Stargazing

Stargazing

Stargazing has always been one of my favorite pastimes! I especially enjoyed it as a child when we visited relatives in Oregon. They lived way out in the country. There were so many more stars to see without city glare. My cousin Earl and I watched them for hours in sleeping bags beneath a magnificent canopy of stars so magnificent they put diamonds to shame. We were entranced by their beauty and grandeur, and especially enthralled and delighted by “shooting stars.” We’d talk about everything and nothing, thinking great thoughts and asking universal questions, sometimes wondering if we were the first who’d ever spoken them, and dreaming aloud, unaware how blessed we were to be able to do all of those things with each other.

Gradually, when we no longer could keep our eyes open sleep arrived bringing another type of pleasant dreams.

Earl and I recently reconnected after many years. We now have conversations on the phone a couple of times per month that meld memories of two young boys with the stories of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We’re amazed that our stories now span four generations of children who stargaze and dream.

In honor of the role Earl played (and still plays) in my life and the memories we made together that still bring smiles to my face and joy to my heart 50 years later, I dedicated my most recent book to Earl and his wife Nancy.

With love,

Russ

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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10 Responses to Stargazing

  1. The stars are my favorite creation. And my reminder that there is a greater God.

  2. Joan says:

    What is it exactly about stargazing? I remember the first time I saw the night sky unobstructed by city lights ~ I was vacationing in the country. Mom and Dad took the 4 of us kids to a movie. When afterwards we walked to our car in the parking lot, I looked up and my breath was taken away by the stars carpeting the sky with twinkling majesty. I was 10 years old and I will never forget that moment. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this connection Russ 🙂

  4. ksbeth says:

    i’m so glad for your happy reunion with earl and for your communion with the stars. everything in the universe is connected.

  5. I like to s it outside on a hot summers night just looking at the stars, not now though as it’s winter and bloody cold outside at night at the moment

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