3rd Rock

 

 

Not sure if you saw this image provided by NASA this week. Their Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite sent the photo from a million miles away. And it sure is pretty.

 

Something about this photo really gets me. Maybe because it reminds me that where we live is so much bigger than our ridiculous behavior. Some could argue we are a sorry lot, and that our choices do nothing more than prove our ignorance. Some wouldn’t be wrong in that assessment, either, as we certainly can be a sorry lot. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it’s easier to look around and be inundated with human douchery than not. That, friends, is no way to live.

 

On the other hand – when we do something right, wow! Those few, shining moments seem to keep us going, don’t they? I love those moments, and that’s how I want to live. Recognizing the old gal at the local who remembers each customer’s name and smiles as she works, no matter how tired her feet may be. Having a buddy who drives around town, donating her old books to various neighborhood libraries, instead of tossing them in a recycling bin. Knowing a group of gals who meet in a firehouse and roll socks to send to service members and veterans. I want to live seeing human kindness. And when I truly open my eyes and make the effort, that is precisely what I see.

 

When I look at this NASA photo, I see the prettiest marble ever. And I recognize it as my home. Yes, we human inhabitants can be a sorry lot. But we can also choose better. We can care for each other and we can care for earth. That’s what I pray for anyway. And pray I do.

Winter Solstice

 

 

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is Winter Solstice. It will be the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

 

I love Winter. Always have. Granted – what we call Winter in Los Angeles hardly qualifies, but we’ll take it. And we’ll snuggle and drink warm libations and welcome the official start of this new season.

 

Earth. You gotta love it!

Super Moon!

 

 

Did you know that tonight’s full moon will be the biggest of the year? That the moon will be 16,176 miles closer to earth than usual? Me, neither.

 

But I’m gonna be looking up, checking out that old dude in the moon. I love that guy. He makes me smile.

 

And it just occurred to me that no matter where you may be on this planet, if you’re looking up at the moon, we’ll be seeing the same thing.

 

It really is a small world.

Fly

 

 

“I know I should feel welcome here, way up in the atmosphere

but I am afraid…”

Fly by Adrian Belew

 

Sometimes I find myself above the clouds, marveling at the beauty of our collective home. And no matter how stunning the view may be, eventually my mind wanders to an Adrian Belew song, Fly.

 

I remember the first time I heard it. I was mesmerized. To this day, the lyrics grab hold of me and don’t let go. The chords take me on an unexpected journey. It’s a haunting song, and it’s beautiful.

 

Personally, I’m not afraid of flying. But each and every time I find myself hovering above earth, I am afraid I’ll forget the words to this song. Luckily, it resides in my collection, to help me remember. No need to fear. None at all.