17 June 2019

a first

The four moons of Jupiter are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.
I just spent a good long while staring at them through a set of binoculars. I mean, not just Jupiter, but all four moons of Jupiter. In a neat diagonal line, Callisto, Ganymede and Europa to the left and below, while Io is slightly above to the right.
We are nothing, we are only stardust.



6 comments:

  1. And there is nothing more comforting to me than that.

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  2. Stardust is something. Ha!

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  3. Oh how I wish I had taken a look at the night sky with binoculars and seen those moons with you!

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  4. We are star stuff. I have always loved that thought. It means we are all the same.

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  5. I used to have some great binoculars until I dropped them one day and cracked one of the lenses. I would have loved to have been able to see that.

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  6. An unexpected treasure trove. Beloved Natalie who made me love La Fille du RĂ©giment (Donizetti) much against my inclinations, she singing one of her arias while ironing shirts. I asked VR: "Do you think she had to count the shirts she'd ironed so that she knew when to start?" VR was sure she did.

    But here rehearsing Handel, proof that George Frideric could not only write fiendishly difficult quick stuff, but also slow heart-breakers to the accompaniment of a violin. A double delight for me, since I am presently learning my favourite aria ("He was despised") from Messiah. Also, I know it sounds poncy and show-off, but I too find myself compelled to make hand gestures very similar to those beloved Natalie employs. Especially the outward scooping motion which provides a sense of "delivering" the music. So I'm poncy but, fact is, I couldn't get close without these things. They're sort of built in.

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