This is one of those holidays that exists objectively, whether we want it or not. Every culture marked it, and every human has noticed it since the beginning of time. And nobody will change it to Monday so we get a long weekend, or combine it with another event and call it “Celestial Day.” It is what it is – simple, scientific, magical and beautiful.
…and here’s a song from one of my favorite musicals, Rogers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse, “The Shortest Day of the Year:
- Winter Solstice ~ Merry Yule (fordrinksandtips.com)
- Winter Solstice 2011: When It Is and What to Know About Start of Winter (ibtimes.com)
- Happy Winter Solstice 2011 (blippitt.com)
- When is the winter solstice? (guardian.co.uk)
Summer Solstice… today. Sunshine from early morning to early evening… the longest stretch of the year. We began the morning with rain, but the sun is out now (although there is a 60% chance that the rain will return later in the day or overnight. Great for the gardens, though.
I spent most of the morning at the dentist having a replacement tooth installed after a root canal. On the way home I stopped in the new local pharmacy to get my dentist’s prescription filled and ran into Delegate Doyle, our representative at the State legislature and a frequent visitor to the radio show. We exchanged some pleasantries and, later, the pharmacist said Doyle was checking out the new store… so he’s showing interest in his District.
I’m back at home now watching the Senate on C-Span2 as they debate Leon Panetta‘s nomination for Defense Secretary and whether or not to pull out of Pakistan, or Afghanistan, or Libya. Doesn’t look like we’re going to really get out anytime soon, although Obama is supposed to be presenting a partial Afghanistan withdrawal tomorrow (I don’t expect the percentage to be a big one or the time it takes to do it to be very fast.)
Meanwhile we move forward into the muck of the future..
- The longest day – Summer Solstice 21st June 2011 (mbcalyn.wordpress.com)
- Summer Solstice (stephaniezide.wordpress.com)
- Tuesday, June 21, 2011: Happy Summer Solstice! (eaststreetweatherblog.wordpress.com)
- Summer Solstice: Time for Reflection and New Beginnings (bloomnaturalhealth.wordpress.com)
- Let the summer begin! (tammyheff.wordpress.com)
- Weather could not dampen Solstice (mirror.co.uk)
- Welcome Summer (fremontlibraries.wordpress.com)
It was beautiful…instead of going black the eclipsed moon turned a dark amber red. At 3:00 AM I stood at my window and watched it in all it’s glory, just off Orion’s upper right quadrant. The sky was wonderfully clear and, through my binoculars, I could see the shadowed craters in a dark red-grey surrounded by red highlights.
Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, and it’s the last day of Zappadan. Today is the 70th anniversary of Frank’s birth. So here’s some morning music to celebrate – Baby Snakes (recorded live in Munich):
- “Winter Solstice 2010 full moon” and related posts (personalmoneystore.com)
- Winter solstice marked by eclipse (mirror.co.uk)
- Lunar eclipse and winter solstice to coincide for first time in 372 years (guardian.co.uk)
- Video : Lunar eclipse December 2010, winter solstice coincide ttrumping “once in a blue moon” (panasianbiz.com)
- “Winter Solstice” and related posts (weeklyworldnews.com)