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Teach us to sit still and not sit still

February 11, 2019

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If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form?
If you don’t seek, how are you different from earth, wood or stone?
You must seek without seeking.
~Wu-Men

One Strange Rock

December 2, 2018

It is a miracle—a MIRACLE—that we are here, that this world is. Hard to imagine someone watching this series and not wanting to conserve our wondrous planet. If only we could all spend a few weeks in space to gain the perspective these astronauts achieved.

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Perspective

August 23, 2017

Yesterday you climbed
To the top of the Empire State Building
(By elevator, mostly, but
There were a few steps here and there.)
You circled the observation deck,
Feet shuffling over old stone,
Hands gripping iron safety bars,
Like those of a prison cell
With a million dollar view.

You could see so much from there,
Except for you yourself—
So improbably aloft,
Tracing the edge of the precipitous building,
Scraping the cerulean sky.

Today you lie in bed
Writing poetry,
Once again seeking the spectacular,
Once again not knowing it’s you.

BBC’s “Life” and “Frozen Planet”

August 9, 2017

For those of us who loved Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, two more phenomenal nature series…

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Personal Cloud Atlas (Winter Version)

December 16, 2016

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“Don’t walk away from pancakes”

October 23, 2016

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

“If you awaken from this illusion…”

August 8, 2016

“So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality,
the deep down basic whatever there is—and you are all that.
Only you’re pretending you’re not.”
~Alan Watts

America’s National Parks on NatGeo

July 30, 2016

While I love nature shows, there are unfortunately a lot of poorly made ones (sometimes melodramatically narrated, or artificially sensational, or just downright boring).

This is not one of them. This series highlights just how wild certain spaces in these parks still are. Highly recommend for nature lovers.

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Island Earth

October 4, 2015

Chills.  When the earth disappeared, I actually felt a bit scared, as if I were lost at sea.  Later, when I read “and back to our home,” I actually felt homesick, and was looking forward to the journey, very much.

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August 25, 2015
     "Take some more coffee," I said.
     "Good.  Coffee is good for you.  It's the caffeine in it.  Caffeine, 
we are here.  Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in 
his grave.  You know what's the trouble with you?  You're an 
expatriate.  One of the worst type.  Haven't you heard that?  Nobody 
that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth 
printing.  Not even in the newspapers."
     He drank the coffee.
     "You're an expatriate.  You've lost touch with the soil.  You get 
precious.  Fake European standards have ruined you.  You drink 
yourself to death.  You become obsessed by sex.  You spend all your 
time talking, not working.  You are an expatriate, see?  You hang 
around cafes."
     "It sounds like a swell life," I said.

~Ernest Hemingway, from The Sun Also Rises

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