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HOT SHOTS – JAN. 31st, 2016

Dear Ones,

There is a reason that arts students are not physicists.  I handed in a lab this week in which I cleverly calculated that one of Jupiter’s moons has an orbit of six thousand years.  I presented my findings to the TA who brought his hands to his face.  “SIX THOUSAND YEARS?!?!!” he almost shouted.  “It only takes sixteen days!”  I did some quick math in my head to sort out how long it would take me to figure out the right answer and along the way though my inner equations I discovered: I don’t care how long it takes for one of Jupiter’s moons to get aorund Jupiter, and even though I don’t care, I know now.  Sixteen days.  I handed in my “work” knowing I failed the lab, and I trotted out of the Physics department towards a nice cup of tea.  I commenced chuckling every time I thought of the TA’s exasperation with me and every time I recalled him saying with alarm, “SIX THOUSAND YEARS?!?!?!!?!?” I just couldn’t help it, downright effervescent giggles overflowed from my little heart.  So even though I’ll probably fail every lab if I keep up the “good work” I love my astronomy class.

Romanesco

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HOT SHOTS – JAN. 4TH, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN

Dear Ones,

Happy New Year!  I know it’s important for us to do things like live inside of measurements like a day, a month, a year, because beginnings and ends are good for us.  Beginnings and endings offer the consoling illusion of the spending of time in a world that is largely out of our control and time that will march on with or without us.  That being said these bench marks like Christmas and New Year’s pass and the feelings they leave in their wake are often complicated, but hopefully for most of us there is a sense of relief having made it through Christmas, and the very good things inside of the possibility of a New Year.   On NYE I was in bed by 11pm, like the very young and fun loving woman I’ve become, but the following day I ran into the ocean with a handful of friends I’ve known forever.  The water was icecold and it burned and it took our breath away and the ocean spit our pale like raw chicken bodies back onto the beach where we became all of a sudden, warm and calm.  I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel calm, and so I did what anyone would do, I enjoyed the calm, and then I turned around and jumped back in.  It was a perfect start to a perfect day, month, and year.  I’m perhaps not in love, but love is everywhere.  It’s in a thermos of hot tea on a cold beach, it’s in the cold waves of the ocean that rush you finally quite clean, it’s in the sparkle of the laughter of those you truly love and truly hope the best for in this wild world, and it’s around every corner of great uncertainty, with all of the other BIG FEELINGS, too.

Romanesco

 

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