Dec 31, 2009

"Blewe Moon" on a New Year and Decade

Have you ever wondered where the term " once in a blue moon" came from? It indicates a rare occurrence and though a blue moon is not rare, falling on a New Year's Eve is. The next one will not occur until 2028. So tonight is a special "Blue Moon".

The most popular current definition of a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.

Though the blue moon appears on every 2-4 years,the next blue moon to fall on a New Year's eve will not occur until 2028.

"A true blue moon is the third of four full moons that occur in one season, either spring, summer, fall or winter" according to Maine Farmers’ Almanac articles printed in the 1930s.
The definition of a true blue moon given in those articles later was misinterpreted to mean two full moons in the same month, the Lewiston publication’s Web site states. (Bangor Daily News)

A Blue Moon, or" Blewe Moon" from the olde English, were usually associated with the occurances of forest fires or volcanic eruptions... Blewe also meant "betrayal" because of it's occurance in the same month with another full moon.

Maybe our "Blewe Moon" in Maine is a herald of the Nor easter coming our way! The picture is of the Dec 2 Full moon. I am waiting for the Blue Moon to appear from behind the clouds to take some pictures. Maybe it will make an appearance at the stroke of midnight!

Have a Healthy, Peaceful and Happy New Year everyone!

Dec 28, 2009

A Great Way to Start the New Year....

A few years ago my best friend, Sr. Lura Grace, introduced me to a wonderful little book by Karen Kingston called "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui".
To say it a book only about decluttering is an understatement. It is about letting go. This little book had the most profound effect on me. It is like having a friend sit nearby and say to you..."Do you really need to have that? Do you actually like that thing? When was the last time you used that? Does it remind you of something good or bad?" What ever the question, it can be answered.

Kingston instructs you to set up a work environment and open frame of mind before you even start. In the same way anyone prepares for a job, you prepare to declutter...physically, mentally and spiritually. Room by room Kingston tackles the very problems that bog you down but explains why you experience the feelings that you do. As your understanding of what you are decluttering takes hold, you begin to branch out on your own. Kingston helps you release the guilt and sentimentality of hanging on to items that do nothing but collect dust and stagnant energy, unconsciously weighing you down.

The end result is an opening of new energy and new experiences. A discarding of the old and decaying, the past, the negative and embracing the new and inspiring, the future and the positive.

This decluttering is done by practicing Feng Shui. All the good things that you keep can be placed in a way to accelerate the flow of energy in your living space effecting your thoughts, emotions, and spirituality.
I have passed on this book to many people and the reaction is the same. They love the book and what it has done for them.

So thank you, Lura, for introducing me to one of the most wonderful books! It has truly been a life changer.

I also am including Kingston's website and blog that tells you all about her and her books. I highly recommend her book if you are looking to start the New Year in a more positive way.

Peace, Linda

Karen Kingston's blog site and the new updated version of "Clear Your Clutter".

Dec 22, 2009

"The Nutcracker" from the Royal Ballet - Introduction | Great Performances | PBS

Christmas is a lot of things to me...spending time with my family, enjoying good food, cooking and watching all the great movies of the season. Some of my favorites are "The Christmas Carol" ( the new one in 3-D is fabulous), the 1950's "The Christmas Story", The Nativity Story" about the birth of Jesus, all the Santa Claus movies, "Holiday Inn","White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life".

But the classic is Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". I grew up hearing the music played on cartoons that I watched as a child. The sound is just so magical.

Last night there was a showing of "The Nutcracker" on Maine PBS. I have always loved the story but this version was absolutely beautiful. The music, costumes and dancing was so elegant and visually stunning I am still thinking about it right now. If you ever have the opportunity to watch this version by the San Francisco Ballet, please do so. I promise you will not be disappointed! I plan on adding this DVD to my Christmas collection.

These are a few scenes from the production.

Clara receiving the Nutcracker

The Battle of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Snow Queen

***Waltz of the snowflakes***
This scene is my absolute favorite. It is so beautiful...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Merry Christmas Everyone
Happy New Year!



Dec 2, 2009

Pine Needle Baskets

My Dad made me a pine needle basket a few years ago for my birthday. As you can see it is a beautiful piece of art. This was quite a few months in the making. It is a valued gift that I deeply treasure from him. His artistic talent is many and varied. He is always looking for something new to try. He is the reason my children and I are creative.

Thanks Dad :)

I shared these pictures with my Native American Folklore class (at UMaine) after reading about the Sweetgrass baskets. My Professor thought it was "GORGEOUS"! The Sweetgrass baskets reminded me of this basket.

Dad took a class while in Florida where these baskets originate from.

So here is a little history: Seminole Indians of South Florida were the first pine needle basket makers. They used a bone or shell needle to sew bundles of pine needles together with fern roots, sisal, or swamp grass. The bundles of pine needles were then woven and tied together with thread. The technique is called coiling.

My basket hangs on the wall because it is too valuable to use. I would rather its use was aesthetic only.

Sweetgrass baskets are very interesting in their own right, being indigenous to Maine and Canada. I have made baskets in the past but I have now added making a Sweetgrass basket to my Bucket List. I will post the results later.

I have also posted a couple of websites that gives you step by step instructions for making a pine needle basket for those who are interested at trying your hand at.

Indian Summer

Moonlight over Maine

Tonight was the full moon.It was so gorgeous...
I have been taking pictures of it the last couple of days.
A digital camera doesn't really capture the beauty...
I think it is time for another 35mm...
The trees, the color of the sky and the moon were so magical looking..
A very nice way to start the holiday season!!

These last two pictures are of the full moon tonight...

I can see Santa with his sleigh passing by the moon!
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