The world’s desire

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood at Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

– G. K. Chesterton

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Bubble nebula

The Bubble Nebula
Credit:NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team

NGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula, is a nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. The “bubble” is created by the stellar wind from a massive, hot, young central star. The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow.

Paperwhites

Paperwhite (narcissus) bulbs are sold at a lot of hardware and garden stores and are super easy to grow indoors. If you start some now, you’ll have flowers in four to six weeks, when you’re properly sick of winter. They have a strong scent that I like, though not everyone does.

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  • Put some stones or marbles in the bottom of a vase or other container. (They tend to topple as they get tall, so I use a tall vase that will give them some support.)
  • Nestle the bulbs on top of the stones,  pointy end up.
  • Add water so just the bottom of the bulb is wet (not the whole thing, or it will rot).
  • Put in a reasonably sunny place.
  • Add water as needed over the next weeks so the roots can reach water but the bulb isn’t submerged.