Once in a Blue Moon


Once in a blue moon was a phrase I heard my mom repeat frequently when I was a child. It seemed like just a bunch of nonsense to me since I’d seen the moon cast a yellow, orange or even a red glow, but never a blue one. Finally, as an adult I learned that a blue moon described a month in which two full moons occur in one month. Voila’, the saying made a lot more sense.

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Fortunately, we gather as a family much more frequently than once in a blue moon and in fact, were gathered in Jacksonville Friday when our most recent blue moon appeared.

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By the way, Jacksonville is also where I lived when Apollo 11 landed on a not so blue moon and we heard these now famous words:

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” ~Neil Armstrong

After enjoying the blue moon yesterday, it seems like a good time to share some quotes about the moon.

“Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anyone.” ~Mark Twain

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” ~Les Brown

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit, there are footprints on the moon.” ~Unknown

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ~Carl Sandburg

“Promises are like the full moon; if they are not kept at once, they diminish day by day.” ~German Proverb

“We love the night and its quiet; and there is no night that we love so well as that on which the moon is coffined in clouds.” ~Fitz-James O’Brien

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” ~Galileo Galilei

“The moon is the reflection of your heart and moonlight is the twinkle of your love.” ~Debasish Mridha

“For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams.” ~Edgar Allen Poe

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