Archive for July 2014

Crossing into August-- a cross-quarter day

Crossing into August-- a cross-quarter day
Summer days are numbered, like the flowers on the daylilies.  From the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, the wheel of the year turns. We are almost at the midpoint, now–it’s called a cross-quarter day. Cross-quarter days are the approximate midpoints between the solstices and the equinoxes. These days were celebrated in the pagan and... Read more »

A postcard to July 20, 1969

A postcard to July 20, 1969
Here’s looking at you,  July 20, 1969– Hello, Apollo 11, and greetings from the future!  It’s not quite what we imagined. The moon is still up there, looking back. Now, we have better phones than Star Trek. No flying cars, but not quite a cyberpunk dystopia waiting for the zombie apocalypse, either. Everyone is looking... Read more »

Super moon wows weekend viewers

Super moon wows weekend viewers
As forecast in my previous post, the weather in the Chicago area  was not conducive to skywatching for the full moon on Saturday night. The  storms were so bad Taste of Chicago was closed  for safety reasons. However, those  in more favorable locations were  happy to share  their observations and photos. You can see some fine... Read more »
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Super summer moons

 Super summer moons
The clouds come and go,  providing a rest for all the moon viewers—-Basho Poets and astronomers agree, moon watching depends on the weather. But summer nights are made for moon-viewing. It seems each night the moon grows more beautiful. Summer moons are  quite a delight, and the full moons of July, August and September  will be... Read more »

the strange machine

And then, one day, the numbers changed. Pi became a pattern, repeating. Then, things got really strange. Before that, Emi was a model, a face in trendy magazines. In real life, she  was fond of  red fingernails, black cats and black dresses. She had just bought a rehabbed loft in the warehouse district. She loved the... Read more »

Be careful out there--stormy weather safety

With the 4th of July approaching, and festival season in full swing, it’s time for summer  fun.  Concerts, a day at the beach, picnics in the forest preserves, camping, hiking, boating, baseball, there are so many ways to enjoy being outdoors. But along with  summer comes severe weather season. Monday’s powerful storms are an example–thunder... Read more »
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