On the Prowl: Amazed Under the Corn Moon

This month we’ll play with all different types of corn, we’ll take the way back wayyy back for a peak at story publishing in the 1800s, and we’ll play a little game I call “corn whole”. To really get into the mood this month, I’m featuring a salute to corny jokes. Check out Fatherly.com for all ninety wonderfully, terrible jokes.

Why did the golfer bring an extra pair of pants?
In case he got a hole in one!

What lights up a soccer stadium?
A soccer match!

This month we are prowling under the Corn Moon. The moon will be visible after sunset on Tuesday, September 1 and crest at 1:23am on September 2nd. There is something unusual with September’s moon this year. September’s moon is often referred to as the Harvest Moon. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the name “Harvest Moon” is the name given to the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox. This year, that moon is in October. 

And so the dilemma. What to call this moon that isn’t the Harvest Moon? The back to school moon? The start of football season moon? The bring on sweatshirt weather moon? Let’s keep is simple and name it for the delicious vegetable ready for picking. The corn moon.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, other names for this moon include:

  • “Moon When the Plums Are Scarlet” by the Lakota Sioux.
  • “Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth” by the Omaha.
  • “Moon When the Calves Grow Hair” by the Sioux.

For me, this is the “Moon When the Walnuts Fall”, which is the shortened name of “Moon when walnuts fall and are crushed into glass like shards that make your feet bleed” 🙂 

Bacon and Eggs walk into a bar. “Sorry,” the bartender said, “we don’t serve breakfast.”

What’s red and bad for your teeth?


Embracing Every Department of Literature

In preparation for Season 2 of Mysteries to Die For, I have been scouring the internet for the stories that started the story telling style that became mysteries. Many sources recognize Edgar Allan Poe as the author of the first detective story. The Murders in the Rue Morgue was published in 1841 in Graham’s Magazine. Poe was the editor at the time. Graham’s Magazine featured drawings, stories, poetry, and musical scores. Check out Volume XIII from Indiana University and Hathi Trust. Graham’s Magazine Vol XIII

Looking at it with my modern eyes, it is fascinating. I am so used to stories and genre’s being grouped that I was totally intrigued by having stories of all types together with substantial amounts of poetry. Finding steel engravings was a delight. I love glimpses back into yesteryear. I prefer art that is more accessible rather than being limited to the creme de la creme in museums.

The music surprised me. I never thought about how music was distributed back in the day. The music and words are shared in the magazine. How else would a composer’s work extend beyond his own circle, I supposed. Now we have websites and apps that help us amateur musicians play the music we love to hear. Maybe Graham’s Magazine was the very early prototype for what we have today.

I set out to read mysteries and am enjoying what I am finding. What is surprising is how much I’m enjoying the hunt and all the unexpected treasures I’m discovering along the way.   Below is the title and index pages from Graham’s Vol XVIII. The second entry on the right hand column is Rue Morgue. Also included is the cover page of a piece from an opera. I wonder how much it will cost me to get Jack to play it. Hmmmm.

Why did the golfer bring an extra pair of pants?
In case he got a hole in one!

What lights up a soccer stadium?
A soccer match!


This is a podcast where my piano player/ producer/ son Jack and I combine storytelling with original music to put you at the heart of mystery, murder, and mayhem. Episode art is by Shannon. You can find Mysteries to Die For on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, and Stitcher.

Episode 13 is now live. Diamond and Irish turn a drive-by shooting on its ears, putting a classic into practice to find the name that’s behind the hit. We are racing to the wire in Bad Cop, Badder Cop.

The final episode in the story drops on September 11: I’ll Take the Coup de Grace with a Side of Fries.  If you are new to the podcast, start with Episode 1: What a Lovely Corpse You Have. Catch up to us from there. We’ll be waiting for you. A list of characters is included in show notes and on the HERE.

We are starting work on Season 2, which will tell the original stories that began the mystery genre. We are going back to the 1800s. Ladies, dust off your corset and gentlemen wax those mustaches, we are going Victorian. Check back here next month for more details.

Corn Whole

Below are clues to a word that contains the word CORN. The word appears in complete and in order. Each question has a point value. Total yours up and tell me how you scored! tina at tgwolff dot com. Answers are at the bottom.

3 points each
1. A dapper nut with a tasteful hat 
2. The wonderfully, terrible jokes in this edition
3. A movie gotta have
4. A St. Patrick’s Day delight, in the U.S. at least
5. No way out
6. The horn of abundance

5 points each
7. Where naughty children sit
8. You’ll see green alligators, but not these.
9. I see you
10. Hell pales to this woman 
11. A pepper’s berry

7 points each
12. Have you met my cousin the trumpet
13. An architect’s crowning glory
14. cockeyed


HOWL AT THE MOON to all the parents, teachers, and administrators who are working so diligently to give kids some sense of normal. The work you are doing matters. Thank you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend Karen, who writes as Kyra Jacobs. I so proud to call her my friend. Help me celebrate her birthday by checking out any of her 9 sweet romances. Kyra Jacobs on Amazon

MORE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to the great kids in my life. My smart-mouthed, smart-assed, and just plain smart son Viktor. My trumpet playing, volleyball smashing niece Santina. My baseball playing nephew Rocco and his frog catching, football playing brother Luca. Let’s sing Happy Birthday…Uncle Vinnie style. HaPPy BirTHday to You!

Look out for the Next Edition of
On the Prowl
October 1, 2020
Where we’ll be basking in the colors of the Harvest Moon

Corn Whole Answers

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