Ode to July!

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“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore! ” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

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“We belong to no cult.  We are not Nature Lovers.  We don’t love nature any more than we love breathing.  Nature is simply something indispensable, like air and light and water, that we accept as necessary to living, and the nearer we can get to it the happier we are.”
–  Louise Dickenson Rich

Every blue moon!

The term Blue Moon, as it applies to astronomy, was actually the result of a misunderstanding in a 1940s magazine. But it slowly went viral until nowadays the second full moon in the same calendar month is widely called a blue moon.

The second full Moon of the month on July 31 will qualify as a Blue Moon, according to this popular definition.

The expression suggests great rarity. In reality, since the Moon’s period of phases is 29 1/2 days while months usually have 30 or 31 days, it’s obvious that if a full Moon lands on the first day of any month except February it will repeat again at the end.

Turns out, blue moons happen every 30 months on average. Two and a half years.

Not so very rare.

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