Early March Reflections – 2021

I still wonder “what could be”
if we were able to put aside differences
and work together lovingly
for the sake of the earth we all share
the “pale blue dot,” our home
which contains so many unexplored mysteries
floating in space amid a cosmos that baffles us

Perhaps others grow dizzy like me
trying to envision a spinning moon
revolving around a spinning earth
that’s revolving around a central sun
along with the other eight planets
in a shared solar system that seems expansive
yet is nonetheless dwarfed by the vast unknown

How many take the time to wonder why?
How many ponder the miracle
of the ground beneath their feet?
Or contemplate this concept
called gravity that keeps us rooted
on a planet spinning in space
at one thousand miles per hour
while revolving around the sun
at 67,000 miles per hour?

I haven’t met many who ask these questions
on my journey through life
most have been too busy to wonder
about ground where they stand
or ponder why they remain grounded
and why they can’t fly

Maybe if more people contemplated these mysteries
we would discover how to care enough about the earth
to put our differences aside…

March Morning Moonset – March 20, 2019

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Information Sources:

https://www.planetary.org/worlds/pale-blue-dot

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-fast-is-the-earth-mov/#:~:text=The%20earth%20rotates%20once%20every,roughly%201%2C000%20miles%20per%20hour.

https://www.space.com/why-pluto-is-not-a-planet.html

Following is a link to a fun video I discovered a few years ago when my granddaughter told me she hadn’t learned anything about the stars or solar system in school. We still laugh about this video. We shared it with her mom and brother this year during her birthday celebration on March 5 when she turned 14 and we all laughed together. Learning and remembering can often be fun.

14 thoughts on “Early March Reflections – 2021

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    1. Hearing from you is a gift, too, Rosaliene. I have missed the chance to keep up with your blog and exciting news. Trying to keep on top of the added responsibilities associated with teaching this semester has been challenging – figuring out a new online platform and trying to convey complex information via Zoom without the chance to meet with students in groups or individually during class. I have had to set up extra Zoom sessions to help students. The stressors they are dealing with are sometimes so overwhelming – family responsibilities, jobs, illnesses, accidents.

      I guess I am living the “conflicting emotions and wants” you mentioned! There are many things I would rather do than stare at a computer screen grading papers! Yet students’ futures may depend on something they happen to learn in the process if they feel valued and have a sense that their work is taken seriously.

      Sending hugs, dear friend, and wish you well with your website upgrade! 💜

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  1. Very fine post. I sent the video onto my grandkids. I heard a celebrity say from their lofty view on top of one of the Hawaiian Islands, that if people in cities all over the world could see the stars, the way they are ontop of that island, maybe we would all get along better. Perhaps they were right. However, I’m not sure, the mean streak in people runs deep. All I know, if I don’t see the stars regularly I get cranky, the same as a dog would if a bone is snatched from them. We will never be tamed, there will always be seekers of the light and others wanting to take it away. The only thing we all have in common is righteousness. Sorry for the ‘dimness’ of this comment, but perhaps the sooner we realize it the better off we are. Take care, and keep your students in search of the light.

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    1. I’m delighted to hear that you sent the video to Cooper and Scarlett, Bob, and I hope it makes them laugh as it did for Ava and me many times. I am sure you miss them and the chance to teach them about the winter skies.

      These are hard times. I realized on my morning walk with Pinto a few days ago that I am not as friendly and open to others as I used to be. It seems like many of the people in the city and neighborhood that I have encountered could best be described as “mostly me-centered.” Lord knows I try to be nonjudgmental but sometimes I am just so tired of dealing with and picking up other people’s garbage, both literally and metaphorically.

      I am glad you have the stars to sing to you. And I am grateful for the students who inspire me to keep learning and to be both mindful and merciful. I could share one of my father’s favorite sayings with you – you may have shared it with me, too – “Don’t let the ba#%^@ds get you down.”

      Sending my best wishes to you and your lovely family, dear friend. 💜

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  2. Hello, Carol, I hope that you are well.
    As Orion leaves the sky, he is replaced by Scorpio. The main star in Scorpio is Antares, the sheer size of this star is breathtaking, it makes our star, the Sun, look like a speck of dust.
    When we think of gravity, most think of Sir Isaac Newton and apples. Maybe having your post read out during school assembly would encourage youngsters to take more notice and dig a little deeper into the subject.
    Your choice words certainly grabbed me by the ankles, pulled me down to earth, and planted me on the spot.
    Take care, Carol.

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