2018 Cosmic Calendar

2018 Cosmic Calendar

by Amy Martin  www.Moonlady.com Many seasonals and New and Full Moons fall on weekends this year, and several holidays coincide with lunar events. . . Full Moon weekends in March, April (Wesak!), July, August, and December (Winter Solstice!). . . Easter is set on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after Easter. Since Easter this year falls on the 3rd …

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Trinity Forest Trail: Trinity River Audubon Center to Joppa Preserve – 2-10-18

Trinity Forest Trail: Trinity River Audubon Center to Joppa Preserve – 2-10-18

Hiking crew: Dianne Frossard, Amy Martin, Scooter Smith Photos: Amy Martin.   A small group tackled the Trinity Forest Trail (TFT) southern section on a partly cloudy day that was surprisingly warm. While city materials show a connector from Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC) trails to the TFT, no such trail exists. A wire fence between black metal posts separates the two. …

Women’s RED New Moon 2018 – Year of the Earth Dog

Women’s RED New Moon 2018 – Year of the Earth Dog

Year of the Earth Dog, auspicious for starting projects and goals that are deeply grounded and long lasting. Listening to our thoughts during the Manifesting Ritual and Birthing Canal, I have true hope for the world. I am blessed to be in the company of such powerful and compassionate women. We raised some astounding energy last night, feeling charged up and …

North Texas Wild: Urban prairie hidden in Crawford Park

North Texas Wild: Urban prairie hidden in Crawford Park

on Nature

  Little bluestem grows on the 27-acre Blackland prairie remnant in Crawford Memorial Park. Courtesy of iNaturalist/Tania Homayoun.  By Amy Martin Feb. 13, 2018 Are you a vertical snob, impressed only by the tall? Does nature have to be literally in your face like trees or mountains to get your attention? Is the sky separate from the landscape? Is dirt just dirt to …

Green Neighborhoods: Fort Worth Cultural District can be a walk in the park

Green Neighborhoods: Fort Worth Cultural District can be a walk in the park

on Nature

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is one of the green jewels found in the Cultural District. Courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden. By Amy Martin Jan. 30, 2018   The West Fork of the Trinity River enters the far northwestern fringe of Fort Worth after being dammed for Eagle Mountain Lake and then Lake Worth. As it descends into the …

Freaky Feet: Post Oak Preserve in Seagoville: Bushwhacking the Savannah – Jan 27, 2018

Freaky Feet: Post Oak Preserve in Seagoville: Bushwhacking the Savannah – Jan 27, 2018

Post Oak Preserve in Seagoville https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/plandev/openspaces/locations/14-postoak.php/ A project of Dallas County Open Space in conjunction with the adjacent DISD Environmental Learning Center.   Directions, parking, and naturalist nerd links at end. Hiking crew: Lisa Blackford, Valerie Grimes, Martha Heimberg, Kristi Kerr Leonard, Amy Martin, John Spaulding, Ann Willis-Brown, and two people whose names were given to me and then I lost …

Women’s March Dallas 2018: Pink Strength

Women’s March Dallas 2018: Pink Strength

Attending the 2017 Women’s March in Austin was a wild ride. Plans for a Dallas one seemed vague, and the charter buses to Austin were filling up, so off I went to the capitol. But in 2018, I could not imagine being anywhere else but Dallas. The Women’s March Dallas was well organized and clearly missioned.  I estimate there were about …

Freaky Feet: Crawford Memorial Park – Jan 6 2018

Freaky Feet: Crawford Memorial Park – Jan 6 2018

8700 Elam Rd, Dallas, TX 75217 – southeast Dallas in southern Pleasant Grove near where Elam or Prairie Creek Rd. and US 175, just east of S. Buckner 3 miles east of the Trinity River Audubon Center • Parking: To access the southern third, park in the southernmost (of 2) parking lots on Prairie Creek Rd. Otherwise, parking lot is by …

Joy to the Circus

Joy to the Circus

on Stage

Photos: Zan Keith Photography. Slappy and Monday, above; Johnathan Lee Iverson, below.  Cirque Joyeux, the latest from the Dallas-based Lone Star Circus, offers up an entertaining holiday show at Dallas Children’s Theater. by Amy Martin published Saturday, December 30, 2017 Dallas — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be no more, but Dallas is the beneficiary with the …

Earth, Sky, Fun: Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

Earth, Sky, Fun: Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

on Stage

The visual and conceptual weirdness of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai moves from Fort Worth to Frisco this week. by Amy Martin published Monday, December 18, 2017   Fort Worth — The cosmic union of Earth (a petite yellow volcanic sprite) and the sky (a pale white feathered Icarus), the power of love and humor to vanquish demonic forces, how cooperation is the crux …

North Texas Wild: Mathews Prairie goes into win column for prairie preservationists

North Texas Wild: Mathews Prairie goes into win column for prairie preservationists

on Nature

 By Amy Martin   The Native Prairies Association of Texas raised $60,000 this fall to purchase and maintain the 100-acre Mathews Prairie outside of Greenville. Photos courtesy of Amy Martin. Dec. 12, 2017 Every day a few more acres slip away. To a developer, a prairie looks like a flat field ready-made for concrete, empty space waiting to be filled. To a naturalist, …

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