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Comment by Alan Buchanan on May 5, 2014 at 6:07pm

That is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen. Looking at it, it is no surprise our ancestors created gods, beauty such as that touches your heart, makes you spiritual. The human mind just cant comprehend how anything so extraordinary can come to be. I am stunned by it. 

Comment by Al Cross on May 5, 2014 at 6:06am
I don't think that I could have expressed
this any more eloquently myself. Beautiful
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2014 at 4:47pm

There is something about this photo that strikes a deep cord in me, coming from nothing, to the existence of space and time, and the evolution of the universe to this scene of nature, available to me, not because of something I did, but because I exist as part of the story of life in the universe. 

That Night over Half Dome 

Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)

Astronomy Picture of the DayAstronomy Picture of the Day: That Night over Half Dome by Rogelio ...

"Explanation: Captured one night last May this eight frame mosaic starts on the left, down Northside Drive through Yosemite National Park. It ends thousands of light-years away though, as the arc of the Milky Way tracks toward the center of our galaxy on the right, far beyond the park's rugged skyline. That night was still moonless when the storm clouds retreated, so the rocky faces of the surrounding mountains are lit by campfires and artifical lights. Yosemite Falls is at the left. The granite face of Half Dome juts above the far horizon, near the center of the view. The remarkable flash above it is a bright meteor. Part of the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower the colorful streak is moving up, its trail pointing directly back to the shower's radiant, low in Aquarius. This year's Eta Aquarids should peak in the moonless early morning hours of May 6 as the Earth sweeps through dust from the tail of Comet Halley.

Comment by Dick Thib on April 12, 2014 at 5:17pm

This site is becoming more interesting than expected...thank you

Comment by John Woodlock on April 5, 2014 at 9:12am

Dr. Meaden,

Thanks for you kind invitation to O:ULHaD. I look forward to reading the posts.


Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2014 at 8:15am

I see some family resemblance--my family.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 13, 2014 at 6:40pm

Thank you Patricia. I just took a look. It's very good, so why not offer it as a news/discussion item for the group? Terry

Comment by Edwin H. Holmes Jr. on February 11, 2014 at 8:07pm

Joan, thanks for your comment.  There is a "church" in Chattanooga, TN for atheists and agnostics. Also, the Unitarian Universalist Church offers a funeral service for humanists.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2014 at 6:09pm

Edwin, my family does not have funeral services because we are so appalled by religious mumbo jumbo. I had both my mother's and father's celebration of life in my home and people told stories about them and remembered their experiences with them. We had a huge feast at each one because food was such an important part of our family life. My father was a contractor and many people who dad built houses or businesses for came and told of their experiences of him. His carpenters told stories such as his blunt pencils he kept in his pocket, and how he always had a case of Pepsi on his truck. Family shared stories of his growing up.

At mom's memorial, many of her co-workers in the health delivery system recalled her and some former patients reminded us of how thorough she was. 

We have had other family members, neighbor and friends memorial services in my garden and the same themes emerged. Authentic human stories about real persons with all the praise and reflection of loved ones. 

I know you will find a meaningful way to celebrate your life and the contributions you made to others' lives. 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 10, 2014 at 5:18am

Hello Edwin: I don't know about performing "funeral services"but I know how mine will be run because I have been preparing for it in recent years. I expect to die from cancer between 5 and 8 years from now (unless new drugs are found). I'll be writing about this another day when I have the time. I have writing and lecture deadlines to meet at the moment. 


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