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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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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.  

Mar 23, 2016

Episode 59- March 23, 2016

Spring brings ascension!  In this episode, host Jennifer Ellsworth enumerates world myths that celebrate rebirth come spring.  She also tells a true story about a Tokyo train serenade that goes sour, and reads a short story about an on-duty cop and his cargo.  It's called "Good Deeds."

"...The call comes in at 8:53. Right in the middle of the Sean Hannity Show. He’s gotten a bit too religious these past few years, praying as much as he politics, but I’ve got good filters...."

Moon Astrology: Full Egg Moon in Libra: tip the scales toward light.

Chippewa Robin Boy, "Sweet Caroline" embrace, and a porch Snuggly.

Mar 8, 2016

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.

Feb 22, 2016

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.   

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.  

Jan 23, 2016

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.

Jan 9, 2016

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.  

 

Dec 25, 2015

Episode 53- December 25, 2015

We all know Christmas marks Jesus' birthday, but that is not the only reason to celebrate.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains how Christ came to be a Capricorn and remarks about Christmas' other famous fellow- the one in the red suit.  She also reads a short story about a recovering thief who is determined not to be a Grinch despite being broke.  It's called, "The Full Tree."

"...Everyone had said that backwoods landlords didn’t worry about First, Last and a Deposit, but the one with the one bedroom “cottage” in Jackson had. He had not asked Mary and Lawrence a single question. He’d just unlocked the front door and let them have a look...."

Moon Astrology:  Full Moon of Long Nights in Cancer:  Family

Writers gave us Christmas, Santa is an Indian and cranes upon a Christmas tree.  

Dec 11, 2015

Episode 52- December 11, 2015

Year's end approaches.  Yet for many ancient people, the end was the beginning.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores how the winter solstice celebrates new life and an unbroken circle.  She also tells a true story about a Charlie Brown induced breakdown, and reads a short story about an unusual Christmas figure called, "The Christmas Buddha of Jackson."

"...When Lesley pulled into Sid’s driveway Christmas Eve, her teeth clacked up and down up and down a half dozen times, like she were trying to loosen up a stick of Wrigley’s gum, an absent-minded habit she picked up when she finally quit smoking two years ago..."

Moon Astrology: New Moon of Long Nights in Sagittarius: Take the long view.  

Yule Variations, a moment in the spotlight, and the Christmas Joint.  

Nov 25, 2015

Episode 51- November 25, 2015

Weather may be the only safe conversation topic in some company.  On Thanksgiving Eve, host Jennifer Ellsworth describes a brief history of American weather forecasting and shares Maine's record breaking snows: perfect tidbits to accompany your giblets.  She also tells about an unusual Thanksgiving spent in a fondly remembered "crackhouse" and reads a short story about a fearless boy and an operatic ogre, called "The Boy and the Ogre."

"...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: Full Snow Moon in Gemini:  Talk it up!

76 degrees on July 4, 1776, Burning Down the House and a Dream Juice mother.

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