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Only Candlelight

Barbara-Ann G. Lewis

December 2, 2012

Between the ages of 7 and 11, we had only candlelight at night. It was World War II and my family and I lived in the Philippines under occupation by the Japanese Army. There was little food, no school, and no electric lights. You might imagine the night sky under those conditions --- millions of stars, and the Milky Way, free to anyone who looked up. I did, every single night, and wondered what else was there? How did all the stars get there? How did the universe get here? Wondering never stopped, and it was thus natural that I became a scientist. Now, I am sorry that children in our cities can not see those millions of stars when they look up. I firmly believe that all the city lights have blocked wonder from many children. Needless to say, I am a member of the Dark Sky association. Bring back the stars and let our children wonder again.


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