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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Old Friend?

It is universal, I think.  In our lives, there's a person with whom we only thought we were friends.  When I think about this person in my life, I think about the few years that we spent lots of time together laughing and having a good time.  Every friendship is sometimes tested, but in this case, there came a day when I realized that SHE IS NOT REALLY MY FRIEND.  At first, it was extremely painful, but as time passed, I had another brilliant revelation.  I was the only one of the two of us who thought we were friends.  I don't think of her often any more, but today, she was on my mind. There isn't any way for me to know what's going on in her life.  We aren't even friends in the Facebook sense.  Usually when someone is on my mind in this way, it is for a reason. So, 'friend,' I'm sending love and light your way.  Whatever it is, may it all work out for your highest and best good.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Summer

Happy Summer everyone.  This week marks the celebration the solstice.  I love the many hours of daylight that summer brings.  It keeps me happy to be here.  I'm not looking forward to the days of 106 degrees, but I guess that is the trade off for living in a state without much winter.  

The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is closest to the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the Summer Solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. Except in the polar regions (where daylight is continuous for half of the year), the day on which the Summer Solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. Thus the seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. The summer solstice occurs in June in the Northern Hemisphere, in December in the Southern Hemisphere.

At the Tropic of Cancer (23°26'N) and all points to the north, and at the Tropic of Capricorn (23°26'S) and all points to the south, the sun reaches its highest position in the sky on the day of the Summer Solstice. However, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the highest sun position does not occur at the Summer Solstice, since the sun reaches the zenith here and it does so at different times of the year depending on the latitude of the observer. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the Summer Solstice occurs some time between December 21 and December 22 each year in the Southern Hemisphere, and between June 20 and June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

Music: Always with me, Always with you by Joe Satriani