Full ‘Cold’ moon on 12/12 sparks imaginations and debate

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Photo of full moon by Indie Art South

The moon has fascinated me since I was a child told by adults it was made of green cheese and/or there was a man in the moon. Even today years later I often walk outside late at night just to see the moon and stars. Tomorrow there’s a treat in store for moon lovers like me, and there’s a dash of mystery that is sparking imaginations and debate. Media have taken up the cause, with most building stories around content first featured in a publication I’ve known since the days I heard about lunar green cheese and men.

This Thursday’s full moon, sometimes called the “Cold Moon”, occurs on December 12. Making this more interesting than a regular full moon, the moon will peak on that date at 12:12 AM Eastern time. Adding a quirk to this phenomenon is the fact that if you add the numbers in our current year, you get the sum of 12. We all know the number 12 is special for many reasons.

What does all this mean, if anything? Continue reading “Full ‘Cold’ moon on 12/12 sparks imaginations and debate”

Parties ping pong control of Congress; both fail on copyright matters

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Photo/Indie Art South

American angst is in the news these days, with much of the country divided as though the federal government is a football team with partisan fans on each side of both major parties. The US Constitution is also in the news these days, and spend some time on Twitter, you’ll soon see constitutional scholars multiplying like rabbits. Despite all the furor, fact is both major parties have for a very long time ignored the duty of Congress regarding copyrights spelled out in the Constitution. Continue reading “Parties ping pong control of Congress; both fail on copyright matters”

Sheriff’s worst suspicions confirmed in country singer’s fatal crash

Maria Elena Cruz, 16, victim of Kylie Rae Harris
Maria Elena Cruz, 16, was killed by country singer Kylie Rae Harris who was driving at excessive speeds and impaired by alcohol in early September. (Image: Fundraiser for Ms. Cruz; page created by Nicole Cisneros Jederlinic)

Taos county sheriff Jerry Hogrefe had long suspected alcohol a factor in the fatal crash caused by 30 year old country singer Kylie Rae Harris near the New Mexico border in early September. Now Hogrefe’s worst suspicions have been confirmed. Continue reading “Sheriff’s worst suspicions confirmed in country singer’s fatal crash”

New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

I wrote about Florida singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler not long ago, explaining I’d always known her as a fellow grandmother. Then I discovered her music. Buckler’s work is heartfelt, and many of the songs will touch those who place family first. We listened to her CD recently on a trip to Carolina, and besides her lyrics, her voice is one of those memorable, well-defined instruments you won’t forget. Continue reading “New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler”

Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song

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New Year Celebration 1940; National Photo Company Collection; gifted by Herbert A. French, US Library of Congress.

Musical group Gunboat Diplomats never ceases to surprise me, and the latest release holds to that standard. I’ve praised the work of this recording group before, often calling attention to their lyrics for artistic merit. Some of their songs have dark undertones—I really like that. I mean, how many musicians write songs with a nod to Albert Camus? I’d wager more than half of those under 40 couldn’t pick Camus out of a literary lineup on paper. Continue reading “Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song”