Things we don’t remember often enough: We time travel every time we gaze upon a star.

The light of that star our eyes see is light from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years ago. Telescopes are devices that allow us to travel back in time even further.

Dreams About Geese on a Beach

Had a dream last night about a family of geese, living on a beach, who come across a discarded suntan lotion bottle. The brand name of the lotion is Finds-A-Tan. The geese, being geese and not good readers, read it as “Find Satan” and take it as a sign. So, this family of geese walk along the beach asking the people they meet where to find satan. They are quite dismayed and annoyed at the reaction. That’s it. That’s the dream.

There are far too many non-fiction books that make their case in the introduction or first chapter, then spend the next 300 pages belaboring a point concisely and completely made in the first 25.

The Protectors Are Coming!

“I went to the store the other day to buy a bolt for our front door, for, as I told the storekeeper, the Governor was coming here. “Aye,” said he, “and the Legislature too.” “Then l will take two bolts,” said I. He said that there had been a steady demand for bolts and locks of late, for our protectors were coming.”

― Henry David Thoreau, The Journal, 1837-1861, p. 578

Beatrix, age 13, our puny puritan, closes her eyes when people kiss in movies and insists we inform her when it’s over.

Happy Valentines Day from our ice cold hearts to you.