Oh, yeah. This is the stuff disaster movies are made of.

You could wake up on Thursday and never know how close you came to total destruction.

As I wrote Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer, I got more and more homesick for my childhood home. The farm on a hilltop where I experienced the lush green of the distances around us, the somehow comforting mountains on the horizon, and the most amazing sunsets.

I think it’s Wyoming that calls themselves Big Sky Country, but we had a big sky too. It may be bizarre to an urbanite, but the word to describe that night sky that comes to me now is comforting.

How? I don’t know exactly, but in my memory I feel as if a starry blanket is wrapped around me and tucked in at my shoulders.

Of course, there was also the time my uncle left his billfold in his pickup in the field across the pasture, about 400 yards away. He said I could go to the football game with him if I went and got his billfold.

So, I walked across the pasture and got the billfold right where he said it would be. It was totally dark and even though the sky may have been comforting, I sang at the top of my lungs all the way there and back, “Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?”

At Earth Sky News you’ll find the link to information about the asteroid coming close—tomorrow! Really! April 19, 2017

You might never have known if I didn’t tell you. (Here’s the link that tells just how close the encounter will be/was–whichever! Maybe even watch it in real time! It’s a “virtual telescope.”)