Irma, Harvey, and Awe

Irma, Harvey, and Awe

Awe: “an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime” (Merriam-Webster) I spent a good part of yesterday (Sunday, September 10, 2017) watching Hurricane Irma blast Florida on live TV....
Hurricanes’ cruel beauty

Hurricanes’ cruel beauty

It’s ironic how lovely a deadly hurricane can look from outer space. It resembles a spiral galaxy, which also looks much more docile from afar than it would feel if you could ricochet around its gaseous stars. (See the resemblance below.)   Spirals hold a...
Totality

Totality

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 in many ways encapsulates GeoSensibility. If you saw it (total or partial), and if you had any experience of awe as the moon crawled across the sun in the sky, you have a sense of what I’m talking about. I was in...
Tour de France

Tour de France

There couldn’t possibly be anything more boring than watching a bicycle race on TV, except watching a golf tournament, or maybe fishing. Right? But after hearing excited commentary every morning for two weeks on FranceInfo, a news station from Paris, I finally...