Blue moon, shmoo moon…..

People are really jazzed up about the blue moon occurring on New Year’s Eve. What is a blue moon, you may ask (besides a song that was featured in the movie of Grease, but not the Broadway production?) It’s the second full moon in one month.

I must admit, this hullaballoo reminds me that I find the Gregorian calendar just, well, stupid. There’s not much about Judaism that strikes me as logical, but the calendar? Very much so. Marking months by the phases of the moon — new moon means a new month, full moon means the middle of a month, and once again, back to a new moon and a new month — is so darn grounding in its predictability.


If I were going to make a New Year’s resolution (and how can I do that with my head held high after deriding the Gregorian calendar??) it would be to start following the lunar cycle with my girls – going outside, looking at the moon, and recording what we see. Make a fuss over rosh chodesh. (Currently, I make hard-boiled eggs. Really.)

Stay tuned to see if I keep the resolution I’m not making for the holiday I’m not celebrating.

Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year.

shaken, not stirred

shaken, not stirred


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posted December 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Amen sister!

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posted December 30, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Have a great 2010 anyway. We aren’t doing anything to celebrate either. Too much yom tov

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posted December 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm

you smart and funny lady. happy new year girl and family!

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posted January 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

I couldn’t agree more. I call it “Happy Random Winter Day People Celebrate By Drinking Excessively,” usually grumpily. Love your “resolution”! I’ve made it before myself but need to put it back on the agenda…

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posted January 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

I’ve actually found a wall poster of a lunar calendar for 2010 that I’m going to buy and hang in our kitchen. I’m just waiting a few days to see if it goes on sale….

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posted January 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

There’s a really nice children’s book called Walk When the Moon is Full about a family that went out for nature walks every month for a year at night with the full moon. Below is what I found on Barnes and Noble. It’s apparently out of print, and expensive,but maybe your library has it. (Barnes and Noble had a picture of the cover, which could be useful in the search, but it didn’t copy.)
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