He came from the moon to the town of Madison one April, still full of energy and sweeping those shining blue eyes around the room and at the slides he was showing to the crowd gathered at the church, the only local building available and large enough to fit some of those who wanted to see him.He strode down the aisle to thunderous and lingering applause from the entire crowd on their feet. ...more
Earlier this month, The Smart Witch posted a quote from author Tahereh Mafi on her Facebook page, and I knew I'd eventually have to steal it use it for one of my moon photographs. Here it is, paired with a picture, taken on August 22, 2015 at 7:29pm....more
My life is filled with files, folders, small scraps of paper, bits of wisdom, ideas, bookmarked links, books and charts all having something to do with either The Goddess or the moon. Equally obsessed with both, my interest in the ways of the moon began once I understood that I am just as she is; cyclical and ever changing. While the sun and his radiant, life-giving essence belong to everyone, the moon and her deep, inner cycles belong exclusively, deliciously and mysteriously to women. Why is this?...more
Another piece of my childhood has gone. With the passing of Neil Armstrong, a vivid childhood memory came back in to focus.I clearly remember as a child, my father waking us at 4 or 4:30 in the morning to watch the Apollo missions. Back in the Sixties, space exploration was a huge deal. I was fortunate to have a dad who was just as excited about it as we kids were.Rest in peace, Neil. And per your family's request...the next time I see the moon, I'll send a wink up to you....more
I have a few friends and acquaintances who are doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists. They swear that a full moon brings out the weirdest cases. When the moon is beaming in all its glory, more babies are born, patients come in with strange and exciting injuries, and the mentally unstable become even more erratic. I believe that it really does affect us, and last weekend there was a supermoon, which was even bigger and brighter than normal. My mom posted something funny on Facebook: “If the moon is 14% bigger and 30% brighter, does that mean that people ...more
Monday, September 12 marks the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a celebration of the harvest for Chinese around the world, as well as many other Asian cultures. It's a holiday rooted in folklore and history, but for many Chinese Americans, it's all about the moon cakes.
In my experience, these dense, sweet pastries come from a tin or a Chinese bakery. I don’t know any Chinese Americans who make them from scratch anymore—they are intricate, labor intensive, and who has the time?...more
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