Oh my goodness! We've spent the evening star watching--and saw three of the moons of Jupiter from our front yard.
A year or two ago, we went to a star party in the wilds of northern Virginia and were amazed by all we saw in the incredible darkness with all the amateur-but-incredible telescopes that people brought there.
Here we are, looking through the tiny telescope friends loaned us for the season while they are away. Now we are in our seriously-light-polluted front yard in the inside-the-beltway this-is-barely-the-suburbs neighborhood of Takoma Park--
--here there is this reminder that our world is tiny, that our world is magnificently blessed, that our world is real. At this moment when I've been calling out for a life more authentic and immediate, THIS appears on our doorstep--a sight as far from immediate and real as possible, and all the more authentic for its miraculousness.