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Integrated Circuits My Fitbit somehow fell into the bathing suit trunk and seemed lost forever. I wanted to finish the day off with a few more steps, but without the Fitbit I had no idea what my true number of … Continue reading →

The Wooden People

1 – FOREST The North has always been with us, an unspoiled retreat and refuge from human civilization’s excess and noise.  “Up north” means a clear cold night filled with stars, frozen lakes and rushing rivers.  From northern Michigan to … Continue reading →

Three Old Men and a Blueblood

It is truly unnerving to try and write about climate change.  For months, I have been deeply absorbed in the writings of James Lovelock, who, after a decade of the most authoritative and frightening pronouncements about the climate situation, written … Continue reading →

A Time of Humanity ~ The Sympathy of Enlightenment

  We have not moved from our modest neighborhood but our address has changed:  it is now Clearwater, Florida, in the Virgo Supercluster of Laniakea (Hawaiian for ‘immense heaven’).  Astronomers have discovered that our Milky Way is clumped together with … Continue reading →

The Orphans

In a thousand years, Florida will be under water, but right now industrial heavy-lift cranes line the sky in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville and we have perfect weather.  Over 100,000 visitors are expected here this winter and trendy new … Continue reading →

On A Feverish Planet with Cardinals and Alligators

We are living at a time when the possibilities of astronomy have exploded with the next generation of “extremely large telescopes” (ELTS) which are being built in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Most people are not generally aware that … Continue reading →

Faraway

Our entire Milky Way galaxy wobbles like a speck of dust on the outskirts of a cluster of 200,000 galaxies, all sailing into the dense heart of an extraordinary wondrous supercluster consisting of even more millions and millions of galaxies. … Continue reading →

In The Time of Our Sun

                I was once lucky enough to count among my good friends an extraordinary gentleman who valued kindness and good books and who, even at age eighty-four, believed in happy endings.  He taught … Continue reading →