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"Supermoon" this Sunday


Set to peak on Sunday, June 23, the 2013 supermoon is noteworthy not only for the remarkable sight it will present to skywatchers but also because it will be the largest supermoon this year.

Also known as a perigee moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee. That's the point at which the moon is nearest to Earth as it traces its elliptical path around our planet.

Since it's closer to us, the moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term "supermoon" essentially means a bigger and brighter full moon.

My favorite moon song:

What's yours?
Posted by onestepforward | Sat Jun 22, 2013, 03:27 AM (14 replies)

Battling with "tree" roaches (don't read if sensitive!)

If you live in Houston or any where in the South, you've probably seen these huge, flying "tree" roaches, also called palmetto bugs. They are at least 3 inches long and love flying right at you!

Well, tonight I open the garage door to step out for a quick smoke. One flies in the garage and I quickly sweep it back out with a broom. Now 6 more have appeared and more are coming. It's a swarm. This happened last week! I quickly close the garage door, turn off the light and go back in.

I can hear them hitting our office window over and over. They are attracted to light. I need to go back into the garage to get something and when I do, I find out that one of them tripped the safety sensor and the garage door was open and full of these flying creatures. I scream, not out of fear, but out of surprise that they re-opened the door!

AllenVanAllen is inside and working in his underwear. I tell him what happened and he immediately begins putting on his battle gear, lol! Pants are donned, hair is put back into a ponytail and he fashioned a club from an empty wine box. In he goes! Boom, boom, boom for 5 or so minutes. These guys are very hard to kill. He comes back in looking battle-weary, but triumphant! As you can imagine, it's very unnerving.

All is quiet now

What's really weird is that this would only happen once a year. In a little over a week, we've had 2 now. I suspect climate change.

Posted by onestepforward | Sat Jun 15, 2013, 12:57 AM (23 replies)

Aversion, suffering and breathing it in.

The economy has caused me tremendous stress for the last six years along with millions of my fellow Americans and I don't see any relief in the near future. I sometimes get a pain in my stomach just getting the mail by dreading more bills. I almost freeze up with dread when I check my bank balance online. I wake up on most days with a fear that something unplanned will happen, like my old car breaking down and I will not have the funds to fix it. You get the point.

I try very hard to stay in the present moment, but I've been having difficulties because the present moment is so stressful. I was reading a book by Pema Chodron (Comfortable with Uncertainty) and she was talking about a goal of not going to the top of the mountain to escape suffering, but a goal of going down the mountain... to the nitty gritty of life. Suffering.

I've been causing myself more suffering by having such an aversion to it. I've been trying a new technique that has really helped me and I wanted to share. I am now looking directly at my aversion, in the present moment, and mentally "breathing" it in several times. It helps me to accept it and it helps to take the panic and fear away. By acknowledging and accepting my aversion, I help to dissipate it. It has worked very well for me and I will continue, as I am a beginner

Peace and love to all.

Posted by onestepforward | Mon Jun 10, 2013, 12:32 AM (5 replies)

Jon Stewart, I will miss you.


Im headed to where stars are born, Jon Stewart said Thursday night, on his last program before leaving the Daily Show for a three month hiatus. The Middle East in the dead of summer.

Stewart will be directing a movie based on the experiences of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, whom the Daily Show profiled in a 2009 field piece, a segment that may have gotten him in trouble with the Iranian government. Bahari was arrested one week after the piece aired.

One of the things he was interrogated about was being in contact with an American spy,” Stewart said. The spy was Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, who, as Stewart pointed out, is neither a spy nor American (hes Canadian).

To the man who helps me preserve my political sanity, you will be dearly missed. I wish you the very best in directing your new movie. It's a fascinating story.

There's a wonderful video at the link which describes what's going on.
Posted by onestepforward | Fri Jun 7, 2013, 03:55 AM (6 replies)
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