Deanna Littell's Charm School


In Editor's Desk on July 20, 2009 at 7:50 am



Today is the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.  Everyone is discussing this historic event & honoring the Apollo 11 astronauts, Buzz Aldren, Neil Armstrong & Michael Collins.  My prize for the best tribute is louis-vuitton-core-values-ad-campaign-astronautsthe Louis Vuitton ad with the tagline: “Some journeys change mankind forever.”

I however would like to talk about the CHARM of the moon & how historically it has been a romantic symbol. It has been used in miriade phrases that speak of love as well as song & film titles. Let’s explore…

OVER THE MOON: meaning “I’m mad about the boy”,  “Head-over-heels in love”.

moonstruckMOONSTRUCK: an expression meaning dazed, deranged or distracted with romantic sentiment (from the belief that moonlight causes insanity). See the movie of same name.

MAN IN THE MOON: by the Man in the Moon we mean the illustrious personage whose shining countenance may be beheld at night beaming good naturedly down on the earth. In the language of a lyric bard “The moon is out tonight, my love, meet me with a smile.”

MOON SHADOW: the long & sometimes eery shadow cast by the full moon on a clear night. Cat Stevens wrote a song of the same name on the album, Teaser and the Firecat.

MOONSTONE: a mineral valued as a gem for it’s pearly translucence. I have a charm, with a man-in-the-moon face carved in moonstone. It’s a charming thing.

WOMAN ON THE MOON: Fashion in the sixties was just as fascinated withaudrey space as NASA. Women’s Wear Daily documents this beautifully in today’s issue- Audrey Hepburn in Courréges in “How to Steal A Million” (1965).

Man has forever been fascinated by the moon. What’s next, MARS?

See you soon-I hope sooner than once in a blue moon.

In the meantime stop by my website,


P.S.  This week I discovered at the Mermaid Inn that there is a moonstone oyster!

P.P.S. Charm School Summer Reading:

Some MOON related books: The Moon & Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

There will be a quiz in the fall!


  1. Hi Deanna,

    Just took a few moments out to read the charming info about the moon. Loved it.

    Look forward to seeing your charm bracelets. Maybe you can bring it to the next Fashion Workshop meeting.

    Best wishes,

  2. Deanna: “Moon Beams” and lots of great future articles to come I am sure. Kisses. Lee

  3. hi deanna–loved your moon musings. and of course,the moon charms with its gravitational pull. but you knocked me out by mentioning
    “the password to larkspur lane”–my all-time favorite nancy drew!!!
    look forward to catching up with things lune-y and tartan in the fall!

  4. my sister actually loves charm bracelets because she collects different types of charm bracelets`-“

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