109 – Frontier

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

I look at the water and see only water. However, the water is only a small fraction of a vast collection that makes our planet blue. In the distance is a line where the water meets the sky – the horizon – the place where the known meets the unknown. The horizon – the boundary separating dreams and reality.

At one time, people stood on shores looking over the water and wondering what was beyond that line. Seeking beyond the horizon that, to them, was the next frontier. In a way, we still do that.

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I look above at the clear blue sky, and it is easy to think about what is beyond that blue window. As I think about last night’s clear sky and the plethora of lights, those are the same lights that cause anyone to think about the vast frontier we call space.

It is easy to imagine how humanity saw the stars as mere lights attached to a dome surrounding us. Maybe someone still thinks that today.

The frontier of the open sea. The frontier of new land. The frontier of the air. The frontier of the heavens above. The frontier of the water under the surface. The frontier of what we cannot see with the unaided eye. These were all regions of the unexplored – uncharted territory – the unknown – a frontier.

Frontier – a line separating the explored and unexplored. Frontier – a region leading to the next advancement in knowledge. Vaccines, medicines, electronics, robotics, microtechnologies, and so much more were part of a frontier at one time. However, as knowledge increases, the frontier also expands like an infinite bloom.

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Galileo changed the accepted thinking of his day because he explored a frontier with the telescope. Today, the Hubble Telescope takes us far beyond what Galileo imagined. I wonder what Galileo would think today.

Similarly, microscopes started to take us into the world of the small. Nowadays, electron micrographs take us to the very small. Atomic force microscopes capture the view of atoms and molecules – all journeys into a distant frontier.

Those who explore frontiers are heroes – loud cheers to courage. Some gain fame – others not. Think of the explorers who reached the New World from the Old World. Think of explorers like Lewis and Clark going into the wilderness of America’s western frontier. Think of astronauts going into the unknown of space.

Think about all the scientists involved in the many increments leading to new, important breakthroughs – to which only a few are credited. Think of all the people who stretch themselves beyond the boundaries into an unknown world. All involve journeys that expand our view, but whether or not they make the universe smaller or larger is a matter of perspective.

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Curiosity to explore to learn more in a new frontier is naturally human because we want to know more about ourselves and our place in the world. The urge to know is emotional because exploration is in our DNA. Yes – we want to know – and yes, personal growth is also a journey into a new personal frontier.

Frontier – that next advancement in knowledge comes from the abyss of uncharted territory.

Frontier – that extreme limit of our understanding or achievement.

Frontier is the region that we have only marginally explored.

This beach is my frontier, and the many steps are my journey. This beach is my frontier because each day is different on this long stretch of sand. After all, the beach changes daily. Frontiers and journeys on this beach are good because I like walking on the beach. After all, it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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130 thoughts on “109 – Frontier”

    1. Marina,
      No doubt that not only James Tiberius takes us into a new frontier, and he did so boldly where no man has gone before. Seeing the sea as a frontier, thinking about the early Spanish and Portuguese explorers – cultures as the Vikings and Phoenicians – and many others – amazing! Yamas!!!

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  1. Good morning, Frank! Like Marina, I heard the opening voice-over of “space the final frontier.” I read a NY Times piece on the new James Webb telescope, and the authors talked to a scientist who wanted to name a satellite Pequod after ship in Moby Dick (and then went into a discussion of Dante and Odysseus.) We will always see frontiers and we want to explore them–and walking on the beach is definitely a time to reflect upon that!
    (This morning we have a snowy frontier outside our windows.) 😀

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    1. Merril,
      As I think about space as the final frontier, I also think about its enormity – so is it the inexhaustible frontier? I look forward to the images from the Webb Space Telescope. Thanks for sharing a bit from the NY Times article. Very interesting! Good luck with today’s storm!

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      1. I think trying to imagine it as exhaustible hurts my brain even more.
        Thank you. The snow is over, but it’s going to get colder and windier. We got about 6 inches here, but I guess the got 1 to 2 ft. at the shore.

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  2. Good work Frank. It amazes me how many thoughts enter your mind as you walk on the beach. I think of Star Trek, which I loved to watch when I was younger – The final frontier. There will always be another frontier down the road to explore.

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    1. Peggy,
      It is so interesting that several comments have mentioned Star Trek. After all, they got us thinking about the frontier of space in a way that many of us wonder. Meanwhile, I agree that humanity will always have a frontier because exploration is in our DNA. We simply want to know. Thanks for sharing and walking along!

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  3. And we are part of a communications frontier, Frank. Could we have imagined sharing our thoughts, words and images far and wide, when we were children. We didn’t make it possible, but we make the journey and some enjoy that we do. Great thoughts on big and little frontiers.

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    1. Dan,
      The “communications frontier” is a great term – and you hit the nail on the head. At one end of the spectrum are those like us – never imaging this happening. At the other end are those who not only can’t imagine life without the internet – but also look confused – There was no internet? No cable TV, No cell phones? No microwaves? Geeeezzzzz …. what did you do? Thanks for sharing a great thought!

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  4. Human beings love a challenge! There is no shortage of new frontiers to be explored.

    Frank, I love this inspiring post that recognizes so many of the frontiers we have explored and the new frontiers still in front of us! Thank you for including my post! Have a pleasant weekend! ❤

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    1. Cheryl,
      I agree – humans love a challenge. I believe a sense to explore is in our DNA – a point of being human. As we explore one frontier, we discover another. Thanks for writing your post. As soon as I found it, I smiled knowing I could do a little to promote you. Thanks for the kind words and walking along.

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  5. Many thanks Frank for the inclusion as a link on this post! I was not aware of your blog but it reminds me of my sister’s home in PensacolaBeach – the ocean is forever changing and always new….

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    1. Murisopis,
      Welcome first-time commenter to my friendly beach. Thanks not only for walking along, but for your post. After all, if you didn’t write it, I wouldn’t have found it! 😉 I’m a snowbird from Cincinnati who actually far from Pensacola. Where’s are you located.

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  6. Wonderful post as always Frank as we continue the move into more exploration on the frontier. You nailed it. Such a gift to go back in history.. thanks for taking us there on your beautiful walk. love the video! 💖🌈

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  7. It seems like everyday could foster new horizons.
    Goals and objectives we set for ourselves create a new beginning that can take us to great new horizons.
    A lovely walk today as I enjoy a bit of crisp temperatures that feel like a refreshing change. But, don’t stay lone blustery winds. Enjoy your weekend … Cheers 🍷🍷
    Isadora 😎

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      1. Hi aFrank,
        Hope you had a restful weekend. I think people are becoming more aware of the blessings that each challenge unfolds. Slowing down due to the pandemic has in some ways been a lesson in how to be more present daily.
        Hope you have a grand week … Isadora 😎

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  8. Humankind’s unquenchable thirst for new frontiers to explore has led us to new worlds, new perspectives, new adventures and even backwards in time to reexamine things we thought we knew. The old becomes new. I hope we ALWAYS have new frontiers – learning should never stop – it keeps us young and interested.

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Learning itself is a frontier. For instance, take a topic you don’t know much about – and stepping into that arena is an important aspect to learning. And like you stated – learning should never stop! Meanwhile, we also rely and the daring and the committed at the research level to take us to new places – then all of us can learn about it. Thanks for sharing …. and you were 10 minutes behind Ingrid.

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  9. You got me going with all this frontier excitement, so I had to peek across the frontier of my computer screen to the annotator, where I found a comment by you.
    I have now traversed back here to say – Fab post, Frank! Never a dull moment on your beach walks. Thank you!

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  10. For me, the frontier is about facing the unknown while knowing it will be something wondrous and worth striving for! I always think back to my favorite books , like Little House on the Prairie, in which such courage and determination is shown. Then I think of Star Trek and the opening lines of each episode and am moved to realized the frontier is simply what is always before us! 🙂

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  11. Beautiful in every way. Thank you Frank. My favorite frontiers are the oceans and in space. And regarding Lewis and Clark, they are my favorite historic explorers. They treated the First Nations people with dignity and respect.

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    1. Nico,
      Thank you for the kind words. Great point about Louis and Clark – especially because we know that wasn’t true for many. I think the oceans and space are two places that people love to think about as a frontier because both are places that most of us don’t go – so we wonder – and that’s a good thing. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. One of my favorite Einstein quotes is “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” After reading what you wrote about frontiers, perhaps what appealed to me in that quote is the pushing of the frontiers, of never stopping to push the frontiers. Thank you for provoking that exploration!

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  13. “… where the known meets the unknown.” We don’t know what we don’t know until we know what we know. That is such an intriguing place to be. And I welcome each frontier as I meet it and hopefully learn from it.

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  14. I loved this post very much, your expressions and contemplations are very beautiful, taking me back and forth from theknown to unknown and back, how this lifetime itself is a frontier for our explorations for this reality is simply amazing to me.

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        1. I love reader comments. As you know, I’ve taken them and created new walks with them. I think the recent one with wisdom may create two more walks on that topic. Same with Time, which I already had two. Readers come up with other perspectives that add a lot! 🙂 … Thank you!!!!

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          1. I relate to learning so much from the wise perspectives from kind readers, so much that has come my way too from all these years of interaction. I sincerely appreciate and give credit to the original writers of some perspectives if I use them as the basis of my posts. Some expressions in comments are like pure poetry coming up from the hearts of readers – I like to leave them intact in their name. You are very welcome if my perspectives have brought value to you.

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  15. I think you’re correct, Frank, in that it takes a combination of curiosity and courage to confront any frontier. I like the way you reminded me that frontiers can be intellectual, as in scientific discovery. I often think about our American history and the incredibly brave people who moved their lives across the unknown territories between east and west. I don’t think I ever could have left the security of the “known” for the “unknown,” but I’m intrigued with the stories. I think this shows my age. Today I would imagine people are more inclined to think about the frontiers of space exploration. “Frontier” really is a wonderful word!

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    1. Debra,
      Thanks for walking along and sharing your thoughts. Curiosity is definitely a characteristic of humanity – but not everyone has the courage or the knowledge to take certain journeys – but some are available if they take advantage of it. I think about your curiosity about the history of your area – such as your series about the LA watersystem. That was a personal frontier that you tackled – and then you shared it with others. Frontier is a big word – and a powerful one.

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  16. The Bengals have trudged across a new frontier after winning their first road playoff game ever. And now they move into Kansas City for a high noonish showdown for all the marbles.

    And what about Captain Kirk?

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    1. Marc,
      Credit Captain Kirk for expanding the thought of many from the western frontier to the far reaches of space. Think about how much of the TV at the time was about a past frontier of the old west – but Star Trek took us to the unknown frontiers of both space and the future. Brilliant! Meanwhile, the countdown is on for the showdown. I was more confident last week against the Titans than today. But, the game must be played.

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  17. We are creatures so full of curiosity that there will be no end to the new frontiers we discover. It’s mind-boggling. Love the idea of the beach being your frontier. I know what you mean about how different it is every day. Never the same walk twice.

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    1. Barbara,
      Yes, I think humanity will always have a new frontier. After all, discoveries lead to new frontiers. Besides, the universe is a big place! One reader stated about daily life being our personal frontier. That’s such a great statement, and also a challenge to find frontiers that are in front of us – something as simple as a walking in a park for the first time. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. When you think about it, every day (especially this past two years) has been on the doorstep of a wide unknown frontier. Some days it’s exciting, other days, our lack of certainty makes it terrifying and we lose our equilibrium just enough to leave us unsteady.

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        1. Monika,
          To tell you the truth, I’ve been very subdued. Maybe numb or stunned are better words. I tell people that in person, and they are surprised. However, it’s been a long time coming – and long-time Bengal loyalists have suffered a lot through the years. On the plus side, I believe this surprise run has caught the imagination of many people – so I foresee many people across the country rooting for the Bengals in the Super Bowl. People love Cinderella!

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  19. Another fascinating exploration of a wide-reaching topic, Frank. Thank you. You’re right: people who are curious about the unknown can, through their explorations, provide eye-opening answers for everyone.

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  20. Especially enjoyed this one Frank. In fact you took it far further than I’d have imagined and made me think about the many frontiers that still exist today. Yes, kudos to the greats who are known to us all, but also to the “little people” behind the scenes who make those great discoveries possible every day. Excellent post!

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    1. Tina,
      Wonderful – glad I was able to take you further than you anticipated. That alone made me smile. Yes – Cheers to the little people – those behind the scenes – those who did an important increment step that allowed the final accomplishment. Thanks for sharing wonderful points.

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      1. we sure do see that happening today and that why all this censursing scares me – but let’s not go there right now – nlet’s just celebrate the bengals win and see who they will play (who do you prefer – an 88 rematch with the 49ers?)

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        1. If the 49ers, not only a ’88 rematch, but also ’81. Both were heartbreakers. Bengals were definitely the better team in ’81 – but evenly matched in ’88. The dropped interception reminded me of the ’88 game when the Bengal player dropped an interception that hit him in the gut. 49ers also beat the Bengals this season. I’m not comfortable with either LA or SF.

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              1. hahah – I like that
                and I am so happy they are In the big game – and even though the 49ers have been there rather recently- it just feels nice to not see the patriots of others that seem to hog the game

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      1. yes – and dude – I am so sorry for my last comment – I was only getting updates from the hubs and then watched the entire 4th quarter and OT
        and you were on my mind amigo and I am soooooooooo happy the Bengals won. Truly a team effort and that interception in OT had us jumping (and nothing against the chiefs or my family that lives in KC – but time for Burrow and the guys to bring a new freshness to the Super Bowl)

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    1. The word, ‘Frontier’ also immediately brings to mind the Davy Crockett song. I’m sure that really dates me, 🙂 Think I must have been around eight-years-old when it was all the rage. Since then, I’ve crossed too many frontiers to even count. I think ‘frontier’ speaks of adventure and maybe even a bit of derring-do. Thanks for another thoughtful and interesting beach post, Frank. Have a great week.

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  21. There are limitless frontiers out there. virtual as well as real, physical as well as mental.
    And how about them Bengals! I so was hoping they could go up against the 49ers and beat them (yanno, that third time’s a charm thing…) Still. I’ll be rooting for them against the rams!
    Nice tune to go with your post.

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    1. Dale,
      No doubt about it, and the idea of frontiers is bigger than most people give credit. Meanwhile, I’m still numb and shocked about what the Bengals have accomplished. People give a strange look when I tell them that while not being giddy. Personally, I’m glad they aren’t playing the 49ers again because they have given me enough heartache. I maintain the ’81 Bengals were the better team but lost. the ’88 teams were evenly matched – but aided by a dropped interception by the Bengals … right in his gut. The name Louis Billups lives in infamy with long-time Bengal fans. Glad you enjoyed a touch of Donald Fagen – a bit different from my normal fare.

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      1. That it is,
        It would have been great for them to beat them, finally, but I get it. That’s the name of the game, untimely drops or very timely catches. 🙂 Yes, it was a bit out of your norm, and that’s not a bad thing!

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            1. Happy, yes …. but I was very low key about it yesterday and today. One thing for sure, this team doesn’t quit. They’ve beaten some good teams and sucked against some bad ones. Heck, they lost to the friggin’ Bears and Jets. But – they are getting it done when it counts.

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      1. I love your blog. Done with great thought and grace. I agree. Personal challenges are on top for all of us. We just don’t always realize it. Always a pleasure to visit with you. I am not always around, life calls on most days. lol. I will indeed continue to visit. hugs.

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        1. Thanks for your kind words, Donna. I greatly appreciate them because I try to keep a consistent tone here. Honestly, I only post twice a week (generally Wed & Sat) because as you said, life calls. I don’t want to burden readers. Been there, done that – and no more. Stop by when you can.

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