People often say that a major drawback to city living is that the stars are never visible.  I have found this to be completely untrue.  Sure, the sky may not light your way home, but that doesn’t mean that celestial magic isn’t all around.

Like so many things in life, all you have to do is pay attention.  Just look up.

Waking up in the back seat after a nap at the tail end of a day-long road trip, I was compelled to look upward to the New Jersey sky.  There was a luminous moon, three-quarters full, with an amber halo around it.  A smattering of stars, actually many more than usual, were shimmering like skyward gems.  Pillows of clouds playfully moved across the sky, first obscuring the stars, then revealing them.  Lights from planes twinkled in between the stars.

Light is all around us if we just look for it.

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