Episode 95—March 17, 2018
"High Flight" is a sonnet written by 19-year-old John Gillespie Magee Jr. before a mid-air crash took his life during World War II. In this episode host Jennifer Ellsworth uses the lines of this poem to remember her family's 19-year-old World War II pilot, her grandfather, who died last month. He was a POW, an artist, a storyteller, and one of Ellsworth's greatest influences.
"The Surly Bonds of Earth:
Roldan Ellsworth Jose Stumpff de Whitt lived two lives growing up. One in the Pennsylvania Dutch world of his father, and another in his mother’s Mexico...."
Moon Astrology: New Egg Moon in Pisces: flying dreams.
Goodnight, Pumpkin; ghosts; and a great man.
Episode 89—September 20, 2017
This week welcomes Autumn, but trees have been showing seasonal changes all month. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains the science of colorful fall foliage—how it is always there waiting to reveal itself when things slow down. She also describes the forty minute visit with her grandparents that is supposed to teach a lifetime of experience, and reads a short story about a farmer's thirteen minute lunch break called "Noon."
"...Alden shut off the tractor ignition and reached for his lunch sack, bungeed behind the seat. Bologna and mustard. Plus what was left of a potato chip bag. He’d meant to grab a cucumber off the counter this morning, they were just about done, but he’d forgot...."
Moon Astrology: New Hunters' Moon in Virgo: The hidden side says take a break.
Photosynthesis, fresh salsa, and a half million pair of wings rub together.
January 4, 2015- Episode 27
To make New Year's Resolutions or to not make New Year's Resolutions- that is the question. Host Jennifer Ellsworth philosophizes about what the moon can teach us about self-improvement and reads a poem called Family Portrait.
"In the portrait before the portrait
we were a chorus of impatience..."
Moon Astrology: Full Moon in Cancer. Tend to the homefront.
New Year's superstitions, a fortune cookie message and lessons from celestial cycles.
December 21, 2014- Episode 25
This year the Winter Solstice welcomes the 13th new moon of the year- the Wolf Moon. Historically wolves have been loathed by humans, but host Jennifer Ellsworth explores ancient connections between humans and these canines that are worth celebrating. She also reads a poem about believing in Santa.
"This is what I heard:
bells across the rooftop..."
Moon Astrology: new moon in Capricorn. Tackle the to-do list.
Wolf eradication, evolution and our canine education.
September 21, 2014- Episode 12
In honor of the Autumnal Equinox- also known as Mabon- host Jennifer Ellsworth takes a look at ginger, a food that celebrates this time of balance. She also reads a poem about frost.
Astrological outlook: the moon is in Virgo until Tuesday. A good time to task-master.