Narrow-angle color image of the Earth is a part of the first ever "portrait" of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. NASA/JPL

Pale Blue Dot

Each day in class, we write for 10-15 minutes. Today I asked: Should billionaires like Musk and Branson spend their money on space flight/exploration? Most said yes, but for reasons like, “It’s their money,” or “We should explore space.” Only two of 45 students led the discussion somewhere else. Earlier today on a NPR show, Carolyn C. Porco, planetary scientist partly… Read more →

Music to Start November 2014 With

It’s cold already. Not even every leaf is down. There can be songs that remind us of that. Songs that remind us of the beginnings of things.

Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring Full Orchestra

It’s not spring. But it is this. Copland’s movement for full orchestra screams “beginning.” Works for fall too. Maple sap rising and falling means not only that the summer has ended, but that Fall has begun. Fall is as good as summer.


Sigur Rós – Dauðalogn

For fall, I’d like to have a song that feels vulnerable and blooming. Like a flower, and you can smell it’s sweetness. Famous choral group The Sixteen sing on this.

Jean Sibelius – Valse Triste

Nothing like a little Finnish music to open the next six months of wind, rain, sleet, snow, fires and wine.


Guns N’ Roses – November Rain



Jean Sibelius – Finlandia

More Sibelius. It’s fall.



The La’s – Come in Come Out