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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Swept Away

Inspired by last month's Dwali celebration...

  we decorated new brooms
 to help keep our homes and our heart(h)s clear.
It was so much fun that we brought out Debra's collection of broom handles 
and painted up several sets of lemme sticks too!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A DOORing in DiWALLi!

We celebrated the Hindu harvest festival of lights, Dwali, by cleaning our front entryway, sweeping the walkway and decorating the door ... all in order to welcome Lakshmi,  Lady Luck, Love, Light, and Prosperity into our home, our hearts, and our life.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Heads up!

Of this new moon, Rachel wrote: It is Rosh Hashana, literally head of the year, in the Jewish Lunar calendar. One of the Rosh Hashana traditions is Tashlich, a casting away of crumbs into moving water, along with sins or feelings that we'd need washed away to start the new year.

Here is a Tashlich story to get in the spirit of the gathering, and perhaps encourage you have your own impromptu tashlich gatherings as the weather turns. Besides being a story of the digital age, this little essay also has some mom ideas to ponder - like Magda's clarity that behavior that wouldn't qualify for "sin" in most relationships was sinful in her relationship with her mom, and like the author's remark that he turns to his mom for religious guidance because it is easier than looking in the Torah and she speaks his language! I wish for the forgiveness to flow between mothers and daughters, even if I don't always FEEL it. I envision us tossing our collective crumbs in the Hollenbeck at the Sadeh and whatever feelings arise, so be it! ...

Some of the "crumbs" we tossed were the need to have things our own way, and the need to follow tradition in the same way every time.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Swallow That!

The August new moon marks the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul. Its about the time our barn swallows begin their long flight back to South America. Twittering and calling, they line the telephone lines giving their youngsters last minute flight instructions. Quoting Rabbi David Ingber, it is spiritually, a time of change "both returning to who we really are and becoming who we are yet to be..." How like the swallows! We met and danced and played and ate in the red tent. Then we shared things we were sorry about and things we look forward to learning and doing better in the future.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Project

Share inspirations and aspirations revolving around The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence
by SuEllen Hamkins, M.D., and Renée Schultz, M.A.

6:00 p.m. June 27 at Rachel's home
10:30 a.m. July 26 at Debra's
5:00 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rachel's

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Shimmy Clear for the New Year

Because January 30 was the second new moon in one month, we dubbed it a "Purple Moon." We gathered at Debra's amidst construction chaos to shimmy clear for the new year with Rachel and a video lesson in belly dancing.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kale and Hearty

The New Moon of the New Year fell of the first day! What an auspicious time to leap into new beginnings. May we be like the hearty kale plant - not only surviving winter frost - but becoming sweeter and offering even more nourishment through times of harsh weather.