May 16, 2010

Why Read? Quotes to make it clearer & the Atlantis Docks

The Atlantis this morning as it runs
through the docking checklist.
This morning, while we ate ate pancakes, the Atlantis docked with the Space Station (follow along with us, click here.)  What a view and perspective --the earth is definitely round.  We can't help but wonder what they are doing in there, are they in t-shirts or space suits --what did they eat while they waited to dock?  Tomorrow, the first space walk of the mission:
Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good and Steve Bowen will transfer the spacesuits and spacewalk equipment over to the station’s Quest airlock and begin setting up for the first spacewalk.

We thought this quote from Graham Greene, from The Lost Child and Other Essays, was fitting --since watching the Space Station has all four of use feeling like kids! (For a treaseure trove of all things Graham Greene, click here)
In childhood all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune-teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water, they influence the future.  I suppose that is why books excited us so much.  What do we ever get nowadays from reading equal the excitement and the revelation of those first fourteen years?

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