Poetry | Learning | Stargazing

Moments and Answers

Aren’t there moments that are better than knowing something, and sweeter? At 4:30 in the morning, I realized I was unable to sleep any longer as I became increasingly aware of the fan tap-tap-tapping me to alertness. This wake-up hour is becoming a disturbing trend, and I fought it as long as I felt reasonable…

Astronomy | Culture | Family | Stargazing

There All Along

For the last few weeks Orion has greeted me in the dark beginnings of the day, reminding me that he’s been waiting all along for me to see him again. Like an old friend, mostly, who has entered the scene after some time away. Or maybe we are the ones re-entering the scene. So much…

Culture | Environmentalism | Hiking | Nature | Philosophy | Stargazing | Travel | Walking

Encountering Darshan

“‘There’s a Sanskrit word, darshan,’ Jon said as we gazed up at Konka. ‘It suggests a face-to-face encounter with the sacred on earth; with a physical manifestation of the holy.’ I hadn’t known the word, but I was glad to have learnt it. Darshan seemed a good alternative to the wow! that I usually emitted…

Habits | Poetry | Stargazing

The Door is Round and Open

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want.Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forthacross the doorsillwhere the two worlds touch. The door is round and open.Don’t go back to sleep.” – Rumi The moon’s luminescence cut long, deep…

Astronomy | Poetry | Seasons | Stargazing

Planets Dancing

“in other breaking news a silver moon sailed above the world and the only ones who knew it were the ones who looked up” – Kat Lehmann, Small Stones From The River The skies cleared in New England after a day of heavy snow, allowing the few who ventured outside to see the waxing crescent…