Wonder on the Web
Imaginations on Parade
We’d all do well to read more children’s stories. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of those that seems perennially to capture imaginations and inspire new artistic renderings. For the classic’s 150th birthday (several months ago), Maria Popova at Brain Pickings compiled some of the best illustrations used in various editions of the book through the decades, a parade of both individual creativity and generational style.
You never know what you might see if you just look up. A few lucky folks doing so around 4:45 A.M. on February 17 witnessed a rare, 500-pound meteor barreling over Pittsburg. Lucky for you, three of NASA’s cameras also caught the fireball, and you can see it here.
About That Poem. . .
Given that this issue released during Holy Week, we were happy to feature Christina Rossetti’s poem Good Friday. For a wonderful reflection on it, here’s a sermon from renowned preacher Fleming Rutledge. She not only provides poetic commentary, but also devotional thoughts on Ezekiel and the hardness of our hearts.
The Grace of Naps
Benjamin Franklin wrote that wine is “proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” We’d say the same is true for naps. Here is a two-minute video presenting “nap hacks you need in your life.” Bite-sized science, applicable to your life. Our favorite trick: the coffee nap.
(P.S. Though that Ben Franklin saying is often misquoted—many times connected with beer—he actually did write it. And it’s found in his study of the miracle at Cana, within a letter where he “beg[s] to edify you by some Christian, moral, and philosophical reflections” on drinking.)
- Editors’ Note
- Back from the Dead? Heard It Before.
The Bible, history books, and newspapers are full of resurrection stories. But something different happened at Jesus’ tomb. /
- Seeds—Small and Mighty
They’ve done nothing less than transform the planet. /
- Why Jesus Used Bad Science
When God humbled himself, his intellect was not exempt. /
- Good Friday
‘A horror of great darkness at broad noon— I, only I.’ /