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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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Welcome to Lunar Datebook...

May 3, 2015

Episode 38- May 3, 2015

Moonshine!  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains how hooch came to be named after the moon's glow.  She also shares a song by The Rugged and reads a story about springtime love called "Bishop's Maibaum."

"Frau Schmidt had explained to Bishop’s class how young German lovers proclaimed their affections which had been checked under the glare of winter but, come Spring, could no longer be contained...."  

Moon Astrology:  Full Milk Moon in Scorpio

Moonrakers chasing cheese, Nascar's birth story and visce beatha- water of life.

Apr 18, 2015

Episode 37- April 18, 2015

Milk is the original comfort food.  In honor of the year's fourth New Moon, host Jennifer Ellsworth explores milk's importance the world over and reads a story called "White Whale in Free Beer" about a drummer that wants something different. 

"...Josh turned off the ignition on his Forester and exhaled.  He wasn't smoking, he was just imagining he was.  Listening to John Bonham always made him think about smoking..."

Moon Astrology: New Milk Moon in Aries.

The Milk Cure, Heidi was right and a negotiated peace.

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.

 

 

Mar 20, 2015

Episode 35- March 20, 2015

Eggs are a univsersal symbol of fertility, hope and life.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores this humble food as we celebrate Spring and the New Egg Moon.  She also reads "Moving Day," a story about a man with million dollar songs and not much to show for it.  

"...Now that the snow was retreating, the dead soldiers were starting to appear.  Probably three dollars in Busch Lite, Old Milwaukie and Schlitz cans, and another 45 cents in whiskey bottles.  They’d been bagged up once, but good intentions only go so far, and the bag never made it to the bed of Brother Dwayne’s pickup, or the back of Nephew Rocy’s Subaru, or out of the plow’s path...." 

Moon Astrology: New Egg Moon is Aries.  Let Spring Begin!

Mankind's first food, fertility magic and a 60,000 year old Ostrich egg.

Mar 5, 2015

March 5, 2015- Episode 34

Busy, busy, busy.  Calendars date back tens of thousands of years.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth discusses the moon's role in Muslim, Jewish and Chinese calendars.  She also reads a story about Wanda, and this new nurse's first day on the job.  

"I was twenty-two when I met the doctor in the lobby at the County Hospital.  He’s not very attractive, and he wasn’t then either.  I didn’t know it at the time, but he’s part Indian.  His grandmother was a full-blooded Wabanaki and they’re short, dark people.  If we were ever standing toe-to-toe I’d be able to kiss his eyebrows.  To be fair, I’m not delicate.  In my younger days I could work the hay crew just about steady with most men, and complain a lot less..."  

Moon Astrology:  Full Sap Moon in Virgo: God is in the details.  

Halaqims, yin wooden sheep and clouds delaying the month's beginning. 

 

Feb 18, 2015

Episode 33- February 18, 2015

The second New Moon after the Winter Solstice is the unofficial start of Spring.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth salutes the Sap Moon and the Sheep- this year's Chinese Zodiac Animal that begins its reign today- Chinese New Year.  She also reads a short story about two men that have a funny way of showing their affection.  It's called "A New Mailbox"....

"...It started with the Valentine expected from Sidney LaMontagne.  Though she was incarcerated down in Windham, Dave started bragging about what was on the way.  Dave and Sidney started writing when he'd been in jail...."

Moon Astrology: New Moon in Pisces.  Dare to Dream.

Chinese New Year, Reverse Osmosis, maple scented spa treatments and strong sheep.

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.  

Feb 1, 2015

Episode 31- February 1, 2015

How do the Chinese introduce their babies to the world?  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains a traditional Full Moon Celebration and reads a short story about an aging woman with one last battle in her:  "Burdock War."

"The war declaration came the first day of February.  I was sitting alongside the wood stove waiting until it was time to make my biscuits, staring down along the pasture to the orchard.  The pasture was scattered with snow-covered people...."

Moon Astrology:  Full Moon Tuesday in Leo:  Come Alive!

Red egg and ginger party, baby head shaving and a restorative confinement.

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.

Jan 18, 2015

January 18, 2015- Episode 29

Tuesday brings the first new moon of 2015- the Hunger Moon.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains how surviving this moon helped shape generations of Mainers.  She also reads a short story about a man in the doghouse called A Dream of Jeanie. 

"I'm not the quickest carpenter, especially when it comes to our own place.  There's no shame in this.  Every tradesman knows his place comes last..."

Moon Astrology: Nearly New in Capricorn.  Put in a hard day's work.  

Mixed Husbandry, cooperating farm neighborhoods and Eighteen-Hundred-and-Froze-to-Death.

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