northanger (northanger) wrote,

this is a story of an old man

....and of a gift
and it is a dream
and it is a fantasy

an old man died
and no one cried
they surely turned away
and when he died
he left a table made of nails and pride
and with his hands he carved these words inside

'for my children'

morning light
morning bright
i spent the night
with dreams that make you weep
morning time
wash away the sadness from these eyes of mine
for i recall the words an old man signed

'for my children'

and the legs were shaped with his hands
the top made of the most beautiful oaken wood
and all of the children that gathered around this great table
they touched it with their laughter
and ah, that was good

the old man died
and no one cried
he surely died alone
and truth is sad
for not a child would claim the gift he had
the words he carved became his epitaph

'for my children'

going home
take me home

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Expedition 13 :: Soyuz TMA-8 | Discovery STS-121

Commander Pavel Vinogradov (Russia)
Flight Engineer Jeffrey Williams (USA)
Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter (ESA Germany)

Vinagradov/Williams return home 28-Sep on Soyuz TMA-8; Reiter returns home 26-Dec on STS-116

STS-115 :: Atlantis (OV-104)

Commander Brent Jett
Pilot Christopher Ferguson
Mission Specialist Joseph Tanner
Mission Specialist Daniel Burbank
Mission Specialist Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
Mission Specialist Steve MacLean (CSA, Canada)

Sometimes people mistakenly think that NASA does mostly secret research with military applications or that NASA is into "star wars" type of work. Well, NASA is actually a civil organization, and we, as researchers, are encouraged to publish our research results in the open literature. The motto of NASA is "For the benefit of all!" So, when we're faced with a technical challenge or an intriguing question, all colleagues put their heads together and try to solve the problem collectively. There are so many people with so many diverse national, ethnic and faith backgrounds and with so many alternative approaches to attack a problem that the work environment becomes very exciting and colorful. You definitely forget your origins but start enjoying the unifying human aspects. Actually, I should mention this interesting anecdote about NASA's motto. When I first started working at NASA more than twenty years ago, the motto at the time was "For the benefit of all Mankind". It came under severe criticism of the extreme nationalists who wanted to change the word "Mankind" to "Americans", and of the extreme feminists who questioned why "Man" and not "Woman". In fact, it even got criticized by the animal rights groups and environmentalists for the exclusionist implication of "Mankind" towards animals and plants. And hence, NASA settled on "For the benefit of all". —Dr. Süleyman Gokoglu [+][+]

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. —Captain James T. Kirk

To understand and protect our home planet; To explore the universe and search for life; To inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.


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