My name’s Vivian White. I’m the Director of Free-Choice Learning at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco. By day I work with amateur astronomers and museums, creating and sharing astronomy activities with those who love them.
After work, I zoom across the bay to an adventurous 7 year old explorer. We wander far and wide looking for adventures and trouble. We’re frequently successful. I can often be found stargazing, swimming, or throwing pots on my kick wheel.
I love traveling.
I wish I could take you all with me.
Send me an email if you have any great ideas.
Today it’s Mary Oliver who’s inspiring me:
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.