• The Weekly Question #7

    If you had to (not got to) live on another planet (whether or not it’s actually habitable), which planet would it be? My son loves space. We live not too far away from JPL and have had the good fortune to visit twice. The last time was for their open house. One of their exhibits was about exoplanets. It was lovely; they had it set up kind of like a travel agency, though what they had to say about some of the planets (which were quite cute and funny) made me thankful I live in Earth. But it got me thinking… if I had to live on another planet, which…

  • What If A Day Was 17 Hours Instead of 24?

    My son is obsessed with space. I read the same space book to him every day. Sometimes 3 times a day. I’ve read some of the pages so many times, I’ve memorized parts of it. Which, unfortunately, leaves my mind to wander away. Hey, come back… It’s because of this obsession that I’ve previously asked about aliens. But now I’ve been reading about Uranus over and over. He has a fascination with the rings of Saturn and Uranus. A day on Uranus is 17 hours. We are lucky to have 24. But, like many moms, I could use an extra hour. The 24 that we have seems so short. There’s…

  • Why Can’t Aliens Look Like Us?

    I am the mother of a little boy who is currently obsessed with space and the wife of a man who is fascinated by aliens and UFOs. Talk of aliens comes up a lot here. So, why can’t aliens look just like us? Do they have to be blobs? Blue? Have tentacles? Have super strength? Be radioactive? Have antennae? Aliens touch movies, art, and books, and probably many more areas I’m not awake enough to think of right now. Sometimes they have a humanoid look. Sometimes they don’t. I watch Star Wars with my husband because we only have 1 TV and see human after human with some odd creatures…

  • The Sun is Massive

    Recently, our first born has developed an infatuation with the solar system. Every day he reviews the planets with me (and Momma). In addition to this, he has been asking some questions about where we are from – which has given us an opportunity to use the family globe. How did this all begin? Our family tends to frequent books stores – because of our love of books and knowledge. On one of those visits to Barnes&Noble, we arrived into the store came upon the clearance shelves right at the entrance of the store. One book stood out – Our Solar System and Beyond. We read to him every day…

  • Glimmer, part 11

    It was hot, and Schuyler thought it was summer. But he had seen snow elsewhere and knew it was winter. It was the fires that raged all across the city that made it hot. People were scarce these days. Corpses littered the streets. No one was safe from the assassins and the explosions. Countries had been wiped out and more would follow. Schuyler walked through the streets, stepping right through the fires and feeling nothing but heat. His clothes had long ago burnt off, just as the clothes of the other three assassins had. There was no need for clothes, for decency, modesty. Everyone was either attacking everyone else or…