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Coming attractions: Intensity

Valerie Cassity, special sections manager at The Union, is expected to return to the job in a few weeks from maternity leave after giving birth to Asher, 1 month, pictured.
Keri Brenner |

Are you feeling more intense than usual? I know I am — and it’s mostly really good.

Intense as in strong connections with people — even for brief moments, even with strangers.

More feelings of love, stronger love, with friends, family and colleagues.



Yes, anger, loneliness, sadness and other emotions too … we’re not getting away with it that easy.

But mostly warmth and connection, from smiles to hugs to expressions of appreciation.




When I visited co-worker Valerie Cassity this week to drop off a mealtrain.com food package for her newly expanded family (see photo), it was like that.

I don’t know who had more fun: me delivering the package and seeing how much they appreciated it; or them enjoying an update from the newsroom and a visitor bearing gifts.

My heart was overflowing in a new way.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that, for me, this weekend’s entertainment highlight is not really in Prospector (although I’m sure many of the shows contained herein would produce intense feelings of many kinds.)

My eagerness is that on Sunday, there is a full moon solar eclipse, coinciding with the fourth “Blood Moon” in a series of four full moons leading to a shift to higher consciousness, according to some spiritual teachers.

Although the shift has already been happening for some months, by Sunday it is expected to be readily apparent to an estimated one-third of the world’s population, some teachers say.

Symptoms include joy and exuberance, intense feelings of connection to others and the natural world and more ease and lightness.

Other signs might be moving more quickly through intense feelings such as rage, pain, jealousy, frustration and resentment. Or, perhaps just a newfound feeling of emptiness and lack of drama, one way or the other.

In any case, if what I’m already experiencing is the movie trailer for the coming attractions, I’m ready. Bring on the full show.


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