A few female friends gather every new moon to honor our selves and our cycles. Inspired by the book The Red Tent, we have stitched together a collection of various shades of red fabrics which we often hoist to designate our meeting place. We've also tie-dyed dresses for the event... usually we eat well, do some creative project, just relax, and treasure our family and friendships. Contact Debra@Motherhouse.us or call 860-671-7945 if you'd like to join us.

The next new moon falls on April 26. We hope to continue our "Honoring our Foremothers" Book-Making project; a 5X5 accordion book celebrating women who have been personally influential, inspiring in our lives. After sharing stories about how the women we've chosen have uplifted and/or empowered us, we'll compose tributes to them.

For an astrological summary of the new moon's position visit

Monday, March 27, 2017

Honoring our Foremothers with Poetry

Some of us collaborated by each adding a line, in turn, about our family's "foremother." ...

Remembering Bubbie
by Rachel and Jay and Ezra and Darwin

>Her pencils say Lena
> Her black reeboks marched in the Women's March in NYC
> She was Saba's mama and Ellen's and Stephie's and Barbara's
> She was old
> We never run out of blue towels since she died
> I wasn't sure we'd live through the funeral procession
> She's under some books
> She had a lot of sewing stuff
> She knew how to use all that sewing stuff!
> Those cousins of yours called her BubbieLee
> Clinton St. on the lower east side
>We were lucky to know her

Some of us got together and wrote individual Cinquain or five-line poems about women who have had a positive impact on our lives...

Jean wrote about her Aunt Margaret:
Hospitable, German
Self-educating, Organizing, Reading
Taught by living gentle family mores.

Debra wrote about her former neighbor, Irene:
Noisy, Funny
Cooking, Joking, Creating
Artistic mentor of thin/thick lines

Anne wrote about her daughter, Lisa:
Idealistic, Persistant
Inspiring, Accepting, Loving
All kids become enthusiastic readers

Next New Moon, we'll continue with our bookmaking honoring our foremothers... Please feel free to join us by emailing a poem about a woman who's made a positive impact on your life to Debra@Motherhouse.us AND come to the next gathering on April 26!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Paste Paper Moon

In spite of feeling REALLY tired, we set up and made beautiful paste paper. Of course, once we were covered with paint, "being tired" vanished, and we found ourselves pizzazzed and refreshed!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tiny Tashlich, Shallow Water, Deep Cleanse

Sometimes we just do the best we can and everything turns out beautiful! This year's Rosh Hashana's new moon was just too busy to gather, so Juliet took her bread and phone to a streamside in Central Park. Debra climbed down the hill to the stream behind her house with bread and phone. Even tho there was barely any water in the stream, she could make tiny crumbs to float away. Taking turns, we cast off our regrets and bad habits of the past year with Juliet reciting the proper Tashlich prayer in Hebrew.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I'll Lend You a Calendula: Herbal Salve-A-Tion

 Beautiful, clean-smelling calendula blossoms, picked late on a sunny morning and steeped for a few weeks in olive oil, infused the oil with their healing properties. We strained away the plant matter, warmed the oil, and mixed in 3-4:1 parts oil to melted beeswax.
Then we poured our fresh salve into small containers to restock our winter supply and to sell to neighbors and friends. Hurray for no more chapped hands, cracked fingers, itchy vaginas, and sore noses!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Celebrating Lammas

Chewing on a head of grass-seed; shelling and popping corn; bringing in the rye... honoring Ceres and Demeter and the beginning of Harvest Season... the mid-point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. Happy Lammas!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Zikr for Istanbul

traveling companions - Ataturk Airport
In empathy with the people of Turkey after the recent bombing of Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Debra led an informal Zikr (prayers of remembrance) service. We saw slides of her 2014 trip to Turkey with a small group of whirling dervishes to visit their teacher and Rumi's tomb.

She gave a short demonstration and explanation of Sufi turning as a way to focus inward on God and cast off one's worldly attachments.
Then we set an intention of peace and healing for the people of Istanbul and used a large circle of prayer beads to "count," and unite us while calling on Allah to open ourselves to these possibilities. Allah is the Arabic name for the Divine. 

More information about turning practice can be found in the book Women Called to the Path of Rumi: The Way of the Whirling Dervish by trip leader and teacher, Shakina Reinhertz.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Go with the Flow

Inspired by Dana's energy meditation, I took a bath and imagined myself in a boat floating down the river of life. First, I observed the events of the past couple weeks along the shore of the river; what and how my physical body, mind, heart, and energy was doing. Then, "saw" myself drifting on into the future toward the next new moon cycle.... and what I'd like my life and energy to be like in 29 days.

Having just printed wavelike symbols down its center to represent high and low tides as they follow the moon, I kept thinking to my topsy-turvy torah project. More and more, as I work on it,  I'm aware of the earth and season and its close connection to both Jewish and Christian holidays... Christianity's Easter celebration of new life; freedom from limitation.... Jewish Passover; liberation, passing from constriction, through the waters to a new life and liberation... budding trees, greening grass--thawing earth, rain and mud, nesting birds; all singing praises ...all rejoicing in LIFE!