The Enlightening Chapters 25-27

                                                            25 That night, I dreamed of flying through space.  I can’t remember exactly what it was all about, but I know I was gliding through an endless field of stars.  They were so thickly spread that it was like swimming through a dense and limitless school of shiny little fish in the ocean.  I […]

The Enlightening Chapters 21-24

“Wow,” I said to Merle, as we walked away.  “That was unbelievable.”  I was referring to both the basketball game, and Merle’s rescue of the child’s ball.    “Cute kid, isn’t she?” said Merle.  “Very cute kid,” I said.  “What language was that?”  “I don’t know yet,” said Merle.  Merle told me what the language was, […]

Microplastics in the Air

Researchers from Utah State University have discovered that an astounding amount of tiny plastic particles drift in the wind and deposit themselves in apparently remote wilderness areas and national parks in the wide-open western U.S. This reminds me so much of Merle’s observation to Ken, in The Enlightening, of the global cycle of pollution that […]

The Enlightening Chapters 18-20

18 Merle leaned back in his seat, put his hands behind his head with elbows out, and extended his legs in a relaxed posture.  He emitted a long, deep sigh.  Then he asked a simple little question.                                     “Ken, who do you […]

Put Another Nail in the Coffin of Big Bang Theory

My wife Kim likes to say she is going to get me a t-shirt that says, “I Predict,” because I enjoy making predictions. One thing I predict is that, over the course of the next five or ten years, we will see more and more cosmological studies indicating that our universe seems to have a […]

The Enlightening Chapters 14-17

14 I came to find that although Merle’s knowledge of science was light-years beyond that of present-day Earth, he was especially fond of Earth culture, especially music and art of just about any variety.  Merle once explained to me that his planet’s history, like Earth’s history, included a man who discovered gravity.  His planet’s history, […]

The Enlightening Chapters 10-13

10 That was, without question, and by far, the single most astounding moment of my life up until that point.  Everything seemed to stand still, crystallized in the moment.  It felt like a giant window had opened, and I had the privilege of a stunning glimpse into a hidden world– a hidden universe– that had […]

The Enlightening Chapters 4-6

4 Although I occasionally worked breakfast or lunch in the main restaurant area, I usually worked late shift at the Enterprise Lounge, so I was on a late-night schedule that summer, no question. That was part of what was so weird about the first day of my Enlightening. It was a Wednesday morning. I woke […]