Night sky above Redwoods State Park, California
I gobbled up the Sun today— not all at once, mind you, but with metered bites. My gluttony was appalling; I devoured the whole of it and licked the sky clean. No concern about calories. No worry about the workouts I would need to burn it off.
When I finished there was only the darkness left, save for the stars in the sky. I had a mind to devour them as well, but as there were more than I could count, it would have required a spoon the size of the cosmos, and many lifetimes to digest.
I know what you all must think of me, but don’t bemoan the gloam. By morning the light is scheduled to return, pending bowel movements.
— Daphne du Maurier
I am a writer, but I don’t like to write. I only like to have written.
I think the same often applies to life. I don’t like to live, only to have lived. The liking always comes upon remembering, after having processed the memories. Life is only appreciated when the valuable experiences have been sifted from the noise.
In a roundabout way, this is my excuse for not having chronicled my life at all over the course of the last 5 months. It’s always difficult for me to write while life is happening. I prefer to wait for a period of reflection; for one of life’s joyous lulls.
Unfortunately, life is still happening. I’m still squawking in the noise. But things are slowing down, and I hope for stories to come soon.
Now if only I liked to write.
This is for the broken fools…
Birdy - Skinny Love (live cover)
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. It is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system (including Saturn itself). At each footprint, images were taken in different spectral filters for a total of 323 images: some were taken for scientific purposes and some to produce a natural color mosaic. This is the only wide-angle footprint that has the Earth-moon system in it.
The dark side of Saturn, its bright limb, the main rings, the F ring, and the G and E rings are clearly seen; the limb of Saturn and the F ring are overexposed. The “breaks” in the brightness of Saturn’s limb are due to the shadows of the rings on the globe of Saturn, preventing sunlight from shining through the atmosphere in those regions. The E and G rings have been brightened for better visibility.
Earth, which is 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side. An arrow indicates their location in the annotated version. (The two are clearly seen as separate objects in the accompanying narrow angle frame: PIA14949.) The other bright dots nearby are stars.
This is only the third time ever that Earth has been imaged from the outer solar system. The acquisition of this image, along with the accompanying composite narrow- and wide-angle image of Earth and the moon and the full mosaic from which both are taken, marked the first time that inhabitants of Earth knew in advance that their planet was being imaged. That opportunity allowed people around the world to join together in social events to celebrate the occasion.
Why is there so much disdain directed at the semicolon? It is by far my favorite form of punctuation; I need more semicolon in my life.
In fact, if you think about it, the semicolon is the punctuation of life and connectiveness. Periods are the punctuation of death and dichotomy. Think about it;