And the stars

I have always loved space. I love the science behind space exploration, and the pioneering souls who take on such boundless adventures thrill me. Last weekend I went to the Kennedy Space Center for the first time. I walked around wide-eyed and enchanted by everything I read and saw.

What I love most about space and what fills me with the most dread are one and the same: its immense and unceasing span. Space stretches on in grandeur for light years. It is endless.

20170701_170128NASA finds purpose and determination in this endlessness. We know that the Milky Way is a little blip of a galaxy among many others; we know that within the Milky Way, the Sun is one little blip of an average-sized star; and we know that Earth is a little blip of a planet in the average-sized star’s solar system. Since the Hubble Telescope launched into a low-Earth orbit in 1990, we have seen things we never imagined and learned things we never thought to know. Hubble data have given insight to astronomers, astrophysicists and engineers alike. But we want to see and know more. Continue reading

Blessed is the man

For those who have never been, Savannah is as charming as it is old. (It was founded in 1733.) Amid the standard city offerings, downtown is full of giant trees, beautiful churches, and a centuries-old cemetery—three things I love.

Last week I visited Savannah and the Bonaventure Cemetery and the Colonial Park Cemetery. I had been to the Colonial Park Cemetery once before but exploring the Bonaventure Cemetery was a first.

Bonaventure means “good fortune” and was first named for land purchased by the Mullryne family of South Carolina in the mid-to-late 1700s. Since its purchase by the Mullrynes, the specific 600-acre lot of Bonaventure was a plantation, a home of various local politicians through the years, and a makeshift hospital for French troops at one point. The land passed hands a few times, but with each passage a constant emerged: each family used the land as a burial ground. And so, with time, a cemetery was formed.

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