Something to do

Suggested item: a flashlight

Go ahead, grab a flashlight.  I’ll wait…

All set?  Good.  Here is my suggestion:

Go outside, tonight, or some night, or every night.  Look up, find a nice cloud-free patch of sky and point your flashlight at it.  Turn the flashlight on for a second, or five seconds, or whatever feels right to you.

When you shined your flashlight at the sky you sent an uncountable number of photons out into the universe.  Those that made it past the atmosphere without colliding with dust or a water droplet or some other obstacle will likely travel across the cosmos for eternity.  Space is so empty, and the distances between objects are so huge and ever-expanding, those photons could go on, literally, forever.

You will have set in motion something infinite and eternal.

So go outside, stare awhile at the stars above you.  Take a deep breath, relax, and shine a light.  Remember that while everything we experience here on this world exists for only the briefest flicker of time, we can also, in our way, touch eternity.

Sleep well.

Support your favorite artists

A message from Bandcamp:

Greetings!

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit artists especially hard as tours and shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. To help support those impacted, we’re waiving our revenue share on all sales this Friday, March 20, from midnight to midnight PST. If you are able, please join us in putting some much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.

Read more about why we’re doing this, and please help us spread the word!


You don’t need to restrict yourself to supporting music. Local artists of all kinds in your community could use your help in these difficult times.


By the way, this is my 400th post to this blog. My thanks to all of you who are following along.

Befuddled in the White House

Look at this photo:

Befuddled Trump – Alex Brandon/AP Photo

The current occupant of the White House shows us all we need to know about his approach to the COVID-19 crisis. Visiting the CDC in Atlanta, he is clearly old, confused, and in over his head. He doesn’t realize how much he doesn’t understand as he holds up a (to him) meaningless piece of paper like a child at show & tell. His failures will result in increased infections and deaths.

You know you’re in trouble when this person is supposedly in charge during a crisis.

Another reason to worry if Trump wins the election

After a 2020 election win we can likely expect Trump and his bigot weasel Stephen Miller to pull out another page from the autocratic playbook. Namely, the page that says: If you don’t like the beliefs or activities of some of your people, criminalize them.

China’s treatment of muslims is a gross example of this principle in action. This article sums up the China situation and is well worth reading: Newly Released Database Shows How China Criminalized Muslim Faith

No way to pick a candidate

A thought about the 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucuses: a process based on trying to accumulate “state delegate equivalents” seems fundamentally flawed to me. Vote. Have a real election, use a runoff if needed. But Iowa looks foolish and feels bogus.