Episode 83—March 27, 2017
The North Star, Polaris, has been guiding star for travelers for centuries. Host Jennifer Ellsworth offers an overview of this celestial compass point and explains how it won't be there forever. She also shares a poem about Sungold tomatoes from a man who doesn't write poetry anymore; and reads a story about Bets, our favorite waitress, and how she tries to locate a little magic in life. It's called "Playing At Witches."
'...“Are you really going?”
I nod. I had emailed a way out this morning: Hello, ladies. Looks like rain. Next weekend?
The responses came quick with no bites.
I don’t melt! See you at 6!
I love rain. Might be ten minutes late.
Rented movies for the girls already. 6:10 it is.
“Rugged women,” Steve says.
I nod again. “How do I look?”...'
Moon Astrology: New Milk Moon in Aries: Spring means begin.
Sky clock, a sneaky trap, and a spring blizzard.
Episode 82—February 26, 2017
Who's your Daddy? Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores the science of genes and what happens when energies merge. She also shares an interview with Michelle Moschkau who describes a long distance connection made via a cell phone number; and reads part one of "Baby," a short story about the end of the 23rd chromosome.
'...“Where are we going?” Kaleb asked.
“Equinox party—” Julie muttered. She was stuck, with a towel-wrapped Pyrex wedged between her breasts and the steering wheel. She’d charged from the house through the rain, not wanting to wear a hat. She had tried a new part following her shower—sloughing her bangs left, not divided down the middle—and had a moment of such sexy feeling she’d gooped it in place...'
Moon Astrology: New Egg Moon in Pisces: Daydream believer.
Gaia and Kronos, meditation question, and a quiet car.
Episode 81—February 10, 2017
The Fire Rooster is this year's Chinese New Year animal, and we cannot ignore his crow. Host Jennifer Ellsworth enumerates his traits that we should adopt to succeed this year. She also profiles a couple that lives the change they wish to see in the world, and reads a short story about a woman following doctor's orders and transforming her life. It's called "Executive Order."
"...Isn’t this worse?
I’ll do it because that’s how I am, but imagine if this was the prescription for the whole country? Ignore the media and eat red meat. Oh wait, it is! Is it possible Dr. Liz is one of them? Perhaps her chakra poster peppered walls are a ploy to make me accept her and her advice: ignore the media and eat red meat!..."
Moon Astrology: Full Sap Moon in Leo: Illuminate.
Healthy, happy hens; sugar shack time; and dressed burgers.
Episode 80—January 27, 2017
Can dreams tell the future? What happens when we die? Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores some of Life's mysteries with Joe Asciello as he recounts a boating accident he saw coming. She'll also share the outline for a tough talk with her children and a poem about a sweet farewell with her grandmother. It's called "The View of Planet Earth From Room 216."
"...In her delirium Grandma shops at the open market.
'They’ve got sausages drying,' she gestures
to the fluids dripping into her IV..."
Moon Astrology: New Sap Moon in Aquarius: All together now.
Righting itself in the water, a not-fancy fish, and marveling at them all.
Episode 79—January 12, 2017
Love abounds as Venus occupies its point of greatest eastern elongation. Host Jennifer Ellsworth offers a planet primer for our solar system sister. She also marries love and food in an essay about what makes a good cook, and a short story about waiting for a table at Neighborhood, Belfast's next best thing. It's called "The Waiting Game."
The return pitch of those two words, twenty minutes—the estimated wait for a table at Neighborhood, the new restaurant in town—was designed to equate that time frame with swimming naked in pig swill...."
Moon Astrology: Full Wolf Moon in Cancer: We are family.
Sex, love, beauty, and military victories; beans and rice; and She Talks to Angels.