Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Look to the Stars by Janice Lynn

As with many authors, I'm a dreamer. There's few things I find more relaxing then snuggling up on a blanket outdoors and staring up at the night sky.  I love looking at the stars, watching for meteorites, and seeing how the moon casts it's glow over the world around me. I find it humbling when I think how vast the universe is around me.

Today marks the anniversary of a momentous event. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off earth. On July 20th, the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon and on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong left the module and was the first man to step on the moon. Soon after Buzz Aldrin joined him and they collected samples to bring back to earth. They spent a total of twenty-one hours and thirty-six minutes on the moon's surface during Apollo 11's nine day

mission (lift off on July 16 & landed back on earth on July 24). It boggles my mind to think how Commander Armstrong left his mark on the moon's surface with that infamous boot footprint.

wasn't around yet to have gotten to watch live footage of Apollo 11 when Neil Armstrong made that famous first step, but did watch live television footage of when the Challenger launched and exploded in 1986.  The Challenger is vividly imprinted upon my mind and heart, probably because that launch felt special because teacher Christa McAuliffe was on board. Regardless, modern day space launches fascinate me. There's something exciting about knowing history is being made with each launch and that advances are being made, even as mistakes occur.

The idea of someday traveling through space being a common event seems surreal, and yet, it's a goal mankind strives for and seems to be making more and more progress toward. As mentioned, I love to look up at the stars, but I'm not sure I'd ever choose to space travel. What about you? Are you more a look up at the stars kind of person or do you long to travel through them?

USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author JANICE LYNN lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming, their kids who think they're all royalty, her vivid imagination, an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true princess of the house, and bunches of unnamed dust bunnies that moved in after Janice started her writing career. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, an exercise queen, a military mama, and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Just kidding on the exercise queen. www.janicelynn.com   WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS available at AMAZON Barnes & Noble WALMART


  1. Oh, y'all. I am so sorry that this didn't come through. I had it scheduled and saved, but never hit PUBLISH. It's been that kind of week. :( I've just now had a moment to pop on to look at comments. Imagine my surprise when I found no post. Ack!

  2. I Love this flash back to July,1969. It was a memorable night for our family as we all gathered around our little B&W TV watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the Eagle. I don't have any desire to travel in space, but I love lying outside on summer nights gazing at the stars.

  3. I think if I was outside at night, I would look up at the stars. I'm definitely a dreamer.
    The Challenger is embedded in my mind too. We were watching in my classroom at school and then the news played it over and over and over. It will forever be a vivid memory.
    I've always been fascinated by space.

  4. I remember both occasions, Janice Lynn. And I've always been fascinated with space too.