Avoid a sunburn; embrace summer reading lists The Washington Post Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Summer Solstice Celebration New York Post Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Nautical fun at Summer Sailstice San Francisco Chronicle Take a look at an interesting article we found.
For the 100th Anniversary of Father's Day, these Conway Twitty lyrics says it all.
June 21, 2010
We can quibble with the penultimate beauty of those two words up there, even though Henry James said they were the two most beautiful words in the English language.
But we do know you can't experience those two words, until it's summer.
Which means we'll get an official chance today.
At least in the Northern Hemisphere when the summer solstice begins at 7:28 AM EST.
Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still."
(The people in the Southern half of the earth, below the equator, start winter today — difficult to believe for us provincial Northerners who think the sun solely revolves around us, so to speak.)
Throwing some confusion into the mix, (and that's what I'm here for), Midsummer in the UK, and parts of Europe, is celebrated around the 24th of June, for some reason.
"And summer's lease hath all too short a date."
Leave it to the Bard to depress us already, before summer isn't fully underway.
The good news is that the Druids' celebrate the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth," resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.
Which accounts for so many of us being born in March. Or is that April?
If any of us are lacking the ability to do simple math, we can blame it on Horace Mann, the father of American public school education.
With schools, in the mid 1850s, divided into summer and winter terms, Horace, the great educator, merged the two calendars, invoking the current medical theory that overstimulating young minds could lead to nervous disorders.
His actions led to the first summer break—much to the horror of the first brave parents that had to face having their children home from June to September.
It's the reason, some experts say, that kids aren't in school long enough to hone their math skills.
Although it may be too beautiful of an afternoon to mull such things.
When we can talk about what we like best about summer. And...what your two most beautiful words are. (No cheating with three.)
For those that haven't participated yet, there's no time like the present to get your feet wet.
Solstice Terms, Southern Hemisphere newton.dep Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Top 10 summer vacation destinations orbitz.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
What is the summer solstice? wolfram.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Favorite summer song?