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Chet Raymo, “Seeing”

07/02/2015 18:13:35 PM

“Seeing”by Chet Raymo"There was a moment yesterday evening when the elements conspired to evoke these few lines, spoken by Macbeth: > read more

Musical Interlude: Mythos, “Solstice”

07/02/2015 18:12:23 PM

Mythos, “Solstice”- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/02/2015 18:10:21 PM

“It's the dim star, not the bright one, near the center of NGC 3132 that created this odd but beautiful planetary nebula. Nicknamed the Eight-Burst Nebula and the Southern Ring Nebula, the glowing gas originated in the outer layers of a star like o > read more


07/02/2015 18:09:40 PM

“All human eyes have longing in them.”- Ernesto Cardenal > read more

"Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation"

07/02/2015 18:08:30 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

07/02/2015 18:04:45 PM

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

"Be Who You Are..."

07/02/2015 18:03:35 PM

"Be who you are and say what you feel, > read more

"The Grass Is Greenest..."

07/02/2015 17:59:02 PM

"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. > read more

"Words You Hate To Hear"

07/02/2015 17:47:13 PM

"Words You Hate To Hear"by Stanley Fish"There is a class of utterances that, when encountered, produces irritation, distress and, in some cases, the desire to kill. You hear or read one of these and your heart sinks. Everyone will have his or her (no > read more

"How It Really Is"

07/02/2015 17:43:23 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

07/01/2015 19:41:27 PM

“NGC 3314 is actually two large spiral galaxies which just happen to almost exactly line up. The foreground spiral is viewed nearly face-on, its pinwheel shape defined by young bright star clusters. But against the glow of the background galaxy, da > read more

Paulo Coelho, “Searching For Meaning”

07/01/2015 19:40:27 PM

“Searching For Meaning”by Paulo Coelho“At such a moment it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it al > read more

Chet Raymo, "Because I Dread The Loss of Heaven And The Fires Of Hell"

07/01/2015 19:36:55 PM

"Because I Dread The Loss of Heaven And The Fires Of Hell"by Chet Raymo“The fun thing about the Irish Times is that opinion pieces spill over onto the letters page and sometimes the discussions go on for weeks. We are still getting reaction to the > read more

"Willingness to Feel: Opening to Understanding"

07/01/2015 19:35:24 PM

"Willingness to Feel: Opening to Understanding"by The DailyOM"When we are resisting something based on a limited understanding, we must then open ourselves to willingness. There are times when we may find ourselves struggling or even fighting with ou > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

07/01/2015 19:34:24 PM

Coppenbrügge, Niedersachsen, Germany.Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"A Maze Or Labyrinth..."

07/01/2015 19:33:51 PM

"The difficulty in dealing with a maze or labyrinth lies not so much in navigating the convolutions to find the exit but in > read more

The Poet: Arthur O’Shaughnessy, "Music and Moonlight"

07/01/2015 19:32:24 PM

"Music and Moonlight""We are the music makers,And we are the dreamers of dreams,Wandering by lone seabreakers,And sitting by desolate streams;World-losers and world-forsakers,On whom the pale moon gleams:Yet we are the movers and shakersOf the world > read more

"This Is Your Body on Sleep Deprivation"

07/01/2015 19:29:04 PM

"This Is Your Body on Sleep Deprivation"by Firas Kittaneh"We're all familiar with the foggy, groggy, irritable feeling that follows a night of poor or inadequate sleep. But the effects of too little shuteye can reach far beyond just feeling out of it > read more

"How It Really Is"

07/01/2015 19:13:46 PM

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"One Quadrillion Pennies"

07/01/2015 19:10:20 PM

"One Quadrillion Pennies"by"One quadrillion, sixty-seven billion, eighty-eight million, three hundred and eighty-four thousand pennies. One cube measuring 2,730 x 2,730 x 2,730 feet. What a stack of 1 Quadrillion (U.S.), 1,000,067, > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/30/2015 19:45:44 PM

“Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the > read more

"A Precious Moment..."

06/30/2015 19:43:46 PM

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"They Must Learn..."

06/30/2015 19:42:08 PM

"It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it. To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all t > read more

Chet Raymo, "Life"

06/30/2015 19:39:25 PM

"Life"by Chet Raymo"ACCTCCTCTAATGTCAACCTCCCCTAATGTCAThe first string of letters above represents an actual sequence of amino acids on human chromosome 10. The second string is the corresponding sequence for an elephant. I copy the strings from a New > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

06/30/2015 19:37:39 PM

Wakefield, Kansas, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"The World You Desired..."

06/30/2015 19:36:06 PM

“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never a > read more

"Our Expectation..."

06/30/2015 19:33:42 PM

“It goes against the American storytelling grain to have someone in a situation he can't get out of, but I think this is very usual in life. There are people, particularly dumb people, who are in terrible trouble and never get out of it, because th > read more

"We Don’t Need to Suffer: Learn and Let Flow"

06/30/2015 19:32:10 PM

"We Don’t Need to Suffer: Learn and Let Flow"by The DailyOm"We do not need to suffer or live in poverty to be a spiritual person. The idea that we have to suffer or live in poverty in order to be spiritual is an old one and can be found in the beli > read more

"The Lonely American"

06/30/2015 18:21:02 PM

"The Lonely American"By Chris Hedges"Michael P. Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, one of the country's largest racetracks, stood with a group of about a dozen race fans at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Next to him were boxes of free doughnuts a > read more

"Rich People Are the Worst: The 1%'s Vile New War on Us All"

06/30/2015 18:20:47 PM

"Rich People Are the Worst: The 1%'s Vile New War on Us All"The wealthy and their GOP apologists talk about poor people as the takers. > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/29/2015 20:37:50 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

Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence”

06/29/2015 17:51:28 PM

Simon & Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence”- > read more

“Defense Mechanisms: Beyond Behavior”

06/29/2015 17:49:35 PM

“Defense Mechanisms: Beyond Behavior”by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM“We can let go of our defense mechanisms when we are ready to be truly honest with ourselves. We all have defense mechanisms that we’ve developed over time, often without bein > read more

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

06/29/2015 17:46:05 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, “Into The Pool”

06/29/2015 17:44:17 PM

“Into The Pool”by Chet Raymo“Let's start with a bit of late-Victorian soft porn, “Hylas and the Nymphs”, painted in 1896 by the Pre-Raphaelite John William Waterhouse. (Click to enlarge.) Hylas is one of the Argonauts, sailing with Jason in > read more

"The Most Beautiful People..."

06/29/2015 17:42:39 PM

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. > read more

"A Caveman’s Account of 'Civilized Society'”

06/29/2015 17:41:21 PM

"A Caveman’s Account of 'Civilized Society'”By Joel Bowman"Emblazoned across the lucre-basted exterior of the Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington, D.C., is one of the most intellectually polluted quotes any free mind is ever likely to > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

06/29/2015 17:38:23 PM

Grass Valley, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

The Economy: “Greece Is the Canary in the Coal Mine”; “Live Updates On Greece's Debt Crisis”

06/29/2015 17:36:44 PM

“Greece Is the Canary in the Coal Mine”by Bill Bonner"This is an “Amber Alert” day in the markets. “Greeks Line Up at Banks; ATMs Run Dry” was the headline over at the Drudge Report. Versions of it ran throughout the financial media. Gree > read more

Satire: “Republicans Accuse Obama of Using Position as President to Lead Country”

06/29/2015 10:56:34 AM

“Republicans Accuse Obama of Using Position as President to Lead Country”by Andy BorowitzWASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Responding to reports that President Obama is considering signing as many as nineteen executive orders on gun control, > read more

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, "Liquid Mind: Ambience Minimus - Shadows of White"

06/29/2015 00:10:12 AM

Music by Chuck Wild, "Liquid Mind: Ambience Minimus - Shadows of White" > read more

The Poet: David Whyte, "In the Beginning"

06/29/2015 00:08:02 AM

"In the Beginning""Sometimes simplicity riseslike a blossom of firefrom the white silk of your own skin.You were there in the beginningyou heard the story, you heard the mercilessand tender words telling you where you had to go.Exile is never easy an > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/29/2015 00:06:13 AM

“Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the multi-headed southern constellation Hydra, the winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters a > read more

"The Risk..."

06/29/2015 00:05:18 AM

"Biology says that we are who we are from birth. That our DNA is set in stone. Unchangeable. Our DNA doesn't account for all of us though, we're human. Life changes us. We develop new traits. Become less territorial. We start competing. We learn from > read more

"A Good Question..."

06/29/2015 00:04:29 AM

"In the end, we return to the question, just how much do you love truth? Do you really love truth or are you just curious? Do you love it enough to rebuild your understanding to conform to a reality that doesn't fit your current beliefs, and doesn't > read more

“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle”

06/28/2015 23:58:49 PM

“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle”Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: “Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. > read more

Chet Raymo, “The Mysterious Play of Forces”

06/28/2015 23:57:06 PM

“The Mysterious Play of Forces”by Chet Raymo“I have often quoted here the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, mostly from the “Duino Elegies” or “The Sonnets of Orpheus.” We now have a new translation of Rilke's earlier “The Book of Hours”, by > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

06/28/2015 23:55:56 PM

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Create Your Own Life"

06/28/2015 23:54:09 PM

"Create Your Own Life"- Author Unknown"Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there; they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You ne > read more

"As Fragile As A Thought..."

06/28/2015 16:33:35 PM

"The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a > read more

Don Miguel Ruiz, "The Four Agreements"

06/27/2015 14:13:12 PM

"The Four Agreements"“Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive-the risk to be alive and express what we really are.”by Don Miguel Ruiz• Don't Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and > read more

The Poet: Lynn Ungar, “Boundaries”

06/27/2015 14:02:01 PM

“Boundaries”“The universe does notrevolve around you.The stars and planets spinningthrough the ballroom of spacedance with one anotherquite outside of your small life.You cannot hold gravityor seasons; even air and waterinevitably evade your gr > read more

"Our Best Choice..."

06/27/2015 13:57:50 PM

"Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment."- William Glasser > read more

Life Skills: "10 Signs It’s Time to Let Go"

06/27/2015 13:55:58 PM

"10 Signs It’s Time to Let Go"by Marc Chernoff"Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier. Here are ten signs it’s time to let go:Someone expects you to be someone you’re not. Don’t cha > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/26/2015 18:02:59 PM

“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over > read more

Chet Raymo, “Daybreak”

06/26/2015 18:02:02 PM

“Daybreak”by Chet Raymo“I may have been in the last generation of youngsters who grew up with an awareness of the works of Maxfield Parrish. The children's' books he illustrated were still in circulation. Reproductions of his works appeared wit > read more

“Pull The Plug On Stress”

06/26/2015 17:59:42 PM

“Pull The Plug On Stress”by Dr. Joseph Mercola"If you are like most people these days, you are plugged into everything from the time you get up in the morning to the moment you unplug the light and drift off- hopefully- into blissful sleep. But i > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

06/26/2015 17:53:43 PM

Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

The Poet: Carl Sandburg, "What Shall He Tell That Son?"

06/26/2015 17:52:49 PM

"What Shall He Tell That Son?""A father sees a son nearing manhood.What shall he tell that son?'Life is hard; be steel; be a rock.'And this might stand him for the stormsand serve him for humdrum and monotonyand guide him amid sudden betrayalsand tig > read more

The Poet: Wendell Berry"A Spiritual Journey"

06/26/2015 17:51:24 PM

"A Spiritual Journey""And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,no matter how long,but only by a spiritual journey,a journey of one inch,very arduous and humbling and joyful,by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,and learn to be > read more

"How It Really Is"

06/26/2015 14:09:53 PM

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The Economy: "The Single Biggest Driver For Stocks Is Collapsing"

06/26/2015 14:04:32 PM

"The Single Biggest Driver For Stocks Is Collapsing"by Phoenix Capital Research"The markets are primed for a very serious correction… possibly even a Crash. Earnings are what drive stocks. Investors sometimes forget this during periods of speculati > read more

The Economy: “Pelted with Eggs in a Paris Riot…”

06/26/2015 11:51:14 AM

“Pelted with Eggs in a Paris Riot…”by Bill BonnerParis, France - “Dow down 76 points yesterday. Gold going nowhere. “Aaeee!” “EEEEiiii!” We were down in the subway in Paris last night. At about midnight. At the École Militaire statio > read more

Rightwing Nuthouse: "This Week In Crazy: ‘There Can Be No Coexistence With The Left!’"

06/26/2015 11:32:17 AM

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Musical Interlude: Sting, “Fields of Gold”

06/25/2015 22:42:45 PM

Sting, “Fields of Gold”- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/25/2015 15:31:43 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

The Poet: William Stafford, "You Reading This, Be Ready"

06/25/2015 15:30:54 PM

"You Reading This, Be Ready""Starting here, what do you want to remember?How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?What scent of old wood hovers, what softenedsound from outside fills the air?Will you ever bring a better gift for the worldthan the br > read more

“Carl Jung's Five Key Elements to Happiness”

06/25/2015 15:29:07 PM

“Carl Jung's Five Key Elements to Happiness”by Gretchen Rubin"In 1960, journalist Gordon Young asked Jung, "What do you consider to be more or less basic factors making for happiness in the human mind?" Jung answered with five elements: > read more

Chet Raymo, “A Credo”

06/25/2015 15:27:45 PM

“A Credo”by Chet Raymo“John Burroughs - John-o'-the-Birds - America's most beloved nature writer, was just my age when in 1910 he wrote in his journal: "Joy in the universe, and a keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion. As I gr > read more

"Questioned By Life..."

06/25/2015 15:25:02 PM

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answ > read more

Paulo Coelho, “The Dead Man Who Wore Pajamas”

06/25/2015 15:22:37 PM

“The Dead Man Who Wore Pajamas”by Paulo Coelho"I remember reading a piece of news on the Internet that a man was found dead in Tokyo on 10 June 2004, dressed in his pajamas. So what? I imagine that most people who die wearing their pajamas either > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

06/25/2015 15:18:40 PM

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

“Reflections of Self: We Are All Mirrors for Each Other”

06/25/2015 15:17:59 PM

“Reflections of Self: We Are All Mirrors for Each Other”by The DailyOm“People you feel drawn to reflect your inner self back at you, and you act as a mirror for them as well. When we look at other people, we see many of their qualities in innum > read more


06/25/2015 15:16:23 PM

“Sooner or later, fate puts us together with all the people, one by one, who show us what we could, and shouldn’t, let ourselves become. Sooner or later we meet the drunkard, the waster, the betrayer, the ruthless mind, and the hate-filled heart. > read more

“US Criminal Economics: TPP Secret Treaty"

06/24/2015 18:00:08 PM

“US Criminal Economics: TPP Secret Treaty = ‘Constitutional Republic,’ Debt = ‘Money’, > read more

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Essential” (full album)

06/24/2015 17:58:15 PM

Vangelis, “Essential” (full album)Composed, Arranged, Produced and Performed by Vangelis- Nebulae 8:3302 Arrival 3:1103 Launch Approval 1:5304 Up And Running 3:0905 BR Downtown 2:2706 Dimitris Bar 3:5 > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/24/2015 17:49:49 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

"What Is Life?"

06/24/2015 17:48:23 PM

"What is life? An illusion, a dream, a fiction, and the biggest well is small,because all life is a dream, and the dreams, themselves are only dreams.'- Calderon de la Barca > read more

"A Part of Your Life..."

06/24/2015 17:46:30 PM

"Every time you wake up ask yourself what good things am I going to do today?Remember that when the sun goes down at sunset it will take a part of your life with it."- Native American Saying > read more

Chet Raymo, "Know Thyself"

06/24/2015 17:45:06 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

06/24/2015 17:42:33 PM

Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"No Rainbow..."

06/24/2015 17:41:12 PM

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears."- > read more

"The Karamazov Question"

06/24/2015 17:38:14 PM

"Tell me yourself, I challenge you— answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death onl > read more

"Reason Enough..."

06/24/2015 17:23:55 PM

"Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes to simply be a human. Maybe, we're th > read more

Musical Interlude: Deep Forest, “Bohemian Bellet”

06/24/2015 01:17:46 AM

Deep Forest, “Bohemian Bellet”- > read more

Musical Interlude: 2Cellos, “Celloverse”

06/23/2015 20:28:07 PM

2Cellos, “Celloverse”- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/23/2015 14:46:54 PM

“While drifting through the cosmos, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud became sculpted by stellar winds and radiation to assume a recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is embedded in the vast and complex Orion Nebula (M42) > read more

Chet Raymo, "Exile"

06/23/2015 14:45:26 PM

"Exile"by Chet Raymo > read more

"Live A Good Life..."

06/23/2015 14:43:31 PM

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there a > read more

"Quite Insane..."

06/23/2015 14:42:09 PM

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane > read more

The Poet: Charles Simic, “The White Room”

06/23/2015 14:40:14 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

06/23/2015 14:26:34 PM

Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"Sticks And Stones..."

06/23/2015 14:24:04 PM

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"The Goldsboro Incident: How the World Might Have Ended"

06/23/2015 14:05:52 PM

"The Goldsboro Incident: > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

06/22/2015 20:50:01 PM

“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy > read more

Chet Raymo, “Chimps And Cosmologists”

06/22/2015 20:49:11 PM

“Chimps And Cosmologists”by Chet Raymo“Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and president of the Royal Society in Britain, caused something of a flap by suggesting that humans may never be able to understand the universe. "Some aspects of reality > read more

Rainer Maria Rilke, "I Want A Lot"

06/22/2015 20:47:33 PM

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"The Limits of Our Freedom"

06/22/2015 20:45:52 PM

"The Limits of Our Freedom"By Mark Harrison"Viktor Frankl, the Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, wrote in "Man’s Search for Meaning", ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space, and in that space lies all our freedom.’ In the m > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

06/22/2015 15:21:37 PM

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada > read more

Midday Musical Interlude: The Moody Blues, “The Story In Your Eyes”

06/22/2015 15:20:43 PM

The Moody Blues, “The Story In Your Eyes”- > read more

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