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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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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 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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There Are Days, Ordinary Days

58  bar rises 29.80 2mph W dewpoint 30 Beltane New Moon (Hare Moon) There are days, ordinary days, days you can recall, when your life took a sharp angle turn, or created a swooping curve, perhaps dipped underground or soared up, up into the sky. It seems I remember, though how could I really, the […]

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A Parent’s Pain, A Young Man’s Journey

42  bar falls 30.04 2mph S dewpoint 20 Spring Last Quarter Moon of Winds Joseph called from OTS.  He sounded dispirited, demoralized.  Drill and military courtesy have tripped him up thus far.  His commander has talked about recycling him if he doesn’t improve.  He had strings on his uniform, two demerits.  Other things, two demerits. […]

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