Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cold Moon thoughts

Sunny-hazy winter days of January

For several weeks now, in the northernmost Santa Cruz mountain chain, it's been very calm, dry, and hazy. In the late afternoon, the sun shines against the higher elevation of the mountains. This creates a beautiful effect with the golden brown mountain peaks against a turquoise sky, often with the moon in view, and with the lower elevations shaded in dark. There's nothing like the colors, lights, and shadows of the late afternoon/early evening on mountains, around groves of trees, by the water. That.. blue haze. It's so strange, after very heavy rains in November and December... it feels almost like spring.

What literally is "outer space"

Have you ever thought about what "the space" of outer space really is? In short, it's basically space devoid of any matter. A hard vacuum. Comparatively, I think it's pretty easy to lack appreciation of our gentle atmosphere.

Lesson from "The Pina Colada song"

A couple of months ago I was working in the yard here with the radio was on... playing what is now referred to as "the new oldies" (late 60s, 70s, and 80s). A song from 1979 entitled 'Escape' by Rupert Holmes came on.. more often called "The Pina Colada Song." Although I had heard the song many times over the years, I really never paid any attention to the lyrics. Myself, I find more reference to lines from movies.. more than musical lyrics which are often difficult to even comprehend. So for the first time I actually listened to the lyrics from 'Escape'. In short, it's about the possibility and positive concept of someone learning to appreciate something that they already have, as opposed to the somewhat negative concept of "the grass is always greener on the other side."

The Roman God Janus
Roman God Janus

The month of January (Ianuarius in Latin) is named after Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and transitions. The name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) since January is the door to the year.

Whenever I make any type of new years resolution, especially when I think of it as like a dramatic night and day type of "change," it never works for me. Life changes are something that must ultimately start from within.


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