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Nancy Simpson's LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE, New and Selected Poems was published by Carolina Wren Press (N.C. Laureate Series, 2010.) She is the author of ACROSS WATER and NIGHT STUDENT, State Street Press, still available on WWW at Alibris and Books Again. Her poems have been published in Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review and other literary magazines. "Carolina Bluebirds" was published in THE POETS GUIDE TO THE BIRDS, Anhinga Press). "Grass" was reprinted in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Southern Poetry Review: DON'T LEAVE HUNGRY ( U.of Arkansas Press.) Seven poems were reprinted in the textbook, SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN POETRY,(McFarland.) Two poems were published in SOLO CAFE, Two more poems were published in SOLO NOVO."In the Nantahala Gorge" was published in Pisgah Review. "Studying Winter" was reprinted in Pirene's Fountain Anthology and "The Collection" in Collecting Life Anthology. Most recently, Southern Poetry Review Edited by James Smith, published "Our Great Depression," and The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VII: NORTH CAROLINA,Edited by William Wright, reprinted "Leaving in the Dead of Winter."

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Month of December in 2009 Offers Two Full Moons

If you missed the full moon on December 2nd, keep your eyes open because December, 2009 offers two full moons.

I’m happy to say I didn’t miss the first one, although I did miss getting a photo of it. It has been cloudy here with rain and then snow. The full moon of December 2 is called The Cold Moon, Frost Moon, Long Night’s Moon. It has other names in different parts of the world.

The next full moon, called “The Blue Moon” will be on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2009.

According to Wikipedia, the term “Blue Moon” traditionally refers to an extra moon in a season. A Blue Moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular month by patters. Most years have twelve full moons, but in addition to the twelve full lunar cycles, each calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days. The extra days accumulate,so that every two to three years (average 2.71 years) there is an extra full moon called “The Blue Moon.”

It’s not too late to get a great view of the waning moon. On December 16th, a special day in this household, will bring (hopefully) a view of the new moon. And then, seeing the Blue Moon would be a perfect way to end the year 2009 and to begin Year 2010.

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