What a beautiful snowy day here in Durango, CO. Lovely day for a birthday. It seems only appropriate to share this quote today:

“I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.” – Charles Darwin

Ok, maybe that one, albeit a darn good point, isn’t as poetic as deserved by a beautiful day like today. This one should do the trick:

“Thus,  from the war of nature,  from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows…There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whiles this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
― Charles Darwin, Origin of Species

Thanks to all who attended our meeting on Friday night at the Irish Embassy. Look on our Meetup page for the next scheduled meeting.