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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...

Jan 11, 2015

January 11, 2015- Episode 28

We all know the moon causes tides.  Today, host Jennifer Ellsworth explains the science behind this dependable and elegant water movement.  She also reads a flash fiction story called Rhoda's Towels. 

"My old towels could sand off a bunion.  Rhoda's were still soft as kitten bellies when they came to me in an old Reny's bag...."

Moon Astrology:  Waning toward 3rd Quarter in Libra.  Weigh your relationships.  

Gravity, inertia and one really big wave, Baby.  

Jan 4, 2015

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.    

Dec 28, 2014

December 28, 2014- Episode 26

This week host Jennifer Ellsworth reads a short story about a recent widower who rediscovers his faith at Hollywood Casino in Bangor, Maine.  

"Cancer sucks.  That was Betty's lesson for us this past year.  In February we'd gone ice fishing just as always.  Despite good sun, she caught a chill and before we'd had even one flag..."

Moon Astrology:  Waxing Half Moon in Aries.  Wrap things up for New Year.  

A seasonal love story.  Crab rangoons.  Peace be with you.  

Dec 21, 2014

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.

Dec 14, 2014

December 14, 2014- Episode 24

Some nights you see the moon and some nights you don't.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains the moon's appearance pattern so you'll never be left wondering where she is.  She also reads a poem about a stretching routine that is anything but Yoga. 

"Why not play guitar with a screwdriver?

Hank's rhythm stampedes..."

Moon Astrology: Last Quarter in Libra.  Balance play and work.  

Moon locator lesson and a party trick to track her rhythm.   

Dec 7, 2014

December 7, 2014- Episode 23

Cops and emergency room workers swear it's true- the full moon makes us crazy.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores this claim and reads a poem about sharing bed with babies. 

"At a not-yet reasonable hour

a head bobs up from slumber..."

Moon Astrology: Just past full in Cancer.  Nurture yourself and others.  

Confirmation bias, communal reinforcement and Aristotle's sleep deprivation theory.   

Nov 30, 2014

November 30, 2014- Episode 22

It's round one of the Fate vs. Free Will fight.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explores astrology's core principles and founding father to learn the language of the stars.  She also reads a poem about her hometown of Jackson.  

"While so much of the world

works and worries and wastes..."

Moon Astrology: Waxing gibbious in Aries.  Start a project.  

Hermes Trismegistus, Musica Universalis and a roadmap you can't leave home without.  

 

Nov 23, 2014

November 23, 2014- Episode 21

It's 4 p.m.  It's dark.  Should you be sleeping?  The 12th new moon of the year is the Moon of Long Nights.  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains how our 17th century ancestors slept through these dark days.  She also reads a poem about her grandfather receiving hospice.  

"The home health nurse had come

to wash Grandpa...."

Moon Astrology: New moon in Sagittarius.  Step out and speak up.  

Bi-modal sleep patterns, night nookie, and how street lights changed sleep.

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.  

Nov 9, 2014

November 9, 2014- Episode 19

Need a new pick-up line?  Host Jennifer Ellsworth explains gravity's bumps and curves on the moon.  She also reads a poem about a 6th grade school break-in.  

Moon Astrology: disseminating in Gemini.  A "cool breeze" for a rut.   

Mascons, NASA's GRAIL Mission, and Newton and Einstein duke it out for the gravity legacy.  

 

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