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The Visited Planet

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. The picture above is beautiful.  And also disquieting.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are hurtling toward the surface of the moon in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module on July 20, 1969.  Within a few hours, Armstrong will take his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  No one suspected at the… Read more »


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Eugene Schieffelin meant well.  All he wanted to do was honor his favorite playwright. The German-born immigrant – and Shakespeare obsessive – yearned to introduce to America all the birds mentioned in the Bard’s plays.  At great personal expense, he imported hundreds of breeding pairs of non-native species and released them in New York City’s Central Park.  No one was… Read more »