When my husband [Carl Sagan] died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful.
The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.
speltwrongly said: Hi i just started following your blog which is really superb & was wondering if u had any advice for people with acne. I use MAC but i still find that my skin looks cakey where my acne is most prominent (my cheeks). I have combination skin, plz help
Well first I wouldn’t really recommend MAC foundations and powders if you have acne because MAC is known for not being the best for acne prone skin. Personally, MAC foundations and powders break me out however the blushes, bronzers, etc work perfectly fine so you might want to switch foundations for a while and see if your skin is any different :)
As for helping with acne, I have a whole post on that here.
As for covering acne and not looking cakey, check out my post on that here.
Some other tips I don’t mention in those posts are
- Wash your face twice, once to remove makeup and once to cleanse the skin. Most people do a quick wash and for people like us, who wear more heavy foundation really need to deep clean the skin or else makeup will clog the pores even when you think your face is clean. You can use a makeup remover wipe first to take off the majority of your makeup and then cleanse, or double cleanse!
- Wash your makeup brushes, pillows, hair, etc frequently. Things that touch your face can spread bacteria so wash your pillows and makeup brushes once a week and keep your hair clean so it doesn’t spread bacteria to your face.
The definitive guide to cooking with herbs
Confused about when to break out the basil and when to reach for the rosemary? This infographic breaks it all down for you.
“In 1921, early suffragettes often donned a bathing suit and ate pizza in large groups to annoy men…it was a custom at the time”
I feel like we should bring this back.
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Cats have a variety of ways to let us know what they need (or want)!