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I don't have any movie/book/TV series reviews to offer this week, but as a change of pace, I'd like to refer you to a website that my brother told me about. Tim, who is an elementary school teacher, was doing some research online about space exploration, and he came upon a website called, which basically is a compilation of a wide variety of letters about a number of different subjects.

Here's the introduction to the specific letter that Tim found:

In 1970, a Zambia-based nun named Sister Mary Jucunda wrote to Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, then-associate director of science at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, in response to his ongoing research into a piloted mission to Mars. Specifically, she asked how he could suggest spending billions of dollars on such a project at a time when so many children were starving on Earth.

Stuhlinger soon sent the following letter of explanation to Sister Jucunda, along with a copy of "Earthrise," the iconic photograph of Earth taken in 1968 by astronaut William Anders, from the Moon ... His thoughtful reply was later published by NASA, and titled, "Why Explore Space?"

You can read the letter here ... and I hope you find it as interesting as I did, as a measured and lucid explanation of priorities and context and the importance of investment in enterprises that challenge us and further our understanding of the universe.

I do have a fantastic wine for you this week - the 2011 Carlton Cellars "Proposal Rock" Sauvignon Blanc...which is bright and refreshing and just wonderful, not to mention coming from one of my favorite Oregon wineries.

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.


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