Overcoming resistance to healing

My dad learned to be a pilot in the early days of flying—in the days of open-cockpit, you're-on-your-own-in-the-sky flying. When I was little, I loved to ask him about his years in the Air National Guard. And especially, about how you could make a plane—something that was obviously so much heavier than air — fly.

Usually, his answers got back to words I didn't understand too well: words like air pressure and wing tilt and parasite drag, and so forth. All those things, I learned, worked together in flying to turn something negative—"air resistance"—into something positive. Somehow, the forward thrust of the plane made the pressure beneath the wings increase, the resistance above the wings decrease, and the plane go up!

August 7, 1995

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