Editors’ Note

Issue 23: When the heart stops, poetry by Luci Shaw, the glory of an orchestra, and Harriet Tubman.

The Women on 20s campaign is petitioning the US government to feature a woman on the $20 bill, to replace Andrew Jackson. In an online poll, abolitionist Harriet Tubman came out on top, over 14 other women, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Susan B. Anthony.

That may be surprising to some, but not to those who know what an amazing person Tubman was. Check out the piece in this issue—“Black Moses”—on her remarkable legacy. It will be interesting to see if she actually ends up on the $20 bill.

Other pieces in this issue:

  • It’s a problem when the human heart stops, right? Not necessarily. As our cover story explains, those pauses between its beats are just as important—if not more important—than the beats.
  • They say the same thing about music—the pauses between notes are as important as the notes. And a symphony orchestra is a more wondrous thing still.
  • It’s about time we got around to featuring a poem by Luci Shaw, who has become the unofficial poet laureate of evangelicals.
  • The largest galaxy in the universe is but one of the interesting links in Wonder on the Web.

Enjoy the awe.

—Mark Galli, co-editor

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Also in this Issue

Issue 23 / May 28, 2015
  1. Even Arteries Need a Sabbath

    How the heart sustains itself over the 2.5 billion beats of a lifetime. /

  2. The Precise Magic of the Symphony

    The modern orchestra produces order out of chaos, and something beautiful for the heart. /

  3. Black Moses

    The mystical faith and no-nonsense tactics of the Underground Railroad’s most famous leader. /

  4. What Secret Purple Wisdom

    ‘un-terrestrial pulse, deep as heaven, that folds you’ /

  5. Wonder on the Web

    Issue 23: Links to amazing stuff

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