I am thankful for time-lapse photography.
I am thankful the Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, and 400 times farther away, making them approximately the same size in the sky.
I am thankful for the adventurous spirit in humans that makes them travel thousands of kilometers to seek out beauty and wonder, to glimpse something ephemeral in the vastness of time, and to be not only happy, but joyous, even when the stars metaphorically did not align.
I can only hope I would be so upbeat if I journeyed that far and not see an eclipse. Still, photographer Geoff Sims did get that wonderful sequence showing the shadow of the Moon moving across the clouds (I wrote about this phenomenon for a picture and video of the eclipse taken in Uganda). And it does appear he had a good time; it probably helps that he’s seen eclipses before and taken stunning photos and videos of them.
Finding success in failure is a good thing to keep in mind. I suppose that’s another thing to be thankful for.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Democrats’ War at Home
How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best
Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke
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Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.
How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.
You Deserve a Pre-cation
The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.