Playing in the Mud

Mud and moist clay have interesting properties that are exciting for a boy. I played in plenty of mud and clay. It bends when it gets drier; it sticks and leaves imprints when it is wet; it smells earthy; it doesn’t hurt your friends if you throw it at them.… Continue reading

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Father of the Fatherless

Like most observing nights, the teenagers came to visit. The hole in the tropical sky held long enough for a window to Saturn and Mars. Three boys and a couple girls grew to a dozen or so. A staff member sent her daughter. The old 8 inch telescope shows wear… Continue reading

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Sky Wonders and Ground Truth

So, I asked, “Come see Saturn’s rings!” Although clouds were overhead, we quietly set up an 8 inch telescope. Clear tropical skies are hard to find in the Philippines, but the day had been drier than the last few, so we were hopeful. Mars was bright orange an hour after… Continue reading

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