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All In Balance . . .

 

 

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The Earth is always tilted at an angle of about 23° in relation to the the Sun.  99% of the time, this means either the days or the nights will be longer, depending on whether our location is slanted a little away from, or a little toward, the Sun.

But just twice each year, the Earth tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun- and this is called the equinox, because the amounts of daylight and darkness are closer to equal.

At about 10:30 PM on September 22, 2014, the autumn equinox will occur. This marks the beginning of longer nights and shorter days, but also the harvest season, and is, in many traditions, celebrated with festivals and other celebrations. 

At Stonehenge, it is traditional to watch the sun rise, and then set, to herald the new fall season, and to contemplate the gifts of life and the bounty of the land.  Likely most of us will not be able to attend, but an early rise on the 23rd to see the sun once again call us to the day may suffice. Well . . .  OK, just watch it set, then!

And, dremember to give thanks for the harvest moon, so-called because it rises bright, full and right after sunset (this year on September 8th), making it possible for gatherers to stay in the field thru the night to continue the harvest.  Enjoy!

 

 

"A Date Which Will Live In Infamy!"

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To the Congress of the United States

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked…”

President Roosevelt could hardly have imagined anything worse, but it was to come.  Just short of 7 decades later, our nation would once again be victimized by a ruthless and cowardly surprise attack; astoundingly claiming even more American lives than the entire attack on Pearl Harbor.     

We cannot explain why September 11 has been proclaimed “Patriot’s Day”, as that seems to miss the mark, but we certainly support the moment of silence we are asked to observe at 8:46 A.M. that day, as well as our nation’s flag being flown at half-staff for the day.

Let us all take a moment.  Let us grieve for the nearly 3000 lives snuffed out that day, and for the loss of so many, many other important treasures.  And, let us never, never forget… never!

 

 

 

Nothing To Do With Childbirth

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Labor day.  Or, if you are Canadian, Labour day.  Sounds tiring, but in actuality it is one of the few holidays that doesn’t require you to do much.

The form that Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

Ah, something we can get into!  Its beginning, however, was not so smooth. 

Originally celebrated near the first of May, to coincide with European traditions, it went awry in Chicago in 1886, when protestors for a standard 8 hour work day clashed with police, resulting in about a dozen deaths in what is known as the "Haymarket Massacre".

As a result, President Grover Cleveland, fearing that celebrating Labor Day on May 1 could foment some serious commemorative violence, designated the official holiday as the first Monday in September.

The equivalent holiday in Canada is also celebrated the first Monday of September, while in more than 80 countries worldwide, Labor Day is synonymous with International Worker's Day, celebrated on May 1st.

So, sit back and relax- this one is for you!!!