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Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning"

07/29/2014 23:01:32 PM

Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning"

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/29/2014 22:58:24 PM

“Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 1055 is a dominant member of a small galaxy group a mere 60 million light-years away toward the intimidating constellation Cetus. Seen edge-on, the island universe spans about 100,000 light-years, similar in size t

The Poet: Rolf Jacobsen, "When They Sleep"

07/29/2014 22:56:07 PM

"When They Sleep""All people are children when they sleep.There's no war in them then.They open their hands and breathein that quiet rhythm heaven has given them.They pucker their lips like small childrenand open their hands halfway,soldiers and stat

"Somewhere..."

07/29/2014 22:53:59 PM

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."- Blaise Pascal

Chet Raymo, "Soul"

07/29/2014 22:52:45 PM

"Soul"by Chet Raymo"There is a moment early in Stefan Zweig's The Post Office Girl when the eponymous heroine has a moment of illumination: "In this instant, shaken to her very depths, this ecstatic human being has a first inkling that the soul is ma

Paulo Coelho, "The Dangers Of Words"

07/29/2014 22:50:09 PM

"Malba Tahan illustrates the dangers of words: A woman said so often that her neighbor was a thief that the young man was finally arrested. Some days later, they discovered that he was innocent and set him free. Then he sued the woman.“Comments are

The Daily "Near You?"

07/29/2014 22:44:09 PM

Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: James Kavanaugh, "Searchers"

07/29/2014 21:35:29 PM

"Searchers""Some people do not have to search -

"We Must Marvel..."

07/29/2014 21:31:21 PM

"In our society, confidence leads to knowledge - which leads to power - which leads to pride - which leads to a fear of seeming ignorant - which constricts learning like an iron vise. We must understand that confidence is a blessing, for it is the em

A Happy Moment: “Three German Students Surprise A Homeless Guy"

07/29/2014 21:06:26 PM

“Three German Students Surprise A Homeless Guy"by be japy e.V.“The video below is of a German student who took note of a homeless man attempting to get money from those passing by. He noticed that the man’s techniques were not very successful s

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/26/2014 22:44:15 PM

"Over 400,000 light years across NGC 6872 is an enormous spiral galaxy, at least 4 times the size of our own very large Milky Way. About 200 million light-years distant, toward the southern constellation Pavo, the Peacock, the remarkable galaxy's str

"The Solitary Mind And Soul..."

07/26/2014 22:41:42 PM

"The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual- for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost."- M. S

Chet Raymo, "Cultivating Amazement"

07/26/2014 22:40:31 PM

"Cultivating Amazement"by Chet Raymo"There is only one question, says the poet Mary Oliver: "How to love this world." So here I am scanning a recent copy of the journal "Nature," with articles titled "Parvalbumin neurons and gamma rhythms enhance cor

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "What We Want"

07/26/2014 22:38:42 PM

"What We Want""What we wantis never simple.We move among the thingswe thought we wanted:a face, a room, an open bookand these things bear our names-now they want us.But what we want appearsin dreams, wearing disguises.We fall past,holding out our arm

"The Consequences You Sow: Action and Effect"

07/26/2014 22:36:12 PM

"The Consequences You Sow:

Musical Interlude: Chuck Wild, "Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep - Adagio for Sleep"

07/25/2014 16:47:43 PM

Chuck Wild, "Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep - Adagio for Sleep"Images courtesy of NASA and the Goddard Space Flight Center.- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quFgHlfQAuo&feature=related

Paulo Coelho, “The Black Man (A True Story)”

07/25/2014 16:44:40 PM

“The Black Man (A True Story)”by Paulo Coelho"We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up aga

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/25/2014 16:43:02 PM

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble - maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. This suggestively shaped reflection nebula is associated with the bright star Rigel in the constellation Orion. More forma

Rollo May, "Courage"

07/25/2014 16:40:41 PM

"Courage"by Rollo May

"The Door In The Wall..."

07/25/2014 16:38:53 PM

"The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the r

The Poet: Wendell Berry, “Leavings”

07/25/2014 16:36:57 PM

“In time a man disappearsfrom his lifelong fields, fromthe streams he has walked beside,from the woods where he sat and waited.Thinking of this, he seems tomiss himself in those placesas if always he has been there.But first he must disappear,and t

Chet Raymo, “What Not to Believe”

07/25/2014 16:34:22 PM

“What Not to Believe”by Chet Raymo“In Stacy Schiff's biography of Cleopatra, I came across this epigraph from Euripides: "Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe." I have no idea which of Euripides' plays the quote

"The Illusion of Truth"

07/25/2014 16:32:58 PM

"The Illusion of Truth"by PsyBlog"We see ads for the same products over and over again. Politicians repeat the same messages endlessly (even when it has nothing to do with the question they've been asked). Journalists repeat the same opinions day aft

"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?"

07/25/2014 16:29:24 PM

"What's the Significance of Life? Who Are We?"

The Daily "Near You?"

07/25/2014 16:27:57 PM

Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/24/2014 21:59:32 PM

"Two galaxies are squaring off in Virgo and here are the latest pictures. When two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not. This is because galaxies are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a small frac

"Alas..."

07/24/2014 21:58:29 PM

"Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays, we go."- Henry Austin Dobson

Leo Buscaglia, "'Loving"' Excerpt

07/24/2014 21:55:33 PM

The Daily "Near You?"

07/24/2014 21:52:50 PM

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, "Matters of Life and Death"

07/24/2014 21:51:57 PM

"Matters of Life and Death"by Chet Raymo"For the past few days I've have passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he

"Never, Never, Never..."

07/24/2014 21:49:12 PM

“Defeat is a state of mind;

"The Most Harrowing, Heart-Breaking Dispatches from Palestinians in Gaza"

07/24/2014 21:37:50 PM

"The Most Harrowing, Heart-Breaking Dispatches from Palestinians in Gaza"By Graham Liddell"As Israeli forces bombard the Gaza Strip by air, land, and sea, some 1.8 million Palestinians are largely stuck inside their homes, shaken by relentless explos

"How It Really Is"

07/24/2014 19:32:03 PM

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Satire: “Rick Perry Orders Dallas Cowboys to Mexican Border”

07/24/2014 19:29:03 PM

“Rick Perry Orders Dallas Cowboys to Mexican Border”by Andy BorowitzDALLAS (The Borowitz Report)— “In his boldest move yet to address the immigration crisis, on Thursday Texas Governor Rick Perry dispatched the Dallas Cowboys to the United St

"He Who Makes The Rules Never Goes To Jail For Breaking Them"

07/24/2014 16:57:30 PM

"He Who Makes The Rules Never Goes To Jail For Breaking Them"by Martin Armstrong

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Remember Now"

07/23/2014 19:16:11 PM

2002, "Remember Now"

The Poet: May Sarton, "Now I Become Myself"

07/23/2014 19:13:51 PM

"No Surrender"

07/23/2014 19:10:43 PM

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.

"What Are the Georgia Guidestones?"

07/23/2014 19:06:03 PM

"What Are the Georgia Guidestones?"by Wiki"The Georgia Guidestones are a huge granite artifact in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. It is sometimes referred to as an "American Stonehenge", a title which has been applied at times to a number of other struc

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/23/2014 19:02:03 PM

“How many arches can you count in the below image? If you count both spans of the Double Arch in the Arches National Park in Utah, USA, then two. But since the above image was taken during a clear dark night, it caught a photogenic third arch far i

“Ending Relationships”

07/23/2014 18:59:47 PM

“Ending Relationships”by Earthrenewal"The ending of relationships, whether friendships, marriages or work is always painful. Often there is a great sense of loss. At times it is necessary when one or both partners are emotionally and/or physicall

"A Dent In The Universe..."

07/23/2014 18:57:51 PM

"Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe.Otherwise why even be here?"- Steve Jobs

The Poet: Langston Hughes, "Dreams"

07/23/2014 18:56:29 PM

"Dreams""Hold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat cannot fly.Hold fast to dreamsFor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow."- Langston Hughes

Chet Raymo, “Letting Go”

07/23/2014 18:54:24 PM

“Letting Go”by Chet Raymo“We all know that Charles Darwin's five-year voyage aboard HMS Beagle in 1831-1836 planted the seeds that eventually led to his theory of evolution by natural selection. Less well know is his explanation of the atoll is

The Daily "Near You?"

07/23/2014 18:52:31 PM

Issaquah, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds”

07/23/2014 01:15:18 AM

Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJCU1eMWUOo

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/22/2014 21:31:01 PM

"This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the edge-on profile of the slender spiral galaxy NGC 5775, which is surrounded by a halo of gas that astronomers suspect is kicked up by star explosions like a galaxy-size fountain. A new photo from t

Chet Raymo, “Take My Arm”

07/22/2014 21:27:16 PM

“Take My Arm”by Chet Raymo“I'm sure I have referenced here before the poems of Grace Schulman, she who in inhabits that sweet melancholy place between "the necessity and impossibility of belief." Between, too, the necessity and impossibility of

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”

07/22/2014 21:24:29 PM

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”by Dr. Michael J. Breus“Dreams are one of the most fascinating -

"Blue Eyes? What A Small World"

07/22/2014 21:21:02 PM

"Blue Eyes? What A Small World"

The Daily "Near You?"

07/22/2014 21:16:48 PM

Weatherford, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"If Your Happiness Depends..."

07/22/2014 21:16:09 PM

"If your happiness depends on what somebody else does,I guess you do have a problem."- Richard Bach, "Illusions"

"Opinions..."

07/22/2014 21:15:01 PM

"The Time Will Pass..."

07/22/2014 21:13:08 PM

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish somethingstand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway;

“7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To”

07/22/2014 20:59:44 PM

“7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To”By Ben Yagoda“I recently wrote an article for TheWeek.com about bogus grammar "rules" that aren't worth your time. However, there are still plenty of legitimate rules that you should be aware

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/21/2014 23:18:35 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

"Hell: Exothermic or Endothermic?"

07/21/2014 22:03:47 PM

Chet Raymo, “The Burden of Thinking”

07/21/2014 22:00:17 PM

The Daily "Near You?"

07/21/2014 21:58:59 PM

Moultrie, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Kahlil Gibran, "A Poet's Voice"

07/21/2014 21:57:01 PM

"A Poet's Voice"by Kahlil Gibran“You are my brother, but why are you quarreling with me? Why do you invade my country and try to subjugate me for the sake of pleasing those who are seeking glory and authority?Why do you leave your wife and children

"A Thousand Disguises..."

07/21/2014 21:52:03 PM

"We meet ourselves time and time again in a

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

07/21/2014 21:51:05 PM

“What If This Road”“What if this road, that has held no surprisesthese many years, decided not to gohome after all; what if it could turnleft or right with no more adothan a kite-tail? What if its tarry skinwere like a long, supple bolt of clot

“Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point”

07/21/2014 17:30:44 PM

“Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point”By Andy BorowitzMINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—”Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at

"How It Really Is"

07/21/2014 17:19:31 PM

“Undocumented iOS Functions Allow Monitoring of Personal Data, Expert Says”

07/21/2014 17:11:26 PM

“Undocumented iOS Functions Allow Monitoring of Personal Data, Expert Says”"Backdoor" can be abused by gov't agents and ex-lovers to gain persistent access.by Dan Goodin

"As Much Involved In It..."

07/20/2014 23:24:51 PM

“Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go”

07/20/2014 19:21:37 PM

“Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After

"How It Really Is"

07/19/2014 23:24:12 PM

"Grave Faults..."

07/19/2014 23:12:12 PM

“Only the following items should be considered to be grave faults: not respecting another's rights; allowing oneself to be paralyzed by fear; feeling guilty; believing that one does not deserve the good or ill that happens in one's life; being a co

"Toads..."

07/19/2014 20:27:11 PM

“A man who has blown all his options can't afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can't afford to admit — no matter how often he's reminded of it — that every day of his life takes him farth

“The Nightmare of Gaza Continues”

07/19/2014 20:20:51 PM

“The Nightmare of Gaza Continues”

Musical Interlude: B Tribe, “Suave Suave”

07/19/2014 00:48:35 AM

B Tribe, “Suave Suave”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMZkCY7wA70

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/19/2014 00:10:21 AM

"Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex.

Chet Raymo, “Cosmic View”

07/18/2014 23:50:23 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:Britannica32 volumes1000 pages per vol1200

"Are We Living In A 'Matrix'-like Superhologram?"

07/18/2014 22:39:59 PM

"Are We Living In A 'Matrix'-like Superhologram?"by David Talbot"In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments o

"This Moment..."

07/18/2014 22:35:57 PM

"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand...and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late."- Marie Beyon Ray

The Daily "Near You?"

07/18/2014 20:47:17 PM

Wasilla, Alaska, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Singing To The Deer"

07/18/2014 20:46:06 PM

"Singing To The Deer"by Patricia Monaghan“At solstice, the woods were bright in a snowy way, the sky pearl gray above the stately maples and gnarled burr oaks. An Alaskan marooned in the urban Midwest, it took me years to find this nearby patch of

Paulo Coelho, “I’d Rather Be In Hell”

07/18/2014 20:44:08 PM

“I’d Rather Be In Hell”by Paulo Coelho"As soon as he died, Juan found himself in a gorgeous place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty he had dreamed of. A fellow dressed in white approached him and said, “You have the right to have what

"Have You Also Learned..."

07/18/2014 20:42:27 PM

"Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains,

"Opening to Understanding: Willingness to Feel"

07/18/2014 20:38:11 PM

"Opening to Understanding: Willingness to Feel"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOMWhen 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 f

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 7.18.14”

07/18/2014 01:59:21 AM

“Weekly News Wrap-Up 7.18.14”By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

07/18/2014 01:08:54 AM

Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

"Who Are We? Maybe Not Who You Think"

07/18/2014 01:03:33 AM

"Who Are We? Maybe Not Who You Think"by Robert Lanza, MD"Who in the world am I?" asked Alice (in Wonderland). "Ah, that's the great puzzle!" The question may make you wonder about taking time to ponder such philosophical babble. The answer is usually

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/18/2014 00:59:18 AM

“An asterism is just a recognized pattern of stars that is not one the 88 official constellations. For example, one of the most famous (and largest) asterisms is the Big Dipper within the constellation Ursa Major. But this pretty chain of stars, vi

Paulo Coelho, "A Man Lying On The Ground"

07/18/2014 00:57:55 AM

Albert Einstein, "The World As I See It"

07/18/2014 00:55:29 AM

"The World As I See It"

Psychology: "How the Brain Stops Time"

07/18/2014 00:45:52 AM

"How the Brain Stops Time"by Jeff Wise"One of the strangest side-effects of intense fear is time dilation, the apparent slowing-down of time. It's a common trope in movies and TV shows, like the memorable scene from "The Matrix" in which time slows d

"All About The Folly..."

07/18/2014 00:44:04 AM

"Archimedes said, "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the Earth"; but there isn't one. It is like betting on the future of the human race - I might wish to lay a bet that the human race would destroy itself by the year 3000, but there is nowhere to pl

Chet Raymo, “Charybdis”

07/18/2014 00:39:46 AM

“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

"Fabricated Compassion: Democrats Abandon U.S. Homeless, Veterans And The Hungry In Rush To Roll Out Red Carpet For Illegals"

07/17/2014 21:08:52 PM

"Fabricated Compassion: Democrats Abandon U.S. Homeless,

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/16/2014 22:09:34 PM

"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluis

The Poet: Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”

07/16/2014 22:08:49 PM

“Song of the Open Road”

"Our Destiny..."

07/16/2014 22:03:07 PM

"Our destiny can be examined, but it cannot be justified

Chet Raymo, “Half Sick Of Shadows”

07/16/2014 21:59:07 PM

“Half Sick Of Shadows”by Chet Raymo"Who is this woman? Her name is on the prow of her boat: The Lady of Shalott.

The Daily "Near You?"

07/16/2014 21:56:05 PM

Santa Rosa, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, “The Neighbor And The Trees”

07/16/2014 21:54:53 PM

“The Neighbor And The Trees”by Paulo Coelho"My old mill in the little Pyrenees village has a line of trees separating it from the farm next door. The other day the neighbor appeared: he must be about seventy years old. Now and again I have seen h

"What Is the Piri Reis Map?"

07/16/2014 21:49:59 PM

"Shifting the Mood: Attitude Follows Perspective"

07/16/2014 21:25:20 PM

"Shifting the Mood: Attitude Follows Perspective"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOMWe all have to do things in our life that we don't want to and the easiest solution is to change our attitude. We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or

"How It Really Is"

07/16/2014 20:09:57 PM



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