Oh, My Cod Countdown – week 14

cape cod media center

Oh! My Cod Countdown – Week 14

Where has the summer gone? One more week and The Cape of Cod will be itself once more, although there are always the late visitors and the tourists that prefer the Cape in its Late Summer Splendor.

As a long-time resident, this is the season I do prefer. This morning the temperature was a balmy 57 degrees. I did dig out my sweats. This is my kind of temperature, cool, crisp, and definitely top-down weather. YAHOO!

Travelling from Harwich to Hyannis is easier now, as the traffic weeds down because some schools have already started, and the college students are back in their dorms. It will surge again, as tourists and visitors cram the Cape one more time to bid farewell to summer next weekend. Even though I am sometimes frustrated with this influx of visitors, they do bring with them a certain energy that livens things up, the pace does change.

On an unusual note, I am taking classes at the Cape Cod Media Center. So far, I have done classes in Basic Studio Production, and learned how to run a huge camera (like the ones you see on studio talk shows). Then more work in the control room on how to actually produce your own show (Yikes!) which entails how to work the lighting which is a large board with lots of controls, how to fine tune the audio, and finally the main control board which allows you to direct the floor cameras as to which shots go live. PHEW!!!

It all came alive for me when I got to run camera 3 during an hour long live streaming jazz show, which will air live on channel 99 (our local channel) sometime. The name of the show is LIVE FROM CENTER STAGE. This show spotlights local talent. The four-piece jazz group I was involved with was from Brooklyn, New York, here doing a few gigs on Cape.

Of note: this was my final class in Basic Studio, which was a fabulous experience for me. My next class, Monday, is in Audio Post Production, and Monday night, my final class in basic editing. Starting September 1, 2017 and September 8th, for two Fridays, I will be learning Basic Field Production. Which means I get to run around with a small, hand held camera and film subjects.(?) Any volunteers???

FYI – all this is offered free to members, and membership is $30.00 per year.

Here is their link.

www.capemedia.org

Lastly, my sister in San Antonio has had rain and wind, but no severe damage from Harvey, for which I am very grateful. I did offer to send her a 2-seater kayak for her and Myron, but she declined. Now I have no idea what to send her for Christmas.

Happy Writing

Sharon

Here is the link for the pod-cast.

News from The Cape of Cod Week 11

News from the Cape of Cod – Week 11

Our Cosmic Connection

Here we are more than half-way through the summer, and it has been a memorable one for weather. Today is sunny, warm (77 degrees) and low humidity. (sigh of contentment) Actually, that was yesterday. Today is cloudy and cool.

Frank, one of the realtors at Raveis Realty in Osterville, sent my daughter this picture of the Cape Cod Canal from a plane. Beautiful!

The traffic, my favorite subject, is heavy, but moving surprisingly with courtesy and patience. That includes the out-of-state-drivers as well as the residents. It is congested, but only because most of our roads are two lanes, and not built for speed. Probably by the end of summer, I will wish I really did have a jet pack broom, like Grannie Goodwitch, or at least I was more versed in Astral Travel.

The Writers Studio is coming along famously. Last Friday, everyone brought their devices (lap-tops, mostly) and without much ado, the members paired off and worked together helping each other. It was a very productive meeting.

Something Bloody is completely written, and in edit by me. I am working on the graphics, and chapter headings. It is already cut and pasted into the book size. My sister, Donna, in San Antonio, (bless her) is helping me edit this one and hopefully, the other members of the writers’ studio will do some Beta Reading for me.

I was shocked when I wrote the last chapter. I fully expected to write some more, but it was DONE I was told by my whoever they are. As they really wrote it (who else can I blame?) they had the rights and privileges to say it was complete and not to do another thing to the story.

That catches you up on that end of the spectrum.

For this blog, I want to touch on the Fifth Season – Late Summer which will begin August 22nd through October 21st. This season, in the Zodiac, falls from Sagittarius into Libra. And the accompanying Meridians are the Spleen and Stomach. According to TCM, these are the Earth Elements.

There are 12 signs in the Zodiac, and 12 major organs in the body, six are yin and six are yang

In TCM there are five elements that are talked about, I reasoned there had to be six, because of the major organs. The one element not included in some of the readings I have done in TCM was the element of Spirit. I included that in the Early Spring season, which is the awakening of nature and bridges from winter into spring. I will most probably be taken to task for this.

These two organ systems are the Three Heater and Circulation Sex, sometimes named The Triple Burner or Three Heater, and encompasses ENERGY and is used as a diagnostic tool in Chinese Herbal Medicine. The Pericardium, or Circulation Sex function is to protect the heart, both physically and emotionally, and to help us energetically connect sexuality with love.

As far as earthly elements, water, wood, metal, fire and earth or dirt, these are all elements that are seen and felt. Spirit is the energetic force.

My apologies to Luc Besson, there really are Six elements… I reference his film (and one of my favorites) The Fifth Element

Now, without further ado, or as my friend Monty would say, “And now for something completely different.”

The Six Seasons are:

  1. Winter – Water Element, begins December 22 to February 21st. Meridians are Kidney and Bladder. The Zodiac signs are Capricorn and Aquarius
  2. Early Spring – Spirit Element – February 22nd to April 21st. (The Spring Equinox) The Meridians are the Three Burner, and the Pericardium (Sex meridian) the Zodiac Signs are Pisces and Aires
  3. Spring – Wood Element – begins April 22nd, to June 21st (Summer Solstice) The Meridians are the Liver and Gall Bladder, and the Zodiac Signs are Taurus and Gemini.
  4. Summer – Fire Element – begins June 22nd to August 21st. The Meridians are the Heart and Small Intestine, and the Zodiac Signs are Cancer and Leo.
  5. Late Summer – Earth Element – begins August 22nd to October 21st (Fall Equinox September 21st) The meridians are the Spleen and Stomach, and the Zodiac Signs are Virgo and Libra.
  6. – Fall – Metal Element – begins October 22nd to December 21st (Winter Solstice) The Meridians are the Lungs and Large Intestine. And the Zodiac Signs are Scorpio and Sagittarius.

There you have it. After referencing three of my books for the correct information, I have finally put the chart together. Boring, I know but someone, somewhere may like it.

Basically what I’ve done here is tied TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the Zodiac or (Astrology), and the Cosmos (Star signs) together – Our Cosmic Connection.

On a happier note, here is another reason people flock to The Cape of Cod…….

Did you know the Cape of Cod sits on a bed of crystal? No wonder I love it here.

Dowse Beach in Osterville — Photo by Tina Finkbeiner (my daughter)

Happy Summer… (It is almost over.) 15 weeks of tourist season but the rest of the time it becomes ours.