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Lunar Datebook

Maine-based short fiction, essays, and interviews. Hosted by Jennifer Ellsworth. Episodes are produced each season.
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Welcome to Lunar Datebook...

Sep 18, 2019

Episode 103—Autumnal Equinox, 2019

As the yearly wheel spins towards Fall, Lunar Datebook looks at beginnings and endings. Host Jennifer Ellsworth shares an essay about the rite of passage that begins many love affairs, the first kiss; and a memoir about her farming days now ended. Or are they? 

My Two First Kisses, a walk in the vineyard, and a good drink in good company. 

Aug 22, 2019

You are invited to watch the film of the event. Jamie "The Talons" Edwards takes on Jenny "Coydog" Tibbetts in this colorful battle for small town supremacy....

https://archive.org/details/bcmmev-Waldo_County_Smackdown

 

 

Jan 24, 2019

Episode 102—Winter 2019

After sixteen years working for the Chase family, host Jennifer Ellsworth is moving on to see what else is out there. But first she offers lessons learned and experiences gained from the restaurant and farm. 

How to Host, the World's Best Bean Picker, and the Last Saturday Breakfast at Chase's Daily.

Dec 7, 2018

During this Moon of Long Nights, host Jennifer Ellsworth strives to complete several projects before the Earth Dog Year draws to a close. A full episode airs this winter. Please listen then. Thank you. 

Oct 9, 2018

Faithful Lunar Datebook listeners, host Jennifer Ellsworth is near wrapping up this moon's episode. Thank you for your patience. 

Sep 12, 2018

Lunar Datebook is taking a Harvest Moon holiday. You can hear Jennifer Ellsworth perform live though at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Sunday, September 23, 1:00 p.m. at the Folk Arts Tent. 

Mar 17, 2018

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. 

Sep 20, 2017

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. 

 

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 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.

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