Sunday, September 29, 2019

Music (part 8) - Autumn


Maple Trees by Creek/wikipedia.com 



Autumn

Changing leaves. Harvest.  Fall colors.

And there's special music for this season.





Enjoy!


Winter is coming....


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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Cats (part 4) - Enya, music, seasons, and cats

White Cat/wikipedia.com
Fall is coming.

Change of season. New rhythms.  Life goes on and on as expressed in song...


Every summer sun
Every winter evening
Every spring to come
Every autumn leaving
You don't need a reason
Let it all go on and on





There's something about this song with the fleeting scenes of a white cat.

The beauty. The mystery. The freedom. The wildness. Living in the moment.

And a cat that captures that spirit.


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Previous posts in the series:
  
Cats (part 1) - Halloween and Cats (2016)

Cats (part 2) - Christmas and Cats (2016)



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Space (part 3): Apollo 11 Golden Anniversary

Aldrin Apollo 11/wikipedia.com


September 12, 1962

President John F Kennedy offered this vision for our country: Go to the moon!



"We choose to go to the moon," the president said.
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade
and do the other things,
not because they are easy,
but because they are hard,
because that goal will serve to organize
and measure the best of our energies and skills,
because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept,
one we are unwilling to postpone,
and one which we intend to win,
and the others, too."

Reference: JFK's 'Moon Speech' Still Resonates 50 Years Later

July 20, 1969

We aimed for the moon.
And before the end of the decade, 
we hit our target. 

Watch Restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk - Original NASA EVA Mission Video - Walking on the Moon below:




50 years ago...

Apollo11Bootprint/wikipedia.com
That's one small step for [a] man,
one giant leap for mankind
Neil Armstrong
  


For more information on Apollo 11:  Apollo 11 Mission Overview

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Photos: Aldrin Apollo 11/wikipedia.comApollo11Bootprint/wikipedia.com

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Music (part 7) - Summer

rapids/everystockphoto.com

Summer

And Vivaldi composed a piece for all seasons.

So here's to the season! Let there be music.



Enjoy!


For more information on this composer and this work, check out:

Antonio Vivaldi - BAROQUE COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS

* The  Four Seasons - Work by Vivaldi  



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Photo: rapids/everystockphoto.com

Monday, May 27, 2019

Physics (part 6) - Eclipse 1919

wikipedia/1919eclipse

May 29, 1919

The day that made Einstein world-famous.

And it was on that day astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington experimentally confirmed Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

After World War I, Eddington had secured an expedition to West Africa to observe the total solar eclipse. The results showed starlight was displaced along the sight line near the sun. Just as Einstein had predicted.

Spacetime lattice analogy/wikidpedia

So we could say--Eddington made Einstein famous. {Reference: The man who made Einstein world-famous}

 Check out the video below:




 A new paradigm shift for the new science of the 20th century. And the re-writing of many science books.

A hundred years ago. Goodbye Newton. Goodbye Euclid. And the rest is history.


Happy Relativity Centennial.


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Faith (part 4) - Yuri Gagarin

Stamp 2011 Gagarin/wikipedia.com

April 12, 1961...

On that date in history, Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first man in space, as seen in this brief clip below:


And after this historic flight, it was reported he had said:

I flew into space,
but didn’t see God

No surprise at time. The former USSR was considered an atheistic country. Very hostile toward religion.

But this quote has later been disputed, as it originated from Nikita Khrushchev. Not Yuri Gagarin.
[reference: Did Yuri Gagarin Say He Didn’t See God in Space? ]

Even in an atheistic Soviet Union ...

Faith blossoms in unexpected places...

Yuri Gagarin was a Christian, a baptized member of the Russian Orthodox Church. No secret to his close friends. As one attested:

He always confessed God
whenever he was provoked,
no matter where he was.

[reference: Yuri Gagarin – went into space and found God! ]

The rest of the story is told here...



(reference: https://youtu.be/m4XvKmEV9Rk )

Commenting on his trip into space:

When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship,
 I saw for the first time 
how beautiful our planet is.

Mankind, let us preserve
and increase this beauty, 
and not destroy it!


Sadly, Yuri Gagarin perished in a jet crash, March 27 1968.  He did not live to see another First Man. The first man on the moon, July of 1969.

 Neil Armstrong

And Armstrong also passed from this earthly scene in August of 2012.

Now high above in the heavenlies,
both these first men

Yuri Gagarin...
Neil Armstrong...
 see God's face.

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Other posts in the series:

Faith (part 1) - Star Trek and Christianity (2016)


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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Music (part 6) - Pastoral and Spring

Colorful Spring Garden/wikipedia.com

It's Spring!

Winter has passed. And as the snow recedes, meadows and trees turn green, flowers bloom, and new life springs forth.

If I could express this change in season in music, it would be  Beethoven 's  Symphony No. 6  - which the master himself named

"Pastoral Symphony" 

Take a listen....



Enjoy the season! Enjoy the music!  

Enjoy Life!


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Previous posts in the series:
  
Music (part 2) - All You Need is Love (2016) 

Music (part 3) - Passover (2016)

Music (part 4) - Armed Forces Medley  (2016)

Music (part 5) - Over There : Remembering World War I  (2018)



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Photo: Colorful Spring Garden/wikipedia.com