Tuesday, October 1, 2013


I realize that a lot of my material for this blog comes from the New York Times or Google. What can I say, I am addicted to both. The latest article that caught my eye is “The Hail-Mary-Moon” by Carrie Seim and published on July 31, 2013. See entire article at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/fashion/the-hail-mary-moon.html?pagewanted=allCatchy title! It is a variation on the Hail Mary Pass. A Hail Mary Pass is a very long forward pass in American football, made in desperation with only a small chance of success, especially at or near the end of a half. According to Wikipedia, “the expression goes back at least to the 1930s, being used publicly in that decade by two former members of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen, Elmer Layden and Jim Crowley. Originally meaning any sort of desperation play, a "Hail Mary" gradually came to denote a long, low-probability pass attempted at the end of a half when a team is too far from the end zone to execute a more conventional play. For more than forty years use of the term was largely confined to Notre Dame and other Catholic universities. The term Hail Mary Pass has become generalized to refer to any last-ditch effort with little chance of success.” As the subtitle of the article states, the Hail-Mary-Moon is for some couples an 11th hour trip together can save the relationship –or not. Call it a save-cation. Another catchy title! We never came across this approach to a save a marriage. We did see destination weddings. I have also thought a couple might do a divor-cation. It only seemed to work when the couple was motivated. A couple can be motivated without a trip. I did like the line, “Shortly after returning to shore, they called off the divorce mediator.”

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