Jilly: Holiday Humbug

Holiday HumbugDo you embrace holiday hoopla, or do you count the days until it’s all over? I’m in the latter camp, and I’m planning ahead – looking for books, movies, ideas, anything to get me through the seasonal shenanigans with a smile on my face.

It’s that time of the year again, already. Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Diwali – check. Next up, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas. Kylie turned on the Oxford Street lights a couple of weeks ago, and every TV channel, magazine and billboard is saturated with images of happy, smiling, picture-perfect families celebrating together. No wonder people get stressed, crazy and broke trying to live up to an unrealistic ideal.

I’m a holiday humbug, have been for as long as I can remember. I’ve been trying to figure out why, since I love my family and my husband’s family, believe the world could use more kindness and generosity, and would never, ever turn down a good party. I think my problem is Continue reading

Jilly: Well-Read by Moonlight

Well-read by MoonlightYesterday Michaeline had us writing haiku to the Harvest Moon. She explained that in Japanese culture tonight, 27th September, is the Fifteenth Night of autumn, when it’s traditional to contemplate the beauty of the full moon and wish for a successful harvest. (For more about Jugoya, or Fifteenth Night, click here.)

My brief excursion into haiku territory got me noodling around all things lunar, so in honor of Fifteenth Night, I offer you fifteen (very) loosely moon-related tales for your reading or watching pleasure. Continue reading