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Strange Weather

Fall                                                 New Autumn Moon A strange weather time.  A storm system and winds blowing in from the east.  Our weather systems almost always come from the west, following the planet’s rotation and the jet stream, but this raggedy storm system got stuck over Wisconsin and has begun to retrograde, head back west. The quiet of […]

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A Northern Night

Beltane                                                                                      Full Last Frost Moon The last legcom call of the session tonight.  I went into the Sierra Club office to make the call because I had to be in a meeting at 6 pm just down the block.  The legcom call is at 5pm.  Not enough time to make it into the city for […]

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Northern Nights

Samhain                                  Waning Thanksgiving Moon The night is great.   Still.  When you’re up at 2 am, back to bed around 5 and up at 11:00, then a nap at 2:30, up at 3:45 and its dark by 4.   This is an almost northern night kind of schedule.  Feels weird. Kate’s gone to Fat Quarter Quilting for […]

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Night Talk

Samhain                                   Waning Thanksgiving Moon Though the pain has subsided, it still keeps me awake without medication.  So, I’m up at 6 am, a rarity for me these days.  When Kate shifts off regular work, no longer comes home around 10 pm, then I’ll go back to an earlier bed time and 6 might not be […]

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And I Just Sat Down And Wrote This

Summer                                    Waxing Grandchildren Moon Night again.  Serenity.  That place to fall into where the universe catches you, holds you in its arms, then you remember that the universe is your body and those arms are your arms and so you sleep. There are bad things out there:  Democrats pulled back the climate bill.  Geez, guys […]

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One Cute Ruth

Summer                                      Waxing Grandchildren Moon Three out of three grandparents agree.  This is one cute Ruth.  She’s four and smart as a whip.  Athletic, artistic and stubborn, too.  Watch out boys. I’m still exhausted from the last week and a half.  Spent today getting to 95% in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  This is an […]

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Night Casts Round A Cloak of Quiet

Spring                                                  Awakening Moon Night has fallen, the temperature, too and quiet dominates.  It is, as I have written here before, a meditative time, a free time, a time when the world is little with us and the mind can roam free over its own landscapes. The spinning of the planet then creates a certain amount […]

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Star Filled and Wonder Saturated

-4  bar steady 30.28   0mph SW  windchill -4   Samhain Waning Gibbous Moon of Long Nights I have a run of almost 3 weeks with no outside obligations.  This is a time of the year, even when I worked for the Presbytery, that I would stay home, take up a research project or a book I’d […]

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Cool House Plants

69  bar rises 29.73  0mph NNW dew-point 57  A summer night                    Last Quarter of the Flower Moon This time period, after the iris bloom and the lilacs have died back, we have annuals like petunias, begonias, geraniums and vinca plus the odd Siberian Iris and peony, not many late June perennials in our garden. We await now the […]

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Off to Dreamland

20 88%  27%  0mph WSW bar29.87 windchill20  Winter              Waxing Crescent of the Winter Moon Day is done; gone the sun.  The time before bed has a peculiar poignancy.  We lay down the work of this day, set it aside for a period of sleep.  We give up our apparent agency in the waking world […]

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