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Mars and Us

If you think the fourth planet from the sun is brighter these nights, you're not mistaken. The "Red Planet", as Mars is also called, is unmistakably touting its vermillion hue. Hurry, however: it won't be this close to our planet for another 15 years.


I'm reading a book by Bill Bryson called A Short History of Nearly Everything. It's funny and informative and, like so many of his other works, inspires me to be a better citizen of this planet. For example, I was fascinated to learn that we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about our ocean floor here on Earth.


Sometimes when I hear a news story of two countries fighting or a politician's problematic position or a negative statistic about COVID, the economy or joblessness, I feel like a Martian.


And yet the best in me knows that this terra incognita is my land, our land, even if we don't yet know precisely how to live on it with peace and fairness. Yet.


I heard recently that the definition of an optimist is someone who knows there is a solution. I like that.


Just as John F. Kennedy could see us walking on the moon even though he was dead before it happened, one day we'll look at Earth's oceans from the Red Planet and know there's still so much to discover- inside and out!





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