When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie

Jennifer Van OrmanJust now·2 min read

The Man in the Moon is struck by a spacecraft in the 1902 fantasy film Le Voyage dans la Lune

August 22nd is the Full Sturgeon Moon. It’s also a blue moon. The Old Farmers Almanac says that this month’s moon was named as such because it was observed that the fish in the Great Lakes were more plentiful this time of year. It is also noted to be a good day to make jams or jellies.

Read some superstitions about the number 22.

Tomorrow the sun enters Virgo.

Lucky numbers: 9 and 17

Magic 8 ball answer: Ask again later.

For today: Have an apple.

Hyères, France Henri Cartier-Bresson

Astronomer and inventor Samuel Langley was born on August 22, 1834.

French composer Claude Debussy was born in Paris on August 22, 1862.

Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz was born on August 22, 1891.

Poet Dorothy Parker was born on August 22, 1893. One of my most favorite quotes, though there is some debate on the actual phrasing, as recalled in the book The Improbable Life and Times of Charles MacArthur by Ben Hecht:

At a subsequent Halloween party, Miss Parker spoke one of her wryest sentences. Asked to join a group of merrymakers who were “ducking for apples,” Dorothy said, “Change one letter in that phrase and you have my life story.”

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born on August 22, 1903.

Dorothy Parker, circa 1920
Samuel Pierpont Langley, circa 1900
Langley’s steam-powered Aërodrome №5 in flight, May 6, 1896. Photo by Alexander Graham Bell.
Postcard from c. 1920 showing the street and house in Saint-Gemain-en-Laye where Claude Debussy was born (in the house on the right, topped with skylights and chimneys.)
Claude Debussy, 1908
Portrait of Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz by Amedeo Modigliani, 1916,

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet and husband of Mary, was born on August 4, 1792. I will close out today with the end of one his most famous poems, Hellas:

If only.

For today: enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.

Cat Power, We Dance

Stranger in a Strange Land

Belgian artist Félicien Rops was born on July 7, 1833. Also Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala, in 1882 and poet Margaret Walker, in 1915. Otto Rohwedder was born on July 7, 1880. He invented the first automatic bread slicing machine. The Chillicothe Baking Company sold the first loaves on July 7, 1928, on Rohwedder’s 48th birthday. Satchel Paige was born on July 7, 1906. Science fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein was born July 7, 1907.

The Human Parody, Félicien Rops circa 1881

Actress Shelly Duvall was born on July 7, 1949. Anyone else see The Shining way too young? That movie, along with the fear of hell’s eternal fire, and this wallpaper gave me many sleepless nights, staring into the abyss.

Yours truly, center, and my childhood version of The Yellow Wallpaper

There are a litany of symbols and superstitions around the number 7. But I am feeling very lazy so I will give you a list of the Seven deadly sins and wrap this up. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. The deadliest for today: (I took care of sloth for you) Pride.

Today’s meditation: I mean is sliced bread really that great?

For today: Play a game of Chutes and Ladders.