Pilgrims Looking for the Sun This weekend
across America, our transportation and information highways will glut with millions
of eclipse-chasers travelling from the far corners of the globe order to find an
unobstructed view along the “total eclipse” zone spanning the United States
from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many. A
total eclipse of this nature hasn’t spanned this country for a century, though,
century holds many such eclipses in store. I myself will be joining the
ranks of eclipse-chasers, making a relatively brief journey south to my parent’s
property in Sparta, IL, which is comfortably within the totality zone. I’m a latecomer
in educating myself about this rare event. Only after watching two videos (by Smarter Every Day and Vox)
and discussing the astronomically phenomenal event with my friend, Kacey, did
my eyes begin to open in wonder and amazement at the unique phenomena of a
total eclipse. Previously, I thought, oh, I’ll be…
If you're into reading or just like thinking that you are, you should check out LibraryThing. Pretty sweet site actually. I have many leather bound books in my online catalogue. You can see for yourself: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/jdkinglt. The site allows you to see users who have similar reading tastes as you and then you can check out their book reviews and other reading selections. I didn't have time yet to upload the Bearenstein Bears books I read back in high scho...I mean kindergarten. Mostly--well entirely, actually--my catalogue is filled with some books I've had the chance to read since the start of college. The point when I began to take reading seriously. Useless site? Ah...I wouldn't say so. It may help me to broaden my reading intake a bit. Or, maybe I'm just a sucker for these novel sites that allow us to connect with others and share knowledge.
While driving a new Iraqi family home from the clinic yesterday, I slowed the car at a stop sign near their apartment. As I brought the car to a stop, the father looked over at me, smiled and said in broken English, "In Baghdad, no stop. Too dangerous."
Stop signs. Always taken for granted. Now a reminder of chaos and tragedy in our world.