My Everything (Owl City)

I love this song. Whatever I am, I am his.

The Known Universe

The following is an extraordinary video detailing the dimensions of our universe. It’s entitled The Known Universe. If you haven’t seen it, then prepare your mind: you’re headed for the boggle point! Unfortunately, I must leave it in a smaller format while it’s on my main page because my theme uses columns. View it directly on YouTube and you will be able to expand the screen. Enjoy. You’ll be singing “God of Wonders” when it’s all over!

Live from Space

I just had to share this with you. Here is a live feed of the International Space Station’s Earth Viewing Experiment. The Station orbits the planet at over 17,000 mph—or 5 miles per second!—and experiences a sunrise every 92 minutes. If you see grey, it means the cameras are toggling; and if you see black, then the Station is on the night side of the Earth. Use the ISS Tracker to determine the Station’s location and how long before it might return to the day side, which is always less than 46 minutes.

Live streaming video by Ustream

“Hard Candy Christmas”

This week The ‘Mike’ is reflecting on Christmas music. I’d like to share this one with you before starting. You might know it already—“Hard Candy Christmas” by the great Dolly Parton. I love this song. It’s a tender tear-jerker, not unlike Dolly’s delicate voice and emotional delivery.

A ‘hard candy Christmas’ described the holiday for a family so poor that parents could only afford a cheap bag of hard candies to give to their kids; and Christmas was the only time for such a splurge.

My hope is that you’ll think of someone else this season, if only by remembering them in your prayers. Everyone’s not happy like most of us, for different reasons. And many are like the narrator of this song—just getting by.

Yet circumstance doesn’t have to take the merriment out of Christmas. Listen and reflect.