Once in a Very Blue Moon: Nanci Griffith

This month’s full moon, which rises tonight, is not just a Blue Moon — it’s also the Full Sturgeon Moon, the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Today’s full moon qualifies as a Blue Moon because it’s the third full moon in a season with four (most seasons have only three).

The annual August full moon has come to be known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, because the large fish called sturgeon can most easily be caught at this time of year. The name came from tribes who caught this fish in bodies of water such as the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.

Another name for this month’s full moon is the Full Red Moon, because the weather and atmospheric conditions during this season can often make the moon look reddish when it rises through a haze.

And finally, because crops grow tall at this time of year, this month’s moon is sometimes called the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.

Blue Moons don’t happen too often, which is why the phrase “once in a Blue Moon,” has sprung up to mean only very rarely. After tonight’s event, the next Blue Moon isn’t set to occur until 2015.

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8 Comments on “Once in a Very Blue Moon: Nanci Griffith”

  1. Bob Says:

    Once in a blue moon is a good description of the third thing that affects men over the age of sixty. The three were given world wide acclaim by Morgan Freeman in the movie “The Bucket List”.

  2. Bill S. Says:

    I just noticed a new photo on your mug, one that I had sent.

    Today was hot–I was outside in the sun all day. We haven’t had a 90+ day in a month, but tomorrow may see that. The kids are back to school on Aug. 27th, a week from today. Where did our summer go? I guess we say the same thing every year.

    On Sat. we are going to Gilford, NH on the lake to see friends from long ago. He was my Best Man almost 45 years ago. They live in Idaho and have to contend with forest fires.

    Butter Pecan for me!

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      Yup, I posted the two you sent on my photo blog so Birgit took it from there. I loved the picture-Motocycle Madam!

      It got hot this afternoon and Gracie was having a difficult time so I turned on the air-conditioner. Maybe I’ll leave it on through tomorrow.

      Butter Pecan is one of my least favorites. I am not a pecan lover.

      Have a great time!!

  3. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Thanks for the Nancy Griffith song, I posted it on FB. I don’t think the West coast will be able to see the moon… I say we make a deal that by the next blue moon, we will see each other again.
    Waving,
    Lori and the cres


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