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  • This Friday, August 31st, will be the second Full Moon this month. This only happens - well, it happens about once in a blue moon! On average, 2 full moons will occur in the same month only once every 2.7 years. It won't actually be blue, that 's just what this phenomenon has come to be known as.

    This is the last time it will happen until 2015. I don't know about ya'all (or y'uns, as we used to say in Pittsburgh), but I plan to make it count. It will, after all, be the last Blue Moon of my 50's. I'll be 60 the next time I see a blue moon.

    For starters, I plan to wear blue on Friday. I also plan to do something I haven't done in the past 2 1/2 years. I haven't figured out what that is, yet, but that's my plan. And, who knows - if I am so moved, I might even go out back, late in the evening, lift my gaze up to the full moon, and just cut loose with a good, healthy howl. Just because.

    If you have never howled at the moon - I highly recommend it. It's extremely difficult to remain self-conscious while engaged in this activity.

    If howling doesn't work for you, might I suggest "mooing"? Of course, this won't count as the thing I haven't done in the past 2 1/2 years - I did this for the Supermoon in May. I felt silly as hell, but the more I did it, the less I cared.

    Who's with me? Let's make the Blue Moon count. For something. Howl about it, Cowbirders?

    P.S. - In an interesting cosmic twist, Friday is also the day that astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, will be laid to rest following a memorial service.

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