Glimpses of the Galaxy


Loretta Kemsley

"We are never truly free until we are free to go to the end of our thoughts."


A transforming thought and a challenge. Can I really push the limits of my life? How about questioning the popular mythologies of history? The doctrines of my church? The responsibilities of a career?

The young do this naturally, but are encouraged to abandon this quest. Is this abandonment of our instincts reasonable? I hope not, because I prefer to push the limits and celebrate the extraordinary possibilities in life. Moondance was born upon such a thought, then grew through the energy and faith of a few who were never quite sure their efforts would bear fruit.

The beginning was filled with questions: Can we do this? Will the readers like it? What in the world is HTML? After the publication of the first issue, our most frequent visitors were ourselves, as we checked and rechecked, always surprised and delighted it was still there. Then the public found our doorway, and the traffic changed. Their enthusiasm made it clear we couldn't stop. We needed another issue and lots more help.

Editor Pam Casto found herself on staff before she had a chance to say no. Tentative at first, Pam freely admits she doubted the first issue would ever hit the internet. Already immersed in the world of poetry, she recruited a few brave souls for our experiment. Reader response convinced her. Building upon her first success, Pam is already busy enough to need an assistant. Terrie Mollohan quickly agreed, and the two of them are again presenting some fine examples from talented poets for your enjoyment.

Of course, Terrie already had her hands full as graphics coordinator. Faced with a clean palette and lots of ideas tossed her way, Terrie spent many hours surfing the internet to find the art for the September issue. The December issue also benefited with artists responding gladly to this opportunity to exhibit their finest work. We think you will enjoy this collection even if your browser is slow to download. Terrie has designed her pages with this in mind.

We now have another Terrie on staff, Terrie Murray, our non fiction editor. A contributor in our first issue, we recognized a kindred spirit and asked her to join us. She has brought with her boundless enthusiasm and more great ideas than we have been able to include. Never one to slow down, she is already busy planning the spring edition. You can look forward to enjoying articles on rebirth and renewal in March as well as the fine collection she assembled in this issue.

We don't really have imaginary playmates. Daydreaming is nonproductive. There are no angels among the clouds. That is unless you live in the world of Linda Schiffer, who brought some exciting fiction to our pages as the new editor of this department. Take the time for leisurely reading as you meet the authors Linda thought were special. We think you will enjoy them.

Recognizing our links were meager, we recruited a coordinator, Joy Robinson, who seemed the unlikiest prospect, at least to herself. Her computer was notorious for declining to participate at the most unexpected times. She had never surfed the World Wide Web and wasn't sure what a URL was. Oh, but how she's changed. Once reluctant, we can't get her to stop. She's bought a new computer and recruited an assistant, Kris Rose. Joy's husband now invites her to dinner via the internet. Cosmic Connections shows the love and enthusiasm Joy has lavished upon those pages, with an astounding mixture of wonderful resources you are sure to enjoy. Click away to pertinent information, to fun and exotic locales, to new and strange ideas. Just be sure you return for another visit since even we don't know what new treasures Joy will be adding to these already extensive links.

Short subjects proved popular enough that Donna Cross expanded her department, including more short essays on a variety of interesting subjects. They are perfect for the reader who has little time and wants full enjoyment for the time invested.

Sue Marquette Poremba is another editor recruited from among our past contributors. She decided to concentrate on highlighting the thoughts of one author. You will find this essay in the opinion section.

Of course, none of our contributors' inspiring work would be available without the design of Denise Osted. She has woven the magic of the web, mystically transporting these images from our home to yours.

Stacy Peters was the last women to join our group, especially for the purpose of helping you find our pages a bit easier when using the kings of magic: those mysterious internet search engines. She is also the nonfiction editorial assistant.

No more do we sit and dream. No time. Moondance has become our very real and very busy playground where vitality reigns and the imagination soars.

Albert Einstein maintained imagination was more important than genius. This man regretted his adherence to duty which eventually resulted in the atom bomb. His later years were spent exploring the paranormal, an activity which gave him immense satisfaction and helped establish this field as legitimate science.

Few have the intelligence of Einstein, but all could live fuller and richer lives by following his example. When we explore the farthest regions of our mind, inspiration occurs, understanding deepens, and the quality of our lives are enhanced. Who thinks Michelangelo shirked his duty when he created the statue of David or painted the Sistine Chapel?

This is the purpose of Moondance, to encourage our readers to explore their world thoroughly and follow their dreams, just as we did. Barbara Sher, in I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, wrote "You were born loaded with curiosity and brimming with desires. Nature likes us to want things. Desire is the first thing that drives us: desire for warmth and closeness and food. Curiosity follows fast on the heels of desire. As a baby, you investigated anything your eyes fell on. You reached for anything you could get your hands on. So what happened to you? Where did your desire go? What happened to all that enthusiasm?

"You hid it away for safekeeping. Your enthusiasm is intact. As tiny children we instinctively protect what we prize most. When danger shows up, we might hide our intelligence and our originality, and if necessary, we hide our desire. You may not know how to get access to your hidden desire right now, but it's inside you. It's whole, rich, unique, and ready to emerge whenever the coast is clear.",

In his later years, my father said to me, "When we get to the end of our lives, our major regrets are those things we did not do, rather than those we did."

I have found this to be true. As I look forward to the years ahead, I wonder: Which regrets will I choose? Will they be caused by self imposed and unnecessary limits? That would be the biggest regret of all.

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