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Astronomy East Texas

Looking Through The Trees

I thought of this title…Looking Through the Trees…from the perspective of living in East Texas, which is a heavily wooded area with lots of tall pine trees, among other species of full sized trees that tower over the horizon of these gentle rolling hills.

As I was outside tonight I glimpsed the winter constellation Orion, poised over a nearby tree, ringed by the bright planet Jupiter which hung in the clear night sky, just arc seconds away from the full moon.

This is a great area for sky watching, with clear dark skies most of the year. Sometimes the tall trees can obscure stars and constellations from view, but I’ve learned from careful observations that most of the time you can see all these celestial objects right through the branches of a tree, if you position yourself where you can clearly see these pinpoints of light shining through.

Amateur astronomy can be a fun hobby by backyard observing, especially if you consult a regular source of upcoming celestial events such as meteor showers, comets, and the occasional eclipse.

Good Astronomy Resources:

earthsky.org

astronomy.com

skyandtelescope.com

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Ride The Wave

I’ve always been the nervous type, which makes it difficult to deal with those stressful situations like job interviews and public speaking.

You know that nervous feeling where your brain says “it’s OK, relax, everything will work out fine,” and your body still tenses up, muscles knot up, palms sweat, eyes twitch, and feet shuffle?

I’ve found that if I can “get on top of it,” meaning don’t try to relax at that moment, you know your body can’t, go ahead and tell yourself it’s OK to be nervous. Make it work for you! Fuel your excitement with the adrenalin of the moment, let it flush your body with enthusiasm for the job at hand, interview, speech, whatever you’re doing, by accepting the nervousness of the moment. Let yourself be excited about it, instead of nervous, so that rush of excitement will propel you forward.

The surfer analogy works here…ride the wave of nerves by getting excited about whatever you’re doing, and don’t try to relax.

Focus on what you’re doing, and let your heart race and palms sweat. Like a good surfer with your feet firmly planted on your board, ride the wave all the way to the beach, all the while reaching out for your goals and keeping your balance.

Ride the wave and don’t let those nerves crush your moment of glory. You can do it. Train your brain.