Saturday, July 23, 2005

Travel by the Full Moon- July 23, 2005

Good Morning Ladies,

After seeing a spectacular full moon last night and then watching it "set" over the ocean this morning, I remember how much I enjoy seeing full moons while traveling. Nothing adds to the allure of a foreign, romantic spot than a glorius full moon. You literally see things in a different light! (All puns intended- ha, ha!)

In fact, when I am planning a shorter trip, I try to schedule it around the lunar calendar so I can see the full moon in whatever location I am at. Sounds funny, but do others do that too? Or is it just a happy circumstance? I especially love to see moon light reflecting on water. Please share your full moon stories. RR


leslie said...

Gee, I get to be first and I even slept in today!

The most romantic thing a boyfriend has ever said to me was when I was 20 years old and we driving down to his cabin at Mt. Baker to spend the Valentine's Day weekend. There was a full moon and as we were driving, he turned to me and said,
"You look like an angel with the moon shining on your face like that."
I'll never forget it as long as I live. That's all it takes, Richard.

Lesie from VanCan

Saturday, July 23, 2005 11:56:36 AM  
onrynurse said...

I always watch the moon!! I love the tiny sliver moon.. I call a banana moon!! The full moon to me is just so spectacular!! Loved the moon over tha Carribean on the cruise ship!! In Vail, The full moon looked like one could just reach out and touch it!!
I get a little ripple feeling in my stomach seeing the moon full esp. the fall full moon!! I think it comes from the romance thing and Granny singing "I see the moon, the moon sees me, shining through the old oak tree..."....when I was a little girl!!
I just went out for a bit!! Oh, it is so hot here!! Got watermelon and ice weather goodies!! Dodged the cookies......I din't need them in my house...!! Love that sort of thing too much!!
Have a good weekend...
LInda (Onrynurse).....ha..i am onry,too!!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 11:57:40 AM  
KLew said...

Good morning RR and Ladies: I live on an island in the middle of alfafa and wheat fields. (There are some that have not been taken over by developers.) That aside, the full moon night before last was so close I could feel the light. It was huge and golden. I too love the moon and the part it plays on the moods of those on this tiny earth. We are truly insignificant in some ways. Walking and holding hands in the moonlight is very romantic and soothing. Have a lovely day. The sky is blue and it is about 74 degrees.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 11:57:54 AM  
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Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:11:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

The full moon was about 4am on the 22nd and for me this one was even more significant as my mother passed. She left us peacefully and was surrounded by love. I was reluctant to put this in the blog and would not have if it were not for your full moon comment.
I have this knot in my heart that aches and tears that flow with no warning. I feel an incredible emptiness and sadness. I am in the process of tearing my place apart and cleaning and rearranging between long spells of sleep. I eat but I am not hungry. I take long walks and am not sure where I go. I grieve.
There have been times travel has been a way for me to fill in voids in my life. A way to find how much more there is to life and with each trip I feel more alive.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:16:16 PM  
Anonymous said...

Full Moon? yeah, now we are talking. This full moon being combined with the solstice was very powerful and darn I forgot to look at her.

I don't necessary travel around the full moon unless this is the reason for it but that is certainly something to consider. My bed is situated in such a way that sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can see the moon shining on me. I love it. I admire her (yes, talk to her) and go back to sleep.

Now a memorable full moon!
I remember going to a French/Canadian workshop in Dordogne, France that later included a sweat lodge done by an Native Indian elder who was traveling all over Europe. normally, a women lodge is conducted by a woman but there was none. So here we go sweating our little buns and everything else off. I thought I would be well done by the time I come out but no! he told us later that French women were tough!! heck yes! anyway, at the end the men gave us drinks (they had their own sweat the night before) and we had to lie down on our towel or whatever with our feminity facing the full moon. That was powerful! I have since never found another sweat lodge where I could attend in my birthday suit! too bad! that in itself was also very unusual.

I love the ocean and I love water in general. What I would love to see is the reflection of the moon on a waterfall. That must be a sight, the sounds, the colors....

Myriam in VA

Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:31:12 PM  
Anonymous said...


I just read your news. I am sending you and your family all my Love. It is tough. even though we know that they are in a better place the physical parting is hard to bear at the beginning.

Myriam in VA

I you feel like it, my website is

Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:38:05 PM  
happy said...

to Michelle
It's not just "men in the moon", look for your mom's face there, & in the stars where angels live, and in the sun which heals. Peace & comfort to you.

to Richard

(My two favorite true Moon stories:)

Give me a full October moon rising through the trees slowly over the near hill - enormous! - the biggest Harvest Moon you've ever seen, deep dark pumpkin orange moon, outlining brilliant colored autumn leaves, inviting bats, owls & geese & us to the show. Grab a sweater; sit on the porch, hand-in-hand, & watch for an hour as it transforms itself into a small, pale, silvery golden ball, covered, I swear, with smiles of self-satisfaction with promises another glorious dawn.

Midnight - 2 degrees (Farenheit) - still, still, still! Not a whisper of air. Freshly fallen snow's 3 feet deep, but the road's already been plowed. Brilliant, small, icy-white-cold January full moon sits in a deep, dark blue sky. A wide halo of pale yellow light encircles it promising more snow tomorrow. But tonight strolling down the country lane, arm-in-arm, soon generates enough heat to remove mittens, scoop a big handful of snow and eat it with the abandon of a child. Then listen: Not a single sound escapes from the countryside wrapped in this dreamy white fluffy blanket - except our own breathing. Then, hugs, then walk home, then...?

Ciao :) bon idee

Saturday, July 23, 2005 1:32:03 PM  
neva said...

Full moons, sunrises above the clouds, sunsets over the ocean all make for brave and rude awakenings for me.

Aside: Richard, do you really want to make "blogchildren?" (spinoffs from your Blog)
Think about it--could be fun, though expensive! Ha,Ha!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 1:44:18 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Hello Richard … and, of course, Ladies,

Last night, when I was driving home from having dinner with a friend – I noticed the gorgeous moon – just losing its fullness. For a second, I thought it was full – but noticed that one side was starting to fade away. But it was huge and golden – and standing out in the clear, dark Florida sky. And it almost had that ‘blood red’ coloring. It was just amazing! Our moon tonight is a Waning Gibbous Moon. Maybe I’ll go sit on the beach … and watch the sun set … and the moon rise.

I’ve never really planned trips around the lunar calendar … but I love that idea! Of course – for me – any excuse to travel … is a good one. And don’t all of us look better under the glow of a full moon? : )

Love your sense of humor, Richard. Perhaps you will appreciate my ‘Full Moon’ story – even though it is not ‘romantic’ or ‘foreign’. When I was in my early 20’s I worked in Miami, FL – for the Dade County Public Works Department. We had a little lady who often came in to our office (which, I might add, was not easy to find – on the 8th Floor of the Justice Building). She always came on the full moon – so we dubbed her ‘The Moon Lady’. And – I kid you not – she came in wearing several little white slips – one on top of the other. Appreciating that this was in the 70’s – and people just did not go around wearing their slips in public – you can imagine the stir she caused. Along with her little slips, her hair was a shock of bushy red … and her cheeks had big circles of bright red rouge smeared across her face, to match the deep red lipstick spread across her aging wrinkled lips. She was quite a character … and someone that I fondly remember – especially during times of the full moon. (:o)

Dear Michelle – you will be in my thoughts. My heart goes out to you … and your words had me aching for you. Thank you for sharing with us … and may it be of comfort to you – to know that others have you in their care and keeping.

Warm regards to all,

Click Girl

Saturday, July 23, 2005 1:47:00 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

I was waiting for dinner guests when I read your blog. I am sending you a poem that we read and gave to the grieving families during Memorial Services on the Palliative Unit where I worked. It provided such solace for these bereaved families and loved ones, I truly hope it will provide some comfort for you and your family during this very tough time in your lives.

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am the thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint in the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight
I am the soft starlight of night.

I am the song that will never end.
I am the love of family and friend.
I am the child who has come to rest
In the arms of the father who know best

When you see the sunset fair,
I am the scent in the evening air.
I am the joy of a task well done.
I am the glow of the setting sun.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die.

Author: Anonymous

I am not a religious person, but as a spiritual person I would to say that I am thinking of you and that I hope you and your family bask in your Mom's wonderful memories and keep her alive.
I also just lost my best friend to a tragic accident 2 weeks ago.
Take Care of you and yours

Saturday, July 23, 2005 1:51:21 PM  
Anonymous said... the Full Moon Richard:)
Oh yes now ya talkin' the reflection of the Moon on the water in the cool cool cool of the evenin'...that silvery light at night is quite the sight! It is oh so romantic too! If I remember my poem way back in one of the bloggs I mentioned I am the Moon that guides the lonesome traveller:) She adds a whole new dimension to travelling at night by the light of the Silvery Moon!
Watching Hermosa Beach Open Volleyball, they say this is THE hottest weekend in Southern California, that they have had to water down the sand to cool it for the competitors.
Here's to Moonglow!
from the
'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette :)
Toronto Canada

Saturday, July 23, 2005 2:14:53 PM  
KLew said...

To AuburnMichelle: May your soul be washed with the love of your mother. Always remember you must grieve in your way. Even if others say it is odd---your relationship with your mother was unique and truly yours. Hold on to that. She is there. I have learned this on my journey of being alone. Take care and we---the bloggers---I know are with you in spirit.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 2:19:44 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Richard and everyone,
Just finished reading your last newsletter and wanted to let you know what a wonderful idea about picking 6 women for your journey. That definitely takes the pressure of you in picking one person and the one lady you would have picked. This way you get to know a variety of women, then can make a decision based on that. Love how you keep us posted on what's happening. Take care and God Bless.
Richmond, Va.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 2:43:39 PM  
Anonymous said...

Howdy Richard!
I have a special story about the Full Moon! Many many years ago when I was a teenager in Cape Town South Africa, my Beloved Father would always smoke one cigarette only at night. He stood outside on the upper level of our house on the verandah overlooking the famous Lions Head mountain scanning down to the ocean. I would inevitably sneak up on him as he never smoked in front of any of us and he would immediately hide the cigarette behind his back with the smoke trail clearly making its mark in the dark :) He would stand for hours watching the Full Moon cast her light on the mountain and the bay below, a sight to behold.
He was fascinated by the ancient Aboriginal legends of 'Crazyhorse'
'Sitting Bull', 'Hiawatha' etc. and for whatever reason would ask me to howl as he said I sounded so like the Coyote that it sent a chill up and down his spine! He never made it to Canada although he always spoke of this distant land, little realising that I would eventually settle here on 'Turtle Island'(the Aboriginal name for North America)
Pops had his binoculars and always handed it to me asking me to look at the Full Moon in all her splendour! I often think of those wonderful memories with my family sharing the wonderment of Full Moon and of course the Harvest Moon with her golden/orange aura that took my breath away!
Both my parents have ended their 'earthwalk' and are now basking in the golden glow of 'Summerland' I still hear their voices and even as I write this my eyes have welled up with tears.
They were my best Teachers and Guides!
Love you Mom (Silver Mountain)
Pops (Sitting Bull:)
from the
'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
alias ~~flowingwhitewater~~
Vj Toronto Canada
(Mom was connected to the Iroquois here in Branford Ontario, that is in itself a mystery)

Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:00:31 PM  
"Ella" said...

Hi Everybody...
I know this is supposed to be for FULL MOON stories only, but if you are a "sky watcher," as am I, you might find this amazing:

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.
The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.
The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be the brightest object in the night sky (next to the MOON, of course!). It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide, at a modest 75-power magnification.
By August 27, Mars will look as large as the FULL MOON to the naked eye.
Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.
By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 2:30a.m.
How convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history!
You might want to mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow
progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month, and share this with your children and grandchildren.

Happy Moon-dreams!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:22:44 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hello Richard...Hello 'ella'/skywatcher:)
Thank you for this info. I received it through my email recently, only to be told that this is not valid information. I hope it is as I am waiting patiently :) to start 'skywatching' myself! Nice to 'see' you back on the Blogg again!
Ciao for now
from the
'out of africa'
Senior Bachelorette:)
Toronto Canada
p.s. am looking forward to hearing more about our Senior Bachelor from you, (once you have the 'green light') to do so:)

Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:42:38 PM  
Travelin said...

Hello Richard,
My favorite full moon story is actually from my late mother. She died almost 15 years ago in December. She was a nurse for 20 years and used to always say she knew when it was a full moon at work.
All the crazies came in and all the babies came into the world. All in the same night. It always made for a very busy shift for her. So everytime I see a full moon
, I think of mom and say hello.
To aubernmichelle,
I was with my mom in the ICU when she died. I had shit kicking country playing as she faded away in acoma. Because she was a nurse at that hospital, they let me have my way. I was very respectful to others, but my mom was going to a big party in the sky. That is my view of heaven. So as you grieve, keep busy, sleep if you can.
It took me years to even want to decorate for Christmas. And about 4 years later I just went crazy with Christmas lights while living in Miami. What a sight I made of the still standing Palm trees (hurricane Andrew arrived in Miami 3 weeks after I did). We lived in a community with only about 10 Christian households. All the little kids came by every night with their parents to see if I had added more. When we put up our tree and the "ANGEL" went up, all the kids wanted to come in and see the whole tree. We call this beautiful Angel 'MOM". I bought the artificial tree and the Angel just after my mom died. It is still with us, as she is in our hearts.
God Bless You and your family.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:14:12 PM  
travelin said...

My favorite place to see the moon come up is also on the beach. I used to love to work out at the gym on the beach during a full moon. What a sight as you worked out. Thunderstorms were really cool to watch out over the ocean too. I was usually with my children working out. We actually see the moon alot during the mornings in Florida. Seeing the sun come up and the moon going down is really neat.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:21:31 PM  

Richard & Ladies,
First off my condolences to you Michele, nothing can replace a MOTHER.
I am soooooo glad to be back. I have been reading each and everyday, yet found myself refraining from adding to a lot of the coming and going's. For a while I will admit I started to get disappointed with some of the dialouge, it seemed that things were straying from the main topic, not that everything that was being said wasn't worthy of saying or reading, just that it seemed that it was going in a differnt direction. In defense of all I will say that I think it could have been due to a shortage of comments from you Richard. It does seem though that you may have realized some of this and shutting down momentarily and coming back with a bit more clarification has made a differance,(good ridence(?)to the old codger)
Richard, your FULL MOON comment made me want to jump back in,(give us more of these tid-bits).If anyone remember's me I live in wonderful Chi-Town and am very bleesed to be able to live right on the lake with an east view. Not only do I get to see the sun-rise in the mornings, but when the moon is full it shines on and lights up the lake, what a glorious sight. As it is right now I am in Albuquerque for the last several weeks working on a project for a client(Interior Design) and got to see a beautiful moon here also, not to mention the sky full of stars. We don't always get to see this many at home(all those city lights)
This is my third time out here and I really do love it! Thinking of buying something here, I could live here easily. Never thought I would say that considering I am a water girl and love anything tropical,but I do love the heat!!!!
Can't understand what all the crying is about,"oh, the heat " sorry, I say bring it on.When the temperature climbs and start's reading 90's and above my smile just get's bigger.
Is there any of you gals out there that here in New Mexico, maybe we could hook up.Love Santa Fe, am thinking of taking a short trip to Taos, any suggestion's ?
Richard, you should see the full moon while standing at the Acropolis ! You feel as if you can feel the soul of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato and all the others that walked those paths gliding past you.It gave me goose bumps.
What do you say we go for it.I could show you all the wonderful hidden places og Greece tourists don't even know about, the Islands too, plus I speak the language. I myself am Italian,but lived there 3-4 months out of the year when I was still married to my husband, also Turkey.I speak some of the language too, of course Italian also, and you should see the moon over the Bosphorus!!!!!!!!!
Well sorry this was so long winded, that's what happens when you don't write for a while.
Love to All; Ciao,
P.S. Richard, I will be back in Chicago on the evening of the 26th og August(going with the "FAM" to Orlando from the 19th-26th, all 26 of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, so be sure and wait for me.Let's get together on the 27th.We have a great beach volleyball set-up on North Ave. beach!!!!I'll challenge you.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 5:09:10 PM  
bdnc said...

Richard, I wish i could share with you the pictures of the eclipse i had taken Wednesday, October 27, 2004.(actually it was a video) This is how much i love not only the moon but all that nature has to offer. Maybe someday when the time is right......
...and when the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars....ha ha ha ha ...who remembers that song? Anyone? But truly i video taped the eclipse last year....

Saturday, July 23, 2005 6:08:34 PM  
Anonymous said...


There is nothing quite like slipping through intense darkness in a kayak and gasping at the incredible beauty of the moon spilling through the clouds and reflecting on the mist rising from the lake! If you've traveled by the moon, you know what I am talking about.

Richard, the invitation to come kayaking still stands! There's plenty of room and plenty of water! I'll drop you a line one of these days. Couldn't resist this topic!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 6:10:41 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Richard and Friends,
Full Moon! That strike a nerve because, as per my Bio., I was conceived on a full moon night. Dad was a passing through, handsome Sailor at the USO Dance. 9 months later I was born at St Vincents Orphenage. If it had not been for that moon, I might not be here. I am glad I am, even though I so miss holding hands,______.
Arizona is known for it's sunsets but occasionally I call my family as the moon comes up. There is something great about knowing that you and they are all seeing the same moon. Those moments connect us.
Mary Rose.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 6:54:07 PM  
Chandra said...

What a guy!
There is nothing like a full moon! and one place that it is most beautiful is in the Caribbean. I, also, have tried to plan any trip around the full moon, if possible, so it's nice to know that we are on the same wave length. It is especially beautiful, as you say, relecting on the water. My name means "moon" in Sanskrit and I live right near Lake Michigan so I have been lucky enough to have always been around the water. It's soothing for the soul and quiets the mind. There is something special about the serenity at night and a beach with the water lapping against the shore overlooking that full moon. Wow! "Be still my heart."

Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:20:44 PM  
CJinSOCAL said...

Richard and Ladies: Travelin must be right, because the other evening when the moon was so full I actually ended up sending our very own SB an E-mail in hot pink with antimated pictures no less....What is it about a full moon and light cascading on the water that brings out the deepest and most vulnerable parts of our inner child? :)....I just had to tell Richard how he totally intrigued me with his offer of a trip with 'no strings attached'. At first I was certain I must have misread his newsletter!!...So, travelin what you say about the crazies coming out must be true! :)...I warned all here to not partake of this forbidden fruit, and yet I, even I, have fallen somewhat under the spell of this adventure..I think it is not only Richard's kindness and innocence that has touched my heart, but the wonderous opportunity to meet such quality women...To have a chance to know any or all of you would be as big an adventure as taking the trip, and I only hope that long after this adventure is over we will all still be in touch [you guys have to learn how to use the other blogs!!:)]...I have seldom experienced such open, honest communication from women, and I can't remember a man in my life being as open and honest than Richard seems to be :)......But then my best friend tells me I am such an incurable PollyAnna....and, I guess she is right because when I see the full moon coming out I actually believe that maybe someday I can made that old 'man in the moon' smile...And when 'his' light cascades with ripples across the water, I think of how each gesture and each word spoken ripples through our day and into the lives of so many others...We all contribute so much to this world and we affect people in ways that we would never imagine...I pray that my words will always help and encourage and not hurt ANYONE! So, I guess this is as good a time as any to apologize to all of you for anything that I might have said on these boards that might dampen your dreams IN ANY WAY!!....Your dreams are all so beautiful!!, and it is only the passionate advocate in me that causes me sometimes to act like a mother hen with all those who I feel might be innocent and vulnerable...I wish you nothing but blessings, and joy as you follow your dreams....Maybe when I get my law license and work helping people every day I will be too worn out to get so over protective of everyone, but I doubt it...There are things I don't like about myself, but the fact that I care so deeply about others and want them to be treated with respect and care and that I want to kiss every 'owie' and hug every hurting person is a part of me I would never choose to change...It is the essence of who I am-regardless of the consequences!! So I send you ALL HUGS!! Consider yourself hugged!! [not mugged :)!] You all have come to mean much to me, and as I see Michele reach out in her grief to share with all of us it makes this site even more of a lifeline for people to support each other in our daily lives, and on this present adventure adventure...It is such a healing experience, and Richard I know that these E-mails have become tedious to you, but I trust you understand that we are all on this journey of life together...How can we not support Michele in her time of grief...In my opinion it is never inappropriate to tell another that you care....Michele-I will pray for you and I have to tell you that I lost my Mom over two years ago and a day never goes by that I don't think of her and want to call her...time will help take some of the knot in your stomach away, but remember if your Mom was anything like mine if she could only come back to earth to tell you one thing she would tell you, "Celebrate your life and be filled with joy!!" Moms are SO VERY SPECIAL!! I send you hugs and angels to comfort you!! :)
However, I do have a full moon story that occupied a few years of my life many years ago...It was way back when and my Dad and my Husband were both in Viet Nam for eighteen months...In those days so many men and women died daily and I lived with the fear that a military car would pull up in my driveway any day with terrible news....It always gave me such comfort to know that we were looking at the same moon, thinking and praying, and counting the days-crossing them off on the calendar...longing that they would return safe....Now when I look at the full moon I still think of young men and women away at war away from their families, but I also think of all of the people on this earth-both the young and old who are watching that 'man in the moon'transfixed' in the sky... I think of them I realize that while I look at the moon and watch for falling stars that so many of them are also looking, so filled with expectancy and hope for what could be in their lives, and so filled with gratitude for what has been.......We are not alone in this world, and we are not alone on this site, and I appreciate hearing about your hopes and dreams and yes, even your losses...Thank you Richard for this site...and, for your patience :).....
I smile when I think of how My dogs love to take daily walks with me down by the lake and I could swear that when the moon is full that are looking up with me, in absolute wonderment ....:)...Adieu my "Man in the Moon" maybe I will make you smile next time :)...Love to All and Blessings,

Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:49:42 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Well Richard!......
Such a wonderful big mush you are....great to know you are so in touch with your "right" the risk of sounding rather sexist,....extremely rare, for a guy!! Soooo refreshing!!!!

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore!"

Ahhhhhhhh yes......full moon softly setting on the horizon reflected perfectly in the mirror calm waters of Cole's Bay Tasmania,not a creature was stirring not even a whombat.....and there was I, witness to such a majestic sight from my tent perched on the shore.....ALONE!! albeit not lonely. A magnificent and glorious kodak moment that I will savour and cherish for life. Words escape me.......and that for me........ is extremely rare!
Bon Nuit, a la Prochain xox
from La Belle in La Belle Province

Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:56:48 PM  
catbird said...

Greetings Richard and Bachelorettes,
I couldn't resist writing tonight. I have been reading every night but resisting writing in until talk of the moon. As a child, I believed the moon followed me and somehow it always made me feel safe wherever I was. So my story is about missing the moon. I spent last June/July in Scandinavia and loved it. However, as I'm sure you are all aware, there wasn't much darkness and therefore I hadn't noticed the moon all that time. The whole time I had been traveling, it was always so exciting to see the moon from different places. Truthfully, I hadn't realized what I was missing until I was flying into London. I was watching out the window of the plane as the sun was setting. It was spectacular watching the sky split between light and dark. Suddenly the plane banked and all I could see was the night sky and the MOON! I got so excited I said aloud, "So there you are!" It was like seeing a long lost friend. People looked at me like I was talking to Elvis or Jesus on the wing. I didn't care. I was safe and happy and felt like I was home again.
I want to thank all of you for your beautiful stories about our friend, the moon. They were all a joy to read. Just one more connection we have to one another. Richard, thanks for the memories :)
And Michelle, my heart goes out to you. I will keep you and yours in my prayers. Your message touched me deeply.
Thanks also to Canadian Blogette for your poem. It was beautiful and I am going to pass it onto a friend who lost her husband recently.
Okay, I guess this is getting pretty longwinded. Have a good night, ladies and gentle-man.
Live, Love and Laugh out Loud-

Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:02:57 PM  
itchyfeet35 said...

My favorite full moon story was certainly unplanned. After a full day in the sun walking around the ruins of Petra and ending the day chatting with a Discovery Channel guy. I grabbed a taxi to return to the hotel. The taxi driver insisted that we stop at a certain place to look at the sites of Petra in the full moon light. It was absolutely breath taking. If you get to Petra, Richard, do wait for the full moon and think of me.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:05:57 PM  
bdnc said...

Love your intelligence. It would also be a pleasure to meeting you someday. :-)

Have a good evening!
Another busy day tomorrow.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:11:29 PM  
ClickGirl said...

Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

BDNC – Ahhhhhh … The Age of Aquarius … by The 5th Dimension! Boy – that takes me back! : )

Ellathe Sky Watcher – thanks for that great info! I will be watching the night skies in August, for sure.

CJ in SoCal - Hugs accepted! Great post!! My son, Chris, was in Iraq for 14 months … longest days of my life …

Dear Michelle … as I went offline this afternoon, your words kept ringing in my head. So I called both of my sons – and left corny ‘I love you’ messages from ‘Mom’ … and then I called my parents (who live in the north Georgia mountains) … and had a nice long chat with them. And I sent Emails to my sisters. Your post was just a sweet reminder of how short life is … and how important it is to take advantage of every moment. My heart goes out to you for your loss … and words seem inadequate. Again, know you are in my thoughts.

Canadian Bloggette – I loved your beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing that. It is one that I will tuck away and save.

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding

from Aquarius – by The 5th Dimension

Take care all you Moon Babes … and, of course, Richard.

Click Girl

Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:14:38 PM  
bdnc said...

To ClickGirl
And this medal i give to you! :-)
Love that song.. Makes me want to sing-a-long...

Really have to go to bed....
nite all!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:17:48 PM  
droma said...

canadian bloggette,
Thank you for THE poem.

Full moon and lunar calender....
doing Obstetrics for 20 years
did give it a whole new meaning.


Saturday, July 23, 2005 9:33:48 PM  
Debby Eddy said... the light, by the light, by the light of the silvery moon, not the sun but the moon.

I want to swoon......actually, I haven't a full-moon story. However, Richard I don't think that it is too late in my life to create one, or two or three (grin).

Last night before hitting it for the evening I couldn't help but catch the full moon from my upstairs bedroom window.

Time to hit it again (yawn). Hope you have fun doing the v-ball thing. Both my daughters played v-ball. One was a JUCO player. I have fun playing too, but they play for blood...ouch.


Saturday, July 23, 2005 9:45:46 PM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

Leslie Your face is like an angel.

To our beautiful Michelle Condolenses our sweet lady friend. The fact that you would share such a private moment with us brings tears to my eyes. Thank you.

The Moon & Me

Adrift on a blue black sea on a leaf of green.
The sky in its deepest hue of the night,
surrounds the sea and me.
I watch calmly, meekly as the moon rises from the sea,
and the illumination becomes bigger than life.....
and then in silence it dwindles in size right before my eyes.

The moon floats above casting down its brilliant white light,
and I watch quietly, peacefully while thousands upon thousands of stars dance sparkling on the waves of the sea,
and twinkling in the dark sky all around me.

A gentle breeze is softly blowing my hair around the nape of my neck and across my face, tickling my nose.
The salty air clings to my nostrils and my skin. My lips are tingling.

I take the air into my lungs and feel free....just with the moon and me.

By Suzanne W. of Mesa Arizona

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:04:14 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Clickgirl and Droma,
Many thanks guys! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine such sincere heartfelt support for fellow beings via Cyber Land! When a fellow being hurts I share and feel their pain... clearly I am not alone!
Lets hear it.....three cheers for Bloggville!!
Thank you Richard for allowing us "beings" this opportunity!
You da best!
Je pense a toi tousjours! Vraiement!
La Belle dans La Belle Province xox

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:04:44 AM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

ooops......Thanks to Catbird also! xox

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:06:43 AM  
Suzanne Mesa Arizona said...

FlowingWhiteWaterBeautiful story. You are so very interesting and your writing is awsome. Thank you for the story.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:13:39 AM  
wanda whitworth said...

good morning,
just quickly... i love full moons.. they are beautiful in every way, and put me in a romantic mood, on a calm evening with soft sand, a man, holding me, wispering sweet nothings in my ear.. now look at what you have done.. I have gone at gotten all gooey here, something I haven't ever done on the blog..

Michelle--- this is for you dear--
God bless you and your family and know that your mom is now at Peace.

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, July 24, 2005 6:48:14 AM  
Adagio-"ella" said...

For RR's "Lunar Ladies"...
In many legends the act of healing involved muttering in some old language, such as Ancient Egyptian, Gaelic or Latin. The ritual usually involved burning incense or herbs, lighting candles, gathering plants for potions, making mysterious gestures, and chanting under the light of the FULL MOON...

Below is an incantation to the Mistress of the Night, our MOON...
This Poem (or incantation), has its history in the old Diana Worship(Diana was one of the Roman Moon Goddesses)...

FULL MOON shining bright
Midnight on the water
Oh Aradia, Diana's silver daughter

Lady of the Moon
Lunar Goddess
Puller of Seas

We greet your celestial jewel
At the waxing of its powers
With a rite in your honor...

Lady, you are known by many names
Aphrodite, Kerridwen, Diana, Isis, and many more...

With your Lord by your side,
We give you due honor and invite
YOU to join with us, on this your
Special night...

In the words of the Great Mother:

I am SHE who watches over thee,
Mother of you ALL..

I am at the beginning of life and at its end, Maiden, Mother, & Crone...

Wherever you may be, if you seek ME know that I am always here...

For I abide deep within YOU...
Look then, within yourself if you would seek ME...

I am Life and I am Love...
Find me and rejoice,
For Love is my music
And Laughter is my song...
Love is the law & Love is the Bond.

To the "Goddess" within us ALL...

Sunday, July 24, 2005 8:10:44 AM  
raceee said...

Full moons bring back some beautiful memories. My husband and I used to take a dinner cruise on Lake Muskoka where we lived. It was an old steam mail ship that cruised the lakes in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Completely refurnished. We would have our dinner with wine and then go up to the front of the ship and with our arms around each other enjoy the full fall harvest moon. I sure miss this he died 8 years ago Richard do you want to come to my home town and I will treat you to some great memories with the full moon.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 11:34:14 AM  
Anonymous said...

Greetings Richard and "ella"/ skywatcher:) Had a feeling to come back to the 'Moon Blog' lo and behold a beautiful message from "ella"! Since I first started 'blogging' here in April, it has been a slow progression from initial 'chit chat' which is now developing into a feeling of connectedness on another level, a somewhat deeper more meaningful interaction taking place! I have NEVER established an online connection with anyone let alone a continuous one such as this. I am quite surprised at myself as I 'check in' everyday so far without fail to stay connected, so to speak! I innately know for whatever reason that this will lead me somewhere. Nothing is ever in vain! Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom once again "ella", love the poem!
May we always bask in the shimmering 'Light' of the Moonglow upon the sands of Time.
Senior Bachelorette:)
from 'out of africa'
Toronto Canada

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:23:12 PM  
AuburnMichelle said...

Ladies of the Blogg
Thank you, each of you, for your incredible love and comfort. Each message came as a great gift to me. I opened my heart and accepted your light.
I will leave Wednesday for LA and drive up the coast - the ocean is a major part of my life - I especially love the reflection of the moon on the water and that sizzle noise when the sun finally sets in the water, it's magic.
I am self prescirbing long beach walks - I love you - Michelle

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:24:04 PM  
Canadian Bloggette said...

Take best care of you and yours. One day at a time.
When my youngest daughter was small she would always ask:
"Mom, how much do you love me?"
I would answer:
"Count the waves."

As you are taking your long walks along the beach and reflecting upon how much you love your Mom and how much she meant to you...
"Count the waves".

I am thinking of you.
La Belle from La Belle Province xox

Sunday, July 24, 2005 2:38:36 PM  
BikingNut said...

"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." I have this print hanging on my wall in my bathroom where they can read and contemplate. Another print I have in my bathroom is called "free at last" - a very nude women arms outstretched is running on the beach towards the water and the setting sun with her clothing, cell phone, brief case, etc flying through the air.
Yes, moon stories. My favorite is one moon rise I saw with my mother on her back deck. She lived in some foot hill mountains in eastern WA - the shadows of the sunset were still showing when this giant moon crept over the edge of the foothill. She knew about what time it would be showing itself so we went outside and talked for hours as the moon slowly crept into the sky.
Those moments with my mother were indeed precious. I do miss her --
I have had my romantic moments in the light of the full moon but non so precious as time spent with my mother.
Biking Princess

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 8:11:13 AM  
Anonymous said...

A full makes me feel happy. I always feel a bit excited about life when I see a full moon.

This weekend look for the full red... a Sturgeon moon.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 4:34:29 PM  
Mandukasana said...

Hello everyone!

I am new to this "blog" thing. I used the name "Mandukasana" for years as my display name for a everything I do on the internet. Maybe today it fits into the "Travel by the Full Moon" theme. Mandukasana is a yoga posture and means "frog pose". Each of us will meet our "Frog Prince" and when we kiss him under a full moon he will be transformed.

To Michelle:

I want to share something from Kahlil Gibran, "The Broken Wings".

Mother is everything in this life; she is consolation in time of sorrowing and hope in the time of grieving, power in the moments of weakness. She is a fountainhead of compassion, forbearance and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a bosom upon which he can rest his head, the hand that blesses, and eyes which watch over him."

I want to add that "relationships" never end. You have not lost your mother's compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, her consolation or power. She has passed all this on to you and will always be with you. I thought I lost my mother years ago but, after time passed, I realized I did not lose her. She is always with me. You will come to realize that in time too. Love never dies. The outward manifestation changes but, love is constant. Stop cleaning for a while, sit down and feel her love. Cry if you need to. Eventually those tears will become tears of joy for the relationship you had with her and still have.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:02:25 PM  
Tina said...

Hello Richard,

I'm a first-time blogger. Have been reading the newsletters and the blog for the first time tonight. I had to comment on your full moon blog.

The full moon is the best! When I'm lying on my bed and a full moon's beams stream in through the window and fall on my skin, I can feel it! It's not as warm as the sun's light, but moonlight IS reflected sunlight, after there is some warmth to it.

The sounds in the air on a full-moon night are different from other-phase nights, as well. They seem clearer, but calmer. Or maybe it's just my state of mind! But romantic, yes! And there is no other peace such as feeling that romantic, full moon!

Sleep well!

Tina from Corning

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:12:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

I'm another who checks the lunar calendar whenever I travel. Usually, I just look outside, cz I'm a night owl and love seeing the moon. As a child, I slept with my pillow on the bed-high windowsill so I could have the lovely moonbeams on my face all night long.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:24:57 PM  
Anonymous said...

Many years ago, when I lived in Monterey, Ca., I was driving a friend to the airport very early in the morning. As we came over the crest of the hill, the moon was hanging over the Montery Bay. It was one of the most incredible sights I have ever seen. It appeared to be an enormous silver ball, filling the sky over the bay. I stopped the car and we watched, almost speechless, as the moon sank into the water. Several years later, I ran into my friend in Germany. One of the first things he said was, remember the moon in Monterey. Of course, I have never and will never forget it. I love the moonlight, it is beautiful and romantic.
Barbara W.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:55:29 PM  
Love Overcomes All said...

Speaking of full moons, I was at Coit Tower on Saturday night witnessing my girlfriend getting engaged. I snapped a few pictures of the full moon and Golden Gate Bridge as he romantically knelt on one knee.

The evening was balmy, clear and breatheless. I see how Frank Sinatra left his heart in San Fran

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 9:45:13 PM  
Annie said...

My most memorable Moon watch was during my only off-shore sailing trip with four friends. We left St. Maarten and sailed directly to Mattapoiset, MA-just an hour south of Boston, taking ten days and 11 hours. During my two hour night watch, I watched the moon-when the weather permitted-during it's various stages. You really felt like it was watching over you. The stage I love the most is the sliver of the new moon. Living on the ocean I am always fascinated with the tide changes during the moon's stages.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 11:31:01 AM  
dprncss said...

Oh, boy! Never thought of planning a trip around the moon, but that is definately something to consider. Good one, Richard! I am sure my aunt, Judy, will love spending those evenings with you. You really ought to choose her, you know. She is quite amazing and a super partner in the crime of adventure.
P.S. I love that you are making it clear that this is a positive quest and all negative comments are unwelcome.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 7:11:58 PM  
Laurie from Texas said...

Hi Richard and Ladies,
My most favorite things about nature are full moons and sunsets..Especially full moons at sunset over water. Then you have everything romantic and beautiful! I remember many special full moons - cruising down the Nile River (awesome!), on a Caribbean cruise ship, in the wonderful Arizona desert, and most wonderful, in Hawaii. There is nothing more romantic and enjoyable than a full moon overlooking the water in Hawaii while you are drinking in the natural beauty of the islands, smelling the fragrance of the many flowers. It is awesome! Would LOVE to share that with you, Richard!
Laurie of Texas

Thursday, July 28, 2005 5:51:59 PM  
Anonymous said...

For you Richard, from my journal, summer 2001

Unprepared for what was about to happen,
I walked to the beach,
in darkness.

The beauty of the moon caught me off guard.

I watched the moon's reflection dancing across the water.
It was calling me to experience the wonder,
the shear pleasure of swimming in the water with the dancing moon as my partner.

Slowly I took off my clothes,
not loosing sight of the moons reflection.

I was pulled into the water and my entire body responded,
coming to life.............
a celebration of unexpected sensations.


Friday, July 29, 2005 6:30:33 AM  
soft_rain said...

I noticed that there were only 54 comments on your full moon story and the same for your volleyball story......I find this strange, being that these are two of the things you hold dear...this has me wondering....

I grew up playing volleyball and was one of the better players on my team....I just could not get enough of it ...played every day I could....I would love to play a game with you one day but I must admit its been a while.

I will post my thoughts on the moon shortly.....just Love the moonlight...

Friday, July 29, 2005 12:49:58 PM  
El Paso Sugar said...

to la dolce vida in new mexico....
I too am a sunworshipper in New Mexico! We here in El Paso have far more in common with New Mexico than with Texas,and I'm nuts about Santa Fe!
For the full moon I go to Chaparral, New Mexico with a group from my church. We walk a wonderful labyrinth and then have a drumming and meditation circle! Brings peace to my soul.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 11:02:51 AM  

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