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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Episode 49- October 27, 2015
Contentment may be among our unalienable rights, but that doesn't make it easy to obtain. Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores this desirable headspace and how the Universe may conspire to provide it. She also tells a true story about happy meatball making and reads a short story about a woman writer whose patience has expired. It's called "Silence Lies in the Ocean:"
...“Tonight’s writing exercise is another first line prompt,” Steve said. “I’ve selected a launch pad sentence from the Sufi writer Rumi: Silence lies in the ocean. Let’s take fifteen minutes and see where you go....”
Moon Astrology: Full Hunter's Moon in Taurus: Dig deep before the freeze.
Moonlit nights, perfect parsley, and hands, hands, hands.
Episode 48- October 12, 2015
Do you have what it takes to shoot the moon? The women in today's stories do. From a Greek Goddess to a good daughter, host Jennifer Ellsworth examines how hunting showcases skill, luck and love. She tells a true story of the shortest fishing trip ever, and reads a short story about a special daughter's first deer called "Big John's Joy".
"...The deer was dead, of course, when Big John and his best friend, Steve, hauled it to the knoll behind the house. It was understood that this was one of the stupidest things either of them had ever attempted to do, but that it would be done..."
Moon Astrology: New Hunter's Moon in Libra: Study the bullseye.
Artemis and Orion in love, Buzz Lightyear lends a hand, and a night beneath a tree stand.