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All the Rest Have Thirty-One

February 26, 2013


February is again racing past, like a self-conscious actor looking to spit out his lines and leave the stage as quickly as possible. Every year I’m intrigued by this oddball of a month, similar to the way I’m drawn to Pluto, the misfit of the solar system, and the winter vest, which is neither coat […]

Pluto: Dwarf Planet, or Just Small Thinking?

May 12, 2010


It’s been four years since the International Astronomical Union kicked Pluto out of the Planet Club. Most people may be too busy reading their horoscopes to care about actual planets, but for the rest of us, this Pluto thing isn’t over yet. Why do we care about a speck of light four billion miles away? […]