A lot went on in April. There was Earth Day, International Tabletop Day, and Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary to name a few things. I had big plans to write blog posts about all of these things but I think instead I will do this blog post including links to things of relevance because sharing links is fun.
Earth Day for me is about our stewardship of this incredible island in the dark that all of us call home. Looking at the Earth from space really drives home the fact that, as incredible as space exploration is, we live on the best piece of real estate in the solar system and we really need to treat it well. The lunar reconnaissance orbiter camera (LROC) is a really neat NASA mission that is continually churning out amazing images of the moon and also puts out some cool images of Earth. That image above is not only my favorite picture of Earth but it is the product of some really hard work that is detailed over in this post by LROC that I think photography geeks will particularly appreciate. Earth Day inspired this really neat article that I appreciated. Even though there are some sad things in that story like ocean acidification, global warming, and deforestation, there are some really exciting and inspiring things in there too. I found the discovery of a coral reef and the Red Colobus Monkey to be a source of particular joy. April also marks days like World Penguin Day (April 25th) and World Tapir Day (April 27th) to shine a light on some amazing species that need conservation. We can’t give up on this wondrous world, we just can’t, and hopefully enough members of the human race never will.
Board games have become a big part of my life in the last couple of years. Thanks to an interest rekindled by watching Geek & Sundry programs like Tabletop and Critical Role, I have gotten to make new friends and have a lot of fun playing board games and D&D. International Tabletop Day was April 30th and it celebrated the fun world of board games while raising money for charity. Hopefully, they will keep going with this tradition for years to come.
William Shakespeare died in 1616 on April 23rd and we’ve been performing his plays, reading his poetry, and discussing his legacy for the last 400 years. I’m a big fan of the Bard and find his work perpetually fascinating. Every time I read his plays and poetry, I find some new nuance that I never noticed before. One of my favorite bloggers had some fun posts celebrating Shakespeare that include parts from some of my favorite pieces of Shakespeare that you can see here and here. Just because, here is another great speech from another play of his I like.
“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
― William Shakespeare,
Now that May is under way, we have already had Star Wars day, National Teacher’s Day, and Mother’s day. Later this month we also have world MS day. How was your April, dear readers? How is May going for you? Thanks for joining me here at the pond! May the force be with us all and hopefully this will be a fabulous month.