Thirty Percent Club (Alaska: Part VIII) #writephoto

Saturday, July 7

I woke up at 05:50, and after dressing, went with Levi to the service desk to inquire about my stateroom bill. Because I linked a credit card with the account, I need no further action on the ship. We then went to the Horizon Court one last time. I ate a croissant to start, and drank some orange juice. But, I interrupted my meal at 06:15.

Bina was in the International Cafe, and I met her there to hug her “see-you-later.” The rest of her crew had left at different times. I want to keep in touch as friends! Returning to the Court, I got an omelette and a chocolate croissant, as well as a banana. We all finished by 07:00, and headed down to the Explorer’s Lounge for our “Brown 2” debarkation group.

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Waving to the firmament! #writephoto

Ah, the refreshing waves of the ocean (or perhaps just of a lake’s beach). When I saw this photo (courtesy of Sue Vincent), with the crashing waves and the picturesque background of the sky, it reminded me strongly of a similar vista.

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[M.A.P.L.E. VII-5] The stairs of mystery #writephoto


This crossroads that the Knight watches over.

One side of the spiral leads down into the mystery of darkness.

One side of the spiral leads up into the mystery of light.

It reminds me of the Knight guarding the window at the end of the Prasch corridor at Lincoln Southeast High School, ensuring that people see the light, but cannot directly walk into it.

But is it necessarily true that light is good and darkness is bad?

I don’t think so.

Though I have almost always gone down the path of light, some darkness has come into my path at times.

All of us face darkness at every step. Life has no certainty.

I descended down the stairs of darkness in 2009, uprooting from Lincoln to start grad school at Northwestern. This path led to the light, in many ways, that I might not have found had I not gone there. Additionally, it proved that I have the capability of successfully uprooting and finding light at some point.

Perhaps on the downward spiral, the window shades are just drawn.

Or, perhaps on the upward spiral, the outer light is really artificial.

Choosing light all the time is a greedy algorithm.

Sometimes, thou must descendeth to the darkness in order to find true light… as the immediate ascension by light might lead to inkier darkness not much longer thereafter…

Props to Sue Vincent for this thought-provoking picture!


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Today is the fifth day of the seventh round of M.A.P.L.E.

היום חמישה ושלושים יום– שהם חמישה שבועות לעומר

Madison: 27 days

Alaska: 56 days

Eau Claire: 88 days

Let light increase

Photo credit: Sue Vincent.


Sun setting.

The day ends.

It has gotten brighter.

As spring approaches, dusk delays.

At some point, eighteen hundred hours.

That appointed hour will become merely dusky.

Throwback horizons choose to insert themselves on here.

Hopefully it does not interfere with Sue’s photo challenge!


Self-credit for photo (and that car did not hit me)

This photo, from precisely two years ago, precariously/safely prepared.

But today, further east than that photo, eighteen hundred brought dusk.

Merely thirteen days remain until eighteen hundred hours are certainly light here.

Granted, fortnight minus one could harbour all complaints about that infernal lost hour!

You probably notice the structure of this post—but short words make staircases preposterous!

Fifteen risers high, advancing time, and awkward sentences built during times of multipurpose transition—GO!


Lincoln: 6 days

פסח: ל”ב יום (Passover: 32 days)

Eau Claire: 39 days

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