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Over There

Spring                                                            Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Libya.  The Middle East in an arc of protest.  We have intervened on behalf of Libyan rebels and I’m pretty sure my boy is over there, directing bombardments.  I say pretty sure because he was secretive when he told me about this deployment.  Wherever he is, he’s flying 20 hour […]

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Family Time

Winter                                     Waxing Moon of the Cold Month Kate sees this trip as vacation; I don’t.  Family related travel, the bulk of what I do, has a different purpose and feel.  It’s about relationships and the hard work necessary to maintain them.  It has the flavor of duty, but duty in a positive, not an obligatory […]

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Miracles.

Lughnasa                                              Waxing Back to School Moon Nap.  Off to Ace Hardware for chemically resistant gloves.  Really.  Why would I use anything that required them?  Normally, I wouldn’t.  But the varroa mites compromise the divide’s ability to survive the winter and the U says to do this until IPM begins to work.  If I didn’t have […]

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Top of His Class

Summer                                      Waxing Grandchildren Moon Joe graduated top of his class for the third time today:  top scope at Tyndall in basic Air Battle Management and Distinguished Graduate for his Robbin’s AFB (current assignment) JSTAR’s work as well as a program for new lts.  A colonel said, “We’ve never had anybody finish with 100% before.”  Another […]

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Kate’s Doing Well

Imbolc                                                         Waxing Wild Moon Joe called tonight.  Another 100 percent on a JSTAR exam.  He’s at 100% for the whole course right now with only  one exam left to go.  He was on  his way over to Jaimie’s place to watch the Olympics.  A member of the women’s luge team lived in Breckenridge and worked […]

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Mary and Joseph (but, no Jesus)

Samhain                        Waxing Wolf Moon                 Thanksgiving Joseph and Mary are here.  Mary came in to the train station in Anoka.  It was a very East Coast scene with folks waiting for others in the parking lot, a mist shrouding the street lights.  Joseph’s flight experienced a delay at Milwaukee and didn’t get in until 9:35 p.m. […]

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Undercurrents and Subtext

74  bar steady 29.75 3mph W dew-point 49  Summer, sunny and pleasant Waxing Gibbous Thunder Moon A party.  Kate and I are not party people.  We both prefer a night at home or the theater or classical music, but we’re headed out tonight because of Paul Strickland’s kids.   Kate Strickland, oldest, heads out in […]

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USAF Officers Attacked!

81  bar falls 29.99 0mph S dew-point 59  Summer, sunny and hot Waning Gibbous Flower Moon Each year in late June a convergence of heat, humidity, sun intensity and the growth of weeds combine to make gardening an early morning task for me.  The toddler trees, planted last year, had a considerable collection of weeds […]

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The Air Redolent With Lilac

61  bar steady 29.84  0mph N dew-point 52  Beltane, night First Quarter of the Flower Moon The first quarter moon has a mask quality, one side lit and the other dark, but showing just a bit.  It’s as if the moon wears a Venetian mardi gras mask, one side white, the other black.  Maybe if […]

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The O Club

73  bar falls 29.59  0mph E  dew-point 63  Beltane, cloudy Waxing Crescent of the Flower Moon Finished putting down Preen in the flower beds.  The straw for mulch in the vegetable beds took a bit longer, but not much.  The beets have grown, as have their bedmates, the carrots.  The corn is ankle high by […]

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