The Weight of Wonder

The Path of Life

There exists a principle in the discipline of landscape architecture whereby when designing a pathway to follow, there should be bends and turns along the route to keep hidden what lies beyond. To elicit interest there must be mystery. This principle reflects the balance between order and chaos, predictability and mystery, in the appearance of …

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Unflappable

If I may be excused for doing so, I wish to offer a little philosophical diversion and an observation, if only to precipitate a thought or two. To begin, there are a number of common traits in the personalities I tend to write about. One of these is exemplified by the meaning of the word …

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On Giftedness

If I may, I would like to offer a thought or two on the term gifted, meaning the possession of an exceptional natural talent or ability. With this definition gifted is a relative rather than an absolute measure. It can be applied to any talent or ability. There are not gifted and ungifted people, for …

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On Planets and Fireflies

One evening this past summer I discovered an occasion to surprise my family with the announcement an immediate departure for a little adventure at a time when preparations for journeys into dreamland are normally commenced. Our city of residence sponsors a regular program of skywatching, generously setting up telescopes in a small cove surrounded by …

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