Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Last night during and after dinner, Jill was pretending she was Dora and that I was Swiper. That morphed into a pretend game within the pretend game a little later in the bath tub, when she put a wash cloth on her head. She pointed at me and said, "Let's pretend that I'm Mother Mary and you, Swiper, are Jesus."




I noticed a bright heavenly body between Venus and the sun as I drove to work. I wondered if it was Mercury, but I figured that it was much too bright. Then the thought struck me that it might be Saturn, and that I was perhaps looking between and past Venus and the sun and back out into the solar system.


I checked an online star chart, and it turns out I was right.  So if you are out just before sunrise sometime soon and look to the east, you'll see Venus shining very brightly; and just below that is another star, not quite as bright as Venus. That's Saturn. 


Mercury is currently situated very close to Saturn from out point of view, but I don't know if it can actually be seen right now. I've never seen it.



 The picture I posted here is of the preliminary sketch for my next house drawing. I am forwarding it to my customer for her approval before I start the actual drawing.


  1. I always enjoy your blog, Mark. Never a dull moment! Today I am delighted with grandaughter stories, more celestial info and artwork. Thank you!

  2. For the love of Jesus, how that little mind works. Jill's, that is. Your's also, never seems to rest. I'm assuming this house drawing is your out of town customer..I can't imagine that they'll be anything but delighted.


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