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    Happy Moon Day - October 4

    This day when the the moon is observed to be fat as a cake, traditional Chinese people celebrate the family, the harvest, and tasty moon cakes.

    Last night coincidentally, I listened to "Seraph Brass", a quintet of women musicians, play an arrangement of Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune". They explained that Debussy was inspired by a poem written by Paul Verlaine in 1869.

    Translation unfortunately wipes out the rhyme and meter, but I still like Verlaine's ideas.



    The Light of the Moon

    Your soul is a delicate landscape
    where roam charming masquerades and peasant dances
    playing the lute and dancing
    and seeming almost sad
    under their whimsical disguises.
    While singing in a minor key
    of victorious love and the life of ease
    they don't seem to believe in their happiness,
    and their song mingles with the light of the moon,
    with the still light of the moon
    sad and beautiful
    which makes the birds in the trees to dream
    and to sob with ecstasy
    fountains,
    the great slim fountains
    among the marble statues.

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    I have been noticing the moon cycles more, so i will look up tonight and check it out. I wonder if i can find a moon cake or just eat round cookies

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    Debussy's music is ethereal and a delight. I can see the poem as an inspiration. Are we as a society writing exquisite verse today? Share if you have a favourite especially if put to music.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    After you posted this i had a parent offer to bring me mooncakes tomorrow at school!

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    Zoe Girl,

    I am glad to hear about that splendid act of loving-kindness towards you.

    Funny... I tried to send this thought once already and it went "poof" into the binary boondocks of the internet.

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    Whoopie pies are round, do they count? Currently two for $1 at Safeway. Happy Harvest Moon!

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    Man...I missed it. Darn. Didn't even go out and look at the moon.
    Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.

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    Thanks Dado, it is super nice. I have some awesome families that make my work worth it.

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    Did you save your glasses for the solar eclipse tonight?

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