"Proverbs and Songs # 29, Antonio Merchado (translated by Willis Barnstone) Walker, your footsteps are the road and nothing more. Walker, there is no road, the road is made by the walking. Walking you make the road, and turning to look behind you see the path you never again will step upon. Walker, there is no road only foam trails upon the sea. --
Sunday, September 27, brings us a whopping 4 moons at one time–the Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon, a Super Moon, and a Total Lunar Eclipse! Of course, they all refer to the same moon but each has a special meaning.
The Blood Mood refers to the last total lunar eclipse in a tetrad of 4 total lunar eclipses. This tetrad started on April 15, 2014 and includes the eclipses on October 8, 2014 and April 4, 2015. The next tetrad won’t begin until April, 2032.
The Harvest Moon refers to the full moon in September. Folklore says that this is the Harvest Moon because farmers can work late into the night bringing in the harvest by the bright light of the full moon. Nowadays I’m pretty sure that headlights have taken over that duty!
A Super Moon occurs when the full moon also happens when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its slightly elliptical orbit. This Super Moon will be about 225,000 miles from the Earth won’t be this close again until November of 2016. The difference is noticeable in both size and brightness but shouldn’t be confused with the “Moon Illusion” that makes a full moon near the horizon look massively huge. The Moon Illusion really is an illusion–just bracket that huge full moon with two fingers–it will shrink right back to normal size.
Finally, this full moon with be a Total Lunar Eclipse. For us, the eclipse will have already have started at moonrise but totality–when the moon enters the darkest central part of the Earth’s shadow–will begin with the moon nicely above the horizon and will last for an amazing 72 minutes!
To find the time of moonrise for your location, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/moon/ and enter your location.
Moon rise is always a magical moment, and watching one with intent makes it even better!
With clear skies, of course.
guest writer, Jeff Ross
“Three Things to Remember”, Mary Oliver (from A Thousand Mornings)
As long as you’re dancing, you can
break the rules.
Sometimes breaking the rules is just
extending the rules.
Sometimes there are no rules.
It’s a new season in my life. “Rules” in all variations of the term, are being considered and reconsidered.
At the beginning of August we are into full Summer. The garden is producing, the bees are happy and busy of course, birds come to the feeders. Decisions are being made in the studios – both the physical space and the more important “studio between the ears”.
My sabbatical is officially over.
“dawn window: begin again”: My donation for “The 100″, the fundraiser for American Cancer Society.
5w x 7″h, mounted to 8×10”
Mixed media: photo on fabric, lutradur and other surfaces, hand beaded, embroidered, machine stitch.
A Summer dream, made in honor of a sister.
How can you participate? All the details are here:
Saturday morning at Hungry Horse for the Le Griz Ultra Run (50 miles). We were there to crew for a good friend. It was a long satisfying day in a gorgeous place.
The weather was variable, with everything except snow. Tamaracks and aspen have turned a burnished gold.
Later in the weekend we walked around Lion’s Lake. The trees are so tall. The climate there, near Glacier Park, is more like the Pacific NW than the part of the state where I live. It is semi-arid here.
the view from the house, looking west.
the road home, today at noon. That snow capped mountain is behind the house.
Years ago, in Houston, a random person gave me this quip as an early birthday gift.
It was a delight to see the words on a bumper sticker Sunday afternoon.
again? and already?
It’s been a busy year with a lot of changes and reassessments.
Studio work was on hiatus while we moved house, now it is back! Hooray
Teaching had been on hold for a long while but I will be traveling again in 2015.
Not frequently, but still: traveling to teach from time to time. (the schedule will be updated as contracts are formalized).
The web site, long neglected, will be refurbished in the coming weeks (if the elves show up <G>)
In other news, our dear, funny, and much loved, ms. Gracie passed away in late September from complications following surgery. She is missed more than I can say.
She was a confident and happy puppy girl (despite being bounced around so many times before OBeau adopted her) and reminded us always, as dogs do, that the moment that counts is the now.
As GK says: “Be well, do good work and keep in touch.”
The majority of the move is complete! Hooray. Until the Solstice, things were being moved bit by selected bit. Boxes were emptied, things put away; boxes taken back to the house in Billings and refilled. My goal was to only move what was needed in this household, would have to be replaced or was of great personal value. Another criteria was that “furnishings”, including artwork, be in keeping with its character.
The house in town is a small, old fashioned cottage in a neighborhood just off the Historic District. This house is open and airy with a circular feeling interior. It was built for the wrap around view. Much of what I had lived with over the past decades had a sort of “funky” feeling that just doesn’t fit here. A few representative bits have moved, but not whole collections. Books have been carefully selected (“Will I read this again?” – or- “is this an heirloom?””) Art that has meaning to me or that feels right is moving, personal items have been culled.
So far, so good. As boxes are emptied, everything has a place and a use, whether functional or aesthetic. I will not have to deal with mystery boxes in the future!
On Friday we picked up a truck, loaded it on Saturday and got home before dark. Sunday the truck was offloaded and returned to Helena, way ahead of the deadline. We got our shopping done and made it home in good form. Sadly, there is still one more car trip to finish up with getting items to the appropriate charities, and of course, the dreaded cleaning. That will happen in between the 30th and the holiday weekend.
9:17 a.m. the truck as full as we got it on Saturday. The dogs did help!
11:32 a.m. Empty truck, happy people, happy dogs.
Stella supervised from her chair. She wouldn’t operate the camera much less supervise the work.
Today is Monday, a work day. Half the boxes are unpacked, their contents put away, time has been spent outdoors and in the studio! We have been to the treehouse once already and look forward to going up again next weekend.
Life is good.
p.s. if you need my change of address, email me please. All other contact info remains the same.
spoke to me
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain –
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.”
― Mary Oliver
The theme for this month’s Sketchbook Challenge is “houses and hideaways”. It’s a great opportunity to do a follow up on the last blog post, a visit to the treehouse.
We spent a long weekend there, returned Tuesday. It was as always, therapeutic.
The interior space is quite small but the decks are expansive. Here are some views and details. Perhaps you will see how the place got its name. From inside, every window looks out to panoramic landscape as well as the branching of the log supports.
the kitchen window
South East deck
looking out to the “driveway”
In the morning the grey jays fly into the deck for treats: bird seed or bread, or dog kibble in a pinch. Unlike the more showy Stellar Jays, they are not shy birds. This past visit we saw a lot of elk and moose sign but no animals.The dogs may have had something to do with that.
Visit the Sketchbook Challenge Blog to see other interpretations of this month’s theme, and drop in on the personal blogs of other hosts for tutorials, videos, giveaways.
Leave a comment here for the chance to win a pdf of my “Idea to Image” workbook. A name will be drawn at random on October 4.
p.s., with any luck at all, the GeoCounter will be back before this posts – that’s an ugly space without it.