on the Full Moon
Millions of people around the world enjoyed watching the eclipse - some basking in its energies - as well as those related to Pope Francis' visit. Was his presence a shift linked to Catholicism, Spirituality, or Reunion in a world of lost and wounded souls?
As a full moon brings things full circle, Sunday I was contacted about three long lost first cousins from my Crystal bloodline.
My Crystal grandparents had 11 children - two of whom died very young. My father was the fifth child and the first born in the US originally from Russia.
As the years passed, some of my cousins remained on the east coast so we stayed in touch as I grew up, but little by little they moved to California or died and we lost touch mostly due to our busy lives. Today the internet would make it easy to connect, but that was decades ago.
The youngest of the 11 siblings was my aunt Cecelia who died in her 40's and so the connection severed as her son Doug and twins daughters Mindy and Nancy grew up. Today they live in Los Angeles and are very close. They had long wanted to find cousins from their mom's side of the family but didn't connect until one of them joined an ancestor search group called 23andMe.
My cousin Richard and his family - who live in the Bay area of San Francisco - stayed in touch from time to time and always felt connected. When our 98 year old aunt Rose Crystal died September 2001 Richard came to NYC. You may recall the deceased Crystals coming to me in the cemetery - my aunt Rose pointing to the World Trade Center and telling me many people were going to die. A few days later 9/11 happened.
Recently Richard joined 23andMe and connected with Mindy. Yesterday Richard couldn't wait to tell me about our long lost cousins.
After speaking with Richard I called Doug, a retired engineer who had much to share. Today I will speak with Mindy and then Nancy. We are now 5 remaining first cousins who hope to have a reunion one day next year.
It's weird but when Doug emailed this picture with his cat - what came to mind was Schrodinger's Cat a thought experiment - and how much Doug looks like my father.
Pope Francis surprised by warmth of Americans and devoutness of the faithful CNN - September 28, 2015
Pope Francis has returned to Rome, leaving the United States with "a heart full of gratitude and hope" after a hectic trip. The Pope packed a lot of hugs, handshakes, blessings and political admonitions into a period of less than a week that took him to the halls of Washington power, the U.N. General Assembly and drew throngs of admirers to hear him celebrate Mass.
Talk about messages from God ...
Stage collapses around Carly Fiorina CNN - September 28, 2015
Washington (CNN)Part of a stage collapsed Sunday while Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was addressing a crowd in San Antonio. The backdrop portion of a stage Fiorina was standing on fell around her as she spoke to the National Association of Women Business Owners. "It appears the drapes and poles fell. Carly wasn't injured," Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in an email.
Missed Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse? Next One Due in 2033 NBC - September 28, 2015
Skywatchers had something to howl about on Sunday: a supermoon total eclipse. Not only was it the best and last opportunity of the year for Americans to witness any kind of eclipse, but this particular phenomenon is extremely rare, happening perhaps five times a century. The last supermoon eclipse was in 1982, and there won't be another until 2033. Beginning at 8:11 p.m. Eastern (5:11 p.m. Pacific), the moon - currently full and at the closest point in its orbit, making it an extra-large, extra-bright "supermoon" - entered the shadow of the Earth, darkening it until only light refracted around the planet falls on its surface. The redness of this light gives the moon a rusty color, resulting in the nickname of this type of eclipse: a "blood moon."
5 things to watch at the U.N. General Assembly this week CNN - September 28, 2015
Global leaders are descending on the U.N. Headquarters in New York City this week for the U.N. General Assembly. Starting Monday, the 70th edition of the gathering will mix together a dizzying array of international allies and rivals -- with uncertain results. Here's what you need to keep your eye on this week: