Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue moon of Jluy

"Blue moon, you saw me standing alone"
drinking a blue Moon Beer
  wearing my Blue Moon beads
wishing for BlueMoon granite countertops
remembering the Blue Moon Café
 and the Blue Moon Diner
and the Blue Moon cabins 
thinking about Blue Moon, Maryland
Put very simply a "blue moon" is the second moon in one month.  Though they are thought to be rare occurrences, voiced by the expression "once in a Blue Moon" the second full moon in a month occurs  about14 or15 times in 20 years to 7 times in19 years depending on how you recon them, and there is more than one way to do that.  The last year with two blue moons was 1999,  some years have no Blue Moon.    At one time the Blue Moon was defined as the fourth full moon in a season.  Anyway I will provide some more information on this and the belief that the "Blue Moon" is a recent or 'trendy' concept, farther down the page.   I can recall hearing about there being a "Blue Moon" from my Grandfather as we sat on his front porch listening to the  whippoorwills and crickets, and watching the full moon rise. That was the 50s, I was very young.  Occasionally a car would go past on the highway, as we sat there looking at the moonrise.   I remember climbing the stairs and falling asleep watching the moon, and wondering when it was going to turn blue.  
Mystified at why Blue Moons do not have names like other full moons was delighted to find this explanation from

The Other Kind of Blue Moon

The older definition, which is recorded in early issues of the Maine Farmer's Almanac, states that the blue moon is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. The full Moon in May 2016, will be this type of blue moon. Why would one want to identify the third full moon in a season of four full moons? The answer is complex, and has to do with the Christian ecclesiastical calendar.
Some years have an extra full moon—13 instead of 12. Since the identity of the moons was important in the ecclesiastical calendar (the Paschal Moon, for example, used to be crucial for determining the date of Easter), a year with a 13th moon skewed the calendar, since there were names for only 12 moons. By identifying the extra, 13th moon as a blue moon, the ecclesiastical calendar was able to stay on track.
For more background information on the controversy over the two definitions of blue moon, see the Sky and Telescope article, "What's a Blue Moon?" In it they explain how the two different definitions of a blue moon came about—including their own role in introducing the second, modern definition.


And this from
The Second Full Moon in a Month
 Finally we arrive at the most recent meaning of all, the second full Moon in a month. I first heard it in 1988. At the end of May that year, when a second full Moon occurred, radio stations and newspapers everywhere carried an item on this bit of "old folklore," as they called it, drawing on an international wire story. Across North America the blue Moon caught the public's imagination. In the following months, restaurants, clothing stores, and bookstores opened under the name "Blue Moon." An artist I know did a set of night landscapes that month; he calls them his Blue Moon series. At the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore & Language Archive we get calls from all over, from people wondering about bits of folklore. And that month we got calls about blue Moons.
I searched high and low for an earlier example of this usage, or any other name for two full Moons in a single calendar month. But the search was in vain — this meaning seemed to have no history. I did find information on the other meanings of "blue Moon," but not this one, number seven.
Then in December 1990, with another "blue Moon" coming on, I started getting more calls and decided to write about it in the local newspaper. I searched harder this time, exhausting all the usual sources: specialized dictionaries, indexes of proverbial sayings, and regional collections of folklore. A brand-new edition of the huge Oxford English Dictionary had recently come out, but even it omitted this particular meaning. "Blue Moon" seemed to be a truly modern piece of folklore, masquerading as something old.

OK,OK if you weren't confused enough. there is this with a loverly picture a full moon in Maine, excerpted from Sky and Telescope
In an article entitled Once in a Blue Moon, folklorist Philip Hiscock traced the calendrical meaning of the term "Blue Moon" to the Maine Farmers' Almanac for 1937. But a page from that almanac belies the second-full-Moon-in-a-month interpretation.

With help from Margaret Vaverek (Southwest Texas State University) and several other librarians, we obtained more than 40 editions of the Maine Farmers' Almanac from the period 1819 to 1962. These refer to more than a dozen Blue Moons, and not one of them is the second full Moon in a month. What's going on here

                                                           ~~Fitz Hugh Lane

So it would seem that Blue moons are all just called the Blue moon of whatever month.   But as I was watching  the waxing gibbous moon rise last night I thought how much it looked like a schooner's sails, so  it is at least to me,  it is the Schooner Moon.   And gentle readers may the Schooner Moon bring only good things your way.  

I was just about to click "publish" when I decided to get some more coffee and then reread it......long story short from the pages of the London Telegraph

Blue moon: where and when to view the rare cosmic event set to light up the sky

Tonight's supermoon coincides with the start of the British meteor season and the first blue moon in three years. The next blue moon isn't due until 2018



When will the 'super' blue moon appear?

A rare blue moon will be visible in the sky tonight for the first time in three years. The event coincides with the start of the meteor observing season which will peak in August with the Persieds meteor shower.
The phenomenon occurs when there is a second full moon in one calendar month. It is uncommon because the full moon cycle is 29.5 days.

Where is the best place to see it and at what time?

The blue supermoon is at its fullest during the daytime at 11.43am, but as the sun goes down it is best seen in the south where skies will be clearer. Rain clouds could block out the satellite further North.
It is also a ‘supermoon’ which occurs when the Moon is at its closest approach to the Earth, known as perigee. It means the blue moon will appear especially big and bright.

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the "supermoon" rises on Coney Island, USA.

Why is it called a blue moon? Is it really blue?

The first reference to a Blue Moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528, according to the Oxford English Dictionary : If they say the Moon is blue, we must believe that it is true.
The infrequent nature of this lunar event led to the phrase "once in a blue moon" to signify a rare occurrence. It does not actually mean the moon will be blue.
The reason why the phenomenon is known as a "blue moon" is not certain, although according to one explanation the term means "betrayer moon" ("belewe" in Old English).
On other occasions the moon can actually take on a blue colouring but these are the result of ash spewed into the sky by volcanoes.
The first full moon was spotted on 1 July and the second will appear on the last day of the month – Friday, July 31.
This appearance is the first such occurrence in three years since the last blue moon month in August 2012, the next will not be until January 2018.
Astronomers predict it will only happen on 12 occasions between now and 2043.

The "supermoon" rises in Alabama, USA.

What will I be able to see?

Peter Drew, of the Astronomy Centre at Todmorden, Lancashire, said the sight is actually fairly “disappointing”.
“A blue moon occurs when two full moons can be seen in the same month of a given year.
“As the moon’s period is 28 days it is possible for this to happen in any month other than February which is too short a duration.
“Due to the moon’s orbit this phenomenon doesn’t happen every qualifying month so the occurrence is infrequent, the last one was on August 31, 2012.
“Needless to say, the moon will not appear blue, it’s the frequency that causes the interest.
“The moon at full is quite disappointing telescopically as the face on illumination by the sun drowns out the detailed features that usually make the moon such an awe-inspiring spectacle.”

The annual meteor season has just begun

When does the meteor observing season begin?

The Blue Moon marks the start of meteor season in Britain which runs through until January and peaks in August.
Already the first shooting stars from the Perseids meteor shower are visible, radiating from below the W of Cassiopeia.
The southern Delta Aquarids also peaked this week and the Alpha Capricornids will reach their maximum over the weekend.
Unfortunately, the peaks of these latter two showers are hit somewhat this year by the Full Moon of July 31.
Moonlight will also affect observations of the early Perseids - following Full Moon, the Moon is very slow to move out of the evening sky and is also moving closer to the Perseid radiant.
From around Aug 7 onwards, however, the Moon's interference rapidly diminishes and it will be absent from the night sky for Perseid maximum (Aug 12-13).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

haiku~~~the year rounds

yellow of the sun
white of the snow, green of earth
the year rounds again


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

haiku~~~sudden rain


Thunder, lightening
raindrops crackling rattle
then fresh and cool air

Monday, July 20, 2015

the plate

When I first saw this wonderful plate I immediately wanted one, in fact I wanted to make one , harkening back to the old days when every Tuesday was ceramics class.   It also reminded me of something I say often. 
"You cannot serve from and empty plate."
I'm not sure to whom I should  credit this quote  I have been saying it so long that it is just possible I'm the one who can be credited with this version of a quote from  Eleanor Brownn's "You cannot serve from and empty vessel."; taken from her writings the full quote is "Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."  And that is something you would be hard pressed to argue with.  The vessel is a metaphor for the soul, or at least that is my feeling.

The words on the plate rang through my soul!
So I Googled it, who wrote this I must know. and I still don't know.
Though I do know that plates heaped with food  were traditional gifts at Christmas time in Feudal England. The Lord of the Manor would provide them for each person or household on his estate. 
The perpetually connected electronic chatter we all enjoy is a good thing, but it doesn't have the bonding power of personal contact, the bonding power  that "breaking bread" has, sharing food is a powerful thing.   Our ancestors understood that,  they understood not only the physical benefits of sharing food, but the emotional ones also. 
  I guess that  is why I like it so much;  many people pass around plates of cookies during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, but why just do it then. You never know how far your plate will travel, how many people will enjoy it,  or how many people will start a plate of their own, it's the celebration of the spirit of giving , it lifts the giver and much as the recipient.  You could/make your own plate if you want.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Silent Sunday with some insulators


   CD 742 M.t. Co. Blue Aqua Threadless Insulator

CD 263 Hemingray Columbia Insulator
W. Brookfield CD-126 . telegraph/telephone
1900s San Francisco Trolley System Wooden Insulator 2-Tone Lignum Vitae Wood
 C D 303/310 Large Muncie Type 2 Piece Insulator
Pyrex Orange Marigold Carnival Glass Iridescent Regulator USA D. 63 Insulator
 Marked "POSTAL"

PRR CD 162.5




  Babson Brothers orange color glass  insulator

aka Surge






Wednesday, July 15, 2015

dreamimg is your mind travelling

"Ya see, I'm not talking about what my dreams mean or where they come from, I want to know here they are going."  
That is a quote from a some movie I was sorta watching with my eyes almost closed and my dreams fully engaged.    And it woke me up, so I started writing this.  For all of the times I have  heard people try to interpret dreams, or explain them, and wondered how such mutable things can be anything but wonder and wanderlust in hyper drive; how dreams can be anything but your mind traveling, and creating a world for its own amazement. Interpreting dreams, using list of time honored symbols is  not something I argue with.   More recently the idea the  symbols in dreams can be unique to the dreamer has gained respect , and allowed the dreamer to become a part of  the interpretation, which is something I deeply believe is true.  
But what if some dreams , or may-be most dreams have no meaning beyond the mind freed from it's daily activities romping through ideas and images, possibly creating or recreating, where it is the one in charge?  Wrestling order from  everyday chaos,  making sense of the fine details that the conscious mind stored but never sorted through. And  as in "Let me sleep on it." rearranging those details in a game of "what if" with many alternate endings possible. Looking for where things went right or wrong, sifting for the fine detail and storing them away for the next time, I dunno.   And when it gets tired of all this, it's inner child comes out to play.  Like a child pretending it rambles through what  information it has stored about what exists beyond the body it dwells in and creates it's own adventures there by stretching it's creative  muscles    A mind tired of routine details takes off on a road trip.  And since it has no boundaries, no hazards, no physical dangers, it can piece together what ever it wants.
So why not explore and mysterious and slightly spooky abandoned house, you can't really fall through a floor and break something, like your legs.   Scary creatures or people can't harm your physical body.    What about going for a joy ride across the river in a old truck, just to see what is really on the other side, your hearts desire might be there, waiting for you or the riches and adventures you will never, could never, have in life may be there for you to enjoy.   Imagine a sweet smelling field with beautiful flowers, and a few sociable dragons who are willing to take you for a ride above the tree tops,  a day dream is pale by comparison to what one's  nightly dreams.    On a more personal level, I think the adventure and wanderlust in my mind, gets very bored by everyday life, and so it paints itself a canvas  of beautiful and/or exciting places filled with plot twists and  mystery, but then some nights it just wants to sit by a peaceful stream, and fish. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

wordy Silent sunday....caution might make you question

This astoundingly diverse big blue marble, this place we live on , this immense chunk of living rock. What a wonder, and it is resilient, daring, surprising.   We think of ourselves as being the only things that have a will to live, but I am far from sure of that. 
There is a force in all living things including the Earth itself. 
Somewhere in the very distant past I learned that , seeds had the ability to break through pavement, I think it was called turgor, and could force their way into our world.     Plants  will try to colonize  anything anywhere and that is in my mind, a form of healing the earth,  I guess that means healing it from the harm we humans have done to it

The very earth is a living, is a belief, held by many, including me.



Silent Sunday with animals