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  1. Jul 2019
    1. Dr. Macksey is known for keeping unconventional hours; he would get about three hours of sleep, and grocery shop in the middle of the night. Until recently, he would volunteer at The Book Thing at 3 am.

      I remember wrapping up movie screenings in Shriver Hall after midnight and making the receipts deposit at the bank drop in Gilman Hall. Quite often I would run into Macksey wrapping up in his office or on his way home. We'd often sit and chat in his office for an hour or two, talk on the way back to his house, or sometimes go back to Shriver and screen films we either happened to have on hand or from his personal collection.

  2. May 2019
    1. this remote island has the highest density of trash ever reported in nature.

      I wonder why this island in particular has collected so much trash

  3. Oct 2018
  4. Feb 2018
    1. Those who dwell…among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexation or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.
    2. Reawakening the sense of wonder does not simply help us appreciate the beauty of nature.  It can help heal a sense of alienation and loneliness.  Because when a person is truly present to more-than-human world, how could they ever really feel alone?  In working toward the recovery of a sense of wonder, we are cultivating an ability to see beyond ourselves, beyond the limits of the human bubble.  It is a humbling process; humility is a necessary ingredient to the experience of awe and wonder.  Via our humility, via our personal smallness, the larger world reveals itself to us more fully.
  5. Sep 2016