Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Total Lunar Eclipse Chart 2

Bright Red Celestial Sphere

Total Lunar Eclipse Chart

Blood Moon...I live through a Brother's Grimm Adventure

Hello and happy stargazing. On the morning of August 28, 2007, I was up at 4:30 AM through 5:30 AM to watch the Total Lunar Eclipse.

It was beautiful. When we first went out, about half of it was just black while the rest was shining white. About thirty minutes later, however, the moon turned red, as you can see in the picture. The evening was very pleasant. There was a cool wind blowing, hardly anybody else in the world seemed to be awake, except for a few cars that went by and a cat, bathed in moonlight, that walked by our house, and when I called it, it fell over on its back and started rolling around on the sidewalk.
The stars were incredibly clear; I remember a tiny cluster of about five or six that seemed to be very far away. The moon had moved nearly across the whole sky since I had seen it. I decided to research the eclipse a little so I could write a blog entry about it. I found out that the moon glowed red because of ash in the atmosphere from bushfires and volcanoes as well as dust particles. This contributed to the depth of color. I also found out that if Mt St Helens erupts again, the moon will turn purple. Would it not be fun to see a purple moon?
I found all of that out from an article I read online. I don't know who wrote it, but the news editor of Sky and Space magazine had made some comments about the eclipse, which is most of what I have just told you.
I also found out (though not all from the same article) that a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the shadow of Earth. Or, to put it in a slightly more complicated manner, total lunar eclipses occur when the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon are all in alignment and the Moon travels into the broad cone of shadow cast by the Earth.

If you are wondering about the title of this entry, for those of you who have seen The Brothers Grimm with Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, you will know that at the end, a total lunar eclipse occurred, though they referred to it in the movie mostly as "The Blood Moon" or just "The Eclipse."
I didn't get up at the time the eclipse started, but I did see when it turned red, when it became "The Blood Moon," and if you have seen The Brothers Grimm then you will also recall how during this time that they fought and killed the general, fought and broke the dead Queen's spell and/or curse, brought twelve girls back from another curse (the same curse?) and both seemed to fall in live with Snow White and/or Sleeping Beauty. It was a good movie, I thought, but I believe that it was an odd taste in fantasy. Like somebody dunked it in the Twilight Zone or something, except that the whole thing makes sense, somewhere. :)
So, I guess you can say that I got to experience The Blood Moon. I hear that there will be another one in February 2008. I think I'll be up to see it. You should to. It was pretty cool.
Anna Elizabeth Hedges

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Birthday Books

I have only written one blog entry so far this month. Today I am celebrating my 14th birthday, even though I don't actually turn 14 until the 23rd of August. The party officially starts when my brother Andy and his wife Alissa get here. Jason, my second oldest brother (Andy is the youngest) and his wife Shannon, with my nephew Joel and their dog Koda, are already here. I think that we are going to eat lunch, go swimming, open presents, eat cake and ice cream, and probably me and my brothers will pick on each other all day. I know what my parents have gotten for me. They bought six books at Barnes and Noble, six books I picked out, and six books I am dying to read.
Two are by Gail Carson Levine, Fairest and The Wish. I haven't read either of them; but I became a Gail Carson Levine fan when I read Ella Enchanted. I recently reread that and started the Two Princesses of Bamarre. I absolutely love Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. She has a knew one now: Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. I am looking forward to reading that one. The other books I got were The Little White Horse....I don't remember the name of the author. It is a fairly popular book though, as I hear it was J.K. Rowling's favorite book as a child. (I haven't actually gotten them yet....but I probably will. Today. I will get them today.) :)
I am also getting the first three books to the Wrinkle in Time quintet by Madeleine L'Engle. She was actually a Christan writer. I don't know if her books have allegories, but her books should be in book stores like Mardels. But, oddly enough. L'Engle's books are only known to secular readers. I mean generally. A lot of Christans shop in Barnes and Noble, but the books are only sold in secular book stores as far as I know. The first three books to the quintet are called A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I am very eager to read all of them. I think she must have a fascination with feathers and hooves, because it seems as if all of her books have flying horse type creatures or black birds. But I haven't read it yet. I am guessing from the illustrations.
answers.) and I have enjoyed them I have been reading some C.S. Lewis lately; Mostly The Screwtape Letters. It is a very original idea. And I think it is probably affective. Screwtape is a devil who is writing to a novice demon (his nephew, Wormwood) on how to torture, twist and brain wash the human soul. They are humorous at times, (we don't actually read Wormwood's correspondence. Only Screwtape'simmensely. Even though I haven't read very far, It has been a great book. It belongs to Andy, who has read it before me. He highlighted something in nearly every letter, so it has made the book even more enjoyable then it would have been. I really want to read his Space trilogy (Lewis's, not Screwtape's. :)) My brother Brian read the second one and said that it was better than Lord of the Rings. That is really saying something. Brian loves Lord of the Rings. Period. sounds interesting. Andy read it and said he didn't like it....but he doesn't like Lord of the Rings either. Well, I'll sign off for now. I might come back later...I don't know. I have bored you enough with the books I have read and the books I am reading. And the books I will read.
Anna Elizabeth Hedges

Hey! I am back. I just thought I would tell the world what else I got for my birthday. Jason and Shannon gave me Ted Dekker's book Black. Andy and Alissa gave me a Nickel Creek CD and a $15 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble. So I really did have a book birthday. We also went swimming for three hours, which was really fun. :)
Anna Elizabeth Hedges

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Hank the Cowdog

It's me again, Hank the...oh that's right, I'm Anna. Not Hank.
Anyway, I just thought I would share some thoughts on Hank the Cowdog, as I have been reading some of the books again. It has been a few years since I have touched one of those....I also enjoy listening to the tapes. After reading so many thicker books since Hank the Cowdog, and learning to recognize good writing by reading so much (and writing so much) I have noticed what a distinctive and creative voice John R. Erickson used for Hank. The way Hank talks reminds me of Jack Sparrow sometimes; wording things in an unnecessarily complicated manner.The writing is incredibly original. Not many authors have such distinctive voices and writing styles like that. I have also noticed that, when reading Hank the Cowdog, it is just like being in Hank's head, even if he is telling a story to us. I can practically see his train of thought. I think that Erickson captured a dog's personality very well. Although many dogs aren't as vain, I think it depends on the dog. I have never owned a cowdog, so I wouldn't know. Anyway, Loper and Slim aren't always very nice to Hank and Drover,'s possible that if the owners don't appreciate the Head of Ranch Security, he might think he is in charge of everything, and then he would be a bit vain. So there. I stand in defence of Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security.

"...Pete came along just then and ruined my dream by slapping my tail with his paw. Why does he do such things? Well, he's a cat and cats get some kind of twisted pleasure out of tormenting things, such as birds, lizards, mice, and dog tails."
-John R. Erickson, Hank the Cowdog and The Case of the Kidnapped Collie.

"...As I recall the scene, I was reclined on my gunny sack bad, hovering in the twilight zone between watchfulness and more or less complete oblivion. In other words, although my more critical faculties were pretty muchly in neutral, I continued to monitor all sounds and earatory data in the Ready Room of my mind."
-John R. Erickson, Hank the Cowdog and The Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob.

I am sorry that this is still bold face. I don't know how to get rid of it. It won't go away, so I changed the color of the words to let you know that this is no longer Hank the Cowdog speaking. I think the two above quotes speak for themselves. I am sure all the Hank the Cowdog books are available on,. and you can visit the website for more Hank stuff and updates and all that. Thanks so much for reading!
Anna Elizabeth Hedges