Sunday Morning

My son was almost 4 months old when he stopped breathing at daycare. It was his first day there, the first time I had left his side. Neither the doctors nor investigators could tell us why it happened…The question of my son’s death — the mystery of it, why he vanished — remains without answer. And so I ask the questions of life: What force grew this little child? How did those limbs form themselves from nothing inside of me? Why did I have the power to make him, but not to bring him back? Why are the things he saw on this planet so beautiful? Why did his eyes look at me the way they did? Where did love like this come from? I will never know who my child would have been, but I know his love. If there is a God, this is what he gave me.

~ Amber Scorah, Surviving the Death of My Son After the Death of My Faith (NY Times, May 31, 2019)

 


Notes: Photo by Ayla Maagdenberg titled “Grief“. Inspired by Sawsan: “Love is not a fin or a tail or an extra unnecessary tooth. It’ll be the last thing to pass through the evolutionary blades.”

 

Sunday Morning: Evolution?

Love

is

more than

evolution required.

~ David Brooks, The Second Mountain: The Quest For a Moral Life (Random House, April 16, 2019).  Revised from original: “I realized I loved her more than evolution required.”


Photography: Rachel @ 3 yrs old & Eric @ 1 yr

Miracle. All of it.

Behind me the sun settles
into the sea but I’m facing
a fire flickering in a great stone
hearth not big enough to roast
an ox, but big enough.
It’s taken the universe fifteen
billion years to get me here
and I find I’m grateful.

Nils Peterson, “Christmas Eve By the Sea” in A Walk to the Center of Things


Notes:

Evolution? Not.

trust-chart


Source: Plotly via I Love Charts

Mantra for the Week

cool-paper-evolution-people-act-window-professor-funny


Source: themetapicture (Spotted in the window of a biology professor office…)

Sunday Morning: The Most Astounding Fact

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” His answer is on this 3-minute clip and paired with inspiring music by Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build A Home” featuring Patrick Watson.

So that when I look up at the night sky – – and I know that yes, we are part of this universe – -we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts – – is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big- – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant – – you want to feel like a participant in the goings on – – of activities and events around you. – – That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…

Good Sunday Morning.


Thank you Joyce for sharing this video.

Related DeGrasse Tyson Post: Whether or not you can never become great at something…

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