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The custom of the day changes over time: 5 years of marching in the morning, followed by curlers and clothing changes, and heading over to Grandmother’s house with a slightly burnt tongue from the Bandparent’s hot chocolate and an evil-smelling corsage held together only by the netting around the blue-dyed mum…. 10 years or so of rushing home from one University or other, suffering from car-lag and wondering how all the semester’s projects were going to get wrapped in the few days remaining ….we won’t count how many years of student portfolios, reports, and home observations of holidays, all stacked and glowering in a corner while I tried to focus on being with family for a few hours….

Today we get in a car, drive over several rivers, and into the woods, and arrive at a house where the family has adopted me.  We will eat, make merry, talk about work (!), and maybe go looking for fossils.

I’m grateful for everything.  Blessings to you and yours, however far away, this holiday.

Ai Wei Wei’s Moon Gates: thick teak panels with successive cut-outs that show the phases of the Moon in light and shadow.

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Let’s see :

  • Full moon
  • Incoming hurricane
  • Anniversaries of loss and change
  • All Hallow’s Eve and the Day of the Dead
  • Balky heating system
  • Seasonal benign paroxysmal vertigo

But no, none of these things say “Coming Apocalypse” quite as strongly as “I’ve voluntarily gone to three malls in the last 36 hours and bought clothing in each one.”

Just thought I should share this with you….

[Recommended musical selection:  “Good Night Moon” by Shivaree]

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For the last month I’ve been reminded by my father that Jupiter, the Moon, and Uranus were going to be in the sky ‘near’ [from our perspective] each other, and that this was the closest that Jupiter was going to be to the Moon until 2038.

There is something remarkably disquieting about getting that kind of news given to you with enthusiasm.  I might see this thing.  My father might likely not, or at least not from this side of veil.

There’s been Eid, and Yom Kippur, and an Equinox, and men joking with one another that if someone really wanted to see Uranus, they could just get a mirror and bend over [oh, my mother did NOT approve]…. Grading proceeds, tax bills come due, bringing other kinds of astronomic reckonings.

I can’t show you the Moon backlighting the stone cross across the alley.  I think I saw Jupiter; my eyes strained, but couldn’t catch the other promised object. The new data I have, I may not want.  But I can show you my shadow on the rocks as the tide comes in.

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