Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Except there ain’t no lake anymore in our lives. Dreaming about life at the lake always made springtime a very special time for us part-time lake dwellers, especially those whose hands were itching to put a line in the water. While I miss the fishy part of May at the lake, the May-show here in […]

Also named Messier 31, this fellow will one day engage in a death battle for survival with our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The two galaxies are expected to collide in 3.75 billion years, eventually merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy. Although Mr. A is definitely headed our way, he is still 2.5 million […]

Like many Christians I often “look up” to heaven. What or where heaven is I have not yet learned, but I guess when you want to face Jesus you have to face somewhere. When I face the night sky, I can see precious little, perhaps just a few stars in a barren, gray, light-polluted dome. […]

The Hubble Legacy Archive (HLA) provides access to the huge library of images taken by the low earth orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The HLA site is pretty complicated, and several times I have experimented in downloading image data. I still don’t know how to search and navigate the HLA very efficiently, but I did manage […]

I earlier made an innocent remark about a foggy morning in Quincy, Illinois. I should have known better, for no sooner than I pressed the publish button, my foggy brother in foggy San Mateo, California, sent a few foggy pictures to teach this flatlander what a real fog looks like. Good shots, even though they […]

As I was browsing through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning, an article about the 1961 Plymouth Fury caught my eye. What was I doing in 1961, I thought? Oh, yes, I had been working at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids for several years. And before that, I was selling and repairing TVs. What kind […]