Episode 58- March 8, 2016
Love ain't easy- not even for celestial bodies. Host Jennifer Ellsworth shares myths of marital strife between the sun and the moon from around the world. She also offers her grandparents' secrets to surviving sixty years of marriage, and reads a short story about a nursing home romance called, "Trim Day."
"...For their diamond anniversary, Roseanne and Junior had gone to McDonald’s. 'We like it there,' Roseanne told her daughter, Rachel. 'It’s tradition.' Darby’s was nicer- certainly more expensive- but McDonald’s was where Junior had taken Rose of Sharon for their first date..."
Moon Astrology- New Egg Moon in Pisces- Sometimes empathy is everything.
Children for breakfast, bookends of the day, and a sun drenched couch.
Episode 57- February 22, 2016
Welcome to the Red Fire Monkey year! Host Jennifer Ellsworth introduces Chinese astrology basics and explains how this is the year to risk it all on what you love. She also interviews Josh Ard of Permanent Expressions tattoo studio in Belfast, Maine about how passion influences his work, and reads a short story about a hitchhiking high school girl hot on the trail of her heartthrob. It's called "Jobs, Not Jail."
"...Getting rides is always a bitch in winter. You’d think drivers would see some poor bum walking the sliver of white line exposed between snow bank and main drag and pull off to offer a ride out of the slush, but it’s just the opposite...."
Moon Astrology: Full Sap Moon in Virgo: Be particular.
1896 and the birth of bought elections, sleep on a short couch, and Bowen's burgers.
Episode 56- February 8, 2016
There are good habits and bad habits, but do we cultivate them, or do they control us? Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores how habits helped shape Saint Bridget on Imbolc. She also reflects on how nursing is a two-way street, and reads a short story in which a Yoga instructor, usually stuck in her ways, signs up for a cosmic reset. It's called, "Where Rushing Gets You."
"...Cheryl had been late all morning, but decided to turn around anyway. She’d forgotten her tea on the counter. She could’ve stopped and bought tea at Chase’s Daily or Bell the Cat – or McDonald’s for that matter- but then she would be seen carrying a paper cup with a plastic lid..."
Moon Astrology: New Sap Moon in Aquarius: Gather together.
A blacksmith bends earth, we all wean sometimes, and it isn't stealing if it's a gift.
Episode 55- January 23, 2016
With two more days of Mercury in Retrograde, host Jennifer Ellsworth explains this astrological phenomena, and why you may be suffering a communication breakdown. She also tells a true story about how she was lost in translation as an Italian exchange student, and reads a short story about a massage that affects the recipient in unanticipated ways. It's called "Magic Touch."
"...If we’re going to tell the story, let’s be honest. Richard was fat. Of the had-not-seen-his-penis-in-years variety. Of the only-one-position-works-for-sex variety. Of that, there had been very little- one week stretch, twenty years ago when he had fallen in with a distant cousin..."
Moon Astrology: Full Wolf Moon in Leo: Howl your heart out.
Planets as passing cars, La Piazza della Repubblica, and nighttime in the desert.
Episode 54- January 9, 2016
Humans vilify and worship wolves. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores how these canines inherited their own moon name. She also tells a true story about an encounter with a Lone Wolf that wished she had a gun, and reads a poem about how her family falls asleep called "Wolf Stories."
"...Every night it's wolves....Nice friendly ones and bad ones...."
Moon Astrology: New Wolf Moon in Capricorn: Don't put off what you can do today.
It takes a village, Icelandic love and no more counting sheep.