It's a Super Blue Blood Full Moon with Eclipse Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Super Blue Blood Full Moon Complete with Eclipse Edition of You Are What You Read.

That’s right People. It’s not JUST a Full Moon. This moon has a lot of moving parts. Let’s see what will be going down on Wednesday, shall we?

Let’s start with the Super piece which is unrelated to the sporting event happening next weekend. It will be Super because the proximity of the Moon will make it appear bigger in the night sky. Awesome! Super big usually equals some Super Crazy. Trust us on this. If you do not wish to trust us on this, ask anyone who works with the public. They’ll back me on this. And note, if you will, the fear in their eyes when you bring it up. The fear, the backing away and mumbling about “stocking the bunker.”

Blue because it will be the second full Moon this month which is a rare thing. Hence once in a blue moon meaning rarely happens. Remember when we rang in the New Year with Lemon Pig and a full Moon at the beginning of the month? It was very exciting for those of you who were a) awake, b) made Lemon Pig and c) can remember ringing in the New Year.

Blood because the Moon could be red in appearance. This is due to a process called Rayleigh Scattering. Basically gas molecules from our atmosphere scatter bluer wavelengths from the sun, while the redder wavelengths pass straight through tinting everything red.

And then Eclipse. People, I want to state up front: You will not need glasses. We will not be live streaming it in the Community Room. You will not go blind. You will be able to leave your homes should you wish to leave your homes. Queues will not be necessary for this eclipse. Elaborate travel plans involving expensive lodging in FEMA motorhomes set on some dude’s farm in the middle of nowhere with a Porta-John strewn courtyard need not be made. Your pets will not go to sleep at an odd time. Please put down the tin foil hat and just calm down. This eclipse has the usual bits that a solar eclipse has: the Sun, the Moon, and us on the Blue Marble.

In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and the Moon partially blocks the Sun. A Lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes behind the Earth and it can only happen when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned with the Earth in the middle of that Celestial Sandwich. Another requirement is that the Moon be a full Moon. We have met all these requirements and it’s going to happen.

There won’t be much time to view this however. It’s going to start happening early on Wednesday morning so maybe while you’re waiting for the train you can catch the beginning of the show around 6:30 or so before the moon sets for the day.

In other moon related news, the Farmer’s Almanac wants you to know that this weekend is the perfect time to “set eggs” and should you go fishing you just may be more successful than usual, if you can break through some ice to get that done.

I know this is a lot People. Keep calm and carry on. You’re going to be fine. And for those of you, who set eggs, please let us know how that went for you this month. You can read all about it at The Conversation and The Farmer’s Alamanac.

This week we have some motivation, an existential crisis, suicide, champers, Italy, and some immigration.

Let us begin!

Spunky Jill M is here with some late breaking New Year stuff after reading The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan by David Perlmutter, MD. “Though some may assert that I’m a little late to the party in reading this Grain Brain based book, I was intrigued by Dr. Perlmutter claims that his plan will boost brain performance (and who among us could turn that offer down?) as well as lose weight and achieve optimal health (sign me up!!) Welcome New Year’s Resolutions...maybe. Deemed the empowering neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter makes a number of assertions about the detrimental effect gluten has on everyone’s health. He has some compelling evidence based support to this assertion. If nothing else, this book offers motivation to eat right (except for those Sunday Darien Donut runs — best glazed donuts in the area!)and stay healthy. It’s chockablock full of great recipes, exercises and, most importantly, motivation. So check in with me in a couple of weeks, and see how I’m doing!“

John B is charmed this week. “This week I am reading Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. It’s a brilliantly charming love story spanning thousands of lives. Milo is an old soul, content with coming back over and over again to spend time with his true love, Suzie (whose day job is being Death) in the afterlife. But an existential crisis settles on him when, after his 9,995th life, he discovers that he must achieve perfection by his 10,000th life or his soul will be lost forever. Can he achieve perfection in one of his last five lives? Can he remain with his soul mate? Reincarnation Blues is funny, kind, and a joy to read.“

Virginia the Tall Cool Texan loves herself a psychological thriller. Here’s what she thinks of Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh. “Let Me Lie is a psychological suspense novel with so many twists and turns, you will feel like you are on a roller coaster. We meet our main character Anna, on the anniversary of her mother’s death. We soon learn that both of Anna’s parents committed suicide over the last two years in exactly the same way. As a new mother, Anna is still trying to come to terms with her grief and the unanswered questions of why her parents would choose to kill themselves. In her mind, her parents were happy and had an idyllic life so when she receives an anonymous note on the morning of her mother’s anniversary saying ‘Suicide? Think again.’ it makes Anna reevaluate her parents death and consider the possibility it could have been murder. The author Clare Macintosh, is a master of building twists into her story so just as you think you get a handle on one element of the story she throws in a curveball that makes you reevaluating it all.”

Jeanne is back to doing two things at once. I am relieved. “These two books are movies in development! I listened to The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. This psycho-thriller is reminiscent of The Girl on the Train, both of which, I believe, are better enjoyed on audio to experience the main character’s roiling emotions. In this mystery, Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist, believes she is lucky to have snagged an assignment on the maiden voyage of the Aurora, a small, very exclusive cruise ship. But in the midst of the attentive staff, luxurious cabins, and lots of champagne, Lo thinks she has discovered something she wishes she had slept through. Or is she being paranoid? There ensues an “investigation” as the ship steams on. I wonder who will play Lo in the movie?A patron recommended that the Library purchase Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. It is a very interesting piece of WWII history, having been based on the actions of a true hero who is still alive today living in Italy. In 1943, the 17-year-old Pino Lella was a very strong skier and hiker in the Alps when Father Re, an old friend and teacher, asked him to help walk a number of Jews to freedom in Switzerland. Pino was very successful at this, despite avalanches, Nazis and extreme temperatures! He was then enlisted by the Resistance to serve as a spy/driver for Nazi General Hans Leyers. The story tells of bravery, tragic loss, cruelty and love. Watch for it on the big screen!”

The Always Fabulous Babs B enjoyed one of my favorites from last year, We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter. “This historical novel about a web of friendships that connect German Jews in Germany after they immigrate to America was fantastic! This is an especially important story as it reminds us of the humanity in the current waves of immigrants and how much they have to offer us. This is a beautifully written story and it really leaves one thinking!”

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