How do you listen?


“How do you listen? Do you listen with your projections, through your projection, through your ambitions, desires, fears, anxieties, through hearing only what you want to hear, only what will be satisfactory, what will gratify, what will give comfort, what will for the moment alleviate your suffering?

If you listen through the screen of your desires, then you obviously listen to your own voice; you are listening to your own desires. And is there any other form of listening?

Is it not important to find out how to listen not only to what is being said but to everything – to the noise in the streets, to the chatter of birds, to the noise of the tramcar, to the restless sea, to the voice of your husband, to your wife, to your friends, to the cry of a baby?

Listening has importance only when on is not projecting one’s own desires through which one listens. Can one put aside all these screens through which we listen, and really listen?”

The 5 Core Principles of Journalism


The 5 Core Principles of Journalism

1. Truth & Accuracy
2. Independence
3. Fairness & Impartiality
4. Humanity
5. Accountability

“This used to be the standards of journalism.”

Memoirs of a Geisha


“I’m not sure this will make sense to you, but I felt as though I’d turned around to look in a different direction, so that I no longer faced backward toward the past, but forward toward the future.
And now the question confronting me was this: What would that future be?
The moment this question formed in my mind, I knew with as much certainty as I’d ever known anything that sometime during that day I would receive a sign.
This was why the bearded man had opened the window in my dream.
He was saying to me, “Watch for the thing that will show itself to you.
Because that thing, when you find it, will be your future.”

Arthur Golden, “Memoirs of a Geisha

Hunter’s Full Moon


This weekend, everyone around the world will see an amazing full-moon lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. The full moon happens on Sunday October 13, 2019 at 21 08 UTC (5 17 p.m. EDT).

The Moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time, from Saturday evening to Monday evening. This will be the Hunter’s Full Moon. On the morning of the full Moon, as morning twilight begins, the planet Mars will appear in the east. You may need binoculars to catch the Red Planet.

The bright stars of of the local arm of our home galaxy, including the constellations Orion and Gemini will appear spread across the sky from  south to southeast, before dawn. On the evening of the full Moon on October 13, 2019, as evening twilight ends, Jupiter and Saturn will appear south to southwest.

Look to the west for the bright orange star Arcturus after sunset. At the evening the Summer Triangle will appear directly overhead. The defining vertices of this imaginary triangle are at Altair, Deneb, and Vega, each of which is the brightest star of its constellation (Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra, respectively). This coming weekend, just go outside and look at the sky and enjoy the celestial show.

You don’t need any special equipment but just your eyes.

Clear Skies Everyone!