The Cat’s Meow

And other 20’s slang. I actually knew some of these because my Grandma was a Flapper. She told stories of how she and her friends would bind their breasts flat to fit in their beaded shimmy-dresses to go to the dance hall in Chicago after work. Even well into her eighties she could still Charleston and after a couple of glasses of giggle juice would have been happy to demonstrate, natch’. Do you recognize any of these? Do you think we should revive any?

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Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

Spring is the dawn of the new zodiacal year in the Northern Hemisphere. Don’t you just love the word “equinox?” I have to decide each time whether to say it with a short or long “e”. The equinoxes are the two times during the year when the dark of night and the light of day are in balance or equal. Another name for the Vernal Equinox is Ostara, from the name of a German Goddess of fertility, Oestarae.

She is the deific equivalent of the Greco-Roman goddess, Aurora, the personification of the sunrise. Consider that the Sun rises in the East and her name is where East and Easter both come from. The Christian Easter date was decided by the Council of Nicaea to fall the first Sunday after the first full Moon occurring on or after the March Equinox. This effectively removed its observance from conflicts with either Ostara or Passover.  Read the rest of this entry »


It’s… Groundhog day!

Check out all the wonderful animal photos at National Geographic.com

February 2nd, Groundhog day

It was also known as Candlemas or Imbolc in the old European Calendar. This is the day that Christmas or Yule decorations must officially come down. Here is the full poem for the day from the old Almanack:

If Candlemas day be fair and bright,

Winter will have another flight.

If Candlemas day be clouds and rain,

Winter is gone, and will not come again.

~ E. Holden

The US tradition honors the groundhog, or marmot, as the local weather prognosticator. Other regions honored the fox, the robin and a host of other animals. The animal chosen is not important, nor is the forecast supposed to relate to a whole country, but is said to describe a local microclimate phenomenon. So don’t look at the TV News, look out your window. It is raining here today and no groundhog, robin, fox, or human would be able to see their shadow so I guess we are in for an early Spring. I hope you are too!

Some fun links:

The American Ground Hog: Click here to visit Punxatawney Phil’s official site.

For some of the science behind the tradition, yes, there is a wee bit of science, see the Farmer’s Almanac article.

Most importantly, watch Groundhog Day again. I love this movie.

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Hobbits featured in Air NZ Safety video

This is too fun!

I’ve never seen anything like this on a flight before and I’d bet you never have either. They don’t miss a gag in this safety video. Wait ’til you see this plane too, it is a beauty. All my flights seem to be on 787s, the ugly buses of the airplane world ;) Scott and I watched 3 seasons of Air Disasters on Netflix last weekend and I was pretty much ready to never fly again, but I can’t drive to New Zealand.LOL

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Welcome Autumn!

zodiac_signs_28318_lgSeptember 21st is the Autumnal Equinox: The day the Sun enters Libra and the beginning of Autumn. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.

The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.

In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this is when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year begins. The harvest is stored away, the farm animals are measured against their feed and decisions are made about how many to keep and how many to slaughter and eat. This is why so much Thanksgiving feasting goes on now. Fresh meat and fruit only last so long.

Symbols of Autumn:

Blackberries, cranberries, wine, gourds, pinecones, acorns, nuts, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy

Foods of Autumn:

Breads, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and pumpkin pie.

Colors of Autumn:

The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Autumn:

Libra is pink tourmaline, opals and rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstone, and yellow agate. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.

Activities of Autumn:

Making cider and wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas shopping.



American Pie

 The first album I ever bought…

Yup, American Pie by Don MacLean. It was $2.69 when it was freshly released in … 1972. We were living in Mt Prospect, IL and I crossed the busy street near my school, I was only 10 at the time, and bought it myself before heading home. When I got home I played it on one of these:

 

 

 

 

I was listening to the title track and his arrangement of Babylon today and thinking about how well they still hold up. Vincent was another hit at the time and has been covered by several artists more recently.  A note for those who may not know it: the song Killing Me Softly With His Song was written about MacLean.

MacLean never matched American Pie’s success, but not many other artists have created even one classic so don’t hold that against him. :)

Do you remember the first album you bought?

Do you still listen to it?

 

Click for Video of Babylon

This is MacLean at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Click for Video of American Pie

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blogger perks

Isn’t it interesting that when you contract the word “perquisite” you drop the q and sub a k? The dictionary defines perk as a privilege or gain and we’ve gotten some cool perks over my years of blogging, a weekend at Crystal Mountain with Robbie was the most memorable.

flexbelt

But here is another, Flex Belt has offered me the opportunity to review their cool ab belt toning system. You know I love a gadget. It uses EMS, that is Electronic Muscle Stimulation with gel pads to give 150 muscle contractions in 30 minutes and best…  I get one for my very own!

In 6 weeks I’ll send them before and after pix. Yes, of course I’ll post them here.

I can’t wait ’til it gets here…

Click the link to check out their website: Flex Belt.

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