Archive for June, 2008

Summer Solstice

June 20, 2008

Today is the summer solstice.  It occurs at 11:59 PM UT.  We are in Utah, so solstice for us will be at 5:59.

This is the earliest solstice since 1896.  That’s partly because 2008 is a leap year.  Solstice means sun stands still.


Happy Father’s Day

June 15, 2008

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~Harmon Killebrew

Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. ~Author Unknown

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain, “Old Times on the Mississippi” Atlantic Monthly, 1874

A wise son maketh a glad father. ~ Proverbs 10:1

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

A Busy June 14th

June 14, 2008

A quick glance to my calendar shows me that today is a very busy day in daily observance world. Here are a few June 14th special days:

Flag Day–I love my country and I love its flag. The first US Flag was adopted by Congress on July 14, 1777. This year, the United States Postal Service will release a new set of 10 stamps in the Flags of our Nation series. Click here to see the stamps.  Here is a good article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

World Blood Donor Day–This is a day to celebrate and thank voluntary non-remunerated blood donors throughout the world. Since I’m a fairly regular apheresis donor (and have the scars from the needles to prove it), I’ll celebrate and thank myself today. If you want to see a not-too-graphic photo of me donating, click here.

Croquet Day–The United States Croquet Association thinks croquet needs two days–in 2008, they are Saturday, July 5th and Saturday, November 8th–but not June 14th. However, the Oregon State Association Laws State Championship is this weekend.

Family History Day–I have no clue about this one, but if you want some good family history info, try this link.

World Juggling Day–Juggling is something that I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t yet developed the skill. I guess my hand-eye coordination needs some work.

Perhaps you can celebrate all the days by juggling croquet balls with your entire family in front of the flag pole at your local American Red Cross.


June 13, 2008

Paraskavedekatriaphobia. It’s the fear of Friday the 13th.

Today is the only Friday the 13th of 2008. I’m not afraid of it. In fact, I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. It’s the last day of the school year for Wendy. A particularly hard school year. We’ve been looking forward to this Friday the 13th for quite a while.

And today is the beginning of an adventure. We are going to see our new granddaughter. And we get to be grandparents in situ. That is always nice.

So, instead of paraskavedekatriaphobia, today I vote for anti-paraskavedekatriaphobia.

National Donut Day

June 6, 2008

If you need an excuse for a treat, the first Friday in June is National Donut Day. In the United States, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.

Given the choice, I’d get a Peanut Butter Pocket at Stan’s in Westwood, CA.

D-Day–June 6, 1944

June 6, 2008

This You Tube video was done as a school history project. He did an excellent job.

I thank the men and the women, then and now, that fought and fight to protect and to preserve our freedoms.

Two Moons–One New, One Lacerated

June 4, 2008

Yesterday, June 3, the new moon was the largest new moon of the year. Each month, when the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, its phase is called “new.” You can’t see a new moon because the side that is lit is opposite the Earth. It also crosses the sky during the day.

Yesterday’s new moon was only about 360,000 kilometers from Earth. December’s new moon will be 50,000 kilometers farther away. When the Earth, the Sun and the Moon line up during the new moon phase, the tides are much higher than normal. For the full story, check out the Earth & Sky blog.

There was also a report of a moon of another sort in the news.

AP reports from UTRECHT, Netherlands that 3 men were walking down the street “mooning.” The police reports states that at one point a 21-year-old “pushed his behind against the window of a restaurant” that broke and resulted in “deep wounds to his derriere.” He was treated at the local hospital.