Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Moon is Full

According to the Farmer's Almanac, July is called a Buck Moon because July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.   See Farmer's Almanac.

I noticed tonight's full moon just after dusk.  It was there, low in the sky, and faint against the barely darkened sky, but a full moon indeed.  Although is will certainly wane and wax, this is one of those rare times when it will be in the sky all night for nearly the whole month.  Additionally, we will have two full moons this month with one on July 1, and the next one on July 31.

Seeing the moon brings back memories of recent summers when I would spend nearly every other weekend out camping with a group of youngsters, or the family, or both.  So many good experiences camping.

We never really wanted it to rain, but after a little experience, and preparation, I actually found overnight rain on the tent or camper top to be relaxing.  The key is to be prepared.  I recall one particular night when I was attending an outdoor training, the rain started right at dusk, and it rained most of the night.  I was alone in my tent with a good book, and even enjoyed the lightning and rain as it came and went most of the night.

Full Moon, 100% of full

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It Just Feels Good All Over

The din from last week's Supreme Court decision on Human Rights seems to have diminished somewhat. Could it be that the haters have looked around and realized how many of their "friends" are on the other side of the fence?  Or maybe they see the world continuing to turn, the sun has not burned out, and life goes on--the same as it did before the Court recognized the rights of all citizens?  

I am in awe of the love that is oozing from people from all walks of life, all income levels, regardless of sexual orientation or preference. It feels good. 😋

Sunday, June 28, 2015


I have long wanted to write more, but as many of us do, I 'don't really have the time' or 'I will get around to it later'.  Well, it's later.  One thing is certain, it is always gonna be later...we aren't getting any younger, and it feels truer today than ever before.

It's June 28, 2015, and we all know that June 26 will go down in the history books.  I have been so in touch with my gay friends, that I really didn't even think about the other side of the fence.  I must say, I am very disappointed by a few who have never shown me their hatred and stupidity the way Facebook and the Supreme Court ruling has given them the opportunity to show it now.  Of most concern, is those who are all for Freedom of Religion until we choose not to pick theirs.  I am happy, though, that I know who those few are now, and I can show appropriate sympathy for them in their diminished mental capacity.

On the other hand, I also have seen a side of some others that I wasn't sure existed.  I am referring to those friends (acquaintances ?) who may not agree with same sex marriage, but understand that the right to choose is an individual right, and not one to be dictated by anyone in our society.

Congratulations and best wishes for those friends who have taken this opportunity to announce or re-commit to their relationship/marriage/partnership.  I wish you all the best.  It's a better adjusted world than it was last week.  The fight is not over, but a major battle won.