Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful

Sir C & Me

"When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me-it still sometimes happens-and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful… . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.”

- Ann Druyan, talking about her husband, Carl Sagan

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Week Thirty-Four

The Week in Photographs

This has been a very very very long week.
And it has all been work related. Which I do not talk about on the Internet.

Sunday: Reading a Serious Book
I spent the day reading a Serious Book.
I think it was the last time I was able to concentrate on anything all week.

Monday: A crane near my office. Danger, Keep Out,.
A crane near my office. Danger, Keep Out.

Tuesday: Someone's old Birthday Present
I'm also reading someone's old birthday present.

Wednesday: near the waterfront
Near the waterfront.

Thursday: Beehive
The Beehive.

Friday: grey skies
Grey skies.

Saturday: Peeptoe Boots
I bought peeptoe boots. While I was trying them on I overheard at least two separate people disparaging them. But then I looked and they appeared to be wearing the sartorial equivalent of cat sweaters. So I gleefully ignored them.


A long week ...