature? A Nothing in comparison with the Infinite, an All in comparison with the Nothing, a mean between nothing and everything. Since he is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their b > read more

"Two Tragedies..."

05/24/2015 20:15:15 PM

"Take care to get what you like in life, > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/24/2015 20:09:19 PM

Orwell, Vermont, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"How It Really Should Be"

05/24/2015 16:48:34 PM

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The Poet: John Gillespie Magee, Jr., "High Flight"

05/24/2015 15:58:30 PM

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Rightwing Nuthouse: “5 Despicable Right-Wing Moments this Week You Might Not Have Heard About”

05/23/2015 18:21:14 PM

“5 Despicable Right-Wing Moments this Week You Might Not Have Heard About”You'll never guess who's really to blame for ISIS' recruiting success.By Janet Allon > read more

"Fukushima Update: Your Radiation This Week"

05/23/2015 16:30:13 PM

"Your Radiation This Week"by Bob Nichols(San Francisco) May 22, 2015 – "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

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Whisper To Me"

05/22/2015 18:56:59 PM

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Musical Interlude: Seal, “Crazy”

05/22/2015 18:24:39 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

05/22/2015 18:22:08 PM

“Peculiar spiral galaxy Arp 78 is found within the boundaries of the head strong constellation Aries, some 100 million light-years beyond the stars and nebulae of our Milky Way galaxy. Also known as NGC 772, the island universe is over 100 thousand > read more

Chet Raymo, "The One And The Many"

05/22/2015 18:20:52 PM

"The One And The Many"by Chet Raymo"Near the end of Mary McCarthy's "The Company She Keeps," the protagonist - Meg Sargent, a stand-in for Mary - and her therapist steer away from talking at length about her childhood, "for it suggested...that the un > read more

The Poet: David Whyte, "Waking"

05/22/2015 18:17:45 PM

"Waking""Get up from your bed,go out from your house,follow the path you know so well,so well that you now see nothingand hear nothingunless something can cry loudly to you,and for you it seems > read more

Mark Twain, “On The Damned Human Race”

05/22/2015 18:12:16 PM

“On The Damned Human Race”by Mark Twain“I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the lower animals (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to r > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/22/2015 18:10:25 PM

Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Sharing Grief: Opening to Receive Comfort"

05/22/2015 18:09:44 PM

"Sharing Grief: Opening to Receive Comfort"by The DailyOM"Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability helps create truly close bonds. When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge > read more

“The Opposite Of Loneliness"

05/22/2015 18:01:52 PM

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"For Nothing Is Fixed..."

05/22/2015 17:58:42 PM

"For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them becaus > read more

Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, “The Boxer”

05/21/2015 22:47:28 PM

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"A Look to the Human Spirit"

05/21/2015 20:07:15 PM

"What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Mat > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

05/21/2015 17:55:27 PM

“Would the Rosette Nebula by any other name look as sweet? The bland New General Catalog designation of NGC 2237 doesn't appear to diminish the appearance of this flowery emission nebula. Inside the nebula lies an open cluster of bright young stars > read more

Paulo Coelho, "Heaven and Hell"

05/21/2015 17:52:36 PM

"Heaven and Hell"by Paulo Coelho"A man, his horse and his dog were traveling down a road. When they were passing by a gigantic tree, a bolt of lightning struck and they all fell dead on the spot. But the man did not realize that he had already left t > read more

“A Universe Stranger Than We Can’t Imagine”

05/21/2015 17:50:22 PM

“A Universe Stranger Than We Can’t Imagine”By Mark Thompson"Ever looked up at the night sky and wondered: What > read more

Chet Raymo, "In the Cave"

05/21/2015 17:48:37 PM

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"It's a Felony To Use Some Drugs, But Robbing Trillions Is Ok"

05/21/2015 17:30:50 PM

"It's a Felony To Use Some Drugs, But Robbing Trillions Is Ok" > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/21/2015 17:05:52 PM

Gold Beach, Oregon, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

Free Download: Erich Fromm, "The Sane Society"

05/21/2015 17:03:18 PM

"The Sane Society"by Erich Fromm"Social psychologist Erich Fromm’s seminal exploration of the profound ills of modern society, and how best to overcome them. One of Fromm’s main interests was to analyze social systems and their impact on the ment > read more

"The Inertia of 'Normalcy'"

05/21/2015 16:57:19 PM

"The Inertia of 'Normalcy'"by Rhetoricism"What is normal? Normal is yesterday, last week and last month and last year, blended together to create a puree of what we assume is the world and the way it works. Even if last week, or last month, are chang > read more

Musical Interlude: The Moody Blues, “The Voice”

05/20/2015 19:52:45 PM

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Chet Raymo, “The Maintenance of Self”

05/20/2015 18:09:26 PM

“The Maintenance of Self”by Chet Raymo"Ah, yes, the pitcher plant. Those devouring goblets. Those caldrons of digestive juices. And now naturalists have found the biggest one yet, as big as a chalice, on a mountaintop in the Philippines, its punc > read more

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero”

05/20/2015 18:08:39 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

05/20/2015 18:06:39 PM

“Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like an odd couple in this sharp cosmic portrait from the Hubble Space Telescope. But they are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the near > read more

The Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "What If You Slept"

05/20/2015 18:05:52 PM

"What If You Slept""What if you slept,And what ifIn your sleepYou dreamed,And what ifIn your dreamYou went to heavenAnd there plucked a strange and beautiful flower,And what ifWhen you awokeYou had that flower in your hand?Ah, what then?"- Samuel Tay > read more

"My Purpose..."

05/20/2015 18:02:03 PM

“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deepMoans round with many voices. Come, my friends,’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.Push off, and sitting well in order smiteThe sounding furrows; for my purpose holdsTo sail beyond the sunset > read more

Free Download, "Words of Paradise- Selected Poems of Rumi"

05/20/2015 18:00:24 PM

"What in your life is calling you,When all the noise is silenced,The meetings adjourned...The lists laid aside,And the Wild Iris bloomsBy itself > read more

"Fight or Flight: Who Runs Your Life?"

05/20/2015 17:53:22 PM

"Fight or Flight: Who Runs Your Life?"by Tony Schwartz"Think, for a moment, about the life you're living. You skitter from activity to activity. The consequence is that you don't do anything particularly well. You're easily distracted and have diffic > read more

“The Grapes Of Wrath”

05/20/2015 17:50:27 PM

“The Grapes Of Wrath”by James Quinn"And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is tak > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/20/2015 17:46:42 PM

San Jose, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “When Time Slows (Born Star)”

05/19/2015 19:04:41 PM

Liquid Mind, “When Time Slows (Born Star)”- > read more

“The Necessity of Disillusionment”

05/19/2015 18:27:36 PM

“The Necessity of Disillusionment”by Timothy C. Trepanier“Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.” > read more

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, "Invocation (Part 2)"

05/19/2015 18:20:02 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

05/19/2015 18:18:36 PM

"Braided, serpentine filaments of glowing gas suggest this nebula's popular name, The Medusa Nebula. Also known as Abell 21, this Medusa is an old planetary nebula some 1,500 light-years away in the constellation Gemini. Like its mythological namesak > read more

"On Natural Diversity…"

05/19/2015 18:17:52 PM

"On Natural Diversity…"by John (Fire) Lame Deer"Even animals of the same kind – two deer, two owls – will behave differently from each other. I have studied many plants. The leaves of one plant, on the same stem – none is exactly alike. On al > read more

Chet Raymo, "Cosmic View"

05/19/2015 18:15:29 PM

"Cosmic View"by Chet Raymo"When writing about Philip and Phylis Morrison's "Powers of Ten" the other day I found I had made the following notation in the flyleaf, perhaps a dozen or more years ago: > read more

"The Only Consequence..."

05/19/2015 18:12:13 PM

"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/19/2015 18:09:55 PM

Assen, Drenthe, Netherlands. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

“Acceptance Of Reality Is Key To Ending The Suffering Of Emotional Pain”

05/19/2015 18:07:54 PM

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“When the Debt Bubble Bursts”

05/19/2015 15:18:05 PM

“When the Debt Bubble Bursts”by Mac Slavo“It can be difficult to understand the repercussions that would follow a collapse of the global economy, stocks and debt markets. While we know a serious financial event is coming, determining how it wil > read more

Musical Interlude: Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam”

05/18/2015 21:14:02 PM

Awesome one man blues band Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam”- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

05/18/2015 21:08:33 PM

"Is this what will become of our Milky Way Galaxy? Perhaps if we collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years, it might. Pictured below is NGC 7252, a jumble of stars created by a huge collision between two large galaxies. The collision w > read more

"We Are Stardust..."

05/18/2015 21:07:32 PM

"In a sense, human flesh is made of stardust… Every atom in the human body, excluding only the primordial hydrogen atoms, was fashioned in stars that formed, grew old and exploded most violently before the Sun and the Earth came into being. The exp > read more

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"

05/18/2015 21:05:22 PM

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"“Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to f > read more

Chet Raymo, “Charybdis”

05/18/2015 21:00:46 PM

“Charybdis”by Chet Raymo"To my mind, there is no more spiritually fulfilling experience than lying on one's back under a crystal clear late-summer sky unpolluted by artificial light and seeing the Milky Way arching across the dome of night from S > read more

“Living With the Contradictions: A Human Potential Visionary Talks About Our Infinite Potential and How We Also Block Progress”

05/18/2015 20:59:46 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

05/18/2015 20:57:42 PM

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"What Does Harm..."

05/18/2015 20:57:05 PM

“If any man is able to show me and prove to me that I do not think or act right, > read more

Paulo Coelho, “Change and Renewal”

05/18/2015 20:54:20 PM

“Change and Renewal”by Paulo Coelho“When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling. They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’ Of course. Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The ne > read more

"Why Are You Waiting?"

05/18/2015 20:52:56 PM

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make,who would you call and what would you say? > read more

Musical Interlude: Logos, “Cheminement”

05/17/2015 18:14:39 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

05/17/2015 18:11:56 PM

“Bright star Markab anchors this dusty skyscape. At the top right corner of the frame, Markab itself marks a corner of an asterism known as the Great Square, found within the boundaries of the constellation Pegasus, the flying horse. The wide and d > read more

"The Wonder Of Life..."

05/17/2015 18:10:54 PM

"We live in radical times surrounded by tasks that seem impossible. It has become our collective fate to be alive in a time of great tragedies, to live in a period of overwhelming disasters and to stand at the edge of sweeping changes. The river of l > read more

"Life Is Hard?"

05/17/2015 18:08:59 PM

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Chet Raymo, “Les Matins Du Monde”

05/17/2015 18:07:33 PM

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“6 Steps to Release Your Fear and Feel Peaceful”

05/17/2015 18:05:10 PM

“6 Steps to Release Your Fear and Feel Peaceful”by Nicolas Perrin“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.” > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

05/17/2015 18:02:27 PM

Fairfax, Iowa, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

The Poet: John O’Donohue, "For The Time Of Necessary Decision"

05/17/2015 18:01:47 PM

"For The Time Of Necessary Decision""The mind of time is hard to read.We can never predict what it will bring,Nor even from all that is already goneCan we say what form it finally takes;For time gathers its moments secretly.Often we only know it’s > read more

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