a far grander marvel than our galaxy

‘Having read recently that there are more neurons in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way, and having read any number of times that the human brain is the most complex object known to exist in the universe..’

I have been reading  (or struggling to read) a few essays from ‘When I was a Child I Read Books’ by Marilynne Robinson.

This paragraph in particular reminded me of my dad who has always been in awe of the workings of the human brain.  Later Marilynne Robinson writes:-

‘If we are to consider the heavens, how much more are we to consider the magnificent energies of consciouness that make whomever we pass on the streets a far grander marvel than our galaxy?’

And that little paragraph reminded me of what my friend JM had written the other day about listen(ing) to your life.

Maybe reading a blog, book, poem, listening to music, appreciating art and the many other ways human beings express themselves is like looking up at a beautiful starry night and considering the heavens?

You appreciate just  that little bit more that each human soul is a deep mystery and maybe you start singing ‘How Great Thou Art’ or something? For if you’re going to consider all the works Thy Hands have made you can’t leave out people, and you can’t leave out yourself.  You’re a marvel, I’m a marvel as well.

Often I stare up at The Plough or Orion and wonder at them being so far distant and yet so beautiful. (There is that melancholy again!)
Yet whoever I pass on the street is an even grander marvel than our Milky Way.

the plough pt I – names

The Big Dipper – North America

the Plough – England
the Saucepan –  England
the Butcher’s CleaverEngland

the Starry Plough – Ireland

Charles his waine,
Charles’ Wain,
Charlie’s Waggon – England

Karlavagnen, Karlsvogna, or Karlsvognen – Scandinavia

Großer Wagen (Great Cart) – Germany

Grote Beer ( Big Bear), Steelpannetje (saucepan) –  Holland

Otava – Finland

Göncölszekér (“Göncöl’s cart”)  – Hungary

The Seven Stars of the Northern Dipper” – Eastern Asia

北斗七星; pinyin: běidǒu qīxīng – China

北斗七星, hokutoshichisei – Japan

북두칠성, Bukduchilseong – Korea

chòm sao Bắc Đẩu – Korea

Buruj Biduk (The Ladle) – Malayasia

Seven Gods (Долоон бурхан) – Mongolia

from wikipedia

meteor showering


I am waiting for the meteorite show to begin. Vincent van Gogh said

‘I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.’

and he is right.

The wind is chilly tonight


Helen comes out of the house to tell me that the show isn’t due to begin until 10.30pm.

So I am going inside to get a Jameson’s to keep warm


A large cloud is moving across the sky. At first you get pissed off then you realise that clouds are equally as beautiful as meteorites.


Look at the TV aerial on my neighbours house.What about my neighbours, they’re miracles as well

clouds = spectacular

meteorites = really spectacular

neighbours and humans = most spectacular of all


I haven’t noticed that the sky is clear behind me.Its huge! How am I meant to police that!!?


I want to keep drawing as I was thinking about entering The Guardian graphic novel competition but

1 I can’t see anything

2 If I am drawing I won’t be looking at the sky

3 Its freezing

4 Helen has come out to join me so I should not be rude


It was cold. Truth be told it was a let down, I only saw four shooting stars.

Plus I probably got hypothermia.

I also saw us scaring our drunk neighbour who probably wasn’t expecting two people to be sitting outside in the dark in an unusual place


Read people saying that they saw cool shooting stars just after the point that I went in and starting faffing about on the computer….try not to feel stupid for going out too early..

some of us are lying between two pebble dashed cliffs but….

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:

7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!