Happy Holidays 2016

christmas-star

The stockings are filled and the tree twinkles with lights and ornaments with memories of holidays past; a sense of calm descends upon the farm for another year.  

The turkey waits patiently on the counter for attention.  My hot chocolate smoothie is almost ready and any moment now the dog will appear by my side waiting for her morning stroll. Does she care it is Christmas morning?  Nope, she just wants me to remove this festive bow I have affixed to her collar.   

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza or keeping this time in some other way, I wish you the warmth and joy of family and friends and may this be a wonder-filled time.  All the best to all of you for the holiday season and a New Year that sees all your dreams come true.

 

Dancing little Christmas star

that fills my world with light.

Shine down upon the ones I love

and bless their worlds tonight.

Bring them peace and hope and joy

to fill their hearts and then,

Watch over them and keep them safe

‘til Christmas comes again.

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Full Moon Magic and Mystery

 

It is a wonderful sight the full moon.  Nothing seems to conjure up more magic, myths and reverence than that golden orb rising above my tree line.  For a while I am transported from my problems and left to watch in deep regard for this constantly returning visitor.   

As it rises in the night sky a warm glow is cast over the farm and I’m sure the animals wonder when I will be turning out the lights.  Even the roosters crow in the middle of the night when the full moon splashes through their coop window – hmm, perhaps shades are in order for the next coop renovation. 

For centuries, cultures have ascribed magical properties to the full moon and in literature and art it is depicted in fascinating ways. 

There are so many wonderful stories and myths regarding the full moon and it allows us to look up in wonder and let our mind wander for just a bit.  Be captured by the majesty and magic. From werewolves to lunacy to love and lust and everything in between. 

A full moon can bring a sense of calm to even the busiest moment – I’m sure the hustle and bustle of this old street scene in LA came to a standstill at some point to observe the moon. 

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Los Angeles Under A Full Moon

I recently ran across this interesting “myth” about the moon and I must say it was not one I have heard before.

 

A rabbit dwells on the moon.

Intriguingly, legends from various traditions around the world, including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a rabbit that lives on the moon. This shared myth may reflect common interpretations of markings on the lunar surface—an alternate take on the fabled “man in the moon.” Shortly before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, mission control in Houston jokingly referred to the Chinese version of the story, telling the spaceship’s crew, “Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit.” Command module pilot Michael Collins replied, “Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”

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Bunny Clock

 

 

MOONDANCE LYRICS (Thanks Van Morrison)

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ‘Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling To the sound of the breezes that blow And I’m trying to please to the calling Of your heart-strings that play soft and low

And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

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Moondance Art

 

From the National Geographic Site – The October full moon will also make its closest approach to Earth on the 16th, making for a spectacular lunar event. Sky-watchers are gearing up for a super-sized moon that will grace evening skies this Sunday, October 16. The so-called HUNTER’S Supermoon kicks off a lunar triple play happening over the next three months. And if you miss this month’s Supermoon, don’t despair. The full moons of November and December will also be Supermoons. Next month’s Supermoon promises to be the most impressive, as it will be the largest full moon visible in our skies so far this century.

 

So – go look up in wonder and let your mind wander – enjoy the beauty, drink in the magic.

 

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A Haunting Moon

The Easter Bonnet – Still in Fashion?

Girl in MIrror Easter Hat crop

Just the mere mention of an Easter Bonnet and my memory swells with favorites from my childhood. Sometimes the hat was brand new and sometimes it was a hand-me-down from my older (and wiser she tells me) sister – but it was new to me. I waited each year for Easter so I could show off my latest treasure and I felt like a princess as we headed to church on Easter morning. I think I walked just a little taller and straighter those days to show off my finery.

Easter Family Photo(Yes, that’s me with the goofy grin on the right hand side of the picture)

Alas, I wonder now if the Easter bonnet has gone the way of hand written notes – a thoughtful pastime so seldom now enjoyed. That got me thinking about the tradition of the Easter bonnet – off to do some research on the subject.

Easter Christie Girls

An Easter bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.. Ladies purchased new and elaborate designs for church services, and in the case of Easter, taking the opportunity of the end of Lent to buy luxury items. Easter Bonnets come from European traditions of wearing flowers on a hat to celebrate spring.

Easter Art Fancy Hat

The icy grip of winter gives way to the warm days of spring. The landscape is reborn as Mother Nature adorns it with lush green grass, bushes, budding trees, and colorful wildflowers. A sense of euphoria envelops the people who act out their traditional rites of spring.

Easter Bonnet

In Roman times, young women celebrated this season by wearing wreaths of laurel and olive leaves, intertwined with flowers. Some believe this symbolizes rebirth, hope, and a new beginning.

Easter laurel wreath headband

See more at: http://www.hattales.com/discover/hatstorians/how-the-easter-hat-(bonnet)-evolved/

Now, in a more casual society, Easter Bonnets are becoming harder to find, as fewer and fewer women bother with the tradition. Still, modern Easter bonnets for children are usually white wide-brimmed hats with a pastel colored satin ribbon around it and tied in a bow. It may also have flowers or other springtime motifs on top, and may match a special dress picked out for the occasion. – hey, wait – that’s just what I had as a child of the 50s and 60s.

Easter bonnet verse

I know that in towns large and small you may still find the traditional Easter Parade and all manner of fancy bonnets will be found. Beyond these parades, do folks still buy and show off their fancy hats?

Easter Coke Tray

Easter Bonnets appear in art and on vintage postcards and often referred to in music – all celebrating spring renewal and a gentler time gone by. I shall hold fast to my memories of my favorite bonnet. And of course it meant after church whipping it off as fast as possible and heading to the Easter Egg hunt – I needed something to put my finds in.

EasterChick on Straw Hat with flowersHappy Easter and happy bonnet wearing!