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Flippers Crossed:

A Gray Seal, waiting patiently. (Or perhaps signaling for a relief pitcher…) Photo by @BrianSkerry A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting […]

It’s All Happening At The Zoo:

My mother-in-law once gave my wife an incredibly unique birthday present: a commissioned painting by an elephant. A resident of the Fort Worth Zoo, the elephant is named Rasha.  She’s over 40-years-old, a proud grandmother, and, as you will see — an artist. Some creative souls agonize over their work.  Not Rasha. Her brush is […]

“Overt Bigotry Against Muslims”:

Sadly, here we are: Media outlets, particularly on TV, are increasingly promoting overt bigotry against Muslims, stating over and over that Islam is an inherently violent religion and that peaceful Muslims are somehow to blame for ISIS. Hateful stereotypes are treated as fair game; the question of whether Muslims are somehow lesser human beings is raised as […]

Full Moon Setting (From Space):

Via NASA’s Instagram account… Moon Set from Space: Astronaut Terry Virts posted this video and wrote, ‘Full #moon setting over Hokkaido and Vladivostok.’ Virts and #ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti were in the U.S. Quest airlock yesterday conducting airflow monitor tests, measurements and calibrations. The tests were part of the Airway Monitoring experiment that is looking for […]

Faith & Doubt:

In C.S. Lewis’ classic Mere Christianity, one must only read a couple of pages into the chapter on “Faith” before encountering a refreshingly frank discussion on doubt: Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite […]

Forward Thinking, Backward Driving:

A few years ago, I was given a box of old radio and television industry magazines. During my initial skim-through of the material, an article caught my eye from the February 1961 edition of Radio-Electronics magazine. The author, Manfred von Ardenne, speculated that for safety reasons, cars of the future would be driven backwards — […]

Elusive “Unicorns” of the Sea:

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen says he has unsuccessfully searched for Narwhals in the Arctic for 10 years.  He finally found this group far offshore using an ultralight airplane. It must have been a magical moment: One of the most unique, special and elusive species I have ever had the pleasure of photographing is the Narwhal. […]