I was not even aware of a Flower Moon until I read the 2017 book, Killers of the Flower Moon. Taylor took the photo above of this years Flower Moon . As you see it is just an ordinary full moon. However, the full moon of May has a lot of significance attached to it. Many Native American tribes call it Flower Moon because of the abundance of wildflowers that appear at that time. The Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing Native American names for the May full moon in 1930, and the Flower Moon name stuck. This moon is often also called the Corn Moon, or the Corn Planting Moon.

The May full moon marks the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. “Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon of May, was the day that Buddha was born, in the year 623 B.C., Buddha also attained enlightenment on the Day of Vesak and it was also the Day of Vesak that Buddha passed away.

The Killers of the Flower Moon book tells of the true story In the 1920s. The richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. More and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the deaths continued the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Recently a movie of the same name as the book opened in theaters around the country. I haven’t seen it yet but hope to at some point. There is a large cast but the only actors I recognize are Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, and Brendan Fraser.

David Elliot Grann is an American journalist, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and author. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, came out in 2008 has also been made into a movie.

Thinking of movies, last weekend Sophie and I drove to Coeur d’ Alene, ID to spend time with my niece Teresa. We had a great time and while there the three of us saw the movie, The Fall Guy. That movie is an action packed comedy about a movie stuntman. We very much enjoyed being with Teresa who is doing well. Sophie and I stopped in Ritzville where we stayed at a quaint little motel our first night as we started out later in the day. We have stayed there before. We like it as we get our own rooms that are connected. Before bed we had dinner at a Mom and Pop place that we enjoy.

The little touches are very quaint
We attend Mass at St Pius X which is a beautiful church.
Sophie meets Otto for the first time.
I ordered a German pancake for breakfast and was amazed when it arrived.

Life has been somewhat quiet other than a bit of excitement Taylor experienced. He bought a used Jeep and was driving a loaner car while the Jeep was in for a tune up. Just a bit north of BZ on his way home from Trout Lake his car was thrown in a ditch when he swerved to avoid a deer. Not use to the car he misjudged and the tires caught the edge of he road.

Other than soar ribs for a few days Tay was fine but dreading telling the owners of the loaner what happened. They weren’t that concerned about it and the highway patrol man was very kind and helpful to Taylor. All is well.

Since returning from our little trip to Idaho Sophie is back to her Thursday night line dancing and I am busy working in the yard. My present project is redoing the the rocks on the north side of the house.

Latah gets a hug from her volleyball coach
Two thirds done, I hope to finish the last third this morning.

Taylor and I attend Latah’s first middle school sports awards assembly a few nights ago. This was Latah’s first year playing volleyball at this level. She was nervous awaiting her turn to walk up in front of all the people.