February: this month it seemed as if the people in my house just couldn’t get well. There have been colds, pink eyes, fevers, aches, and coughs. Sick for days. And it culminated this past week in a stomach virus that caught all five of us. It was horrible, and I promise not to bore you with it for another second.
Instead, here are a few things I’ve found that are worlds more interesting to read about than the past week, month, of my life.
1. It turns out, according to an astronaut, life on earth is two-dimensional. In other words, things get smaller, and concern us less, as they get further away from us. This explains some strange occurrences, like how people care more when it’s in their backyard and how seeing impoverished people is so troubling in person and yet most of us don’t think very much about human suffering when we’re back at home. That astronaut, Ron Garan, has actually written a book about how if we can change this distortion in our perception, we can save the world.
2. Speaking of outer space…you just have to read this.
3. About a year-and-a-half ago my subscription to The New Yorker lapsed and I just always seemed to have something more pressing to buy. Without access to the physical magazine, though, my bathtub reading took a real dive. This past Christmas my mom got me a subscription (thanks, mom!!), so I’m thrilled to be back on their mailing list. I could go on and on about how much I love cracking open a beer after a long day and sinking into the tub to read it. But apparently, not everyone feels the same TNY love.
4. So, the Saharan Desert and the Amazon rainforest have this cool thing going on where dust from the desert blows across the ocean and fertilizes the soil with phosphorus and other nutrients, replacing what is washed away by the heavy rainfall. Recently scientists have calculated how much dust makes it from Africa to South America, and the answer is a whopping 22,000 tons. Earth is so fantastic!
With that, my brain has used the last of its strength for completing thoughts. Goodbye, February. Here’s to a healthier March.