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Lunar Datebook

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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Oct 30, 2016

Episode 74—October 30, 2016

All Hallow's Eve is here, marking the time of year when it is kosher to connect with ghosts and spirits. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores divination's relationship with intuition through tasseography, tea leaf reading. She also reads a letter to the editor imploring peace between politic's two sides, and reads a scary story inspired by Siv Widerberg's poem "Nightmare." The Boy returns to the Ogre. It's called "The Boy and the Scratch Man."

"...Once upon a time there was a boy who lived with his mother in a house on the edge of the woods. Perhaps you saw their house, when it was still there...." 

Moon Astrology: New Beaver Moon in Scorpio: look beneath the surface.

Can you read clouds? Our falling sky, and retrieving wishes. 

Sep 16, 2016

Episode 71—September 16, 2016

As the sun slips into the southern hemisphere, we welcome autumn and longer nights than days. Host Jennifer Ellsworth considers what to pack for this journey toward year's end. She also tells about midnight walks to Lake St. George, and concludes the short story "Jackson Pond Party Boat," where, after lunch, Melissa poses an interesting question to the quartet. 

"...Billy had made tuna fish sandwiches, but they were on shore. Ivan dragged the boat until Billy’s quadrant sunk into the mud. Tommy and Melissa widened their stances in their chairs, and Billy rose like a tightrope walker, determined not to flood the boat with his departure...."

Moon Astrology: Full Harvest Moon in Pisces: Dream on.

What do you take to bed?, tossing our wishes in, and star sailing.

 

Feb 8, 2016

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.  

Nov 11, 2015

Episode 50- November 11, 2015

Tonight's New Snow Moon marks the Lunar Samhain, when thresholds of all sorts wear thin.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores the bones of being alone in a true story about a dinner for one in recovering Hiroshima, and a fictional story about a World War II veteran who doesn't quite fit with the group.  It's called "After the Meeting."

..."They hadn’t invited Frank at first. It was a PTST group and Frank had never seen combat. But then George Pendleton succumbed to his lung cancer, and just two weeks later John DiLalio died of a stroke. The group was shrinking and besides, Frank was the only WWII vet left shuffling the halls of Togus VA Medical Center not in the group...."

Moon Astrology: New Snow Moon in Scorpio: introspection, please.

Liminal All Hallow's Eve, a twenty-minute meal, and a bowlful of Tootsie Rolls.  

 

Jan 25, 2015

January 25, 2015- Episode 30

It's all in the timing when it comes to Moontime.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth discusses the significance of whether a woman cycles with the the New Moon or the Full Moon.  She also reads a short story about a man reentering the Waldo County dating scene:  Nolan's Speed Date.

"We didn't break up, she just stopped spending the night, saying her plants were suffering.  Then she stopped calling or texting, saying she needed longer unplugged periods before bed...."

Moon Astrology:  First Quarter Moon in Taurus tomorrow.  Paw the Earth.

Red Moon Cycle, White Moon Cycle and where all that energy goes.

Nov 16, 2014

November 16, 2014- Episode 20

Moontime: without it there would be no human life.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth introduces the connection between women's cycles and moon cycles.  She also reads a poem about dancing like no one is watching.

"This morning to protest the rain

we have a dance party..."

Moon Astrology: waning balsamic in Virgo.  Plan your week.  

The first feminine products, Mi'kmaq moon lodges, and euphemisms for a woman's full stop.  

Sep 7, 2014

September 7, 2014- Episode 10

The Full Harvest Moon is tomorrow night!  Jennifer Ellsworth explains two ways you can celebrate the season and reads a poem about one of Maine's most common trades- carpentry.  

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