the stars. We never just look at them anymore. - Agent D (Men In Black) A month between threads is enough time, right? :P I've fallen back in love with stargazing this year. Holler back, my fellow skywatchers! I want you to talk to me about how you stargaze and why you like it! I like the way it brings you back to nature. I know some folk like to play music or talk to friends or find constellations etc, but I prefer to just find a spot on the grass and lie still. I like to fixate on one star individually and watch it glitter. I think about how old it is and how far away and how it's been sparkling up there since thousands of years before I was born; it's very humbling. I listen to the wind in the trees and the dogs, cats, bugs, birds, and occasional fox in the neighbourhood. I smell the grass and the leaves and feel the solid earth under my back; I think it's important to unplug sometimes and appreciate the beauty and might of the natural world, even from a suburban backyard; it's also an opportunity to just stop and reflect; emails will wait, so will texts and TV and laundry. I like to start while there's still a little light around the horizon and watch as more and more stars slowly peek out from the sky; I basically go in when I'm too cold or hungry or starting to fall asleep. It's... For lack of a less hippie/new age voodoo way of saying it, a good way to get centered.