Word of the day


Sovereign – a supreme ruler, especially a monarch; possessing supreme or ultimate power; very good or effective;  having the highest power or being completely independent; belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereign authority; royal;  supreme in power, rank, or authority; one possessing or held to possess supreme political power or sovereignty; of or holding the position of ruler; royal; reigning; one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere; an acknowledged leader; superlative in quality; of the most exalted kind; a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling, now only minted for commemorative purposes.

Milne muses


The Universe in Verse


Alan Lightman on music:

When I sit down at the piano, I enter two different realms: one conscious and one unconscious. The conscious realm is one in which I think about the notes I’m going to play, and the timing and the rhythm and the intensity; and the unconscious is when I just let go and float with the sound. Music is an expression both of the orderly discipline of science and the unfettered flight of the human spirit.

Hat tip: The Marginalian

Maya muses


Sunday soapbox


Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult. – Queen Elizabeth II

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