Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lights Out

I wouldn't have realized that this evening was "Earth Hour" without an informative email from my brother. The plan is for as many people as possible to extinguish their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 local time. Star gazers, like my brother who lives in a metropolitan area, will enjoy dark skies. When we were kids, we used to put the reclining lawn chairs out behind the long outbuilding that we called the garage, and watch the night skies. We saw falling stars and constellations and talked about A Wrinkle in Time as if it were a true story, rather than a novel.

Tonight, power usage, for that one hour, will dip significantly. At my house, we will put out the lights and light a few candles, tell stories, and see if the cloud cover breaks up enough to allow a glimpse of the night sky. I've always enjoyed evenings when the power went out unexpectedly. As long as we were warm enough and could find the candles and matches, things were good. I wonder if I could talk my family into Saturday night "power outs?" Hmmm...

Here is a link explaining all about Earth Hour:

Here is a link explaining Dark Skies Awareness:
Wherever you are, whatever your source of light this evening, I wish you comfort.


Barbee' said...

I love the night skies. It is a delightful mental picture of you and your brother lying there watching the night sky show. What good memories, I think.

Aisling said...

Barbee, Definitely good memories! I have two other brothers too, that were there with us, but younger and not as wrapped up in the literary conversation that accompanied the stargazing. *grin*