Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Poet with a Press Pass – AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

What are the odds?

We ask each other,

watching another plane

disappear from radar

into a veil of clouds,

broken into bits,

flown beneath the waves.

The sky is falling.

In a made for TV mystery,

three giant jetliners full

of families, couples, children

have vanished into thin air.

Imagining the final moments,

we grimace and remember

flying is always an act

of faith in science: to believe

the invisible vectors

of lift and flow and velocity

can fight the insistent force

of Earth’s jealous hold.

Sobered, we stop and say

our prayers, promise to be better,

hope to God and goodness

we are survivors.

Anne McCrady

Poet with a Press Pass is written by Anne McCrady and produced by InSpiritry in response to world news, current events and social justice topics.

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2010 – Happy New Year

Friday, January 1st, 2010

2010 – Happy New Year! 

Well, here we are. Ten years into the New Millenium. Post 9/11. Post Economic meltdown. Post Bush-Cheney. Several degrees into Global Warming. Several setbacks into Global Cooperation. The backside of the Great Recession. The end of a decade of decadence. Folks, straighten your chair backs, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for landing; somehow or another, we made it!

So – as we come to the end of this bumpy ride—what’s next for us?

I have no crystal ball to foretell the future, but my hunch is that, like so many generations of God’s people on planet Earth, we are about discover the consequences of having to collectively learn things the hard way!

Here are just a few of the tough lessons in store for us: (more…)

Our Most Human Question: Why?

Monday, February 16th, 2009

 Your imagination, my dear fellow, is worth more than you imagine.
Louis Aragon

This past Thursday, February 12, was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, one of the world’s most imaginative and influential thinkers. In the UK, a celebration called Darwin200 is taking place to honor his scientific ideas and their  impact. Events are taking place this month and will continue until November 24, the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book, The Origin of Species.

You remember Charles Darwin: the 19th century God-fearing husband, father and naturalist who stumbled upon an idea so revolutionary and disturbing that he waited 15 years to publish it, for fear of alienating his friends, family and faith. In fact, his fears were confirmed. His discovery of Evolution–the idea that plants and animals with some traits survive and others do not leads species to emerge or change into new forms over time–did cause alienation, not just in Darwin’s life but for us 200 years later! Even today in state houses across America, educators and boards of educations are arguing, often with raised voices and tear-filled eyes, both sides of the issue of biology curricula: evidence-based science or creationism/intelligent design. As the debate rages, our poor teachers are faced with trying to inspire the scientists of tomorrow while maneuvering the storm.

Thinking about all this, I imagine God shaking his heavenly head and wondering about these miraculous human creatures made of the same stuff as water, spring flowers, sea turtles, star dust… people who by design endlessly long to understand the world, but who sometimes ask “why?” and then refuse to believe the answers they find.

And that is it in a nutshell: Darwin’s explorations as well as human discoveries from the beginning of time are rooted in that very human, and for the faithful divine-inspired, question, “why?” In fact, asking “why?” is at the heart of learning, that thing we humans must do to survive. (more…)

Problem Solving 101

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The problems that exist in the world today

cannot be solved

with the level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein

Hope! Change! Possibility! Excitement!

The year 2009 began with a bang. The amazing celebrations surrounding the inauguration of Barak Obama as the new President offered Americans some much-needed optimism about the future. Some of us even let ourselves believe the worst was over!

While it was nice to have that brief January respite from the storm of bad news from around the world, February seems to have tossed us overboard: Worsening economic conditions.  The catastrophic environmental crisis. Governmental gridlock. Terrorism. Genocide. Famine. Illness. And so far, most of our leaders are displaying a stubborn and often selfish allegiance to old ideas and older fears. (more…)

Rocket Boys

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

It’s quite something, isn’t it? I am terribly excited!

Sir Richard Branson, upon unveiling his new shuttle Spaceship

It flew! It flew!

Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam

This week, as so often magically happens, several events in my life converged to offer a bright message. For me, the result was a reminder of the importance of wonder, of celebration, of exploration and of science. (more…)

Science Without Borders

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

 

The first day or so we all pointed to our countries.

The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents.

By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth.

Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud, astronaut

This perspective from space offers wisdom for us here back on earth. Unity sounds simple, but when we are distracted by family issues, social concerns and our national interests, it can be hard to remember there is “only one Earth.” In fact, there may be no more important thing for us to remember than this: all of us on the planet are neighbors.

Thankfully, there have been positive moves toward that recognition. (more…)

Mindfulness for Kids

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Kids meditating

The latest issue of Greater Good Magazine  is out,  and I want to recommend not only the magazine as a whole but also a specific article in this edition: “Mindful Kids, Peaceful Schools.”

The piece echoes one I read a few months ago in another of my favorite magazines, Ascent, a Canadian publication. That article was entitled, “The New ABCs – Awareness, Balance & Compassion.” (more…)

OneWorldHealth

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Around the world, there are thousands of people making InSpiritry a reality — they are working for the Greater Good in ways that inspire others to do the same. Their stories can empower us! Today’s InSpiritry story is about Dr. Victoria Hale, a social entrepreneur who is challenging the paradigm of the pharmaceutical world. (more…)