Take a trip with Laurel Moffatt to Joshua Tree National Park to lie under the stars and consider what darkness can teach us.
The Joshua Tree National Park in California is a good starting place for Laurel Moffatt’s reflection on our struggles to see the light.
The park is full of interesting characters as well as a compelling number of stars – most of which are invisible to the outside world. Because of the amount of artificial light we use each night, more than a third of people can no longer see the Milky Way.
But the brightness of the light in deep darkness can show us how faint, how small, how very weak and narrow our own attempts at lighting our own way are.
- Bogard, Paul. The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.
- “I saw no Way – The Heavens were stitched –” Emily Dickinson, Fr633 (1863) J378
- Fabio Falchi, et al. “The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness”, Science Advances, 10 Jun 2016, Vol 2, Issue 6
What is Small Wonders?
The clarity the desert brings. Hurricanes and hard relationships. Finding reason in the middle of a ruin. Small Wonders are quiet but profound observations about life from Dr Laurel Moffatt. In each fifteen-minute episode, Laurel uncovers lessons learned from broken and beautiful things that are polished to perfection and set in rich audio landscapes for your consideration.