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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.

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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!