Motivation Monday: Tree Branches of Choice

A tree is a good way to represent a series of decisions.  Start at the trunk and move to smaller and smaller branches, each branch tip representing one o the many possibilities.  A tree representing a persons life would be immense, far larger than any tree on Earth.  There are an incredible number of possibilities that arise due to a persons choices, and every waking moment we move along a path.  But there is one stark difference between this tree and a real tree.  With the decision tree, you can cross back over to other paths. I started thinking about this...

Earth Suspended in a Sunbeam

As 2015 wraps up, I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes and perspectives, from none other than Carl Sagan, arguably the greatest science communicator in history. “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love,...

Happy Solstice 2015!

The Winter Solstice is a strange time of year in Canada.  It’s often forgotten being so close to Christmas and the end of the year, and even though the astronomer in me recognizes the significance of the event, it’s so dark and dreary outside that I curse it!  The good news is that the Solstice, being the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, means that the days will get a bit brighter from here on in.  Even though the coldest months of January and February are still to come, I’m glad to have made it past the darkest day....

Motivation Monday: Fear 2

Tackling fear is a tough one, but It’s too important not to cover in a motivational post. I am afraid.  I am afraid of waking up and facing the world. I am afraid of the work I have to do today, and the people I have to interact with.  I am afraid of driving in traffic.  I am afraid of being tired and not having the energy to keep the life I have, because I am afraid of losing it.  I am afraid of the past because of the hurt I’ve felt.  I am afraid of the present because I worry...

A Great Year of Perseid Meteors!

I’m back from vacation! And what a time it was up north seeing the Perseid meteor shower this year.  With no Moon and the best dark skies I have had all summer, the shower did not disappoint, with at least 50 per hour and perhaps as many as 80 where I was viewing!  I saw a few great shots on Reddit’s Astronomy sub. I didn’t catch any meteors in my photos, and not for lack of trying.  I am still a rookie astrophotographer, so I had some trouble getting the settings right on my camera, even though I spent two...

Motivation Monday: Motivation for Mondays

Why do I do these posts on Monday? Is it because of the alliteration that makes it catchy and draws you to these posts? A little bit.  but the main reason behind making a weekly motivation post on a Monday is that for most people, Monday is the beginning of the week, a fresh start after everything that happened last week. Why do so many people despise Monday? For most, it’s the end of time off with the ones they love and back to the work for five days.  There is an innate dread for the start of a long...

Motivation Monday: Ask yourself why

Why do you go to work every day? It seems like a simple question, yet its one that very few people can answer confidently.  We spend our young lives learning in school all of the basics until we are teenagers.  Then we have to choose post-secondary education that focusses on a specific profession that we are interested in, even though we have only heard about it from a friend or family member.  Then suddenly we are in the workforce, battling it out to find a good job that pays well, and then we go on and work faithfully for a...

29 on the 29th: A Birthday post for Motivation Monday

Fitting it should fall on a Monday – so we should call this a motivation Monday post.  This won’t be about me per se.  I’m not going to spend two hours writing about my life, expecting you to read every minute detail and be captivated.  The truth is, even though its been interesting and even hilarious at times, I haven’t really lived a life that’s any more captivating than anyone else’s.  I’ve had fun, and I’ve taken risks, and I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve loved and lost time and time again.  Even though every single person can say the same,...