CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 2, 2010

Sun, Moon, Stars, Planets—I Want Them All


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

SUN, MOON, STARS, PLANETS—I WANT THEM ALL

     While I was sorting pictures yesterday I came across some taken atop Laurel Mountain (Pennsylvania).  My husband Monte had just participated in a peace event, Walk for a Nuclear-Free Future (Feb. 13-May 1, 2010). He had climbed Laurel Mountain—I had driven up to Laurel Mountain Summit, elevation 2684 feet, to wait for him.

     When he arrived I did my normal thing—took pictures. Following his pictures were those of an older woman, whom I assumed had reached the summit with Monte.

     Upon further examination I realized the old lady beside the sign was none other than me.

     I don’t remember getting older…when did I?

     Last week Monte asked me what I wanted for my birthday. Several days later I found an answer in a news story about a woman who now “owns the sun.”  The big orange ball in the sky that has been present since the beginning of time now belongs to Angeles Duran of Salvaterra do Mino, Spain, who claims she registered the star with a notary public (according to the news agency Agence France-Presse).

     “I think I want a piece of sun real estate,” I told Monte. “Could you contact Angeles and see if she would be willing to sell a small plot of sunspot?”

     On second thought, perhaps a piece of the sun would make me partially liable in future lawsuits—eg. skin cancer attributed to too much sun exposure, disastrous weather conditions due to sun activity. Besides, what use is a gift one cannot enjoy looking at, touching, feeling?

     If I can’t have the sun, perhaps the moon is an option. But wait…the Lunar Embassy (a corporation) claims legal entitlements to Lunar real estate. Dennis M. Hope filed for ownership of the moon in 1980, and states that he’s sold 410 million acres on the moon at roughly $27 per piece. Something affordable, as long as it has a good view of the earth. Which might be difficult to get at this point, following the real estate sales take-off. By now, all the good land could be sold.

     If I can’t have the sun or the moon, how about a star? I understand that stars receive number designations—kind of like “baby boy” or “baby girl—“ non-personal monikers. A few hold onto their ancient names, mostly Arabic. Since there are 250 billion stars in the Milky Way that just get numbers, the availability of stars without adequate names is infinitesimal. I wonder if I will find warmth and comfort, looking up into the sky and feeling I am part of the universe just because someone gifted me with my own star?

     Somehow, having a star so far distant I might only be able to see it on rare occasions, and only if my eyesight doesn’t fail as I age, seems like a useless gift. Planets, however, are more visible and accessible.

     Dennis M. Hope claims rights to eight celestial bodies in the solar system (besides the moon), and states that he has sold properties on Mars, Venus and one of Jupiter’s moons. Counting his moon real estate sales, he has nearly 2.5 million customers around the world.

     But perhaps I should be more practicable, keeping my feet earth bound. I’ll consider my birthday gift this year to be on earth (in lieu of outer space)—the gravel roads in Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania; the coastline  with its rolling waves in Maine, New Hampshire and Acquidneck Island (Rhode Island); the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania.  And, since my community has no streetlights to interfere with viewing the night skies, I will gaze through the trees up into the skies to admire the beauty of the sun, moon, stars and planets, and perhaps even name the ones I become most familiar with.

     I’m getting too old to consider being a settler in outer space. So bright, warming sun; romantic moon; dreamy, wish-on-able stars and cold planets—I leave you to future generations. However,

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CAROLYN

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ROBERT MENDLER: IN MEMORY December 10, 2009

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9 Comments »

  1. A big Happy Birthday from other Laurel Mountain lovers! May you have your wish upon the first star tonight!

    Comment by Gladys — December 10, 2010 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  2. Thanks, Gladys! Now I must prepare for the Beanery Writers Group meeting. Have a nice day! Carolyn

    Comment by carolyncholland — December 10, 2010 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  3. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you …………..

    Comment by Lois — December 10, 2010 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  4. Happy Birth day to u,

    Happy Birth day to u

    Happy Birth day dear Carrrrooooolllynnnnnnnnnn,

    Happy Birth day to u!!!

    Comment by Raymond "Dmitri" Beljan — December 11, 2010 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  5. 4.Happy Birth day to u,

    Happy Birth day to u

    Happy Birth day dear Carrrrooooolllynnnnnnnnnn,

    Happy Birth day to u!!!

    Comment by Raymond "Dmitri" Beljan — December 11, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  6. 4. again

    Happy Birth day to u,

    Happy Birth day to u

    Happy Birth day dear Carrrrooooolllynnnnnnnnnn,

    Happy Birth day to u!!!

    Comment by Raymond "Dmitri" Beljan — December 11, 2010 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  7. again, again

    4.Happy Birth day to u,

    Happy Birth day to u

    Happy Birth day dear Carrrrooooolllynnnnnnnnnn,

    Happy Birth day to u!!!

    Comment by Raymond "Dmitri" Beljan — December 11, 2010 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you Dmitri—I’ll save my next waltz for you!!!

    Carolyn

    Comment by carolyncholland — December 11, 2010 @ 3:20 pm | Reply


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