Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finally, Summer!

"Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon, to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."  H. James

Though culturally we've been in summer mode for a few weeks now, the season, scientifically, starts at the solstice -- that moment when the sun kisses the Tropic of Cancer before heading immediately (though slowly) back toward the south.  Of course, poetically and Earth-centrically, we think of the sun moving north and south; in reality the sun is pretty indifferent to the earth.  The earth, orbniting the star that to us means life, is tilted on its axis, always in the same direction.  As it hits the point in its journey 'round where the "top" is most tilted toward the sun, we have our solstice, our longest days, our seasonal transition.

This year, that moment occurs at 11:24 pm CDT on June 20... which means that the solstice actually occurs on June 21 in New York and June 20 in Chicago (and points west).  (Though we think of it as a day, the solstice is actually a moment, and it's the same moment glob-wide!)

I'll leave you with one more summer quotation:
"Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy.  To do nothing and have it count for something.  To lie in the grass and count the stars.  To sit on a branch and study the clouds." R. Brett
Enjoy the lazy days of summer!

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