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I received this (above) lovely photo from Susan W of an old-fashioned city lamp seen through trees at night.

It made me recall the pix Karen P sent of her son and daughter-in-law at their wedding a few years ago. They lit and sailed paper lanterns propelled by small candles which (hopefully) flickered out when they flew high enough.

Which of course, reminded me of the paper lanterns at my kids’ wedding.

I don’t walk around noticing spheres and globes, but the image is just unusual enough to bring similar images to mind.

I have been thinking about spheres since last night (more than I ever did before in my life, that’s for sure) and isn’t it interesting this particular shape is so often about celebrating;

Christmas Tree ornaments, paper globes for weddings. Balloons!

Spheres are a shape that signals relaxation: backyard paper lanterns, those strings of (so-called) Chinese lights one hangs on their camping trailer carport in the summer?

We play sports with balls.

Jewelry is strung together spheres of jewels, felt, pearls, cloisonné, wood and so on. 

The first thing a kid or potter makes with clay - is a sphere, a globe.

Snowmen and snow ladies

Apples, berries, and citrus.

In a world filled with boxes, oblongs, circles, and the Golden Mean – a sphere is unusual in it’s symmetry and perfection.

So today I am looking at photos some of you have sent, and some that I have, that are globes. Is there something about this shape that is whole, special, safe and sound? Is it because we live on one?

Who knows?

Isn’t it curious?

 

Karen P.

 “We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” ― Marshall McLuhan

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” ― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

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Photo by me, from the morning of the day our son was married several years ago.

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” Pythagoras

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 Karen, P. This photo is either from Hawaii or Chesterton, Indiana.

“What if it's the there
and not the here
that I long for?
The wander
and not the wait,
the magic
in the lost feet
stumbling down
the faraway street
and the way the moon
never hangs
quite the same.”
― Tyler Knott Gregson, Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

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The plywood Christmas tree Len made when the kids were little. 

"The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally, it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. "  James Irwin, the 8th astronaut to walk on the moon.

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 NASA

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.

John Muir

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How to listen to my sermon of last Sunday:

You can go directly to the congregational YouTube channel, which can be found by clicking here: https://youtu.be/xpaQHNXkYi0

That will get you to the recording directly.

Be patient, the music and service start at 1 minute; 15 seconds... 

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Quarantine Diary #507 YES #507!

Didn’t I announce back in March that my Quarantine Diary was done?

Argh. Never say never.

I assumed after two vaccines it was okay to meander the world as long as we are mindful of kids and people with fragile immune systems. So put on the mask in public places and don’t be overtly stupid.

Making Memories?

This morning the Washington Post has an article about how we make memories. Interestingly, just because we say we are “making memories” doesn’t mean we are. Most little kids will not start making many memories until they are around age 8. Memories get stuck in our mind if they involve several senses and we are going slow enough to pay attention. If one WANTS to remember something, stop paying attention to everything else that is going on, focus in on the thing you care about using more than one sense. Recall it again later. Deep sleep on it overnight and good luck with that.

Three Things & One Announcement 7/16/2021

Thinking Outside the Box: 

Len once told me this WWII story. The first generation of bomber raids from England to Germany resulted in a terrifying number of bomber planes being shot down. Experts carefully examined the returning planes to create detailed reports of the bullet holes as they tried to understand how to reinforce the planes to make them safer.

Three Things 7/7/2021

Israel’s Health Ministry this week announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — one of the world’s most effective shots — was offering only 64 percent protection against infection and symptomatic illness caused by the delta variant.

The vaccine was still highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, the ministry said.

(I read this in the Washington Post, though it’s other places also.)

7/5/2021 Three Things (Don’t miss Highland Mitzi)

Last year was the Covid quarantine so most of us didn’t do very much over the 4th of July holiday.

This year, with half Americans now vaccinated there’s more freedom to do things and be with people.

Three Things (Well, Four) 7/1/2021

Bill Cosby is out of prison on a technicality. The judge said 40-year-old Britney Spear still can’t run her own life. Yesterday 88-year-old war criminal* Donald Rumsfeld died comfortably in his bed.

My gut is twisting. How are you? Power, injustice, and money still row the boat that we’re all on. This nation is playing whack-a-mole with justice, hope, and human rights. It feels ominous. I thought I would just mention this in case you thought it was just you that felt assaulted this morning.

Nope.

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