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Shouting in Space

floating-in-space.jpgThere is no oxygen in space, and really no air. It’s hard to think of air as mass, but it is. It’s even more incomprehensible to think of the disappearance of air. Something can “vanish into thin air,” but into what can “thin air” vanish? (more…)

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After All These Years

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All my grandparents died before I was born. For half a century I went without ever seeing a photograph of my maternal grandfather, Elias Jones Massey, my namesake. I never knew I was named after him until a few years ago. I only knew of him as Elias Massey, nothing of Jones. Therefore, I thought my lastname firstname was a mistake, an anomaly, or even worse, a punishment. (more…)

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