Summer Solstice 2013

We are halfway through the year and are ready to celebrate the first harvest amidst climate disruption, natural disasters compounded by man’s foolish idea that he could harness the devil. I spent some time this morning weeding my herb garden, snipping the flower buds from the huge pot of sweet basil so the energy goes to the flavorful leaves and a short walk on the beach. Tomorrow morning I will watch the sun rise for the last few hours of Spring and later watch it set on the first few hours of Summer which ushers in at 1:04 AM EDT as the Earth tilts towards the sun at its Northern maximum, the Tropic of Cancer.

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Sunrise on the first day of Summer at Stonehenge in Salsbuty, England

It is a but a moment in time significant for so many cultures, religions and countries. Here in the US there are many cities that will light huge fires in public places to celebrate the longest day of the year, Midsummer. The fires will be lit in the stone fire pit in my yard. We’ll eat some of the newly harvested vegetable that are available at the local markets and eat food cooked with the herbs from my garden.

This year there is another treat for the first weekend of Summer, a Super Moon, on June 22 and 23. This is when the moon is closest to the earth (perigee), about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee). The moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon.

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“The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right) compared to a more average moon of December 20, 2010 (left), as viewed from the Earth”

Image Credit: Supermoon Comparison via Wikimedia Commons

The weather here in the northeast is going to be near perfect for watching the sunrise on the longest day of the year and moonrise the brightest and biggest full moon of the year. Check out the awesome photos from last year’s celebrations from around the world, courtesy of Huffington Post Canada.

I will be on the beach as the sun peaks over the horizon tomorrow and at a cook out with friends on Saturday celebrating the glory of Summer and the moon. Tell us what you will be doing.

Happy Summer


    • TMC on 06/21/2013 at 00:18

  1. 3 years, who knew?

    • mplo on 06/21/2013 at 16:12

    For starters, I took the test for my Blue Stripe in TKD last Saturday…and I passed.  

    Tuesday, July 2nd, I’ll be attending an evening screening of the digitally-restored version of the film West Side Story with a couple of friends of mine, at the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, MA.

    On Saturday, July 13th, I’ll be attending a concert at Tanglewood, out in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, where the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be playing a live rendition of the musical score of the film West Side Story, along with a digitally-restored, remastered version of WSS.  I purchased my ticket and made my room reservation for that night back in late January of this year, the minute sales for this special event opened up to the general public.  It’s a good thing I did, for this special event, the last I heard, was pretty much sold out, even though they’d added a couple of benches.  I’ll be inside the shed, and i ordered myself a picnic dinner to go and eat prior to the show!  

    On August 5th, tickets will go on sale to the general public for the same performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall, which will be on Valentine’s day weekend.  I’ve always wanted to see the film West Side Story on Valentine’s Day.  I plan on doing that, also!

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