North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

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By Amy Martin, Mon., Aug. 25, 2014 /   Summers in Texas extend deep into September, even October. Months after the longest day, the ground continues to absorb and radiate heat. Trapped in our air-conditioned caves for too long, we need relief! Here is a selection of nature places to go green while cooling off. Swimming Beaches at Area Lakes  …

Texas Faith: Is Christmas a religious holiday or a cultural one?

Texas Faith: Is Christmas a religious holiday or a cultural one?

  TEXAS FAITH: Is Christmas a religious holiday or a cultural one? question by Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist Editor’s Note: This entry marks my last one as co-moderator of this wonderful blog. As this column explains, I am making a move to the George W. Bush Institute. After getting settled, I look forward to becoming a panelist and contributing …

Winter Solstice: The Pause at the Bottom of the Breath

Winter Solstice: The Pause at the Bottom of the Breath

Winter Solstice: The Pause at the Bottom of the Breath by Amy Martin (c)   12.21.12   Twenty-one years ago. Twenty-one years ago, I looked in, I looked into water so deep it lost light – the transparent clarity of darkness. Twenty-one years ago, I fell in. I fell into that infinite well of night, the darkness at the center …

Autumn Equinox: Balance Before the Fall

Autumn Equinox: Balance Before the Fall

Autumn Equinox: Balance Before the Fall by Amy Martin (c) www.Moonlady.com Autumn Equinox, the official first day. Fall in Texas is different: we don’t have one. In other parts of the country, golden sunlight casts its fading warmth on the red and yellow oaks of autumn, lakes are adorned with bobbing flotillas of migrating fowl. Tractors cut vast fields of …

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Summer Solstice

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Summer Solstice

  The Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Summer Solstice by Amy Martin ~ www.Moonlady.com   Glad midsommar! ???????? ????????? Felíz solsticio! Bon solstice ?????? ????????? Happy solstice, y’all! SOLSTICE 2013 Everything you need to know: June solstice 2013 Summer Solstice 2013: Why It’s the First Day of Summer Gallery: The summer solstice as seen from Stonehenge June solstice 2013 brings northernmost sun Solstice …

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Spring Equinox

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Spring Equinox

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Spring Equinox In 2013, on March 20 at 11:02 Universal Time, or 6:02 a.m. Central Daylight Time for us in the central U.S., the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.   …

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Imbolc, Candlemas & Groundhog Day

Moonlady Holiday Compilation: Imbolc, Candlemas & Groundhog Day

 Moonlady Holiday Compilation Imbolc, Candlemas & Groundhog Day   Overview of all 3 http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-groundhog-day-2012 Groundhog Day overview http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day official site http://www.groundhog.org/ history of Groundhog Day http://www.groundhog.org/groundhog-day/history/ Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil’s Predictions Over The Last 10 Years http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/groundhog-day-2012-punxsutawney_n_1242283.html Groundhog Day 2012: How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? http://earthsky.org/earth/groundhog-day-2012-how-accurate-is-punxsutawney-phil The History, Hibernation and Folklore Behind Groundhog Day http://www.livescience.com/11700-history-hibernation-folklore-groundhog-day.html Imbolc overview http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc Make …

First Light

First Light

Mid Winter Turning Point by Amy Martin (c) www.moonlady.com Mid-winter bleak, mid-winter womb. From darkness arises life. February 2nd brings the ancient holy day of Imbolc, honoring the gestation of life, the potent waiting in the belly of the ewe, whose infant suckles mid-winter milk in order to graze as a lamb on the lush first growth of spring. A …

Winter SolstiCelebration: the finale photo essay

Winter SolstiCelebration: the finale photo essay

  by Amy Martin   Winter SolstiCelebration 2012: The theme was Transformation, perfect for releasing a 20-year tradition to become a new generation of Winter Solstice events. It was a transformation for me as well, stepping away from the gregarious presentations of Earth Rhythms events I was known for to focus my identity on the far more introspective path of my …

Finally, the Fall

Finally, the Fall

by Amy Martin (c) www.moonlady.com   When the first hint of fall arrives in Texas, when we can first draw a cool breath deep into our lungs at night, we tentatively emerge from our air-conditioned dens to linger on the front stoop in conversation, lie beneath the trees, limbs drooping with nuts. Squirrels busily begin raiding the pecans, burying them …

Walking into Darkness

Walking into Darkness

by Amy Martin (c) www.moonlady.com   It is the twilight of the seasons, when we slip betwixt the worlds of light and dark, day and night, warmth and cold. The Sun rises and set slower in the sky, the days grow shorter and the shadows long. Winter looms. We are at the cusp of darkness and soon there we must …

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