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,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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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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