Last night I stepped outside after midnight and looked up into the sky. I am regularly awed by the panoply of stars visible from Ocracoke on a clear night. The big dipper, of course, is always prominent...and the milky way seems to be a swath painted on the heavens by a celestial brush. Last night the immensity of time and space struck me once again as truly incomprehensible. Then my eye turned to my tiny cottage, a safe and comfortable refuge from the big, imponderable questions.
One day we will find answers to some of those questions, but surely more questions will arise. In the meanwhile the night sky at Ocracoke provides a ready dose of awe and mystery.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052110.htm.