Make Shining Today as Beautiful As YOU!
Have you noticed how the top of the Shining Today page can look . . . well . . . a little boring? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something beautiful by the words Shining Today? Do you have an idea? Share a piece of artwork or other image for the Shining Today page! It can have words like Shining Today, Shining at the Moon, By the Light of the Moon, or any other words YOU think represent New Moon Girls or it can just be an image without words:
Happy Father’s Day! by Hansa, 9, India
Hi guys! I’m Hansa, and I’m here to talk about Father’s Day. Sorry if I’m sending this late!
So, to thank our fathers on this special day, first we will make a card! Just grab some paper and start writing. You can write something which touches your heart, like, “When life wasn’t the best for me, you were always there.” Or “You are the reason I’m willing to face the rage, emptiness and depression in life.”. You can decorate your card with drawings.
You can also…
Summer 2021 is in the mail! Have you read yours?
Ursula says her friend Scout, 11, WA is a Beautiful Girl because: “of the stories she writes, how she’s always been my friend and shared every thing with me and the imaginary games we used to play when we were little. Scout loves to read books, splash in her pool, and listen to music. She climbs trees with me and once we were courageous when we went alone on a hike with no adults. She plays truth or dare, loves books (harry potter), swimming, playing video games, and making art and stories, and she has sensory issues but it doesn’t hold her back!
Summer features this Ask a Girl question from Eleanor, 13. What’s your advice?
Dear Ask a Girl,
During Covid, it’s hard to get involved in activities. I love acting, so things like film, theater, voice, dancing. I don’t know how I can get involved during such a challenging time. I did one musical over Zoom, but it wasn’t the same. Do you have any suggestions? – Eleanor, 13
New Letter: From a New Moon Girl to New Moon Girls ~
Dear NMG Girls, I just wanted to come on here and give you all some support about the vaccine! With teens ages 12-15 now eligible to get the vaccine, we’re ALL nervous! And that is OKAY! I got my first one an hour ago (I’m writing this at 12:31pm on June 15th!) My arm is a little sore and achy, but it was so worth it! Once you get it, you’ll feel so good and protected! I hope you all feel a little better about it, and just know that ALL of us are here, if you’re worried, and we’re here to support YOU! You are loved, you matter, and you are AMAZING!! Hugs!! – Mason, 13, OR
Dear Luna from Mason:
Dear Luna ~ I made Lilys’ (11, OR) recipe for Onion and Mushroom Soup, and oh my goodness, it was amazing!! It was gone within ONE DAY, and therefore I recommend making it! It’s so tasty!! Hugs!! – Mason, 13, OR
Mushroom & Onion Soup by Lily, 11, OR
1 TBSP butter
1/2 TBSP Olive oil
1/2 an onion
1 portobello mushroom
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup Marsala cooking wine
1 TBSP All-purpose flour
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
First, add butter and olive oil to a medium-sized pot over medium heat. While that is heating up, peel and dice the onion, and then add it to the pot.
Dice the portobello mushroom to desired thickness and add it in. Let that cook for 2 minutes, and then add in the Marsala wine. Let that cook for around 5 minutes.
Add the flour, and then the water. Stir well and increase heat to a boil. When it comes to a rolling boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened. After that, add milk and seasoning. Enjoy! ~Lily, 11, OR
How Aggravating! from Mason, 13, OR
The other day, after my brother’s baseball practice, we got pizza from this delicious pizzeria. There was this man and his friend (who was a girl!) outside and suddenly, a random girl with sporty tights and a tighter t-shirt was walking by this guy, who was overly cocky by the way, and so he whistled and rubbed his chin, while looking at the girl in an inappropriate way. I honestly felt like yelling at him. Don’t men know that we’re HUMANS not OBJECTS? This man was so disrespectful. The woman ran away, because she felt so uncomfortable. He was laughing after, and making kissing noises. This woman deserves to be treated with respect as do ALL WOMEN! I’m just so appalled, so sorry if I’m ranting… I just can’t believe people are not dealing with and/or fixing this issue enough! When I grow up, I don’t want that to happen to me! I don’t want to feel pressured, unsafe, and stuck! I’m sure you other NMG girls definitely don’t want that, too… So I urge all of you girls to stay informed and prepared on self defense mechanisms because in our world, they really do matter. Hugs and Safety/Respect Wishes, Mason
June 24th will be the Full Moon
Rose Moon by Lily, 11, OR
June’s full moon has many names: Strawberry Moon, Hot Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon, and more!
Here’s “Sun Flower Moon” by Lucky, 10, OR!
Did you know every full moon has special names? Here’s a list, for extra inspiration…
January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon
February: Snow Moon, Storm Moon
March: Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon
April: Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon
May: Flower Moon, Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon
June: Strawberry Moon, Hot Moon, Rose Moon
July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon
August: Sturgeon Moon, Fruit Moon, Grain Moon
September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley Moon
October: Hunter’s Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Sanguine Moon
November: Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon
December: Cold Moon, Oak Moon
NEW from Mar, 12, NJ
In my Homeschool spelling workbook, you have to highlight all the base words, suffixes, and prefixes in a paragraph about someone from history. Each new paragraph is a lesson, and there 36 lessons. Only 6 of those lessons are about women!!! 6! And the 30 other guys they talk about aren’t even that interesting. They’re all people I’ve heard of. The theme of this book is “Modern Milestones”, all about people who invented or proved big things. There are plenty of awesome women from history out there – so why can’t they put more of them in the book? I will be sending the company an email. GRRR!!! ~Mar, 12, NJ
Ruthy’s Vegan Dandelion Ice Cream With Three Wishes Inside!
My mom came up with the idea to put dandelions in ice cream, to use some of the thousands of dandelions in our yard. I love gathering the dandelions, it’s great fun looking for the prettiest ones. And I love the transformation that the ice cream maker or freezer does, making what looks a bit like a thickish milk into, well, ice cream.
Vegan Dandelion Ice Cream For Three
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight or for 4+ hours
1 cup nut milk or other nondairy milk
1/2 cup dandelion petals
1/6-1/4 cup maple syrup
A few blueberries, to taste
A few lilac blossoms (optional)
Blend all ingredients together. Pour into bowl or container, and freeze, stirring every 30 minutes. Or, if you have an ice cream maker, churn in that until whatever your desired consistency is. Serve in three bowls.
Put an extra blueberry and a lilac flower or two on top for garnish, if you wish.
It is not a baked good, so I won’t bake anything inside, but rather sprinkle wishes on top with the lilac and/or blueberries. As this is a recipe for three, three people get wishes. My own wish is for the climate crisis to cease, and for all humans around the world to be educated and working to fight climate change.
I asked two of my sisters for wishes, and here are their wishes:
The first sister said for COVID to end
And the second said, an extra bowl of ice cream!! ~Ruthy, 12, MI
🌈More happening at the Moon
Dear Luna from Mason, 13, OR
Dear Luna, I just wanted to say how grateful I am for you, NMG, and all of the NMG girls out there! You all make me feel so cared for, and that’s truly something amazing. A lot of people are really surprised that I’m a girl because my name is more commonly a male’s name, therefore they don’t really talk to me… But NMG girls are awesome people and actually do! Thank you NMG and thank you girls!! ~Mason, 13, OR
The Chat About Chatting at The Moon!
Hi NMG Girls!
I just wanted to respond to Lily’s message, and I think that would be an incredible idea!! I don’t know if Editor Autumn and other mods can make this happen because the new website is still being explored in a variety of ways, but if we can work towards it, I think we could have such a cool form of communication during this odd time! Also, Hansa, I cannot wait to hear your poem! I’m sure it’s amazing- just like you and every NMG girl. Hugs! ~Mason, 13, OR
Dear Luna, Hi! I have read both letters from other girls on similar topics, but mine is more of a suggestion! I read across “It would be amazing for there to be some sort of pen pals or messaging system” in Ruthy’s letter, and that gave me an idea! Maybe instead of a real chat site, there could be some kind of one-on-one thing that you could sign up for, and then get paired with another girl to chat! It may be easier to moderate/make, and I think it would be cool to talk one-on-one with other girls! Thank you! ~Lily, 11, OR
Dear RUTHY AND MASON from HANSA!
Hi, Ruthy, Mason and every new moon girl who is reading this! I wanted to tell you that I have been thinking if NMG should add a CHAT ROOM! I EVEN WANTED TO NAME IT “PEN-GIRLS!”. When I read what you both wrote, I felt excited that you are thinking kind of the same thing I am. I wanna talk to all of you. I know that, it must be hard to make a chat room or something, NMG.
Thank you both for making me realize I’m not the only one thinking this. Editor Autumn also said that there are other girls thinking about this thing, so a lot of thanks to her too!
NOTE: My new poem will be coming!! It may come in recording, (You will be finally able to hear my voice!!) though I can’t guarantee it…..
~Hansa, 9, India
Dear Luna, I was reading Mason’s letter [see below!] and your response. Their message was something I was wondering about too, and I’ve been thrilled with Ask a Girl and the other interactive things that have been added. I thought maybe there could be a suggestions/ideas form just for the website, it could be a good place for people to send in ideas for things to add to the site here.
It would be amazing for there to be some sort of pen pals or messaging system, though I know it’s complicated and would probably require a lot of pressure on moderators. I really hope that at some point soon it and other things that we all loved back on the original GOC can be added, and in the meantime, I will continue contributing to Ask a Girl, Caption This, and more.
Thanks, Mason, for asking a question that has been on my and many New Moon Girls’ minds! ~Ruthy, 12, MI
Dear Luna, I know the previous online community had to be taken down, therefore communication between us girls stopped, but is there any way that on the new online site, we could still communicate? I think that would be very fun! ~ Mason, 13, OR
Hi Mason! This is a great question! You are definitely not the only one wondering!!!
Making a website like this is actually brand new to us. We are learning every day! Right now, we don’t know how to recreate some of the features, like profiles and messaging, that the old community had. But every day we ARE learning how to make this site more interactive.
I am very hopeful that each time we launch a new feature — like the new Ask a Girl that recently came online — your ways to communicate and support each other will increase. And I KNOW with creativity, dedication, and the ideas all of you share, we are going to make this place great!
Thank you for your question, Mason! Thank you for being your amazing you, and thank you for being a New Moon Girl! ~Love, Editor Autumn 🐡
New Howl from Mason, 13, OR
Howl from Hansa
We’re working on WINTER too!
Really? Yes! It’s true! The Winter magazine theme is “Lights in the Darkness”. Here’s what Hansa, 9, India thinks about this theme:
What “Lights in darkness” means to me!
Hey! It’s Hansa, and today I’m here to talk about what “Lights in darkness” means to me. ~ I think it means hope in hard times. It means, you shouldn’t ever give up hope, no matter how out of hand things get. Just try to stay calm and smile. ~ I think that it also means that hope is always there even when you think it’s not. ~ I wrote a poem about it, but I can show that to you sometime later. ~ Anyway, What do YOU think about it? I would love to listen about it! So what are you waiting for? Click on the “How girls get published” link right away!
You’re awesome, don’t forget that!
Thank you, Hansa! You’re awesome, too ! ! ! Dear New Moon Girls, do you want to be part of the Winter issue? Read More About Lights in the Darkness HERE.