“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”
Stephen Hawking dismissed the religious notion of “heaven,” yet brought Robert Browning’s thought to unexpected life.
Hawking, the British cosmologist, theoretical physicist and thinker, died this week, aged 76. Guardian science editor Ian Sample wrote that he symbolised “the unbounded possibilities of the human mind.”
Sunflowers - our global, Ukrainian and personal beacons of light and life - appear spent: their heads hang, leaves droop, stalks blacken with rot. But look again. Not everything beautiful is pretty. Oh, and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.