This is our first newsletter, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you. Bear with me, I’m afraid I’ve waxed a bit poetic, because between the upcoming solar eclipse and the Perseids meteor shower, this is turning out to be a very celestial summer. Of course, looking to the heavens tends to unleash quite a lot of clichés, but sometimes there is depth even in truisms.

For me, this summer’s stellar insights began when I was on a scout outing in June in Paradise Valley. It was so wide open and free of light pollution that the sky was like a dome. I decided then and there to take the family out of the city for the Perseids at the end of the season. Then I remembered the time when my youngest daughter was 3 years old, and we’d let her stay up for the fireworks. I’m not sure how she felt about the show, because once it ended she looked up and said, “Look! Stars!” She was so excited to see the stars that they completely overshadowed the explosive, fabricated spectacle.