On Exploring Twinkles Through a Song

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. (Regina Brett, journalist)
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. (Stephen Hawking, physicist)
Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. (Alan Watts, philosopher)
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven! (Lord Byron, poet)
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51 thoughts on “On Exploring Twinkles Through a Song

      • 😉
        Hope u have a nice weekend too – and I have to share a quick story – have you ever seen the show Monk? Well in one episode – mr monk goes home to help his brother – well mr monk notices the same bird because the spots on the bird made the shape of Cassiopeia- bah! Such clever writing to show how his mind worked – he saw a constellation in the spots! I used to teach about constellations in a big inflatable dome – taught about 50 star workshops to elementary students and it was fun …..
        Anyhow – back to wishing u a good weekend. Frank!

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        • Well yes – the Starlab background was why I Perked up – even tho so many folks love and know stars (like this nice post shows) – and for some reason Walt whitman’s “learned astronomer” poem is in my mind….
          Have a nice day
          -and the Monk episode is a Halloween themed one and it was one of the fist shows with Natalie as his assistant (instead of Sharona)

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  1. The Piano Guys do a lovely arrangement of this, Frank. It was originally a French song and in the 18th century Mozart composed Twelve Variations of it. It’s also the same melody as the children’s songs “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” and “The Alphabet Song.” Amazing how that simple little melody has come so far!

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  2. Beautiful, Frank. Simply beautiful! I love the night sky and I’m always studying it. Unfortunately, our light pollution hides more than we can see when we’re out in the desert, but I revel in whatever I can see. Wonderful quotes and I always love the Piano Guys!

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  4. I was just at the Oregon coast for the 4th of July. One of the things I enjoyed the most was how dark it got at night (being so far away from any cities). I got to see a real star-lit sky. I took big breaths and felt so small in this big universe. It’s good to remember how small we are. Humility is something that too many of us have lost. Stargazing is an exercise in humility (at least it is for me). 🙂

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  5. Awwww … The piano guys never disappoint. This is a sweet rendition of a classic children’s song. I live out in a small country setting. It’s very dark outside. One can hardly see ones hands in front of you on a less than full moon night. The stars, at times, feel close enough to touch. On a full moon night, the moon is King and enthralling. Lovely post …. and … yes, summer is a time a slowing down.
    Isadora 😎

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