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Sunday, January 27, 2013


King Buzz and Lucy 'Spoon' under the Silvery Moon

Hi Everybody:
We are going to continue our trip to New Orleans by way of train, music, moons and culture! My clue upon awakening today was: The song the Silvery Moon was playing in my head! I haven't heard that song in years, but it was one of Mom's favorites by Al Jolson, whom she adored. I grew up on his great songs! Funny thing was:  Mom would call me at night sometimes and start singing this silvery song. Only SHE sang it "slivery" moon and only on the crescent moon!!! So, I knew I had to look for a crescent connection! Got It!

Al Jolson - By The Light Of The Silvery Moon 1946


The Full Wolf Moon: January


February's Full Snow Moon


Bad Moon Rising

Full Moon Feasts: The Bone Moon
January 23rd - February 21st 2012
When the bitter cold becomes almost unbearable; when the frigid Northern forests yield no game and hearthside rumors of men turned cannibals from vile desperation haunt you more than your own hunger - then comes the Bone Moon.
A dark time of year when everything suffers but the Owl whose echoing hoot, it is said, could carry the omen of death. The time of year when people are gnawing on bones or even grinding down shed antlers into powder for soup.
" 'In my utter misery,' a Canadian Voyageur assured me, 'I have more than once roasted
and eaten my moccasins.'  Many educated traders also assured me that if they had to
reckon up all the leather articles they have devoured in their life, they could easily make up 
a couple of dozen skins."
-Johann Georg Kohl, Kitchi-Gami: Life Amongst the Lake Superior Ojibway, 1860

I have read horrific accounts of this time of year from anthropologists and interviews with indigenous Northerners. But it seems to me that the horror and atrocities of the Bone Moon (also known to various cultures as the Hunger Moon or Starvation Moon) was worse where people were broken up or marginalized by conquest.

Phases of the Moon 3D animation


Lunar phase

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
lunar phase or phase of the moon is the appearance of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer, usually on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing relative positions of the Earth,Moon, and Sun. The half of the lunar surface facing the Sun is always sunlit, but the portion of this illuminated hemisphere that is visible to an observer on Earth can vary from about 100% (full moon) to 0% (new moon). The lunar terminator is the boundary between the illuminated and unilluminated hemispheres. Aside from some craters near the lunar poles such as Shoemaker, all parts of the Moon see around 14.77 days of sunlight followed by 14.77 days of "night" (there is no permanently "dark side" of the Moon).
When the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same side of the Earth the Moon is "new", and the side of the Moon visible from Earth is not illuminated by the Sun. As the Moon waxes (the amount of illuminated surface as seen from Earth is increasing), the lunar phases progress from new moon, crescent moon, first-quarter moon, gibbous moon and full moon phases, before returning through the gibbous moon, third-quarter (or last quarter) moon, crescent moon and new moon phases. The terms old moon and new moon are interchangeable, although new moon is more common. Half moon is often used to mean the first- and third-quarter moons, while the term 'quarter' refers to the extent of the moon's cycle around the Earth, not its shape.
When a sphere is illuminated on one hemisphere and viewed from a different angle, the portion of the illuminated area that is visible will have a two-dimensional shape defined by the intersection of an ellipse and circle (where the major axis of the ellipse coincides with a diameter of the circle). If the half-ellipse is convex with respect to the half-circle, then the shape will be gibbous (bulging outwards), whereas if the half-ellipse is concave with respect to the half-circle, then the shape will be a crescent. When a crescent Moon occurs, the phenomenon of Earthshine may be apparent, where the night side of the Moon faintly reflects light from the Earth.

From Earth to Crescent 'Earthshine' Moon and Back



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An example of an artistic crescent — in this case a large circle with a smaller one removed.
In art and symbolism, a crescent (pronunciation: /ˈkrɛsənt/[1]) is generally the shape produced when a circular disk has a segment of another circle removed from its edge, so that what remains is a shape enclosed by two circular arcs of different diameters which intersect at two points (usually in such a manner that the enclosed shape does not include the center of the original circle).
In astronomy, a crescent is the shape of the lit side of a spherical body (most notably the Moon) that appears to be less than half illuminated by the Sun as seen by the viewer. Mathematically, assuming the terminator lies on agreat circle, such a crescent will actually be the figure bounded by a half-ellipse and a half-circle, with the major axis of the ellipse coinciding with a diameter of the semicircle. The direction in which the "horns" (the points at the intersection of the two arcs) face indicates whether a crescent is waxing (also young, or increasing) or waning(also old, or decreasing). Eastward pointing horns (pointing to the left, as seen from the Northern hemisphere) indicate a waxing crescent, whereas westward pointing horns (pointing to the right, as seen from the Northern hemisphere) indicate a waning crescent. Note that the directions the horns point relative to the observer are reversed in the Southern hemisphere.
The word crescent is derived etymologically from the present participle of the Latin verb crescere "to grow", thus meaning "waxing" or "increasing", and so was originally applied to the form of the waxing moon (luna crescens). The English word is now commonly used to refer to either the waxing or waning shape. In the technical language of blazoning used in heraldry, the word "increscent" refers to a crescent shape with its horns to the left, and "decrescent" refers to one with its horns to the right


[edit]In the Ancient World

The crescent is one of the oldest symbols known to humanity. Together with the sun, it appeared on Akkadian seals as early as 2300 BC and from at least the second millennium BC it was the symbol of the Mesopotamian Moon gods Nanna in Sumer and Sin in Babylonia, Sin being the "Lamp of Heaven and Earth". The crescent was well known in the Middle East and was transplanted by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC as far asCarthage (now in Tunisia). The crescent and star also appears on pre-Islamic coins of South Arabia
In Roman Catholic iconography, Mary is often depicted as the Woman of the Apocalypse from the New Testament'sBook of Revelation as described in chapter 12, "with the [crescent] moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." The most well known of these is the icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The crescent symbol is also used to represent the moon in astronomy and astrology, and to represent silver (themetal associated with the moon) in alchemy, where, by inference, it can also be used to represent qualities that silver possesses. (Alchemy and Symbols, By M. E. Glidewell, Epsilon.)
The crescent printed on military ration boxes is the Department of Defense symbol for subsistence items. The symbol is used on packaged foodstuffs but not on fresh produce or on items intended for resale.[5]
New Orleans is nicknamed The Crescent City, and a crescent, or crescent and star, is used to represent the city officially. The origin is the crescent shape of the old city, hugging the East Bank of the Mississippi River. The historical crescent, which includes the French Quarter and was one of the few places where settlement was possible before the construction of the levee system, did not flood during Hurricane Katrina. The choice of the star and crescent symbol is a relic of the krewes, many of which adopted "Oriental" costume and rituals, like other societies of the 19th century. A crescent also appears on the South Carolina state flag.

Other crescent-shaped entities

The Fertile Crescent was a crescent shaped fertile area of land between Ancient Mesopotamia andAncient Egypt.
File:Map of fertile cresent.svg


As crucial as rivers and marshlands were to the rise of civilization in the Fertile Crescent, they were not the only factor in the area's precocity. The area is important as the "bridge" between Africa and Eurasia. This "bridging role" has allowed the Fertile Crescent to retain a greater amount ofbiodiversity than either Europe or North Africa, where climate changes during the Ice Age led to repeated extinction events when ecosystems became squeezed against the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Coupled with the Saharan pump theory, this Middle Eastern land-bridge is of extreme importance to the modern distribution of Old World flora and fauna, including the spread of humanity.
The area has borne the brunt of the tectonic divergence between the African and Arabian plates and the converging Arabian and Eurasian plates, which has made the region a very diverse zone of high snow-covered mountains, fertile broad alluvial basins and desert plateau, which has also increased its biodiversity further and enabled the survival into historic times of species not found elsewhere.


Much of the city is located below sea level between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, so the city is surrounded by levees.
Until the early 20th century, construction was largely limited to the slightly higher ground along old natural river levees and bayous; the largest section of this being near the Mississippi River front. This gave the 19th century city the shape of a crescent along a bend of the Mississippi, the origin of the nickname The Crescent City. Between the developed higher ground near the Mississippi and the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, most of the area was wetlands only slightly above the level of Lake Pontchartrain and sea level. This area was commonly referred to as the "back swamp," or areas of cypress groves as "the back woods." While there had been some use of this land for cow pasture and agriculture, the land was subject to frequent flooding, making what would otherwise be valuable land on the edge of a growing city unsuitable for development. The levees protecting the city from high water events on the Mississippi and Lake compounded this problem, as they also kept rainwater in, which tended to concentrate in the lower areas. 19th century steam pumps were set up on canals to push the water out, but these early efforts proved inadequate to the task.
Following studies began by the Drainage Advisory Board and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans in the 1890s, in the 1900s and 1910s engineer and inventor A. Baldwin Wood enacted his ambitious plan to drain the city, including large pumps of his own design that are still used when heavy rains hit the city. Wood's pumps and drainage allowed the city to expand greatly in area.
It only became clear decades later that the problem of subsidence had been underestimated. Much of the land in what had been the old back swamp has continued to slowly sink, and many of the neighborhoods developed after 1900 are now below sea level.

News for crescent city new orleans

  1. Seven and a half years of rebuilding later, New Orleans welcomes world back for Super Bowl
    New York Daily News ‎- 9 hours ago
    Yet here the city of New Orleans is, seven and a half years and more than a ... The Crescent City is smaller than it used to be, down to about

The City of New Orleans: Reinventing the Crescent

Jan 17, 2013 – Follow the City of New Orleans on Facebook Follow the City of New Orleans 

2013 Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival | The New Orleans Jazz ...

2013 Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. Oct 18–20, 2013. Lafayette Square Park 540 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Admission: Free!

Crescent - the Train between New York City and New Orleans, from ...

www.amtrak.com › Routes › Northeast Train RoutesShare
From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, the Amtrak Crescent train offers convenient daily trips between New York City and New Orleans.

Arlo Guthrie City Of New Orleans.wmv


New Orleans

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New Orleans (pron.: /n ˈɔrliənz/ or /ˈn ɔrˈlnz/, locally /n ˈɔrlənz/ or /ˈnɔrlənz/;FrenchLa Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvɛlɔʁleɑ̃] ( listen)) is a major United States portand the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.[2] The New Orleans metropolitan area (New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area) had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States.[3] The New Orleans–Metairie–Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area, a larger trading area, had a 2010 population of 1,214,932.[4]
The city is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.[5] New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz),[6][7] and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the "most unique"[8] in America.[9][10][11][12][13]
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The city and Orleans Parish (Frenchparoisse d'Orléans) are coterminous.[14] The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west.[14][15][16] Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east

Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In


Louis Armstrong, famous New Orleans jazz musician
The New Orleans area is home to numerous celebrations, the most popular of which is Carnival, often referred to as Mardi Gras. Carnival officially begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as the "Twelfth Night". Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday"), the final and grandest day of festivities, is the last Tuesday before the Catholic liturgical season of Lent, which commences on Ash Wednesday.
The largest of the city's many music festivals is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Commonly referred to simply as "Jazz Fest", it is one of the largest music festivals in the nation, featuring crowds of people from all over the world, coming to experience music, food, arts, and crafts. Despite the name, it features not only jazz but a large variety of music, including both native Louisiana music and international artists. Along with Jazz Fest, New Orleans' Voodoo Experience ("Voodoo Fest") and the Essence Music Festival are both large music festivals featuring local and international artists.
New Orleans has always been a significant center for music, showcasing its intertwined European, Latin American, and African cultures. New Orleans' unique musical heritage was born in its pre-American and early American days from a unique blending of European instruments with African rhythms. As the only North American city to allow slaves to gather in public and play their native music (largely in Congo Square, now located within Louis Armstrong Park), New Orleans gave birth to an indigenous music: jazz. Soon,brass bands formed, gaining popular attraction that still holds today. The city's music was later significantly influenced by Acadiana, home of Cajun and Zydeco music, and Delta blues.
File:New Orleans the Crescent City.png
The Crescent City
Crescent City alludes to the course of the Lower Mississippi River around and through the city
New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival

The Silvery Moon (and all featured vids below) was by Russian born:  Al Jolson who took New Orleans Jazz Across the World. At the time, He was Greatest Entertainer of the World. He was the "Greatest" to my Mom!

Young Al Jolson - When You Were Sweet Sixteen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jolson    (see this link for complete story on Wilipedia)

Al Jolson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson) (May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian, and actor of Jewish descent. In his heyday, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer".[
he's best remembered today as the star of the first (full-length) talking movie, The Jazz Singer in 1927, 
Background information
Birth nameAsa Yoelson
BornMay 26, 1886(?)
SeredžiusKovno Governorate,Russian Empire
DiedOctober 23, 1950 (aged 64)
San Francisco, CaliforniaU.S.
He enjoyed performing in blackface makeup, a theatrical convention since the mid 19th century. With his unique and dynamic style of singing black music, such as jazz and blues, he was later credited with single-handedly introducing African-American music to white audiences.[1] As early as 1911 he became known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway. Jolson's well-known theatrics and his promotion of equality on Broadway helped pave the way for many black performers, playwrights, and songwriters, including Cab CallowayLouis ArmstrongDuke EllingtonFats Waller, and Ethel Waters.
Jolson first heard African-American music, such as jazzblues, and ragtime, played in the back alleys of New OrleansLouisiana. He enjoyed singing the new jazz-style of music, and it's not surprising that he often performed in blackface, especially songs he made popular, like SwaneeMy Mammy, and Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody. In most of his movie roles, however, including a singing hobo in Hallelujah, I'm a Bum or a jailed convict in Say It With Songs, he chose to act without using blackface. In the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, he performed only a few songs, including My Mammy, in blackface, but the film is concerned in part with the experience of 'donning a mask' that the young Jewish singer embraces in performing popular songs onstage.

"Oh Susanna" as performed by Al Jolson


Al Jolson final curtain


The Complete Story is on our Google You Tube. Brilliant Work! (Highlights)

"THE JOLSON STORY" HIGHLIGHTS - with Larry Parks ~ HD~ 1946

...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You Next Time!

Of Course, one more great performance

Note:   I AM the Beautiful Dreamer this song was created for!!!! That's what my Mom called me as a young kid! And she sang it also!!!!!! Peace to All

Al Jolson - Beautiful Dreamer (1950)