Vibration And Form

  Energy is vibration. It’s largely invisible, but when energy takes a form it’s always geometrical, prescribed by the fundamental laws of physics including gravity and the three Laws of Thermodynamics: 1. Conservation of Energy: Energy cannot be created or destroyed, just changed. 2. Entropy: Matter dissipates; disintegrates. Entropy either stays the same or gets […]

Water

I recently wondered, what in my experience most often compels me to experience appreciation? The answer was immediate—water. I must think to myself how grateful I am for water on the average of twenty to thirty times a day—beginning with the luxury of being able to shower in a blend of hot and cold running […]

Order

  In nature and in the world of man-made objects, geometric order evidences the interrelatedness of all things. Using the above image as a model, humanity may be said to consist of a single string within the spacetime continuum. Rather than forming a straight line—the way we experience time—the process of human evolution has been […]

The Shaker Aesthetic

      The Shakers were founded in England in 1747 by Mother Ann Lee. They practiced celibacy. Men and women lived apart in dormitory-like buildings, but they came together to work and pray. They believed in personal communication with a God who was both male and female. They had hymns and work songs. Observing […]

Enrichment

Driving on the Interstate recently, on a long flat stretch where a tractor tilling the earth stirred up a mountain of dust backlit by the setting sun, I was reminded of this photograph. The golden light shining through the stirred-up dust was beautiful; I wished I could pull over and stop to photograph it. Instead, […]

Symmetry

  According to Nobel laureate Phil Anderson, “It is only slightly overstating the case to say that physics is the study of symmetry.” The word “symmetry”comes from the Greek, synnetria, meaning “Agreement in dimensions, due proportion, arrangement.” I’ve chosen this theme for contemplation because, somewhere along the line, having gotten into the habit of noticing […]

Everyday Beauty

     When I hear that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” I take it to mean that some people find beauty where others do not. An artist friend who designs and sells jewelry once remarked that he made it a practice to experience beauty every day. I thought that was wonderful. But […]

Nature’s Design Principles

  Over time, a species of tree that evolved into the red maple did so in part because it succeeded in finding a way to disburse numerous seeds over a greater distance. As kids we called them “pinwheels.” Hedging no bets in the area of reproduction, between 12,000 and 90,000 of these seeds can fall […]

Nations And Nature

  I thought this would be an appropriate image considering the recent Veteran’s Day and the upcoming Flag Day. Aside from the symbolism represented by the stars and stripes, the American flag standing alone against the sky speaks to me of the contrast between nations and nature, and how the former are dependent upon the […]