In 2018, Robyn and I moved with our two dogs to the Palouse region of eastern Washington, after having lived in Seattle for 40 years. We were immediately fascinated by the night skies in our new home. I began exploring the dirt and gravel farm roads at night, and started reading indigenous stories regarding the night skies.
Thinking about the distance and time which has passed since the light that we see left the stars, makes concepts such as The Clock of the Long Now and the blending of the Past and Present very real. Looking at the night sky and standing on land which has been home for many different inhabitants for a very long time reminds us of the responsibility we all share for how the world is and will be.