We have had some rare, clear, cold nights here and the stars have been shining their hearts out. I have been looking at a very red star in the sky which I have always presumed to be Mars. I have been wrong for the last 30 years! I have an application on my iPhone which means that when it is directed at the sky it tells me which star I am looking at and then links to Wikipedia with more information on it! I have discovered that this red giant is in fact Arcturus.
My supposed reality has been wrong for so long. It gets me thinking about the unreality of these stars we see now and how the light we see was sent to us thousands of years ago and how we can never see them as they really are now.
Truth evades us all the time. We must interpret. Therein lies so much danger...
My stitched red star Christmas card is my take on Arcturus.
On this night let some light be shone upon the poor as the true meaning of Boxing Day used to involve the emptying of the alms boxes in churches to give to the less well off.
St. Stephen's Day, as it ought to be called, is for many of us a continuation of the gluttony of Christmas Day and at the end there is such a lot of waste. Next year I am going to try to be less wasteful in all ways.
Resources, time and ideas are often wasted these days. I am thinking of my resolutions for 2010 ....