Looking at the stars must make us a bit smarter. Just seeing those celestial lights certainly must launch a combination of curiosity and wonder that imbues our little gray cells with something good. Don't look for any substantiating science, but do look up when you can.
Before moving to the central California coast, the best star field I beheld was on the northern plains of the Serengeti near the Great Rift Valley in Africa and at the Simplon Pass in the Alps. In both cases it was as though the stars were dropped down around me, to the horizon front and back. A blessing of this part of California is stars that run from mountain top to horizon line in 360 degrees. They have depth as there is very little light pollution, due in part to the massive darkness over the Pacific and in the mountains.
For a guy who endured scores of mid western winters, there is a child like thrill to sitting in the spa, looking into a star laden stream of the milky way and hearing the engine like song of the ocean. In moments of such "illumination" it's hard to figure why in the history of bipeds, ambling under those same stars, we haven't learned more about them. We've learned a bit, and we theorize but every night we are reminded of a grand mystery that plays out over head.
The Academy Award Nominated German film, PINA is a sight and sound feast. It's a documentary in dance that is a tribute to the late modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch.
The story is told by the dancers of Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal, in an extraordinary series of performances with brief commentary. Director Wim Wenders, who did the Buena Vista Social Club, has created a visual wonder with a marvelous score that will probably have you keeping beat in your seat. Here's a sample in the trailer.
AMAZING AND BREATHTAKING
Here's another marvelous weekend diversion for your
viewing, courtesy of the BBC. The next time you have mussels you may recall this thrilling experience of diving under sea ice.
THE CAMBRIA LOCAL
The weekly gathering of the Friday Lunch Flash mob
produced a couple of twists. A low key celebration of
Sadie Hawkins Day was conjured by Tess and Ruth.
Not sure who Sadie Hawkins is or what her day is all about? Google it. It will give you a little more fun time
The second twist was the rapid onset of a chilly marine fog. We began under cobalt blue and warm sun, but with in minutes, the mob was scrambling for jackets, sweaters and caps. So it goes on the coast.
Enjoy your weekend. And if you've got clear skies, take a peek at those stars.
See you down the trail.