Speaking of the sun and other objects, the painting above is from the Allen Memorial Art Museum by Federico Zuccaro. It's his take on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco treatment of the same subject. Michelangelo's God looks infinitely more majestic but has a disappointingly human expression of concentrated effort. Would God have to strain like that to accomplish the task? On the other hand, Zuccaro's God looks a little too placid and floaty.
Like Goldilocks, I think somewhere between the two would be just right.
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?
Rebecca Harding Davis
The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
If this doesn't make you dream of taking a vacation to Greece, I don't know what will.
This post isn't late. I consider this all part of the Fourth of July week. So, apparently, do all the neighbor children who are still setting off noisy fireworks every night.
Space.com has an instructive post on how to spot Pluto tonight, when it will be in opposition to the moon. "Once you have spotted Pluto, you can truthfully say that you have seen the farthest object in our solar system visible with the human eye. "