We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

Bees

Spring                                                                             Planting Moon Good news.  I can pick up the bees tomorrow.  That makes today a good […]

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Video Phone a Reality At Last!

Spring                                                            Bee Hiving Moon Technological victory today.  Mary (Singapore at 10:00pm), Mark (Ha’il, Saudi Arabia at 5:00 pm) and myself (Andover 9 am) on the same […]

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A Third of the World Between Sibs

Winter(?)                                  First Moon of the New Year Both sibs have sent photographs recently.  Mary has taken several pictures of elephants in a series placed around Singapore.  They’re part of a fund-raiser to help Southeast Asian elephants. Mary lives within […]

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Overseas Ellises

Samain                               Moon of the Winter Solstice Brother Mark has settled in to Ha’il.  So much so that he visited, by their invitation, a group of cyberjournalists who run an online newspaper where he participated in an interview, drank tea, then […]

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Visa, Visa. Where Art Thou?

Lughnasa                                          Waxing Harvest Moon Oh.  Visas.  I think I shall never see a visa lovely as a tree.  Or something like that.  Anyhow, the Saudi visa saga took an unexpected and unpleasant turn this morning.  Turns out there are two steps to the process for teachers, certification of the degree and qualifications, then, the visa […]

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Fall-ing

Lughnasa                                                  Waxing Harvest Moon As August slides away and the sky shifts its colors toward deeper hues, an inner barometer detects higher emotional pressures.  The atmosphere weighs more, cuing those momentary pauses, breaks in attention.  It may signal a storm ahead, but more likely the prediction carries gray skies and mist, perhaps early morning fog. […]

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A Calmer Week Ahead

Mid-Summer                                                                        New Honey Extraction Moon Kate and I bought a new vehicle yesterday, a Toyota Rav-4.  Well, we picked out the things we wanted, left a deposit and now wait for the finding.  This may not be big news in most families, but the last time we bought a new vehicle was 1999 and before […]

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The 4th of July

Mid-Summer                                                     Waxing Honey Flow Moon Independence Day.  Celebrating our ancestor’s victory over the British army and considering how their enlightenment ideals apply to our time.  Happy 4th of July! For an unreconstructed radical like myself, these are trying times.  I wonder where the sense of communitarian spirit has gone.  Yes, we have a can do, […]

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A Reunion

Mid-Summer                                                                                              Waning Garlic Moon As the garlic moon wanes, the leaves of the garlic plants begin to brown from the bottom up.  When half of them are brown, I’ll pull a couple to see how they’re progressing.  I plant more garlic than we use; for some reason it appeals to me as a crop.  Partly […]

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Bee Diary: April 12, 2011

Spring                                                   Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Hobby Bee Keepers tonight.  Kate and I heard a presentation on Minnesota Grown, a very interesting initiative by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that supports local food based businesses with marketing assistance.  A woman gave a presentation on cooking with honey.  How to make truffles.  […]

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