On this day in 2008 - May 25th - NASA's Phoenix lander landed on Mars.
Phoenix was expected to spend 90 Martian sols searching for environments suitable for microbial life. It carried out its mission for 157 Martian sols. [A sol is a Martian day - it's about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day.]
Life is unpredictable. We face real enemies, whether at the office dealing with competition and anger, or in a home office facing self-doubt or apathy, or in the back yard facing rodents and pestilence. Use this prayer as a reminder to begin each day with the power only God supplies.
How does Earth compare to the Sun in size? Earth has been added to this ultraviolet image of the Sun at the correct scale. We can only see our home planet because it's labelled in big letters. It's a tiny dot that's been tucked into a solar prominence. That's the bright loop of gas that's extending outward from the Sun's surface.
It seems obvious to me that dogs dream because our dogs have always yipped and went through running motions as they slept. Sometimes, they would growl or wag their tails. We always watched in wonder, hoping they were having pleasant dreams.
I always make it a point to ask people if they can share a dream they had. I hope you will share one of yours here with us!
Meanwhile, I can share with you another dream I have had recently about a house. Houses typically represent ourselves so it was interesting that in this dream, the house was quite unusual in the floor plan. One bedroom led to another wing which you had access to only through that one bedroom, etc.
The houses in my dreams can be slightly different but for a while I was seeing a particular house. It was big with two or three stories and very large and expansive inside with many rooms. I liked to have guests and visitors over so my sisters and their families are often in my dreams in my large house. I just recall how the floor plan was different.
Sometimes, access to huge other wings of the house was limited through a bedroom and I thought that it was inconvenient even in my dream.
I suppose, this reflects how I feel: I am different. Unusual even. I love my family, even my extended family, and they are in my home and heart all the time. However, some areas of myself, while inviting and open to guests, are not easy to access.
What did you dream last night? Honestly, the one dream I wanted to share just faded away so quickly that now, I cannot recall it. It wasn't anything Earth-shaking but still something I wanted to share with you all to illustrate how our waking life shapes our dreams. Instead, I will share some past dreams that have stayed with me forever.
I used to dream about being adrift at sea and surrounded by sharks. They were recurring dreams, very frightening ones. But here are some possible waking life situations that might have caused me to dream about sharks:
1. I was a little girl in Hawaii where the only serious predators were sharks. After all, we lived on an island surrounded by open ocean--and sharks. We often heard shark stories. Not just myths but also real life news about people getting attacked by sharks. So, this fear of sharks was imprinted upon my young mind.
So it makes sense that anything potentially threatening to my young and growing mind always appeared as sharks in my dreams.
As an adult, I am no longer fearful of sharks. I've watched a lot of science documentaries about sharks and the nature of sharks, and knowledge is power. I also don't go into the open ocean. Not out of fear but usually seasickness!
With ADD or another learning disability, you can accomplish what you work hard on and what you value. In the words of Michaela LeCompte, "my message to them is, do not let that label define what we can accomplish." Go beyond your label! Accomplish your college goals.
IFC Films, responsible for indie releases "Red Joan" and "Charlie Says", is launching a new subscription channel called IFC Films Unlimited. Amazon Prime will offer it as one of their video channels for a $6 monthly fee.
There are now over 200 streaming/subscription channels available. Too many?
Williamina Fleming - born May 15, 1857 in Dundee, Scotland
Through the vision and dedication of Edward Pickering, Harvard College had one of the world's top observatories. Pickering had a secret weapon: a team of women computers. One of them was Mina Fleming who began her employment as a housekeeper and ended it as an astronomer of international repute.
From early spring through the start of fall, when the weather is warm and flowers abound, joyous wedding celebrations seem to happen every weekend. Although so many details need to be considered a few simple wedding accessories to sew bring a unique personal touch to this happiest of times.
The Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday and of the 21 films screening in competition, four are directed by women. The director of "Atlantics", Mati Diop, is the first black female to have a film competing at Cannes. Diop said, “From a symbolic point of view, this is major, and I can’t pretend it isn’t. I am well aware of the rarity of women competing in Cannes, especially non-white women. It’s sad and still hard to believe that a black woman has never been to the competition so far, in 2019, but here we are. This is both a bitter observation because it’s time that it should stop being an exception, and at the same time, it tells us that the lines are moving.”
As a book club selection, this novel will surely generate interesting discussions as there is so much to explore. However, does the basic story make for a great standalone read for the average reader? It depends on if the reader can get past its one glaring flaw.An American Marriage Book Review