Monthly Archives: February 2009

February time

The calendar illustrations in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry contain everything that fascinates me about time, and if this were a book, each month would begin with a picture like this. But since this just occurred to … Continue reading

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Father Coyne, Pope Benedict and me

“There is no before the big bang. Space and time are parameters of the universe. So time began with the big bang, and it makes no sense to talk about before because there was no time.” This is how Father … Continue reading

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Red Operation

The best words that ever came out of the radio when I was growing up. They meant I could roll over, pull the quilt up, and go back to sleep for hours. It was a snow day. Such odd words. … Continue reading

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No more fat Tuesdays

“And the Lord said to him, ‘Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.’ And to the others he … Continue reading

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The Years of Confusion

When I was growing up I had a hard time with what I called the “in-between times.” After school and before camp, after graduation and before college, after college and before my first real job – these times felt unmoored, … Continue reading

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Boundaries

It sounds like fun; going out to the edge of your land, building a little fire, and having a feast with your neighbors (just don’t forget to sprinkle the boundary with lamb’s blood). The god of boundaries clearly had no … Continue reading

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George Washington’s three birthdays

The Romans interfered with a lot of people’s birthday celebrations. Poor George Washington had been celebrating his birthday on February 11 for twenty years when suddenly, in 1752, Great Britain decreed that eleven days would be axed from the calendar. … Continue reading

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