chasing the moon…

I’m staying in my childhood home in Burke, South Dakota. Today I got up very early to write. I made coffee and stepped out on the porch for some fresh air. I was dumbstruck by the beauty of the sunrise and the moonset in unison over the east-facing field.

Left: today’s sunrise/moonset Right: last night’s sunset.

The moon was so seductive to me that I actually felt a little “witchy”. I hopped in my rental and headed east on gravel roads to get closer to the moon. Deer. Stars. A light wind. Birds chirping. Lovely.

NOTE: Speaking of “witchy”, I was born with an extra finger on my left hand (as was my daughter, Lucy). I’ve been told that it’s the sign of a witch, although from what I’ve read, it was mostly the patriarchy and the churches afraid of women who used herbs and other methods of healing. Oh, men, always so threatened by powerful women.

Once thought to be a sign of witchcraft, extra digits are actually the most common developmental abnormality found at birth. About two children in a thousand have extra fingers or toes.

Marilyn Monroe didn’t have extra digits, urban legends notwithstanding, but Anne Boleyn and Winston Churchill both did. And Atlanta Braves pitcher Antonio “The Octopus” Alfonseca was born with six fingers and six toes.

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2005/02/10/a-great-big-hand/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witches%27_mark

I don’t have a telephoto lens or the patience for long exposure images, but I was able to capture these images. A perfect October experience in South Dakota…chasing a waning crescent moon.

My mother always told me that I looked a lot like Winston Churchill as a baby. Now, I know why—Lucy and I share a rather unique trait with him.

https://www.calendar-12.com/moon_calendar/2019/october

random musings on everyday beauty

Sunrise Town Neck Lillibridge

flora in vase lillibridge dakota 1966

leaf lillibridge dakota 1966

1. At 5:20 this morning my bedroom was lit up with bright red and orange light. I felt the sunrise was beckoning me outside. I actually felt a little “witchy” like I was being mysteriously seduced to head to the light. NOTE: I was born with an extra finger on my left hand, as was my daughter, Lucy—anyway…I ran outside in my pajamas and watched the sunrise over Cape Cod Bay in our neighborhood of TOWN NECK. I quickly drove down to the beach to take some pictures before I missed it.

2. I have guests coming tonight and I am doing a 20 minute tidy this morning. I walked out into my yard to find some flowers for this Scargo Pottery vase that I love. These flowers looked so independent of each other. I liked the way they seemed to have such personalities. Independent and Unified. This is what I’m striving for today with my family life. We’ll see…

3. This morning I opened a book and this pressed leaf fell out. I found the color to be so stunning. I don’t remember when I pressed it, but I am so grateful that somewhere along the line I learned that life is these little moments and not necessarily grand experiences or discoveries.