Archive for June 2013

The Language of Fireflies

The Language of Fireflies
Fireflies are one of  the delights of summer, lighting up the evenings. Even though clouds hid the full moon (here, anyway) on Sunday, and for the past few nights, there were fireflies after the rain, flashing on and off  in the garden, the sound of traffic like a river in the distance. Indeed there is... Read more »

Super Full Moon Rising--See It Tonight--Weather Permitting

Super Full Moon Rising--See It Tonight--Weather Permitting
There’s something about the moon, and the full moon, especially,  that appeals to the human imagination. In my previous post, I wrote about this perigee full moon tonight, and  I was so surprised at the response! Thank you to all for stopping by and  liking it.  I hope that post inspired you to find out more... Read more »

Full Moon Is Super Spectacular---- Sunday, June 23

Full Moon Is Super Spectacular---- Sunday, June 23
—” It’s like nothing they compare it to–the summer moon.” Basho The first full moon of summer is big news for skywatchers.  Not only is it close to the summer solstice on June 21, the moon will appear just-about  full on June 22, and the full moon on June 23 will be a “supermoon!” What is... Read more »
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Happy 250th Birthday, Issa! (June 15, 1763 – June 15, 2013)

Happy 250th Birthday, Issa! (June 15, 1763 – June 15, 2013)
Kobyashi Issa (1763-1827) is one the most accomplished and loved haiku masters. He was a prolific writer; in his 65 years (by the Japanese count), he wrote over 20,000 haiku, also haibun (prose-poetry) and journals. His family name was Kobyashi, and he took the pen name Issa, which means “one cup of tea.”  In his... Read more »

In Case of Severe Weather

The Chicago area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, with possible hail and damaging winds. A  thunderstorm is one of the beauties of summer, here, for sure.  But are you prepared in the event of more severe weather?  What about your kids and pets? Let’s review– in the case of a tornado, here is  this excellent... Read more »

Peonies: A Perennial Favorite

 Peonies: A Perennial Favorite
“How reluctantly the bee emerges from the peony” —-Basho   Waiting all winter–and then, we have the peonies!  If not for that period of cold and dormancy , we wouldn’t have peonies, here.  This is their time, now, and they are blooming everywhere. If you have a sunny garden, maybe you  have a peony bush... Read more »
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Change Your Avatar, Change Your Life?

Can changing your avatar change your life?  It can change your look, anyway, and  your outlook on the world.  At least that’s what I’ve been thinking lately, as we move into meteorological summer. “What is so rare as a day in June?  Then, if ever come perfect days”— Maybe this is not the balmy day... Read more »

The Science of Ice and Hockey

Did you ever wonder about hockey ice, what is it, and how do they make it? For hockey, temperature of the ice makes a big difference!  Players often use the terms “fast ice” and “slow ice.”  What does that mean?  Fast ice is harder and colder with a smooth, slippery surface.  Slow ice is softer... Read more »