Archive for 2018

Calendar Time

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

I know that with the Internet and cell phones, many people do not use wall calendars, but I still like to have one or two available in the house in case my computer is off or my cell phone isn’t handy.

The two I like and write about each year is The Lunar Calendar from Nancy Passmore/Luna Press and Brush Dance by Renée Locks, who I met last December in California. I  love her calligraphy and quotes.

Here are the two calendars:


A lunar calendar is a calendar based upon the monthly cycles of the Moon‘s phases (synodic months), in contrast to solar calendars, whose annual cycles are based only directly upon the solar year.

If you go to, you can see a sample of a page of the calendar, an oval, which is quite different from a regular block calendar. It is perfect for a woman who is tracking her menses for pregnancy or menopause or just because it’s a neat way of creating a calendar.

Here is a quote from the website:

“This easily read, yet informative and scholarly calendar is perfect for both the beginner and the seasoned moon-lover. The ’19 edition features fresh work from 24 artists, poets, and writers, full astronomical and astrological data, the lunar year-at-a-glance, complete instructions, and an excellent bibliography.”




Renée Locks yearly calendar from her company, Brush Dance, has the theme of Laugh Lines  with wonderful art and calligraphy by this 80+ year old artist and calligrapher and a collector of quotes. (I also collect quotes, so maybe that’s why I love her calendar not only for her art, but also for the quotes.)

Here is the quote for the January 2019 calendar and also her website:

CHEER UP! Birds have bill, too and they keep on singing! Henny Youngman


Both of these calendars make great gifts!





Yesterday’s Winter Solstice and Tonight a Full Moon

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

While yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the article below from explains why the Full Moon tonight, called the Full Cold Moon (See below), will keep things a little brighter! And now the days will get longer. Happy Full Moon! OR:

Nancy Passmore, whose Lunar Calendar info I posted a day or so ago, sent me a thank you with these two words: Solstitial Blessings! 

Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event

The long solstice night won’t be as dark as usual.


A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center in Florida in 2017.NASA/Kim Shiflett

The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year.

Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing. 

The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations.

The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029.

The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months.

You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.”

So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend.

CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.

NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.