15 July 2013

Measurement and Discovery

Fishing with grandchildren at a mountain lake in Southern Colorado.
Fishing with grandchildren at a mountain lake in Southern Colorado.

This is my first attempt to add a picture to a post.  I suppose I could watch a You Tube video to learn how to do this correctly, but I enjoy fiddling with buttons to see what they do.  This is  the nature of scientific discovery.  Hypothesize, experiment, and notate  progress.  I read on the Los Alamos website that Enrico Fermi noted, “Regarding the nature of scientific discovery, there are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement.  If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.”

This morning, I have my first measure.

6 July 2013

My Mother’s Notes

The other day, I started organizing my arts and crafts room and I came across a box that held my mother’s notes.  She was a columnist for The Pagosa Sun, but she stopped writing many, many years before she died.  After her funeral, I came home with a box full of her handwritten notes and a promise to my brothers and sisters that I’d organize the notes and make copies.

So, here we are, almost a year later, and I hadn’t opened the box, not even once.  Just seeing her handwriting brought me to tears

This is the way life goes, and it passes so fast.  Before you know it, all you really, truly, and authentically leave behind is a handwritten note.

The soul is revealed in a handwritten note.