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Maine Stories and Moon Musing. It's "All Things Considered" for the moon and short fiction about modern Maine life. Hosted by Jennifer Ellsworth. Episodes are produced on each New Moon and Full Moon.
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Nov 14, 2016

Episode 75—November 14, 2016

It's yet another Supermoon. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains why today's full moon really is great, and reflects on that superlative in a eulogy for her husband's gram. She also reads a short story about a less-than-great man and his moment of grace with a gun. It's called Cellar Hole.

"...Hunting in the middle of the day was like jacking off to a kitten calendar—nearly useless—but Arlen needed to get out of the house. Diane had left the turkey in the mudroom, thinking it would be warm enough to thaw there, but it hadn’t. When she retrieved it for stuffing, it remained an igloo brick and set her off cussing..."

Moon Astrology: Full Beaver Moon in Taurus: Work together.

Proxigee full moon, hauling water, and canned peas.

Sep 29, 2016

Episode 72—September 30, 2016

Nearly everyday Earth has a close approach with an asteroid. Today host Jennifer Ellsworth explores how NASA scientists find these Near Earth Objects and what we plan to do with them. She also tells a true story about an ant-hunting dog, and reads a prose poem about shape note singing. It's called "#Blessed-Common Ground Country Fair Folk Arts Tent 2016."

"...I was there because I was supposed to be there, the next act on stage, following whatever this was, telling a story in the old way as the woman said, which to me just meant I’d rehearsed it out loud in my car on the way to the grocery store, my two boys a peanut gallery in the backseat, and while driving here, to the Fair, instead of listening to NPR..."

Moon Astrology: New Hunters Moon in Libra: Take only what you need.

Interplanetary gas stations, my dungy dog, and a hand shaking heart.

May 21, 2016

Episode 63- May 21, 2016

Navigating the seas without a map, a compass, or a sextant and nautical almanac would mean death for most of us. Today host Jennifer Ellsworth introduces the ancient art of Wayfinding, and explains how celestial navigation negates that fate. She also tells a true story about a group of hayfield partiers finding their way to the next vision, and reads a short story about a soldier and his wife staying connected. It's called "Intact."

"...“Can you hear me?”

            She could. Abby was sitting at the kitchen table. Though it was 5:45 a.m. she was dressed in a pink blazer, her hair braided like a tiara above her bangs, her eyelids dusty purple. This was the advice of the VA—treat skyping like a date...."

Moon Astrology: Full Flower Moon in Scorpio: Weed.

Nainoa Thompson's philosophy, a ground compass, and needing to call a guy.

Apr 7, 2016

Episode 60- April 7, 2016

Metaphorical lightning strikes illuminate who we are.  Today host Jennifer Ellsworth illuminates how to properly name a moon phase- each precise moment and the many in between.  She also shares an interview with Babette Cohen-Solal, who explains how she decided it was time to learn to read, and reads a short story about a boy who gives up sugar for his health, despite the sweetness shared with his mother.  It's called "Chubby Bunny."

"...It wasn’t a girl’s look, or a boy’s for that matter, that transformed CJ. It was a web seminar in Health Class. He left in the morning, Mountain Dew in hand, and came home talking about Glycolysis as he opened and dumped down the sink the remainder of his twelve pack, like an alcoholic gone cold turkey..."

Moon Astrology: New Milk Moon in Aries: Spark your enthusiasm.

The Balsamic Moon, strained eyeballs, and Barbara's baby.  

Aug 29, 2015

Episode 45- August 29, 2015

Tonight's Supermoon- the Full Moon at Perigee- brings Earth and her satellite as close as they will be all year.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth celebrates this celestial reunion by imagining the first Supermoon.  She also tells a true story about a letter received at a funeral that unites her past and present, and reads a fictional story about a woman who finds enlightenment opposite an egret.  "Bird Buddah" begins like this:

"...The thunderstorm had brought hail.  Nickle and dime size nuggets that would shear the shoulder off a perfectly ripe tomato, or just nestle into its flesh, and melt, and start rot.  This was where Karen’s mind had gone under the dark clouds..."

Moon Astrology:  Full Corn Moon in Pisces:  imagine.  

4.5 billion-year-old blood brothers, decade-and-a-half-old phone tree and a table set for two. 

Jul 31, 2015

Episode 43- July 31, 2015

This evening's Blue Moon is borrowed time from the Universe.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains how and tells a true story about a lucky hay crew.  She also revisits Bets serving breakfast at Bottoms Up in a story called Sky Dive:

...“Food poisoning, my ass,” I say.

“I heard the toilet flush in the background,” Emily says, already scanning the Bottoms Up! phone list for a fill-in that might actually answer a call at 6:45 Sunday morning. ...

Moon Astrology:  Full Hay Moon in Aquarius:  Gather together.

Maine Farmer's Almanac, quinoa-chevre-shitaki, and broken balers. 

          

Apr 4, 2015

Episode 36- April 4, 2015

The Moon travels the Ecliptic just like the sun, only 12 times as fast.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains this mimicry and how to estimate the moon's celestial path.  She also tells a mud season survival story, and reads "Bets' Baby"a tale about a waitress returning to work.  

"...I took my six-week maternity leave, though I was no longer a mother.  Maybe, technically, I was never a mother, since Joseph had died in utero..."

Moon Astrology: Full Egg Moon in Libra.  "Take a chance while you still have a choice."

An old-fashioned call for help and the sun and moon are in cahoots.

 

 

Feb 8, 2015

February 8, 2015- Episode 32

Where did our celestial companion come from?  Host Jennifer Ellsworth investigates the Giant Impact Hypothesis, and what our corner of the Universe looked like 4 1/2 billion years ago.  She also reads an essay about two dramatic daycare providers: "Goldfish at Cedar Street Daycare."

"Hank had just had his first round of shots, but I knew I was in trouble if I didn't make it to the Ladies...."

Moon Astrology:  Waning toward the Last Quarter in Libra.  Go in peace.  

Theia, dust to dust, and our wild beginnings.  

Jan 11, 2015

January 11, 2015- Episode 28

We all know the moon causes tides.  Today, host Jennifer Ellsworth explains the science behind this dependable and elegant water movement.  She also reads a flash fiction story called Rhoda's Towels. 

"My old towels could sand off a bunion.  Rhoda's were still soft as kitten bellies when they came to me in an old Reny's bag...."

Moon Astrology:  Waning toward 3rd Quarter in Libra.  Weigh your relationships.  

Gravity, inertia and one really big wave, Baby.  

Dec 14, 2014

December 14, 2014- Episode 24

Some nights you see the moon and some nights you don't.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains the moon's appearance pattern so you'll never be left wondering where she is.  She also reads a poem about a stretching routine that is anything but Yoga. 

"Why not play guitar with a screwdriver?

Hank's rhythm stampedes..."

Moon Astrology: Last Quarter in Libra.  Balance play and work.  

Moon locator lesson and a party trick to track her rhythm.   

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