Celestial gratitude

I have a prized handwritten, original letter from Aldous Huxley, in which he mentions that “Gratitude is heaven itself.” There’s truth there, and the topic is of course appropriate now, since Thanksgiving is coming.

Most of us have a lot to be thankful for. Every five years or so I try to tie this theme into the larger universe, so I’m due. It would be nice (novel, anyway) to hold a star party on Thanksgiving, where astronomers rattle off their own special reasons to be grateful. I’ll go first.

For starters, I am thankful that, at star . . .

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