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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Sore Throat

Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 10:46 PM (-06:00)

One of the students in class was holding her throat. She had a look on her face as if she hurt. I asked her if her throat was sore. She nodded, squinting her eyes to milk the moment as much as she could. “It’s the little round things,” she said. “Lymph nodes?” I asked. “That’s […]


Sun, 27 Jan 2019, 08:35 PM (-06:00)

Thursday Afternoon On Thursday afternoon after school, I was in my room winding down. A few students had been getting help, but they were gone. K came running around the corner. She was in shorts and a jersey and was covered in sweat. She had a smile on her face. “I was worried you might […]


Sun, 27 Jan 2019, 01:22 PM (-06:00)

At the end of the day on Friday, they called the faculty together. Afterwards, I walked slowly down the hall. Someone was walking next to me, but we were both silent. I was looking at the floor. I don’t know who it was. And when I got to my room, I wasn’t sure what to […]

Bilobate Planetesimal

Wed, 2 Jan 2019, 02:13 PM (-06:00)

The images have begun to arrive from Ultima Thule as New Horizons begins a long, slow data dump. Lest you misunderstand, this is not one of those.

New Year’s Day

Tue, 1 Jan 2019, 02:23 PM (-06:00)

The strings of gravity are attenuated out there. Out at ultima Thule. Yet celestial music plays even in those farthest reaches. On New Year’s Eve 2018, the spacecraft that visited Pluto approached, encountered and promptly left behind a second celestial body orbiting our sun in the distant, primordial quiet. A body beyond Pluto in the […]