Adler Planetarium

There's always a point in the campaign debates where I just can't take it anymore. Tuesday it was the third time McCain referred to the Zeiss planetarium projector as an "overhead projector". Whether McCain can't discern the difference, or if he is that disingenuous with the American people, it's alarming and annoying. I wanted to Ralph Cramden him to the moon!

Saturday's workshop about teaching "stress-free" preschool might have been stretching the truth a bit, too. Teaching preschool has built-in stress. The presenter was terrific, and she used a real overhead projector with transparencies.

The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are some of my very favorite places. The Adler was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere. Every forty years or so, the projector that displays the stars on the dome wears out.

This is not the night sky. It's my rust-dyeing experiment. The rust results weren't dramatic, so I tie-dyed the ochre fabric with RIT black, then discharged the fabric with a mist spray of bleach. Think I'll dress as a black hole for Halloween.

© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder

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