It’s been a long day

Phoenix, AZ.

Visiting Brother.

Time: Now.

I was inspired by the full Moon over the Camelback Mountains the night before.

I was further inspired by a Moon quote from a Murakami book that I came across this morning.

So much inspiration is grist for a blog post.  As the bio suggests, if it moves me, it goes up. No other criteria required. Full stop.

Tell my Brother that I’m going out to take some shots of the Moon with my Smartphone.  How hard can it possibly be, right?

I step outside.

I walk a block looking in all directions.

Then I walk a second block.  It was a cloudless day in Phoenix. How hard can it be? Pretty damn hard without the Moon.

I get in car.  I drive 5 miles east.  Why East?  Because the Sun Rises in the East.  So Moon must be East. Does this make any sense? It gets Dark, the Moon is there. Does it rise at all?

I could have Googled it before I left (“Does the Moon Rise?  “What time does the Moon rise in Phoenix today?”)

But, WTH would I do that for?

In 50+ years, it has never dawned on me that the Moon wouldn’t be there waiting for me when it was dark on a cloudless night.

I drive back. Wow. Empty handed. Embarrassing and beyond.

“What took so long?”

“I couldn’t find the Moon?”

“You’ve got to be kidding?’

“No Moon.”

“OK Smart a**.  Does the Moon rise or is it just there?”

He has no clue either. Same root, same stock.  Makes sense.

He’s watching me write this Post.  He’s staring, wondering: “You aren’t really going to tell the world that you don’t know Jack about the Moon are you?

Apparently I’m going to do exactly that. Yep.

I’m connected to my own reality here.

“We’re both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me.”

~ Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart 



  1. I really love this, and the unexpected way the the moon/no moon connected the two of you. like an eclipse

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  2. Here you go, David….all you need…

    The moon is huge tonight in northern Vermont…and it’s freezing cold. Thanks for the laugh.

    Mary Ann > > >  >

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  3. Love the blog post, your search for the moon tonight. We do take it for granted.
    My husband periodically reminds me to look up at the moon from my low centre of gravity. 😊

    No science, just my favourite moon song:

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  4. Great post because I looked up something I didn’t know either! That the moon rises and sets everyday? And clearly Mother Nature never performs for us!!

    “The Moon rises and sets every day, like the Sun. But the Sun always rises in the morning and sets in the evening; the Moon does it at a different time every day. At New Moon, the Moon lies in the same direction as the Sun.”

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  5. Whew! So glad we haven’t lost the moon!

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  6. The sun rises in the west?

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  7. It’s funny… as Sawsan and I were driving towards the restaurant we both noted the moon – first thing we said when we got out of our cars – did ya see that moon? And I was thinking… damn, I don’t have my camera and I know cell phone pics of the moon suck so guess what? I told myself when I get home, I’ll take a pic. Can I find the damn moon? No.

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  8. Moon or no moon, its always out there somewhere….

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  9. ‘I see the moon, and the moon sees me’ – even when we don’t see each other, I think.

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  10. Moon was spectacular here in Florida last night, too…a spectacular glowing orb hovering behind the shadow of a palm. Loved your “adventure” DK…

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  11. Aaah, this made me laugh so much. Not to brag but I knew (for anknown reasons) that the moon rises anywhere and at any time, depending on where you live, in which time zone – and all….. But what I loved even (much) more is the ‘story’ in itself and the comments to catch up with you and your ignorance 😉
    And did you just notice the ‘other bragging’ going on from Dale about meeting up with our Sawson for dinner? 🙂 Just saying…. not that I’m jealous, lol.
    So, how’s brother???? Never mind the moon, the important issue is bros’ state of health or lack thereof.

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  12. The only reason I know the moon rises is that I am fortunate enough to have a visual aid (a.k.a. Lake Michigan) across the street. *biggest grin ever* Otherwise, I’d be thinking the exact same thing as you, David. Having said that, I think it’s time for a Moondance! Cher xo

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  13. The moon is like love; even when you don’t see it, it is there. I’m keeping your brother in my thoughts, David.

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  14. I’m with you on this one; I’d have no clue. I hope I never have to find my way back home using the moon as my guide. 🙂

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  15. This is funny. Of course the moon was there, but weren’t you in a city with a lot of ambient light? Hard to find it in such places, at least for me.

    Well written post, got me smiling for sure. And of course you know I’m a huge Murakami fan. We all are in this family. 😝

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  16. I love the authenticity of this. It is so relatable.

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  17. Thank you for sharing this.I am looking at the full moon right now ,connected to my reality

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